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Criminal Justice and Courts Bill — Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (23 July 2014) See 5 other results from this debate

Lord Hope of Craighead: My Lords, I am very conscious of the lateness of the hour and I shall be as brief as I possibly can. This amendment, together with Amendment 69 which follows it, seeks to deal with matters which may have been overlooked when the Constitutional Reform Act 2005 was passing through Parliament. They both relate to the Supreme Court, provision for which was made in Part 3 of the Act. I tabled both...

Criminal Justice and Courts Bill — Committee (3rd Day) (23 July 2014) See 4 other results from this debate

Lord Low of Dalston: My Lords, I am grateful to all those who have spoken in this debate. It bears out my contention that there is concern about this issue across the House. Indeed, that concern is shared by the Government. Like the Minister, I would hope that we are not yet at the end of this discussion and that discussions and work can continue with a view to finding a solution around which we can all unite. We...

Wales Bill — Second Reading (22 July 2014) See 3 other results from this debate

Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth: My Lords, it is a great privilege to follow the noble and learned Lord, who has unparalleled experience in these matters. I found myself in agreement with much of what he said. I also join the noble Baroness, Lady Morgan, in saying that it was a great pleasure to see the Secretary of State here for the beginning of the debate. It signals a close working relationship with us and indeed with...

Disabled People (Developing Countries) (22 July 2014)

James Duddridge: It is a pleasure to be here on this warm day and to see the Minister, my right hon. Friend the Member for New Forest West (Mr Swayne), in his place. I congratulate him enormously on his elevation to Minister of State in the Department for International Development, which is well deserved and comes on the back of many years’ work in the area in Rwanda and beyond. I thank Mr Speaker for...

Child Benefit Entitlement (Disqualification of Non-UK EU Nationals): Backbench Business — Summer Adjournment (22 July 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Chris Bryant: I congratulate the hon. Member for Bosworth (David Tredinnick) on his speech. I disagreed with every word of it. I was intrigued to hear that he is the chair of what I think he called the Government herb committee. That conjured images from my childhood of the television programme, “The Herbs”. Parsley the Lion, Dill the Dog, Lady Rosemary and Bayleaf the Gardener all went...

Healthier Together Programme (Greater Manchester) — [Mrs Linda Riordan in the Chair] (22 July 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

David Nuttall: The hon. Lady makes a good point. The vast majority of the public would, in an ideal world, like every service to be provided at their local hospital, so that they could have everything just by travelling a couple of miles. In a perfect world, they would have every conceivable treatment available at their nearest hospital. However, they have long since accepted, and we all know, that that is...

[Mr Adrian Sanders in the Chair] — Backbench Business — Refugee Camps (22 July 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Jim Shannon: It is a pleasure to make a contribution, Mr Sanders, and I thank the hon. Member for Mid Derbyshire (Pauline Latham) for securing this debate and creating the opportunity. It is a pleasure to follow all the speakers, as it will be to listen to those who follow. I am pleased that the issue has been raised today, although I feel that we do not remind ourselves of it often enough. It is good to...

Written Answers — Northern Ireland: Electoral Register (22 July 2014)

Andrew Murrison: The Electoral Office has provided me with the following table listing the estimated registration rates for the 100 wards in Northern Ireland with the highest electoral registration rates. These are based on population estimates based on the 2011 census and may under or overstate the true population from area to area. Because of these inaccuracies, some percentages exceed 100% and actual...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Pension Credit (22 July 2014)

Steve Webb: The full rate of the new State Pension will give an income above the basic means test, rewarding retirement income saving. It is estimated that in 2020 around 10% of pensioner households receiving the new State Pension, around 200,000 benefit units, in Great Britain would be eligible for the Savings Credit element of Pension Credit if it had not been removed for people who reached State...

Written Answers — Women and Equalities: Public Expenditure (22 July 2014)

Jo Swinson: The Government Equalities Office has not spent any money on plants, televisions or artwork over the past five years. The available information is in the following table: Expenditure on catering and refreshments Financial year 2013-14 3,666 2014-15 3,328 Notes: 1. GEO's transfers between Departments mean that the data is accessible only through a number of different...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Armed Conflict: Sexual Offences (22 July 2014)

Mark Simmonds: The Global Summit had two primary objectives: to agree practical action to tackle impunity for the use of rape as a weapon of war, and to begin to change global attitudes to these crimes. The Summit set in motion a series of unprecedented practical steps and commitments. In addition, it significantly raised the profile of this issue and placed it firmly on the international policy agenda....

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Syria (22 July 2014)

Tobias Ellwood: We have provided more than 20 million this year to support the moderate opposition, including the National Coalition who we recognise as the sole legitimate representatives of the Syrian people. In May this year the then Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for Richmond (Yorks) (Mr Hague), laid a written ministerial statement before...

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Royal Botanic Gardens Kew (22 July 2014)

Dan Rogerson: Kew publishes the funding it receives from DEFRA in its Annual Reports and Accounts, which are publicly available on the Kew website. The presentation of Kew’s accounts has evolved over the years and they have moved to reporting in terms of ‘restricted’ and ‘unrestricted’ DEFRA funding from 2013-14. DEFRA places no restrictions on its core or operational funding...

Written Answers — Health: Abortion (22 July 2014)

Jane Ellison: The following tables show repeat abortions for women aged 25 to 29, 30 to 34, 35 to 39, 40 to 44 and 44 years and over by gestation in weeks and the number of previous abortions, 2013. The age groups presented are in line with published data. This allows the number of previous abortions to be presented in as much detail as possible without the need for further grouping to protect patient...

Written Answers — Health: Hysterectomy (22 July 2014)

Jane Ellison: This information is not available in the format requested. The table shows information concerning the number of finished consultant episodes for the years 2008-09 to 2012-13. Count of Finished Consultant Episodes1 for female patients with a main or secondary procedure2 of hysterectomy3, by age, 2008-09 to 2009-10 Activity in English NHS Hospitals and English NHS commissioned activity in...

Written Answers — Treasury: Business: Taxation (22 July 2014)

David Gauke: HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC’s) Large Business Service dealt with the tax affairs of the 800 or so largest businesses in the UK up to 31 March 2014. HMRC’s approach has enabled it to recover around 31 billion in additional compliance revenues from large businesses, including those dealt with by Large Business Service, between April 2010 and March 2014. The number of tax...

Written Answers — Home Department: Asylum: Females (22 July 2014)

James Brokenshire: The data in the following table refers to main, female claimants who have raised a claim for asylum and been detained in the year 2013-14, and who have been detained either on or after the day that a claim for asylum was raised. The figures quoted have been derived from management information and are therefore provisional and subject to change. This information has not been quality assured...

Written Answers — Transport: Railways: Standards (22 July 2014)

Grahame Morris: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what criteria are used to establish whether delays over five minutes to a timetabled long distance train service are caused by (a) Network Rail, (b) the train operating company or (c) other factors; and what changes have been made to those criteria since January 2008; (2) what his most recent estimate is of the annual number of timetabled...

Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Energy: Meters (22 July 2014)

Edward Davey: ...to install meters compliant with the Smart Metering Equipment Technical Specifications (SMETS) in domestic and smaller non-domestic sites by the end of 2020. Meters compliant with either SMETS 1 or SMETS 2 standards will not need to be replaced by the end of 2020. As the SMETS 2 standard is not yet in force no installed smart meters currently meet it. Each energy supplier reports the...

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