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Slavery — Question for Short Debate (30 October 2014)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: I thank the noble Baroness. She is absolutely right. There certainly are organisations that specialise in supplying people. Whether we can somehow embrace that in terms of the supply chain, I am not so sure. The noble Baroness, Lady Cox, made a number of really interesting points. She gave us the example of the Noble Foods egg company—an absolute classic—and used the phrase...

General Practices (Coventry) (30 October 2014)

Geoffrey Robinson: This debate might not be as lively as the debate on post offices in May, when we also had the pleasure and privilege to have you presiding over us, Madam Deputy Speaker. Nevertheless, we have an important topic to debate and I am pleased that the Under-Secretary of State for Health, the hon. Member for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich (Dr Poulter) is ready to respond, because we have one or...

Business of the House: Sale of Park Homes (30 October 2014) See 2 other results from this debate

Brandon Lewis: Actually, what I said was that the majority of site operators need the commission to maintain their sites. On the question of whether they are poorly managed and maintained, I said that some operators are not investing in them. That is exactly what the 2013 Act—the rules and laws that came into force on 1 April 2014—deals with. The independent report carefully evaluated the...

Middle East and North Africa — Motion to Take Note (30 October 2014)

Lord Bach: My Lords, on behalf of the Opposition in this House, I first thank the noble Lord, Lord Risby, for initiating and securing this debate. I also thank all noble Lords who have spoken in what has been a remarkable debate. I do not intend to cover even in broad terms the vast areas—both geographically and in terms of the issues—that this debate covers. No one who has heard the debate...

Public Bill Committee: Pension Schemes Bill: Clause 44 - Commencement (30 October 2014)

Steve Webb: .... As the Committee will recall from our earlier discussion, this is not about the income-related social security benefit; it is about the bit of pension a person gets when they have been divorced in certain circumstances —the credit arising from the pension rights of their ex-spouse. The changes are mainly expected to be adopted by public service schemes in the early days. The...

Public Bill Committee: Pension Schemes Bill: Clause 41 - Regulations (30 October 2014) See 1 other result from this clause

Steve Webb: I beg to move amendment 1, in clause41, page16, line15,leave out “or repeal” and insert “, repeal or otherwise modify”.

Public Bill Committee: Pension Schemes Bill: Clause 29 - Deficits attributable to an offence or the imposition of a levy (30 October 2014)

Steve Webb: We cover a range of topics in clauses 29 to 31. Clause 29 continues with the issue of deficits and surpluses, and deals with one very specific issue. I want to read into the record a precise description of what the clause tries to achieve as there has been some uncertainty about what we are trying to do here. The clause enables regulations to be made to provide for an amount to be treated as...

Public Bill Committee: Pension Schemes Bill: Clause 22 - Overdue contributions and other payments (30 October 2014)

Steve Webb: I beg to move amendment 44, in clause22,page10,line28,l eave out “The regulations” and insert “Regulations under subsection (1)” This is intended to clarify that in clause 22(3) the reference to “The regulations” is to regulations under subsection (1). This technical drafting amendment will make a minor change to the...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Osteoporosis: Drugs (30 October 2014)

George Freeman: Information on National Health Service expenditure on drugs for the treatment of osteoporosis in primary and secondary care is in the table. Drugs for the treatment of osteoporosis have been defined as those included in the following British National Formulary sections: 6.6 Drugs affecting bone metabolism 9.5.1.1 Calcium supplements 9.6 Vitamins (colecalciferol and ergocalciferol...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Motor Neurone Disease: Drugs (30 October 2014)

George Freeman: Information on National Health Service expenditure on drugs for the treatment of motor neurone disease in primary and secondary care is in the table. Riluzole is the only drug defined in the British National Formulary as being used for the treatment of motor neurone disease Cost of riluzole, England1 Year Primary Care ( million) Secondary Care ( million) 2009...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Asthma (30 October 2014)

George Freeman: We are unable to make such an estimate. Data on the cost to the National Health Service of treating asthma patients in accident and emergency or unplanned hospital admissions is not collected by the Department. The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCI) has published information on reasons, for example respiratory problems, for accident and emergency attendance in its Hospital...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Apprentices (30 October 2014)

Nicholas Boles: Information on the employment destinations for apprentices is collected in the Apprenticeship Evaluation Learner Survey 2012-13: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachm ent_data/file/229998/bis-13-1126-apprenticeship-evaluation-l earners.pdf Of those apprentices who completed their apprenticeships between 1 and 2 years ago 81% are in full or part-time...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Job Evaluation (30 October 2014)

Jo Swinson: The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) uses grading guidance as a tool to help managers and job holders determine the grading of a post. The guidance applies to all BIS staff, except the Senior Civil Service (SCS) and Fast Streamers, who have central grading structures. Job evaluation is used when the grading guidance alone is insufficient for the manager and job holder to...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Armed Forces: Sexual Offences (30 October 2014)

Anna Soubry: The table shows the number of allegations of rape, sexual assault, exposure, voyeurism, and other forms of sexual misconduct, recorded by the Service police in each month since April 2014 up to 24 October 2014, broken down by Service. Month/Service April 2014 May 2014 June 2014 July 2014 August 2014 September 2014 October 2014 Number Of Rape Allegations British Army 4 2...

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Housing: Construction (30 October 2014)

Brandon Lewis: The Coalition Government has kick-started house building, taken a series of initiatives to get stalled sites building, and reformed the planning system to help deliver more homes and increase local decision making. In the last twelve months to Q2 2014, a total of 230,000 permissions were given for new homes across England (estimates based on Glenigan data for all sites). Falling number...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Drugs: Misuse (30 October 2014)

Michael Penning: Sentencing and fines imposed in individual cases are a matter for the independent courts, within the limits set by Parliament and following sentencing guidelines. The number of persons found guilty, fined and given a custodial sentence for class A, class B and class C drug offences under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, in England and Wales, from 2009 to 2013 (the latest data available) can be...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Courts: Closures (30 October 2014)

Shailesh Vara: ...to disposing of surplus property assets expeditiously and reducing holding costs. The date of operational closure of each court building which has been closed but not disposed of since May 2010 is detailed below. The majority of these courts were closed as part of the Court Estate Reform Programme (CERP). CERP is expected to save the taxpayer 152m by 2015 while ensuring the courts...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisoners: Transport (30 October 2014)

Andrew Selous: The Prisoner Escort Custody Service (PECS), which is part of the National Offender Management Service, is responsible for the movement of prisoners between prisons, police stations and courts and their care and security while in court custody. PECS manages the secure escort contracts covering all those sent to custody in the prison estate, apart from Category A prisoners. However, there are...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Accident and Emergency Departments (30 October 2014)

Earl Howe: This information is not available in the format requested. In the following table, we have provided information concerning the number of accident and emergency attendances1 (excluding planned attendances) for children aged under five by arrival mode, 2012-13 to 2013-142 (provisional data)3. Please be aware that data for 2013-14 is provisional and is therefore, subject to change. Arrival...

Written Ministerial Statements — House of Lords: Equality Act 2010: Visas (30 October 2014)

Lord Bates: My hon Friend the Minister of State for Immigration and Security (James Brokenshire) has today made the following Written Ministerial Statement: I am today making a ministerial authorisation under Schedule 3, Part 4, paragraph 17 (4)(a) of the Equality Act 2010. This authorisation may be cited as The Equality (British-Irish Visa Scheme - Indian and Chinese Citizens) Authorisation. The...

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