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Written Answers — Attorney General: Gurpal Virdi (24 Jun 2016)

Peter Bottomley: To ask the Attorney General, how and why the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) joined the Metropolitan Police in announcing that retired police sergeant Gurpal Virdi was charged with misconduct in public office and with indecent assault on a person under 16 years; what publicity the CPS recorded as resulting at the time; when the memorandum of a conviction proved 1 April 1987 for offences on 7...

Written Answers — Home Office: Undocumented Workers (24 Jun 2016)

James Brokenshire: The information provided refers to civil penalties for illegal working served to employers and is included in the table below. Civil penalties for illegal working issued to employers Employers issued 1 penalty in year Employers issued 2 - 4 penalties in year Employers issued 5+ penalties in year TOTAL penalties issued (matches certified data) 2009/10 2167 172 0 2339...

Written Answers — Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Sports: Drugs (23 Jun 2016)

Lord Moynihan: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in carrying out its assignment in Russia on behalf of the World Anti-Doping Agency, UK Anti-Doping has at any time (1) been asked for 30 days’ notice of tests by Russian authorities; (2) disputed payments for doping control officers; or (3) faced customs delays preventing the transport of blood samples to laboratories outside Russia within...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Animal Cruelty (21 Jun 2016)

Claire Sugden: I thank those who tabled the motion, which raises the really important issue of animal welfare. For me, it is so positive that we are debating the motion early in the mandate, because I have no doubt that each one of us, when on the doorsteps, heard concerns from our constituents about animal welfare during the election. I thank Mrs Little Pengelly and Trevor Clarke for bringing it forward....

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Explosives Find: North Belfast (21 Jun 2016)

Steve Aiken: I thank the Minister for her comments. Will she brief the Assembly, after a proper forensic examination of the explosives has taken place, on whether, as reported, there was 15 kg of Semtex and whether it is newly acquired or part of some historical find of explosives that should have been long since decommissioned?

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Standards (21 Jun 2016)

Andrew Jones: Bus punctuality data for England are collected and managed by local authorities, and published by the Department for Transport in online statistical tables. Not all local authorities collect bus punctuality data. The Department does not collect or publish bus punctuality data for Wales. The Department publishes two measures of bus punctuality for frequent and non-frequent bus services. A...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Attendance Allowance: Pensioners (21 Jun 2016)

Baroness Altmann: The numbers of claimants receiving higher or lower rate Attendance Allowance in (1) London and (2) the London Borough of Tower Hamlets are detailed below: Nov - 2012 Nov - 2013 Nov - 2014 Nov - 2015 London Total 138,710 133,470 131,930 130,760 Higher 80,690 78,510 78,790 79,800 Lower 58,050 54,950 53,120 51,000 Tower Hamlets Total 3,420 3,310 3,380 3,460 ...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Coupled Payments/Areas of Natural Constraint Scheme (20 Jun 2016)

Michelle McIlveen: I thank the Member for his question. I have listened carefully to the views of farming stakeholders. There was little support from them to use funding from pillar 1 to operate a future areas of natural constraint (ANCs) scheme, either by top-slicing or by transferring moneys to pillar 2. I do not believe there are any convincing arguments to introduce coupled support schemes in Northern...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Landlord Registration Scheme (20 Jun 2016)

Paul Givan: ...who have contributed to the debate. It is my duty to respond to specific points. If I do not cover something in my general comments, I will certainly come back to Members in writing. It is worth noting that the contributions of Members are incredibly well informed. They are testimony to the work that MLAs do in their constituencies. We all have a significant caseload of constituents...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order (Northern Ireland) 2016 (20 Jun 2016)

Paul Givan: I beg to move That the Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order (Northern Ireland) 2016 be approved. The uprating order is an annual order that provides for the uprating of specified social security benefits from April each year. The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions is required to review annually the level of benefits in relation to the general level of prices. Where the general...

Written Answers — Home Office: Asylum: Deportation (20 Jun 2016)

James Brokenshire: An error has been identified in the written answer given on 15 June 2016. The correct answer should have been: Our records indicate that: Our records show what proportion of failed asylum seekers who have been removed or voluntarily deported were overstayers between 2009 and 2015; in table 1 Table 1: Proportion of failed asylum seekers with an enforced removal or voluntary...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: European Union: Army (20 Jun 2016)

Lord Pearson of Rannoch: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 1 June (HL345), whether they can veto any proposed EU army, or whether this could go ahead under "enhanced co-operation" between other EU member states.

Written Answers — Department of Health: Fluoride: Drinking Water (17 Jun 2016)

Lord Prior of Brampton: An error has been identified in the written answer given on 17 June 2016. The correct answer should have been: Most dental fluorosis in England is mild and unlikely to be of any concern from a cosmetic perspective. When discussing the public health impact of this condition, it is useful to distinguish between mild to moderate dental fluorosis and more severe fluorosis which is likely...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Fluoride: Drinking Water (17 Jun 2016)

Lord Prior of Brampton: The possible effects of fluoride in water have been extensively studied and reviewed over the last 50 years. In the United Kingdom the most recent review prior to the publication of Public Health England’s (PHE) Health Monitoring Report was undertaken by the National Health Service Centre for Reviews and Dissemination based at the University of York and published in 2000. The Medical...

Written Answers — Home Office: Migrant Workers: Entry Clearances (16 Jun 2016)

Lord Laird: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in relation to certificates of sponsorship used to support immigrants' entry clearance or extension of stay applications, (1) how many sponsoring employers are currently registered, (2) where those employers are listed, (3) how many certificates of sponsorship are granted to each sponsoring employer, (4) whether such figures are available on application,...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Labour Turnover (16 Jun 2016)

Baroness Burt of Solihull: To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many civil servants within the Department for Business Innovation and Skills have (1) been recruited into the department (a) from within the civil service, or (b) from outside the civil service, and (2) left to (a) other posts within the civil service, and (b) other roles outside of the civil service, in each of the last five years.

Scottish Parliament: Children (16 Jun 2016)

Brian Whittle: Yesterday, I hosted Arthritis Research UK in my office. Members may say that that is a strange way to start a speech during a debate on the best start in life for Scotland’s children, but I ask members to stick with me. Interestingly, the discussion was around the prevention and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions such as osteoarthritis. Treatment of it—surprise,...

Business without Debate: Tees Valley Inward Investment Initiative (15 Jun 2016)

Tom Blenkinsop: I thank my hon. Friend for raising that point. The Greybull deal for long products, which covered Skinningrove in my constituency, the beam mill in Redcar and of course Scunthorpe, took 18 months of hard work and negotiations to help the Government help the industry come to a deal. It meant assisting Tata in releasing the assets so that we could get not just a buyer but a responsible buyer....

EU Action Plan Against Migrant Smuggling (EUC Report) - Motion to Take Note (15 Jun 2016)

Lord Keen of Elie: My Lords, I would like to thank the European Union Committee for producing its report on the EU action plan against migrant smuggling and its report on Operation Sophia, and to thank all those who have spoken in this debate. I would like to touch on some of those contributions for a moment. The noble Baroness, Lady Pashar, alluded to various proposals in the committee’s report. In order...

EU Membership: Economic Benefits (15 Jun 2016)

Gerald Jones: ...valleys of south Wales. There is no doubt that the choice facing our country next week is the biggest political decision many of us will face in our lifetime. The EU was set up after the second world war and has acted as a forum to bring the countries of Europe together to promote peace and partnership. We have seen a long period of sustained peace during this time, and we should not...

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