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Malawi — Question for Short Debate (23 October 2014)

Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale: My Lords, Malawi is a nation of about 15 million people. It is a peaceful, democratic nation and a proud member of the Commonwealth. It is a landlocked country, but Lake Malawi is one of the most stunning lakes, and the ninth largest, in the world, with more species than any other. On 6 July this year, Malawi celebrated the 50th anniversary of its independence, on 6 July 1964. I thank those...

Young People: Alternatives to University — Motion to Take Note (23 October 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Baroness Williams of Trafford: My Lords, this debate is an incredibly important one, certainly given the progress made in this area by this Government over the last four years, and I thank the noble Lord, Lord Monks, for raising it, as well as all of your Lordships who have contributed with a wide breadth of experience. It is also interesting to hear about the various backgrounds that people speak from. Given that it has...

[Sir Alan Meale in the Chair] — Communicating Climate Science (23 October 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Andrew Miller: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Rosindell—I do not think I have done so before. This has been a fascinating debate. It has been couched in language that makes people feel that my hon. Friend the Member for Blackley and Broughton (Graham Stringer) and I are miles apart; indeed, the Minister implied that my hon. Friend was a sceptic. However, all scientists should...

Construction Industry — Motion to Take Note (23 October 2014) See 2 other results from this debate

Lord Popat: My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Lord, Lord O’Neill, for initiating this very important and timely debate. I say “timely” because the construction industry is very much at a crossroads. It is recovering from the double-dip recession in 2008 and the infrastructure projects we have in the pipeline will result in growth in this industry over the next five to 10 years. The...

Backbench Business: Repeal of the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 (23 October 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Richard Drax: That is not the argument I am putting forward. There would be a period of a year or 18 months of a minority Government before that Government would go back to the country. A fixed-term Parliament gives the junior partner in a coalition more power than it is due. If we had a Conservative Government, much more legislation would be going through Parliament. The junior party, to be fair, has its...

Criminal Justice and Courts Bill: Report (2nd Day) (Continued) (22 October 2014) See 6 other results from this debate

Lord Faulks: I am very grateful, first, to the noble and learned Lord, Lord Hardie, who was himself an extremely distinguished chairman of the post-legislative scrutiny committee on the Mental Capacity Act 2005. I thank him for his valuable remarks about the appeal process, based on his experience and his recognition of the particular difficulties to which these cases can give rise. I certainly undertake...

Criminal Justice and Courts Bill: Report (2nd Day) (22 October 2014)

Amendment 111A not moved. Amendments 112 and 113 Moved by Lord Faulks 112: Before Schedule 5, insert the following new Schedule— ScheduleMutual recognition of driving disqualification in UK and Republic of IrelandPart 1Further provisionCrime (International Co-operation) Act 2003 (c. 32) 1 Chapter 1 of Part 3 of the Crime (International Co-operation) Act 2003 (EU Convention on...

Environmental Challenges (Somerset) (22 October 2014)

Ian Liddell-Grainger: ...challenges we face. Given the catch-all title of this debate, several Departments may be interested in what I have to say. My county, and my constituency in particular, have faced extraordinary environmental challenges during the past year. If there was an award for facing down environmental challenges, the Somerset levels would win hands down. This time last year, no public body in...

Opposition Day — [7th Allotted Day]: National Crime Agency (22 October 2014)

Michael Penning: When I was Northern Ireland Minister I did not see any evidence of that. It was alluded to on many occasions, but I did not see any evidence. Earlier we heard about the views of some individuals, but I will not be drawn on that issue at the Dispatch Box as I do not think it will be useful to the debate. Whether smuggling or old-fashioned thuggery, we know that organised crime takes place in...

Leaseholders’ Rights (Insurance) (22 October 2014)

Brandon Lewis: I will have to look at this issue in more detail. However, if an individual wants to receive information about the detail of a policy and the costs attributed to them, there needs to be transparency from the company about how it apportions those costs. I would imagine that that is something the CMA will look at, but I am happy to have a look at it myself and I will come back to the hon. Lady...

[Hywel Williams in the Chair] — Voter Registration (22 October 2014) See 2 other results from this debate

Sam Gyimah: I assure the hon. Gentleman that not only students but all under-registered groups are a priority for the Government. We want to maximise the register so that people can exercise their right to vote. The Electoral Commission’s research found that 90% of people feel that it would be easy to provide their national insurance number when registering to vote—that is based on real...

Public Bill Committee: Affordable Homes bill (22 October 2014) See 2 other results from this clause

David Nuttall: ...by going back to the basic question of what criteria we should adopt when determining the amount of time that the Committee needs to consider the Bill. That is the first question we must decide before we can choose between the original motion and the amendment. I make no apology for reminding the Committee that this is no ordinary private Member’s Bill. In any other era, the Bill...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Class Sizes (22 October 2014)

Lord Nash: The average size of state-funded primary school classes in England in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 was 26.6, 26.8, 26.8 and 26.9 respectively. These figures are published in table 6c of the Schools, Pupils and their Characteristics: January 2014 statistical first release.[1] The Department for Education only holds this information for schools in England. The average size of primary school...

Bosnia and Herzegovina — Question for Short Debate (21 October 2014)

Baroness Morgan of Ely: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Ashdown, for initiating this debate and for demonstrating such passion for an area for which clearly he still has a strong affection to this day. I think that it is fair to say that, prior to the elections a couple of weeks ago, the situation in Bosnia-Herzegovina was not great. However, I will try to be a bit like my noble friend Lord Lea and look on...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Schedule 1 (The Education Authority) (21 October 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

John O'Dowd: ...in the board, with over a third of the board changing over every four years to keep continuity in the body.  As an unashamed political activist, I am not going to pick on political representations for the sake of it.  Moving on to amendment No 18, which refers to the appointment of the chief executive, again I urge Members to consider this very carefully.  I am going to...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Noes (21 October 2014)

John Dallat: Amendment 12 is mutually exclusive with amendment No 11, which has not been made, and with amendment Nos 13, 14, and 15.  Before I put the Question, I remind Members that amendment No 12 requires cross-community support due to a valid petition of concern.  I have been advised by the party Whips that in accordance with Standing Order 27(1A)(b) there is agreement that we can dispense...

High Speed 2 (Compensation) (21 October 2014)

Cheryl Gillan: The hon. Gentleman has made a very valid point, and I shall say more about it shortly. There are problems with the current compensation proposals. They will compensate only about 2% of those who live within 1 km of HS2, or within 250 metres from a tunnel. As the hon. Gentleman has just pointed out, despite widespread evidence of blight, the vast majority of people affected by HS2 will not be...

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