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Mutuals’ Redeemable and Deferred Shares Bill [HL]: Second Reading (24 October 2014)

Lord Naseby: My Lords, noble Lords may wonder why I have become involved in the mutual world. I have to thank Peter Gray, one-time chief executive and chairman of the Tunbridge Wells Equitable and Friendly Society, who revitalised that society in the 1970s and 1980s, and the Association of Friendly Societies. It was he who inspired me to take a real interest and, as a result, I chaired that organisation...

Medical Innovation Bill [HL]: Committee (24 October 2014) See 10 other results from this debate

Lord Turnberg: My Lords, I am slightly reassured by the noble Earl’s comments that the Government’s intention is to produce some guidance with help from the relevant bodies. I am sorry that he does not think it necessary to have that in the Bill. I wonder why not. He has not explained why the amendment should not be there, because it sets out the need for such a code of practice. Meanwhile,...

Control of Horses Bill (24 October 2014)

Julian Sturdy: I beg to move, That the Bill be now read a Second time. I am delighted to be able to introduce this simple but important Bill, which I believe will go a long way towards improving the existing legislation on fly-grazing and, in the process, improving horse welfare. First, I must draw Members’ attention to my declaration in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests. As a farmer,...

Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Bill (24 October 2014) See 6 other results from this debate

Brandon Lewis: ...chance to clarify the situation. Earlier this year, we changed the permitted development rights on farm buildings, in particular, to allow them to be converted into homes. They would probably come more into the conversion category, unless it involves somebody being able to get planning permission to demolish what was there and then move on to self-build or custom build, as appropriate. I...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Doctors: Registration (24 October 2014)

Earl Howe: The Department does not hold the information. This information is held by the General Medical Council and they have provided the information below for the purposes of answering this question. The following table shows the number of doctors joining the register for the first time, from 2009 to 2013, by the region of their primary medical qualification and first registration year. No. of...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Health Services (24 October 2014)

Earl Howe: The Secretary of State for Health, in his Annual Assessment of National Health Service England’s Annual Report for the last financial year (2013-14), has stated that “[NHS England] must […] ensure that spending controls are effective, particularly around specialised commissioning.” A copy of the Secretary of State’s Annual Assessment has been placed in the...

Written Ministerial Statements — House of Lords: Energy: Shale Oil and Gas (24 October 2014)

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon: My hon Friend the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (Kris Hopkins) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement. I am today announcing the start of a consultation on draft regulations to implement 100% local retention of business rates on shale oil and gas sites. We believe shale oil and gas may hold potential for adding to the UK’s...

Written Ministerial Statements — Communities and Local Government: Shale Oil And Gas Sites (24 October 2014)

Kris Hopkins: I am today announcing the start of a consultation on draft regulations to implement 100% local retention of business rates on shale oil and gas sites. We believe shale oil and gas may hold potential for adding to the UK’s energy sources, helping to improve energy security, create jobs and meet carbon targets. To ensure shale development is safe there are robust rules in place to ensure...

Written Ministerial Statements — Defence: Service Family Accommodation (24 October 2014)

Anna Soubry: ...accommodation at a price that is substantially subsidised compared to civilian options. Our programme of investment in service family accommodation has delivered significant improvements since 2010; last financial year alone, we invested £90 million in upgrading existing stock and £150 million buying over 700 new service homes. We now plan two key changes to the way in which we...

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...

Public Bill Committee: Pension Schemes Bill: Examination of Witness (23 October 2014)

Steve Webb: There are a few things. First of all, there is the quality of the guidance guarantee that we will offer. The Chancellor has confirmed that the telephone-based guidance will be delivered by the Pensions Advisory Service, which I think we would all say is a respected organisation. It is already staffed by experts, and it is increasing its staffing. The face-to-face guidance will be...

[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...

Public Bill Committee: Pension Schemes Bill: - Examination of Witnesses (23 October 2014)

...lot of people from the industry who went to talk to the Treasury about how to solve it, and there was talk about a possible restriction. Saying that if someone takes out cash, they cannot have any more in that year or they cannot have 25% tax relief cash on future contributions would be one way of doing it. Another way would be to say, if you have drawn more than your 25% tax-free cash,...

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...

Public Bill Committee: Childcare Payments Bill: Clause 23 - Refunds of payments made from child care accounts (23 October 2014)

Priti Patel: I beg to move amendment 18, in clause 23, page 13, line 33, at end insert— “(3) In a case where— (a) a person would (in the absence of this subsection) be required by subsection (1) or (2) to repay an amount (“the repayable amount”) into a childcare account, but (b) the childcare account has been closed, the person must pay the repayable amount to...

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...

Public Bill Committee: Childcare Payments Bill: Clause 20 - Payments that may be made from childcare accounts (23 October 2014)

Catherine McKinnell: Clause 20 deals with payments made from child care accounts. Subsection (1) states that the only payments authorised from the accounts will be “payments in respect of qualifying childcare for the relevant child” for whom the account is held, and “withdrawals made by the account-holder.” As we have said, if parents do not need all the money in a child care account to...

Public Bill Committee: Pension Schemes Bill: Examination of Witnesses (23 October 2014)

Dr Ros Altmann: I would like to see—it is something we have needed for many years—an obligation on whoever is selling somebody a product at retirement to comply properly with the Treating Customers Fairly rules that already exist. I fear that the regulation of this sales process has failed to understand how consumers think, how they work and what they need. In theory, you have...

Public Bill Committee: Childcare Payments Bill: Clause 15 - Childcare accounts (23 October 2014)

Catherine McKinnell: It is my pleasure to serve under your chairmanship this morning, Mr Sheridan. I will provide a small amount of context to the clause, to set the amendments in context. The clause provides for child care accounts, the mechanism by which the Government have chosen to deliver the top-up payments to eligible parents. The accounts are central to the support that is provided for by the Bill. Once...

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