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Higher Education — Motion to Take Note (9 April 2014)

Lord Hennessy of Nympsfield: ...be of some practical use, we must postulate that what is taught should be taught in such a way as to promote the general powers of the mind. The aim should be to produce not mere specialists but rather cultivated men and women … Thirdly, we must name the advancement of learning … the search for truth is an essential function of institutions of higher education and the process...

Rural Crime — [Mr Mike Weir in the Chair] (9 April 2014)

Gordon Henderson: It is a delight to serve under your chairmanship today, Mr Weir, for this important debate. My constituency has a number of important industries, including paper making, brick making and pharmaceuticals, but it is also semi-rural, with an important farming industry. I want to highlight some of the worries about rural crime that people in my constituency have—in particular, my farming...

Military Credit Union — [Mrs Linda Riordan in the Chair] (8 April 2014)

Gemma Doyle: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mrs Riordan. It is also a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Strangford (Jim Shannon), who made a welcome and constructive contribution to the debate. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Harrow West (Mr Thomas) on securing the debate. I am delighted to be able to follow him by speaking in support of the establishment of an...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Matter of the Day : Lough Ree Fishing Boat Tragedy (7 April 2014)

Joanne Dobson: ...the site, hoping against hope, yet knowing in our hearts that, with each day that passed, the outlook became bleaker. The members of Portadown Pikers and the entire community, who rallied round, joining the search and living down at Lough Ree, have nothing but my deepest admiration. As the community and the family try to come to terms with this tragic loss, I will never forget...

Bill Presented: Backbench Business — Sanctioning of Benefit Recipients (3 April 2014)

Julie Hilling: ...need them starving, becoming homeless and living in the cold. As my right hon. Friend says, those things do not allow them productively to seek work. I am a parliamentary patron of the YMCA, which has undertaken research and produced a report called “Feeling the Benefits”. The YMCA found that in the first seven months after the reforms of October 2012, more than a quarter of a...

[Mr Andrew Turner in the Chair] — Backbench Business — Incapacity Benefit Migration (3 April 2014)

Sheila Gilmore: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Turner. I thank the Backbench Business Committee for giving me the opportunity to have this important debate. I hope that during the course of it, we can tease out some of the issues that remain. The context is that the last Labour Government, as we know, replaced incapacity benefit, severe disablement allowance and income support on...

Immigration Bill — Report (1st Day) (Continued) (1 April 2014)

Lord Pannick: ...noble Lord, Lord Taylor, the noble Earl, Lord Attlee, the Immigration Minister, Mr James Brokenshire, and members of the Bill team for the helpful—to me, at least—meeting that we had last week. Your Lordships had a wide-ranging debate on Clause 18 in Committee. These amendments have a narrow focus. Amendments 17 and 18 address the parts of Clause 18 that tell courts and...

House of Lords Reform (No. 2) Bill — Second Reading (28 March 2014)

Lord Howarth of Newport: ...Front Benches of the parties, who at long last seem also to agree that incremental change is the right process and the right way to go. Noble Lords want reform. I do not think that I know any Member of your Lordships’ House who is entirely satisfied with the status quo. It has been frustrating to us that the Front Benches have hitherto not allowed us to proceed as we wish to...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions: Haass Talks:  Value for Money (24 March 2014)

Martin McGuinness: Mr Deputy Speaker, with your permission, I request an extra minute to answer questions 4 and 6, which I propose to group. The establishment of the panel of parties and its deliberations under the chairmanship of Richard Haass was an essential step in the search for consensus on the issues of parades, flags and dealing with the past. When we made the initial announcement about the panel...

Parliamentary Privilege — Motion to Take Note (20 March 2014)

Lord Hope of Craighead: ...Healy, that that should be resorted to only when absolutely necessary; and that situation has not arisen. Perhaps I may say a little more about the HS2 case, which, because the judgment was delivered this year, was not dealt with at all in the report. Your Lordships may like to know that one of the questions raised in that application for judicial review was whether the Government’s...

Olympic and Paralympic Legacy Committee — Motion to Take Note (19 March 2014)

Lord Bates: ...Corporation in east London, Walking on Water, which seems to be an appropriate title and I will be sure to go along to it. Those facilities are reopening. The noble Lord, Lord Harris of Haringey, said that there was a diligent search for the white elephants, which always seemed to be in stark profile following previous Olympic and Paralympic Games. As he said, the committee found none...

Ways and Means: Financial Statement (19 March 2014)

George Osborne: ...to keep us free. So I will continue to direct the use of the LIBOR fines to our military charities and our emergency service charities too. Because the sums continue to grow through the fines, I can today extend that support to our search and rescue and lifeboat services, and provide 10 million of support to our scouts, guides, cadets and St John Ambulance. I am today waiving...

Whitchurch Playing Fields (18 March 2014)

David Laws: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Streeter. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Harrow East (Bob Blackman) on securing the debate on behalf of his constituents, and thank him for the support he has consistently given to the Avanti House free school, which, as he knows, is one of the largest free schools in England. I have carefully noted the comments he has made...

Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Bill: Third Reading (18 March 2014)

Lord Gardiner of Kimble: My Lords, I thank your Lordships for the helpful and constructive discussions that have taken place on the horserace betting levy. As I said on Report, these discussions have been very valuable and have helped to take us to where we stand today. This amendment provides the Secretary of State with reserve powers to make regulations to secure extension of the liability to pay the horserace...

Written Answers — Defence: Military Bases: Yorkshire and the Humber (6 March 2014)

Andrew Murrison: ...on this matter have been received and I will write to the hon. Member as soon as possible. Substantive answer from Dr Murrison to Hugh Bayley: I undertook to write to you in response to your Parliamentary Question on 6 January 2014 (Official Report, column 15W-16W) about communications by letter or email that (a) the Department and (b) the office of the Chief of the Defence Staff have...

[Mr Mike Weir in the Chair] — Scotland and North-east England Post-2014 (4 March 2014)

Angus MacNeil: It is a great pleasure indeed, Mr Weir, to serve under your chairmanship. I congratulate the hon. Member for Sedgefield (Phil Wilson)—a fine MP—on securing the debate. Usually, the Scottish National party in the House of Commons finds itself the six against the 600. There are slightly better odds this morning, with one against 18, and that is much to the good. It is absolutely...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Death: Bacterial Diseases (4 March 2014)

Nick Hurd: .... I have asked the authority to reply. Letter from Joe Grice, dated March 2014 In the absence of the Director General for the Office for National Statistics (ONS), I have been asked to reply to your recent questions to the Secretary of State for Health asking: 1. How many deaths of infants up to the age of one year have been caused by multi-drug resistant bacterial infection; and from...

Sikh Community — Question for Short Debate (3 March 2014)

Baroness Warsi: ...Sikh representatives to discuss the findings of the report and to listen to their concerns. I understand that the noble Lord, Lord Singh, was at that meeting. The meeting coincided with the Statement in your Lordships’ House, and I was thus not present. However, in my dual role at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and at the DCLG I met the noble Lord and other Sikh representatives...

Immigration Bill — Committee (1st Day) (3 March 2014)

Lord Mawhinney: My Lords, I will not take up much of your Lordships’ time because what I had wanted to say was said much better by the noble Lord, Lord Ramsbotham. In my reading of Schedule 1, I noted the words: “The power to search … may be exercised only to the extent reasonably required”. I do not know what “reasonably required” means; I do not know what...

Syria and the Middle East — Motion to Take Note (27 February 2014)

Lord Bach: ...word of thanks to those responsible in this case for the note and the briefing pack from our own Library in the House of Lords. I do not know how many noble Lords have had the opportunity of reading it. Even if your Lordships do not have it now, it is well worth picking up from the Library as it is well written and clear. It has been of considerable help to me and, I suspect, to other...

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