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Bill Presented: Clause 66 — VAT: refunds to certain charities (25 March 2015)

David Gauke: Before speaking to clauses 66 and 67 and new clause 1, may I first say what a great pleasure it is to serve under your chairmanship, Dame Dawn? This is the last of a great number of Finance Bills in which you have played one role or another, and I have had the privilege of serving with you on a number of those occasions. This is the last afternoon on which you will be dealing with tax...

Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 (Authority to Carry Scheme) Regulations 2015: Motion to Approve (23 March 2015)

Lord Bates: My Lords, I am grateful for the contributions that have been made in the debate. I am deeply conscious that there are a large number of orders and regulations before your Lordships this afternoon. The detail of the questioning is very welcome and important—we are talking about very serious issues—and I guess that it will not be possible for me to answer every particular question...

Conflict Zones: Protection of Interpreters and Translators — Question for Short Debate (18 March 2015)

Lord Ashdown of Norton-sub-Hamdon: ...to a group of people to whom we owe an unquestionable duty of care and an unquestionable national duty of honour. I do not at this moment want to talk about those within the main scheme that the Government have created. You can have your criticisms of that but it seems perfectly adequately administered. I speak about those who fall just outside it because they were a day short or left a...

[Annette Brooke in the Chair] — Backbench Business — Police and Children (12 March 2015) See 2 other results from this debate

Karen Bradley: It is an absolute pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mrs Brooke. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for East Worthing and Shoreham (Tim Loughton) on securing this debate and bringing this important matter to the House. I congratulate the members of his all-party group, of which you are an esteemed member, Mrs Brooke, as is the noble Baroness Massey, among others. The report...

Women: Economic Empowerment — Motion to Take Note (5 March 2015)

Baroness King of Bow: ...the common-sense strategy of putting money into women’s pockets, which everyone here, including government Ministers, has supported, the Government have systematically taken money out of women’s pockets. Independent research from the House of Commons Library shows that, over the course of this Parliament, a staggering 85% of cash raised from tax and benefits changes has come...

Modern Slavery Bill: Third Reading (4 March 2015)

Lord Bates: ...—the Ethical Trading Initiative—would be people whom we would want to engage actively with this consultation, which was a concession; it was something which we said we would do in response to concerns raised in your Lordships’ House. We launched the consultation and it is open until 7 May. Question 13 on the consultation specifically asks: “What would good practice...

Maternity Services in Morecambe Bay — Statement (3 March 2015)

Earl Howe: ...honourable friend the Secretary of State for Health in another place about maternity care at the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust. The Statement is as follows. “With your permission, Mr Speaker, I would like to make a Statement on the independent investigation into the care of mothers and babies at the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation...

[Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] — Backbench Business — Harvey’s Law (2 March 2015)

Derek Twigg: I beg to move, That this House has considered the e-petition relating to Harvey’s law. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Rosindell. I am grateful to the Backbench Business Committee for finding time for this important debate. It is good to see that its Chair is here and will take part in the debate. A lot of people around the country will be following this important...

Consumer Rights Bill — Commons Reason (24 February 2015)

Lord Moynihan: ...level of online ticket fraud was of the order of 1.5 billion in 2012. That was of course a momentous year but that figure of 1.5 billion does not include the Olympic or Paralympic Games because, as your Lordships will recall, the opportunity was taken both in this House and in another place to criminalise the secondary market for that specific event. It is important to...

Royal Assent: Destruction of Historic Sites (Syria and Iraq) (12 February 2015)

Tim Loughton: ...in this place. I have also visited Syria twice. On my last visit there, five years ago, we went to Aleppo, a city which I think we would find hard to identify now. I found the museum there and went in search of some of the excavations by the great Mesopotamologist Sir Max Mallowan, who went to school at Lancing college in my constituency and was, of course, married to Agatha Christie. When...

Contaminated Land (Householder Responsibility) (10 February 2015)

David Heath: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hollobone. I am particularly pleased to have secured this brief debate on an issue that affects perhaps only a limited number of people, but in a substantial way: the liabilities of householders when contamination is found on their land, whether that is their home or business. I will deal in particular with domestic householders and their...

Employment and Support Allowance and Work Capability Assessments (5 February 2015)

Sheila Gilmore: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Walker. I am grateful to all the members of the Work and Pensions Committee, who have done a great deal of work over the past months and years on this issue. I want to look first at a couple of slightly more detailed aspects of this matter that were not fully covered—no one can cover all of it—in the introductory remarks. The...

Deregulation Bill — Report (2nd Day) (5 February 2015)

Lord Grade of Yarmouth: ...that the courts are “clogged up” and “overrun” with these cases. Nothing could be further from the truth. This was well rehearsed in Committee. There is a sense in which this is a solution in search of a problem. There is not really a problem, but if it could be decriminalised without losing the compulsory element, that would be fine. But, of course, with the...

Universal Credit — Question for Short Debate (4 February 2015)

The Bishop of Portsmouth: ...advantage of being in a secure post, an officeholder with understanding colleagues—not even an employee—and under no pressure to fulfil specific requirements to maintain my income. Nevertheless, your Lordships will understand the range of everyday reactions—sadness, guilt, sleep difficulties and anger, for instance—which may sound modest or even trivial but have...

Criminal Justice System: Autism — Question for Short Debate (22 January 2015)

Baroness Uddin: ...to debate improving the criminal justice system for people with autism, and thank all noble Lords who have kindly made time to take part. I welcome this opportunity to bring to the attention of your Lordships the appalling experience that some people with autism have of our criminal justice system. I want to highlight the case of Faruk Ali, a 33 year-old autistic young man living with his...

[Mr James Gray in the Chair] — Green Deal (22 January 2015)

Tim Yeo: I welcome you to the Chair, Mr Gray. It is a great pleasure to speak under your chairmanship, and I will endeavour to stay within order. I also welcome my hon. Friend the Member for Wyre and Preston North (Mr Wallace), who will reply to the debate. I have had an apology from the Under-Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, my hon. Friend the Member for Hastings and Rye (Amber...

Public Bill Committee: Serious Crime Bill [Lords]: Clause 50 - Injunctions to prevent gang-related violence and drug-dealing activity (15 January 2015)

Elfyn Llwyd: It is a great pleasure to serve under your able chairmanship, Ms Clark. The amendments aim to strengthen the clause, which introduces changes to the circumstances in which injunctions can be handed out to prevent gang-related violence. No one would object to that particular aspect. However, the new provisions make it clear that such injunctions can be given to offenders as young as 14 years...

Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill — Second Reading (13 January 2015)

Baroness Berridge: ...applauded, as the proposals in the Bill are some of the most complex to get right in human rights terms. France has not just brought home the serious security threat that we face, which no one in your Lordships’ House denies; the French have also shown us the best of responses, namely the bold assertions of our freedoms. It is one of the highest duties of the state to keep its...

Public Bill Committee: Control of Horses Bill: Clause 1 - Powers of local authorities in England to detain horses (8 January 2015)

Angela Smith: Mr Gray, I start by wishing you, the Committee, the Clerk and the officials a happy new year. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship. I rise to express the Opposition’s support for new clause 1 and the amendments, which extend the provisions of the Bill to private land in line with the instruction agreed on the Floor of the House just before the Christmas recess. That...

Public Bill Committee: Infrastructure Bill [Lords]: Clause 29 - Transfer of responsibility for local land charges to Land Registry (8 January 2015)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: ...an assessment of the impact it will have on local authorities; (c) an assessment of the impact it will have on businesses; and (d) an assessment of the impact it will have on home buyers and sellers.” It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hood, and I wish you a happy new year. Currently, in England and Wales, a local land charge search is one of two searches...

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