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Illegal Encampments (East of England) — [Mr Christopher Chope in the Chair] (26 November 2014)

Alan Haselhurst: Connoisseurs of parliamentary proceedings may find it wry that I have the honour to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Chope. I hope your mind is cleansed of those occasions when the roles were reversed and I may have had occasion to call you to order. I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Harlow (Robert Halfon) for giving us this opportunity to raise these issues—issues that I imagine...

[Mr James Gray in the Chair] — Fracking (25 November 2014)

Michael Weir: I am pleased to speak under your chairmanship, Mr Gray, and I congratulate the right hon. Member for Lewes (Norman Baker) on securing this important debate. I should make it clear at the outset that I do not support fracking, for all the reasons set out by others, which I will not repeat. Even in Denton, Texas, the home of fracking, in a recent referendum people voted to end it. Other states...

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child: Digital Impact — Motion to Take Note (20 November 2014) See 2 other results from this debate

Baroness Lane-Fox of Soho: ...the Government’s renewed focus on technology, founding Tech City and moving on to advise the Prime Minister on digital policy. Perhaps we should not find it surprising that a few weeks after entering your Lordships’ House, the noble Baroness, Lady Shields, has launched a free digital academy providing skills to help people move on in their careers. Watch out, noble...

Modern Slavery Bill — Second Reading (17 November 2014)

Lord Cashman: (Maiden Speech) My Lords, I rise for the first time in your Lordships’ noble House, and in so doing I respect the normal courtesies of thanks and recognition. But this time it is so very different. I seek no support, no sympathy in what I am about to say, because it is a matter of fact—though, to me, of huge significance. Three days before I was introduced to this noble House, my...

Infrastructure Bill [HL]: Report (2nd Day) (5 November 2014)

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon: ...systems that perpetuate the current inconsistencies in levels of service and cost for the public. In some authorities a digital service is already available. Bolton Council holds a fully digital register and returns searches within one day. Its aim is to provide an, “end to end process where every customer has the same experience and that is what we now offer”. The Land...

Opposition Day — [9th Allotted Day]: Income Tax (5 November 2014)

Jeremy Browne: ...the public services in countries that have had a heavy dose of socialism. After all, people were only escaping over the Berlin wall in one direction. They were not trying to escape from the west to the east in search of a better quality of life or better public services. A lot of the dysfunctional countries with real social problems are those that do not raise enough money to be able to...

Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism Bill: Second Reading (4 November 2014)

Lord Beecham: ...culture which insurance companies and the media constantly denounce. There is very little evidence to support that claim. Even the noble Lord, Lord Young of Graffham, who is not in his place—that ermine-clad St George, constantly in search of regulatory dragons to slay—observed that the so-called compensation culture was more a matter of perception, rather than reality. As the...

Public Bill Committee: International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill: Clause 1 - Duty to meet United Nations 0.7% target from 2015 (4 November 2014)

Gerald Howarth: Thank you, Mr Crausby. May I salute your noble stance on freedom of expression? My right hon. Friend makes a completely fatuous point. I am sorry to say that he has clearly failed to understand the point that I have been making. If a contribution of 0.7% of GNI to overseas aid is enshrined in law, my view is, although I do not agree with that principle, that the same should be done for...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (29 October 2014)

David Cameron: ...labour markets. He forgot to mention immigration in his conference speech altogether. And of course there was that remark by Peter Mandelson admitting that the last Labour Government sent out “search parties” to look for extra migrants to bring to this country. I ask the right hon. Gentleman again: get up and apologise for your record.

[Mr James Gray in the Chair] — Copycat Websites (Government Services) (28 October 2014)

Chris Evans: ...tax disc to a system of paying by direct debit, people could perhaps be scammed monthly, and pay over the odds every single month, because websites will be getting residual income every time. Research conducted by Ipsos MORI for the Advertising Standards Agency found that the features that are important to people in deciding whether a site is official include the general design, the look...

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

...products. You probably will not have people being sold annuities any more. They will be sold secure income plans, which will be fixed-term annuities for a number of years and then you will get your money back. The FCA should be watching closely and reviewing every single product when it comes on to the market. The final thing, and one that worries me, is people falling prey to scams early...

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

Baroness Hussein-Ece: ...nation but political deadlock at numerous administrative levels blocks genuine development on all sides. This is a source of great frustration and despair in Bosnia. I was on a delegation which included Members of your Lordships’ House, and our visit included a presentation from the director of the International Commission on Missing Persons. The ICMP was set up to deal with one of...

Separated Families Initiative — [Mr Gary Streeter in the Chair] (21 October 2014)

Sheila Gilmore: It is a great pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Streeter. I understand that the Minister for Pensions, who normally leads for the Government on this area, is unable to be here today, but I am sure we can have a helpful and productive debate. I welcome the Minister for Employment in his place. Within the past year, the Government have made significant changes to child maintenance...

Public Bill Committee: Childcare Payments Bill: Clause 9 - The person and his or her partner must be in qualifying paid work (21 October 2014)

Alex Cunningham: ...paid work if the person has accepted an offer of work on or before the day on which the declaration of eligibility is made and the work is expected to start within 28 days of that day.” It is a pleasure to server under your chairmanship, Mrs Main. I will speak briefly to amendment 16. As the Committee will be aware, the provisions in clause 9 relate to qualifying paid work. The Bill...

Criminal Justice and Courts Bill — Report (1st Day) (20 October 2014)

Lord Marks of Henley-on-Thames: ...conviction that brought him or her within ambit of the clause in the first place. I turn first to the amendments excluding 16 and 17 year-olds from the operation of the compulsory sentence regime. Your Lordships will no doubt remember that in Committee this House declined to remove the whole of this clause under my stand part debate, but by a fairly narrow margin, considering that the...

[Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] — Surrogacy (14 October 2014)

Andrew Gwynne: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir Edward. I congratulate the hon. Member for Erewash (Jessica Lee) on choosing this interesting and important subject for a Westminster Hall debate. She put the case eloquently, sensitively and sensibly. It is some decades since the main rules controlling surrogacy were put in place, and it is no exaggeration to say that they are a product...

Business of the House: Iraq: Coalition Against ISIL (26 September 2014)

Dai Havard: ...to going into Syria. That is our next debate; it is not a debate for today, because today we are only talking about operating in Iran—sorry, Iraq; Freudian slip. If an aeroplane were to go down in Iraq, the search and rescue mission would not be a problem; should an aeroplane go down in Syria, there could well be a problem. There is this “hot pursuit” argument being made,...

Women: Equality and Advancement — Question for Short Debate (22 July 2014)

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne: ...of Her Majesty’s Government’s new determination to tackle the double trauma of female genital mutilation and of forced, underage marriage for girls. The Birmingham Trojan horse report, which your Lordships’ House received this afternoon, brings both crimes against young females inside the orbit of a narrow band of extremely restrictive Islam. Undoubtedly, from the...

Criminal Justice and Courts Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) (21 July 2014)

Lord Marks of Henley-on-Thames: ...inmates and attending to their well-being. These purposes are far too wide. They smack of a military origin and are out of sympathy with contemporary views on the restriction of the use of force against children. Your Lordships will wish to be extremely vigilant where we are concerned with the authorisation of such force. We accept the Joint Committee’s clear view that the proposed...

Criminal Justice and Courts Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (21 July 2014) See 4 other results from this debate

Baroness Morris of Bolton: ..., but we should make sure that we capture whatever needs to be captured in these amendments. I was unable to speak at Second Reading but this is a matter that concerns me and rightly concerns many in your Lordships’ House. The issue is how we address that concern. The amendments brought forward by my noble friend Lord Marks would classify the online posting of revenge pornography as...

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