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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...

Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill — Second Reading (16 July 2014)

Baroness Lane-Fox of Soho: ...Google Glass, which collect data fit into this new picture? It therefore makes me extremely nervous that Bills which require such deep technical expertise are given so little time. The digital capability of the other place and of your Lordships’ House is something that will become more and more profoundly significant. All pieces of legislation will soon have aspects of technology at...

[Mr David Amess in the Chair] — Jobcentre Plus (10 July 2014)

Debbie Abrahams: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Amess. It is also a pleasure to follow my colleague on the Select Committee, the hon. Member for Newton Abbot (Anne Marie Morris), who, as always, made a balanced speech. I am particularly pleased to speak on behalf of my constituents, many of whom are claimants and use their Jobcentre Plus, but I also speak on behalf of those who work...

Industrial Strategy: British Business Bank — Question for Short Debate (8 July 2014)

Lord Leigh of Hurley: ...businessperson for many years. I am particularly pleased to be able to take part in this debate because the financing of SMEs is an area in which I have had an interest all my working life. I refer your Lordships to my various interests as declared in the register of interests. I shall focus my remarks on the British Business Bank. It was very clear to many of us in 2010, when the...

Child Abuse — Statement (7 July 2014)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: ...revealed that more than 100 related files had gone missing. The Minister will recall from previous debates that we called for a much wider, overarching inquiry. Indeed, I raised this with Ministers in your Lordships’ House on both 6 November and 14 November 2012 in debates on child abuse. At that time Ministers rejected those calls, but today’s announcement is a step further...

Criminal Justice and Courts Bill — Second Reading (Continued) (30 June 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Baroness Hamwee: ...of the questions and to do justice to the large number of briefings we have all received which display considerable anxiety. Many of their points have been raised today. It is clear to me that your Lordships will do them justice during the passage of the Bill. Like others, many of my concerns are about the risk of losing focus on rehabilitation, and of reversing progress that has been made...

Criminal Justice and Courts Bill — Second Reading (30 June 2014)

Lord Marks of Henley-on-Thames: ...Benches by my honourable friend Nick de Bois. Regrettably, Labour MPs lined up alongside the Conservative Back-Bench Members to support it. Liberal Democrats in the Lower House opposed the amendment and we will do so again in your Lordships’ House. Of course knife crime is extremely serious and we must come down very hard on it. In many cases where an offender repeats an offence of...

Scottish Parliament: Your GP Cares Campaign (26 June 2014)

Alison McInnes: I start by thanking those MSPs who supported my motion and enabled it to be debated today. The British Medical Association’s your GP cares campaign emphasises that general practice is the cornerstone of the national health service and is at the heart of every community. The service provided by general practitioners and primary healthcare teams—from professionals covering vast...

Armed Forces — Motion to Take Note (23 June 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Lord Craig of Radley: ...security, is starting to lack substance, as viewed in Washington. At a time when the United States’ strategic anxieties are focusing more across the Pacific than across the Atlantic, that may become all too obvious—obvious, that is, when your best and strongest ally just does not bother to consult you about a developing world crisis or problem. Measures of comparison of input...

EU: Youth Unemployment (EUC Report): Motion to Take Note (17 June 2014)

Lord Haskel: ...still not fully understood. Ways of doing business are changing. In some work, such as retail, IT skills replace the older technical and commercial skills. A LinkedIn profile can be as important as a CV. Your page on Facebook, or pictures on Instagram, or words on Twitter can strongly influence any potential employer. There is free movement throughout Europe, so that in some cases highly...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Pupils at Risk of Educational Disadvantage (6 May 2014)

Chris Skidmore: ...matters, but the conscious creation of a definition of a section of the population that has previously been without a voice. That in itself creates a question to which we, as policy makers, then need to search for answers. A lens has been formed through which we can view a landscape that has been previously obscured. The only problem with defining NEETs as an at-risk group of young people...

Written Answers — Health: Surgery (6 May 2014)

Daniel Poulter: ...qualified and experienced staff, in a properly approved or registered organisation that meets required levels of safety and quality; and The right to be involved in discussions and decisions about your health and care, including your end of life care, and to be given information to enable you to do this. Where appropriate this right includes your family and carers. One of the Care Quality...

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