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Prorogation: Her Majesty’s Speech (26 March 2015)

Her Majesty’s most gracious Speech was then delivered to both Houses of Parliament by the Lord Privy Seal, in pursuance of Her Majesty’s Command, as follows. My Lords and Members of the House of Commons, my Government’s legislative programme has been founded on a long-term plan to build a stronger economy and a fairer society. Legislation passed in this Session will support...

Royal Assent: Her Majesty’s Most Gracious Speech (26 March 2015)

My Lords and Members of the House of Commons: My Government’s legislative programme has been founded on a long-term plan to build a stronger economy and a fairer society. Legislation passed in this session will support economic growth and help secure a better future for Britain. New Acts will make the United Kingdom the most attractive place to start, finance and grow a business and...

Elections for Positions in the House: Backbench Business — Valedictory Debate (26 March 2015) See 4 other results from this debate

Angela Eagle: ...hope that this is not mine. I have been adding it up—this is probably wrong—but I have calculated that we have heard from right hon. and hon. Members with 677 years of experience serving in the House. Obviously that is all squashed together and not linear, but the House has benefited from that experience over the years. Such experience will be missed when hon. Members call it a...

Immigration: Detention — Question for Short Debate (26 March 2015) See 1 other result from this debate

Lord Craig of Radley: My Lords, I crave the indulgence of the House for just one moment. The noble and learned Lord, Lord Lloyd of Berwick, was kind enough to mention me in his final contribution to debates in your Lordships’ House. I have greatly valued and enjoyed the warm and generous friendship of the noble and learned Lord. Our relationship goes back to the time when I was Convenor of the Cross Benches...

Finance (No. 2) Bill — Second Reading (and Remaining Stages) (26 March 2015) See 2 other results from this debate

Lord Soley: ...will more generously fund and risk-take for the small and medium-sized enterprises. The argument about immigration needs to be seen in two ways. There is clearly a problem in social terms with the pressure on schools, housing, hospitals or whatever. However, there is also the problem of how the issue feeds into our economy. Overall, immigration has been beneficial to this country—I...

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Communication (26 March 2015)

Kris Hopkins: ...19 March 2015, Question 222568. To place this all in context, communications activity under the last Labour Government, including departmental spending such as: 1.1 million a year on external public relations, despite having 103 in-house communications officers; 15,000 on plugging the “Sustainable Communities summit” that was subsequently...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits: Disqualification (26 March 2015)

Lord Freud: Claimants who have a sanction applied could also be in receipt of other Government financial support such as Child Benefit, Child Tax Credit, Council Tax Support or Housing Benefit. Claimants who are sanctioned can also apply for hardship payments, equivalent to 60 or 80% of their benefit payment, subject to meeting the necessary criteria.

Written Ministerial Statements — Department for Education: Condition Improvement Fund (26 March 2015)

David Laws: ...bidding round to submit a revised application, which we will consider ahead of the full 2016-17 bidding round. Ensuring that there is a good local school place for every child, and that every child can benefit from a learning environment which is safe and fit for purpose, no matter where they live, are key priorities for this Government. This follows on from the announcement my Right...

Written Ministerial Statements — Department for Communities and Local Government: Local Government Delivery (26 March 2015)

Eric Pickles: .... Scrapped Labour’s plans for new bin taxes on family homes, which would have harmed the local environment by fuelling fly-tipping and backyard burning, taken action to stop both the levying of ‘backdoor bin charging’ for the collection of household waste and new ‘tip taxes’, and scrapped the levying of unfair and arbitrary bin fines on families....

Written Ministerial Statements — Department for Communities and Local Government: Housing and Planning Delivery (26 March 2015)

Eric Pickles: As this Parliament draws to an end, I would like to update hon. Members on the actions that my Department has put in place since May 2010 on housing and planning, as part of our long-term economic plan. We inherited a broken housing market that has been devastated by the Great Recession, but we have turned the economy and housing market around. Key achievements I am pleased to...

Public Contracts Regulations 2015 — Motion to Regret (25 March 2015)

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: ...will sit alongside the healthcare-specific requirements in the NHS (Procurement, Patient Choice and Competition) Regulations 2013 and Section 75 of the 2012 Act, which we debated in your Lordships’ House on 24 April 2013. I am sure that the noble Earl will recall that lively debate. The introduction of this new regime has been delayed for NHS-funded healthcare services until April...

Budget Statement — Motion to Take Note (25 March 2015) See 8 other results from this debate

Lord Deighton: ..., that we did not have that choice because the markets would not have allowed us to continue with the scale of deficit we had. Many noble Lords made very useful and interesting contributions on the housing market: the noble Lords, Lord McKenzie, Lord Best, Lord McFall, Lord Whitty, the noble Baroness, Lady Valentine, and the noble Lord, Lord Graham, who, with mobile homes, may well have...

Petitions: Social Care and Military Compensation (25 March 2015) See 2 other results from this debate

Jane Ellison: I am grateful to the hon. Member for Blackpool South (Mr Marsden) for bringing this important issue before the House. It provides me with an opportunity to clarify our current position. I hope the hon. Gentleman will allow me first to place the issue in the broader context, particularly the context of reforms in social care. To make some sense of that broader context, at the turn of this...

Bill Presented: Clause 6 — Charge for financial year 2016 (25 March 2015) See 3 other results from this debate

David Gauke: .... The corporation tax rate is set in legislation a year in advance on an annual basis. Clause 6 sets the corporation tax rate and charge for the financial year beginning on 1 April 2016. The House will be aware that in 2013 legislation was passed cutting the main rate of corporation tax from 21% to 20% for the 2015 financial year. The cut will take effect in seven days and give the UK by...

Homelessness (Crisis Report) (25 March 2015) See 3 other results from this debate

Sarah Newton: The Minister is right to talk about vulnerable people, young ones in particular, and to say that cross-governmental work is required. In the next Parliament further changes to housing benefit will be considered, especially on shared occupancy. Does he agree that just as we are exempting care leavers, because we understand their particular vulnerability, we should also consider exempting young...

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

Sheila Gilmore: ...in things such as tax credits. Many low-paid people lost more in tax credits than they gained in the rise in the tax threshold. The Government keep endlessly repeating that low-paid people are the ones who have benefited, but that has not been the case in practice for many of these people, particularly those with families and children—they have particularly suffered. For them, the...

Modern Slavery Bill — Commons Amendments (25 March 2015) See 1 other result from this debate

Lord Hylton: ...To do so, the worker must first endure a period of abuse and exploitation, then escape, and then find the national referral mechanism. The government amendment restricts the person to working in a private household, whereas mine will allow him or her to work as a domestic in a hotel or embassy. The Government may say—indeed, the Minister made this point—that the workers will...

High Speed 2 (25 March 2015) See 7 other results from this debate

Robert Goodwill: ...(Graham Stringer) is a member of that Committee. One of its conclusions in a previous report states: “Having reviewed the revised business case for HS2 and the KPMG report on regional economic benefits we remain convinced that the project is justified. Capacity constraints on the West Coast Main Line cannot be ignored and nor should demand be controlled by pricing people off the...

Bill Presented: Finance (No. 2) Bill (25 March 2015) See 2 other results from this debate

Christopher Leslie: My hon. Friend’s point about distributional analysis is a good one. We know that those on lower and middle incomes have been hit particularly hard: people on the lowest incomes do not benefit from many of the changes that the Government have made, and we must consider what data we need. My point about parliamentary procedure is not just about the political dates of Budgets and so forth;...

Bill Presented: Tax Transparency and International Development (25 March 2015)

Fiona O'Donnell: ...seeks to empower developing countries at a time when they are vulnerable to companies seeking to exploit their natural resources and economic development potential. The citizens of these countries should benefit from those resources and that economic growth so that they can shape the future of their own nation and of generations to come who can grow up free from poverty if we act to ensure...

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