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Public Administration Select Committee: Backbench Business — Easter Adjournment (10 April 2014)

Jim Shannon: I should like to start by thanking you, Madam Deputy Speaker, and the hon. Member for Hammersmith (Mr Slaughter), for agreeing to allow me to speak now, ahead of the hon. Gentleman. I should like to use this opportunity to draw attention to social isolation in rural constituencies, which is an issue that is close to my heart. As I often have said in this House, I represent the most beautiful...

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Living Wage (10 April 2014) See 5 other results from this debate

Heidi Alexander: What steps the Government are taking to encourage firms to pay a living wage.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: New Clause 5 — Bank payroll tax (9 April 2014) See 3 other results from this debate

Alison McGovern: For the purposes of Hansard, I thank the Minister for correcting me from a sedentary position. In any event, it is really evident that the bank levy is not good enough. We heard repeated claims about how much it would bring in, but it has failed to reach those levels. The public do not understand why that is, and they want us to take very seriously the position of the financial services...

Higher Education — Motion to Take Note (9 April 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I congratulate the Minister on securing this debate. I must admit that when I saw the list of speakers and started to calculate the average length of time they were taking, I inwardly groaned. However, I have sat here and, for the most part, have been enthralled by the nature of this debate, its depth, its wit and its analysis. There have been one or two debates that I have sat...

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

Huw Irranca-Davies: The hon. Gentleman makes a good point. Increased tightening up in urban areas displaces criminal activity. Curiously, that brings me to another issue raised by the hon. Gentleman where there has been displacement of activity, namely fly-grazing. At a well attended debate in this Chamber about six months ago, hon. Members from England and Wales discussed the matter. When we talk about...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Clause 11 — Tax relief for married couples and civil partners (9 April 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Jim Shannon: I cannot comment on the technical figures—no doubt the Minister will say something about them when he sums up the debate—but I understand the point that the hon. Gentleman has made. The Government clearly have much to do. Indeed, we all have much to do in putting forward our views, but let us hope that those who have an opportunity to enter into a marital relationship will be able...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: New Clause 1 — Childcare provision (8 April 2014) See 3 other results from this debate

Andrea Leadsom: I do not, but I can tell the hon. Lady that I have been lobbying the Minister, and telling him that children’s centres could play a fantastic and very appropriate role if they became childminder agencies. I think that the support, encouragement, training and quality control that they could offer would be good for childminders, and it would certainly be good for families. What else have...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: New Clause 4 — Report on increasing the additional rate of income tax to 50% (8 April 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Shabana Mahmood: I rise to support amendment 4, which stands in my name and those of my right hon. and hon. Friends. Our amendment seeks to require the Chancellor to publish a report on the impact of setting the additional rate—the top rate—of income tax at 50%, but unlike new clause 4, our amendment requires that the report must also estimate the impact of the top rate in 2014-15 if it is set at...

Pensions Bill — Commons Reason (8 April 2014)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, first, I thank the Minister and his honourable friend in the other place, Steve Webb, for briefing me on their position before our amendment went to the Commons to be overturned. I appreciated their courtesy then in the same way that I appreciate the Minister’s generosity today. I also appreciate above all—that is what matters—their recognition—sort of, at...

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

Gareth Thomas: The hon. Gentleman makes a good point. If I remember rightly, through a subsidiary Navy Federal offers specialist insurance services as well. In short, it offers highly competitive services to those who put themselves in harm’s way for the United States. It provides tailored services to military personnel, supporting their specific needs, including the commitment to cover pay during the...

Armed Forces — Question for Short Debate (7 April 2014)

Lord Astor of Hever: My Lords, I am also grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Dannatt, for introducing this very important issue. I share the right reverend Prelate’s thoughts for those members of the Armed Forces serving on operations and, of course, for their families. It is right that we should do everything we can to ensure that our country is not caught unawares in the event of unforeseen crises and...

Scottish Parliament: Cabinet (Meetings) (3 April 2014)

Nicola Sturgeon: I am in favour of helping low and middle-income workers. I have already referred to the policy of this Government: if we had control over the minimum wage, we would ensure that it rises at least in line with inflation every year. I am also in opposition to many of the policies that are being implemented by the UK Government that lead to the scenario that I spoke about earlier on. Willie...

Development: Post-2015 Agenda — Question for Short Debate (2 April 2014)

Lord Collins of Highbury: My Lords, I, too, thank my noble friend Lady Kinnock for initiating this important and timely debate. The OECD estimates that between 2000 and 2010, 83 developing countries achieved growth rates equivalent to double the OECD average, but that this growth has not necessarily been inclusive. Going back only 15 years, there were just two dollar billionaires in India; now there are 46. The $176...

Asian Restaurateurs (Immigration Enforcement) (2 April 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Karen Bradley: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship this afternoon, Mrs Osborne. I apologise on behalf of the Minister for Security and Immigration, who would normally attend the debate; he is in the main Chamber dealing with another matter. He has not yet worked out how to be in two places at once, but we are training him. I congratulate the hon. Member for Llanelli (Nia Griffith) on securing...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Cost of Living (2 April 2014)

William Bain: Great minds obviously think alike. In North Antrim and South Down 40% of workers are paid less than the living wage, and across the Province the levels of part-time workers, particularly women, on poverty pay are shocking. In fair pay fortnight, can the Minister tell the House whether he will offer incentives for firms to pay the living wage, so that we can tackle one of the major causes of...

Scottish Parliament: Minimum Wage (Increase) (2 April 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

James Dornan: We are coming to the end of fair pay fortnight, and the Trades Union Congress has estimated that the average worker is 2,000 a year worse off than they were in 2010 as a result of wages not keeping in line with the rising cost of living. Given that this year’s rise is the first since 2009, does the minister agree that the only way to ensure that low-paid workers are guaranteed to...

Bill Presented: Finance (No. 2) Bill (1 April 2014) See 15 other results from this debate

Shabana Mahmood: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for his intervention. I very much welcome the Government’s U-turn on investment allowances, which we warned were a mistake in 2010. It is really good that the Chancellor has finally decided at the tail end of this Parliament to put right that bad decision. My hon. Friend the Member for Glasgow North East (Mr Bain) reminded the House of two...

UK Automotive Industry — [Sir Alan Meale in the Chair] (1 April 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Iain Wright: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship again, Sir Alan. I thank the hon. Member for South Staffordshire (Gavin Williamson) for securing the debate. It has given us a welcome opportunity to discuss what he rightly said is a hugely important part of the British economy. I think that the hon. Gentleman began by mentioning Italy; he also mentioned the importance of the west midlands...

National Minimum Wage — Question (1 April 2014) See 5 other results from this debate

Lord Young of Norwood Green: I thank the Minister for his reply and congratulate the Government on their new-found conversion to the benefits of the minimum wage—and even the living wage. It makes a pleasant change from the previous opposition of the Conservative Party and the CBI and their predictions that it would cause massive job losses. Does the Minister agree that the minimum wage depends on effective...

Grassroots Football (1 April 2014)

David Crausby: I very much think so. I am sure that the Government do encourage the community to participate in grassroots football; my argument is that more money must be made available to the volunteers who run the game, and that the place to take the money from is the lucrative professional game. Committing 7.5% of the 5 billion from television rights would deliver 375 million over three...

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