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Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Minimum Wage (22 October 2014) See 4 other results from this debate

Jessica Morden: About 73,000 people in Wales are in minimum wage jobs, and a quarter of a million earn less than the living wage. Will the Minister commit his party to Labour’s plan to raise the minimum wage to 8 an hour, which would at least start to tackle the scandal of low pay in Wales?

[Hywel Williams in the Chair] — Voter Registration (22 October 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Chris Ruane: I could not possibly comment. I have explained the Government’s position. I now turn to the Electoral Commission’s position, and I have paid tribute to it for what it has done. In 2009, I met people from Experian, the credit reference data agency. We sat in my office in Portcullis House and I said that 3.5 million people were missing from the register. They said, “No there...

Bosnia and Herzegovina — Question for Short Debate (21 October 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Baroness Morgan of Ely: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Ashdown, for initiating this debate and for demonstrating such passion for an area for which clearly he still has a strong affection to this day. I think that it is fair to say that, prior to the elections a couple of weeks ago, the situation in Bosnia-Herzegovina was not great. However, I will try to be a bit like my noble friend Lord Lea and look on...

Separated Families Initiative — [Mr Gary Streeter in the Chair] (21 October 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Jim Shannon: I congratulate the hon. Member for Edinburgh East (Sheila Gilmore) on bringing this subject before us for debate and consideration, and on the balanced way she laid out the legislative change and her opinion of what we have before us. I also commend the intervention of the hon. Member for East Worthing and Shoreham (Tim Loughton), who referred to families and to children in particular. I...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business : Education Bill:  Consideration Stage (21 October 2014)

Mitchel McLaughlin: Members will have a copy of the Marshalled List of amendments detailing the order for consideration. The amendments have been grouped for debate in the provisional grouping of amendments selected list. There are four groups of amendments, and we will debate the amendments in each group in turn. The first debate will be on amendment Nos 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 8, which deal with...

Public Bill Committee: Childcare Payments Bill: Clause 1 - Entitlement to receive money towards costs of childcare (21 October 2014) See 1 other result from this clause

David Heath: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship this morning, Mr Sheridan. There are two reasons for tabling an amendment. One is to stimulate a debate on a subject. The other is to actually change the wording of a Bill. I am quite happy to accept that the hon. Lady’s purpose in this instance is to stimulate a debate on child poverty. I am not remotely happy to accept that she is...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: New Schedule (20 October 2014)

Tom Elliott: I thank the Member for that. I said that I welcome the working-together of Lord Morrow, the Minister and the Department of Justice in bringing forward what may be better proposals. I totally accept that point. On the matter of the first group of amendments, I acknowledge that a large number of them have been worked out between Lord Morrow and the Department of Justice, and, by and...

The Chairman of Ways and Means took the Chair as Deputy Speaker (Standing Order No. 3) — European Union (Referendum) Bill (17 October 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Stephen Timms: I say again to the hon. Lady that the question of whether we remain members of the EU is a central one in determining whether we should have a referendum. That was the view set out by the current Prime Minister—the leader of her party—when speaking in Hammersmith on 5 January 2010, while he was campaigning for election and she was supporting him. He said: “Do I want an...

ISIL: Iraq and Syria — Statement (16 October 2014)

Baroness Anelay of St Johns: My Lords, with the leave of the House, I shall now repeat a Statement made earlier today in another place by my right honourable friend the Foreign Secretary, on ISIL, Iraq and Syria. The Statement is as follows. “With permission, Mr Speaker, I would like to make a Statement on Iraq and Syria. I am sure that the House will wish to join me in expressing sympathy and condolences to the...

Social Justice Strategy — Motion to Take Note (16 October 2014)

The Bishop of Ely: (Maiden Speech): My Lords, I begin by expressing my gratitude for the welcome I have received since I was introduced into your Lordships’ House. My theological sense of direction is rather more developed than my physical sense, and I have been touched by the noble Lords who have accompanied me around bewildering corridors. Your Lordships may yet see me, like Theseus, unwinding a ball of...

Business of the House: ISIL: Iraq and Syria (16 October 2014)

Philip Hammond: With permission, Mr Speaker, I would like to make a statement on Iraq and Syria. I am sure that the House will wish to join me in expressing sympathy and condolences to the family and friends of Alan Henning. Mr Henning arrived in Syria armed only with kindness and compassion. His appalling murder, like that of David Haines, the two American hostages and many thousands of others, has revealed...

Business of the House (16 October 2014)

Angela Eagle: May I thank the Leader of the House for announcing next week’s business and February’s recess date? I note, however, that he has not announced a date for this Government to stagger to their painful and inevitable end—or should I say dissolution? Six weeks ago, the House gave a Second Reading to the Affordable Homes Bill, which mitigates the cruel effects of the bedroom tax....

Opposition Day — [6th Allotted Day]: NHS Services (Access) (15 October 2014)

Andrew George: I am grateful to the right hon. Gentleman and, of course, he has now had the opportunity to put that point on the record. However, he must recognise that as others have said—indeed, I made this point when I intervened on him—the Labour Government rolled out the red carpet with the policy of independent treatment centres, walk-in centres and other services, where the taxpayer paid...

Opposition Day — [6th Allotted Day]: National Minimum Wage (15 October 2014) See 34 other results from this debate

Jo Swinson: We have had a good debate. There has been a lot more agreement than the political to and fro or the very politicised wording of the motion might suggest. The hon. Member for Dumfries and Galloway (Mr Brown) gave us a welcome reminder of the history of the national minimum wage and his experience on the Bill Committee, which had two overnighters to make the legislation happen. When he was...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Joint Ministerial Committee (15 October 2014)

Margaret Curran: May I begin by paying tribute to the great Scottish journalist Angus Macleod, who died recently. On behalf of the Opposition, I send condolences to his family. During the referendum campaign, many voters expressed their deep desire for change in our politics and society. Does the Minister believe that the Joint Ministerial Committee should address the figures published today that show growing...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (15 October 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Edward Miliband: I should say at the outset that I am speaking through a sore throat, but I would not have missed this meeting with the Prime Minister for the world. Today’s fall in unemployment is welcome. Every time someone gets a job, it is good for them and for their family. Will the right hon. Gentleman confirm, however, that the latest figures show that wages are still failing to keep pace with...

[Martin Caton in the Chair] — Transport in the North-East (15 October 2014)

Bridget Phillipson: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Caton, and I am grateful for having secured this debate. The north-east is a wonderful place for us to live, work and do business. However, too many of our constituents are struggling, and central Government are not giving us the support that we need. On so many economic measures, we are falling behind the rest of the country. From May to...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Education Bill:  Second Stage (14 October 2014)

Steven Agnew: I declare an interest as a director of NICIE. I suppose that, in the context of the Education Bill, it is a good opportunity for me to pay respect and indeed congratulations to my former teacher Michelle McIlveen, Chair of the Committee for Education. The House will already know that I had another illustrious teacher, Mr Sammy Wilson. He still gives me lectures, but I do not have...

Serious Crime Bill [HL] — Report (1st Day) (14 October 2014)

Baroness Howe of Idlicote: My Lords, I believe that the noble Lord, Lord Ponsonby, was going to speak to Amendment 41A, but if he is not here I would be happy to make that case—or part of it, anyhow. Child protection law clearly defines a child as a person under the age of 18. This is enshrined in the Children Act 1989 and in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. However, the law on neglect is...

Bill Presented: Devolution (Scotland Referendum) (14 October 2014)

David Jones: I thought I made that clear a moment ago: it was as a consequence of the judgment in the Agricultural Wages Board case. The right hon. Gentleman may laugh, but he thought as well that, under the conferred powers model, if the powers were not specifically referred to they were actually excluded. That, of course, is not the case, and that is why we need to change the model. More importantly, we...

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