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Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Future (21 August 2014)

Bob Doris: Thank you for finding the time, Presiding Officer. I know that time has been tight in the debate. I became politically active when I was 17 years old because of a UK Tory Government that Scotland did not elect, that was not accountable to Scotland and that did not represent the values of the people of Scotland. I am now 41 years old and I see another UK Tory Government wreaking havoc in the...

Scottish Parliament: Increasing Opportunities for Women (20 August 2014) See 2 other results from this debate

Angela Constance: This Government’s ambition—to secure sustainable economic growth—has been consistent, and the current strength of our economy and labour market reflects the strength of our commitment to that ambition. Women are key to the strength and resilience of Scotland’s economy and they have made a huge contribution to the recovery that we are seeing. Women work in every sector...

Scottish Parliament: Progressive Workplace Policies (13 August 2014) See 3 other results from this debate

Murdo Fraser: I thank the cabinet secretary for advance sight of her statement, and I commend the members of the review group for their work. All of us support the aim of improving industrial relations, although it is fair to say that, with a few high-profile exceptions, we in Scotland generally have a good record in that area in recent years. It is disappointing that the cabinet secretary chose to use her...

Scottish Parliament: Welfare (13 August 2014) See 4 other results from this debate

Nicola Sturgeon: Debates on welfare always provoke in me, as I am sure they do in many others in the chamber, conflicting emotions. First, I feel a sense of regret that our welfare state, which is so often held up as one of the defining achievements of the union, is being systematically dismantled, causing real and additional hardship to those in society who most need our help. There is now strong evidence...

Scottish Parliament: Dearest Scotland (13 August 2014)

James Dornan: I thank Bill Kidd for bringing the debate to the chamber, although my gratitude does not extend to calling him “dearest”. I, too, have met Cat Cochrane, who is one of the campaign founders mentioned by Bill Kidd and a constituent of mine, to discuss this great initiative. I have also had the pleasure of contributing a letter to the website. I do not think that anyone would want to...

Scottish Parliament: Economic Opportunities of Independence (12 August 2014) See 2 other results from this debate

Neil Findlay: No, thank you. What type of independence would that be? Why would anyone want to sign up to it? Jim Sillars was right when he said that the policy is “stupidity on stilts”. Has the cabinet secretary learned nothing from the eurozone crisis? Does he not know that the attempt at economic union without political union has been disastrous for working people in Greece, Portugal, Spain...

Scottish Parliament: Income Poverty (7 August 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

John Swinney: This Government takes low pay very seriously, and we are leading the way by doing all that we can to ensure that as many people as possible benefit from the living wage. Our commitment to supporting the Scottish living wage for the duration of this Parliament is a decisive long-term commitment to those who are on the lowest incomes. We want to encourage others to follow the example that we...

Scottish Parliament: Minimum Wage (6 August 2014) See 2 other results from this debate

Neil Findlay: Why does the minister not use the powers that she has at the moment and support, for example, the increase to the living wage, especially through the procurement process? She has the powers, so why is she not doing that?

Youth Employment — Question (30 July 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

The Bishop of St Albans: My Lords, a significant part of the problem is that there are some posts suitable for young people, but they are often in parts of the country where accommodation is prohibitively expensive or the cost of commuting simply precludes them from taking those jobs. In the light of that, have Her Majesty’s Government considered embracing the concept of the living wage for all people of...

Agriculture and Food Industry — Motion to Take Note (24 July 2014)

The Earl of Caithness: My Lords, I declare my interests as on the register. With other noble Lords, I thank my noble friend Lord Plumb for initiating the debate. He rightly said that it followed on well from the previous debate. I add that it also follows on well from a debate we had not so long ago on investment in the rural economy, which is hugely important. In that debate we discussed broadband, which is...

Euro Area Crisis Update (EUC Report) — Question for Short Debate (23 July 2014)

Lord Flight: My Lords, I pay tribute to the noble Lord, Lord Harrison, for chairing our committee and the production of this report, which, given the spread of views on the committee, is very fair and accurate. I think that the noble Lord, Lord Kerr, began to get slightly worried that he found himself agreeing with me on too many issues. The report is, as the noble Lord, Lord Harrison, has suggested,...

Economy: Productivity — Question (23 July 2014)

Lord Haskel: I welcome what the Minister says but is it actually working? Thanks to the Government’s policy of the job-rich, low-wage, low-skill, long-hours economy, as a nation we are producing fewer goods and services than we did six years ago. With such a policy, how do the Government intend us to pay our way in a competitive world, reduce our balance of payments deficit and raise living...

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

Lord Ramsbotham: I shall speak to Amendments 43, 44B, 45, 47 and 48 in my name and support without further comment Amendments 42F, 42G, 42J, 42K, 43, 43A, 44A and 45A, to which I have added my name, and about which the noble Lord, Lord Beecham, has spoken so eloquently. Later in the proceedings I shall speak on clause stand part, putting forward alternative proposals to those about which so many object so...

Jobseeker’s Allowance — Question (21 July 2014)

Lord Freud: The self-employment figures are up strongly, but I need to point out that 60% of the gain in self-employment since 2010 has been in higher-skilled, managerial and professional jobs. It is interesting, when you look at real, living wages, that recent settlements have moved above inflation. There is a lot of variation within the pay settlements, and those in finance and business services have...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Child Care (21 July 2014)

Barbara Keeley: As well as congratulating the new Education Secretary and her team on their new roles, may I say that I hope they will ensure that their Department pays the London living wage to all who work there, like some other Departments? Early intervention grants to Salford have been cut by 50% since 2010 and, overall, Salford city council has had 100 million cut from its budgets. The situation...

[Philip Davies in the Chair] — Backbench business — Middle East and North Africa (17 July 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Grahame Morris: I was going to come on to the Oslo accords and their consequences. I know that my hon. Friend raised issues earlier relating to some of the things that had happened—the reactions and so on—but we have to move on. It is 20 years since Oslo. On the undertakings given, particularly in respect of the withdrawal from Gaza, we are talking about illegal settlements that were set up by...

Backbench Business: Universal Postal Service (17 July 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Ian Murray: I am pleased to follow my hon. Friend the Member for Hayes and Harlington (John McDonnell). This is the fifth debate in a row in which I have answered for the Opposition on this subject, and my hon. Friend has always been the last to speak and has been curtailed in his contribution. I hope that he will not listen to his doctor, because we would certainly miss the passion and anger he brings...

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Food Banks (17 July 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Hugh Bayley: Three weeks ago, the Living Wage Commission chaired by the Archbishop of York recommended that the voluntary adoption of the living wage by employers could do much to reduce poverty and dependence on food banks. What advice and encouragement is the Church giving to parishes to become advocates and champions in their communities in order to persuade employers to adopt the living wage?

Finance Bill — Second Reading (16 July 2014)

Lord Davies of Oldham: My Lords, this has been a wide-ranging debate. I wish the noble Lord, Lord Flight, well in his campaign to wrest control of supply from the other place; he has to reverse more than a century of history and quite significant political obstacles before he achieves that objective. We have had very interesting contributions. Of course, I particularly enjoyed that from the noble Lord, Lord Lawson....

Bill Presented — Counsellors and Psychotherapists (Regulation) Bill: Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill (16 July 2014) See 9 other results from this debate

Toby Perkins: The Minister is not the first to confuse the two. We welcome the fact that this is the first of the Government’s Bills to have small business in its title, and it contains a number of measures that we will support. Indeed, on pub companies, late payments, zero-hours contracts and takeovers, the Bill demonstrates the extent to which the Labour party has set the political agenda. However,...

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