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Business of the House (18 December 2014)

Julian Smith: Britain has an exceptional trading relationship with the United States, but more can be done to make trade easier for small business in particular. May we have a debate about the way in which the transatlantic trade and investment partnership, or TTIP—the current negotiations for a better deal between the European Union and United States—can bring only opportunities for...

Written Answers — Department of Health: EU External Trade: USA (18 December 2014)

George Freeman: The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) will not affect the way the United Kingdom Government runs the National Health Service. It has been made clear by negotiators from both the United States and the European Union that it is up to the UK alone to decide how the NHS is run and any assertion that TTIP will undermine the government’s control of the NHS is a red...

Written Ministerial Statements — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Bovine TB (18 December 2014)

Elizabeth Truss: ...the risk of disease spread, I am today publishing a biosecurity action plan developed by industry and Government. We have recently awarded 50,000 in small grants to livestock markets to support voluntary risk-based trading of cattle and we have been working with the private sector to develop a TB-risk accreditation system for cattle herds. To help all farmers manage the risk of TB we...

Opposition Day — [11th Allotted Day]: Food Banks (17 December 2014)

Lisa Nandy: ...those food banks would be a lot more convincing if his Government had not just tried to gag them to prevent them from speaking out by passing the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014, which we will repeal. One of the reasons why we have such a problem is that the safety net that those charities campaigned for and that we built during the...

International Money Transfer Charges (17 December 2014)

Tessa Jowell: .... When chairing the Africa Progress panel earlier this year, Kofi Annan highlighted the control that money transfer companies have over the market. He said that the two largest such companies, Western Union and MoneyGram, both “operate exclusivity agreements with their agents and commercial banks, which raises the cost of market entry.” He went on to say that money transfer...

Recall of MPs Bill: Second Reading (17 December 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Lord Wallace of Saltaire: ...party, the Liberals—was larger than the membership of any of the three parties today. The Conservative Party had more than 1 million members; the Labour Party was a mass movement, with large trade unions and very large constituency membership. We all know that that is, sadly, not the case now. We fail to engage the public. That is partly because there has been social transformation,...

Childcare Payments Bill — Question (17 December 2014)

Lord McFall of Alcluith: My Lords, on the issue of childcare, as chairman of a civic welfare and benefits group in Scotland, along with my colleagues in the churches, trade unions, local authorities and charities I visited a food bank in Drumchapel last week. We were informed there that over 25% of the clients were working poor, mostly women with childcare needs. That supports research for the Joseph Rowntree...

Previous Business – Commons: Select Committee (17 December 2014)

Science and Technology: Funding the Royal Botanic Gardens. 9:15 am; Cambridge Cottage, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Witnesses: ...Defra; Richard Deverell, Director, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Professor Kathy Willis, Director of Science, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Julie Flanagan, Full time officer, Prospect and Ken Bailey, Trade union side lead for PCS, Prospect and GMB; Lord de Mauley, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for natural environment and science, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Public Bill Committee: Infrastructure Bill [Lords]: Clause 5 - Directions and guidance (16 December 2014)

Richard Burden: ...the Member for Hayes and Harlington (John McDonnell) expressed concerns on Second Reading that central reviews of remuneration are not effective. He said that what is needed is a ratio between the highest and lowest paid in the organisation. The trade union involved, PCS, is calling for assurances that the directors and senior managers of the SHA will be paid in accordance with the outcome...

Kew Gardens — [Sir Alan Meale in the Chair] (16 December 2014)

John McDonnell: I agree. May I remark on the success of this campaign so far? It started way back in April, when concerns were being expressed by members of staff at Kew through their trade unions—PCS and Prospect, among others. As the hon. Member for Richmond Park said, we delivered a petition of more than 100,000 names. Unfortunately, we were unable to take the wheelbarrow containing the petition up...

Bills Presented: Equal Pay (Transparency) (16 December 2014)

Sarah Champion: ...for the purpose of showing whether there are differences in the pay of male and female employees; and for connected purposes. Forty-eight years ago, the women of the Transport and General Workers Union at Ford Dagenham got up from their machines and marched for equal pay. Today we have the privilege of having some of those women here in Parliament. Sadly, they are not here to celebrate a...

[Mr David Crausby in the Chair] — UK Company Supply Chains (16 December 2014) See 4 other results from this debate

Ian Murray: ...such forced labour, including blood bricks. The 1,200 people killed in the collapse of the Rana Plaza were supplying clothing to some of our main high street stores, many of which will do quite brisk trade over the festive season as the public do their Christmas shopping with them. We heard, particularly from my hon. Friend the Member for Ogmore (Huw Irranca-Davies), about prawn fishermen...

Written Answers — Home Office: Trade Unions (16 December 2014)

David Hanson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has of the cost of removing check-off contributions for trade unions in her Department.

Written Answers — Home Office: Trade Unions (16 December 2014)

David Hanson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the cost to her Department of providing check-off services for trade union contributions in each year since 2010.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Colombia (16 December 2014)

Hugo Swire: ...and Commonwealth Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for Richmond (Yorks) (Mr Hague) raised business and human rights in his meetings with President Santos and Foreign Affairs, Finance and Trade Ministers. In addition, our officials have had several meetings with the Colombian government, civil society and businesses in Colombia to discuss the UK Action Plan on Business and Human...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Colombia (16 December 2014)

Hugo Swire: Our Embassy in Bogota will meet Union Sindical Obrera (USO) on Thursday 18 December. Our Embassy will also raise trade union rights, including this particular case and the issue of rights for contracted labour in the oil and mining sectors, at their next meeting with the Colombian Ministry of the Interior in early 2015. Business and human rights is a core part of our human rights strategy in...

Written Answers — House of Lords: UK Membership of EU (16 December 2014)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: The Department conducts Impact Assessments of Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) between the European Union (EU) and other major economies, including, as far as possible, impacts on United Kingdom (UK) trade. Impact Assessments have been published on the FTAs between the European Union and Korea; and between the EU and the Andean countries (Colombia and Peru). These are available at...

National Parliaments (EUC Report) — Motion to Take Note (15 December 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Lord Wallace of Saltaire: ...have said the same. One of the small achievements of this coalition Government has been to consult widely on how far the current arrangements under the Lisbon treaty suit British business, British interests, British trade unions and others. I cherish the evidence from easyJet, which began, “If it were not for the European single market, easyJet would not exist”. The noble...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Sri Lanka (15 December 2014) See 1 other result from this answer

Baroness Tonge: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the European Union decision in 2010 to remove trade concessions from Sri Lanka pending the government of that country improving its human rights record has created a precedent for other countries.

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