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

...landings. My Government have continued to pursue an active foreign policy, promoting British interests and values, and protecting British citizens abroad. My Ministers contributed to a resolute NATO and European Union response to Russian actions in Ukraine. Through the NATO summit in Wales, they achieved agreement on enhancing the Alliance’s rapid deployment capability to protect the...

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

.... My Government has continued to pursue an active foreign policy, promoting British interests and values, and protecting British citizens abroad. My Ministers contributed to a resolute NATO and European Union response to Russian actions in Ukraine. Through the NATO Summit in Wales, they achieved agreement on enhancing the Alliance’s rapid deployment capability to protect the United...

Elections for Positions in the House: Backbench Business — Valedictory Debate (26 March 2015) See 2 other results from this debate

Anne McGuire: ...thanks to my parliamentary staff, Graham, Heather, Aileen, Stephen, Rachel and Gerry, for their support and forbearance during my time in Parliament. I also thank my constituency party members and my trade union, the GMB. Like you, Mr Speaker, I came into this House in 1997. At that time, pupils in my area were being educated in schools where buckets were needed to catch the rain; we...

Business of the House (24, 25 and 26 March) (No. 2): Procedure of the House (26 March 2015)

Gregory Barker: ...motion. Will he address himself to it and tell us whether he is in favour of a secret ballot or against it? This is similar to when Labour consistently opposed secret ballots in the reform of the trade unions. It is their dirty little prejudice against real democracy.

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Today’s Business of the House (26 March 2015)

William Hague: The hon. Gentleman goes a little wide of the question. The obvious retort is that it is still possible to buy a party, which is what trade unions do with the Labour party. That is what really needs reform in our political system.

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Undercover Policing (26 March 2015)

John McDonnell: ...motion 899 because I was contacted by Peter Francis, the former member of the Metropolitan police’s special demonstration squad, who confirmed in a statement that covert surveillance was carried out on trade unions, including the Fire Brigades Union, the Communication Workers Union, the National Union of Teachers and Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians, as well as...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Armed Forces: Trade Unions (26 March 2015)

Alex Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether armed forces personnel have the right to be represented by a trade union in relation to (a) changes to terms and conditions of employment and (b) collective complaints to their employer.

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Public Bodies (26 March 2015) See 1 other result from this answer

Andrew Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much was spent by his Department's public bodies on employees partly or wholly employed on trade union duties in each of the last three years.

Written Ministerial Statements — Cabinet Office: Statutory Register of Consultant Lobbyists (26 March 2015)

Sam Gyimah: Part 1 of the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014 provides for a statutory register of consultant lobbyists. I have made an order to commence the provisions necessary to bring the register into effect on 1 April. From 1 April, organisations and individuals that engage in consultant lobbying, as defined by the Act, will be required to...

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

Eric Pickles: ...democratic scrutiny. We have: Worked with councils to deliver a new era of town hall transparency, with town halls to publish online their spending, contracts, tenders, senior pay and property assets through a new Transparency Code. We have enhanced citizens’ rights to inspect council accounts, creating a new army of ‘armchair auditors’. Ensured...

Written Ministerial Statements — Deputy Prime Minister: Section 155 of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 (26 March 2015)

Nicholas Clegg: ...from the levels set in PPERA by the Political Parties and Elections Act 2009. The sums in section 95B(6) and Schedule 11A were introduced by the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014. This statement has also been made in the House of Lords: HLWS481

Budget Statement — Motion to Take Note (25 March 2015) See 1 other result from this debate

Lord Lea of Crondall: ...engage with the rest of the world via Europe very much more intensively than we are doing, using European benchmarks for much of what we do. My main point concerns the connection between the low productivity problem and the trade balance problem. I think that I have told the following anecdote once before in the Chamber. Someone I know quite well who runs an engineering company in Britain...

Modern Slavery Bill — Commons Amendments (25 March 2015)

Lord Hylton: ...that it is of great importance not to allow the kafala system, which ties the employee to a single named employer, to exist here because it has led to abuse and exploitation in the Gulf and nearby countries where trades unions are seldom allowed. I understand that our Government have sought to get it amended and improved in that part of the world. It should not be allowed to creep in here...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Trade Unions (25 March 2015)

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[Sir Roger Gale in the Chair] — North Wales Economic Infrastructure (25 March 2015) See 2 other results from this debate

Alun Cairns: ...questions about the future of many companies and organisations, and so the continuing prosperity of north Wales, because of the commitment to a referendum on the UK’s future membership of the European Union. I simply do not accept the Opposition’s arguments on that issue. The evidence is strong and pretty overwhelming. In February, the British Chambers of Commerce said:...

Written Answers — Department for International Development: Developing Countries: Conditions of Employment (25 March 2015)

Justine Greening: The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) is a unique alliance of companies, trade unions and non-government organisations. DFID supports the Ethical Trading Initiative in their work to improve the lives of workers around the world. Company sign-up to ETI has nearly doubled in the last 5 years from 45 members to 87 members.

EU and Russia (EUC Report) — Motion to Take Note (24 March 2015) See 7 other results from this debate

Baroness Morgan of Ely: ...tool of domestic policy in a country which prides the “strong man” standing up for his country. Russia still contests that many of the states which surround it geographically are its own sphere of influence. The speed of the Ukraine-European Union Association Agreement, according to the report, took the Russians by surprise, and it is clear that Russia often conflated the EU...

Lesser-Taught Languages (24 March 2015)

Daniel Kawczynski: ...language fluently. I know that, whatever walk of life she follows—perhaps she will have a business career—knowing a second language will give her a huge advantage. If we are going to remain in the European Union, it is vital that we engage with our political counterparts in their own language. I pay tribute to my hon. Friend the Member for Enfield North (Nick de Bois). He and...

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