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Business of the House: Iraq: Coalition Against ISIL (26 September 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

David Anderson: In the aftermath of the invasion of Iraq, I led a trade union delegation to Kurdistan. I was amazed by the reaction of the people there, who were delighted that our country had invaded that benighted nation. Since then I have learned why that was so. The people in Kurdistan lived through a period where they saw genocide at Halabja, 182,000 people destroyed by Saddam Hussein and 4,500 villages...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Palestinians (26 September 2014)

Baroness Warsi: In close co-ordination with our European Union partners and the Office of the Quartet Representation, the Government continues to press the Israeli government at ministerial and official level to ease access restrictions. Supporting legal trade for Gazans is firmly in Israel’s long-term interests. We have also encouraged the Egyptian authorities to ease the movement of bona fide...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Welfare Cuts (23 September 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Alex Maskey: ...account the fact that benefits will be frozen over the next number of years and will not rise with the cost of living and so on. We in Sinn Féin argue that we have a choice.  We stand beside and support the calls that have been made by our local trade unions, our church leaders, our charities, the NGOs and the wide range of community representatives who work with hard-pressed...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions: Childcare Payments Bill (22 September 2014)

Jonathan Bell: Since taking office, I have been in a number of meetings with Employers For Childcare and with a range of trade union bodies.  It is important that we listen to all the views expressed to see what can be done.  I am pleased to inform the House that we have pushed ahead, not only in this scheme but in our Bright Start strategy.  We have looked at where we can base that strategy...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions: Schools: Religious Impact (16 September 2014)

John O'Dowd: ...I listened to the Member quite recently stating that the pillars of society, government and state are open to challenge, as are Churches and Church leaders. The challenge I put out to the Protestant Churches, the trade unions, civic society and other opinion formers was that they needed to take up the mantle of challenging academic selection and the ills that it brings to our education...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions: Trade and Investment (16 September 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Simon Hamilton: The Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a trade agreement that is currently being negotiated between the European Union and the United States of America.  The negotiations do not constitute a devolved Government matter.  It is the responsibility of the Westminster Government to work with the European Commission and other member states to develop a comprehensive...

International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill (12 September 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Nia Griffith: ...they will know that the funding will not suddenly be cut from year to year, so that will help significantly in many instances. Other Members have mentioned the benefits to us of overseas aid, as it increases the trading ability of poorer nations so that they become good trading partners and can lead to money from that budget being spent on equipment manufactured in the UK, but those are...

Public Bill Committee: Modern Slavery Bill: Clause 39 - Defence of slavery or trafficking victims compelled to commit an offence (11 September 2014)

Karen Bradley: ...of “no realistic alternative” was explicitly mentioned by the court in R v. L and others, which we have heard so much about in the debate. The Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales said in his judgment: “This vile trade in people has different manifestations. Women and children, usually girls, are trafficked into prostitution: others, usually teenage boys, but sometimes...

Bill Presented — Recall of MPs Bill: Backbench Business — Energy-intensive Industries (11 September 2014)

Ian Swales: ...that it was a huge issue that faced many industries, some of which have been mentioned. I do not think that paper has been mentioned. That is yet another industry that sent a representative from its trade body. As a result, there has been a great deal of representation to the Government. I am pleased to see at least some bending in response. UK businesses that are involved in the...

Written Ministerial Statements — Cabinet Office: Statutory Register of Lobbyists (11 September 2014)

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, which the Government are committed to introducing in good time before the end of the Parliament. The statutory register of consultant lobbyists will increase transparency by requiring those who lobby on behalf of a third party to...

Bills Presented: Backbench Business — Select Committee on Governance of the House (10 September 2014)

Natascha Engel: ...in place, which will last up to the general election, and it is important that they are not changed until the Committee has reported and the House has voted. Originally, I came to this issue from a trade union perspective. I was concerned by the fact that the job that was advertised was for a procedural adviser and a chief executive, but that the chosen candidate was qualified only for...

Bills Presented: Ukraine, Middle East, North Africa and Security (10 September 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Peter Hain: ...such an agreement, Ukraine would be militarily neutral, which would mean no membership of NATO, and certainly no Russian military pact. Ukraine’s status would be comparable to that of Finland, but, obviously, without membership of the European Union. It would be guaranteed by Moscow and Washington. There would be no further NATO encirclement or enlargement around Russia’s...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Topical Questions (10 September 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Gary Streeter: In the previous financial year more than £85 million was spent by the taxpayer on full-time trade union representatives. Is that a fair figure, and what is the Minister doing to reduce it?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (10 September 2014)

William Hague: ...in the House with Scottish parliamentarians and their predecessors. Since the 18th century, they have sat together to implement a great range of progressive causes, from the abolition of the slave trade to our pursuit of human rights and sound development across the world today. We have often led the way at times of world crisis and been an inspiration to democratic peoples elsewhere. The...

[Annette Brooke in the Chair] — Western Balkans (10 September 2014)

Jim Shannon: ...—to which the right hon. Gentleman referred. The aim of the Berlin conference was to send a message of support for the Balkan countries’ European ambitions and to bolster the promises that the European Union made to those countries in more self-confident days. Those promises now seem uncertain, particularly as tensions and security concerns within the region remain. There is a...

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: EU External Trade (10 September 2014)

Jim Sheridan: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) if he will take steps to ensure that DG Trade in the European Commission meets more public interest groups from the UK to discuss the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiations; (2) if he will take steps to ensure that DG Trade in the European Commission meets more environmental interest groups from the...

Cyprus — [Mr Gary Streeter in the Chair] (9 September 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Jim Shannon: ...That is to be expected, however; finding a peaceful solution with which to go forward will not be easy, but it is a possibility to be pursued with all eagerness. The Pancyprian Federation of Labour, the Turkish Cypriot Revolutionary Workers Trade Union Federation, Turkish Cypriot teachers and workers unions and the United Cyprus party have called for a “just and mutually accepted...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions: DARD HQ:  Ballykelly (9 September 2014)

Michelle O'Neill: I am hopeful that staff are content, by and large.  We made sure that we had an ad hoc committee, and we have been meeting the trade union side throughout the process, because it is so important that we get this right.  DARD headquarters has been where it is now for about 50 years, so, inevitably, quite a number of staff are from the greater Belfast area.  Therefore, it is...

Bills Presented — Recall of Elected Representatives: Service Charges, Gratuities and Cover Charges (Hospitality, Leisure and Service Sectors) (Statutory Code) (9 September 2014)

Andrew Percy: ...ignore it. The Bill aims to do three things. First, it aims to set out clear measures on the distribution of tips and service charges, which are important in constituencies such as mine where the tourist trade is important. That is also true in the constituencies of my hon. Friends the Members for Cleethorpes (Martin Vickers) and for Aberconwy (Guto Bebb), who are here today, where there...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Transforming Rehabilitation Programme (9 September 2014)

Chris Grayling: I am afraid the right hon. Gentleman is plain wrong. He needs to stop listening to the trade unions; of course the trade unions still think this is a bad idea, but in reality our reforms are bedding in well and we will deliver the changes necessary to provide support and supervision to people who get none at the moment. The Labour party has no answers about how it would deliver that. On...

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