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Debate on the Address: The Economy and Work (26 May 2016)

Caroline Flint: ...into drug treatment before they even entered the prison system. We had some 24,000 prison staff in 2010, but that number was reduced to just over 14,000 by June 2014. To tackle the illegal drug trade in prisons, we need staff and we need them to be able to do their job. I have three prisons in my constituency, two of which are closed. I have met Tim Beeston, governor at HMP and YOI...

Steel Industry (26 May 2016)

Hywel Williams: The Secretary of State mentioned the support of the First Minister and the trade unions. Likewise, Plaid Cymru is resolute in its support of the steel industry; in fact, we proposed some practical and detailed measures that would have supported it many weeks ago. However, does he accept that our support is contingent on the pensions of current steelworkers and steel pensioners not being affected?

Business of the House (26 May 2016)

Therese Coffey: ...) saying that he will attend the ceremony and that his own grandfather was also involved in that battle. We must pay tribute to those who fought to keep peace, and being part of the European Union is a way to try to ensure that we have trade and prosperity, rather than destructive war.

Women and Equalities: Employment: Women Returnees (26 May 2016)

Angela Crawley: While this Government have cut workers’ rights, attacked trade unions’ ability to organise and legislated to block women’s access to justice, the EU has protected maternity rights, strengthened paternity rights and upheld our fundamental rights. Does the Minister agree that EU membership will protect rights for women returning to employment?

Written Ministerial Statements — Department for International Development: Foreign Affairs Council for Development (12 May 2016) (26 May 2016)

Baroness Verma: On 12 May, I attended the Foreign Affairs Council for Development in Brussels. The meeting was chaired by the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission, Federica Mogherini. She also hosted a joint lunch with the Afghan Minister of Finance, Eklil Hakimi, which discussed the preparations for the upcoming Brussels...

Written Ministerial Statements — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: BIS Consultation (26 May 2016)

Sajid Javid: ...for staff has been and remains our priority. This unanimous decision has been reached by the BIS Executive Board after the Department conducted a consultation with staff and with the Departmental Trade Unions which closed on 2 May. Inevitably it has been a period of uncertainty for staff but the consultation period has enabled the Executive Board to reflect on its proposal, to hear from...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Future in the European Union (26 May 2016)

Fiona Hyslop: ...a moment to welcome colleagues to their new positions, including Jackson Carlaw for the Conservatives and Lewis Macdonald for Labour. There are only 28 days until the polls open for the European Union referendum and votes are cast across Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom on whether we should remain in or leave the European Union. Although the opinion polls in Scotland show a lead...

Scottish Parliament: Taking Scotland Forward (26 May 2016)

Sandra White: ...places, and the skills and training initiatives. I look forward to the publication—I think that the cabinet secretary mentioned this already—of the draft delivery plan, which involves parents, teachers, local authorities and trade unions. The involvement of all those groups—I cannot stress this enough—is key to success in improving attainment for all our children,...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (5th Day) (25 May 2016)

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon: ...about the EU referendum—in or out. As I have said from the Dispatch Box, the Government’s position is absolutely clear that the United Kingdom’s place in a stronger, safer and more prosperous Europe is within the European Union. It is just shy of a month until the referendum and I hope that the debate that takes place in the next few weeks, irrespective of which side one...

Economy: Overseas Trade Deficit - Question (25 May 2016)

Lord Pearson of Rannoch: Do the Government accept that, according to their own Pink Book, we have had a growing trade deficit with the EU for the last five years totalling some 358 billion but a growing surplus with the rest of the world of 61 billion? Does not this also mean that the EU has many more jobs dependent on its free trade with us than we do on our free trade with it, which will therefore be in...

Debate on the Address: Education, Skills and Training (25 May 2016)

Neil Gray: ...approach on access to employment, employment support, training and skills, which have all been run down by this Government’s actions and their reckless cuts to public spending. We want an emergency summer Budget, to boost investment in public services, stimulate GDP growth, support wage growth, increase tax receipts, support trade and exports, and boost productivity. For all the...

Written Answers — Department for Energy and Climate Change: Fossil Fuels: Industry (25 May 2016)

Alex Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, with reference to the Answer of 11 May 2016 to Question 36450, what consultation meetings she (a) has had and (b) plans to have with trades unions for UK oil and gas workers on the development of the Inter-Ministerial Group on Oil and Gas plan for the UK oil and gas workforce.

Scottish Parliament: First Minister’s Statement: Taking Scotland Forward (25 May 2016)

Nicola Sturgeon: .... Before the summer holidays, John Swinney will publish a draft delivery plan setting out more of the detail, timescales and next steps of our plans to close the attainment gap. It will build on the discussions that he is already having with teachers, parents, local government and trade unions and will provide the basis for further consultation. I stress that point about consultation. I...

Scottish Parliament: Taking Scotland Forward (25 May 2016)

Christina McKelvie: ...olds. If you are in a job, or looking for a job, we know that our people expect nothing less than the living wage, with good employee relations through our fair work agenda, and certainly the right to be a member of a trade union unfettered by Tory regressive trade union laws. You may be a parent who is returning to the workplace because we have provided childcare that is equivalent to a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Steel Industry (25 May 2016)

Alun Cairns: I look forward, like the hon. Gentleman, to meeting the unions that are marching through Westminster later today. Of course, we are determined to work with the unions and with Tata. However, market economy status for China is separate from the capacity of the European Commission to introduce tariffs. Where tariffs have been introduced, they absolutely work. There are 37 trade defence measures...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (25 May 2016)

Angela Eagle: ...gives us “half a million good reasons to stay in the European Union”. Who does the Chancellor think that the public should listen to? His former Cabinet colleague, or the leader of Britain’s millions of trade unionists?

Queen’s Speech - Debate (4th Day) (24 May 2016)

the Earl of Dundee: ...to do so when they start work or apprenticeships. Yet we should bear in mind the association between economic and cultural activities, for the more cities or local economic centres have direct trade and financial dealings with one another, the more likely it becomes that both culture and quality of life will be advantaged in each place as a result. In any case, the term...

Debate on the Address: Europe, Human Rights and Keeping People Safe at Home and Abroad (24 May 2016)

Andy Burnham: .... The Opposition strongly welcome that development, which we believe will build trust and support behind the Bill. The second issue that the Home Secretary has written to me about is our concern about the targeting of trade unions. The Opposition have not just concerns but proof that in the past the security services have targeted trade unions, in particular, in the case of the Shrewsbury...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (3rd Day) (23 May 2016)

Earl Howe: .... Spending money up front on development and building up the capacity of struggling states prevents crisis turning to chaos. More than that, it boosts prosperity which in turn allows us to establish new alliances and trading partners. We are proud that Britain is the only major country in the world meeting the NATO target and the only G7 country spending at least 0.7% on development. It is...

Defending Public Services (23 May 2016)

Chris Stephens: ...follow the right hon. Member for North Norfolk (Norman Lamb). I refer to my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests and my position as chair of the Public and Commercial Services union parliamentary group. There is a slight disagreement between me and two Labour Members as to the best “Game of Thrones” characters to compare with the Government. Let me offer...


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