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Written Ministerial Statements — House of Lords: Russia and Ukraine: Restrictive Measures (30 July 2014)

Baroness Warsi: ...and exchanges with the Russian Federation. These restrictive measures will: limit access to EU primary and secondary capital markets for Russian state-owned financial institutions; impose an embargo on trade in arms; establish an export ban for dual use goods for military end users; and curtail Russian access to certain sensitive technologies that can be used for oil production and...

Armed Forces (Service Complaints and Financial Assistance) Bill [HL]: Report (29 July 2014)

The Bishop of Sheffield: My Lords, from these Benches I welcome the amendment in the name of the noble Lord, Lord Kennedy, and give it our full support. The amendment gives strong support to the setting up of a credit union for the Armed Forces and their families in a similar way in which the church is setting up its own credit union—the Churches’ Mutual Credit Union. The Armed Forces, like the clergy and...

European Union Committee: Report on 2013-14 (EUC Report) — Motion to Take Note (24 July 2014) See 3 other results from this debate

Lord Wallace of Saltaire: ...been very closely engaged with this issue since publication and, indeed, took a case to the European Court of Justice on that issue to raise the question of how far it would be appropriate for the European Union to move on that subject. We remain actively engaged. The noble Lord, Lord Tugendhat, talked about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. That will be a central but...

Agriculture and Food Industry — Motion to Take Note (24 July 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Lord Grantchester: ...regard, I chaired Dairy Farmers of Britain, which managed liquid dairies and an ingredients factory as well as engaging in hard and soft cheese manufacturing. Through the reduction of international trade barriers, agriculture now has to have a global outlook, and we must be aware of the different perspectives that this can bring. From the top down, we have to be concerned with the health...

Qatar: Migrant Workers — Question (24 July 2014)

Lord Dubs: Will the Minister confirm that workers are not allowed to join trade unions in Qatar? If they were, might not some of the problems we are talking about be better dealt with?

Criminal Justice and Courts Bill — Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (23 July 2014)

Lord Beecham: ...’s amendment but on a range of issues in a way that adversely affects claimants and generally favours insurers. Whenever the Labour Party makes a proposition that affects working people and trade unions, it is accused of being in the pockets of trade union leaders, dancing to Len McCluskey’s tune. If that is a legitimate comment for the Conservative Party to make about the...

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

Lord Newby: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Harrison, and European Union Sub-Committee A for publishing the updated report. I also thank members of the sub-committee for organising the debate, and everybody who has spoken. It is blindingly obvious that a stable euro area is in Britain’s interests. Some 40% of UK goods and services exports go to the euro area and the economic uncertainty...

Economy: Productivity — Question (23 July 2014)

Lord Popat: My Lords, let me cover the European Union. We need the European Union for trade and the European Union needs us so exit is not an option. What is important is that we negotiate reforms within the European Union to make it more practical in terms of business and productivity. The noble Lord is quite right. One of the areas in which we invest heavily to increase productivity is research and...

HMRC (Scotland) (22 July 2014)

David Gauke: ...larger workplaces. I should make it clear, though, that the consultation on those decisions will, of course, include the consideration of equality impacts and will involve HMRC’s employees, their trades unions, Members of this House and other local interests. It is also worth bearing in mind that, while the number of general business roles has been reducing in size—as HMRC...

Child Benefit Entitlement (Disqualification of Non-UK EU Nationals): Backbench Business — Summer Adjournment (22 July 2014) See 2 other results from this debate

Andrew Stephenson: ...to keep their costs down and run as lean an operation as they can in today’s marketplace, but the number of job losses is deeply regrettable at a time when that flagship British company is growing and winning new orders across the globe. In addition to my regular meetings with Rolls-Royce, trade union representatives, and regular visits to the site since I was elected, I wrote to the...

Wales Bill — Second Reading (22 July 2014)

Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth: ...as he has suggested. I well remember that in Scotland Eurfyl ap Gwilym was mistaken for the Conservative representative because he was far to the right of me on many economic policies when we met the trade unions. It is sometimes surprising how these things develop. It is also important to note that the Labour Party was represented on Part I by a much respected and very able former Finance...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Bilateral EU Free Trade Agreements (22 July 2014) See 2 other results from this debate

David Lidington: Earlier this month the European Union held the latest negotiating rounds on two major free trade agreements with the United States and Japan respectively. We are aiming to agree these deals next year. Between them they could add 15 billion to the United Kingdom’s economy each year.

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Food: Procurement (22 July 2014)

George Eustice: Public sector procurers are required to seek value for money through fair and open competition. Through our membership of the European Union and as a signatory to international agreements, our contracting authorities are required to treat suppliers from Europe and various other countries on an equal footing with UK suppliers. The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is expected to...

Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Economic Benefits of Offshore Oil and Gas Review (22 July 2014)

Alex Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will ensure that trade unions representing workers in the offshore oil and gas sector are included in official discussions about (a) establishing and (b) the regulatory powers of the Oil and Gas Authority recommended by the Wood Review.

Written Answers — Justice: Probation Trusts (22 July 2014)

Andrew Selous: ...basis of the existing staffing requirements for the different operational functions. We worked closely with the Probation Association (representing Probation Trusts as employers) and the Probation Trades Unions on the staff allocations process, setting out a robust approach based primarily on an objective assessment of existing workloads plus expressions of interest. This was then...

Criminal Justice and Courts Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) (21 July 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Lord Kennedy of Southwark: My Lords, many years ago, I was a shop worker. Although I never sold alcohol, I certainly recall having to deal with difficult situations. I was then a member of USDAW and active in the trade union so I am delighted to speak in support of the amendment today. USDAW is one of the most effective unions operating in the UK today. For many years, it has run its Freedom from Fear campaign, which...

Bills Presented — Energy (Buildings and Reduction of Fuel Use) Bill: Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism Bill (21 July 2014)

Shailesh Vara: ...measure. We need to be clear that there is nothing in the Bill to stop an employee bringing a negligence claim against an employer. [Interruption.] Clearly the paymasters of the Labour party, the trade unions, have been lobbying it hard, as was abundantly clear from the way Labour Members spoke about their friends in the trade unions. The Bill is not designed to reduce standards of health...

Written Answers — Justice: Prisons: Business (21 July 2014)

Shailesh Vara: ...assessed as having achieved ‘Steady State’ when they are delivering the recommended benchmark ‘core day’, staffing profiles and regime, in compliance with arrangements formally agreed with trade unions.

Backbench Business: Universal Postal Service (17 July 2014)

John McDonnell: ...service. It was inevitable. Thank goodness that we now have my hon. Friend the Member for North Ayrshire and Arran (Katy Clark). The irony 10 years ago was that the former general secretary of the union was then a Minister pushing the legislation through. The Communication Workers Union-associated Members had disappeared that evening; only a limited number of us were here, fighting and...

Business of the House (17 July 2014)

Angela Eagle: ...to it. May I also congratulate him on his success in negotiating a huge pay rise for the Leader of the House in a triumph that surely indicates he has a new career opening up when he leaves Parliament at the next election as a trade union negotiator! I welcome the right hon. Member for Surrey Heath (Michael Gove) to—I was going to say to his new job as Chief Whip, but he is not in...

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