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Upcoming Business – Commons: Main Chamber (27 February 2015)

Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014 (Repeal) Bill - Second reading – Thomas Docherty. Legislation

Palestine: Recognition — Motion to Take Note (29 January 2015)

Baroness Deech: ...move is the takeover of Israel. Why is there no preparation by the Palestinians for statehood? There is no governance structure, no independent administration, no industrialisation and no negotiation of trade agreements with its neighbour, Israel. The state would not be a state in any recognisable form. Its leaders have declared that the current residents, whose status as refugees defies...

Schools: Reforms — Motion to Take Note (29 January 2015)

Lord Forsyth of Drumlean: ...promised to put up several million pounds for a technology academy in Glasgow, but Strathclyde turned it down because it was worried that it would cream off pupils from its local authority schools. The unions, the Labour Party—and the Liberals—fought tooth and nail against self-governing schools. Eventually, we got two: St Mary’s in Dunblane, which subsequently became the...

Exports: Government Support — Motion to Take Note (29 January 2015) See 4 other results from this debate

Baroness Hooper: ...and for China 10%. I have not yet been able to find comparable figures for exports, and I hope that the Minister may be able to enlighten us. My own experience lies chiefly in Latin America. I have led trade missions there and, as president of Canning House, worked with LATAG—the Latin American Trade Advisory Group, which was funded by the then DTI—to stimulate interest in the...

Business of the House (29 January 2015) See 1 other result from this debate

Angela Eagle: ...appointed someone to review the impact of their gag on free speech in the run-up to the election. But the man they have chosen to review the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014 is a Conservative peer who did not once vote against the Government on the Bill and who voted with them on some of its worst aspects. Yesterday, my right hon. and...

Opposition Day — [15th Allotted Day]: Sustainable Development Goals (28 January 2015) See 3 other results from this debate

Anas Sarwar: ...ideology of trickle-down economics. Labour believes the most sustainable and dignified route out of poverty is work. We must ensure that that also means decent pay, fair conditions and the freedom to join a trade union. That is why we will reverse the Government’s decision to slash funding to the International Labour Organisation. DFID’s spending on private sector development...

Human Rights in Mexico (28 January 2015)

Jeremy Corbyn: ...for giving me a few minutes to say something. I am chair of the all-party group for Mexico and vice-chair of the all-party human rights group. I have led a delegation of the Inter-Parliamentary Union to Mexico and visited the country on many occasions—most recently, last November. Furthermore, the all-party human rights group has convened a series of round-table meetings in which we...

Opposition Day — [15th Allotted Day]: NHS (Government Spending) (28 January 2015)

Liz McInnes: ...staff. This Government have been withholding a pay review body-recommended rise of just 1% to all NHS staff. Only now that an election is looming has the Secretary of State finally agreed to meet the trade unions, and now that meaningful negotiation appears to have finally commenced and the strike that was planned for tomorrow has been suspended the Government are claiming that as some...

Written Ministerial Statements — Deputy Prime Minister: Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act (Statutory Review) (28 January 2015)

Sam Gyimah: ...within part 6 of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000. The regulation of third party campaigners was amended by the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014. When assessing the effectiveness of the current provisions governing third party campaigning within part 6 of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act...

Eritrea and Ethiopia — Question for Short Debate (27 January 2015)

Lord Avebury: ...and the consequent exodus of large numbers of refugees. The two countries were linked in a forced marriage when the UN organised a bogus test of public opinion in Eritrea and imposed a federal union of the two countries in 1952, followed 10 years later by Emperor Haile Selassie’s annexation of Eritrea. There followed a 30-year war of liberation to restore Eritrea’s...

Commonwealth Immigration and Visas — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (27 January 2015) See 3 other results from this debate

David Hanson: We have a large trading partnership with Europe and political union through the European Parliament and other agencies in Europe, and I do not have a problem with that. We will disagree on this issue. We also have the potential for economic growth in Europe. The biggest employer in my constituency is a company that makes the planes that will probably take the hon. Member for Romford to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Corporation Tax (Northern Ireland) Bill (27 January 2015) See 1 other result from this debate

Laurence Robertson: ...though it was—to look at different ways of helping the people of Northern Ireland. We thought that the economy was one way we could do that. We took evidence from a great many witnesses—businesses, trade unions and very many other people—and eventually came up with a report that recommended the devolution of corporation tax to the Assembly. I should point out that it was...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Topical Questions (27 January 2015)

Kelvin Hopkins: Britain has an enormous and persistent trade deficit with the European Union—clear evidence of a misaligned exchange rate. The significant weakening of the euro in recent days will make the position even worse and cause damage to British industry. When are the Government and the Bank of England going to take seriously the need to achieve and sustain an appropriate sterling-euro exchange...

[Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] — Employment in Wales (27 January 2015)

Guto Bebb: ...retain a degree of support for those who opt to serve in the public sector, and that support is well beyond what is available to those who work in the private sector. The hon. Gentleman should remember a simple point: even on trade union figures, the average public sector pension is about 8,000, and that is equivalent to a pension pot of roughly 120,000. If Labour Members do...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: EU External Trade: USA (27 January 2015)

David Nuttall: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether the Council of the European Union will act by unanimity or qualified majority when adopting decisions authorising the EU's (a) signature and, if relevant, provisional application and (b) conclusions of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: EU External Trade: USA (27 January 2015)

David Nuttall: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether the Council of the European Union acted by unanimity or qualified majority when adopting the negotiating directives for the EU for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railways: North of England (27 January 2015)

Claire Perry: ...over 20,000 responses to the Northern and TransPennine Express consultation; this included responses from Local Authorities, Rail User Groups, Community Rail Partnerships, local businesses, trade unions and other organisations, as well as responses from individual members of the public. Of those 20,000 responses, 9,315 were identical postcards from RMT members that highlighted concerns...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: EU External Trade: USA (27 January 2015)

Matthew Hancock: The Government regularly discusses the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership with representatives from business, trade union, consumer and civil society groups. We will continue to seek to engage with all interested parties and provide information about the progress of discussions.

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