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Upcoming Business – Lords: Main Chamber (8 May 2014)

European Union Justice and Home Affairs opt-ins – Lord Faulks. Debate

Upcoming Business – Lords: Main Chamber (8 May 2014)

Annual report to Parliament on the functioning of the European Union Treaties in relation to justice and home affairs matters – Lord Faulks. Debate

Upcoming Business – Commons: General Committee (30 April 2014)

European Committee B: European Union Document No. 17043/13 and Addenda 1 and 2, an Initiative of Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Estonia, Greece, Spain, France, Croatia, Italy, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Hungary, Malta, the Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Finland and Sweden for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the.... 8:55 am; Room 10, Palace of Westminster

Public Administration Select Committee: Backbench Business — Easter Adjournment (10 April 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Tom Brake: ...need in the winter and to provide nectar in the autumn when few flowers are available. My hon. Friend also talked about vultures and I think we all wondered for a moment what he was about to say. He then mentioned the European Union and I thought it would be one of those stories in which the EU is to blame for everything. In this case, it would seem that the EU is to be blamed for the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Student Loans (10 April 2014)

Liam Byrne: The whole House will want to join me in congratulating Toni Pearce on her re-election as president of the National Union of Students. Figures this morning from the Sutton Trust and the Institute for Fiscal Studies show that Toni’s generation will now be paying off their student loans into their 50s. Will the Minister get to the Dispatch Box and confess that this student debt system is...

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Economy (Rebalancing) (10 April 2014)

Jonathan Edwards: Every week when Parliament is sitting, I get on the train in one of the poorest parts of the European Union and get off in the richest, with a twelvefold difference in wealth per head between west Wales and inner London. Does the Secretary of State acknowledge that the only way to address this record of shame is to fiscally empower the nations and regions of the UK and have a deliberate...

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: High-growth Markets (10 April 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Philip Davies: ...emerging economies in Africa—that is where all the future growth in the world economy will be—rather than being part of a backward-looking, inward-facing protection racket called the European Union?

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Exports (SMEs) (10 April 2014)

Julian Smith: ...will the Minister agree that the best way to exploit emerging markets is often through EU free trade agreements? In the light of that, will he support the all-party parliamentary group on European Union-United States trade and investment to ensure that small and micro businesses are front and centre in the proposed free trade agreement with America?

Written Ministerial Statements — Business, Innovation and Skills: UK Coal Production Ltd (10 April 2014)

Michael Fallon: ...insolvency of UK Coal. This participation is conditional on negotiation of final terms that provide adequate protection to taxpayers, and the Government securing assurance that all parties (including trade unions) are committed to successful delivery of the closure plan. The Jobcentre Plus rapid response service will be made available to help support the employees into new employment, and...

Written Ministerial Statements — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Foreign Affairs Council/Defence Foreign Affairs Council (10 April 2014)

David Lidington: ...Strategy will attend the European Defence Agency Steering Board and the Defence Foreign Affairs Council on 15 April. Both Councils will be chaired by the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Baroness Ashton of Upholland. The meetings will be held in Luxembourg. Foreign Affairs Council Introduction Baroness Ashton is expected to cover a number...

Written Ministerial Statements — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: EU Foreign Ministers (Informal Meeting) (10 April 2014)

David Lidington: ...Foreign Affairs Council (FAC), Ministers do not agree any formal written conclusions. The next FAC is due to be held on 14 April. The Gymnich was chaired by the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Baroness Ashton of Upholland. Discussion centred on issues in the EU’s eastern and southern neighbourhoods. Commissioners Füle...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: European Union (10 April 2014)

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his German counterpart on reform of the EU.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Iran (10 April 2014)

Hugh Robertson: We remain deeply concerned about the detention and treatment of labour activist Shahrokh Zamani. Unions and labour organisations have been heavily repressed in Iran, and many members have been arrested, jailed or harassed. We have called on Iran to fulfil its international and domestic obligations to allow freedom of expression to all Iranians.

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Betting Shops (10 April 2014)

Nicholas Boles: ...access to retail banking and to encourage new entrants, we have already recently amended secondary legislation such that shops (A1) are now able to change to banks, building societies, credit unions and friendly societies, within the A2 use class. This does not cover betting shops or payday loan shops.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Business without Debate — European Union Documents (9 April 2014)

Business without Debate — European Union Documents

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Climate and Energy Policy 2020 to 2030 and High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing (fracking) in the EU (9 April 2014)

That this House takes note of European Union Documents No. 5644/14 and Addenda 1 and 2, a Commission Communication: A policy framework for climate and energy in the period from 2020 to 2030, No. 5706/14 and Addenda 1 to 5, a Commission Communication on the exploration and production of hydrocarbons, such as shale gas, using high volume hydraulic fracturing in the EU, and No. 5700/14, a...

Convergence Programme — Motion to Approve (9 April 2014)

Lord Pearson of Rannoch: ...163;120 billion per annum goes walkabout and in each of its institutions the Mafia is rife and active. In short, what is the point of this debate and, more generally, what is the point now of the European Union at all?

Higher Education — Motion to Take Note (9 April 2014) See 2 other results from this debate

Lord Watson of Richmond: ...the start that while there is much of which to be proud in the United Kingdom’s higher education achievement, there are also causes for concern. Trends are now emerging which, if not reversed, could indeed erode our position: falling numbers overall of overseas students choosing to come here from abroad, including from the European Union; and in real terms failing to stay ahead of...

Rural Crime — [Mr Mike Weir in the Chair] (9 April 2014) See 3 other results from this debate

Huw Irranca-Davies: ...metals or plant and machinery, are easily displaced to rural areas. Will the Minister tell us whether he has any figures to say that those crimes are not increasing? Certainly, the National Farmers Union, the Country Land and Business Association and others will say that they are increasing significantly—to the extent that fuel theft went up by 166% in one year. That is...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Clause 11 — Tax relief for married couples and civil partners (9 April 2014) See 2 other results from this debate

Jim Shannon: ...tax allowance strikes me as a constructive way forward. On 25 July this year, the hon. Members for Darlington (Jenny Chapman)—who has now left the Chamber—and for Blaenau Gwent (Nick Smith) will enter the happy union of marriage here in the House of Commons. Let me take this opportunity to wish them well, as others have already. It is good to know that marriage is alive and...

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