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Upcoming Business – Commons: General Committee (4 September 2014)

European Committee C: European Union Documents No. 5489/14 and Addendum, a Commission Communication: For a European Industrial Renaissance, No. 13964/13 and Addenda 1 to 3, a Commission Staff Working Document: Member States Competitiveness Performance and Implementation of EU Industrial Policy and No. 13966/13, a Commission Staff Working Document: European Competitiveness Report 2013: Towards.... 11:30 am; Room 14, Palace of Westminster

Upcoming Business – Commons: General Committee (3 September 2014)

European Committee A: European Union Document No. 10154/13 and Addenda 1 to 5, a Draft Regulation establishing a framework on market access to port services and financial transparency of ports. 8:55 am; Room 14, Palace of Westminster

Criminal Justice and Courts Bill — Committee (4th Day) (28 July 2014)

Lord Mackay of Clashfern: ...became public, opponents seized on judicial review as a means to stop them. Ultimately they failed, but only after years of lengthy, expensive and immensely distracting court actions, mostly funded by legal aid with the real opponents—the National Union of Teachers and anti-academy pressure groups—masquerading as parents too poor to afford to pay legal fees. The legal campaign...

Debt Management Organisations — Question (28 July 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Lord Kennedy of Southwark: ...163;1.2 billion. Will the Minister agree to look at the points made by the noble Lord, Lord Sharkey, and maybe use a small portion of those fines to fund good charities, good organisations and credit unions which actually help people who are in debt?

Written Answers — House of Lords: Business: Taxation (28 July 2014)

Lord Stoddart of Swindon: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a common European Union corporate tax base, as proposed by Jean-Claude Juncker during his meeting with the Green group of the European Parliament, would require unanimous agreement; and what is their assessment of such a measure.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Intellectual Property (28 July 2014)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: The Government works closely with the European Union Observatory on the Infringement of Intellectual Property Rights to share best practice with stakeholders —including industry bodies and European and international enforcement bodies—on the approach to tackling intellectual property (IP) enforcement. The Government also plays an active role in Europol and Interpol intellectual...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Pet Travel Scheme (28 July 2014)

Lord de Mauley: The European Union (EU) pet travel scheme (Regulation (EC) No. 998/2003) has made it easier and cheaper for pet owners to travel with their pets and return to the UK. Under the EU scheme pet dogs, cats and ferrets can enter the UK from any country in the world without the need for quarantine providing they meet the strict requirements for entry for the part of the world they are travelling from.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Pigs: Animal Welfare (28 July 2014)

Lord Laird: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord De Mauley on 9 December 2013 (WA 80), which European Union Member States are not compliant with the sow stall ban under EU Directive 2008/120/EC; whether Denmark and the Republic of Ireland are amongst those non-compliant Member States informally reporting over 95 per cent compliance levels; and when Member States...

Written Answers — House of Lords: UK Membership of EU (28 July 2014) See 1 other result from this answer

Lord Grocott: ...the Centre for Transatlantic Relations in Washington on 26 June, of how many jobs in each sector is the 3.3 million that the HM Treasury analysis says are connected to Britain's place in the European Union comprised.

European Union Committee: Report on 2013-14 (EUC Report) — Motion to Take Note (24 July 2014) See 17 other results from this debate

Lord Boswell of Aynho: ...a moment caricature his line of argument as saying that we ought to have yet another performance table on the number of yellow cards tendered by any particular chamber of the 41 across the European Union, although, of course, COSAC does keep a score of that. However, I can give him the news, if he was not previously aware of it, that we have gone a stage further this week, not formally by...

Agriculture and Food Industry — Motion to Take Note (24 July 2014) See 5 other results from this debate

Lord Grantchester: ...food is available and accessible by reducing market volatility and ensuring that our national, regional and international trading systems work effectively. It is vital that we remain a key member of a reformed European Union and pay attention to the impact of the CAP on agriculture. The UK food industry is highly integrated into that of the rest of the EU. It is crucial that Britain...

Health: Organic Food — Question for Short Debate (24 July 2014)

Lord Taverne: ...blemished or misshapen, which is likely to contain more potentially harmful natural pesticides than crops that have been protected by synthetic pesticides. However, most concerns about pesticide residues are unjustified. As the National Farmers’ Union has pointed out, there is no reason to choose between organic and conventionally grown food on health grounds. But I would add one...

Universal Declaration of Human Rights — Motion to Take Note (24 July 2014) See 5 other results from this debate

Lord Sacks: ...but, sadly, I do. In the past few weeks mobs have assaulted Jews in France, attacking synagogues and setting fire to Jewish-owned shops. There were attacks in Berlin. In November 2013, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights published a report showing that two-thirds of the Jews in Europe regard anti-Semitism as a significant factor in their lives, three-quarters believe that it...

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?

Written Answers — House of Lords: Lyme Disease (24 July 2014)

The Countess of Mar: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what evidence existed to show that the Health Protection Agency’s Lyme Borreliosis Unit (LBU) conformed with European Union and United Kingdom legislation for the use of the Trinity Biotech kit for in vitro testing when used with cerebrospinal fluid; and what testing was carried out by the LBU to verify that the use of that test kit was suitable,...

Criminal Justice and Courts Bill — Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (23 July 2014) See 2 other results from this debate

Lord Hunt of Wirral: ...I have always felt to be my noble friend, in seeking to categorise me in some way. Perhaps I should have declared an interest as a solicitor for many years for the Transport and General Workers’ Union, acting in many claims. Perhaps I should have declared an interest as acting for the child most seriously damaged by the thalidomide drug, in a lengthy court action against Distillers....

Euro Area Crisis Update (EUC Report) — Question for Short Debate (23 July 2014) See 6 other results from this debate

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) See 1 other result from this debate

Lord Taverne: ...the Minister agree, as most of the vice-chancellors of our universities have made clear, that the greatest threat to our research and development in science would lie in our exit from the European Union?

Women: Equality and Advancement — Question for Short Debate (22 July 2014)

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne: .... Therefore we must deepen the search and track back easily the FGM genesis from its common name; it is known as the “pharaonic practice”. There we have it—this was an ancient Egyptian custom, which perhaps predated even the union of Upper and Lower Egypt in 3000 BC or so. Therefore the evil that we tackle today is theologically unconnected with Islam or with any true...

EU: Justice and Home Affairs (EUC Report) — Motion to Take Note (22 July 2014) See 4 other results from this debate

Baroness Smith of Basildon: ...importance”. It also makes clear, in paragraph 4, that: “The whole field is one of shared competence—that is to say, one where the Member States retain exclusive powers on some matters, such as counter-terrorism, but where the Treaty provides for the European Union to take legislative decisions on a limited number of issues”. My next point, which was made...

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