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Upcoming Business – Lords: Select Committee (30 October 2014)

European Union: Private meeting. 1:45 pm; Room 3, Palace of Westminster

Upcoming Business – Commons: Select Committee (29 October 2014)

Science and Technology: GM foods and application of the precautionary principle in Europe. 9:15 am; The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House
Witnesses: ...Policy Adviser, Which? and Jon Woolven, Strategy and Innovation Director, Institute of Grocery Distribution; Dr Helen Ferrier, Chief Science and Regulatory Affairs Adviser, National Farmers’ Union, Peter Melchett, Policy Director, The Soil Association and Professor Ian Crute, Non-Executive Director, Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board

Upcoming Business – Lords: Main Chamber (28 October 2014)

Discussions with the rail unions regarding the future of the East Coast rail franchise. Oral Questions

Illegal Immigrants (Criminal Sanctions) Bill (24 October 2014)

Philip Davies: ...to imagine that this Bill will, at once, clear up the mass problem this country has with illegal immigration. There is an awful lot we need to do. We need to get ourselves out of the European Union for starters and get back control of our own borders. We need to have much better controls over who is coming into the country, including knowing whether they have any criminal convictions. We...

Mutuals’ Redeemable and Deferred Shares Bill [HL]: Second Reading (24 October 2014) See 2 other results from this debate

Lord Newby: ..., I should like to comment on the two very specific suggestions made by the noble Lord, Lord Kennedy, in his speech. He said that we should look at a mutuals expansion project to mirror that of the Credit Union Expansion Project. It is an interesting proposal and I will be happy to take it back to my colleagues in the Treasury. One of the challenges is how to recreate the conditions under...

Medical Innovation Bill [HL]: Committee (24 October 2014) See 3 other results from this debate

Baroness Wheeler: ...use of drugs arising from issues in the Bill, and I was grateful for the Minister’s very helpful response. The General Medical Council has now given its support to the amended Bill and the Medical Defence Union has said that the amendments cover the main objections to the previous Bill. However, we have to acknowledge that some key stakeholders maintain that the Bill is not necessary...

Control of Horses Bill (24 October 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Edward Garnier: ...of constituents bring to my attention the problems they face as a result of having horses unlawfully on their land. I have had a number of meetings with the Market Harborough branch of the National Farmers Union, a number of whose members have been physically threatened, and indeed physically assaulted, by the owners of those ponies and horses. It is extremely frustrating for them, as...

Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Bill (24 October 2014)

Richard Bacon: The hon. Lady is making an interesting speech and has touched in almost the same breath on two exceptionally important subjects: land and finance. Does she agree that there is no shortage of land; there is a shortage of accessible land? There is plenty of “permissioned” land out there. Does she also agree that there is no shortage of finance; there is a shortage of financeable...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Bosnia and Herzegovina (24 October 2014)

Lord Hylton: ...in May 2014; whether they have made an assessment of the proportion of the flood damage covered by insurance; what amount of external emergency funds has been spent; and whether additional European Union assistance is available.

Malawi — Question for Short Debate (23 October 2014) See 2 other results from this debate

Baroness Northover: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord McConnell, for initiating today’s debate and for his passionate and well informed introduction. I also welcome His Excellency the High Commissioner and others from the high commission who are interested in the debate today. The noble Lord, Lord McConnell, has a deep and long-standing interest in Malawi. He points out that there are particularly...

Young People: Alternatives to University — Motion to Take Note (23 October 2014) See 2 other results from this debate

Baroness Turner of Camden: ...to be the case in the old days. That is the result of the successful campaigns we ran then, and there is no reason why we should not build upon what we achieved. Many speakers have referred to the trade union movement, which has a long record of assisting people so far as education is concerned. Certainly a number of my parliamentary colleagues owe the fact that they have had a good...

Public Bill Committee: Pension Schemes Bill: Examination of Witness (23 October 2014)

Michael McCann: We heard evidence a couple of days ago about how the scheme would be rolled out. I am afraid that, as a former civil servant for 10 years and then as full-time trade union official in the civil service who negotiated with a range of Departments, agencies and non-departmental public bodies across the whole UK, I know that this country does not have a good history of Government roll-outs of...

Construction Industry — Motion to Take Note (23 October 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Lord Morris of Handsworth: ...shops, hospitals and schools. As we seek to change attitudes and culture in the British economy, we must also examine the methods and behaviour of some of the stakeholders, including employers and, of course, trade unions. The worst example of behaviour that we have experienced in the construction industry is the blacklisting of workers, which was, frankly, not just disgraceful but totally...

Backbench Business: Repeal of the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 (23 October 2014) See 3 other results from this debate

Austin Mitchell: ...“Hug a hoodie”, but that turned out to be cutting benefits for young people. We started out with “Hug a Husky” and “Save the environment”, but that ended up as “green crap”. We started out with “Support the European Union”, but we now use every possible occasion to provoke dissent and argument within the European Union. We started...

Ebola — Question (23 October 2014)

Lord Wallace of Saltaire: My Lords, I have already said twice that the United Kingdom Government raised the question at the Foreign Affairs Council of the European Union last weekend, and that the Prime Minister will be discussing it with our European partners today and tomorrow. There has been an informal arrangement between NATO and the European Union in recent years that NATO is the security organisation which...

Free Trade Agreement: US and EU — Question (23 October 2014) See 2 other results from this debate

Lord Anderson of Swansea: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the prospects for the free trade agreement between the United States and the European Union.

Public Bill Committee: Pension Schemes Bill: Examination of Witnesses (23 October 2014) See 7 other results from this clause

Linda Riordan: ...we hear from the witnesses today. We will hear oral evidence from Dominic Lindley, consultant, Matthew Oakley, head of economic analysis, Which? and Tim Sharp, pensions policy officer, Trades Union Congress. For this session we have until 12.15 pm. Would the witnesses please introduce themselves for the record?

Business of the House (23 October 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

William Hague: ...the opt-out from justice and home affairs measures following votes in both Houses. That will bring about the biggest return of power from Brussels to Britain since we became a member of the European Union. That is an entirely welcome development, but it is important that our law enforcement agencies have the powers they need to bring serious international criminals, such as members of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Leader of the House: Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict (23 October 2014)

William Hague: ...that—in the EU, for example, by ensuring that the prevention of sexual violence is included in all common security and defence policy missions. We are also supporting the efforts of the African Union and the United Nations to ensure that there is zero tolerance of sexual exploitation and abuse committed by UN and African Union personnel in peacekeeping missions. We will keep up this work.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Palestinians (23 October 2014)

Lord Warner: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with any European Union partners on the development of (1) an international port, and (2) an international airport, in Gaza; and what assessment they have made of such developments.

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