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Upcoming Business – Lords: Select Committee (9 December 2014)

European Union. 4:00 pm; Room 4, Palace of Westminster; Private meeting
Witnesses: Evidence will be heard from witnesses tbc.

Plastic Bags (27 November 2014)

Dan Rogerson: ...means—the vast majority of those businesses operate across those boundaries—that retailers understand how such a system can work and will be prepared for it. The hon. Lady mentioned the European Union. We are very pleased that the European Union has reached agreement on a robust plan for tackling the blight of plastic bag pollution, but with each member state doing what works...

[Mr Jim Hood in the Chair] — Food Security (27 November 2014) See 3 other results from this debate

George Eustice: ...even reconsidering in the mid-term review the idea of the three-crop rule or how it is applied. We have worked with our allies in the Stockholm group of countries, which argue for reform of the CAP and the European Union, to reach a common position to argue for the simplification of the CAP. We hope to make some progress on that next year. My hon. Friend the Member for Thirsk and Malton...

Scotland: Smith Commission — Statement (27 November 2014)

Lord Wallace of Tankerness: ...cause detriment to the United Kingdom as a whole or any of its constituent parts. The Government are committed to ensuring that Scotland and the whole of the United Kingdom continue to prosper from our single domestic market, our social union and the strength that comes from the pooling and sharing of risks. People in Scotland voted on 18 September for the jobs and opportunities that are...

Religion and Belief: British Public Life — Motion to Take Note (27 November 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Baroness Sherlock: ...different faith, ethnic and local groups—to work together to tackle their problems. We were all hugely impressed by what we saw there. Another example would be community organising, which brings together the members of mainstream churches with other religions but also with trade unions, parent bodies, homeless charities and a wide range of organisations. London Citizens is the most...

Backbench Business: Inequality (27 November 2014)

Michael Meacher: ...the past three decades and they are still increasing. That needs to be redressed. There are several measures that could help. One is the mandatory publication of company pay ratios, as is already operated by John Lewis, where the ratio is 75:1, and TSB bank, where it is 65:1. Another would be to strengthen the coverage of trade union collective bargaining, which has shrunk dramatically...

Business of the House (27 November 2014) See 3 other results from this debate

William Hague: My hon. Friend will know that the Prime Minister will be making a speech on these issues, particularly in relation to the European Union. The immigration figures today show that, while there has been a large reduction in non-EU immigration—in fact, that is at its lowest level since the 1990s—there has been an increase in EU immigration to the United Kingdom. That is an important...

European Union Committee — Membership Motion (27 November 2014)

European Union Committee — Membership Motion

Railways: East Coast Main Line — Statement (27 November 2014)

Baroness Kramer: ...and the public sector working together. This deal will make the route of the Flying Scotsman a world-beater once again. Now, I have heard different advice from the Opposition, led of course by the unions. They told us to leave this route in the hands of its emergency public sector operator. They do not understand that this would deny the east coast line new ideas and investment. They do...

Women and Equalities: Smith Commission (27 November 2014) See 7 other results from this debate

Alistair Darling: ..., will the Secretary of State ensure that we do nothing that undermines the integrity and the strength of the United Kingdom? In particular, will he ensure that we do not undermine the fiscal union, which is one of the central pillars of that United Kingdom? The majority of people in Scotland voted clearly to stay within the United Kingdom, and I believe the majority of people in the...

Women and Equalities: East Coast Main Line (27 November 2014)

Patrick McLoughlin: ...and the public sector working together. This deal will make the route of the Flying Scotsman a world-beater once again. We have heard different advice from the Opposition—led, of course, by the unions. They told us to leave the route in the hands of the emergency public sector operator. They do not understand how that would deny the east coast line new ideas and investment. They do...

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Secondary Ticketing (27 November 2014)

Clive Efford: ...market for 1,500, yet the ballot and the prices will not be available until next month. What is more worrying is that the Football Association, the England and Wales Cricket Board, the Rugby Football Union and the Lawn Tennis Association all wrote to the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills to warn him that unless the Government act they will be forced to put their...

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Broadband (27 November 2014)

Edward Vaizey: ...superfast broadband availability has doubled; the average speed of broadband has trebled; one in four people in this country have superfast broadband; and we have the lowest prices of the European Union big five and the United States.

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Topical Questions (27 November 2014)

Ian Lavery: ...;s football governance strategy, which will mean that for the first time supporters will be guaranteed a place on the board. Will the Minister join me in congratulating the trust on developing a credit union in the best interests of the supporters and people in the north-east?

Written Answers — Department of Health: EU External Trade: USA (27 November 2014)

George Freeman: While the Department has not commissioned research, we continue to work with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, key partners and other stakeholders to ensure our publicly stated position is respected. We are aware of concerns about the European Union–United States Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) currently being negotiated which are misplaced...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Sudan (27 November 2014)

Baroness Anelay of St Johns: The refusal to allow the UN African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) access to Tabit on 4 November prevented them from conducting a thorough investigation in to the very serious allegations of mass rapes. Some access was subsequently possible on 9 November but we continue to call on the Government of Sudan to allow UNAMID full and unhindered access to Tabit.

Consumer Rights Bill — Report (3rd Day) (26 November 2014) See 5 other results from this debate

Baroness Drake: ...This amendment would put a responsibility on the Secretary of State to bring forward measures to ensure, “free debt advice for vulnerable consumers; and … provision of affordable alternative credit through credit unions”. Much is said by politicians, including in both Houses, about protecting people in the face of the realities of today’s labour and financial...

Opposition Day: Government Policies (Wales) (26 November 2014) See 10 other results from this debate

David Davies: ...is why people will not trust them with the economy. The hon. Member for Pontypridd talked about immigration. Again, I would have liked to see us go further, but immigration from outside the European Union has been reduced significantly, and we cannot do anything about immigration from within the European Union—he should know, because he is the biggest Europhile in this place. We...

Gleision Mine (26 November 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Mark Harper: ...they can adequately manage risk to protect their employees and the wider community. The new regulations will take a similar approach in the mining sector. HSE inspectors are talking to mine operators and trade unions in the period leading up to the introduction of the new regulations to ensure that they are clear about how they will implement and comply with the regulations. The new...

Opposition Day: [10th alloted day] — The Economy (26 November 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Robert Syms: .... If we compare Britain and the United States with most of the world, we can see that we are doing better. We have created more jobs in the past four and a half years than the rest of the 27 European Union states combined. Clearly, there is more to do, but Britain has proved that it has an open and resilient economy. We still have some excellent companies. The car industry is reviving and...

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