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Business of the House: NHS Provision (Brighton and Hove) (24 Oct 2016)

Caroline Lucas: I thank the hon. Lady for her intervention—someone who knows a great deal about these issues. I absolutely agree. Once the service has been outsourced, the ability to do a convenient U-turn is taken away. That is failing patients in Brighton and Hove. The Department has said that allegations of ambulances operating illegally warrant investigation by the CQC. I have written to the...

Contracting Out (Functions relating to the Royal Parks) Order 2016 - Motion to Approve (24 Oct 2016)

Lord Stevenson of Balmacara: ...agencies operate cannot provide the sort of funding, support and operational freedoms that are judged to be in the best interest of the Royal Parks. That seems to be a sad reflection on government’s ability to do the sort of things it wants. It is not that I am against this; I just think that it is important that we understand some of the motivations around it. I take it that that is...

Health Service Medical Supplies (Costs) Bill (24 Oct 2016)

Barbara Keeley: ...for South West Bedfordshire (Andrew Selous) commended The Times for investigating this issue. He also talked about the information powers and questioned whether the Department of Health had the analytical ability to use the data being gathered. That is an important question. If new data needs to be gathered, what are we going to do with it? The right hon. Member for North Norfolk (Norman...

Bus Services Bill [HL] - Report (2nd Day) (Continued) (24 Oct 2016)

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon: ..., such as Reading Buses and Nottingham City Transport—which the noble Baroness, Lady Randerson, mentioned—that deliver a high standard of service. They can expect to continue to do so. Their ability to do that will not be affected by this clause; nor will it prevent local authorities working in partnership with a bus company. That is an underlying thread of the Bill. The...

Local Government Pension Scheme — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (24 Oct 2016)

Richard Burden: ...making comes down to whether pension fund scheme members and local authorities are allowed their say in how pensions are invested, rather than simply being overruled by Government. It is also about the ability of those responsible for public institutions to exercise the judgments they are appointed to exercise within the law. In the case of local authorities, that involves accountability...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Nursing Shortages (24 Oct 2016)

Jo-Anne Dobson: ...a week each. She lost a further staff member on 48 hours' notice, and several more all with significant contracted hours have handed in their notice. So many nursing staff leaving was no reflection on her ability as an employer; it is simply because staff are being enticed away from our local homes to work for agencies. Our private nursing homes are spiralling towards a crisis. They are...

Bus Services Bill [HL] - Report (2nd Day) (24 Oct 2016)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: the country and cannot drive for reasons of poverty, disability, youth, old age et cetera, the lifeline supplied by a good rural bus or community transport service is crucial to your quality of life and your ability to access the services of modern life. In these austere times, all services in rural areas are being cut back across the board, such as health centres, primary schools,...

European Council (24 Oct 2016)

Theresa May: ...the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. We are putting in place the Dubs amendment —the Immigration Act 2016 proposals—which require us first to negotiate and discuss with local authorities their ability to receive children in the United Kingdom. The overriding aim of everyone in the House should be to ensure that it is the best interests of the children who are...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: HMP Maghaberry: Paramilitary Prisoners (24 Oct 2016)

Claire Sugden: ...accommodation places significant pressures on the Northern Ireland Prison Service in a number of ways, including the staffing resource required to manage this challenging group of prisoners; the ability to establish and maintain a stable, normalised regime without impacting on safety and security; and the provision of services and interventions that meet the needs of that segment of the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Leaving the EU: Local Government (24 Oct 2016)

Jim McMahon: fuzzy, to say the least. The Secretary of State will know the importance of EU structural funds—5.3 billion of investment that is vital to many of our local communities—and the ability to administer those funds is a key component of the 10 devolution deals that are set so far. Does he agree that uncertainty about the future of those funds is stopping the vital...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Building Regulations (24 Oct 2016)

Gavin Barwell: .... The Government do not agree that further legislation is necessary, but we certainly agree with him that there is a problem in this area. Indeed, last week we announced further powers to give councils the ability to deal with smaller houses in multiple occupation that are causing the kinds of issues that he has mentioned.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Palestinian Authority (24 Oct 2016)

Joan Ryan: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment has he made of the ability of the Palestinian Authority to ensure that the human rights of all citizens are respected.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Energy: Conservation (24 Oct 2016)

Lord Teverson: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for the future of the Energy Technology List and the associated ability to claim Enhanced Capital Allowances.

Registration of Marriage Bill: Kettering General Hospital (21 Oct 2016)

Philip Dunne: ...expenditure on the hospital has amounted to 68.7 million, so it is receiving quite substantial support from the Department. The intention of the transformation work is to move to a position where the ability to cope with the remaining additional pressures on A&E and across the patient flow in the hospital is built in. My hon. Friend the Member for Kettering said that the...

Abortion (Disability Equality) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (21 Oct 2016)

Baroness Chisholm of Owlpen: ...performed at gestations of 24 weeks and over. Antenatal screening enables practitioners and maternity teams to monitor the development of the foetus throughout pregnancy, and as technology continues to progress, the ability to detect foetal abnormalities increases. Non-invasive prenatal testing, also known as cell-free DNA, is a relatively new test that can identify pregnant women who have...

Sexual Offences (Pardons etc) Bill (21 Oct 2016)

Wes Streeting: ...We have seen the abolition of section 28 in England and Wales and section 2A in Scotland, the legalisation of equal marriage, the introduction of protection in respect of goods and services, and the ability of LGBT people to serve in the armed forces. So many changes in the law of the land brought about by this place have led to a change in our country, and our country is a better place...

House of Lords Bill [HL] - Second Reading (21 Oct 2016)

Lord Selsdon: ...I was sitting quietly and looking to see who I knew as several Peers came through the door. I found that the only way to get to know anybody these days is to ask the doorkeepers. How they have that ability to remember everyone, I do not know. The question, therefore, is: if we look at length of service, do we ask people to retire because of age, or do we ask that they should retire because...

Public Bill Committee: Digital Economy Bill: Exercise of functions by the age-verification regulator (20 Oct 2016)

Matthew Hancock: the regulator. If the regulator went after the big porn sites first, it would not have the vires to distinguish and go after those who do the most harm earliest. It is important that it has the ability to make the legislation work in practice.

Brexit: Environmental and Climate Change Policy - Motion to Take Note (20 Oct 2016)

Baroness Featherstone: ...have seen this Government put party before country. Their nervousness can now only be magnified by the huge uncertainty of Brexit. We led in Europe on climate change, and although our Climate Change Act 2008 still stands, our ability to influence and raise the game of other EU countries will be lost. The UK will no longer have to meet targets within the EU renewable energy directive, and...

Public Bill Committee: Digital Economy Bill: Enforcement of sections 15 and 19 (20 Oct 2016)

Claire Perry: ...6; it was just my note-taking. I was trying ensure that we put in place series of protections, including enforcement notices that are acted upon, financial penalties that make a difference and the ability to stop income streams moving from the payment providers to the various content providers. I want to press the Minister on the question of blocking, because it comes back to the issue of...

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