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Delegated Legislation: Primates as Pets (24 Apr 2017)

George Eustice: ..., estimates tend to range between 1,200 and 5,000, but the really important thing is not so much the numbers but the standard of welfare. That is the overriding factor. As I say, there are already laws in this area and we are looking to update and improve them where necessary and when we can. We should continue to explore with stakeholders how to reach more owners and potential owners to...

Race in the Workplace: The McGregor-Smith Review - Question for Short Debate (24 Apr 2017)

Lord Stevenson of Balmacara: ...Chamber to the recommendations that have been made. I hope it bears also on the Minister when he comes to respond that this is a very well-considered report, which has come from a very interesting area in the political spectrum and has received support all round the House. As many people have picked up, it needs a lot more of a response from the Government than we have seen so far. I hope...

Northern Ireland (Ministerial Appointments and Regional Rates) Bill (24 Apr 2017)

Owen Paterson: .... The then Finance Minister in Dublin described it as the cornerstone of that success. As part of what was called the Azores agreement, it was vital for there to be a democratically elected institution in a devolved area to make that decision. The current situation is exasperating for me, having got this measure through—having got complete unity among Northern Ireland parties and the...

Greater Manchester Combined Authority (Functions and Amendment) Order 2017 - Motion to Approve (24 Apr 2017)

Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth: ...relation to consultation. I agree that it is a shame that more people did not respond: nevertheless, it is important to put that in context. Those who did respond, responded favourably in every single area that the consultation looked at, as the noble Lord is very generously indicating. The noble Lord, Lord Beecham, is right about paragraph 2.6 of the report accompanying the order. It is...

Immigration Act 2016 (Consequential Amendments) (Biometrics and Legal Aid) Regulations 2017 - Motion to Approve (24 Apr 2017)

Lord Campbell-Savours: My Lords, I wish to intervene in a narrow area. As I understand it, Section 141 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 provides a power for “an authorised person” to take fingerprints from an individual in circumstances as set out in that section. One of those circumstances concerns an individual who has been, “refused leave to enter … but has been temporarily admitted...

Air Quality Strategy (24 Apr 2017)

Cheryl Gillan: Does my right hon. Friend agree that it is not just people but sensitive landscapes, such as the nationally designated area of outstanding natural beauty of the Chilterns, that should be protected? Such areas should also be positively recognised for their role in the battle against poor air quality, including by harnessing the potential of our trees and ancient woodland.

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Rough Sleeping (24 Apr 2017)

Karen Buck: In my home borough of Westminster—which includes Westminster station, where, as has been mentioned, we see rough sleepers—the level of rough sleeping has soared. The Westminster council area alone contains a third of all the rough sleepers in London. The council has just cut—indeed slashed—its rough sleeping budget. Does the Secretary of State believe that that will...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Supported Housing (24 Apr 2017)

Sajid Javid: ...so that providers could, when necessary, reflect the higher average costs of supported accommodation. This would give local authorities an enhanced role in commissioning supported housing in their area.

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Parking Reform (24 Apr 2017)

Maria Caulfield: ...for his response. In Lewes in my constituency, the discrepancy between parking on public and private land is causing huge problems and hefty fines for drivers. I am thinking particularly of the area in the town centre behind Laura Ashley, where if someone stops for two minutes they will receive a £60 penalty. Will the Minister bring forward the recommendations from the consultation to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Adult Social Care Funding (24 Apr 2017)

Marcus Jones: I have great respect for my hon. Friend, who has considerable knowledge in this area. He is absolutely right: we need to ensure that health and social care works far more collegiately and that harder work is done to ensure that services are integrated. We are determined to do that at a national level with this Department working with the Department of Health, and it is what we expect to see...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Northern Powerhouse (24 Apr 2017)

Andrew Percy: Absolutely. I pay tribute to my hon. Friend for the work he does in promoting the local economy. In total, the Leeds city region, which includes his area, has received £694 million of Government funding for local growth funds and the new £400 million investment fund is there specifically to support small and medium-sized businesses across the north that want to grow and expand.

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Local Housing Provision (24 Apr 2017)

Stuart Andrew: What plans he has to introduce an alternative method of estimating the number of homes a local area may need.

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: High Streets (24 Apr 2017)

Karl McCartney: Although Lincoln’s Sincil Street—a much treasured traditional shopping area just off our High Street—is full of first-class independent shops, they are all losing customers by the day due to large-scale regeneration works. I, and many others, believe that the valuation office should reduce business rates for the shops directly affected during this period, and that their...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Domestic Violence Refuges (24 Apr 2017)

Vicky Foxcroft: I have one refuge for women in my area. With 17% of specialist refuges in England lost since 2010, what are the Government doing to protect this vital lifeline for women and children?

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Topical Questions (24 Apr 2017)

Stephen Hepburn: ...know that, since 2010, the Tories have stolen 40% of South Tyneside Council’s grant and 46% of Gateshead Council’s grant. The victims of this crime are obviously the hard-working people in the area. Would the Minister like to take this opportunity to apologise to them for this shabby Conservative crime?

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Child Tax Credit: Liverpool City Region (24 Apr 2017)

Jane Ellison: ...Wirral. Families in receipt of child tax credits that are lone parent families Year Garston and Halewood constituency Liverpool City Region Number As a proportion of total families in area in receipt of child tax credits Number As a proportion of total families in area in receipt of child tax credits 2010-11 5,000 51.6% 71,400 48.1% 2011-12 5,100 57.4% 72,100...

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Child Tax Credit: Liverpool City Region (24 Apr 2017)

Jane Ellison: ...in receipt of child tax credits with two or more children since April 2010 Year Garston and Halewood constituency Liverpool City Region Number As a proportion of total families in area in receipt of child tax credits Number As a proportion of total families in area in receipt of child tax credits 2010-11 4,800 49.7% 74,400 50.1% 2011-12 4,300 49.1% 66,600 49.4% ...

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Treasury: Freedom of Information (24 Apr 2017)

Simon Kirby: All officials in the department have an ongoing responsibility for resolving Freedom of Information requests which fall within their policy area or remit. Officials are supported by a team of eight full time equivalents in the Information Rights Unit whose primary role is to oversee, coordinate and ensure the department’s obligations under the Freedom of Information Act are fulfilled.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Employment and Support Allowance (24 Apr 2017)

Penny Mordaunt: BT (and KCom in the Hull area) offer a social tariff for home phone and broadband under EU and domestic legislation. Whilst no specific tariffs are offered by the main energy providers, the Money Advice Service found that people could save money by switching. There has been an improvement in the switching infrastructure to help customers and Work Coaches are now able to direct claimants to...

Written Answers — Home Office: Crime (24 Apr 2017)

Brandon Lewis: ...matter for Chief Constables, working with their Police and Crime Commissioners, to manage their available resources according to local priorities. The Government does not assess police spending on each area of demand. However, I can confirm that we have provided over £2.5m to the City of London Police in respect of their lead force role in tackling fraud. In its commentary on crime...


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