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Unpaid Trial Work Periods (Prohibition) Bill (16 Mar 2018)

David Warburton: I congratulate the hon. Member for Glasgow South (Stewart Malcolm McDonald) on bringing this Bill before the House. This subject is a fascinating area to explore, and I speak as somebody who has had rather a lot of experience in the jobs market: before being an ornament on these green Benches I was lucky enough to build up a business, before that I enjoyed many years as a teacher, and before...

Refugees (Family Reunion) (No.2) Bill (16 Mar 2018)

Rebecca Pow: ..., over a third of people resettled in the EU came to the UK. To go back to my constituency, the community has really stepped up in taking in refugee family groups. Although Somerset is not an established asylum dispersal area, Somerset County Council has committed to taking dozens of families over the next three years, and I am really proud to support that. The families are taught English,...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railway Stations: Repairs and Maintenance (16 Mar 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: For the last tranche of funding, stations were selected based on their annual footfall, weighted by the incidence of disability in the area. We also took into account the priorities of the industry, the availability of third party funding and local factors such as proximity to a hospital, together with consideration of geographic spread across the rail network. Although details of how we...

Written Answers — Northern Ireland Office: Northern Ireland Government (16 Mar 2018)

Shailesh Vara: ...week by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland in the setting of a budget for 2018-19. This budget position included a real terms boost to health spending to address building pressures in that area.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Further Education: Cheshire (16 Mar 2018)

Mike Amesbury: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of access to (a) further and (b) adult education provision in the Cheshire West and Chester area for the academic year 2018-19 as a result of the announcement of the proposed closure of the Hartford campus of Warrington and Vale Royal College in Summer 2018.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisons: Vocational Guidance (16 Mar 2018)

Lucy Frazer: ...of their contract gave notice to their providers by the end of 2017. Governors were informed via an internal HMPPS communication during the week of 22 January 2018. Parliamentary interest around this area has been received from Lord Beecham who asked an Urgent Question which was tabled in the Lords on 31 January (asking why the government had cancelled the contract of the National...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Sexual Offences Act 2003 (16 Mar 2018)

Lucy Frazer: ...’ in the Sexual Offences Act 2003 to include “sports coaches”. We currently have no plans to extend the definitions to include youth workers or ministers of religion, but we keep this important area of the law under regular review.

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Local Government: Elections (16 Mar 2018)

Rishi Sunak: ...for the 2019 local elections. The intention is for this secondary legislation to replace the requirement for a specific address with an option to include a statement of residence based on an electoral area where the candidate lives.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Rural Areas (16 Mar 2018)

David Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how his Department plans to use the Statements of Environmental Opportunity from National Character Area profiles to ensure the new environmental land management scheme enhances English landscapes.

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: National Lottery: West Yorkshire (16 Mar 2018)

Tracey Crouch: and from Lottery Distributors’ own websites. The grants database can be sorted on a national, regional, local authority and constituency level. West Yorkshire is not a definable search area under the parameters of the Database. The table below therefore shows total value of the National Lottery grants awarded between 2010-11 and 2016-17 in Leeds North West constituency and...

Building Safety (15 Mar 2018)

Sajid Javid: Last August I wrote to every single local authority, asking them to carry out the work of finding all the private sector buildings in their area, and providing support for them. In fact, we have just given additional funding to help with that. All of them have acted with urgency and are working at pace. Some are still discovering buildings, because the work partly requires the co-operation of...

Economy: Spring Statement - Motion to Take Note (15 Mar 2018)

Lord Bates: My Lords, I sense that the opening part of the speech of the noble Lord, Lord Davies, might be the one area in which we find common agreement, on the majestic qualities and aesthetic beauty of Lincoln Cathedral, which is a great place to start. Again, in responding to this extraordinarily high-quality debate, I congratulate the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Lincoln on his excellent...

Petition - Royal Bank of Scotland Closure in Stepps: CERN Pensions: UK Tax Treatment (15 Mar 2018)

Robert Syms: I thank the Minister for that offer. This is a complex area, and I think that my constituents would be grateful for at least a brief meeting just to go through some of their concerns, outside the public spotlight.

Burma: [Day 2] (15 Mar 2018)

Chris Green: the United Kingdom and optimise an immigration policy that works for Britain. The British people will then increasingly see how positive our independence from the European Union can be. In conclusion, I want to highlight an area that has in the past few months been absolutely fascinating. The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has made incredible strides in...

Public Bill Committee: Data Protection Bill [Lords]: Overview and interpretation (15 Mar 2018)

Liam Byrne: the risks flagged by the Court of Appeal or by the Joint Committee on Human Rights. We have shared intelligence with our partners, particularly in the Five Eyes network, for many moons. We have great specialism in that area. We have a number of RAF bases in this country and abroad with particularly important capabilities, and our facility in Cheltenham is pretty much the best in the...

Public Bill Committee: Data Protection Bill [Lords]: Data protection impact assessment (15 Mar 2018)

Darren Jones: ...safeguards to legitimate purposes—to prevent them from going too far. They should be welcomed by the Government and included in the Bill. There are a number of situations where, in this developing area of technology, which could be very useful to us as a country, as my hon. Friends have said, we need to ensure that the appropriate safeguards are in place. On facial recognition, we...

Public Bill Committee: Data Protection Bill [Lords]: Automated decision-making authorised by law: safeguards (15 Mar 2018)

Victoria Atkins: ...record and the custody arrangements of a suspect—detaining people against their will in a police cell—was being done completely by a computer. That was how it sounded. There was obviously an area of genuine misunderstanding, so I am grateful that she clarified it. She intervened on me when I said that we were not aware of any examples of the police solely using automated...

Backbench Business: Psychosis: Early Intervention — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (15 Mar 2018)

Barbara Keeley: ...’s mental health strategy? Does the Minister agree that perinatal mental ill health and other aspects of women’s mental ill health merit a gender-specific approach? Will the Government start to think about implementing that? I want to briefly touch on one further area of concern—the lack of good-quality data. All of us involved in these debates on mental health have to...

Revised Draft Airports National Policy Statement - Motion to Take Note (15 Mar 2018)

Lord Tunnicliffe: ...for discretion”. In a lot of places, it is not very tight. One paragraph that is pretty tight—I should like to know if the Minister agrees—is paragraph 5.41: “The Secretary of State will consider air quality impacts over the wider area likely to be affected, as well as in the vicinity of the scheme. In order to grant development consent, the Secretary of State will...

Public Bill Committee: Data Protection Bill [Lords]: National security: certificate (15 Mar 2018)

Darren Jones: ...made the point that under the treaty on the functioning of the European Union, there is absolute jurisdiction for national member states to take decisions on national security. That is not an EU area of jurisdiction. The treaty says that we are protected as a member of the EU, but if we leave the European Union we are not protected by that exemption under the treaty. That is why, for...

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