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Abortion (Disability Equality) Bill [HL] - Report (24 Feb 2017)

Baroness O'Loan: ...back to Westminster would be a major constitutional change, which Parliament would have to consider very seriously in the light of all the implications of such an action. It is fundamentally wrong for this House to seek to make a decision in this area and we should not, therefore, support these amendments. Equally importantly, the sensitivities which surround this amendment are greatly...

Awards for Valour (Protection) Bill: Offence of wearing awards with intent to deceive triable summarily (24 Feb 2017)

Philip Davies: ...the Member for Christchurch (Mr Chope) said, fraud legislation already provides protection in this country when it comes to wearing an Army uniform, so we do have other legislation that covers this area, when other countries have no such legislation. My amendments give a range of options: I have gone from no custodial sentence to custodial sentences of one day, seven days, 14 days, 21 days...

Parking Places (Variation of Charges) Bill - Second Reading (24 Feb 2017)

Lord Kennedy of Southwark: ...from parking charges; these are part of managing the traffic situation in their district and the fee charged is an important part of that and material in enabling traffic and parking in their area. It should also be noted that the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 is prescriptive about what the surplus can be used for; if there is a shortage of car parking spaces in towns, the money can be...

Broadcasting (Radio Multiplex Services) Bill - Second Reading (24 Feb 2017)

Baroness Buscombe: ...also 55 local commercial digital—DAB—multiplexes, which transmit local radio services, covering approximately county-sized areas. Each local multiplex broadcasts up to 14 commercial radio stations, as well the relevant BBC local station for the area. As a result of the programme to upgrade and expand this local tier, around 90% of UK households should be able to receive a local...

Homelessness Reduction Bill - Second Reading (24 Feb 2017)

Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth: ...Bishop of Rochester, and then, speaking on behalf of the armed services and others, the noble and gallant Lord, Lord Stirrup. There was then a powerful speech from somebody who really understands this area because he has lived it in a way that the rest of us have not: the noble Lord, Lord Bird, who has vast experience and wisdom on this area from the Big Issue and many other aspects. From...

Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence (Ratification of Convention) Bill: Recommendations by GREVIO and the Committee of the Parties (24 Feb 2017)

Eilidh Whiteford: ...whose lives have been irreparably blighted as a result. Yesterday, along with other MPs, I received a copy of a letter from more than 130 of the hon. Gentleman’s constituents, women and men from the Shipley area who are dismayed by his “wilful misunderstanding and sabotage of the Bill”. They point out that: “While this Bill is delayed, people (mostly women) are...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft (24 Feb 2017)

Harriett Baldwin: The overall manning situation has improved. However, the lack of manpower - particularly in the Defence Equipment and Support area - remains an extant risk and is kept under review. Since the Department's Major Projects Portfolio data for 2015 was published, the number of specialist personnel to support the programme from both the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy has been increased and these...

Written Answers — Home Office: Licensing Laws (24 Feb 2017)

Sarah Newton: ...they would only use the EMRO as a last resort if other methods to reduce alcohol-related problems had failed, and did not feel it an appropriate means to reduce alcohol-related problems in their area. Some felt that an EMRO could be perceived by members of public and businesses as labelling an area as having high alcohol-related crime or being unsafe. Some felt that it conflicted with the...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Health Insurance: Foreign Nationals (24 Feb 2017)

Gareth Johnson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect of the Schengen area travel visa insurance scheme on the level of health tourism in the UK.

Written Answers — Department of Health: Cancer (24 Feb 2017)

David Mowat: ...level, in January – April 2012 and August – September 2012. Public Health England (PHE) has no plans to run this specific bowel cancer campaign in 2017, instead the aim is to cover this cancer area with a new generic approach that is currently being piloted in the East and West Midlands. This regional pilot campaign, which aims to raise awareness of a range of abdominal...

Written Answers — Department of Health: NHS: Buildings (24 Feb 2017)

Philip Dunne: ...building or structure rather than a site or legal holding (i.e. some facilities sit on several land-holdings); and - Vacant Properties are defined as those properties where at least 90% of the Net Internal Area is classed as vacant.

High Speed 2 (Newton) (23 Feb 2017)

Andrew Jones: ...are well prepared to bid for contracts and reap the benefits. We have held a supply roadshow, and I spoke at our event in Aberdeen, which is a long way from the line of route. However, the point is that many businesses in that area have high levels of skills in steel platform construction and other engineering, and I wanted to say, “Right, this is a project from the UK for the UK. We...

Unaccompanied Children (Greece and Italy) (23 Feb 2017)

Peter Bone: ...important debate and the tone in which she moved it. I also congratulate the previous speaker, the hon. Member for Bradford West (Naz Shah), on talking in particular about trafficking, which is the area I probably have the most expertise in and would like to touch on, perhaps at a different angle. There was some comment earlier on about not enough money being given to councils for...

Neighbourhood Planning Bill - Report (1st Day) (23 Feb 2017)

Lord Young of Cookham: ...and local authorities will become routine. Applicants want to receive planning permission so they can get on with building their scheme, and local planning authorities want to bring forward the sustainable development needed in their area, so both parties are incentivised to reach an agreement. New subsection (5) merely seeks to guarantee that the applicant is consulted on pre-commencement...

Backbench Business: Road Traffic Law Enforcement — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (23 Feb 2017)

Andrew Jones: ...for Liverpool, Riverside is absolutely correct that technology can help. Indeed, I will meet mobile phone companies next week and have already met other technology companies. Technology is moving pretty fast in this area. I am not normally at the cutting edge of technology, but I am happy to learn and I certainly see that technology can help here. Seatbelts were mentioned. We recently had...

Armed Forces: Historical Cases (23 Feb 2017)

Jim Shannon: ...-pound investigation is available for that. So I resent the idea that seems to be promoted at present that one life is worth more than another—it is not, and it never will be. The grief of a mother does not change with the colour of her hair, the area she lives in or the church she attends—it never can do, and why should it? As the Member of Parliament for Strangford, I call on...

Backbench Business: Disabled People: Publicly Accessible Amenities — [Ms Karen Buck in the Chair] (23 Feb 2017)

Marcus Jones: ...that consistency of provision is important and that even small changes in layout, such as the position of wash basins or the omission of features such as shelves or coat hooks, can become awkward. Another area that may need to be considered is compliance with the requirements. The number of people who need specialised toilet accommodation has increased in line with broader demographic and...

Health Service Medical Supplies (Costs) Bill - Third Reading (23 Feb 2017)

Lord O'Shaughnessy: ...current approach to collecting company-level data in a non-bureaucratic way while, critically, ensuring that the information notice procedure, which was a concern of noble Lords, is focused on the area which we know is the greatest burden to companies—providing cost information on a product-by-product basis. I am pleased to say that my officials have discussed these amendments with...

South Sudan: Famine - Private Notice Question (23 Feb 2017)

Lord Bates: ...work, and have worked through the UN Security Council on that. We have worked with international partners. We are part of the troika with Norway and the United States, which is key in intervening in this area. My noble friend Lady Anelay is looking at the work we are doing across the border, because, although some 3 million people are internally displaced, increasingly, as refugees flow...

Tobacco Control Plan - Question (23 Feb 2017)

Lord O'Shaughnessy: ...in health terms and in my pocket from reducing smoking. It is essential that we continue on the trajectory of reducing smoking that has been going for a long time. England is a world leader in this area, and we should recognise that. There has been huge success but clearly there is a lot more to do.


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