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Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill (20 Oct 2017)

Chris Philp: ...point. If it is not, I would be interested to hear what the Minister thinks about Catriona Ogilvy’s suggestion. I believe it would be an improvement to our legislation if we could consider moves in that area. I put on record once again my congratulations to the Members involved in bringing in the Bill. I strongly commend it to the House and hope that it will progress rapidly through...

Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill (20 Oct 2017)

Chris Bryant: ...;in the exercise of functions as such a worker”. We will need to make sure that that does not become a loophole or a “get out” clause for those who attack or assault our emergency workers. The third area to consider is the list of offences that can be aggravated. Members might think it a slightly odd list. There is a rationale for it, but we should perhaps consider other...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Somalia: Counter-terrorism (20 Oct 2017)

Rory Stewart: ...UK is funding and mentoring the Joint Operations Coordination Centre in Mogadishu, which coordinated the rescue and recovery operations following the attack, and counter-terrorism police that helped secure the area. The UK contributes logistical and funding support through the UN and EU to the African Union peacekeeping mission to Somalia, and provides pre-deployment training for troop...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Schools: Shropshire (20 Oct 2017)

Daniel Kawczynski: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if the additional £3.7 million allocated to Shropshire schools was previously allocated to another area of her Department's spending.

Written Answers — Prime Minister: Brexit (20 Oct 2017)

Kate Hoey: To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to her Oral contribution of 9 October 2017, Official Report, column 55, what sea area she referred to as coastal waters.

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Travellers: Caravan Sites (20 Oct 2017)

Kate Green: ...State for Communities and Local Government, how many (a) starts and (b) completions have occurred for Gypsy and Traveller sites under the Affordable Homes Programme 2015-18 in each local authority area.

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Homelessness: Travel (20 Oct 2017)

Marcus Jones: ...Reduction Act, which will require councils to provide early support to people at risk of becoming homeless. In some circumstances, the chance to reconnect with their family or friends in another area can help resolve a person's homelessness. But councils should be certain that they are offering someone real help that will resolve their homelessness. The Department does not hold information...

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Revenue and Customs: Work Experience (20 Oct 2017)

Mel Stride: ...experience. Experience is gained through shadowing, coaching, and undertaking supervised activities alongside HMRC employees. These activities will vary dependent on the Business Area hosting the participant.

Written Answers — Department of Health: Homelessness (20 Oct 2017)

Philip Dunne: ...is principally based on being ‘ordinarily resident’ in the United Kingdom. Broadly, this means living here on a lawful and properly settled basis for the time being, with non-European Economic Area nationals subject to immigration control also being required to have an immigration status of ‘indefinite leave to remain’. Overseas visitors, who are not ordinarily...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Secure Psychiatric Units (20 Oct 2017)

Barbara Keeley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have been detained in locked rehabilitation wards outside their local area in each year since 2010.

National Health Service (Pharmaceutical and Local Pharmaceutical Services) (Amendment) Regulations 2017 - Motion to Regret (19 Oct 2017)

Lord Deben: ...have shown themselves to understand this. No doubt there are other arguments, but the issue for me is proximity and propinquity. I am thinking not just about rural areas, although I live in a rural area and I understand the point very strongly; for many people in urban areas who do not have access to motor cars and where bus services are exiguous, the fact that they can walk to a pharmacy...

Tobacco Control Plan: Valproate and Foetal Anticonvulsant Syndrome (19 Oct 2017)

Jim Shannon: ...in pregnancy.” How can it be that lessons have not been learned? Dr Rhys Thomas, an honorary consultant in epilepsy at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle, says: “This is a dramatic and important survey focusing on a crucial area for women with epilepsy. As a medical community, we clearly could be doing more, and should be doing more. Even if women are being told of the...

Backbench Business: Defence Capability — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (19 Oct 2017)

Stewart McDonald: ... the hon. Member for Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport (Luke Pollard) and my hon. Friend the Member for Dunfermline and West Fife (Douglas Chapman) mentioned, we are AWOL in the High North. It is an area where we are not just letting ourselves down, but letting our allies down as well. It has to be a high strategic priority, and this review and the subsequent SDSR that we think should happen...

Backbench Business: Carbon Capture and Storage — [Sir David Amess in the Chair] (19 Oct 2017)

Claire Perry: ...(Mr Clarke) for securing this excellent debate, to which there have been many thoughtful, detailed and factual contributions. My hon. Friend is a strong proponent both of the technology and of the area he represents. It was wonderful to hear the unanimity of views, in particular from the hon. Member for Redcar (Anna Turley), who speaks so passionately on behalf of her constituency; the...

Tobacco Control Plan (19 Oct 2017)

Steve Brine: ...cut back on smoking rates is not confined to October. Let me say a bit about the tobacco control plan and try to respond, as far as I can, to the points raised in the debate. My ministerial brief covers a wide area: public health, primary care, and cancer. That might appear to be a disparate agenda, but there is a plan. For me, all of my responsibilities come back to prevention and in...

Public Bill Committee: Finance Bill: Employment income provided through third parties (19 Oct 2017)

Anneliese Dodds: ...and schedule 11 re-characterise loans as remuneration for tax purposes, but in some cases they would be doing so many years after the original transaction. The Opposition want to see change in this area, because abuses have been clearly documented. However, this measure comes after a long period of relative inaction, at least in the areas where this legislation is focused. That has meant...

Battle of Passchendaele - Motion to Take Note (19 Oct 2017)

Lord Black of Brentwood: ...World War. It would be useful to hear from my noble friend what is being done to commemorate their particular sacrifice. It was marked above all by the most dreadful physical conditions imaginable because of the heavy rainfall which accompanied the start of the battle and turned the area into a quagmire which trapped soldiers and immobilised their weaponry. Indeed, the battle has become...

EU: Transition Deal - Question for Short Debate (19 Oct 2017)

Lord Horam: ...it what you want and that would make total sense for us given that, even outside the European Union, most of our trade would still be with the European Union. It is a delusion to imagine that somehow or other there is a large area out there with which we could do trade but are not doing so at the moment. That is not to understand at all the nature of trade, which is that trade halves as...

District Councils - Motion to Take Note (19 Oct 2017)

Lord Greaves: ...he could write about. The Minister seems to be getting a bit obsessed with Pendle—I do not know why. I made it quite clear that, in so far as I talked about Pendle in my speech, I was just using it as an example of a type of area. I talked about lots of other areas, too. However, if the Minister is really so interested in Pendle, perhaps he would like to come and see for himself and...

Public Bill Committee: Finance Bill: Grassroots sport (19 Oct 2017)

Anneliese Dodds: ...sports facilities, not least the changes to business rates and the fact that there was such a long postponement of the uprating. That has had a significant impact on many clubs, whose headquarters or area of operation is also that of a small business; I am particularly thinking about riding schools, for example, which may have seen a substantial increase in their business rate. There is...


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