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Petition - Continuation of Local Bus Services in Congleton Constituency: Future of the NHS (20 Jul 2017)

Philip Dunne: ...Drax) on securing this debate and commend his timing, as it is two days after we laid the Department of Health and NHS entities’ 2017 accounts before Parliament. He will note from what I am sure will be his diligent scrutiny of those accounts that provider deficits have been much reduced in the year that has just ended compared with the figure he cited for the previous year. That is...

Health: Congenital Heart Disease - Question for Short Debate (20 Jul 2017)

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: .... But they want to put it in the long grass because they cannot face up to the fact that someone at some point has to say, “These are the units we’re going with and we’re going to do everything we can to make sure they’re up to standard. But we’re not going to have further reviews”. The one thing I would say about the NHS England paper is that it points...

Summer Adjournment (20 Jul 2017)

Michael Ellis: ...South (Karin Smyth) to her position as shadow Deputy Leader of the House? I look forward to working with her on those collaborative and common-ground issues on which we can work together. I am sure we will continue to do that. My hon. Friend the Member for Bridgwater and West Somerset (Mr Liddell-Grainger) started this afternoon’s debate. He puts his views extremely powerfully on...

NHS: Contaminated Blood - Statement (20 Jul 2017)

Baroness Chisholm of Owlpen: ...are absolutely committed to an independent inquiry and the Cabinet Office propriety and ethics team has been liaising with the Department of Health about this inquiry. As regards how people can make sure that they are able to consult, we are sending letters this week, or at the beginning of next week, to all 3,500 beneficiaries of the schemes. MPs will also receive the letter. The letter...

Combat Compensation (20 Jul 2017)

Tobias Ellwood: ...portfolio is new to me, and I will say frankly that the issue is complex. However, as a former regular soldier and as a reservist—something that I should declare—I have a personal interest in making sure we that when we send our brave soldiers, sailors and air personnel into harm’s way, we give them the equipment that they require. I am grateful for the opportunity to...

Euratom - Question for Short Debate (20 Jul 2017)

Lord Prior of Brampton: ...time, it was explained that the machinery of the two treaties was inextricably intertwined and that it was not possible to give notice under Article 50 without also giving notice under Euratom. I am sure we may wish to debate that issue further on another day but that is the position as I understand it. The noble Lord was quite right when he started the debate by saying that Euratom is...

Jobcentres and the DWP Estate — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (20 Jul 2017)

Damian Hinds: I am fairly sure that I was talking not about that, but about the consultation criteria. At the end of the process, we will have a settled estate, which will put us in a better position to share services and so on with other bodies. I will skip over some of my material and respond directly to some of the questions that came up in the debate. The hon. Member for Wirral West asked about...

Grenfell Tower and Fire Safety: Update - Statement (20 Jul 2017)

Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth: ...made, with some success, to defuse the tension. The judge leading the inquiry is consulting local residents and residents’ representatives about the terms of reference, and it is right to do so. I am sure that the judge will have views about the timing of the inquiry and where it is to be held, and those will be taken into account. If it is acceptable to the noble and learned Lord, I...

Transport: Remote Island Communities in England - Motion to Take Note (20 Jul 2017)

Lord Callanan: ...tide comes in. They normally take the rescue and shelter halfway across. There is no legislation against stupidity, I fear. I take note of the right reverend Prelate’s suggestion of a park-and-ride scheme. I am sure that she will understand that is a matter for the local authorities to determine. I am sure that under its new leadership, Northumberland County Council will look closely...

Points of Order: Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards (20 Jul 2017)

Tom Brake: ...issues in the House. Throughout her time in office she has demonstrated great integrity, resilience, patience and persistence, and she will be remembered for her real dedication to public service. I am sure that the House would wish to join me in thanking Ms Hudson for her work. The recruitment process for her replacement was rigorous. Advertisements were placed on the websites of The...

Points of Order (20 Jul 2017)

Eleanor Laing: .... The matters that were just raised in three points of order were raised many times during today’s business questions and answered by the Leader of the House, who is once again in her place. I am sure that she will have conveyed the feelings of the House to the Secretary of State. The hon. Gentlemen know very well the methods by which Members can try to insist on a Secretary of State...

Grenfell Tower (20 Jul 2017)

Sajid Javid: ...of his right hon. Friend the shadow Chancellor, who has shown just how out of touch he is on this issue. That is not what the public want to see. The right hon. Gentleman asked how I can make sure during the recess period that all hon. Members in all parts of the House are kept in touch or informed and are able to ask questions. Obviously he knows that because Parliament will be in recess,...

BBC: Equal Pay - Private Notice Question (20 Jul 2017)

Lord Ashton of Hyde: I am certainly not sure about the last part of that question. However, I can confirm that the regulations came into force on 31 March this year for the public sector and on 6 April for the private sector. Organisations with more than 250 employees have 12 months to publish their gender pay gap figures for the first time, and will have to every year thereafter. That means that the BBC will...

Health: Obesity - Question (20 Jul 2017)

Baroness Chisholm of Owlpen: ...have a lot of initiatives going forward such as introducing a soft drinks industry levy, which will come into effect in April. The important thing could be harnessing new technology. We need to make sure that we can get to people, particularly young people. We will work with Public Health England on good initiative ideas, and with commercial players to investigate opportunities to bring...

Business of the House (20 Jul 2017)

Eleanor Laing: I am sure the whole House will join the Leader of the House in thanking the hard-working staff who look after us so well and wish them a restful time over the summer without us.

Security: ID Cards - Question (20 Jul 2017)

Baroness Williams of Trafford: My Lords, we have many numbers that help in assuring our identity. I am not sure that this would add to the mix. I am certainly happy to look at this, but I do not think there is any evidence that a national identity number would improve security in this country. I have already outlined to the noble Lord, Lord Blair, how this country is helping to make us safer.

Fox-Sky Merger (20 Jul 2017)

Karen Bradley: The hon. Gentleman asks a number of questions and I will attempt to address as many as I can in the time that we have; there were a number of questions there—I am sure he would agree. I think it is worth my repeating that I am acting in a quasi-judicial basis under the Enterprise Act. We are also reflecting, in our behaviour as a Government, the recommendations of Sir Brian Leveson in...

Contaminated Blood (20 Jul 2017)

Jackie Doyle-Price: .... I reassure the House that the Government have as yet made no final decisions on the scope and format of an inquiry, or on its leadership. I have newly taken on this policy area, and I am keen to make sure that all those affected are given an opportunity to give us their thoughts and opinions. I understand it is normal practice for public inquiries to be sponsored by the relevant...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Animal Welfare (20 Jul 2017)

Philip Davies: I am sure that people will be greatly reassured by what the Secretary of State has said today about animal welfare. On the back of that, will the Government commit to increase the penalties for people convicted of animal cruelty?

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Rural Economy (20 Jul 2017)

Therese Coffey: The hon. Gentleman will be aware that the Welsh Assembly Government are working closely with local communities and BT Openreach to reach such places. I am sure he will be able to follow up on that directly, but I will pass on his concerns to my right hon. Friend the Minister for Digital.

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