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Written Answers — Department for Education: Further Education: Social Mobility (14 Feb 2018)

Anne Milton: ..., including the £15 million Strategic College Improvement Fund; and the new £170 million Institutes for Technology. These measures will particularly benefit students from disadvantaged backgrounds, by making sure they are able to gain the skills that are in demand from employers. Further information, along with details of other related measures, can be found in the plan which is...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Industry (14 Feb 2018)

Lord Henley: Through our Industrial Strategy, we will make sure that we are using all the tools we have to stimulate growth throughout the UK. We will further reduce corporation tax from 19 per cent to 17 per cent by 2020 and increase R&D tax credits for large businesses from 11% to 12% from January 2018; whilst we have also increased the permanent level of the Annual Investment Allowance to...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Flood Control: Earby (14 Feb 2018)

Lord Gardiner of Kimble: ...Beck and its Tributaries to be completed in April 2018. The EA will make the findings public on completion. The EA supports the Earby Community Property Flood Resilience Scheme but needs to be sure that the proposed temporary flood barriers will not increase flood risk elsewhere. The EA has commissioned further modelling work to assess this risk which will begin in February 2018 and is...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Dangerous Driving: Sentencing (9 Feb 2018)

Phillip Lee: The Government is committed to making sure that the courts have sufficient powers to deal with driving offences appropriately and proportionately. We will bring forward proposals for changes in the law as soon as parliamentary time allows. These proposals will take account of, and incorporate, all of government’s proposals for safer roads, including the Department of Transport’s...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Family Courts: Domestic Violence (9 Feb 2018)

Phillip Lee: ...for someone to use court processes to harass or abuse a former partner. The family court has wide powers to manage such situations. New family court rules were introduced last November to make sure vulnerable court users get the support they need in the courtroom. Training for judges, on this and other matters, is the responsibility of the Lord Chief Justice and is carried out by the...

Brexit: European Arrest Warrant (European Union Committee) - Motion to Take Note (8 Feb 2018)

Lord Young of Cookham: ...Baroness, Lady Ludford, mentioned some of the problems with the EAW, and the noble and learned Lord, Lord Brown, touched on them. Noble Lords may recall that, in 2014, we reformed the operation of the EAW to make sure that it worked effectively and better protected UK citizens. As has been mentioned, individuals will not now be extradited where a case is not trial-ready or where it is...

Community Bank Closures (8 Feb 2018)

Craig Mackinlay: hon. Friend the Member for Chichester (Gillian Keegan) said very clearly, the volume of cash transactions in society is now below 50%. Even though we have the advance of the cashless society—I am sure that is warmly welcomed by the Treasury, because it means that most transactions can be appropriately taxed—it will be a very long while, probably a number of decades yet,...

Backbench Business: Strengthening Families — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (8 Feb 2018)

Oliver Dowden: ..., which runs the website called DAD. The service is well used and is valued by its users. Ministers at DFE are considering the future requirements for the next financial year, so it is under active consideration. I am sure the representations made by my hon. Friend will have been heard loud and clear. On children’s centres, an important point was raised about family hubs. Clearly,...

Bermuda: Same-sex Marriage - Statement (8 Feb 2018)

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon: ...with him. I hope that we will move forward in a progressive way in Bermuda and in other overseas territories within the Caribbean region. On the issue of financial support for legal challenges, I am sure the noble Lord will accept that it would be inappropriate at this time for me to speculate on the nature of legal challenges and how they take place. Of course, if there are developments...

Working Group on Independent Complaints and Grievance Policy - Statement (8 Feb 2018)

Baroness Evans of Bowes Park: I thank the noble Lord for his comments and for his evidence to the committee. I am sure we will work closely with his committee as we move this work forward. He is absolutely right about the need for leadership, which is why I hope, and am sure, that our House commission will play a role in helping to make sure we can oversee these changes. It is partly why the working group will become a...

Brexit and the Labour Market (Economic Affairs Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (8 Feb 2018)

Baroness Smith of Newnham: the minds of EU citizens resident in the United Kingdom, some of whom have already taken the decision to leave, others of whom may decide to leave, and many of whom are saying, “We are still not sure that the United Kingdom really wants us”. The interim agreement made in December 2017 does not give the certainty that EU migrants need to ensure that they will remain in the...

Acute and Community Health (8 Feb 2018)

Justin Madders: ..., patients having the wrong tooth extracted by trust dentists, and patients on intermediate care wards suffering repeated falls and broken bones or ending up with pressure ulcers. We have to make sure that the pain experienced by so many patients and their families is properly detailed and recognised. We must make sure the NHS is able to learn from these events and that systems are put in...

Independent Complaints and Grievance Policy (8 Feb 2018)

Andrea Leadsom: enormous length within the working group. She will appreciate that much of the evidence that we took demonstrated the importance of putting the complainant at the heart of this procedure, making sure that we created a sufficiently safe space for people to feel that they could come forward with their complaint and not find themselves plastered all over the press. That was absolutely key....

Nurseries and Schools: Protection from Terrorism - Question (8 Feb 2018)

Baroness Williams of Trafford: I could not disagree at all with the noble Lord when he says that we need to make sure our schools are protected. He will be aware, I am sure, of the Crowded Places Guidance that has come out. This is up to governing bodies. Of course the threat will feel different in different places, and we are updating our guidance on assisting schools. It would be a terrible thing if a school was...

Business of the House (8 Feb 2018)

Andrea Leadsom: ... 26 February will include: Monday 26 February—Estimates day (1st allotted day). Tuesday 27 February—Estimates day (2nd allotted day). At 7 pm the House will be asked to agree all outstanding estimates. I am sure that the whole House will want to join me in marking Children’s Mental Health Week. The earliest years are vital for lifelong emotional health, and I strongly...

Prisons - Question (8 Feb 2018)

Earl Attlee: ...the Sentencing Guidelines Council takes no account of the prison population. What would happen if we changed the rules so that the council did take account of the population and had a duty to make sure that we do not exceed the certified normal accommodation of the prison system?

Royal Assent: Motability (8 Feb 2018)

Esther McVey: It is because of the tenacity of certain Members, for sure, and the freedom of our press, which has aired the case. This has been looked at for quite a few years, and I got concessions from Motability, as did my right hon. Friend the Member for Portsmouth North, but now we need to take the matter further.

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Air Pollution (8 Feb 2018)

Steve Brine: The Department of Health and Social Care works closely with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to make sure the best evidence and information is available to the public. Public Health England (PHE) has developed a work programme to support national and local actions to reduce the health burden in England attributable to air pollution. The programme includes raising...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Further Education: Loans (8 Feb 2018)

Anne Milton: The department has made sure that learners at these providers with Advanced Learner Loans have not entered repayment in this tax year to allow time for them to take up opportunities with other providers. The Student Loans Company will be contacting those learners again shortly regarding next steps.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Schools: Swimming (8 Feb 2018)

Nadhim Zahawi: Swimming is a vital life skill. That is why we have made sure that swimming and water safety is compulsory in the national curriculum for PE at primary levels (key stages 1 and 2). The curriculum sets out the expectation that all pupils should be taught to: - swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres - use a range of strokes effectively; and -...

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