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Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Digital Technology: EU Internal Trade (26 Aug 2016)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: ...in the development of the Digital Single Market until the formal and legal process of leaving the European Union has been finalised. I will be working with colleagues across government to make sure we understand the potential risks and opportunities for our economy.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Bahrain: Politics and Government (1 Aug 2016)

Baroness Anelay of St Johns: ...deployments. We continue to maintain a naval presence which includes mine countermeasure ships, frigates, destroyers and maritime helicopters to contribute to the stability of the region and to make sure vital sea lanes remain open in the region.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Children's Centres (1 Aug 2016)

Lord Beecham: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they still intend to publish the consultation on the future of Sure Start, which they promised to initiate in July 2015, and if so when.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Judges: Ethnic Groups (1 Aug 2016)

Lord Keen of Elie: ...are under-represented in the judiciary in England and Wales when compared with the general population. We are committed to continue working with the judiciary and all others concerned to make sure that, while appointments will always be made on merit, the pool of candidates is as diverse as possible. On average over the last 5 years, 11 per cent of candidates recommended for judicial...

Written Answers — Department for Exiting the European Union: Parliament (28 Jul 2016)

David Davis: ...with Parliament on what the approach to negotiations should be. While legally there is no obligation to consult Parliament on triggering Article 50, it will clearly have an important role in making sure that we find the best way forward.

Written Answers — Department for Exiting the European Union: Parliament (27 Jul 2016)

Robin Walker: ...European Union and their will must be respected and delivered. While legally there is no obligation to consult Parliament on triggering Article 50, it will clearly have an important role in making sure that we find the best way forward.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Offenders: Employment (27 Jul 2016)

Sam Gyimah: .... We aim to include this in future publications, for both CRCs and the National Probation Service, once data collection has bedded in. We closely monitor and robustly manage providers to make sure they fulfil their commitments to maintain service delivery, reduce reoffending, protect the public and provide value for money to the taxpayer.

Written Answers — Department for Education: English Baccalaureate (27 Jul 2016)

Lord Nash: ...is why we are spending over 1.3 billion up to 2020 to attract new teachers into the profession including continuing to offer teacher training bursaries in history, geography and languages to make sure that we continue to attract the brightest graduates. We have recently announced the expansion of the teacher subject specialism training to include modern foreign languages. This...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Teachers: Resignations (26 Jul 2016)

Nick Gibb: ...in schools to reduce unnecessary workload in these areas. The Government has accepted all the relevant recommendations made by the groups, and we will continue to work with the teaching profession to make sure they have the ongoing support they need to continue reducing unnecessary teacher workload. We have recently conducted the first biennial Teacher Workload Survey, which will allow...

Written Answers — Department for International Development: Iraq: Internally Displaced People (26 Jul 2016)

Baroness Anelay of St Johns: ...across Iraq requiring some form of humanitarian assistance. The UK is working with the Government of Iraq, Kurdistan Regional Government, United Nations, and non-governmental organisations to make sure that humanitarian support is provided to the most vulnerable, including internally displaced persons (IDPs). Since summer 2014, the UK has pledged 129.5 million of humanitarian...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Iraq Committee of Inquiry (26 Jul 2016)

Earl Howe: ...accountability and empowered the single Services. The Defence Secretary confirmed to the Defence Select Committee on 19 July that he has established a team to go through the report and make sure that the proper lessons are learned. This team will identify all of the areas where MOD needs to take action to improve its performance in the light of Sir John Chilcot's findings.

Warm Home Discount (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2016 - Motion to Approve (21 Jul 2016)

Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer: ...society. The funding for the years after 2018 will be based on the number of customers who have benefited from rebates. What do the Government intend to do to promote the scheme to people who can benefit from it, making sure that they do not miss out? Finally, the Explanatory Memorandum says that the Secretary of State can conduct a review if it is thought desirable. Perhaps the Minister...

NHS and Social Care: Impact of Brexit - Motion to Take Note (21 Jul 2016)

Lord Prior of Brampton: ...is a lot we can do to improve the productivity of the workforce we already have. I should turn to social care because it is a hugely important area. We have so often done a disservice to social care. People who work in social care do incredibly important jobs. I am sure other noble Lords have visited nursing homes, care homes and care homes for dementia. People who work in those jobs,...

Committee of Privileges: Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust (21 Jul 2016)

Philip Dunne: I will come on to what we are doing nationally to try to make sure we have an adequate number of trained professional clinicians to meet the needs around the country. It is important to recognise that while nationally some standards are set for safe staffing ratios, which were referred to by the hon. Member for Dewsbury, these are not a hard-and-fast rule and never have been. They are...

Backbench Business: Summer Adjournment (21 Jul 2016)

Michael Ellis: .... Reducing wider remuneration packages and blaming the national living wage would be short-sighted and would yield only a one-off gain. Doing so is not in the spirit of the national living wage, and I am sure that B&Q and others are acting accordingly. I say to my hon. Friend the Member for Cleethorpes (Martin Vickers) that ultimately open access decisions are for the Office of Rail...

Farming: Impact of Brexit - Question for Short Debate (21 Jul 2016)

Lord Gardiner of Kimble: ...billion in food and drink that we sold across the world in 2015, and cementing Britain’s reputation as a global food nation. From Welsh lamb and Northern Irish beef to Scotch whisky and English wines—I am sure that the noble Baroness, Lady Jones of Whitchurch, will not mind me saying that I do not think any of us would consider those to be niche—we should be proud of the...

EU Exit: Devolved Governments — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (21 Jul 2016)

Robin Walker: ...bold and positive agenda. I recognise the point made by the hon. Member for Edinburgh South about least-affluent areas, which is certainly reflected in my constituency. Now, more than ever, we must work to make sure those areas can thrive. The Prime Minister made clear her passionate belief in the United Kingdom and her commitment to engage fully with the devolved Administrations as we...

Palestine: Children - Motion to Take Note (21 Jul 2016)

Lord Sterling of Plaistow: ...undertook extremely perilous roles. When I served in the Royal Air Force in 1954, I took my leave in Israel, having got there via Cyprus. I shall bring up only one aspect of the atmosphere there, which I am sure my noble friend Lord Cope will appreciate: I attended a performance of the Tchaikovsky violin concerto which was played in the orange groves by the Jewish agency at the time. That...

Backbench Business: Snares (21 Jul 2016)

Natascha Engel: ...for his point of order. I should point out that we are coming to the pre-recess Adjournment debate. If he would like to mention that in the debate, he is more than welcome to do so, and I am sure that the Treasury Bench will take it to the relevant Minister. If he would like me to add him to the list or if he wishes to catch my eye, I will see what I can do.

Schools: Funding - Statement (21 Jul 2016)

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: ...further education transferred to it, can he also say whether the further education budget will be protected next year, having been decimated by the BIS department over the last two years? Finally, I am sure we all agree with fair funding but I have noticed that when it came to police areas, the fire service and the NHS, fair funding has meant greater funding in Conservative constituencies....


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