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Delegated Legislation: Primates as Pets (24 Apr 2017)

Richard Drax: ...not understand what they are taking on. It seems to me and Dr Cronin, as well as many others, that the best solution is to require private owners to meet the standards imposed on zoos and game parks. Were those standards applied, I am sure we would all agree that no domestic user could possibly meet them, so keeping a monkey in one’s home, garage or anywhere else would be impossible....

Northern Ireland (Ministerial Appointments and Regional Rates) Bill (24 Apr 2017)

James Brokenshire: ... the Member for Keighley (Kris Hopkins). The Bill provides the scope and space for a deal to be done, which is what businesses, community groups and individuals across Northern Ireland want to see. I am sure I speak for the whole of this House when I express my sincere hope that all sides use the opportunity this Bill provides to secure the resumption of devolved government in Northern...

Northern Ireland (Ministerial Appointments and Regional Rates) Bill (24 Apr 2017)

Kris Hopkins: ...the placing of a bomb outside a school. Many depraved acts have taken place in Northern Ireland over many years, but to place a bomb outside a school is probably one of the most despicable I can think of. I am sure that the community around that school will be appalled that young people were put in danger by those psychopaths, and I am sure that every part of our community will stand up...

Race in the Workplace: The McGregor-Smith Review - Question for Short Debate (24 Apr 2017)

Lord Stevenson of Balmacara: ...a guide on discussing race in the workplace as well as having a single portal where useful case studies and unconscious bias training packages can be sourced”. That is pathetic, given the scale of the issue we are talking about. In any case, the Government do far more in making sure that training happens and ensuring that apprenticeships are going to be of a high standard—they...

Air Quality - Statement (24 Apr 2017)

Lord Gardiner of Kimble: ...Lords, I beg leave to repeat, as a Statement, an Answer to an Urgent Question given by my right honourable friend the Secretary of State in another place. “This Government are committed to making sure that ours is the first generation to leave the environment in a better state than we found it. As part of that, I am personally deeply committed to the importance of clean air. I can...

GCSE English Literature Exams — [Mrs Anne Main in the Chair] (24 Apr 2017)

Helen Jones: ...year, and coursework has been abandoned. That is consistent with this Government’s approach to examinations in most subjects. I grew up with that system, and I was fortunate enough to be good at it, because I was blessed with a good memory, but I am not sure that I agree entirely with Ofqual when it says: “We do not believe there are any skills in the draft content for English...

UK Convergence Programme - Motion to Approve (24 Apr 2017)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: ..., is one such obligation. In practice, drafting the paper was relatively straightforward, since it is based on the Spring Budget report and the OBR’s most recent Economic and Fiscal Outlook. I am sure that noble Lords who have examined it will have seen much familiar content. I should draw to the attention of noble Lords one detailed but vital point. It is the Government’s...

Greater Manchester Combined Authority (Functions and Amendment) Order 2017 - Motion to Approve (24 Apr 2017)

Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth: ..., the courts are familiar with dealing with it. However, I take the general point that the noble Baroness makes; it is a very fair one. I also take her point about the need to take everybody with you in so far as you can. I am sure that any mayor of Greater Manchester, whatever their party or whether or not they are independent, will want to ensure that that is the case, so that it is not...

Air Quality Strategy: Points of Order (24 Apr 2017)

Fiona Mactaggart: .... I quite understand why you did not grant my request for an urgent question, Mr Speaker, because it seems that just asking you had a result. As a champion of the Back Bencher, will you use your best efforts to make sure that the original plan to cut off this service to Members of Parliament does not occur until after this Parliament is dissolved?

Immigration Act 2016 (Consequential Amendments) (Biometrics and Legal Aid) Regulations 2017 - Motion to Approve (24 Apr 2017)

Baroness Williams of Trafford: ...constantly kept under review. As regards widening the scope of the measure, I cannot predict the decisions of a future Government, who may, of course, not be a Conservative Government. However, I am sure that a future Government will consider that measure when keeping legislation under review. At the moment, we have no plans to extend the current practice. Section 141 does not limit the...

Air Quality Strategy (24 Apr 2017)

Andrea Leadsom: The Government are committed to making sure that ours is the first generation to leave the environment in a better state than we found it. As part of that, I am deeply committed personally to the importance of ensuring that we have clean air. Since 2011, the Government have announced more than £2 billion to help bus operators to upgrade their fleets, to support the development and...

Nuclear Energy: Small Modular Reactors - Question (24 Apr 2017)

Lord Prior of Brampton: ...such as Rolls-Royce and others in the UK could compete effectively on SMRs and we could then export them around the world. But there is no point embarking on that new technology until we are sure that it can deliver low-carbon energy at an economic cost.

Brexit: Negotiations - Question (24 Apr 2017)

Lord Dykes: ...;and the importance of trade negotiations, will the Government make an effort to have close relations with it in the context of national member states and their responses to the Brexit negotiations to make sure that, even if the Government cannot go as far as accepting the wise advice of Mr Macron when he came to London last February, they will make every effort to make sure that we have a...

Clerk of the Parliaments - Retirement of Sir David Beamish KCB (24 Apr 2017)

Lord Newby: ...I wonder if he thought himself as Parliament’s equivalent of Mr McGregor. I suspect not because he was far too kindly. He honed his knowledge on that subject, apparently, on car journeys by thinking up questions to ask himself. I am not sure whether he whiled away the longueurs of committee meetings in your Lordships’ House by following the same pursuit, but if he did, I doubt...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Rough Sleeping (24 Apr 2017)

Sajid Javid: ..., and the Government are determined to do more. A few weeks ago, I went to Finland to see what it has done for itself with the Housing First project. I think that we can learn lessons from others, and make sure that we do more at home.

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Social Housing Rent Arrears (24 Apr 2017)

Gavin Barwell: ...falling—in 2013-14, we were talking about 30% of households—so the figure is moving in the right direction, and the hon. Lady is wrong to oppose the fundamental welfare reforms we need to make sure that the system is fair.

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Pubs (24 Apr 2017)

Greg Mulholland: ...the change to pub protection it contains would not be made. Will he assure the House that that is not the case? That wonderful decision was supported on both sides of the House, and we need to make sure that the change goes through.

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Affordable Homes (24 Apr 2017)

Gavin Barwell: ...made it a condition that, for each home that is sold, we replace it with a new affordable home. That is the right policy as we help people who have the aspiration to buy their home, but we also make sure that the rented homes are replaced. That is what people will get from a Conservative Government.

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: High Streets (24 Apr 2017)

Andrew Percy: I am sure it is just a matter of time. Businesses are fully entitled to make a case for a temporary reduction in their rateable value. As a fellow Lincolnshire MP, I know Sincil Street very well. I advise my hon. Friend’s businesses to contact the local valuation office to discuss whether the rateable values can be amended at all.

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Topical Questions (24 Apr 2017)

Sajid Javid: ...much money for so many good causes. The issue that the hon. Lady raises is an important one. We are taking the Casey review very seriously. It shows the need for a new integration strategy to make sure that we do everything we can, working together across this House, including with people in Scotland and other parts of the UK, to make sure that we bring this nation together and reduce the...


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