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Higher Education and Research Bill - Second Reading (6 Dec 2016)

Viscount Younger of Leckie: ...Bill. I could say much more about this and about how we intend to protect institutional autonomy with the necessary checks and controls, and I think it is best that I both write to noble Lords on this complex issue and of course leave it to full debate—which I am sure there will be—in Committee. The noble Lord, Lord Storey, and the noble Baroness, Lady Warwick, raised concerns...

Road Traffic Accident Prevention (6 Dec 2016)

Barry Sheerman: ...not have a passion for this rather unusual subject, they should not be in Parliament, because it is about our constituents and families. Let us get more people involved in pacts and in the campaign, and let us make sure that Britain is a safer place to ride on horses, on bicycles, on motorcycles and in cars. Most of all, let us make sure it is safer for families enjoying themselves and for...

Delegated Legislation: Rail Services: Southend (6 Dec 2016)

Paul Maynard: .... I draw to his attention, as my hon. Friend the Member for Rochford and Southend East did, the fact that the new Abellio Greater Anglia franchise is one of the most ambitious ever embarked upon by this Department. With £1.4 billion of investment, I am sure that travellers across that network will welcome the fact that we will be replacing every piece of rolling stock on that...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Adjournment: Bushmills Outdoor Education Centre: Proposed Closure (6 Dec 2016)

Peter Weir: ...of the Education Authority board have a doctrinaire or set view of what should happen. I urge people who feel constrained by the way in which the consultation has been done to avail themselves of the opportunities and to make sure that, if there is an alternative, they put it forward. If there is something rational that, from a financial point of view, produces the same result, that...

Public Bill Committee: Commonwealth Development Corporation Bill: Condition for exercise of power to increase limit: prohibition on investment in certain sectors (6 Dec 2016)

Stephen Doughty: ...so much of the new investment is going into just that one sector and why small amounts are going into others. The point that the Minister made about the mineral sector in Afghanistan is fair, but I am sure he understands why there is a lot of scepticism, given the history of exploitation and poverty creation through the extractive industries, particularly in Africa and elsewhere. The UK...

Public Bill Committee: Commonwealth Development Corporation Bill: Condition for exercise of power to increase limit: adherence to DFID partnership principles (6 Dec 2016)

Stephen Doughty: ...it places on that work. For the benefit of the Committee, there are four partnership principles. The first is a commitment to reducing poverty and achieving what was then the millennium development goals—I am sure it is now the sustainable development goals. That is the commitment of a partner to address the constraints to poverty reduction and progress against those goals. The...

Flood Re Insurance Scheme — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (6 Dec 2016)

Therese Coffey: ...Member for Carlisle referred to think about adding extra insurance against the excess, if that excess is deemed to be too high to manage without additional protection. I urge hon. Members to make sure that their constituents are aware of the Flood Re scheme and the benefits it can bring. I encourage hon.†Members to make sure their constituents are flood aware and prepared for flood...

Public Bill Committee: Commonwealth Development Corporation Bill: Condition for exercise of power to increase limit: LDCs and LICs (6 Dec 2016)

Rory Stewart: ...have been made in Africa, only 40% in south Asia, including Pakistan and Bangladesh. I absolutely understand the importance of keeping a rigorous development grid and development impact theory to make sure that CDC focuses on the countries that need aid most.

Health Services Medical Supplies (Costs) Bill: Provision of information to Welsh Ministers and disclosure (6 Dec 2016)

Rob Marris: ..., and that is what the Bill puts in place. One of the things the Bill does is address the issue of companies leaving the voluntary scheme to go into the statutory scheme because it is a better deal. The Bill resets the schemes, as it were, to make sure that a company is not encouraged to do that, because there is not that comparative advantage. The Bill also makes provision for a new power...

Tidal Lagoons and UK Energy Strategy — [Ian Paisley in the Chair] (6 Dec 2016)

Jesse Norman: ...recognise that the project is asking for a very significant level of public subsidy and intervention. It is absolutely right that” the Government “should conduct very robust due diligence in making sure that such projects will deliver value for the taxpayer.”—[Official Report, 13 January 2016; Vol. 604, c. 842.] That is precisely what we will do. We will take the...

Public Bill Committee: Commonwealth Development Corporation Bill: Condition for exercise of power to increase limit: Sustainable Development Goals (6 Dec 2016)

Imran Hussain: ...some confusion around their overall monitoring. Those criteria have not been released and I urge the Minister to consider that. The other option, not the least option open to the Minister—and I am sure he will give assurances—is a matter that can also be dealt with through the business case and the strategies enshrined in that, to make sure the most effective way of...

Public Bill Committee: Commonwealth Development Corporation Bill: Condition for exercise of power to increase limit: poverty reduction (6 Dec 2016)

Stephen Doughty: ...we might get some very interesting challenges and could even have legal challenges—judicial reviews—on some of these projects, particularly if we were to put in large sums of new money. I am sure that some of the campaigning organisations would take great interest in seeing whether some of these projects actually adhere to the principles that we set out for the Department and...

Public Bill Committee: Commonwealth Development Corporation Bill: Amount of the limit on government assistance (6 Dec 2016)

Stephen Doughty: Ms Ryan, I am sure that you, rather than the Minister, will decide what is in order. I have no doubt that we will want to explore some of those issues in further detail. I am sure the Minister does not want to, but I hope we can prevail on you. The fundamental issue here concerns my outstanding question: why £12 billion? Where has this figure come from? What is it based on? It seems to...

Train Operating Companies - Statement (6 Dec 2016)

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon: ...careers across the transport network—rail is no exception. Certainly, skills will be an important part of the rail strategy that, as we have announced, will be brought forward next year. As I am sure my noble friend knows as a former skills Minister and Secretary of State for Transport, we are acutely aware that we need to ensure that a proper career and training structure is...

Health Services Medical Supplies (Costs) Bill: Review of the impact of the Act on pricing, research and development, and innovation (6 Dec 2016)

Philip Dunne: ...new clause 1 and the question of regulations, I wish to make a further point. Much of the information provided to the Secretary of State will be commercially confidential. We touched on this in Committee. I am sure that suppliers have every confidence that the Government will maintain that confidentiality in anything we publish, but it is important to reinforce the principle. This means...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Social Media (6 Dec 2016)

Peter Weir: I thank the Member for his question. As I am sure you are aware, in 2015, the Executive commissioned the development of an e-safety strategy and action plan for Northern Ireland. That was a recognition of the rising concerns of parents, carers, professionals and broader society for the safety of children and young people when using the Internet and engaging with social media. My Department...

Alcohol - Question (6 Dec 2016)

Baroness Williams of Trafford: I am not entirely sure whether the Government are planning to introduce calorie labelling. I know that there is calorie labelling on some drinks. I will have to get back to the noble Baroness because I do not know the answer to her question. However, I will find that out because I certainly think that it would deter Guinness drinkers, as that is very calorific.

Young People: Self-Harm - Question (6 Dec 2016)

Lord Laming: My Lords, the House will know exactly where the Minister stands on this, and I am sure that the House is very grateful to him for that position. Would he accept that this House will do everything that it can to support him in getting the message across that self-harm, particularly in a young person, is a sign of desperation and a sign to be taken that help is needed instantly—and that...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Schools: Maintenance Budget (6 Dec 2016)

Peter Weir: .... As in the previous year, an initial £14 million was allocated for maintenance for the 2016-17 financial year. I note that the Member asked about the budgets for this year; I am not quite sure whether he is referring to the remainder of 2016-17, which is about three months, or whether he is looking ahead. The £14 million was allocated for maintenance to enable the EA to...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Teachers: Full-time Jobs (6 Dec 2016)

Peter Weir: ...facing one of two situations. If it is completely open-ended, in theory, a teacher who has been qualified for 30 or 35 years could replace someone who has less experience or is younger. I am not sure how that would re-profile the workforce. Alternately, you could draw an arbitrary line elsewhere, and again you will have people who qualify and those who do not. To qualify for funding...


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