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Railways Bill: Southern Rail (20 Jan 2017)

Andrew Jones: ...no one in her constituency had heard about the scheme, but they should have been hearing about it this week, so I am grateful for her feedback, which I will take back to the Department. I ask her to make sure that such practical, on-the-ground experience is continually fed back to me and my ministerial colleagues. The Delay Repay 15 scheme has been introduced to make it easier for Southern...

Merchant Shipping (Homosexual Conduct) Bill (20 Jan 2017)

Tom Pursglove: ...an example for us as individual Members to follow in the work that we do in our constituencies and parliamentary offices, as well as the work that we do in this House in scrutinising legislation to make sure that we get it right. There should undoubtedly be recognition of the fact that this country has come a long way in recent years. This Bill is another step in the right direction. As we...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Employment and Support Allowance (20 Jan 2017)

Penny Mordaunt: It’s our duty to make sure that this group is supported not just financially but also to fulfil their potential. That is why we have put in place a new employment support package of 330m over 4 years which was developed together with stakeholders to help disabled people to move closer to the labour market.

Written Answers — Department for Exiting the European Union: Energy: Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland (20 Jan 2017)

Robin Walker: ...Market on the island of Ireland, or the arrangements for the importation of gas. We are committed to working with the Northern Ireland Executive, the Irish Government, and with the EU to make sure that Northern Ireland continues to have access to an affordable, secure and sustainable supply of energy for business and domestic use.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Pupils: Personal Records (20 Jan 2017)

Lord Nash: ...majority of school census data is stored securely within the National Pupil Database to provide a clear picture of how the school system is working, at local and national level. It helps us to make sure we are allocating funds where they are needed and that no groups of children are missing out on the education they deserve. We take privacy extremely seriously and access to sensitive data...

Written Ministerial Statements — Department of Health: Children’s Mental Health Inpatient Services (20 Jan 2017)

Nicola Blackwood: ...arrangements and data collection methods which were in place at that time. It is with regret that I cannot provide a figure for this earlier time period. However, I am fully committed to making sure that we are able to improve on this in the future. Following assessment of the data, the Rt Hon. Alistair Burt MP brought into effect increased oversight in this area. As of June 2016, both the...

Ayrshire Growth Deal (19 Jan 2017)

Patricia Gibson: The figures my hon. Friend quotes paint their own picture of the challenges faced by the entire county of Ayrshire. I am sure the Minister was listening keenly and will take them on board. For Ayrshire to truly reach its potential, it is essential to reduce inequalities across communities and give everyone a stake in Ayrshire’s growth. Therefore, inclusive growth is, and must be, an...

Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (Codes of Practice) (Revision of Codes C, D and H) Order 2016 - Motion to Approve (19 Jan 2017)

Lord Thomas of Gresford: ...between taking the statement and the actual trial. Noble Lords can see that what goes on in the police station is extremely important. The codes of practice that were introduced were an excellent way of making sure there was fairness all round. I am grateful to the Government for continuing to update them and to look at how technology can help protect both the suspect and, of course, the...

Kashmir: Holocaust Memorial Day (19 Jan 2017)

Kirsten Oswald: ...the UK and beyond, because it is vital. I agree with the hon. Member for Ealing Central and Acton (Dr Huq) that now more than at many other times in our life, we must be steadfast in our desire to make sure that everyone understands exactly what happened and that the lessons of this terrible stain on history are learned and understood as widely as possible. There is no place for...

Kashmir (19 Jan 2017)

Alok Sharma: ...2016, pellet guns have been replaced by chilli powder shells as a preferred non-lethal crowd control device. From media reporting, it appears that the number of fatalities and injuries has since declined, which I am sure the whole House will welcome. We will, of course, continue to monitor the situation. A number of hon. Members mentioned the Jammu and Kashmir Public Safety Act, and we are...

Brexit: Creative Industries - Motion to Take Note (19 Jan 2017)

Lord Clement-Jones: ...% of those involved in the creative industries voted to stay in and it is no surprise that they did, in those circumstances, but 100% are now waiting anxiously to see how effective this Government can be in making sure that the sector prospers post-Brexit. On the industrial strategy, seeing will be believing. We have heard assurances about the creative industries being on the top table. We...

Backbench Business: NHS Fertility Services — [Mrs Cheryl Gillan in the Chair] (19 Jan 2017)

Ed Vaizey: ...national health service to help combat the impact of that disease, as it does for many other diseases. This issue is much more prevalent than people realise: it affects one in seven couples in the UK. I am sure everybody in this House knows people who have been affected directly, and our constituents contact us about it. As the hon. Gentleman pointed out, it is the second most common...

Brexit: Hate Crimes - Private Notice Question (19 Jan 2017)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, I am not sure that that fully addresses my Question. All of us want to maintain good relations with our EU neighbours as we move forward on Brexit. We do not want another spike in hate crime, as we saw following the referendum, or the attacks on judges following the court decision. This week the Prime Minister said that, “every stray word and every hyped up media report is...

Mental Health: Children’s Services - Question (19 Jan 2017)

Lord O'Shaughnessy: ...significant that the Prime Minister made the announcement on mental health and committed herself to a big improvement in both the amount of funding and the services offered. Part of that is making sure that schools and health work together, with every secondary school in the country being offered mental health and first-aid training, but clearly there is much more to do.

Housing: Lettings Fees - Question (19 Jan 2017)

Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth: ...to the work that the noble Baroness does on this matter. With her background in Shelter, she certainly knows what she is talking about. It is important that we have detailed consultation. I am sure that she will be pleased to hear that officials were in Scotland yesterday to learn lessons from there. I have sympathy with a wide-ranging ban on fees, although we have to be careful to ensure...

Immigration: Housing - Question (19 Jan 2017)

Baroness Maddock: My Lords, people will recognise that many immigrants and refugees end up living in some of the poorest parts of our country. Can the Government tell us what steps they are taking to make sure that local councils have sufficient resources to support infrastructure in their communities, and also the special resources that people need when they are trying to acclimatise to a very different...

Business of the House (19 Jan 2017)

David Lidington: ...on Europe, and I remember that after the previous Stormont elections it took a while for the Executive to be formed. During that period, Northern Ireland officials did attend the joint meetings to make sure that Northern Ireland was represented. In line with the Prime Minister’s undertaking following the referendum, Ministers and officials are in regular contact with the Government...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Household Food Insecurity (19 Jan 2017)

George Eustice: I, too, add the best wishes of Government Members to you on your birthday, Mr Speaker. I understand that it is also the birthday of the House of Commons Chaplain, Rose. I am sure we will all want to add our best wishes to her, too. I fundamentally disagree with the hon. Lady. This Government have got more people back into work than ever before, and the best way to tackle poverty is to help...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Air Quality (19 Jan 2017)

Therese Coffey: ...at that particular planning application. As he will also be aware, my right hon. Friend the Minister of State, Department for Transport, is committed to looking further at what can be done, and I am sure that he is making progress with that.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Farming Regulation (19 Jan 2017)

Andrea Leadsom: If that is the hon. Gentleman’s definition of not being nasty to anyone, that does not really work very well. I am not sure that Labour has much support in the countryside because it has done nothing for country folk. It is the Government who have ensured that we continue with support until 2020 and with all agri-environment schemes that are signed up before we leave the EU for their...


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