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Fly-Tipping in Rural Areas (21 Nov 2017)

Therese Coffey: ...are responsible for enforcing against most fly-tipping, although larger-scale and more serious fly-tipping incidents are investigated by the Environment Agency. It is the role of my Department to make sure local authorities have a full range of powers and tools to enable them to tackle fly-tipping, but it is the responsibility of local councils to use all the powers and tools available to...

Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill [HL] - Committee (1st Day) (21 Nov 2017)

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon: ...criminal and civil penalties, remain proportionate to the scale and nature of sanctions breaches and that they will continue to act as a deterrent. That is the ultimate objective. Although I am sure I will not get a ringing endorsement for—or agreement with—everything I have said, I hope I have outlined where the Government are coming from in drafting Clause 16. Based on my...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Charter of Fundamental Rights – Government Report (21 Nov 2017)

Suella Fernandes: I am pleased to follow my hon. Friend the Member for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland (Mr Clarke) on his debut in Committee. I am sure we will all be treated to many more thoughtful contributions based on his experience as a lawyer before coming to this place. I apologise at the outset, but I will be adding to the chorus of lawyers. There has been an abundance of lawyers—this...

State Pension Age (21 Nov 2017)

Patricia Gibson: The Minister has talked about the number of people who are living longer, getting telegrams from the Queen on their 100th birthday and so on. That is fantastic, and I am sure that we are all happy about it, but can he not see that it does not help the women who have been told, with very little notice, that they will not get the pension they thought they would get at age 60? Telling them that...

City of Culture 2021: Sunderland Bid — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (21 Nov 2017)

Julie Elliott: ...of those developments are at the centre of what is called the music and arts quarter redevelopment. Building works on the new theatre, next to the existing Empire theatre, will start soon. Sunderland needs 2021 to make sure that our resurgence continues, so that the next generation can see every reason to stay in our city and no reason to leave. Our bid has galvanised and united the city....

Financial Guidance and Claims Bill [HL] - Third Reading (21 Nov 2017)

Baroness Buscombe: ..., the crucial issue here is that we have agreement that FCA regulation of CMCs should cover Scotland. I believe that this represents a sensible outcome which will benefit and protect consumers across Great Britain. I am sure your Lordships will agree that the introduction of an interim restriction on charges in respect of CMCs is a positive step forward in ensuring that the claims...

Medicines Regulation — [Geraint Davies in the Chair] (21 Nov 2017)

Philippa Whitford: The veterinary medicines division is part of the EMA, so it comes under that—I am not sure whether that is what the hon. Member for Bishop Auckland (Helen Goodman) was asking.

Public Bill Committee: Smart Meters Bill: Examination of Witnesses (21 Nov 2017)

Dr Sarah Darby: I am not sure we can yet say that there is a prototype smart grid. The beginnings of smart energy tend to be different in every country and smart metering in this country is different from smart metering anywhere else. In fact, more attention has been paid to the consumer engagement side of smart metering in this country than anywhere else. This is the only country where a...

Public Bill Committee: Smart Meters Bill: Examination of Witnesses (21 Nov 2017)

Dhara Vyas: From the Citizens Advice point of view, we are quite keen to see that transition happen as soon and as rapidly as possible. As I am sure you are aware, SMETS 1 meters do not really provide the same sort of functionality as SMETS 2 meters, and a big part of that is the continuing benefits of SMETS 2 meters. You have heard about the interoperability and the ability to switch, but...

Drones - Question (21 Nov 2017)

Baroness Sugg: I shall make sure that a copy of my answers is put in the Library.

Public Bill Committee: Smart Meters Bill: Examination of Witnesses (21 Nov 2017)

...get meters on the wall, but we adhere to the same standards as the DCC for enrolment and adoption as to how we would build that development interface to communicate to our existing infrastructure and make sure that the service requests that come through the DCC path meet the criteria of the DCC, similarly to what happens with SMETS 2.

Shepton Mallet Community Hospital (21 Nov 2017)

Jackie Doyle-Price: ...this particular decision had to be made in order to get us through the winter will have undermined confidence. Of that there is no doubt, but rest assured I will continue to engage with him to make sure we can restore public confidence among his constituents in future. As I have mentioned, the decision taken has allowed the trust to consolidate beds and staff into fewer hospitals, but...

UK Amphibious Capability — [James Gray in the Chair] (21 Nov 2017)

Harriett Baldwin: ...aircraft operations. In addition, Lyme Bay, Mounts Bay and Cardigan Bay, the Bay-class ships of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Service, provide the capacity and capability to deploy our expeditionary strike forces. I am sure all hon. Members present thank the crew of RFA Mounts Bay for their incredible work over the summer and autumn, having been pre-positioned for hurricane season in the...

Public Bill Committee: Smart Meters Bill: Examination of Witnesses (21 Nov 2017)

...with Citizens Advice and the energy ombudsman to gather information about consumers’ experience of smart metering. We use the data we gather to hold suppliers to account, challenge them and make sure they are doing what they are required to do in terms of installing smart metering—adhering to their roll-out plans and, perhaps more importantly, delivering a good-quality...

Public Bill Committee: Smart Meters Bill: Examination of Witnesses (21 Nov 2017)

...the energy system, there is an associated cost, whether it is the pipes and wires getting the gas and electricity to users or the metering equipment, right down to the customer service. The key is to make sure that it is done as efficiently as possible. It is a competitive market and it is really important that costs are kept down. I have a lot of sympathy with the point about direct...

Public Bill Committee: Smart Meters Bill (21 Nov 2017)

Before we begin, I have a few announcements. Will hon. Members make sure they have switched all their electronic devices to silent? I do not need to remind the Committee, as everyone is complying, that tea and coffee are not allowed during sittings. If anyone wants to take off their jacket because it is too warm, please do so. If a Member has a declaration of interest to make, they need to do...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Commonwealth Summit: London (21 Nov 2017)

Boris Johnson: On the contrary, I am sure that the whole House will join me in congratulating the Indian judge on his election. I am sure that the House will also agree that it is a fine thing that another common-law judge has joined the International Court of Justice.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Rohingya People (21 Nov 2017)

Boris Johnson: ...return, this crisis —this purge—will indeed satisfy the definition of ethnic cleansing. As for genocide, I am afraid we have recently received evidence of a very troubling kind, and we will make sure that such testimony of what has been taking place is collated and used so that the proper judicial authorities can determine whether it answers to the definition of genocide. As...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Yemen (21 Nov 2017)

Alistair Burt: ...faces its people if those restrictions are not lifted. The United Kingdom is working with others on both the security for the coalition in the area and the need to relieve the restrictions to make sure that humanitarian access can be given.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Human Rights (21 Nov 2017)

Rory Stewart: ...of brutality and murder. We will document very closely the abuses that it has committed. We continue to call on it through every single channel not to conduct these operations, and we will make sure that people are held accountable for their crimes.


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