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Awards for Valour (Protection) Bill: Offence of wearing awards with intent to deceive triable summarily (24 Feb 2017)

Philip Davies: the future remains, it should only apply to those involving danger to life from enemy action, not “a level of rigour significantly greater than might normally be expected in a non-operational environment.” I am not sure who would be the ultimate judge of or who would determine the phrase “greater than might normally be expected”. Amendment 28 would deal with that...

Parking Places (Variation of Charges) Bill - Second Reading (24 Feb 2017)

Lord Young of Cookham: My Lords, it is a pleasure to speak in support of the Bill’s Second Reading. I begin by congratulating my noble friend Lady Redfern on taking her first—of many, I am sure—Private Member’s Bill through the House. I also congratulate my honourable friend the Member for Bosworth for his hard work, in his 30th year in Parliament, in getting his first Private Member’s...

Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence (Ratification of Convention) Bill: Short title, commencement and extent (24 Feb 2017)

Peter Bone: I have come along today to support the Bill, but it has been watered down so much that I am not entirely sure which way to vote on Third Reading. I am interested to hear what the Minister has to say before I make my mind up, but what would by hon. Friend’s advice be?

Broadcasting (Radio Multiplex Services) Bill - Second Reading (24 Feb 2017)

Lord Stevenson of Balmacara: and welcome it. It is about extending further the digital audio broadcasting—DAB—system. That raises the question of when we are going to get to switchover. This is an issue for which I am sure the answer will be either “shortly” or “not shortly”, as that is now the way we have to do these things. However, I would be grateful if the Minister, when...

Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence (Ratification of Convention) Bill: Recommendations by GREVIO and the Committee of the Parties (24 Feb 2017)

Christopher Chope: I hear what my hon. Friend says, and I am grateful to her for that intervention. I am sure that others will be able to check out the issue to see whether it will need further discussion when the Bill gets to the other place. However, having said that, and in the light of her intervention, I am not going to speak to the new clauses and amendments that I have tabled, because I get the feeling...

Homelessness Reduction Bill - Second Reading (24 Feb 2017)

Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope: ..., for example, that Scotland abolished the idea of priority housing need in 2012. A lot is going on also in Wales, where prevention ideas are being piloted in the new housing Act. I hope the Minister will accept the need to keep dialogue going across all the jurisdictions to make sure that best practice is shared and we all know what one another is doing. That ensures that there are no...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisons: Buildings (24 Feb 2017)

Oliver Heald: ...within the existing prison estate is not measured according to life cycle, which is a more recent component of business case development. We keep the entire prison estate under review to make sure that it remains fit for purpose.

Written Answers — Department of Health: Strokes: Health Services (24 Feb 2017)

David Mowat: ...where it is required. Each organisation collaborating on an STP retains its usual duties to engage local people on any new proposals. There are longstanding assurance processes in place to make sure this happens.

High Speed 2 (Newton) (23 Feb 2017)

Dennis Skinner: Derbyshire Dales and of course the answer was no, but one thing was certain: it was going to the very heavily populated eastern side of Derbyshire. That meant there was going to be some trouble. Sure enough, during the past few months, I have been meeting people and trying to deal with that trouble in Tibshelf and other parts of Bolsover. In an industrial estate in Tibshelf, the line...

Unaccompanied Children (Greece and Italy) (23 Feb 2017)

Diane Abbott: ...Commission finally decide that sufficient improvements had been made that other EU member states could start sending people back to Greece. How far have conditions improved really? I am not so sure that they have. Last month, just weeks after the Commission said it was appropriate to send people to Greece, there were reports that three migrants in an overcrowded camp in Moria on Lesbos had...

Neighbourhood Planning Bill - Report (1st Day) (23 Feb 2017)

Lord Kennedy of Southwark: ...the context of all the amendments to the clause. Amendment 19 would delete the section on public consultation. Amendment 20 would add a provision whereby consultation has to include local authorities. I am sure the Minister will tell me shortly that of course it will include local authorities, but it is not in the Bill and we think it belongs there. Amendment 21 seeks to build in an...

Backbench Business: Road Traffic Law Enforcement — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (23 Feb 2017)

Andrew Jones: I am not sure I have served under your chairmanship, Mr Gapes. I am not a West Ham supporter; I have to put that on the record right away. I congratulate the hon. Member for Liverpool, Riverside (Mrs Ellman) on securing this debate. Before we go any further, I must say that I will relay the comments on road policing to the Minister responsible in the Home Office. I have regular meetings with...

Armed Forces: Historical Cases (23 Feb 2017)

Kris Hopkins: ...hon. Member for South Down, who said that it was possible for the Assembly to have a positive future on the far side of the election. She talked about young people wanting hope. We all want to make sure that we can get to the other side and make it work. The hon. Member for Strangford (Jim Shannon) made an extremely emotional speech. He said that he was sick, sore and tired of those who...

Backbench Business: Disabled People: Publicly Accessible Amenities — [Ms Karen Buck in the Chair] (23 Feb 2017)

Marcus Jones: ...;I had plenty of time to speak, but I just want to make two more points. First, my hon. Friend the Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work is looking at the refurbishment of the Palace, and I am sure she will have a discussion with the hon. Lady about it. Secondly, on building regulations and the work that that the all-party group is doing, my officials are engaged with officials in...

Health Service Medical Supplies (Costs) Bill - Third Reading (23 Feb 2017)

Lord O'Shaughnessy: ...not only to support me but to ensure that noble Lords are briefed and that any concerns are addressed, within what at times have been very tight timescales. They have done a tremendous job and I am sure the House will join me in paying tribute to them. Although this may not be the final word on the Bill, I am convinced that the House is sending it back to the other place having been...

South Sudan: Famine - Private Notice Question (23 Feb 2017)

Lord Chidgey: ...can the Minister tell the House that we consider that the lives of a million children facing death by starvation must be a priority? Will we invest particularly in nutrition centres and in improving farming methods to make sure that food with nutritious value saves them from severe malnutrition?

UK Sport: Elite Sport Funding - Question (23 Feb 2017)

Lord Ashton of Hyde: My Lords, that is a very valid question for debate. In fact, my noble friend Lord Elton raised exactly that subject when we discussed this about two weeks ago. I am not sure that I agree with the noble Baroness that winning medals does not encourage participation. After each Olympics when we do well, there is a great resurgence in interest in sport. However, there is a genuine debate on...

HS2: North of England and Scotland - Question (23 Feb 2017)

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon: I do not think that this is about delays. I am sure that the noble Lord heard the Lord Speaker announce the fact that today we received Royal Assent for the first part of HS2. It is important that work gets under way in that regard and we will bring forward legislation on phases 2A and 2B of Network Rail later this year, I hope.

Business of the House (23 Feb 2017)

Valerie Vaz: ...of Sensitive Personal Data) (Elected Representatives) Order 2002, which enables the processing and disclosure of sensitive data to elected representatives. The Library was very helpful and I am sure that if hon. Members want a copy, it will provide one. This is a photo-opportunity Prime Minister and Government—all photos and no substance or any thought for the British people. Not...

Tobacco Control Plan - Question (23 Feb 2017)

Lord O'Shaughnessy: My noble friend makes an excellent point. Indeed, the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh has just started a campaign to encourage clinicians to help their patients to stop smoking, and making sure that that happens is clearly going to have benefits for the kind of major surgery that some of the people who are suffering severe effects of smoking will need to have.

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