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Social Mobility Commission: State of the Nation Report (23 Mar 2017)

Nick Gibb: If I may, I will take a moment to express my personal gratitude to all the brave men and women who work here every day to protect us, showing immense bravery—they run towards danger to keep us safe. Our thoughts are with those who were injured yesterday, and with the families of those who tragically lost their lives. I congratulate my right hon. Friend the Member for Loughborough...

Brexit: Environment and Climate Change - Motion to Take Note (23 Mar 2017)

Baroness Featherstone: It is an honour to follow the noble Lord, Lord Krebs, who really made my role redundant as he has said everything I would wish to say. On Brexit, of which I am sure it is clear I am not a great fan, I think of the phrase, “How do you eat an elephant? One bit at a time”. This is obviously the environment and climate change bit. I congratulate my noble friend Lord Teverson and the...

DFID’s Programme in Nigeria — [Sir David Crausby in the Chair] (23 Mar 2017)

James Wharton: My hon. Friend makes a relevant and important observation. The long-term sustainability of education in countries such as Nigeria must be founded on Government support and investment. We want to see and encourage more of that. We can offer direct support, as we do now, for those who need to benefit from it. We can offer technical assistance and support in training teachers and establishing...

Equitable Life Policyholders: Compensation (23 Mar 2017)

Jim Shannon: I congratulate the hon. Member for Harrow East (Bob Blackman) on setting the scene. I also thank him personally, because for the time that I have been in the House—since 2010—he has always championed the Equitable Life policyholders. Today, some seven years later—for me, if not for him—we find we are still fighting for something for which we were fighting back then....

Syrian Refugee Crisis — [Graham Stringer in the Chair] (23 Mar 2017)

Imran Hussain: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Stringer. May I say—this is the first time I have had the opportunity to do so in an official capacity—that I am sure all hon. Members will join me in offering our sincere condolences to the family and friends of victims of the attack yesterday afternoon? We offer our greatest thanks to PC Keith Palmer, who fell in the line of...

EU Membership: UK Science - Motion to Take Note (23 Mar 2017)

Viscount Ridley: My Lords, like others, I commend my noble friend—indeed, my noble kinsman—Lord Selborne for his very skilful chairing of this report. Like the noble Lord, Lord Fox, I thank the other members of the committee for putting up with my strange interventions from time to time. I will focus on regulation and its impact on innovation; in particular, the first item of the...

Public Bill Committee: Vehicle Technology and Aviation Bill: Review of Part 1 (23 Mar 2017)

Richard Burden: ...has said on several occasions that he is prepared to have all those things, which we welcome. That is why the new clause makes sense. It is about the third of those objectives: a review. It asks for a report to look at the Bill’s “impact on the insurance industry…impact on the cost of insurance premiums for automated vehicles…impact on the uptake of automated...

Crown Estate Transfer Scheme 2017 - Motion to Approve (23 Mar 2017)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: If I may, I will answer the other questions that have been raised, and we will see if we can get an answer for the noble Lord. The noble Earl, Lord Kinnoull, asked a number of questions following on from the debates in this House at an earlier stage. Devolution, as he knows and as I have said already, is a matter for the Scottish Parliament to determine. The Scottish Government are currently...

Public Bill Committee: Vehicle Technology and Aviation Bill: Membership of European Aviation Safety Agency (23 Mar 2017)

Drew Hendry: I will try not to repeat too many of the comments made by the hon. Member for Birmingham, Northfield, but I agree with his analysis. The European Aviation Safety Agency plays a crucial role in excluding from European airspace and European airports any aircraft that originate from countries or companies that have a poor safety record. It safeguards the security and wellbeing of people across...

Public Bill Committee: Vehicle Technology and Aviation Bill: Safe use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in the UK (23 Mar 2017)

“(1) The Secretary of State must bring forward regulations on the safe use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in the UK within six months of the Bill receiving Royal Assent. (2) The regulations may include, but are not limited to, measures which— (a) require all new UAVs sold in the UK to have inbuilt geofencing, (b) establish the Civil Aviation Authority, as UAV regulator, to be...

Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) Order 2017 - Motion to Approve (23 Mar 2017)

Lord Davies of Oldham: My Lords, I apologise to the Minister for failing to contact her yesterday and give her some indication of one or two of the anxieties that I had about the order, but I am afraid that the disruption that affected the Palace also affected my liaison. Consequently, I was not able to warn her of what is to come. Nevertheless, I am sure she will be able to answer the points I make with great...

Public Bill Committee: Vehicle Technology and Aviation Bill: Licensing and accreditation scheme for technicians working on automated and electric vehicles (23 Mar 2017)

John Hayes: Once again, the hon. Member for Birmingham, Northfield has made a helpful contribution. He will know that I am interested in and reasonably knowledgeable about—it does not pay to overstate one’s knowledge—the subject of skills, having been the Skills Minister, as well as the other things I have mentioned during the Committee, and I take extremely seriously the development of...

Education: Nursery and Early Years - Question (23 Mar 2017)

Lord Nash: My Lords, we will be investing an additional £1 billion per year in the free early years entitlement by 2019-20, including over £300 million per year to raise hourly average funding rates. Our record level of investment was based on our review of childcare costs, which was described by the National Audit Office as thorough and wide-ranging. More children than ever now benefit from...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Victim Support Schemes (23 Mar 2017)

Liz Saville-Roberts: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which victims' organisations her Department's Ministers or officials have met since 1 January 2017.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisoners: Mental Health (23 Mar 2017)

Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice of 1 March 2017, Official Report, column 102WH, what recent assessment her Department has made of the risk of ligature points in relation to incidents of suicide or self-harm by prisoners.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Motor Vehicles: Insurance (23 Mar 2017)

Oliver Heald: On 27 February the Lord Chancellor reduced the personal injury discount rate set under section 1 of the Damages Act 1996 to minus 0.75%. The new rate came into effect on 20 March. The government acknowledges that the change in the rate will have significant implications across the public and private sectors and has committed to review the legal framework for the setting of the rate to...

Written Answers — Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Broadband (23 Mar 2017)

Matthew Hancock: We hold regular discussions with broadband providers about improving broadband speeds and coverage to all parts of the UK. Considerable progress has been made with only 1 per cent of all UK premises unable to access speeds of 2 Megabits per second or better in December 2016 compared to 11 per cent in 2010. Through the Government’s Better Broadband Scheme, all homes and businesses can...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: State Retirement Pensions: British Nationals Abroad (23 Mar 2017)

Richard Harrington: No information is available concerning the number of UK citizens who are in receipt of a UK State Pension. This is because the UK State Pension is a contributory based pension payable worldwide regardless of nationality to those who meet the eligibility criteria. Table 1 shows the annual expenditure of the State Pension in the EU (excluding the UK) and how many individuals received the...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Fly-tipping (23 Mar 2017)

Therese Coffey: We are committed to tackling fly-tipping and, as set out in the Government’s manifesto have given local councils the power to issue fixed penalty notices for small-scale fly-tipping. These new enforcement tools have been available to councils since May 2016, providing them with an alternative to prosecutions and assisting them in taking a proportionate enforcement response. This...

Scottish Parliament: Presiding Officer’s Statement (23 Mar 2017)

Kenneth Macintosh: Good morning. Before we move to today’s business, I would like to say a few words to the chamber. Members will wish to know that I have, this morning, written to Speaker Bercow and Lord Fowler and to the Mayor of London on behalf of the Scottish Parliament. I wanted to convey our sympathy, our sorrow and our solidarity with our fellow parliamentarians and to express our sense of loss at...

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