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Business without Debate: Sex and Relationship Education (23 Jan 2017)

Stella Creasy: ...this is the right thing to do. Likewise, it has been recognised that with Brexit coming down the track our capacity is limited to pass legislation to ensure that every school does this. New clause 1 of the Children and Social Work Bill would require every school, both maintained schools and academies, to provide age-appropriate, inclusive relationship education—the very education...

Higher Education and Research Bill - Committee (5th Day) (Continued) (23 Jan 2017)

Moved by Viscount Younger of Leckie 290: Clause 44, page 26, line 18, leave out from second “the” to end of line 20 and insert “notice of the decision must specify the date on which the variation or revocation takes effect under the order to be made under section 40(1) or 43(1).” Amendment 290 agreed. Amendment 291 not moved.

Local Government Finance Bill (Programme) (23 Jan 2017)

Motion made, and Question put forthwith ( Standing Order No. 83A(7), That the following provisions shall apply to the Local Government Finance Bill: Committal 1. The Bill shall be committed to a Public Bill Committee. Proceedings in Public Bill Committee 2. Proceedings in the Public Bill Committee shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion on Tuesday 21 February...

Local Government Finance Bill (23 Jan 2017)

Jim McMahon: is fair that we allow him to do that. Members will be sad to hear that not all of us will have the pleasure of sitting on the Bill Committee and going through the Bill in great detail. As important as incentives are, so, too, is certainty. Yes, we should share the benefits of growth where growth can happen and where local authorities can demonstrate that they have had some role in it,...

Iran: Human Rights - Question for Short Debate (23 Jan 2017)

Lord Clarke of Hampstead: My Lords, I thank the Minister and those noble Lords who have put their names down to speak for being present for this short debate. I and many others think this is a very pressing issue for us to address as a nation. The appalling human rights situation in Iran continues to deteriorate, with the authorities there increasing the pressure on political prisoners, prisoners of conscience and...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2017 (23 Jan 2017)

Simon Hamilton: The regulations mean that the initiative will come into effect by 1 April or on the date it receives state aid approval, whichever is the later. The Member will recall that last week, before the Secretary of State announced the date of the election and, therefore, the date of dissolution, one of my concerns was that any delay in passing the regulations would impact on the time frame for...

Higher Education and Research Bill - Committee (5th Day) (Continued) (23 Jan 2017)

Tabled by Baroness Wolf of Dulwich 216: Clause 27, page 17, line 22, leave out subsection (3) and insert—“( ) The amount of a fee payable under subsection (2)(a) by an institution or provider— (a) must be calculated by reference to costs incurred by the designated body in the performance by the body of functions under section 23(1) in relation to the institution or...

Industrial Strategy Consultation (23 Jan 2017)

Clive Lewis: I thank the Secretary of State for advance sight of his statement, on this occasion. Today would be a momentous day if it was indeed the day that the Conservative party finally broke free from the free-market fundamentalism that has dogged it, and the country, for decades. Will the Secretary of State tell us whether the “new, active” role for the state means that the Government...

Higher Education and Research Bill - Committee (5th Day) (23 Jan 2017)

Baroness Goldie: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Stevenson, for his contribution. This debate is on clauses that lay the foundations for a risk-based, co-regulatory approach to quality assessment. That is important, as the noble Lord has rightly conceded. As set out in the higher education White Paper, we believe in the principle of co-regulation, which the BIS Select Committee also endorsed strongly...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2017 (23 Jan 2017)

Mike Nesbitt: ...that I will stick very tightly to the issue of the regulations. After all, the Member who has just spoken gave a devastating critique of the failure of the so-called Fresh Start Executive, so my work in that regard is done. I thank her for that. I begin by assuring the House that the Ulster Unionist Party will not stand in the way of any initiative that is designed to stem the...

Written Answers — Department for International Development: Pakistan: Education (23 Jan 2017)

Lord Bates: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Education Support Programme is supporting the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to review and revise textbooks for grades 1 to 12 in English, Mathematics, General Knowledge and Science. The aim is to improve their quality and ensure they are in line with the 2006 National Curriculum, which places a strong emphasis on peaceful co-existence and unity in diversity. The...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: National Parks (23 Jan 2017)

the Marquess of Lothian: To ask Her Majesty’s Government (1) by how much funding to UK National Parks has been cut since 2010, (2) what is the future impact of decreased budgets on National Parks, and what assessments have been made of this, and (3) whether funding in 2020 will equal or exceed 2010 levels.

Written Answers — Home Office: Visas (23 Jan 2017)

Lord Wallace of Saltaire: To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many successful applicants for Tier 1 (Investor) visas, between 2008 and 2015 inclusive, have been classified then or since as politically-exposed persons.

Written Answers — Home Office: Forced Marriage (23 Jan 2017)

Baroness Williams of Trafford: The UK is a world-leader in the fight to stamp out the brutal practice of forced marriage, with our joint Home Office and Foreign and Commonwealth Office Forced Marriage Unit (FMU) which leads efforts to combat it both at home and abroad. We made forced marriage a criminal offence in 2014 to better protect victims and send a clear message that this abhorrent practice is totally unacceptable...

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

Andrew Jones: I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Salisbury (John Glen) for bringing forward a Bill on this important issue and for beating the Government to it. He will hopefully achieve a second change in the law. We have had a positive debate, and I have been struck by speeches from right across the House that have been considered, thoughtful, powerful, insightful and based upon experience. The Bill...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Gambia: Elections (20 Jan 2017)

Tobias Ellwood: The Gambian Presidential elections of 1 December were an orderly exercise in democracy and have been recognised by the international community as free and fair. President-elect Barrow must therefore be allowed to assume authority, without fear of violence or disruption. We look forward to working with the President-elect's new Government and his appointed officials.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Armed Forces: Recruitment (20 Jan 2017)

Mike Penning: The following table shows the number of regular soldiers recruited into the Army by Regiment or Corps for the 12 months from 1 December 2015 to 1 December 2016 against the target for that period. Other Ranks Target into Untrained Strength* Actual (intake) Household Cavalry/Royal Armoured Corps 660 580 Royal Artillery 750 600 Royal Engineers 810 650 Royal Corps of Signals...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Diabetes (20 Jan 2017)

Nicola Blackwood: The mean and median average length of stay for hospital patients with a primary diagnosis for diabetes and a primary or secondary diagnosis of diabetes in England for 2015/16 are shown in the table below. Mean Length of stay (days) Median length of stay (days) Primary diagnosis of diabetes 3 1 Primary and secondary diagnosis of diabetes 4 1 A count of finished admission...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Union Learning Fund (20 Jan 2017)

Lord Laird: To ask Her Majesty’s Government (1) how much money was paid to the Union Learning Fund last year, and in total since its inception; (2) which trade unions were provided with assistance from the fund last year; (3) how much was provided in each case; and (4) whether they have plans to end these payments or re-assess their efficacy.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Asylum: Children (20 Jan 2017)

Lord Nash: The Government is committed to ensuring that every looked after child receives the high quality care they need in a placement that is suitable for them. We are working with partners to increase the number of suitable placements for unaccompanied asylum seeking children. Local authorities may apply for funding through the 140m Controlling Migration Fund to support capacity building...

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