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Committees: Companies House and Transgender Persons (20 Nov 2017)

Margot James: I thank my right hon. Friend the Member for Loughborough (Nicky Morgan) for securing tonight’s debate on this very important subject and for the powerful and persuasive speech that she has made in support of her argument. I recognise that she is seeking to protect the interests of those in the transgender community by ensuring their right to have their private information remain...

Value Added Tax and Excise Duty on Goods (20 Nov 2017)

Resolved, (1) That provision may be made— (a) amending the law relating to value added tax in connection with the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union, (b) amending the law relating to any excise duty on goods in connection with that withdrawal, and (c) dealing with subordinate matters incidental to any provision within paragraph (a) or (b). (2) This Resolution does...

Duties of Customs (20 Nov 2017)

Stella Creasy: I was struck by the discussion earlier about making decisions so quickly. I, too, did not vote for the article 50 legislation to be triggered, because I was concerned it was too soon in the process. However, some disasters are of our own making, and a snap general election in which the public thoroughly rejected her hard Brexit is certainly something the Prime Minister should learn from. In...

Devolved Administrations: Memorandum of Understanding - Question for Short Debate (20 Nov 2017)

Lord Thomas of Gresford: My Lords, I, too, thank the noble Lord, Lord Empey, for raising this very important topic. Paragraph 20 of the memorandum of understanding states: “The UK Government will involve the devolved administrations as fully as possible in discussions about the formulation of the UK’s policy position on all EU and international issues which touch on devolved matters”. Paragraph B2.5...

TV Licence Fee — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (20 Nov 2017)

Julian Knight: It is a great pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mrs Moon. Thank you for your forbearance; I was playing a bit of hokey cokey when it came to whether to speak. I congratulate the hon. Member for Warrington North (Helen Jones) on a good-natured debate rooted in her top-class opening speech, which elaborated on the benefits of the BBC to this country. I spent five joyous years at BBC...

Yemen: Humanitarian and Political Situation - Statement (20 Nov 2017)

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon: My Lords, with the leave of the House, I shall now repeat a Statement delivered in another place by my right honourable friend Alistair Burt, the Minister for the Middle East and North Africa. The Statement is as follows: “With permission, Mr Speaker, I would like to make a Statement to the House on the humanitarian and political situation in Yemen and the implications of the conflict...

Data Protection Bill [HL] - Committee (5th Day) (20 Nov 2017)

Lord Kennedy of Southwark: My Lords, the amendments in this group, in my name and that of my noble friend Lord Stevenson of Balmacara, take up a number of issues raised by the Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee in its report on the Data Protection Act. Our Amendment 163ZC adds a requirement on the commissioner to specify in guidance what constitutes “other failures” under subsection (8)....

Yemen (20 Nov 2017)

Alistair Burt: With permission, Mr Speaker, I will make a statement to the House on the humanitarian and political situation in Yemen and the implications of the conflict for regional security. Her Majesty’s Government remain deeply concerned about the humanitarian situation in Yemen, and the impact that recent restrictions are having on what was already the worst humanitarian crisis in the world and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions (20 Nov 2017)

Amber Rudd: ..., and I would like to update the House on progress made there. Along with the US Justice Department, I met representatives from Facebook, Microsoft, Google and Twitter to discuss our collective efforts to fight child sexual exploitation online. I was very encouraged by the development of Project Arachnid, which is groundbreaking software developed by the Canadian Centre for Child...

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Offshore Trusts: Registration (20 Nov 2017)

Mel Stride: The Overseas Territories are legislatively independent and are largely self-governing: they have their own governments, legislatures and elected representatives, and do not have representation in the UK Parliament. The Government has established a register of all trusts, including those established offshore, which incur UK tax consequences. This enables law enforcement authorities to...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits: Appeals (20 Nov 2017)

Sarah Newton: ...process applying relevant weight to each piece of evidence on an individual basis. Claimants cannot demand a second assessment. Instead, and based on evidence provided by the claimant and/or where the case manager (decision maker) requires answers to his own questions, the assessment provider may be approached to provide additional advice – see para 1.13 in the PIP Assessment...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits (20 Nov 2017)

Caroline Dinenage: Data for Liverpool, Walton constituency are not available. Table 1. Families currently in receipt of one or more benefit Families in millions NorthWest England Families with 3 or more children 0.1 0.9 Source: Family Resources Survey 2015/16The figures in Table 1 are estimates derived from the Family Resources Survey. The Family Resources Survey is designed to provide...

Written Answers — Home Office: Slavery (20 Nov 2017)

Victoria Atkins: The table below sets out the number of National Referral Mechanism (NRM) referrals that have been suspended before Reasonable and Conclusive Grounds decision stages between 2009 and 2016. NRM decisions are suspended when it is not possible to gather further information to make a decision, for example if the Competent Authority decision makers become aware that the individual referred has gone...

Written Answers — Home Office: Rifles (20 Nov 2017)

Nick Hurd: The Home Office does not hold information about the cost or availability of ammunition for .50 calibre rifles in the UK beyond that which is advertised commercially. The ammunition is subject to control under section 1 of the Firearms Act 1968 and a person wishing to purchase or to home load their own ammunition must hold a valid firearm certificate issued by the police.

Written Answers — Department of Health: Department of Health: Official Hospitality (20 Nov 2017)

Jon Trickett: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to his Department's publication Ministerial hospitality, 1 April to 30 June 2017, published on 13 October 2017, whether (a) representatives or employees of the firm which offered that hospitality and (b) lobbyists or contractors of those firms were present at those events.

Written Answers — Department of Health: Nurses: Training (20 Nov 2017)

Philip Dunne: A search of the Department’s Ministerial correspondence database between 1 May 2017 and 16 November 2017 has identified that 62 items of correspondence were received about the nursing bursaries in general. We are not able to identify how many of these were specifically about the reintroduction of nursing bursaries. This figure represents correspondence received by the...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Ministry of Defence: Hunting (20 Nov 2017)

Tobias Ellwood: The number of live quarry killed during trail or drag hunting on Ministry of Defence land in the past five years is shown below: Year Number of Live Kills recorded 2012-2013 1 2013-2014 0 2014-2015 0 2015-2016 0 2016-2017 0

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Roads: Accidents (20 Nov 2017)

Wayne David: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Answer of 1 February 2016 to Question HL5729, if his Department will discuss with representatives of local highway authorities the Government's recommendation that those authorities consider scanning any deceased cats or dogs found on the highway for which they are responsible as a matter of standard practice.

Written Answers — Department for Education: GCE A-Level (20 Nov 2017)

Nick Gibb: The Department will be publishing statistics on students, undertaking their 16-18 studies, who return to the same institution for a second year of study. These will be available in March 2018 for the academic year 2016/17. The Department published ‘retention’[1] figures for the academic year 2015/16 (and will publish the 2016/17 figures in March 2018). These can be obtained from...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Arts: GCSE (20 Nov 2017)

Nick Gibb: The number of pupils, at the end of KS4[1], with at least two entries[2] into arts subjects at GCSE level (including equivalents)[3] in Coventry[4] is: Year[5] Pupils entering at least two arts subjects at GCSE 2012-13 216 2013-14 319 2014-15 372 2015-16 236 2016-17 288 [1] Pupils are identified as being at the end of key stage 4 if they were on roll at the school...

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