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Education (Student Fees, Awards and Support)(Amendment) Regulations 2017 - Motion to Regret (27 Apr 2017)

Lord Watson of Invergowrie: My Lords, when, in February, I was granted a topical Question on this subject—which, incidentally, I very much appreciate my noble friend Lord Clark raising—the Minister, the noble Lord, Lord O’Shaughnessy, chose to characterise my opposition to the Government’s damaging proposal as a sign that I did not support the policy of student loans. He was being disingenuous...

Specified Agreement on Driving Disqualifications Regulations 2017 - Motion to Approve (27 Apr 2017)

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon: My Lords, this statutory instrument is being made to reintroduce an agreement to allow for the mutual recognition of driving disqualifications between the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. Noble Lords may recall that our previous arrangement on this matter under the 1998 European Convention on Driving Disqualifications ceased to apply in the UK from 1 December 2014, when the UK...

Digital Economy Bill - Commons Reason and Amendments (27 Apr 2017)

Moved by Lord Ashton of Hyde That this House do not insist on its Amendment 242 and do agree with the Commons in their Amendment 242A in lieu. Commons Amendment in lieu 242A: Page 83, line 38, at end insert the following new Clause—“Electronic programme guides and public service channels(1) After section 311 of the Communications Act 2003 insert—“311A Report on...

Higher Education and Research Bill - Commons Reason and Amendments (27 Apr 2017)

Lord Bilimoria: My Lords, I echo much of what the noble Lord, Lord Willetts, said, but I want to start with the reference that the Prime Minister made to the “unelected House of Lords” when she announced the election. This unelected House is at its best when it does what it has done with this Bill. It is probably one of the most amended Bills in the history of Parliament, with more than 500...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Slaughterhouses: Horses (27 Apr 2017)

Nicola Blackwood: The Food Standards Agency has the following data on numbers of equines slaughtered in approved premises in England. There were no operating equine slaughter premises in Wales during the year 2016. Type of CCTV in slaughterhouse Number of horses slaughtered between 1 January 2016 and 31 December 2016 With no CCTV 136 With no CCTV installed in stunning, killing or bleeding areas...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Nuclear Weapons: North Korea (27 Apr 2017)

Mark Garnier: The UN and EU have imposed sanctions on North Korea; these are directly applicable to the UK and prohibit the export of equipment that could be used in the North Korean nuclear programme. All export licence applications are considered against the Consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria. These include in particular Criterion 1, the UK’s obligations and its commitments...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Yemen: Armed Conflict (27 Apr 2017)

Emily Thornberry: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will request an investigation by the International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission into allegations of grave breaches or other serious violations of the Geneva Conventions or Protocol 1 of the European Convention on Human Rights by parties to the current conflict in Yemen.

Written Answers — Attorney General: Female Genital Mutilation (27 Apr 2017)

Jeremy Wright: Two people were prosecuted in February 2015 for an offence under section 1 of the Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003 and an offence of intentionally encouraging or assisting the commission of an offence, contrary to section 44(1) of the Serious Crime Act 2007. There have been no other prosecutions and no convictions for offences under the Act or other associated offences.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Egypt: Christianity (27 Apr 2017)

Baroness Berridge: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions, or meetings, they have had with (1) Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria, and (2) the leadership of the Coptic Church in the UK, regarding the bombings of the Coptic churches in Alexandria and Tanta in April.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Israel: Bedouin (27 Apr 2017)

Lord Hylton: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to call for prompt and full payment of compensation in cases of death, personal injury, demolition of buildings or confiscation of property which are established to have been caused by the Israeli authorities in the "unrecognised villages" in (1) the Negev, and (2) elsewhere in Israel; and whether they will seek the agreement of the US...

Written Answers — Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (27 Apr 2017)

Baroness Jones of Whitchurch: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken to clarify with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) the extent to which ICANN has a duty of care to children, and in particular the degree to which it has a duty to minimise the possibility of (1) the worldwide web being used to advertise the availability of or distribute child abuse images, and...

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Financial Services: Fines (27 Apr 2017)

Lord Mendelsohn: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Financial Conduct Authority (1) has taken disciplinary action against individuals since 2007 and if so how many; and (2) whether records are kept of those individuals or firms who faced disciplinary action after a fine was imposed.

Scottish Parliament: Edinburgh Airport (Consultation) (27 Apr 2017)

Neil Findlay: I thank colleagues from the Labour Party, the Scottish Green Party and the Liberal Democrats who signed my motion. It is a matter of regret that no Scottish National Party or Tory member has signed it. Air travel is a modern necessity, whether for work or leisure, and many of us use it at some point. People who live near an airport know that they must endure some disruption. However, it is...

Scottish Parliament: Social Security Agency (27 Apr 2017)

Jeane Freeman: Today, as I announce the model for the delivery of social security in Scotland and publish the evidence supporting the decision, we mark the next significant milestone in building Scotland’s new social security system. I will outline the shape and approach of Scotland’s social security agency and touch on both the estimated number of people it will employ and the estimated costs...

Scottish Parliament: Limitation (Childhood Abuse) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (27 Apr 2017)

Annabelle Ewing: open the debate on the general principles of the Limitation (Childhood Abuse) (Scotland) Bill. I thank all those who gave evidence, and I thank the convener and members of the Justice Committee for their detailed scrutiny of the bill at stage 1. In particular, I thank the survivors who have been brave enough to come forward and share their experiences. Many survivors have campaigned for...

Petition - Transitional State Pension Arrangements for Women Born in the 1950S: Diesel Fumes: Islwyn (26 Apr 2017)

George Eustice: Let me begin by explaining that I have not taken on additional responsibilities in DEFRA. As hon. Members know, the Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, my hon. Friend the Member for Suffolk Coastal (Dr Coffey), leads on these issues, but she has had a particularly busy day today including a debate in Westminster Hall on water catchments so was unable to be here...

Upper Catchment Management (26 Apr 2017)

Therese Coffey: As it stands today, I will not be looking at the matter again. I can assure the hon. Lady that the decision went through a rigorous process within the Department, and the decision was made by appropriately qualified officials. She will recognise that we will continue to invest in peatlands and continue to work on moor owners and stakeholders to further improve practices and conditions....

Higher Education and Research Bill (26 Apr 2017)

Carol Monaghan: ...economy, but benefits to our community, such as the diversity that international students bring. We call on the UK Government to take international students out of the net migration target. We look forward to seeing that in the next Queen’s speech. As the UK leaves the EU, I assume that EU students will be classified as international students. The effects of Brexit on...

Northern Ireland (Ministerial Appointments and Regional Rates) Bill - Second Reading (and remaining stages) (26 Apr 2017)

Lord Dunlop: My Lords, the context for this short and simple Bill is very clear. Northern Ireland has enjoyed the longest unbroken period of devolved government since the old Stormont Parliament was dissolved in 1972. It is now nearly 10 years since full power was restored to the devolved institutions in Northern Ireland following a prolonged period of suspension. In these years Northern Ireland has taken...

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