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Abortion (Disability Equality) Bill [HL] - Report (24 Feb 2017)

Lord Winston: My Lords, I shall not use unparliamentary language. I reject the charge that my view of this matter is in any way cynical. I believe that it is compassionate. Perhaps unlike the noble Lord who has promoted this Bill, I have been in constant contact with pregnant women who have had to go through these difficult decisions throughout their pregnancy throughout my professional life. I have been a...

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

Philip Davies: .... He has a lot of learning to do. I have dealt with the custodial sentence part of the Bill. Now, I come to the part on fines. I am trying to reduce the level of fines because they are disproportionate. With the way the Bill is drafted, it seems that somebody could be given an unlimited fine by the courts for this offence. Again, I cannot honestly see how an unlimited fine is appropriate...

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

Baroness Buscombe: My Lords, I first take this opportunity to thank my noble friend Lady Bloomfield for introducing the Broadcasting (Radio Multiplex) Services Bill before your Lordships’ House. I also pay tribute to my honourable friend in another place, Kevin Foster, MP for Torbay, who worked so hard to make the Bill happen. I say to the noble Lord, Lord Stevenson, straightaway —and as a...

Homelessness Reduction Bill - Second Reading (24 Feb 2017)

Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth: My Lords, I thank all those who have taken part in this Second Reading. I give a strong thank you to my honourable friend Bob Blackman, who has done sterling work in the other place; as we heard from the noble Lord, Lord Kirkwood, his has been an extraordinary success, not just in steering the Bill through the Commons but in achieving what he has in financial terms. Notwithstanding what the...

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)

Sarah Newton: I thought I might assist the House by rising at this stage of the debate to explain Government amendments 1 to 17 and to address the valid concerns raised by my hon. Friend the Member for Shipley (Philip Davies). I very much welcome the opportunity to discuss the Bill on Report and to continue to work with the hon. Member for Banff and Buchan (Dr Whiteford) on this important issue. As the...

Written Answers — Department of Health: NHS: Buildings (24 Feb 2017)

Philip Dunne: The tenure of the 217 vacant properties held by NHS Property Services is as follows: Tenure Number of Properties Proportion (%) Freehold and long leasehold 146 67 Leasehold 69 32 Other formal tenure arrangements 1 0.5 Other 1 0.5 The 217 properties constitute 6.9% of the total number in the NHS Property Services portfolio and in calculating 217 as the number of vacant...

Written Ministerial Statements — Ministry of Justice: Justice update (24 Feb 2017)

Oliver Heald: Today the Government has published its response to the consultation on proposals to reform fees for grants of probate. The consultation opened on 18 February and closed on 1 April 2016. The Government is committed to providing a modern, world-leading justice system which is proportionate and accessible. In 2015/16, the courts and tribunals system cost £1.9 billion to run and we recovered...

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

Alison McGovern: ...belongs to no one political party, no one ideology and no one faction. I remain of that opinion after listening to Members’ contributions. Notwithstanding that, my right hon. Friend the Member for Hackney North and Stoke Newington (Ms Abbott), who has shown great courage in recent weeks, my hon. Friend the Member for Walthamstow (Stella Creasy), my right hon. Friend the Member for...

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

Lord Young of Cookham: I am grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Kennedy, for speaking to his amendments. He said that the Government had not set out the purpose of the clause. In response to the noble Lord, Lord Stunell, in the debate that we have just had, I set out the two main objectives of Clause 13. I hope that, on reading Hansard, noble Lords might find that that was a succinct explanation of why we believe...

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

Andrew Jones: We look at all the ingredients that combine to influence road safety. On penalties for use of mobile phones, for example, it was highlighted that the number of penalties issued had fallen significantly—that is a fact—but during that time the number of people who have suddenly lost their lives in incidents in which handheld mobile phone use was considered a factor has remained...

Armed Forces: Historical Cases (23 Feb 2017)

Gregory Campbell: On proportionality, does my right hon. Friend agree that significantly fewer than 1% of all the people who served in the security forces, the Army and the police in Northern Ireland down all those years were ever found guilty of, or even questioned about, breaches of law, while 100% of the terrorists were most definitely guilty of such breaches?

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

Lord O'Shaughnessy: My Lords, there are two sets of amendments within this grouping. The first comprises small amendments relating to the circumstances in which the Government would be required to provide producers with an information notice. The second relates to the arrangements required for implementation of the legislation in Northern Ireland. I turn, first, to Amendments 1 and 2. Amendment 1 clarifies that...

Business of the House (23 Feb 2017)

Valerie Vaz: I thank the Leader of the House for confirming that he will still be here for business questions, even though he is such a talented former Minister for Europe that I think his talents should be deployed elsewhere. I am still going to ask for the date of the recess. The Deputy Leader of the House is very keen to know when he will be able to go on holiday, because he will need to respond to the...

Jamal Al-Harith (23 Feb 2017)

Chris Bryant: Basically, the Prime Minister, when she was Home Secretary, and/or the Justice Secretary, agreed £1 million or thereabouts for a man who went on to commit a significant terrorist act that killed many people. Why the Minister thinks that he can hide behind legal confidentiality and security so as not even to assuage any of the basic concerns that all our voters will have is a mystery to...

Written Answers — Department of Health: NHS: Pay (23 Feb 2017)

Philip Dunne: The following table shows: Annual increase in Agenda for Change (AfC) band maxima - adjusted for the Consumer Price Index AfC band 2009/10 to 2015/16 Annual Average 1 -4.4% -0.7% 2 -5.4% -0.9% 3 -7.0% -1.2% 4 -9.5% -1.6% 5 -8.9% -1.5% 6 -9.5% -1.6% 7 -9.5% -1.6% 8a -9.5% -1.6% 8b -9.5% -1.8% 8c -10.4% -1.8% 8d -10.4% -1.8% 9 -10.4%...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Abortion (23 Feb 2017)

Lord O'Shaughnessy: The Abortion Act 1967 requires that the Chief Medical Officer be legally notified of an abortion within 14 days of the termination. Statistical summaries of this data, which include the Grounds for the termination, are published annually. Statistics for years from 1968 to 1973 were published in the Registrar General’s Statistical Review of England and Wales, Supplement on Abortion....

Written Ministerial Statements — Ministry of Justice: Prison governor empowerment and accountability (23 Feb 2017)

Elizabeth Truss: I have today introduced the Prisons and Courts Bill, which will create a new statutory framework to support the Government’s plans to make prisons places of safety and reform. The measures in the Bill are a vital part of the wider structural reforms announced in the Prison Safety and Reform white paper published on 3 November 2016. The right framework and standards for improvement In...

Scottish Parliament: Cabinet (Meetings) (23 Feb 2017)

The First Minister: First, I thank Willie Rennie for confirming that I talk about little other than justice, health and education, because it gives the lie to the accusation that I am always talking about other matters. If and when there are major policy changes on this or any other matter, of course the Government will make that clear to Parliament. Earlier, I set out for Willie Rennie what...

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (23 Feb 2017)

Derek Mackay: I am staggered. I have never heard Mike Rumbles make such a contribution—a constructive suggestion—in the chamber before. In that spirit, it is absolutely right that I engage with Ken Barclay and others to consider further how we will look at the issues that require to be addressed as a consequence of what has happened. I am certainly open-minded about doing that. I do not think...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Rail Services: Disabled Access (23 Feb 2017)

Paul Maynard: This is an issue worth waiting for, as I am sure the House will agree. We are committed to improving the accessibility of the rail network. Currently 70% of train fleets’ operating passenger services meet modern accessibility standards, with the remaining vehicles due to be either upgraded or replaced by 1 January 2020.

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