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Scottish Parliament: Rural Economy (European Union Referendum) (27 Sep 2016)

Brian Whittle: What we have here is an opportunity to scrutinise the health of our rural economy and part of that scrutiny should focus within our own borders and on our own potential actions. Our farmers and fishermen are among the most stringently legislated food producers in the world. Our farmers are charged with the custodianship of the countryside and our fishermen land world-class produce in the most...

Scottish Parliament: Social Care Workers (Cost of Living Wage) (22 Sep 2016)

Colin Smyth: 3. To ask the Scottish Government how much paying at least the living wage to social care workers from October 2016 will cost health and social care partnerships. (S5O-00173)

Scottish Parliament: Local Taxation (22 Sep 2016)

Andy Wightman: I am delighted that in these precious two hours we are debating local taxation and discussing the report of the commission on local tax reform. I had the privilege of sitting on that cross-party commission, which the Scottish Government established. We undertook our work in good faith and I thank my fellow commissioners and the members of staff for their diligent hard work in getting us to...

Scottish Parliament: NHS Staffing (21 Sep 2016)

Shona Robison: I hope that the member will do what Neil Findlay failed to do, which is to recognise that, from 1 October, the Government is going to pay the living wage to care workers working with adults. Will he welcome that?

Conflict in Fragile States - Motion to Take Note (15 Sep 2016)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, I pay tribute to the valuable work done by the noble Lord, Lord Loomba, on campaigning to raise awareness of widowhood in the developing world. It is thanks to him that we observe International Widows Day every 23 June in honour of his mother. I thank him for tabling this important and timely debate on human rights abuses and the number of widows in fragile states. We have been...

Quantitative Easing (15 Sep 2016)

Ian Blackford: I must say that I have no particular knowledge of that, but if it is the case, I agree with the hon. Lady that it is not helpful. I did not specifically mention house prices when I was talking about the rise in financial markets, but quantitative easing has clearly led to an increase in property prices, and we know the problems that people suffer from, particularly in the south-east of...

Prison Safety — [Graham Stringer in the Chair] (15 Sep 2016)

Andrew Selous: My hon. Friend makes a fair point. We have improved prison officer training. It is now a 10-week course. It is an increasingly good course and, quite rightly, within that training there is a lot of focus on rehabilitation. The ability to turn lives around and prevent people becoming victims by changing lives is the purpose of the Ministry of Justice. If people cannot do that job, it will lead...

Public Bill Committee: Higher Education and Research Bill: Public interest governance condition (15 Sep 2016)

The amendments would address those issues in two ways. The first is to require universities to publish the pay ratio between the highest-paid staff and the lowest-paid staff and the median rate of pay. That would get remuneration committees to think hard, when telling front-line staff that they cannot afford pay rises, about whether they are applying the same principle to staff at the top....

Business of the House (15 Sep 2016)

Maria Eagle: My constituent, Maria Hill, who has cleaned Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs offices in Liverpool for 20 years was expecting a modest pay rise when the national living wage came in. Instead, Government contractors ISS cut her hours unilaterally and, as a consequence, she lost her tax credits and was 50 a week worse off. May we have a debate in Government time to discuss how the...

Universal Basic Income (14 Sep 2016)

Damian Hinds: If the hon. Lady will bear with me, the claimant count is close to its lowest for 40 years, unemployment is at the lowest rate for 10 years and pay is rising. Our reforms are working. Why would we put all that at risk by implementing a blunt policy of financial handouts that does not treat people as individual human beings, with their own different ambitions and aspirations? UBI would also...

Cross-departmental Strategy on Social Justice — [Nadine Dorries in the Chair] (14 Sep 2016)

Caroline Nokes: It is, of course, a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Ms Dorries. Like other hon. Members, I congratulate my hon. Friends the Members for Congleton (Fiona Bruce) and for Enfield, Southgate (Mr Burrowes) on securing this important debate on social justice. My hon. Friend the Member for Congleton in particular is a very committed and diligent campaigner on these issues, and I thank her...

Social Security (14 Sep 2016)

Damian Hinds: I beg to move, That the draft Welfare Reform and Work (Northern Ireland) Order 2016, which was laid before this House on 6 July, be approved. The order will ensure that the welfare reforms enabled by the Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 in Great Britain are delivered in Northern Ireland while also ensuring that the Northern Ireland Executive have a workable budget. This order is an important...

European Union (Uk Withdrawal from Membership) (14 Sep 2016)

Charlie Elphicke: I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a bill to implement the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from membership of the European Union; and for connected purposes. The House knows that the position of the Government is very clear. Brexit means Brexit, and we will make a success of it; also, Brexit means Brexit, and we need to get on with it. I think it important for us to understand,...

Scottish Parliament: European Union Referendum (14 Sep 2016)

Neil Findlay: I voted remain in the referendum, after much soul-searching. For whatever reason it happened, the result will have a significant impact, changing our politics, our society, our economy and our relationship with our neighbours at home and overseas. However, what has concerned me before and since the referendum is how the political class—particularly here in Scotland—has very...

Welfare Reform and Work (Northern Ireland) Order 2016 - Motion to Approve (13 Sep 2016)

Lord Freud: My Lords, the order will ensure that the welfare reforms enabled by the Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 in Great Britain are delivered in Northern Ireland, while also ensuring that the Northern Ireland Executive have a workable budget. This order is an important part of delivering the fresh start agreement and enables the Northern Ireland Executive to provide for supplementary welfare...

Finance Bill - Second Reading (and remaining stages) (13 Sep 2016)

Lord Liddle: As several noble Lords have said, this Finance Bill belongs to a previous era—not just the era of George Osborne’s chancellorship but also a past era in a more historical sense, one that began with our membership of the Common Market in the 1970s, was shaped largely by the Thatcher Government and ended with the vote for Brexit in June this year. With our exit from the European...

Digital Economy Bill (13 Sep 2016)

Chi Onwurah: It is certainly the case that distributed ledger technology can have great applications in promoting openness, and consumer and citizen trust. Again, however, it has to be set out in the right framework with the right principles. We need a progressive ownership framework for data, one that is debated and discussed by everyone, including those not online. The Government must deliver an...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Living Wage (13 Sep 2016)

Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many people working for his Department or its executive agencies on a (a) directly employed, (b) agency or (c) outsourced basis are paid less than the living wage as defined by the Living Wage Foundation; and how many of those people are employed on zero-hours contracts.

Scottish Parliament: Common Agricultural Policy Payments (13 Sep 2016)

Fergus Ewing: I thank all the staff working in Edinburgh and at the 17 area offices around Scotland who have worked flat out since May to progress the 2015 payments. On the visits that I have made, I have seen at first hand the dedication of our staff in helping to resolve the issue—often going above and beyond normal expectations—to ensure that farmers get their money as soon as possible....

Scottish Parliament: More Homes Scotland (Investment) (13 Sep 2016)

Richard Leonard: I welcome the opportunity to contribute to the debate. One of the principal reasons for the creation of this Parliament was the need to drive housing policy up the political agenda. A devolved Scottish Parliament with responsibility for primary housing legislation and housing investment and planning was a critical part of the case for constitutional reform in the 1980s and 1990s, but it was...


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