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Populism and Nationalism - Motion to Take Note (19 Jan 2017)

Baroness Anelay of St Johns: My Lords, I join in the congratulations offered to the noble Lord, Lord Bruce, on giving the House this opportunity to discuss and reflect on these extremely important issues. It is also a special day simply because it is the last Thursday of Liberal Democrat debates this Session. A fitting way to conclude is to reflect on these issues. I shall seek to echo that mood of reflection and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Household Food Insecurity (19 Jan 2017)

George Eustice: This Government have introduced the concept of a national living wage, which will raise incomes for the lowest paid in our society. I, too, visit my local food bank, and I send my case officers into the food bank to help people who may be having particular problems or crises in their lives. Many complex issues contribute to poverty. I advise all Members to work closely with their local food...

Scottish Parliament: Cabinet (Meetings) (19 Jan 2017)

The First Minister: The Scottish Government continues to make those assessments, but we have also seen independent assessments that the impact of a hard Brexit will be a loss of 80,000 jobs and 2,000 per person in real wages. Those are real impacts for people the length and breadth of the country. Patrick Harvie is absolutely right. The Scottish Government and the Scottish people did...

Scottish Parliament: Jobcentres (Glasgow) (19 Jan 2017)

Clare Haughey: I, too, thank Bob Doris for securing the debate, and I thank him and the members who signed the motion for affording us the opportunity to debate the issue. Jobcentres play an important role in supporting people who are seeking work. They are also an important point of contact for local businesses that are looking to recruit and for local and national initiatives that seek to support people...

Leaving the Eu: Security, Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice (18 Jan 2017)

Tristram Hunt: It is a great pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Bath (Ben Howlett). I rise to speak in this debate and to make my final contribution in this House before I leave to take up the post of director of the Victoria & Albert museum, the world’s greatest museum of art, design and performance. It has been a profound privilege to represent Stoke-on-Trent Central in this Chamber for six...

DWP Estate — [Nadine Dorries in the Chair] (18 Jan 2017)

Justin Tomlinson: This was at the Hackney community hub run by the Shaw Trust, so it would have been at Amazon there. This debate is on the future of the DWP estate, which covers the whole of the UK, but I wish any Kazeem in the hon. Lady’s constituency the best of luck with finding work, whether at Amazon or somewhere else. Understandably, a lot of people who arrive at a jobcentre lack confidence and...

Education Funding: Devon — [Mr David Hanson in the Chair] (18 Jan 2017)

Nick Gibb: We recognise that schools face cost pressures, including salary increases, the introduction of the national living wage, increases to employers’ national insurance and pension scheme contributions, and general inflation, as well as the introduction of the apprenticeship levy. The current, unfair funding system makes those pressures harder to manage. The new national funding formula will...

Scottish Parliament: Health (18 Jan 2017)

Colin Smyth: I declare an interest as a councillor in Dumfries and Galloway. When Labour created the NHS in 1948, life expectancy in Scotland was 64 years for men and 69 for women. Today, it is about 77 for men and 81 for women. That shows the success of Britain’s greatest achievement: our NHS. However, if we are to ensure that life expectancy continues to increase, new challenges will be posed for...

Scottish Parliament: Caterpillar Plant Occupation (30th Anniversary) (18 Jan 2017)

Pauline McNeill: I begin by congratulating Richard Leonard on his first members’ business debate, but also by thanking him, because this is an important point in history at which to congratulate the Caterpillar workers and their community on their achievements, which are relevant to the current day. They did not fight only for their jobs; they fought for their community and, as other members have said,...

Leaving the Eu: the Rural Economy: DWP Policies and Low-income Households (17 Jan 2017)

Rebecca Harris: To some extent, the Scottish National party, in its motion and debate tonight, is painting a picture of a very uncaring Government who may be trying to keep people in poverty. From what some sections of the press and Opposition have said, one would think that we have high unemployment, record low wages and benefit claimants at an all-time high, whereas in fact the opposite is the case. I am...

Neighbourhood Planning Bill - Second Reading (17 Jan 2017)

Viscount Ridley: My Lords, I declare my interest as a landowner in Northumberland with experience of converting farm buildings into houses and offices, who has benefited from the development of land for housing. I probably benefit from the present system because it drives up development premiums, but I think that it needs further reform. The Bill, with its welcome emphasis on plans that come up from...

Leaving the Eu: the Rural Economy (17 Jan 2017)

Ian Blackford: I declare an interest as an active crofter. I congratulate all my hon. Friends who have spoken so passionately about the threat to our rural economy from a hard Brexit and the concern about what the future holds for many of us. For us, Europe and the single market are about opportunities for growth, investment and jobs; the best opportunities to create sustainable economic growth; and playing...

Digital Equipment Ltd: Pension Scheme (17 Jan 2017)

Alex Cunningham: I certainly wonder the same thing; I have something to say to the Minister specifically on that—not about my personal choices or the hon. Gentleman’s, but about the Government’s. Hewlett Packard can hide behind the law, and has for years, but that does not mean that what it is doing is right. When we—a group of north-east England MPs—meet representatives from...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Opposition Business: Failure of the Executive (17 Jan 2017)

Colum Eastwood: We are here to talk about the failure of the Executive, and all that you have to do is look around. I do not even need to make a speech to illustrate the failure of this Executive, but I will give it a go. It is utterly surreal what is going on in this Building today. The oxygen has been dragged out of this place, and the public are just bemused. People keep talking about the anger on the...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Minimum Wage (17 Jan 2017)

Margot James: In 2015/16 we increased the National Minimum Wage (NMW) enforcement budget allocated to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) by 7m to 20m. These additional funds have allowed the recruitment of additional NMW compliance officers, so in addition to responding to every worker complaint, HMRC has been able to conduct more proactive, risked-based investigations into sectors where workers are...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Post Offices: Retail Trade (17 Jan 2017)

Gill Furniss: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment his Department has made of the extent to which the remuneration package offered to retail businesses that host post offices takes account of the costs of (a) the national living wage, (b) business rates revaluations, (c) auto-enrolment pensions and (d) the apprenticeship levy; and if he will...

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Fiscal Policy: Females (17 Jan 2017)

Jane Ellison: It is equally important for the future finances of both women and men that we remain committed to tackling the deficit and strengthening the economy. Recent government decisions have also been of benefit to women. Around two thirds of those benefitting from the National Living Wage are estimated to be women. And of the 680,000 people who will be lifted out of income tax by 2017/18 as a...


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