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LORDS CHAMBER 2.30pm: Oral questions, to ask the government: - Whether consideration has been given to extending the management by Directly Operated Railways of the East Coast Main Line franchise (Lord Davies of Oldham, Lab) - What ... Continue to article
LORDS CHAMBER 11.00am: Oral questions, to ask the government: - Whether they have assessed the economic impact on the United Kingdom tourism industry of new visa restrictions for visitors from Brazil (Lord Clement-Jones, LD) - What ... Continue to article
David Lidington said the UK is not the first choice for immigrants from Bulgaria and Romania. "Historical record are that Britain is not the country of first preferance for people travelling from Romania and Bulgaria. That those who have... Continue to article
LORDS CHAMBER Introduction of peers: Martha Lane Fox CBE and Michael Berkeley CBE Royal assent: Supply and Appropriation (Anticipation and Adjustments) Bill, Presumption of Death Bill, Mobile Homes Bill, Antarctic Bill, Welfare Benefit... Continue to article
Europe minister David Lidington has said the foreign office is convinced of the veracity of an international report accusing North Korea sinking a South Korean warship earlier this year. He said North Korea was responsible for a "cruel, wanton act of aggression".
A group of European Union members - including the UK, Germany and France - have banded together to limit any rise in next year's EU budget. Eleven countries have signed a statement telling the chairman of the European Council they "cannot accept" more than a 2.91% rise in the budget. David Cameron earlier vowed to halt an “unacceptable” 6% rise in the EU budget, after arriving in Brussels for a meeting of the European Council. A rise of 2.91% will still see the UK's contribution to the EU rise by £400m next year.
David Cameron has approved the appointment of a raft of new parliamentary private secretaries for government ministers.
Europe minister David Lidington has urged England to "beat the stuffing" out of Germany, ahead of their World Cup clash on Sunday.
The European Parliament's call for a nearly 6% rise in European Union spending next year is "outrageous" when member states are tightening their belts, Britain's Europe minister said on Monday. Europe minister David Lidington told and interview with Reuters "I think the European Parliament's demand is outrageous. I do not think it can be in the slightest bit justified".
A Franco-German plan to rewrite parts of the Lisbon treaty has come under fire from the EU justice commissioner. Luxembourg's Viviane Reding described the idea of changing the treaty to tighten rules on national debt as "irresponsible". French minister for Europe Pierre Lellouche in turn called Ms Reding's comments "unacceptable". Europe minister David Lidington said the UK government would scrutinise any changes "very carefully".
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