Canlyniadau 61–80 o 2051 ar gyfer speaker:Viscount Thurso

Written Ministerial Statements — House of Commons Commission: House of Commons Governance (21 Ion 2015)

John Thurso: (Representing the House of Commons Commission): The House of Commons Commission discussed the report of the Committee on House of Commons Governance at its meeting on 19 January. In line with the Committee’s recommendations, the Commission invited the existing external members of the Management Board to the meeting. The Commission welcomed the work that the Governance Committee had...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: National Insurance Contributions (14 Ion 2015)

John Thurso: When my right hon. Friend next travels down the A9, may I commend to him a stop in Brora to visit Highland Bespoke Furniture? It now employs six people as a direct result of the reduction in national insurance that has helped it to recruit further skilled work. Will the Government consider extending the scheme to workers over 25 who are coming back to work, as that would help further to...

Written Answers — House of Commons Commission: Staff (14 Ion 2015)

John Thurso: The House Service ceased to engage casual workers last year. It does, however, engage staff supplied by agencies from time to time to meet unexpected demands and peaks of work. Agency workers, in common with directly employed staff, are security cleared to Counter Terrorist Check (CTC) level and immigration/right to work checks are undertaken. The latter is done by requiring documentary...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Nuclear Management Partners (Sellafield) (13 Ion 2015)

John Thurso: This decision will not come as a great surprise to anybody who understands the legacy, complexity and size of Sellafield. The key requirement for any contract is the scoping beforehand, and that is particularly difficult at Sellafield. On the PBO at Dounreay, where considerable scoping was possible prior to laying the contract, will my right hon. Friend assure me and all those who work so...

Written Answers — House of Commons Commission: Dissolution (13 Ion 2015)

John Thurso: A key element of the current three-year pay deal for pay band A–E staff is the harmonisation of arrangements for working contractual hours, including ending a number of localised variations. Given the extent to which work in some areas is driven by the business of the House and the variability of these hours over the year, full contractual hours need not be worked in any particular week –...

Written Answers — House of Commons Commission: Robert Rogers ( 6 Ion 2015)

John Thurso: Peerages are granted by the Sovereign on the advice of the Prime Minister and are not a matter for the Commission.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Work Capability Assessment: Highlands of Scotland ( 5 Ion 2015)

John Thurso: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average waiting time is in Highland for people requiring an employment and support allowance work capability assessment.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Work Capability Assessment: Highlands of Scotland ( 5 Ion 2015)

John Thurso: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many applicants for employment and support allowance in Highland are awaiting a work capability assessment.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Work Capability Assessment: Highlands of Scotland ( 5 Ion 2015)

John Thurso: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many applicants for employment and support allowance in Highland have been waiting for a work capability assessment for (a) longer than three months, (b) longer than four months, (c) longer than five months and (d) longer than six months.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Work Capability Assessment: Highlands of Scotland ( 5 Ion 2015)

John Thurso: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to reduce the waiting time for work capability assessments in Highland; and what discussions he has had with Atos on that reduction.

Written Answers — House of Commons Commission: House of Commons: Publications ( 5 Ion 2015)

John Thurso: We do not hold information regarding the gender of authors or editors on our stock control systems. Without considerable research it would not be possible to assign a gender to each author as names are not always easily assigned. In addition, we stock a significant number of titles for which there is no author or editor named on our system. Such titles include The London Diplomatic List, the...

Written Answers — House of Commons Commission: Clerk of the House ( 5 Ion 2015)

John Thurso: The costs incurred in the recruitment process for the Clerk of the House and Chief Executive were as follows: (a) A fixed fee of £18,000 to Saxton Bampfylde for recruitment support and executive search services; (b) A total of £10,244.26 in travel, hotel and subsistence costs incurred by applicants invited for interview; (c) A total of £8,952 for recruitment advertising. Costs are shown...

Written Answers — House of Commons Commission: Written Questions (19 Rha 2014)

John Thurso: Identified savings to the House of Commons Commission, in reduced printing, publishing and administration costs, from the Questions and Answers (Q&A) system are estimated to be £443,000 in 2014/15, £785,000 in 2015/16 and £795,000 every year from 2016/17.

Written Ministerial Statements — House of Commons Commission: Palace of Westminster Restoration and Renewal Programme (16 Rha 2014)

John Thurso: Following their consideration of the pre-feasibility study on the restoration and renewal of the Palace of Westminster in October 2012, the House of Commons Commission and the House of Lords House Committee agreed that a more detailed study should be carried out by an independent third party and that it should focus on the costs and technical issues associated with the range of options for...

Written Answers — House of Commons Commission: House of Commons: Publications (15 Rha 2014)

John Thurso: I understand that the hon. Member raised the issue of the availability of books written by women with the Senior Retail Operations Manager, who explained that we are committed to the inclusion of women authors within our range and that it is our aim to fully represent women’s role in British politics wherever possible. In the current book range, we have a variety of titles by women...

Written Answers — Department for Energy and Climate Change: Electric Cables ( 4 Rha 2014)

John Thurso: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether the £500 million provision for undergrounding old transmission lines in the UK's protected areas announced by Ofgem on 10 November 2014 covers Scottish National Parks and National Scenic Areas; by what process candidate undergrounding projects are being identified; and what steps Ofgem is taking to ensure that such funds...

Written Answers — House of Commons Commission: House of Commons ( 4 Rha 2014)

John Thurso: The current strategy for the House of Commons Service, which covers the period 2013 to 2017, was endorsed by the Commission in January 2013. It is published on the Parliament website at: http://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/offices/commo ns/management-board/management-board-publications1/hoc-strat egy/. The Management Board has started the process of drawing up a strategy for the...

House of Commons Commission: Commission on Digital Democracy ( 4 Rha 2014)

John Thurso: Mr Speaker, the specifics of the work of your commission are not directly the responsibility of the House of Commons Commission. However, I understand that work is at an advanced stage, and that it is planning to publish its report on 21 January.

House of Commons Commission: Commission on Digital Democracy ( 4 Rha 2014)

John Thurso: I congratulate my hon. Friend’s constituent on her work. It sounds absolutely fascinating. All I can tell him, as far as the Commission is concerned, is that the commissioners heard evidence on this matter and it will be reflected in its report. However, it is not for me to anticipate that. In addition to the more traditional evidence sessions, the commissioners met a wide range of people...

House of Commons Commission: Commission on Digital Democracy ( 4 Rha 2014)

John Thurso: I have to again point out that the House of Commons Commission is not actually responsible for this matter, so as its spokesman I cannot comment on it. However, I know that Mr Speaker, whose commission it is, has heard what has been said and I am sure that it will be taken into account.


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