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I refer the noble Lord to the Territorial Army Regulations, Chapter 9 Part 5, held in the House Library, for a further breakdown of the support available to those in NRPS posts.

UN: Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights


Asked by Lord Laird

Baroness Royall of Blaisdon: I have nothing further to add to my Answer of 10 June (Official Report, col. WA 154).

Asked by Lord Laird

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Justice (Lord Bach): The Government took full account of all submissions from national human rights institutions, non-governmental organisations and other bodies, including those from Northern Ireland, prior to attending the examination of the UK by the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

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Welfare Reform Bill


Asked by Lord Morris of Manchester

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government & Department for Work and Pensions (Lord McKenzie of Luton): The Government have received representations from the Zacchaeus 2000 Trust in response to the

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Green Paper No one Written Off: Reforming Welfare to Reward Responsibility and the White Paper Raising Expectations and Increasing Support: Reforming Welfare for the Future, and to the Welfare Reform Bill itself. In addition Ministers and officials have met representatives of the trust.

As I have made clear during discussions in Grand Committee so far, it is not our intention to require any activity of lone parents with very young children. Meanwhile, we intend to carry forward safeguards for individuals with mental health conditions and continue to provide for hardship payments in the benefit system.

I hope the debate we are having in the House is reassuring to the Zacchaeus 2000 Trust. I will consider carefully the arguments put forward on these important issues during our committee discussions, and we will continue to debate them as the Bill progresses through the House.

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