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Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill [HL]: Committee (3rd Day)(Continued) (29 June 2015)

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: My Lords, I warmly welcome my noble friend’s amendment. I read with interest the debate in Committee last Wednesday about this very important issue, which goes right to the heart of the relationship between the combined authority and the National Health Service, and the integrity of the NHS as a national service providing uniformity of services across the nation. Of course, our debate...

Economy: Creative Industries — Motion to Take Note (18 June 2015)

Baroness Bonham-Carter of Yarnbury: My Lords, those are two very hard acts to follow, but I will try. I thank the noble Baroness, Lady Wheatcroft, for bringing this debate. Back in 2007, I brought a similar debate. In those days, “creative industries” was a relatively unused term that was rather resented by the cultural community, but I think it was wrong. The fact is that the creative sector, alongside being...

NHS: Innovation — Question for Short Debate (11 June 2015)

Baroness Walmsley: My Lords, I, too, welcome the Minister to his first debate. I also thank the noble Lord, Lord Wills, for using this debate to raise such an important issue. I, too, want to ask about fast-tracks although most of my remarks will be of a somewhat more general nature than those of the noble Lord. The overriding purpose of innovation must be the better care and treatment of patients. Financial...

Works of Art — Membership Motions (8 June 2015)

House Committee That a Select Committee be appointed to set the policy framework for the administration of the House and to provide non-executive guidance to the Management Board; to approve the House’s strategic, business and financial plans; to agree the annual Estimates and Supplementary Estimates; to supervise the arrangements relating to financial support for Members; and to...

Queen’s Speech — Debate (6th Day) (4 June 2015)

Lord Haskel: My Lords, as a fellow Mancunian, I welcome the Minister to the House and congratulate him on his maiden speech. Yes, the election and its surprises are behind us, but our economic problems remain. My noble friend Lord Mendelsohn reminded us of them. We all know the answer, which many noble Lords have given: productivity. Yes, raising productivity is the main determinant of our standard of...

Queen’s Speech — Debate (2nd Day) (Continued) (28 May 2015)

Lord Kakkar: My Lords, I congratulate the Minister on the very thoughtful way in which he introduced this debate following the gracious Speech. I intend to focus principally on the impact of our relationship with the European Union on the delivery of healthcare in our country. In so doing, I declare an interest as professor of surgery at University College London and a member of the General Medical...

Written Ministerial Statements — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Publication of the Triennial Reviews of Defra’s Science Advisory Council and the Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment (26 March 2015)

Dan Rogerson: Today I am publishing the reports of the Triennial Reviews of Defra’s Science Advisory Council (SAC) and the Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment (ACRE), which were jointly launched on 25th March 2014. Triennial Reviews of Non-Departmental Public Bodies are part of the Government’s commitment to ensuring accountability in public life. Defra’s SAC was established...

International Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Students (S&T Committee Report) — Motion to Take Note (19 March 2015) See 4 other results from this debate

Baroness Williams of Trafford: I thank all noble Lords who have participated in this debate today and who have supported the inquiry, particularly the noble Lord, Lord Krebs and the noble Earl, Lord Kinnoull, who made his maiden speech today outlining some of his experiences, which were extremely interesting. I also noted, as did the noble Lord, Lord Stevenson, that we are surrounded by three earls and a viscount today, so...

Women: Economic Empowerment — Motion to Take Note (5 March 2015)

Lord Watson of Richmond: My Lords, I suppose, on the arithmetic of the noble Baroness, Lady Perry, I am the seventh of the brave men to have participated in this debate, and—looking at the speakers list—the last. It has been a very good debate, as indeed was the debate last year. If I may say so, I particularly enjoyed the speech by the noble Baroness, Lady Greenfield. It made many important points. I...

Human Fertilisation and Embryology (Mitochondrial Donation) Regulations 2015 — Motion to Approve (24 February 2015) See 1 other result from this debate

Earl Howe: My Lords, I can confirm to my noble friend, and to the noble Lord, Lord Hunt, who asked a similar question, that the expert panel stated that the further experiments that it recommended could take place either before or after the passing of these regulations. However, they must be done before treatment can take place. I hope that that is sufficient reassurance. The noble Lord, Lord Alton, and...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Civil Servants: Recruitment (9 February 2015)

Francis Maude: The Next Generation HR programme started in 2010 and has delivered significant savings - in 2010 annual spend on HR in the Civil Service was 524million, in 2014 annual spend was 257.5 million. Services provided cover the range of human resources activity, including learning, employee policy, recruitment and organisational design and Departments share the full cost of the core...

Written Answers — The Lord Chairman of Committees: House of Lords: Work Experience (3 February 2015) See 1 other result from this answer

Lord Sewel: An error has been identified in the written answer given on 21 January 2015. The correct answer should have been: The House of Lords Administration offers three internships: one in the Committee Office and two in the library. These posts are salaried. In addition, the Administration offers an apprenticeship in the library and up to 24 work experience placements for school students....

Schools: Reforms — Motion to Take Note (29 January 2015)

Baroness Massey of Darwen: My Lords, as one member of the education establishment to another, I congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Perry, on giving us the opportunity to debate the concept of progress and reform in schools. She is a very brave woman to do so, because both are clearly contentious and take time, as she said. I simply call into question some of the means of reform, but I prefer to look on this debate...

Infrastructure Bill [Lords]: Schedule 3 — Transfer schemes (26 January 2015)

Andrew Miller: ..., Northfield (Richard Burden) for his kind remarks. Unless I commit a sin that means the Whips require me to do something else in the next few weeks, this will be the last Bill I serve on in Committee. I did so voluntarily, because I take a great interest in a number of its clauses, not least the one referred to by the hon. Member for Cities of London and Westminster (Mark Field). I...

Business of the House (15 January 2015)

William Hague: The business for next week is as follows: Monday 19 January—Consideration of an allocation of time motion, followed by all stages of the Lords Spiritual (Women) Bill. Tuesday 20 January—Opposition day (13th allotted day). There will be a debate on a motion in the name of Plaid Cymru and the Scottish National Party on Trident renewal. Wednesday 21 January—Opposition day...

Select Committee Reports: Government Responses — Question (13 January 2015)

Lord Walton of Detchant: My Lords, would the Minister accept that the Select Committee structure is one of the great strengths of this House? I served for many years on the Science and Technology Select Committee and had the privilege of chairing several sub-committee inquiries. One of those, relating to research in the NHS, led to the Culyer report, then to the establishment of the National Institute for Health...

House of Lords — Motion to Take Note (6 January 2015)

Lord Walton of Detchant: My Lords, it may be thought odd that I should, in my 93rd year, after 25 years of service in this House, be speaking in this debate—because, clearly, according to what the noble Lord, Lord Williams, said in his excellent opening speech, I am a part of the problem, as I am one of those very aged Peers. I should like to say something on three relevant topics in relation to this debate....

Pension Schemes Bill — Second Reading (16 December 2014)

Lord Jenkin of Roding: My Lords, last month the House, in its wisdom, accepted the recommendation of the Procedure Committee that a Peer who has given notice of his wish to retire might have an opportunity to make what they christened “a valedictory speech”. I would point out that a number of noble Lords have retired recently, their retirements having been announced by the noble Baroness the Lord...

Medical Innovation Bill [HL] — Report (12 December 2014)

Lord Winston: My Lords, in moving Amendment 1, I wish to speak also to Amendment 6. The Bill states that for the purposes of taking a responsible decision to depart from existing treatment, a doctor must, “obtain the views of one or more … qualified doctors in relation to the proposed treatment”, and there are a number of other issues related to that. It is very clear that it is not...

Infrastructure Bill [HL]: Report (3rd Day) (10 November 2014)

Lord Wigley: My Lords, I shall speak to Amendments 115B, 115C and 123, which also stand in my name and are grouped with Amendment 114. First of all, could I say a word about the whole issue of fracking? Noble Lords will be aware that when this Bill was given its Second Reading there was no reference to the provision it now makes in relation to fracking. When we first started in Committee, there was no...

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