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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...

Young People: Alternatives to University — Motion to Take Note (23 October 2014)

Lord Rees of Ludlow: My Lords, I declare an interest as a member of Cambridge University and as an honorary fellow of City and Guilds. The huge expansion in the university sector is welcome but a downside is that it has not yet led to sufficient differentiation among universities. More relevant to this debate, there is still too sharp a demarcation between universities and other post-18 education. We have become...

Bill Presented — Recall of MPs Bill: Backbench Business — Energy-intensive Industries (11 September 2014)

David Mowat: ...my hon. Friend the Member for Monmouth (David T. C. Davies). I seem to recall that I had the opportunity to follow him in the energy debate two weeks ago, so perhaps we are getting to be a bit of a double act. My premise is that we do need to decarbonise, but he makes a valid point about the hiatus: it is true that the climate has not changed, certainly in the last 15 years. There are...

Business of the House (10 September): Backbench Business — Food Fraud (8 September 2014)

Roger Williams: One important part of the report is where Professor Elliott says that he anticipates that the Select Committee on Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology will be keeping a watching brief on how the recommendations are put into place.

Rural Economy — Motion to Take Note (3 July 2014)

The Earl of Arran: My Lords, as we move towards the 2015 general election, clear policy direction is emerging from each party regarding their manifestos. The Chancellor, for example, fired an opening shot last week in Manchester proposing the building of HS3 and the development of a northern city linking Manchester and Leeds to rival the unstoppable growth of London. This suggests that the next election seems...

House of Lords: Labour Peers’ Working Group Report — Motion to Take Note (19 June 2014)

Lord Whitty: My Lords, when I first entered this House, quite a few years ago, there was an anticipation of a modernising, radical Labour Government taking over and delivering their manifesto promises. I was a bit surprised, therefore, when my first pass extended my attendance here into this century. Well, we are past that, we are past the 100-year anniversary of the Parliament Acts, and the future of the...

Extradition Committee — Membership Motions (12 June 2014)

Moved by The Chairman of Committees Deputy Chairmen of Committees That, as proposed by the Committee of Selection, the following members be appointed as the panel of members to act as Deputy Chairmen of Committees for this session: B Andrews, B Anelay of St Johns, L Bassam of Brighton, L Bichard, L Brougham and Vaux, L Colwyn, L Faulkner of Worcester, B Fookes, L Geddes, B Gibson of Market...

Queen’s Speech — Debate (4th Day) (10 June 2014)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, I start with the sentence in the gracious Speech that, “Legislation will be introduced to help make the United Kingdom the most attractive place to start, finance and grow a business”. The legislation that will follow is the small business, enterprise and employment Bill. For a long time, I have had a considerable interest in science-based small firms. As the noble...

Scottish Parliament: Immigration Policy (Higher Education) (29 May 2014)

Humza Yousaf: I ask members to look at the progress that Scotland has made on international marketing. We are higher up the brand index than we have ever been before. Lonely Planet said in its 2014 guide that we were third behind Brazil and, I think, Antarctica. We are doing well. The fact that our budget has been reduced slightly is a direct effect of the cuts that we have received, but Scotland has still...

Copyright (Public Administration) Regulations 2014 — Motion to Approve (14 May 2014)

Viscount Younger of Leckie: My Lords, in moving the lead regulations I will take the opportunity to speak to all three instruments before us today, which deal with exceptions to copyright. In today’s digital world the process of copying is intrinsic to new technologies that are used by vast sections of our society, from researchers and curators to teachers and consumers. Yet under current UK copyright law a great...

Care Bill [HL]: Commons Amendments (7 May 2014)

Lord Owen: My Lords, for those who have not been in the debate I will try to deal with the specific responses from the different speakers. First, perhaps I may deal with the response from the noble Lord, Lord Lester. I agree very much with what he said. I believe that the European Court of Human Rights and the human rights legislation, coupled with the privacy Act, do enough to safeguard confidentiality...

Higher Education — Motion to Take Note (9 April 2014)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I congratulate the Minister on securing this debate. I must admit that when I saw the list of speakers and started to calculate the average length of time they were taking, I inwardly groaned. However, I have sat here and, for the most part, have been enthralled by the nature of this debate, its depth, its wit and its analysis. There have been one or two debates that I have sat...

Budget Statement — Motion to Take Note (27 March 2014)

Lord Hunt of Chesterton: My Lords, I want to comment on some of the policies on energy, science, technology and exports that were in the Budget speech. I declare an interest as a director of a small company and as an emeritus professor at UCL and Cambridge. Some of the information about science expenditure was in supplementary information provided with the Budget speech and not in the version that we had from the...

Regenerative Medicine: S&T Committee Report — Motion to Take Note (13 March 2014) See 2 other results from this debate

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: My Lords, I very much welcome the debate and I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Patel, on securing it and commend him, the noble Lord, Lord Krebs, and the committee members for the quality of the report itself. I declare my interests as chair of an NHS foundation trust, president of GS1 and consultant and trainer with Cumberlege Connections. This subject is of considerable interest to me. I...

Immigration Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (10 March 2014)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: My Lords, my name is attached, along with others, to the amendment moved by the noble Lord, Lord Hannay. I will speak briefly to make one or two points that perhaps are not so widely part of this debate, because, as I have rung up acquaintances of mine in universities—I know quite a few, having been an Education Minister—I have become more aware of the depth of the challenge to...

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