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Psychoactive Substances Bill [HL] — Committee (2nd Day) (30 June 2015)

Lord Bates: ...of issues: one around the experience of dealing with people with drug problems and the other looking at international comparisons and alternatives, and health and education. This is something that your Lordships’ House does incredibly well: drawing on people who have had practical experience, not just in the police, as the noble Lord, Lord Paddick, has, but in adjudicating, as my...

Public Bill Committee: Education and Adoption Bill: Examination of Witnesses (30 June 2015)

Carol Homden: On your point about choice, there are some areas, with reference to the previous question, where in practice there is no choice. There is a local authority agency and I’m sure it works in the full best interests to meet the needs of those adopters, but generally, choice is a positive thing in any system. It tends to drive quality and, in a digital era where, for example,...

[Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] — Older Industrial Areas: Economic Disparities (25 June 2015)

Louise Haigh: I apologise, Mr Rosindell, for being slightly late for the debate. It is a privilege to serve under your chairmanship. I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Easington (Grahame M. Morris) for securing the debate. He has done much over the years to champion communities that have suffered decades of neglect and decline. I also congratulate the Industrial Communities Alliance, which has...

Opposition Day — [2nd Allotted Day]: Productivity (17 June 2015)

Chi Onwurah: I would like to welcome you, Madam Deputy Speaker, to your position. I also welcome two new Members— the hon. Member for Hertsmere (Oliver Dowden) and my hon. Friend the Member for Sheffield, Brightside and Hillsborough (Harry Harpham). I was moved by their contributions and I am sure that the House will benefit from both their careers. Low productivity is not in the interests of the...

United Kingdom: Election Law — Question for Short Debate (15 June 2015)

Lord Tyler: ...that they have just been elected. MPs have always proved more enthusiastic in favour of proportional systems for everyone else—for Holyrood, Cardiff, Stormont and even the European Parliament—just as your Lordships’ House has for internal elections here. However, that need not stop us tackling the appalling way in which the system currently cheats those who vote in local...

Trade and Investment — Motion to Take Note (15 June 2015)

Lord Leigh of Hurley: My Lords, I welcome the chance to speak in this debate today and, in doing so, refer your Lordships to my registered business interests, which include advising companies on direct investment from overseas. I join the congratulations to my noble friend Lord Maude of Horsham. He and I first worked together in 1995, when I served on the tax group sub-committee of the DTI Deregulation Task Force....

European Union Referendum Bill (9 June 2015)

Tim Loughton: It is a pleasure to be called to speak in this debate, Madam Deputy Speaker, for three reasons. First, I congratulate you on your rightful elevation to the Deputy Speakership. Secondly, I congratulate the makers of three excellent maiden speeches, my hon. Friends the Members for Sutton and Cheam (Paul Scully) and for Havant (Alan Mak) and the hon. Member for Fermanagh and South Tyrone (Tom...

Psychoactive Substances Bill [HL]: Second Reading (9 June 2015) See 1 other result from this debate

Lord Paddick: ...substances falls outside the scope of the Bill clearly need to go back to school to learn some simple biology and chemistry. If you sniff something, you are inhaling it; you are taking molecules into your system, exactly as described in the Bill. As drafted, the Bill would not outlaw simple possession of new psychoactive substances that come on to the market, which could potentially be far...

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

Lord Mendelsohn: ...Manchester United devotee. The Minister is an engaging speaker, as we witnessed. An online commercial listing to book the Minister to speak—an old listing, I hasten to say—provides his CV and, to help with your search, has a tab you can press if you are interested to find “similar speakers”. I pressed it. He will be pleased to know that among the eight speakers...

Queen’s Speech — Debate (4th Day) (2 June 2015)

Lord Patel of Bradford: ...children reach adulthood. Those cases, along with the legal challenge mounted by 17 year-old Hughes Cousins-Chang, who was kept in custody for 12 hours, during which he underwent the ordeal of a strip search before being released without charge, led to the Home Secretary changing the PACE Code C, which I warmly welcomed, but I warned of two issues: first, the lack of additional resources...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Adjournment: Suicide Prevention: Londonderry (12 May 2015)

Gary Middleton: ...too aware of the effects of suicide. Lives are lost, families devastated and communities broken. Between January and March this year alone, two bodies were recovered from the River Foyle by Foyle Search and Rescue. They have also taken one individual out of the river alive and 13 away from the river edge and bridges, while also having 17 causes of concern. I am sure that you will all...

Bill Presented: Clause 66 — VAT: refunds to certain charities (25 March 2015)

David Gauke: Before speaking to clauses 66 and 67 and new clause 1, may I first say what a great pleasure it is to serve under your chairmanship, Dame Dawn? This is the last of a great number of Finance Bills in which you have played one role or another, and I have had the privilege of serving with you on a number of those occasions. This is the last afternoon on which you will be dealing with tax...

Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 (Authority to Carry Scheme) Regulations 2015: Motion to Approve (23 March 2015)

Lord Bates: My Lords, I am grateful for the contributions that have been made in the debate. I am deeply conscious that there are a large number of orders and regulations before your Lordships this afternoon. The detail of the questioning is very welcome and important—we are talking about very serious issues—and I guess that it will not be possible for me to answer every particular question...

Conflict Zones: Protection of Interpreters and Translators — Question for Short Debate (18 March 2015)

Lord Ashdown of Norton-sub-Hamdon: ...to a group of people to whom we owe an unquestionable duty of care and an unquestionable national duty of honour. I do not at this moment want to talk about those within the main scheme that the Government have created. You can have your criticisms of that but it seems perfectly adequately administered. I speak about those who fall just outside it because they were a day short or left a...

[Annette Brooke in the Chair] — Backbench Business — Police and Children (12 March 2015) See 2 other results from this debate

Karen Bradley: It is an absolute pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mrs Brooke. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for East Worthing and Shoreham (Tim Loughton) on securing this debate and bringing this important matter to the House. I congratulate the members of his all-party group, of which you are an esteemed member, Mrs Brooke, as is the noble Baroness Massey, among others. The report...

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

Baroness King of Bow: ...the common-sense strategy of putting money into women’s pockets, which everyone here, including government Ministers, has supported, the Government have systematically taken money out of women’s pockets. Independent research from the House of Commons Library shows that, over the course of this Parliament, a staggering 85% of cash raised from tax and benefits changes has come...

Modern Slavery Bill: Third Reading (4 March 2015)

Lord Bates: ...—the Ethical Trading Initiative—would be people whom we would want to engage actively with this consultation, which was a concession; it was something which we said we would do in response to concerns raised in your Lordships’ House. We launched the consultation and it is open until 7 May. Question 13 on the consultation specifically asks: “What would good practice...

Maternity Services in Morecambe Bay — Statement (3 March 2015)

Earl Howe: ...honourable friend the Secretary of State for Health in another place about maternity care at the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust. The Statement is as follows. “With your permission, Mr Speaker, I would like to make a Statement on the independent investigation into the care of mothers and babies at the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation...

[Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] — Backbench Business — Harvey’s Law (2 March 2015)

Derek Twigg: I beg to move, That this House has considered the e-petition relating to Harvey’s law. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Rosindell. I am grateful to the Backbench Business Committee for finding time for this important debate. It is good to see that its Chair is here and will take part in the debate. A lot of people around the country will be following this important...

Consumer Rights Bill — Commons Reason (24 February 2015)

Lord Moynihan: ...level of online ticket fraud was of the order of 1.5 billion in 2012. That was of course a momentous year but that figure of 1.5 billion does not include the Olympic or Paralympic Games because, as your Lordships will recall, the opportunity was taken both in this House and in another place to criminalise the secondary market for that specific event. It is important to...

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