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UK Opt-in to the Proposed Council Decision on the Relocation of Migrants within the EU (EUC Report): Motion to Agree (22 Jul 2015)

Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts: ...rescue us”. The number, of course, was for the Maltese coastguard. By the time the coastguard turned up, the inflatable was, if not back in Africa, well its way there. So I would not want any Member of your Lordships’ House to doubt my sympathy for these unfortunate people. Yet, while this Motion is entirely worthy and has been incredibly persuasively argued by the noble...

Psychoactive Substances Bill [HL] — Report (14 Jul 2015)

Lord Harris of Haringey: My Lords, I support the amendment of my noble friend Lord Rosser. As some of your Lordships know, I have spent a certain amount of time in the last year or so visiting prisons in respect of the review that I have carried out for the Ministry of Justice on self-inflicted deaths of young people in prison. Psychoactive substances were not a prime element of our report, although the Prisons and...

Universal Credit (Waiting Days) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 — Motion (13 Jul 2015)

Lord Freud: ...advances either on the phone or face to face if not digitally. The noble Lord, Lord Kirkwood, and the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Portsmouth asked: how will we ensure that people are supported in their work search? We have more than 26,000 staff now trained to provide job coaching, so we are rolling that out in scale. Let me just wind up. I appreciate that noble Lords genuinely...

Refugees and Migrants from Asia and Africa — Motion to Take Note (9 Jul 2015)

Lord Collins of Highbury: ...it will give us a greater moral authority when we call on countries such as Lebanon and Jordan to keep their borders open and uphold the rights of refugees. The Government’s decision to halt the paring back of search and rescue operations by the use of HMS “Bulwark” was welcome, but does its replacement by HMS “Enterprise” signal a reduced commitment by the UK...

Investigatory Powers — Motion to Take Note (8 Jul 2015)

Lord Butler of Brockwell: ...on the Anderson report, but I shall start by paying tribute to the other members of the Intelligence and Security Committee on which I had the privilege of serving as one of the two representatives of your Lordships’ House. That committee was excellently chaired by Sir Malcolm Rifkind. It was not only a very harmonious and stimulating committee but Sir Malcolm devoted himself to it...

Jobcentre Plus (7 Jul 2015)

Christina Rees: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Williams. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Islwyn (Chris Evans) on securing this important debate. Job seeking is often a stressful, unpredictable journey that is usually travelled alone. Losing a job is difficult, not only for the individual, but often for their families as well. The search for work—perhaps following...

Human Rights and Civil Liberties — Motion to Take Note (2 Jul 2015)

Lord Carswell: ...the topic of human rights with the noble Lord, Lord Lester of Herne Hill, whose knowledge of the subject is encyclopaedic and whose experience is unrivalled. However, I have a point to put before your Lordships and a suggestion to make, therefore I shall dare to be a Daniel. Sir John Major said some time ago, echoing Disraeli, that: “We have no need of a Bill of Rights, because we...

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

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 Jun 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 Jun 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 Mar 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 Mar 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...


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