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Angiolini Inquiry Report - Statement ( 5 Mar 2024)

Lord Beith: My Lords, the Minister referred to local accountability. Is he satisfied that the various assurances and procedures that he described will apply to the Civil Nuclear Constabulary and other forces that do not have local accountability?

Avanti Trains - Question (27 Feb 2024)

Lord Beith: My Lords, LNER generally performs significantly better than Avanti, but it is now proposing to reduce the hourly service from Berwick-upon-Tweed to a two-hourly service and lengthen journey times. How is that the improvement in passenger experience of which the Minister spoke?

Written Answers — Department for Science, Innovation and Technology: Telecommunications: Emergency Calls (12 Feb 2024)

Lord Beith: To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the withdrawal of copper wire land lines because of the roll out of full fibre does not leave some homes and schools without access to communication, emergency messages or 999 calls in the event of a power cut which disables both their home power and the power supply to local mobile phone masts.

Teesworks Joint Venture - Statement (30 Jan 2024)

Lord Beith: My Lords, I know that the Minister takes seriously the importance of this project for Teesside, but I do not recognise anything that she said about those parts of the report that are excoriating in their description of how public and private money has been handled. It states that “most decisions are vested in a small number of individuals. This together with the limited reporting means that...

East Coast Main Line - Question (24 Jan 2024)

Lord Beith: To ask His Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with train operators about changes to the East Coast Mainline timetable in December 2024.

East Coast Main Line - Question (24 Jan 2024)

Lord Beith: My Lords, Berwick-upon-Tweed station, serving the Scottish borders and north Northumberland, normally has a quite good hourly train service on the east coast main line. However, now LNER has resurrected the previous abandoned plan to slash that service by half from December, so that the trains will be only every two hours and with longer journey times. Is the Minister prepared to challenge...

Investigatory Powers (Amendment) Bill [HL] - Report: Amendment 39 (23 Jan 2024)

Lord Beith: If Amendment 39 is agreed to, I cannot call Amendment 40 by reason of pre-emption. Amendment 39 agreed. Amendment 40 not moved.

Parliamentary Democracy and Standards in Public Life - Motion to Take Note (11 Jan 2024)

Lord Beith: My Lords, my noble friend made a superb speech, which was not partisan and covered ground that is common to all parties. I will pick up first on her point about law-making by statutory instrument—by powers given to Ministers—with only very limited parliamentary scrutiny. On the only occasion during my time here when this House used that power effectively, the Government went ballistic and...

Levelling Up: North-east England - Question (14 Dec 2023)

Lord Beith: When the Prime Minister announced the cancellation of HS2, he made promises that there would be transport improvements for the north-east, affecting both rail capacity on the east coast main line and the dualling of the A1 north of Newcastle. Given the number of broken promises we have had over the last 50 years on these subjects, will they happen?

King’s Speech - Debate (2nd Day) ( 8 Nov 2023)

Lord Beith: My Lords, today is a personal anniversary for me because it is 50 years since I entered Parliament—I did 42 years in the Commons and have done eight in the Lords—after I won a by-election in 1973. During that time, I have always tried to stand up for parliamentary scrutiny and the need to get legislation properly in order. However, my efforts pale into insignificance beside those of the...

Railway Stations: Ticket Office Closures - Question (20 Sep 2023)

Lord Beith: My Lords, under these proposals, it will not be possible to buy a senior or disabled persons railcard at the vast majority of stations, whether there are staff there or not. Is that right?

West Coast Main Line - Commons Urgent Question (19 Sep 2023)

Lord Beith: My Lords, does the contract place any requirement on Avanti to close station booking offices or will it be expected to take proper account of the vast opposition raised in the consultation process?

Illegal Migration Bill - Commons Amendments and Reasons: Motion D1 (as an amendment to Motion D) (12 Jul 2023)

Lord Beith: The original Question was that Motion D be agreed to, since when Motion D1 has been moved as an amendment to Motion D. The Question therefore is that Motion D1 be agreed to. The matter will be decided by a Division.

Illegal Migration Bill - Commons Amendments and Reasons: Motion D1 (as an amendment to Motion D) (12 Jul 2023)

Lord Beith: It is a matter for the House whether it is treated as a consequential amendment, and not one that I can rule on. Motion D1 agreed.

Arrangement of Business - Announcement: Motion (12 Jul 2023)

Lord Beith: The Question is that the House do adjourn during pleasure. Some Lords objected to the Motion, so it was not agreed.

Arrangement of Business - Announcement: Motion (12 Jul 2023)

Lord Beith: I will put that Question again. As many as are of that opinion will say “Content”; to the contrary “Not content”. Some Lords objected to the Motion, so it was not agreed.

Arrangement of Business - Announcement: Motion (12 Jul 2023)

Lord Beith: I am not sure that the House wishes this matter to be decided by a Division, but I have no alternative if that is persisted.

Arrangement of Business - Announcement: Motion (12 Jul 2023)

Lord Beith: I am going to take it that the view of the House, so far as I can establish it, is that we do now adjourn. I see no more participants in the debate—sorry, the Chief Whip wishes to speak.

Arrangement of Business - Announcement: Motion (12 Jul 2023)

Lord Beith: The occupant of the Woolsack has not been provided with the papers for the session to resume immediately if we do not adjourn. It is not in the interests of the House for that to happen.


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