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Results 121–140 of 5786 for speaker:Lord Blunkett

House of Lords (Hereditary Peers) (Abolition of By-Elections) Bill [HL] - Committee (23 Mar 2018)

Lord Blunkett: My Lords, I oppose the amendment. The word “idiosyncrasies”, which was just used, springs to mind rather powerfully. Earlier this week, we paid tribute rightly to the late Lord Ivor Richard, who I knew as a member of the Cabinet in 1997. The compromise that was reached in 1999 has been referred to, the Wetherill amendment included. It was intended to ensure that progress could be made on...

House of Lords (Hereditary Peers) (Abolition of By-Elections) Bill [HL] - Committee (23 Mar 2018)

Lord Blunkett: I had better not go into the payment of favours in your Lordships’ House—it might be a difficult road to travel. It is odd for a Labour Member to say this, but if noble Lords think it through, they will appreciate it. The historic mission of the Conservative Benches and the Government has been to be sufficiently willing to bend and move with the times, which has been of historic benefit...

Media: Press Sustainability - Question (22 Mar 2018)

Lord Blunkett: My Lords, will the Minister comment on the excellent scheme that is the levy on the BBC for local democratic reporting, and whether some of the very large international platforms should not have a levy on them to ensure that we can expand such a scheme?

Integrated Communities - Statement (15 Mar 2018)

Lord Blunkett: My Lords, I pay tribute to the noble Lord, Lord Hodgson, on whose committee I am pleased to serve under his excellent chairmanship. I also draw attention to a non-pecuniary interest on the register. If I may bowl the Minister a bit of a googly—I suspect that he might agree with me, but he certainly will not want to say so—there is a bit of a paradox in the very welcome updating of the...

Apprenticeships: Levy - Question (13 Mar 2018)

Lord Blunkett: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to make adjustments to the Apprenticeship Levy to facilitate the improved working of that programme and to reverse the fall in apprenticeship starts, including the redistribution and effective use of any current underspend.

Apprenticeships: Levy - Question (13 Mar 2018)

Lord Blunkett: My Lords, I beg leave to ask the Question standing in my name on the Order Paper. In doing so, I draw attention to my interest as set out in the register.

Apprenticeships: Levy - Question (13 Mar 2018)

Lord Blunkett: I thank the noble Viscount for that Answer, but I am genuinely at a loss as to why the Government are so resistant to the calls being made by those who are committed to the apprenticeship levy and to quality apprenticeships for changes that would reverse the 26% drop in the last quarter in starting apprenticeships and utilise the underspend so that small and medium-sized companies and...

Prisons - Question (22 Feb 2018)

Lord Blunkett: My Lords, one of the most disturbing experiences I had as Home Secretary—at that time, the post incorporated the responsibilities of the Justice Department—was visiting Holloway prison and hearing the women speak about their fear of being released because of what might happen to them if they returned to the circumstances that had led to their incarceration in the first place. In his first...

Palace of Westminster: Restoration and Renewal - Motion to Approve (6 Feb 2018)

Lord Blunkett: My Lords, I am pleased and privileged to follow the former Leader of the House and to endorse her congratulations on the enormous amount of work that has taken place to get us to this point. I will not go down the road that she started on in relation to organs outside the body, but it is clear to all of us that the substantive Motion is the only one that will deal with the challenge ahead of...

NHS: Cancer Treatments - Question for Short Debate (25 Jan 2018)

Lord Blunkett: My Lords, this is the greatest privilege, and one of the most daunting moments of my life—to follow my noble friend, with the eloquence, the care, the compassion and the courage she has shown. She is my noble friend—not by affiliation or values, although we share them—but through a lifelong friendship that has lasted for well over 40 years. If the House will forgive me, I want to say a...

Borderlands - Question (25 Jan 2018)

Lord Blunkett: My Lords, can the Minister confirm that there is a potential compromise—much welcomed, it has to be said—regarding going forward with the Sheffield City Region mayor? Would the Government consider weighing in and riding with that compromise?

Transport for the North - Question (18 Jan 2018)

Lord Blunkett: My Lords, I have no intention of storming out of your Lordships’ House, but I share my noble friend Lord Prescott’s concern that strategic plans that have no chance of being implemented mislead people in the north of England into believing that something is about to happen. If the linked rail and road across the Pennines linking Hull, Sheffield, Leeds, Bradford and Newcastle is to become...

House of Lords: Lord Speaker’s Committee Report - Motion to Take Note (Continued) (19 Dec 2017)

Lord Blunkett: My Lords, I wholeheartedly support the report of the noble Lord, Lord Burns, and commend both the committee and those who have campaigned for a more effective second Chamber for many years. The irony of some of us who have been in this House for only a relatively short time—I am thinking this morning of my noble friend Lord Hain and the noble Lord, Lord Beith, as well as myself—advocating...

Budget: North East of England - Question (14 Dec 2017)

Lord Blunkett: My Lords, the Minister may not have a handle on the tribal conflicts in the north-east, but I have a slightly better handle on the tribal conflicts in Yorkshire. There is a real worry that the whole of the east Pennines is losing out in relation to resources which would otherwise be available if the plans for elected mayors in the city regions there had actually been carried through. If they...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Department for Education: Training (14 Dec 2017)

Lord Blunkett: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any major infrastructure projects were invited to send a representative to the seminar on skills held by the Department for Education on 30 November; and if so, which.

Industrial Strategy - Statement (27 Nov 2017)

Lord Blunkett: My Lords, I draw attention to my registered interests related to education, skills and employment. I welcome this substantive document, not least because Friedrich von Hayek will be turning in his grave due to government being part of the solution, rather than always being the problem. Will the Minister be willing to have a word with his opposite numbers in the Department for Education?...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Health Services (20 Nov 2017)

Lord Blunkett: To ask Her Majesty's Government what advice or direction they have given to clinical commissioning groups in relation to the reconfiguration of local services, specifically (1) the removal and closure of walk-in centres opened under the reforms set out in the Darzi Review, and (2) the use of apps to replace local services with technology.

Japanese Knotweed - Question (7 Nov 2017)

Lord Blunkett: My Lords, there is another very invasive species called the US crayfish, which destroys riverbanks and fish and other life in the river. Like knotweed—I got there—it can be consumed. Unfortunately, however, the licence to do so is only partial across the south and part of the Midlands; in the north of England, Scotland and Wales they simply have to be destroyed. Will the Minister...

Paradise Papers - Statement (6 Nov 2017)

Lord Blunkett: My Lords, there is a vast difference between an offshore vehicle intended to facilitate overseas investment and a trust that is set up to ensure that the individual concerned can place money outside this country, then have it loaned back to them, thereby not only avoiding income tax and national insurance on payments but, in the event of their death, ensuring that their estate has to pay the...


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