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Birmingham Commonwealth Games Bill [HL] - Committee: Amendment 2 (25 Feb 2020)

Lord Foster of Bath: My Lords, in the spirit of wishing to move the Bill on quickly, I point out to your Lordships’ House that my amendment would simply delete the word “or” and insert the word “and”. It is one of those typical amendments that are used to trigger debate on a particular issue. It was intended to give us an opportunity to look at the point made in Clause 1, which referred to the Games as...

Birmingham Commonwealth Games Bill [HL] - Committee: Amendment 1 (25 Feb 2020)

Lord Foster of Bath: I entirely accept the noble Lord’s point and that a drafting change can be made, but does he not think it more sensible to adopt the approach proposed in the amendment tabled by my noble friend Lord Addington, which talks about the Government looking at ways they can help Birmingham City Council raise funds through, for example, a local tax more generally or even a local lottery? There are...

Birmingham Commonwealth Games Bill [HL] - Committee: Amendment 1 (25 Feb 2020)

Lord Foster of Bath: My Lords, I will speak to Amendment 1, standing in my name and that of my noble friend Lord Addington. Before I begin, I congratulate the Minister on her prescience in predicting that before this stage of our Committee deliberations, the Commonwealth Games Federation would have found a solution to the issues of shooting and archery. I note that our second group of amendments will give us...

Birmingham Commonwealth Games Bill [HL] - Committee: Amendment 1 (25 Feb 2020)

Lord Foster of Bath: I am enormously grateful to the noble Lord. The entire House is looking forward to a later debate on future signage arrangements around Birmingham New Street station, which he is the world’s expert on. I hope that, before our Committee deliberations are finished, he will offer to lead a team of Games volunteers at the station to guide people, since he knows his way around there better than...

Housing Insulation - Question (25 Feb 2020)

Lord Foster of Bath: My Lords, the Government already have ambitious targets for improving home energy efficiency, so 10 days ago I introduced a Bill simply to put those targets into legislation and give the home energy efficiency industry the certainty that it needs. The noble Lord, Lord Duncan, said that the Government could not support my Bill because it would cut across their plans for strategies and a route...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Internet: Safety (11 Feb 2020)

Lord Foster of Bath: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the UK’s ability to introduce online harms legislation if safe harbour provisions form part of any future free trade agreement with the government of the US.

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Internet: Safety (11 Feb 2020)

Lord Foster of Bath: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have had any discussions with trade representatives from the government of the US in relation to section 230 of the Communications Decency Act 1996.

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Internet: Safety (11 Feb 2020)

Lord Foster of Bath: To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with trade representatives from the government of the US in relation to intermediary liability.

Domestic Premises (Energy Performance) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (7 Feb 2020)

Lord Foster of Bath: My Lords, I thank all noble Lords who have taken part in this interesting and informative debate. Inevitably, many of the issues raised are in a sense outwith the Bill, but will have to be addressed if the Bill is to go forward. For example, the noble Lord, Lord Best, raised the need for financial carrots to deal with issues in the private rented sector. He rightly raised the importance of...

Domestic Premises (Energy Performance) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (7 Feb 2020)

Lord Foster of Bath: My Lords, I am pleased to introduce this relatively simple Bill. I look forward to hearing from noble Lords speaking in the debate. The Bill is simple: it requires the Government to do a number of things, to which they have already committed in writing, by certain dates, but it does not require them to be done in a specified way. Flexibility is built into the Bill. There will of course be...

BBC: TV Licence Evasion - Private Notice Question (5 Feb 2020)

Lord Foster of Bath: My Lords, in her speech earlier today, the Secretary of State said that many people thought it wrong that you can be imprisoned for not paying the TV licence, and its enforcement punishes the vulnerable. In view of that, can the Minister confirm that you can still be imprisoned for the non-payment of a civil fine; that the civil courts cannot take the personal circumstances of the...

Birmingham Commonwealth Games Bill [HL] - Second Reading (3 Feb 2020)

Lord Foster of Bath: Can the noble Lord check with the Minister in reference to the report being produced by the accessibility forum team? My understanding is that it will now not come until 31 March next year, in which case it will be far too late for action to be taken on issues raised that have not been addressed.

Birmingham Commonwealth Games Bill [HL] - Second Reading (3 Feb 2020)

Lord Foster of Bath: My Lords, I am delighted to follow the noble Lord, Lord Snape, who has intimate knowledge of Birmingham. He has raised issues which I am sure the organising committee and the Minister will be taking up. I am standing in for my noble friend Lord Addington, who is, as we speak, rushing back from Paris. I suspect that he did not enjoy the 24-17 defeat of England by the French, but I know that...

Apprenticeship Levy - Question (28 Jan 2020)

Lord Foster of Bath: My Lords, further to the question of the noble Lord, Lord Grade, I am sure the Minister is aware that the vital creative industries currently have 70,000 vacancies, so they desperately need an apprenticeship scheme which works for them. The current scheme clearly does not; some 75% of money raised by the creative industries for the levy is not being spent on those industries. I accept that...

TV Licence Fee Enforcement - Question (23 Jan 2020)

Lord Foster of Bath: My Lords, I too welcome the Secretary of State. Will she confirm that the terms of the currently BBC charter specifically rule out any change to the BBC’s mission or public purposes during the whole of its lifetime? What assurances can the Secretary of State give that no steps will be taken, including the decriminalisation of licence fee offences, which would cost £200 million a year to...

Gift Vouchers - Question (22 Jan 2020)

Lord Foster of Bath: My Lords, although unexpired and unused, my One4all gift card that was originally worth £40 is now worth only £25.60. I discovered in the small print that each month after 18 months an inactive balance charge of 90p is deducted from the card. Other owners of the cards have described this as a scam and, not surprisingly, 68% of users have given them the lowest possible rating on Trustpilot....

Shared Rural Network - Statement (28 Oct 2019)

Lord Foster of Bath: My Lords, on these Benches, we welcome the Statement in so far as it goes, but we also note that it is not yet a done deal. I had the privilege to chair your Lordships’ Rural Economy Committee. We very quickly discovered that, on connectivity, rural areas have been left way behind. The Government told the committee that they have always recognised the need for rural areas to benefit as much...

Rural Economy (Rural Economy Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (8 Oct 2019)

Lord Foster of Bath: My Lords, no one can doubt the passion and enthusiasm of the Minister, and I suspect that he and the committee are far closer than the Government’s response would suggest. Indeed, I suspect it is the rest of government that we need to persuade. I thank all members of the committee and all other noble Lords for their contributions to what has been a very encouraging debate, in the sense of...

Rural Economy (Rural Economy Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (8 Oct 2019)

Lord Foster of Bath: My Lords, given the current political turmoil, it is tempting to confine my remarks to just one of the issues in our report that will have a huge impact on the rural economy, namely Brexit. While I can see no good news for the rural economy coming from Brexit, not least from a no-deal Brexit, I am sure your Lordships will be pleased that I shall avoid the temptation. However, I am reminded of...


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