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Russia: Sanctions - Question (21 May 2024)

Lord Foulkes of Cumnock: The Secretary of State is quite wrong that it is in other capitals that the Russians have the greatest investment. The greatest Russian investment is here in London; it is in property, and in Abramovich’s sale of Chelsea FC—all that money is here. The Secretary of State said at the previous Question Time, as he has said before, that he wants to do something about this, but he is doing...

Universities: Financial Sustainability - Question (21 May 2024)

Lord Foulkes of Cumnock: My Lords, has the Minister seen that even the Foreign Secretary contacted the Prime Minister to say that a curb on graduate visas could be devastating for universities? Next time she bumps into the Foreign Secretary, could she whisper in his ear that it is easier to cross the Floor of this House than it is down there?

Prepayment Meters - Question (14 May 2024)

Lord Foulkes of Cumnock: My Lords, I have been away for a couple of weeks, and the answers on my return are no better than when I left. Can I give the Minister the opportunity to answer my noble friend’s question? Which organisation is doing best: Ofsted, keeping our education at a high level; Ofgem, causing problems for the consumers, not the suppliers, as we have heard; or Ofwat, for getting the rivers so...

Nuclear Test Veterans: Support - Question ( 2 May 2024)

Lord Foulkes of Cumnock: My Lords, the time taken and the reluctance to give compensation in this case make it similar to the case of infected blood, and we see it again with the sub-postmasters. Has the Minister come around to the view that I am coming around to—that, irrespective of who is in government, there is a tendency in Whitehall to refuse compensation to people who deserve it? Is that not something we all...

Surplus Carbon Emissions - Question (27 Mar 2024)

Lord Foulkes of Cumnock: What discussions does the Minister have with his counterparts in Scotland? When he or his colleagues meet them, could he try to convince them to change their view on nuclear power? Nuclear power is one way of achieving our aim.

Food Security - Question (26 Mar 2024)

Lord Foulkes of Cumnock: My Lords, with respect, the Minister and the noble Baroness, Lady McIntosh, are living in a parallel universe. Did the Minister not see 120 farmers driving their tractors up Whitehall, honking and protesting? Were we not told that when we left the European Union everything would be okay for farmers? What has gone wrong?

Cabinet Manual - Question (25 Mar 2024)

Lord Foulkes of Cumnock: Our Constitution Committee, of which I am a member, in the same report in which we recommended the revision of the Cabinet Manual, also welcomed the promise by the Cabinet Secretary to rein in improper expenditure by the Scottish Government. That has still not been done. Will the Minister tell the Cabinet Secretary, Simon Case, that if he does not do it soon, I will find every opportunity to...

Free Childcare Scheme - Question (20 Mar 2024)

Lord Foulkes of Cumnock: Could the Minister help me? She spoke about entitlement. Could she tell me what the difference is between entitlement and delivery?

Procedure and Privileges Committee: Third Report - Motion to Agree (19 Mar 2024)

Lord Foulkes of Cumnock: My Lords, this is an excellent report—and I do not often say that about reports from the committee. Like my noble friend Lord Grocott, I am worried about enforcement. The guidance says that, at Question Time, questions “should not be read”. How many times have we been here at Question Time and questions have been read word for word, as provided by the researchers? I am not just...

Procedure and Privileges Committee: Third Report - Motion to Agree (19 Mar 2024)

Lord Foulkes of Cumnock: Yes, there are some on our side as well—I accept that. It also says in the guidance that speeches should not be read but that you can refer to notes. But how many times have we had speeches read word for word? It does not constitute a decent debate. To their credit, the Leader of the House and the Chief Whip have pointed this out from time to time. The guidance also says that, at Questions,...

Scottish Government: Devolved Competences - Question (13 Mar 2024)

Lord Foulkes of Cumnock: To ask His Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the Scottish Government regarding any activities it is undertaking that fall outwith its devolved competences.

Scottish Government: Devolved Competences - Question (13 Mar 2024)

Lord Foulkes of Cumnock: My Lords, that is all very well, but there is fury all over Scotland at the Scottish Government spending money outwith their responsibilities, particularly on vanity projects and jaunts overseas, while the services at home for which they are responsible are being cut again and again. I have had promises from the Cabinet Secretary himself that action is going to be taken. I have had Minister...

Post Office Horizon: Compensation and Legislation - Statement (27 Feb 2024)

Lord Foulkes of Cumnock: My Lords, notwithstanding what I said at Question Time, the Minister has been really helpful in all his replies. I wonder whether he can help me with another. When I was a lot younger, the Post Office and the railways used to run extremely well and they were run by people who had been in the industries all their lives; they knew everything about the Post Office, how it worked, the problems...

Post Office: Executive Remuneration - Question (27 Feb 2024)

Lord Foulkes of Cumnock: My Lords, is it not encouraging that my noble friend Lord McNicol has already started answering questions from the Dispatch Box? Does that not bode well for the future?

Environment Agency: Flood Defence Expenditure - Question (20 Feb 2024)

Lord Foulkes of Cumnock: My Lords, can the Minister tell the House what can be done to stem the flood of Tory donors to the House of Lords?

Parliamentary Estate: Traffic Marshals - Question ( 8 Feb 2024)

Lord Foulkes of Cumnock: My Lords, this is yet another example of how this building is not fit for purpose. We are spending millions on Peers’ Entrance but nothing seems to be happening there, and we will spend billions on Victoria Tower. We have already spent millions, if not billions, on R&R but nothing has started and no one seems to know what will happen or where anyone will be decanted. Is it not about time...

Parliamentary Estate: Traffic Marshals - Question ( 8 Feb 2024)

Lord Foulkes of Cumnock: Would the noble Lord bet £1,000 on it?

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Foreign Relations: Scotland ( 7 Feb 2024)

Lord Foulkes of Cumnock: To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the decision of the Scottish First Minister to invite a foreign head of government to a meeting where no official of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office is present.

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 67B ( 5 Feb 2024)

Lord Foulkes of Cumnock: My Lords, I particularly thank the noble Baroness, Lady Brinton, and my noble friend Lady Thornton for their kind, sympathetic words. I appreciate them and I know that Hourglass will too. The Minister has been very helpful, saying that older people will be considered as a group and their special needs will be considered in the following discussions. That was a very helpful response and in...


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