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Network Rail’s Enhancements Pipeline - Question (21 Oct 2020)

Lord Blencathra: Will the Minister appoint me to run Network Rail? I will bring to bear exactly the same skill set: I will lie about the initial cost of projects by a factor of four, just to sucker the Government into approving them; I will deliver them five, 10 or 15 years late; I will let the costs rocket out of control and not care; and I will have a salary of half a million pounds please, which is a big...

Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 2) (England) (Amendment) (No. 5) Regulations 2020 - Motion to Approve: Amendment to the Motion (20 Oct 2020)

Lord Blencathra: My Lords, I support these regulations, and I apologise to the Minister, because that is probably the most helpful thing I will say in the next two minutes. I am heartily sick of the media producing so-called experts who contradict everything Whitty and Vallance say within seconds of their briefings concluding. There is a never-ending stream of attention-seeking professors who are undermining...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Jerusalem (20 Oct 2020)

Lord Blencathra: To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Turkey regarding President Erdogan's statement on 1 October that "Jerusalem is our city".

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Human Rights (19 Oct 2020)

Lord Blencathra: To ask Her Majesty's Government how many formal representations they have made to other governments about human rights abuses in each of the last five years; to which governments they have made such representations; and of those, which they have raised with (1) the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, or (2) at the UN Security Council.

Written Answers — Northern Ireland Office: Armed Forces: Compensation (19 Oct 2020)

Lord Blencathra: To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take to assist injured members of the British Armed Forces including the Ulster Defence Regiment and their relatives to claim from the Victims' Payment Scheme.

Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 - Question (13 Oct 2020)

Lord Blencathra: My Lords, family courts have complained about trivial applications because of unresolved issues between divorcees. As a spouse can divorce their partner unilaterally, and the spouse has no opportunity to raise issues in a non-adversarial divorce process, what steps will the Government take to ensure that these conflicts can be addressed, or else there will be a large increase in applications?

Amazon - Question (12 Oct 2020)

Lord Blencathra: My Lords, I confess that I buy things from Amazon, but I hate doing so because it is singlehandedly destroying the United Kingdom high street. Will my noble friend the Minister make strong representations to the Treasury that the trivial amount of business rates paid by Amazon is an absolute disgrace? Its giant warehouses are rated like an empty farmer’s barn, rather than the ruthless mega...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Parking: Pedestrian Areas (12 Oct 2020)

Lord Blencathra: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the number of gardens which would be paved over, and (2) the consequent loss of wildlife habitats, as a result of each of the three options set out in their consultation on reforming pavement parking.

Written Answers — The Senior Deputy Speaker: House of Lords: Oral Questions (9 Oct 2020)

Lord Blencathra: To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what plans there are to provide training to members of the House of Lords to assist them with preparing concise and succinct supplementary questions.

Parliamentary Constituencies Bill - Report: Amendment 12 (8 Oct 2020)

Lord Blencathra: My Lords, it was a delight to hear the noble Baroness, Lady Hayter, move the amendment. I recall her saying in an earlier debate that everything that could possibly be said had already been said. I suspect we shall hear the same in this debate. It reminds me of a time 30 years ago when I was a junior Whip in the Commons pushing through hundreds of Lords amendments. I had a deal with the...

Parliamentary Constituencies Bill - Report: Amendment 6 (8 Oct 2020)

Lord Blencathra: My Lords, this is not a question as such. I want to commend my noble friend Lord Hayward for mentioning the 1983 Boundary Commission review, which I intended to mention but clean forgot. That was implemented by the late, great Viscount Whitelaw of Penrith. He did it, even though it added large swathes of Lib Dem-held wards to his own constituency. In the by-election which followed his...

Parliamentary Constituencies Bill - Report: Amendment 6 (8 Oct 2020)

Lord Blencathra: My Lords, I am delighted to welcome this amendment and to add my name to it. I can also be brief because of the excellent speech by my noble friend Lord Young of Cookham. I strongly supported the three-month provision in Committee, and I welcome this amendment, because it keeps the Conservative Party’s hands absolutely clean and above board. I make no apologies for reminding the House, as I...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Protective Clothing: Retail Trade (7 Oct 2020)

Lord Blencathra: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether retail workers have to wear facemasks in the shops in which they are employed; and if not, why not.

Northern Ireland: Payments to Victims of the Troubles - Question (6 Oct 2020)

Lord Blencathra: My noble friend will be aware that, during the Troubles, 1,441 brave men and women of the British Armed Forces and the Ulster Defence Regiment were murdered, as well as 319 men and women of the Royal Ulster Constabulary. They were among the bravest of the brave. Collectively, more than 20,000 of these people were injured and their families traumatised. Can my noble friend assure me that the...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Electric Scooters: Coventry and Middlesbrough (2 Oct 2020)

Lord Blencathra: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of issues with the use of e-scooters in (1) Coventry, and (2) Middlesbrough; and what plans they have to pause the e-scooter rental trials until appropriate safeguards are introduced to protect pedestrians.

Written Answers — Home Office: Asylum: English Channel (2 Oct 2020)

Lord Blencathra: To ask Her Majesty's Government how much they have paid (1) to the government of France, and (2) organisations based in France, in the last five years to limit asylum seekers crossing the English Channel illegally; and what assessment they have made of whether the government of France has met the commitments of any agreements in place to limit such crossings.

Written Answers — Home Office: Asylum: English Channel (2 Oct 2020)

Lord Blencathra: To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking over reports that French Navy patrol boats have been aiding asylum seekers to enter UK waters illegally.

Electric Scooter Trials and Traffic Signs (Coronavirus) Regulations and General Directions 2020 - Motion to Take Note (29 Sep 2020)

Lord Blencathra: My Lords, we come to the second debate this afternoon on dangerous goods. It is unusual for me to find myself in complete agreement with the noble Lord, Lord Rosser. I have already apologised to my noble friend the Minister for being thoroughly unhelpful to her on this subject. After four months of staying inside and on my first afternoon back in London two weeks ago, in the short journey...

Coronavirus Act 2020: Temporary Provisions - Motion to Take Note (28 Sep 2020)

Lord Blencathra: My Lords, what a privilege it is to participate in a debate with three excellent maiden speeches. However, to be physically present in the Chamber to hear the absolutely stunning contribution from my noble friend Lady Morrissey is quite another experience. Clearly, it is “a good time to be a girl”. Before the hate mail comes in, that is the title of one of her books, not my sexist...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Electric Scooters: Pedestrian Areas (28 Sep 2020)

Lord Blencathra: To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to encourage members of the public to perform citizens’ arrests if they witness dangerous use of e-scooters on pavements.


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