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Pension Protection Fund (Moratorium and Arrangements and Reconstructions for Companies in Financial Difficulty) Regulations 2020 - Motion to Approve (16 Sep 2020)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, I will not necessarily push this to a vote at the moment, but I say to the Minister that the reason why she says it cannot be withdrawn is that it comes into force today. If she has not consulted Members of the Committee on something so complex before bringing a Motion to your Lordships’ House today, there is a serious issue here. Are these “made affirmative” regulations,...

House of Lords: Number of Members - Question (16 Sep 2020)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, there is so much in what the Minister has said that it is hard to know where to start. First, his Answer to my noble friend Lord Grocott on what assessment has been made of the case for an upper limit was that no assessment has been made. On his point about the House having been larger, it was significantly larger pre-1999, with a large number of hereditary Peers, 92 of whom remain....

Schools: Free Holiday Meals and Activities - Question (14 Sep 2020)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, listening to the Minister’s answers, I wonder whether she has missed the point of the Question, specifically that made by the noble Baroness, Lady Watkins. Back in June, the Government were forced into an embarrassing—although very welcome—climbdown about providing free school meals over the summer holidays. They rightly recognised the increased pressure on families,...

EU Trade Agreement - Private Notice Question (8 Sep 2020)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, let us be clear here. The Government promised that they would deliver a first-rate deal with the EU when the transition period ended on 31 December. Yet on the very day the chief negotiator has taken his seat in the House of Lords, he rates the chances of a deal at 30% to 40%. What has gone wrong? We look forward to hearing from him when he speaks in this House. Less than a year...

Hereditary Peers’ By-elections - Motion on Standing Orders (7 Sep 2020)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, I am happy to comment, but I wonder if other noble Lords wish to speak before I do.

Hereditary Peers’ By-elections - Motion on Standing Orders (7 Sep 2020)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: This has been a rather wider-ranging debate than either I or probably the noble Lord, Lord McFall, as Senior Deputy Speaker, anticipated. I agree with the point the noble Lord, Lord Balfe, made about the Prime Minister not listening to advice. I think the only advice he listens to is that of the Deputy Prime Minister, Mr Cummings. Perhaps if we could persuade him, we might have more success...

Spain: Travel - Private Notice Question (28 Jul 2020)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, it was not any better the second time. The Government have failed to understand the practicalities and financial impact of self-isolation. The letter sent out by the noble Baroness only contained guidance for office workers if they were being forced to go back to work, saying that the Government were encouraging employers to be understanding and adding that staff could go to ACAS....

House of Lords: Allowance - Motion to Agree (22 Jul 2020)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, when the Minister introduced this, she made it sound so easy—as though the commission met and agreed these proposals, when it was actually a long, winding and rocky road to find agreement, because we were dealing with contentious matters. On the point made by my noble friend Lord McConnell and the noble Lord, Lord Shinkwin, the days when this House was the preserve of the landed...

House of Lords: Allowance - Motion to Agree (22 Jul 2020)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: I would prefer to hear from the Back Benchers before speaking. I am surprised to be called. Would it be in order for Back Benchers to speak and for me to speak after them?

Intelligence and Security Committee: Russia Report - Question (9 Jul 2020)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, the Minister has been quite clever with words. Of course the Government are not responsible for publishing the report, but they are responsible for setting up the Intelligence and Security Committee. It is hard to avoid the question of why the Government have dragged their feet on this. However, we welcome the announcement that we will see a Motion in Parliament next week. Can the...

David Frost - Private Notice Question (30 Jun 2020)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, this is really quite extraordinary: a political appointment has been made into a Civil Service job. We have not seen the like of this before. I wonder whether the Minister has really considered both the practical and constitutional issues that this raises. As the noble Lord, Lord Kerr, said, the National Security Adviser is there to tell truth to power. We all fear that there is a...

Covid-19 Update - Statement (25 Jun 2020)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, the Prime Minister’s Statement was targeted at a nation desperate to return to a more normal way of living as soon as it is safe to do so. We support that aim. The past few months have taken an enormous toll on individuals and communities. Some, long after most of us will be getting back to work, school and socialising, will still be coping with grief and loss, with mental and...

Covid-19 Update - Statement (25 Jun 2020)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: Sam Parker.

House of Lords: Size - Question (23 Jun 2020)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, is there not a huge irony here? Here we are, Members of your Lordships’ House from all the different political parties and none, and we are the ones calling for reform as soon as possible, while the only reason that we have not got it is because the Government will not do it. The Burns report made a very modest and sensible proposal but, as the noble Lord, Lord Young, said, it has...

Global Britain - Statement (18 Jun 2020)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, I take this opportunity to pay tribute to the life of Dame Vera Lynn, who has died today aged 103—I can see the shock on the face of the noble Baroness the Deputy Speaker at that. In the most difficult of times for this country, she symbolised enormous resilience, optimism and hope. We send our condolences to all her family, friends and fans throughout the country and across the...

Abortion (Northern Ireland) (No. 2) Regulations 2020 - Motion to Approve: Amendment to the Motion (15 Jun 2020)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, it is exactly a year ago yesterday that the noble Lord, Lord Duncan—then without his beard—and I sat opposite each other across the Dispatch Box. We had a long and detailed debate on this very issue of abortion in Northern Ireland while discussing the Northern Ireland (Executive Formation etc) Bill, which is now an Act. It was evident then, as tonight, that this is a subject...

Abortion Regulations: Northern Ireland - Commons Urgent Question (8 Jun 2020)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, as a result of the Northern Ireland (Executive Formation etc) Act 2019, this House will debate the regulations on abortion next week. Any discussion about abortion evokes strong emotions and deeply held views. When we passed the legislation, we had detailed and thoughtful consideration of these provisions. Today, the Commons committee debated and passed the regulations by 15 votes...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Health and Social Services: Protective Clothing (4 Jun 2020)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 14 May (HL3356), on what date in 2020 ministers ordered a reassessment of personal protective equipment requirements across the NHS and the care services sector; and when the results of that reassessment were communicated to ministers.

Northern Ireland: Victims Payment Scheme - Private Notice Question (3 Jun 2020)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, I have listened carefully to the Minister—I assume that the victims in Northern Ireland are also listening—and he does not give me any great confidence that next week, all the processes will be in place, a Minister will be in place to deal with this, and it will happen. It is all very well saying that it is the fault of the Northern Ireland Executive; they say it is the fault of...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Retail Trade: Coronavirus (3 Jun 2020)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Greenhalgh on 5 May 2020 (HL3080), how many (1) premises have been visited, (2) fixed penalty notices issued, and (3) prohibition orders issued, under the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) Regulations 2020


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