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Northern Ireland: Customs - Private Notice Question (18 May 2020)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: I am absolutely flabbergasted listening to the Minister’s answers today. At no point is he answering the questions put to him on really serious issues. I appreciate that he is not a Northern Ireland Minister; in fact, he was the Minister for Faith and Communities. Perhaps it needs a leap of faith to believe some of the things the Prime Minister has said on this. I have two questions. First,...

Covid-19: Strategy - Statement (12 May 2020)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, having watched the Prime Minister’s recorded message on Sunday and his Statement to MPs yesterday, I will make two observations. We recognise that the complexities and unknowns of this virus mean that decisions about how we respond are very difficult and challenging. To meet those unprecedented challenges, the Government must provide certainty, confidence and clarity....

Business of the House (Virtual Proceedings relating to the Committee stage of public bills and to Messages and First Readings) - Motion to Agree: Amendment to the Motion (6 May 2020)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: But it would be unacceptable at the moment unless we could have some other discussions. My instinct is that Report stage of proceedings as a virtual Chamber would be rather unsatisfactory, so let us keep this under discussion and review. It would be extraordinarily difficult to do it in a way that would satisfy your Lordships’ House.

Business of the House (Virtual Proceedings relating to the Committee stage of public bills and to Messages and First Readings) - Motion to Agree: Amendment to the Motion (6 May 2020)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: I may be able to satisfy my noble friend in some way by saying that this would not be discussed by just the Procedure Committee—the usual channels would also discuss it. I have to say that I have grave concerns. Until we have a fully functioning House or an interim stage of it is hybrid, we may be unable to take Report stages, so we have to have those discussions quite urgently.

Business of the House (Virtual Proceedings relating to the Committee stage of public bills and to Messages and First Readings) - Motion to Agree: Amendment to the Motion (6 May 2020)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, I want to say a few words on this, because the issue of Committees is important and I hope that the noble Baroness can say a bit more about it. It is my understanding that if an amendment is debated in Committee but not voted on, the same amendment can be re-tabled on Report. If noble Lords are dissatisfied with any debate, considering it inadequate or wishing to contribute, they...

House of Lords: Allowances - Motion to Agree: Amendment to the Motion (6 May 2020)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: I want to press the noble Baroness further, because I asked about her role as the Lord Privy Seal. I appreciate that she speaks as a member of the commission, but she is a member of it as the Lord Privy Seal and Leader of this House. What discussions has she had with the Government? In her role as Lord Privy Seal—a position that I think Thomas Cromwell held as well—it would be nice to...

House of Lords: Allowances - Motion to Agree: Amendment to the Motion (6 May 2020)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, it is quite clear from the comments we have heard already that we indeed live in extraordinary times for our country. Indeed, I do not recall ever speaking to such an empty Chamber. That is not because I am a brilliant speaker whom everyone floods in to listen to; it is because Members take their responsibilities seriously and are in the Chamber to take part in the work that we do....

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Food: Coronavirus (6 May 2020)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: To ask Her Majesty's Government what goods, other than food or pharmaceutical products, are considered essential items for the puposes of COVID-19 measures.

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Food: Coronavirus (6 May 2020)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: To ask Her Majesty's Government, for the purposes of COVID-19 measures, what guidance and advice is available to shops and retail outlets that have essential and non-essential goods for sale.

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Retail Trade: Coronavirus (5 May 2020)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: To ask Her Majesty's Government what powers are available to local authorities to take action if retail outlets (1) open outside of the Government's COVID-19 guidelines, or (2) persistently flout the rules on selling essential items.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Distributive Trade: Coronavirus (30 Apr 2020)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: To ask Her Majesty's Government, for the purposes of COVID-19 measures, what discussions they have had with (1) employers, (2) employee representatives, and (3) trade unions, about staff working in the retail and distribution sectors.

Covid-19: Personal Protective Equipment - Private Notice Question (23 Apr 2020)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: I am grateful to the Minister. I was rather surprised to see him answering this Question, because I am asking about cross-governmental work and I expected a Cabinet Office Minister. Can I push him on the issue of procurement policy? He will have heard industry complaints, including from overseas manufacturers, that they have been unable to provide PPE to the UK because of the bureaucracy and...

United Kingdom Government-Northern Ireland Executive Joint Board - Question (16 Mar 2020)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, to stay with the issue of health, I am not 100% clear on this particular question, so perhaps the Minister can tell me. Is the joint board purely for discussions on the delivery of the Stormont deal, or is it an opportunity for a new mechanism in UK/Northern Ireland co-operation? If so, there is an opportunity here. The Northern Ireland Executive were talking to the Irish...

Chemicals Regulation - Question (16 Mar 2020)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, can I take the Minister back to the answer he gave about REACH? My understanding of paragraphs 16 and 17 of the recent White Paper is that the Government want a dedicated annexe on chemicals regulation, but in his answer he said, “We don’t want to deregulate for the sake of it; we don’t want to have lower standards”. Therefore, how similar to REACH does he think the EU/UK...

Ministerial Code - Question for Short Debate (12 Mar 2020)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, I first thank the noble Lord, Lord Tyler, for instigating today’s debate. I must admit, I had some concerns initially that it might end up being a narrow debate focused on one particular complaint. I am glad to see that my fears were unfounded; it has been a very wide-ranging debate, looking at issues such as the role of the Prime Minister, Ministers, civil servants and special...

Palace of Westminster: Restoration and Renewal - Question (12 Mar 2020)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord for his answers, but I would like to correct him on one point. The two commissions met on Monday, but we did not discuss this issue at all because the Commons commissioners left prior to this discussion taking place. There was a very valuable meeting on coronavirus, but there was no discussion between the two commissions on this issue because the people from...

Business of the House - Motion on Standing Orders (5 Mar 2020)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: I am grateful to the noble Lord for his response, which I think is as full a one as he is able to give at the moment. Can I press him slightly on this, as these will be political as well as medical decisions? There has been concern following the newspaper articles, because we have seen the unlawful prorogation of Parliament in the past. Can he commit to keeping the usual channels and the...

Business of the House - Motion on Standing Orders (5 Mar 2020)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, I do not wish to prolong the debate, as there is lots of information we do not yet have, but there are two issues on which I seek assurance from the noble Lord. First, if any action at all is to be taken in restricting access to Parliament, or in any way restricting our work, it should be taken only on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer and with the approval of Parliament....

Prisons: Radicalisation - Question (3 Mar 2020)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, I am sure the Minister understands the seriousness of the issue, but I am concerned about two questions asked today—by the noble Baroness, Lady Warsi, and the noble Lord, Lord Harris of Haringey—specifically about what I think are very important statistics that are necessary to understand the scale of the problem if we are to properly tackle it. On both questions, the Minister...

Ministerial Code: Breaches - Statement (2 Mar 2020)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, I am grateful to the Minister for repeating the Statement, and for his measured delivery which has given me time to catch my breath after racing to the Chamber. The events leading to this Statement are extraordinary and unprecedented. Sir Philip Rutnam’s resignation statement, that he had been the victim of a “vicious and orchestrated briefing campaign” by allies of the Home...


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