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Results 1–20 of 2700 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Lord Smith of Finsbury

Higher Education - Motion to Take Note (19 Jul 2018)

Lord Smith of Finsbury: My Lords, I remind the House of my interest as master of Pembroke College, Cambridge. I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Norton, on his choice of subject and on an excellent opening contribution to this extremely good debate. I greatly enjoyed the contribution from the right reverend prelate the Bishop of Chichester in his maiden speech. I trust that we will hear much more from him as part...

LGBT Action Plan - Statement (3 Jul 2018)

Lord Smith of Finsbury: My Lords, I give a very warm welcome to the Statement from the noble Baroness regarding the survey that the Government have carried out and the action plan that will now be put in place. Embedded in it is the valuable recognition that far too much discrimination and hostility are still faced by LGBT people across the country. However, I urge the Government to take one further step, which is...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Third Reading (16 May 2018)

Lord Smith of Finsbury: My Lords, I support the amendment moved by the noble Lord, Lord Krebs. I say to the noble Lord, Lord Framlingham, that the irreparable damage that may be done is damage to our environment and our health if we lose the safeguards and protections that we have for our environment.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Third Reading (16 May 2018)

Lord Smith of Finsbury: No, I will not. I am sorry. The crucial part of the amendment is subsection (4), which talks about, “an independent body with the purpose of ensuring compliance with environmental law by public authorities”. When I was chairman of the Environment Agency, action was taken on some of the major issues affecting our environment—such as the fact that we discharge raw sewage into the River...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Report (2nd Day) (23 Apr 2018)

Lord Smith of Finsbury: My Lords, I rise very briefly to give strong support to this amendment and assert the need for an independent environmental institution. As the noble Lord, Lord Deben, said, this is entirely in accord with what Ministers have said they want. However, it is really important that, when the actions are put on to the words, we get the real protections that we require. I well remember when the...

Data Protection Bill [HL] - Report (1st Day) (11 Dec 2017)

Lord Smith of Finsbury: My Lords, I remind the House of my interest as master of Pembroke College, Cambridge. I give a warm welcome to Amendments 3, 4 and 5, and I am grateful that the Minister and her noble friend the Minister have listened to the concerns of universities and colleges and very helpfully addressed them in these amendments. I know I speak also for the noble Baroness, Lady Royall, in this respect. The...

Deregulation: Public Services and Health and Safety - Motion to Take Note (13 Jul 2017)

Lord Smith of Finsbury: My Lords, I begin by warmly thanking the noble Baroness, Lady Andrews, for initiating this important debate and for her excellent opening contribution. What a remarkable series of rather formidable contributions we have already heard this morning. Because this debate, of course, is at heart all about safeguarding the lives and well-being of all of us—and there is nothing more important than...

Higher Education and Research Bill - Report (4th Day) (15 Mar 2017)

Lord Smith of Finsbury: First, briefly to address the point from the noble Lord, Lord Winston, even though UKRI may have no direct funding responsibility in relation to conservatoires, it can none the less play a useful role in making a joint decision, and I do not think that diminishes in any way the research standing of the conservatoires.

Higher Education and Research Bill - Report (4th Day) (15 Mar 2017)

Lord Smith of Finsbury: I do not think that our amendment would make any substantive difference from the position under the provisions of the Bill. It simply means that UKRI is part of the process alongside the Office for Students. In relation to UKRI, the Minister has shown in our discussions much wisdom and willingness to take on board points made from all sides of the House. This is only to be expected from an...

Higher Education and Research Bill - Report (4th Day) (15 Mar 2017)

Lord Smith of Finsbury: My Lords, I rise to move Amendment 194A, standing in the name of the noble and learned Lord, Lord Mackay of Clashfern. I remind the House of my interest as Master of Pembroke College in Cambridge. The Bill has been substantially improved over the course of recent weeks, and we are very grateful for many of the amendments the Government have brought forward. But one aspect of the Bill still...

Higher Education and Research Bill - Report (3rd Day) (13 Mar 2017)

Lord Smith of Finsbury: My Lords, I support Amendment 150. At Pembroke College, Cambridge, where I have the honour of being Master, some 10% of our undergraduates and 30% of our postgraduates are international students from beyond the EU. They add enormously to the well-being and distinction of the college. The noble Lord, Lord Hannay, made the financial case very clearly; the noble Baroness, Lady Royall, made the...

Higher Education and Research Bill - Report (2nd Day) (8 Mar 2017)

Lord Smith of Finsbury: I am very grateful to the noble Viscount for giving way. I am trying very hard to understand his argument. It seems to me that it may not be the intention of the Government or of the Office for Students that a bronze rating will be seen as a badge of failure. However, it is the perception of everyone else who looks at it that is the problem.

Higher Education and Research Bill - Report (2nd Day) (8 Mar 2017)

Lord Smith of Finsbury: My Lords, I support the amendments moved by the noble Duke and spoken to by the noble Lord. I declare my interest as Master of Pembroke College in Cambridge. I want to make three very quick points. First, everyone on all sides of the House agrees on the importance of promoting the excellence of teaching in universities. The emphasis that the creation of the teaching excellence framework...

Shale Gas - Question for Short Debate (7 Mar 2017)

Lord Smith of Finsbury: My Lords, in 2014 and 2015 I chaired the Task Force on Shale Gas; we concluded our work at the end of 2015. I should also mention that I was chairman of the Environment Agency until September 2014. The task force looked very carefully at the economic and environmental implications of the development of a shale gas industry in the UK, and five especially important points arose from its work....

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (1st Day) (27 Feb 2017)

Lord Smith of Finsbury: In the light of what the noble Lord has just said, does he share my dismay that the leaders of the Official Opposition appear to have set their face against supporting this amendment? At the heart of the amendment is surely an instruction to the Government to put membership of the single market at the very heart of their negotiating strategy.

Higher Education and Research Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (16 Jan 2017)

Lord Smith of Finsbury: My Lords, I will forgo the opportunity to discourse the difference between “shall” and “must”; I would simply observe that both tend to be better than “may”. However, I commend the amendment. The mental well-being of students in our universities is hugely important, and is becoming even more so because of the increasing stresses on students in our universities. That is partly due...

Higher Education and Research Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (16 Jan 2017)

Lord Smith of Finsbury: My Lords, I will reflect very briefly on what actually happened in Cambridge on 23 June last year. That fell at just the end of term. A lot of students were graduating and a lot of them were still in Cambridge. As the head of a college, I had spent rather a lot of time over the preceding two or three months encouraging students to register and explaining to them how they could register...

Higher Education and Research Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (16 Jan 2017)

Lord Smith of Finsbury: My Lords, I remind the House of my interests, which I have already declared. I support the amendments in front of us, and I thank in particular the noble Baronesses, Lady Brown and Lady Warwick, for so clearly setting out the tissue of issues around quality and standards. Unhelpfully, the Bill conflates the two at many points. We are talking here about three different points. First, there are...

Higher Education and Research Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (11 Jan 2017)

Lord Smith of Finsbury: My Lords, in supporting the amendment from the noble Lord, Lord Lucas, I cannot hope to match the eloquence of many of the contributions that we have already heard, especially those from the noble Lords, Lord Bilimoria and Lord Puttnam. I shall focus on two brief points relating to the enrichment of the overall student experience that foreign students bring to our universities. First, we...

Higher Education and Research Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (11 Jan 2017)

Lord Smith of Finsbury: Does this not identify one of the central problems we face with the Bill? We have very clear and honourable assurances from the Minister and from the Minister in another place, who I am delighted to see is here with us again. I have absolutely no doubt that it is their full and open intention that there should be close co-operation and joint working between the two bodies and joint...


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