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Child Contact Centres (Accreditation) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (3 Feb 2017)

Lord Wills: My Lords, this is an extremely important issue and the noble Baroness, Lady McIntosh, has done your Lordships’ House a service by bringing this Bill forward and enabling it to be debated. I declare an interest in that my late father-in-law, David Freeman, founded the Freeman Family Centre in the London Borough of Brent, which is run by Barnardo’s for the local authority, and child contact...

Children and Social Work Bill [HL] - Second Reading (14 Jun 2016)

Lord Wills: My Lords, there are many reasons to be concerned by the content of the gracious Address this year but this Bill is not one of them. The Minister set out a compelling case for why it is necessary and important, and I join all noble Lords who have already spoken in welcoming its intention to improve the position of the most vulnerable young people in our society. I will focus my remarks on the...

European Union Referendum (Voter Registration) Regulations 2016 - Motion to Approve (9 Jun 2016)

Lord Wills: My Lords, I also support this legislation. I particularly endorse what the Minister said. Whatever position anyone takes on the European referendum, I hope everyone can agree that it is vital that everyone who is eligible to vote should be able to do so on this existentially important issue and that registration is the key to this. This is necessary and important legislation. I congratulate...

EU Referendum: Voter Registration - Statement (8 Jun 2016)

Lord Wills: My Lords, I hope I can detect in what the Minister has just said that he is not quite as complacent as he once was about the Government’s approach to electoral registration. While welcoming the measures he has announced today, I ask him specifically: will he make the funds available for a major push on the social media that are so important in reaching many of those people who were unable...

BBC - Statement (12 May 2016)

Lord Wills: My Lords, I have been waiting a very long time to get in. I want to return the Minister to one of these devil details: the public service content fund. She addressed the question asked by my noble friend Lord Collins but she did not answer it. I therefore ask her again: will she give a guarantee that that will not be used to salami-slice the licence fee? That guarantee is particularly...

BBC - Statement (12 May 2016)

Lord Wills: Yes.

BBC - Statement (12 May 2016)

Lord Wills: Will the Minister give a guarantee that that fund will not be increased in future to salami-slice the licence fee from the BBC?

Hillsborough - Statement (27 Apr 2016)

Lord Wills: My Lords, as a Minister involved in setting up the Hillsborough Independent Panel, I add my thanks to the Government and congratulate them on the way they have followed through the setting up of that panel and its aftermath and on the outstanding work done by that panel, which led to the verdicts yesterday. However, most of all, like other speakers, I once again briefly pay tribute to the...

Railways: Southern, Southeastern and Thameslink Franchises — Question (2 Mar 2016)

Lord Wills: My Lords, I am delighted to hear the Minister being so tough about these things. Two weeks ago, my wife was on a Southeastern train to Ramsgate. When the train stopped, the doors opened, a woman tried to get out and the doors shut on her. She managed to extricate herself and the train took off—all within about 30 seconds—lugging my wife and 13 other people to Broadstairs, where there was...

Public Advocate Bill [HL]: Second Reading (29 Jan 2016)

Lord Wills: My Lords, I am extremely grateful to all noble Lords who have taken part in this debate. It has been relatively short, but it could make a profound difference to all those who in the future, out of a clear blue sky, find their lives transformed by a terrible public tragedy. The noble Lord, Lord McNally—who I regard as my noble friend whatever the technical position is—made a powerful...

Public Advocate Bill [HL]: Second Reading (29 Jan 2016)

Lord Wills: My Lords, this Bill arises out of my experience as a Minister devising the Hillsborough Independent Panel that was set up by the Government of Gordon Brown towards the end of his premiership. This was a more complicated and difficult process than perhaps the current public record suggests. The problems I encountered during that process made me reflect on the wider implications for public...

Enterprise Bill [HL]: Third Reading (15 Dec 2015)

Lord Wills: My Lords, my contribution to the Bill was restricted to its very end and the clauses relating to public sector exit payments and what are, I hope, the unintended consequences of protection for whistleblowers. Throughout the discussion of the clauses—and, indeed, of the Bill—the Minister demonstrated her characteristically firm grasp of the issues, constructive approach to the amendments...

Enterprise Bill [HL] — Report (2nd Day) (30 Nov 2015)

Lord Wills: I appreciate that the issue cannot be given greater clarity at the moment, but if she can, will the Minister say a little more about how she would describe “appropriate cases” and who will be the judge of those?

Enterprise Bill [HL] — Report (2nd Day) (30 Nov 2015)

Lord Wills: My Lords, I support the amendments, which have been so persuasively argued for by the noble Lord, Lord Low. I want to speak particularly to Amendments 70AA and 73B, to which I have added my name. It is clearly right that there should be rigorous controls on the use of taxpayers’ money for exit payments, but the Minister will be aware of widespread concerns across the House about unintended...

Cyclists — Question (23 Nov 2015)

Lord Wills: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to increase compliance by cyclists with traffic laws and regulations.

Cyclists — Question (23 Nov 2015)

Lord Wills: I am grateful to the Minister for his reply. When I was in the other place, cycling on pavements—terrorising pedestrians—was the issue that incensed my constituents most in regular open meetings, apart from dog mess. The situation seems to be getting worse. As record numbers of cyclists take to the roads in big cities, we see increasing examples of this sort of behaviour. Just a few weeks...

Mesothelioma (Amendment) Bill [HL]: Second Reading (20 Nov 2015)

Lord Wills: I thank the Minister for giving way so early in his speech, but these figures are very important. Is he aware that the British Lung Foundation has done its own study on how much money is specifically directed to research into mesothelioma? A lot of the work that he just described may well have implications for mesothelioma, but it is generic. The British Lung Foundation figure specifically...

Mesothelioma (Amendment) Bill [HL]: Second Reading (20 Nov 2015)

Lord Wills: What the Minister has just said is so profoundly important that I want to ask him to clarify it a little further. I moved an amendment to the then Mesothelioma Bill precisely to that effect: if there was this gap between the 3% that the insurers were prepared to pay and the 2.25% that the government actuaries thought would be needed, that would be devoted not to the insurance industry’s...

Mesothelioma (Amendment) Bill [HL]: Second Reading (20 Nov 2015)

Lord Wills: My Lords, I, too, rise to support this Bill. I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Alton, on his persistence in pursuing this issue and on the compelling case that he has made this morning for this Bill. It is a privilege to follow the noble Lord who has just spoken and to have heard all the knowledge and experience that he brings to this debate. Indeed, it is a privilege to have heard all the...

Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013 (Transitional Provisions) Order 2015 - Motion to Annul (27 Oct 2015)

Lord Wills: The Minister keeps referring to this figure of 96%. Can he be absolutely clear that he accepts that 85% of the eligible population has registered to vote? In other words, 15% of those eligible are not registered. Many noble Lords have made the point in this debate that the process now under way, which the Government are hurrying forward in this way, will prejudice attempts to get that other...

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