Results 41–60 of 3058 for speaker:Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown

Restriction of Public Sector Exit Payments Regulations 2020 - Motion to Approve (23 Sep 2020)

Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown: My Lords, although I recognise that these regulations will not apply in Northern Ireland, the fact that devolved policy on public pensions and compensation is broadly benchmarked against terms in GB means that they remain of clear relevance to employers and employees in the Province. I agree with the Government that it is important that public sector exit payments are proportionate and fair...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Abortion: Drugs (22 Sep 2020)

Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown: To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their announcement of a public consultation on whether to make permanent the current COVID-19 measure allowing for home use of early medical abortion pills up to 10 weeks’ gestation for all eligible women on 6 July (HC Deb, col 717), what plans they have to hold an inquiry into the British Pregnancy Advisory Service’s provision of a telemedical...

Health Care: Guidance - Question (21 Sep 2020)

Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown: My Lords, during this Covid crisis, many others are suffering greatly yet feeling neglected, such as cancer patients awaiting urgent treatment. There has also been a rise in suicide across every age group. What advice is the Minister’s department giving to hospitals, GPs and other health providers in tackling these things?

Agriculture Bill - Report (2nd Day): Amendment 59 (17 Sep 2020)

Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown: To clarify, does the Minister believe that the term “exceptional adverse conditions” covers exceptional events such as extreme weather and serious diseases, which can cause major financial problems for farmers and food security? Does this Bill cover them?

Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (4th Day): Amendment 81 (16 Sep 2020)

Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown: My Lords, I am pleased to support Amendment 81 in the name of my noble friend Lord Morrow. During our consideration of the Bill we have heard a great deal about the impact of the shape of immigration rules on confirmed victims of modern slavery. I share the concerns articulated by other noble Lords about not permitting the changes to the immigration system to leave victims with fewer rights...

Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 - Motion to Approve (10 Sep 2020)

Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his remarks introducing these orders. I accept that they are for England and Wales; however, I will make a few remarks. I am absolutely certain that the draft orders before us are necessary in light of the Supreme Court decision, which held that the disclosure of multiple offences and the disclosure of youth cautions, warnings and reprimands were...

Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 34 (9 Sep 2020)

Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown: My Lords, I appreciate that much has already been said about this group of amendments, but I wish to make a few brief remarks on them. First, on Amendment 69 I accept that the creative industries are having a challenging time. I accept that there are some extremely wealthy people in the creative industries, but the vast majority of people in those industries have in the past been living on...

Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 2 (7 Sep 2020)

Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown: My Lords, it is clear that many fear the impact that a sharp and purely tailored approach to ending free movement on growth could have in certain important economic sectors, especially within Northern Ireland. The move to reduce the £30,000 salary threshold to £25,600 for skilled migrants coming to the UK is welcome. However, it is not sustainable in Northern Ireland because quite a number...

Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No. 3) Regulations 2020 - Motion to Approve (3 Sep 2020)

Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown: My Lords, it is certain that local authorities and councils will hold unique insight into imminent threats facing their communities. The extension of these powers to direct closure of certain premises and events is prudent. I also accept that the safeguard included legislation that allows the Health Secretary to intervene, or revoke particular directives, should it be in the national common...

Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No. 3) Regulations 2020 - Motion to Approve (3 Sep 2020)

Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown: My Lords, I appreciate that the powers under these regulations relate only to England, yet we from Northern Ireland stand firmly behind the underlying principle, which is to allow local authorities to make decisions based on the need of their respective communities in these challenging and unprecedented times. The reality is that the spread of this virus has affected different countries in...

Written Answers — Northern Ireland Office: Abortion: Northern Ireland (6 Aug 2020)

Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown: To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the fact that abortion remains a devolved issue in Northern Ireland, why they were required to bring the Abortion (Northern Ireland) (No. 2) Regulations 2020 to Parliament.

Agriculture Bill - Committee (7th Day): Amendment 270 (28 Jul 2020)

Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown: My Lords, I declare my interest in a small farm holding, which is in the register of interests. I also pay tribute to the courteous and patient manner with which the Minister has dealt with a very wide range of amendments debated since the Bill has been in Committee. I appreciate that the Bill deals primarily with the needs of England, but it contains powers which are relevant to Northern...

Parliamentary Constituencies Bill - Second Reading (27 Jul 2020)

Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown: My Lords, the Bill makes provision for the number of constituencies to remain at 650. I welcome that, as the previous recommendation for 600 seats was strongly opposed by my party colleagues. However, there should be an express provision in the legislation for a minimum of 18 seats in Northern Ireland. Concern has rightly been expressed that Northern Ireland could fluctuate up or down a seat,...

Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill - Second Reading (22 Jul 2020)

Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown: My Lords, when the electorate across the United Kingdom were given the democratic opportunity to choose whether to stay within the European Union or leave, they decided to leave. There were a number of contributing factors that energised the electorate to come out in their millions to cast their vote, and one was immigration. As one who voted leave, I support the general principle...

Finance Bill - Second Reading (and remaining stages) (17 Jul 2020)

Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his presentation of the Finance Bill. There is no doubt that this year will be remembered as one that fundamentally challenged our economic prosperity. Indeed, Covid-19 has challenged every system of government across the world and threatened not only people’s lives but their livelihoods. Extraordinary measures had to be taken and much of the political...

Enterprise Act 2002 (Specification of Additional Section 58 Consideration) Order 2020 - Motion to Approve (15 Jul 2020)

Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown: My Lords, I thank the Minister for laying out the Government’s case for the addition of a public interest consideration to the Enterprise Act 2002, with specific reference to maintaining in the UK the capability to combat and mitigate the effects of public health emergencies. I acknowledge that much has been done by the Government to protect UK citizens during these long and weary months...

Terrorism Act 2000 (Video Recording with Sound of Interviews and Associated Code of Practice) (Northern Ireland) Order 2020 - Motion to Approve (10 Jul 2020)

Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown: My Lords, I pay tribute to the sterling efforts of the officers of the PSNI in serving the community, and wholeheartedly acknowledge the plight of the innocent victims of terrorism, and indeed, the promised payment. However, I was disappointed that the noble Lords, Lord Hain and Lord Empey, and the noble Baroness, Lady Ritchie, did not point the finger at Sinn Féin, the party that is...

Television Licences - Question (6 Jul 2020)

Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown: In light of what our elderly have already experienced with Covid-19—the isolation and loneliness they have endured—many will have serious long-term effects. Does the Minister agree that it is time for the BBC to stop the blame game and honour the clear commitment already given to the over-75s?

Written Answers — Northern Ireland Office: Abortion (Northern Ireland) (No. 2) Regulations 2020 (17 Jun 2020)

Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown: To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the reply by the Minister of State for the Northern Ireland Office on 4 June (HC Deb, cols 1018–20), on what basis they were required to bring the Abortion (Northern Ireland) (No. 2) Regulations 2020 to Parliament following the Northern Ireland Assembly’s vote against such regulations.

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

Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown: My Lords, this legislation solely affects the people of Northern Ireland. It was introduced wrongly in the first place and now, to add insult to injury, we have a conflict with the democratic decision of the Northern Ireland Assembly. Every day we have listened to a homily from Ministers telling us how important it is to save lives, yet statistics show that in England and Wales nearly 210,000...


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