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Problem Gambling - Statement (2 Jul 2019)

Viscount Thurso: My Lords, perhaps I may press the Minister on his comments about technological advances, particularly with regard to what my noble friend said about pop-up advertising. These adverts are insidious. They are made possible by the use of cookies and algorithms, and are directly designed to entrap the people most likely to want to gamble. Can anything be done with the technological advances that...

Defence Fire and Rescue Project: Capita - Statement (21 Jun 2018)

Viscount Thurso: My Lords, the Minister will undoubtedly be aware of the comments of the chief executive of Serco regarding government procurement to the effect that the Government have proved to be the worst procurer and the worst client, driving many large companies into difficulty. In that regard, what assurance can he give the House about the quality of the actual contracting process in this case so that...

Capita - Statement (1 Feb 2018)

Viscount Thurso: My Lords, further to the answer that the Minister has already given about SMEs, now that we know the risks of a small number of contracts with some very big companies, will he accept that it is the procurement process that drives people to tier 1 contractors? Will the Government look at improving the procurement process so that SMEs have a better chance to get contracts?

Financial Guidance and Claims Bill [HL] - Report (2nd Day) (31 Oct 2017)

Viscount Thurso: My Lords, I have followed the passage of this Bill with great interest but I have not felt the need to intervene. However, today I support my noble friend in this amendment based on two experiences. The first is as a trustee of the Parliamentary Contributory Pension Fund, which, as I am sure many Members know, is a well-run fund and gives a great deal of excellent advice. However, it is...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (3rd Day) (Continued) (26 Jun 2017)

Viscount Thurso: My Lords, it is always a pleasure to follow the noble Earl, although it has been a little while since I last did so. I add my congratulations to the two maiden speakers, both of whom will add greatly to deliberations in your Lordships’ House and who mostly spoke of their experiences in the City. I feel that they will not entirely approve of what I have to say this evening—but I agree with...

Business of the House (19 Mar 2015)

John Thurso: I join colleagues in paying tribute to the Leader of the House and the shadow Leader of the House for the work they have done, on the House of Commons Commission in particular. Much has been achieved together and it has been great working as part of that team. Will it be possible to have a debate on the provision of communication infrastructure by BT? It has been suggested recently that that...

Energy and Climate Change: Fiscal Responsibility and Fairness (19 Mar 2015)

John Thurso: I commend my right hon. Friend in setting out a fair path to a stronger economy. Will he join me in congratulating Wick tax office, which has done such a sterling job on cracking down on avoidance through film partnerships, and which is still open despite many Treasury attempts to close it? As the economy grows, will he pay real attention to investing in infrastructure and education so that...

Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons Commission: House of Commons Management (5 Mar 2015)

John Thurso: The Commissioner has received no recent formal representations from staff in those areas on the management of the House. The staff have, however, had a number of opportunities to express their views to the management, including in the recent staff survey.

Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons Commission: House of Commons Management (5 Mar 2015)

John Thurso: I have enjoyed throughout this Parliament the exchanges I have had with the hon. Gentleman on this matter, and the direction of travel he indicates is one that we are very much seeking to take. The recent leadership and management survey shows that on all leadership and management criteria we have improved our score over that of the civil service generally, and on nine out of 10 such criteria...

Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons Commission: House of Commons Management (5 Mar 2015)

John Thurso: I entirely agree with my right hon. Friend and salute all he has done with his Committee to make that a realistic possibility.

Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons Commission: Transgender Visitors (5 Mar 2015)

John Thurso: All House staff dealing with the public are expected to undertake mandatory diversity and inclusion training, and the same standards are expected from all service providers, including the Metropolitan Police Service.

Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons Commission: Transgender Visitors (5 Mar 2015)

John Thurso: I am grateful to the hon. Lady for bringing that case to our attention. Indeed, as I believe she knows, this has been referred to the Metropolitan Police Service, whose staff these were. It is taking this extremely seriously and we have made it clear to the Met how seriously we take it. As far as our own staff are concerned, diversity and inclusion is a key part of the core induction and...

Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons Commission: Parliamentary Estate: Recycling (5 Mar 2015)

John Thurso: The percentage of all waste arising from the parliamentary estate that was recycled or recovered in 2010 was 52.1%. In 2014, it was 62.8%. This shows a fairly considerable improvement; however, we are a little below what we need to be to make sure we are on track for our 2020 target.

Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons Commission: Parliamentary Estate: Recycling (5 Mar 2015)

John Thurso: My hon. Friend asks me a question to which I do not have an accurate answer—or, rather, to which I do not have an answer. I am sure that an accurate answer exists, but I just do not have it. I should make that distinction quite clear. However, what we do is operate to the waste hierarchy, of which I am sure he is aware. First, we try to ensure that the waste does not happen. When it does...

Nature: House of Commons Commission Bill (24 Feb 2015)

John Thurso: I quite understand the hon. Gentleman’s point, I just fundamentally disagree with it. It is not in the Bill, so we can leave it until later.

Nature: House of Commons Commission Bill (24 Feb 2015)

John Thurso: The Bill proves that great things come in small packages. Brevity in a Bill can lead to excellent clarity of statute, a model that anybody forming a Government could look to follow in the future. I thank the Leader of the House and the shadow Leader of the House for having been able to bring the Bill before the House so that the provisions can be put into statute to enable the next...

House of Commons Governance (22 Jan 2015)

John Thurso: I have added my name to the motion and speak in support of it. I congratulate the right hon. Member for Blackburn (Mr Straw), and his Committee and staff, on their excellent work. Before he set off, I thought to myself that the Committee would be jolly lucky to get the report in on time and that it would need an extension, but not only has the right hon. Gentleman beaten the deadline, he has...

Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons Commission: Draft Scotland Clauses (22 Jan 2015)

John Thurso: May I, too, commend the Government for publishing the clauses and making this statement? The Smith commission recommendations, if properly enacted, are a blueprint for home rule delivered, and the clauses will ensure that. However, the devil is always in the detail, and it will require good will to work through the process in the coming months and ensure that the recommendations are properly...

Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons Commission: Houses of Parliament: Shared Services (22 Jan 2015)

John Thurso: There has been no overall assessment of the potential financial savings from increased joint working with the House of Lords. Subject to what is said later today in the debate on the report by the House of Commons Governance Committee, the Commission expects to write to the Lords House Committee shortly to propose an initial joint meeting later this year. I would not be surprised if the...

Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons Commission: Houses of Parliament: Shared Services (22 Jan 2015)

John Thurso: As the hon. Gentleman will know, both Houses are sovereign, so we must make progress through dialogue and agreement. However, I am much encouraged by how the joint service for procurement was set up last year, and I believe that there is an appetite in both Houses to reach agreement. I will certainly do all I can to assist in that.


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