Results 1–20 of 4411 for speaker:Lord Austin of Dudley

Children Seeking Asylum: Safeguarding - Private Notice Question (23 Jan 2023)

Lord Austin of Dudley: My Lords—

Children Seeking Asylum: Safeguarding - Private Notice Question (23 Jan 2023)

Lord Austin of Dudley: My Lords, the Minister has just told us that, on his own figures, hundreds of children have gone missing. Has he asked his officials what investigations that department has made to find out where they have gone, who they are with and what risks they face?

Iran: Women’s Rights - Question (21 Dec 2022)

Lord Austin of Dudley: My Lords, this is a brutal and corrupt dictatorship that terrorises its people, slaughters protesters, enslaves women, hangs gay men from cranes, sponsors terrorism around the region and here in Europe and is developing nuclear weapons to attack Israel. Can the Minister tell us why the Government have not already proscribed the IRGC? I urge the Minister and the Government to impose much...

School (Reform of Pupil Selection) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (2 Dec 2022)

Lord Austin of Dudley: If the noble Baroness thinks that this should be the priority for an incoming Labour Government above all the other problems the education system is facing, why does she think the last Labour Government—several speakers in this debate, including me, were Ministers in it, and one was the Schools Minister—did nothing about this in 13 years?

School (Reform of Pupil Selection) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (2 Dec 2022)

Lord Austin of Dudley: My Lords, I draw the House’s attention to my entry in the register of interests and thank the noble Baroness, Lady Blower, for giving us the opportunity to discuss this issue. The central point I want to make today is that we have to make education, and improving standards in education for all young people, our country’s number one priority. In a world in which technology and skills are...

School (Reform of Pupil Selection) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (2 Dec 2022)

Lord Austin of Dudley: I am afraid that my hearing aid meant I missed the first part of the noble Lord’s question, but I got the gist of it. I think the answer is that there is not much chance of that happening, but there is a chance that they are prepared to join the Sutton Trust programme. That would have a dramatic effect on the diversity of these schools and the opportunities open to young people from poorer...

School (Reform of Pupil Selection) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (2 Dec 2022)

Lord Austin of Dudley: That is fantastic to hear, of course. Can I seek some guidance? Do I get a bit longer after the interventions? Does it work like in the Commons, where we get more?

School (Reform of Pupil Selection) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (2 Dec 2022)

Lord Austin of Dudley: I am very grateful for that. My other point is to ask why the Government cannot increase choice and competition by allowing popular and oversubscribed schools with consistently good results, strong governance and sound finances to provide more places. The problem at the moment is that funding follows the pupils. Oversubscribed schools cannot provide places to accommodate more pupils....

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Council for British Research in the Levant: Finance (7 Nov 2022)

Lord Austin of Dudley: To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to reconsider their funding of the Council for British Research in the Levant, given that Council’s decision to arrange a seminar by Dr Salman Abu Sitta at Edinburgh University on 8 November.

Schools: Resources - Question (2 Nov 2022)

Lord Austin of Dudley: My Lords, education ought to be the country’s number one priority, so school budgets should be the very last place the Government look to make savings, particularly after children had such a terrible time during the pandemic. I do not know a single state school that continued to provide a full timetable during lockdown. Children from poor or overcrowded homes, or those with special needs,...

Ukraine - Statement (1 Nov 2022)

Lord Austin of Dudley: My Lords, the Minister’s response to the noble Lord, Lord Hannay, was completely correct. This is not a time not for negotiation but for increasing support for Ukraine so that it can go on to defeat the Russians and free its territory. On sanctions, what assessment have Ministers made of the case for targeted sanctions for those responsible for the arrest, prosecution and detention on...

Estonia: UK Troop Levels - Question (31 Oct 2022)

Lord Austin of Dudley: My Lords, why does the UK now have the smallest Armed Forces it has had at any point since the Napoleonic wars? Is it really realistic for the UK to play a full role in confronting the threat from Putin’s Russia with Armed Forces of that size?

Violent Crime, Gang Activity and Burglaries - Motion to Take Note (20 Oct 2022)

Lord Austin of Dudley: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Snape, for securing this important debate. He commented on the fact that the former Home Secretary received a standing ovation for announcing that the police would in future visit every home that had been burgled. It was amazing that she thought it was something to boast about or something that should be applauded. It is a complete disgrace that the...

Russia: Tactical Nuclear Weapon Deployment - Question (11 Oct 2022)

Lord Austin of Dudley: My Lords, in the light of the appalling bombardment of Kyiv yesterday, what plans do the Government have to increase military support for Ukraine? Will the Government agree with and endorse the warning issued by General Petraeus last week, who said that any use of nuclear weapons by the Russians would result in the US taking out every Russian force they could see and identify on the...

Four-Day Working Week - Question (5 Sep 2022)

Lord Austin of Dudley: My Lords, is it not fantasy economics to pretend that most employers can afford to pay people the same amount of money for working fewer hours? The truth is that there is no simple answer, no quick fix, to dealing with the weakness of our economy: it requires hard work, serious policies to improve productivity and investment in education and skills. We have to invest in technology, innovation...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Iraq: Kurds (29 Jul 2022)

Lord Austin of Dudley: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential for cooperation on education between the Kurdistan region of Iraq and the UK.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Natural Gas: Kurds (26 Jul 2022)

Lord Austin of Dudley: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential for gas from the Kurdistan region to diversify the supply of gas to the UK.

Gambling White Paper - Question (20 Jul 2022)

Lord Austin of Dudley: My Lords, one problem gambler is of course one too many, but the vast majority gamble safely. Will the Minister make sure that any affordability checks do not force customers to provide intrusive personal information such as pay slips and bank statements? Will he also tell us what modelling DCMS has done on requiring customers to consent to companies accessing private financial data? That...

Shireen Abu Aqla - Commons Urgent Question (17 May 2022)

Lord Austin of Dudley: My Lords, the scenes at the funeral were terrible but it is completely wrong for people to attribute all the blame to Israel for this tragedy, when it occurred during a gun battle launched by terrorists trying to prevent the arrest of people responsible for the sort of attacks we have just heard about, and when one of those gunmen was heard saying that he had shot a soldier when in fact no...

Gambling Industry: Gambling Reforms - Question (17 May 2022)

Lord Austin of Dudley: My Lords, the vast majority of people gamble responsibly, and their harmless pastime supports 120,000 jobs in an industry paying £4.5 billion in tax and contributing £7.7 billion to the economy, so of course the Minister has got to consider the impact that new legislation might have on the public finances. While one problem gambler is one too many, should it not also be borne in mind that...


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