Lord Faulkner of Worcester: My Lords, may I ask the Minister a slightly shorter question? Is he aware of the contribution that heritage railways make to the tourist economy? On the latest estimate, is somewhere between £250 million and £300 million a year, particularly in the coastal and rural areas to which he referred in his Answer. Could he please have a look at the Written Answer his noble friend Lord Henley gave...
Lord Faulkner of Worcester: My Lords, in my enthusiasm to ask my question, I omitted to declare my interest as president of the Heritage Railway Association.
Outcome of the review of the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 – Lord Faulkner of Worcester.
Lord Faulkner of Worcester: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the continued availability of coal at an affordable price for (1) heritage steam locomotive, (2) traction engine, and (3) stationary engine, operations.
Lord Faulkner of Worcester: My Lords, in the third Division earlier this evening on Amendment 110A, the number of noble Lords voting Content was 247, not 245 as announced in the Chamber. As a result of the House accepting Amendment 70, I am unable to call Amendments 70A and 70B and the amendments to those amendments for reasons of pre-emption.
Lord Faulkner of Worcester: I advise the House that if Amendment 70 were agreed to, I would not be able to call Amendments 70A to 70BB because of pre-emption.
Lord Faulkner of Worcester: It may be for the convenience of the House if I remind your Lordships that we are debating Amendment 70 and the other amendments in the group. The noble Baroness, Lady Neville-Rolfe, spoke to Amendment 84, which is grouped with Amendment 70 —but agreeing to Amendment 70 is the question before the House.
Lord Faulkner of Worcester: My Lords, I want to underline what the noble Lord, Lord Kerslake, said about the role of David Lammy MP and the Guardian newspaper, in particular the work of Amelia Gentleman in bringing this whole matter to light over the past few weeks. I feel bound to say that someone in the Home Office should have taken the trouble to read the debate on Windrush that we had in Grand Committee on 18...
Lord Faulkner of Worcester: My Lords, would it be helpful if the House were reminded of what the Companion says about procedure on Urgent Questions? They are treated as Private Notice Questions, which in turn are treated as similar to normal Oral Questions. In particular, the answers and supplementary questions on a Private Notice Question must be brief to allow as many people as possible to come in.
Lord Faulkner of Worcester: My Lords, is the Minister aware that on 18 January, on a Motion from the noble Baroness, Lady Berridge, the Grand Committee of your Lordships’ House debated the centenary of the arrival of the merchant vessel “Empire Windrush”? In that debate, I raised the cases of Paulette Wilson and Anthony Bryan and asked the noble Lord, Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth, if he could reply to me about the...
Lord Faulkner of Worcester: My Lords, does the Minister agree that one of the undesirable effects of the rise in property values, particularly in inner cities, and the introduction of substantial sums of extra money into football at all levels, has been the growth of what one might call less desirable individuals coming in to own and run clubs—and in some cases to close them down, as we have heard this afternoon? Does...
Lord Faulkner of Worcester: My Lords, in congratulating the noble Lord, Lord Holmes of Richmond, on his Question and supplementary, with which I agree totally, does the Minister agree with Dame Julia Goodfellow, president of Universities UK, who says that, “it is important to remember that international students also enrich our campuses and the experience of UK students, both academically and culturally Many return...
Lord Faulkner of Worcester: Is there any serious member of Her Majesty’s Government—with the possible exception of the Prime Minister—who does not believe that overseas students should not be included in immigration statistics? Is it not time that this change was made and a message of hope given to our universities?
Lord Faulkner of Worcester: To ask Her Majesty's Government why reverse charge VAT has been applied to products such as mobile phones and gold, but not to scrap metal.
Lord Faulkner of Worcester: To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps HMRC is taking to tackle carousel or missing trader intra-community fraud in the scrap metal sector.
Lord Faulkner of Worcester: To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with scrap metal trade bodies about reverse charge VAT.
Lord Faulkner of Worcester: To ask Her Majesty's Government how much potential revenue they estimate the Government is losing each year through carousel or missing trader intra-community fraud.
Lord Faulkner of Worcester: The noble Lord must move the amendment before he can withdraw it.
Lord Faulkner of Worcester: It is the property of the Committee until the noble Lord obtains its permission to do so. Amendment 48 withdrawn. House resumed. House adjourned at 12.46 am.
Lord Faulkner of Worcester: My Lords, I must advise the Committee that if this amendment were agreed to, I would be unable to call Amendments 44 or 45 for reasons of pre-emption.