Viscount Astor: To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the proposals contained within the Parking (Code of Practice) Bill, what plans they have to introduce a single appeals service for the private parking sector.
Viscount Astor: My Lords, the most reverend Primate the Archbishop of Canterbury quoted the King James Bible when he spoke. I offer a quote from a rather different hymn sheet, as it were: “Welcome to the Hotel California … You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave”. That Eagles hit from 1976 rather aptly describes the one flaw in the Government’s exit proposal. If you do not have...
Viscount Astor: Perhaps I may remind the noble Lord that, in the previous Parliament, when he was Chief Whip, on the boundary changes Bill, his party kept your Lordships up all night, filibustering with what were, in effect, Second Reading speeches, to frustrate that Bill. He cannot have it both ways.
Viscount Astor: The noble Lord’s party blocked the Bill; that is my point.
Viscount Astor: My Lords, perhaps I may follow my noble and learned friend. The noble Lord, Lord Blunkett, said that it was a medieval process. Perhaps I should remind noble Lords opposite that the medieval process he referred to was brought to Parliament by the noble and learned Lord, Lord Irvine, when in government. It is not the fault of the hereditary Peers that nothing has happened since; it is the...
Viscount Astor: Perhaps I can help my noble friend. I voted against the Government for the first time as a rather junior Member of this House, and the following week the Prime Minister rang me up and I joined the Government Whips’ Office. It was a form of promotion.
Viscount Astor: To ask Her Majesty's Government what protocols are in place to share the genetic data of serving and retired members of the Armed Forces with the police and prosecuting authorities.
Viscount Astor: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Ministry of Defence refused to share genetic data with the Kent constabulary in relation to an ongoing investigation into burglaries in that area; and, if so why.
Viscount Astor: To ask Her Majesty's Government how long records of genetic data on members of the Armed Forces are held by the Ministry of Defence.
Viscount Astor: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Ministry of Defence can share genetic data relating to serving and retired members of the Armed Forces following a request by the police for criminal investigations.
Viscount Astor: To ask Her Majesty's Government how many times in the last ten years the Ministry of Defence has refused to share genetic data relating to serving and retired members of the Armed Forces with the police and prosecuting authorities.
Viscount Astor: To ask Her Majesty's Government under which circumstances the sharing of genetic data held by the Ministry of Defence with the police would breach data protection legislation.
Viscount Astor: My Lords, it is a great pleasure to follow the powerful speech by the noble Baroness, Lady Boothroyd. In preparing for this debate, I looked up the Hansard debates on joining the European Union in 1972. Two things stood out. First, how few Members of this House spoke then—19, as opposed to 190 today. Secondly, how the warnings from Lord George-Brown, then dismissed as scaremongering, seem...
Viscount Astor: My Lords, briefly, I welcome this order and congratulate the Government on it. I claim some very small credit for it because the noble Lord, Lord Collins, and I, in a cross-party movement, managed to persuade the Government to accept an amendment to the earlier Bill, one that had been rejected in the Commons, which allowed these regulations to be brought forward. I note that when the...
Viscount Astor: I am sure that the noble Lord’s involvement will be very helpful to greyhound racing. I was recently at the new greyhound track in Towcester for a very successful event. I will not say anything about the legal things as my noble friend Lord Howard will mention them. I just note that, should there be any involvement of and appeal to Brussels, after what happened today one would have thought...
Viscount Astor: My Lords, we debated this amendment in Committee. I put it down again in the hope of getting a response to the letter I wrote to the Minister before Report. I would like to thank him for his letter, which I received last night and which was enormously helpful. The reason that this rather particular amendment relating to the Calvert sidings is important is that this community already has a...
Viscount Astor: I am very grateful for the Minister’s answer and I beg leave to withdraw the amendment. Amendment 11 withdrawn.
Viscount Astor: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have received any evidence from OTB Engineering on whether the Wendover short mined tunnel proposed for HS2 should be cost neutral; and if so, what assessment they have made of that evidence.
Viscount Astor: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of HS2 Ltd's noise mitigation proposals for Wendover.
Viscount Astor: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether HS2 Ltd used current HM Treasury tunnel project modelling when they costed proposals for the Wendover short mined tunnel.