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Immigration Staff: Recruitment - Question (18 Jul 2019)

Lord Marlesford: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to review the recruitment processes of (1) UK Visas and Immigration and (2) the Border Force.

Immigration Staff: Recruitment - Question (18 Jul 2019)

Lord Marlesford: My Lords, some 50 Home Office officials, nearly all from the immigration side of the Home Office, have been sent to prison over the past 12 years for abuses of public office, yet the Home Office continues to deny that there is a problem, indicating that there are just a few rotten apples in the barrel. It now seems to be seeking to conceal the names of those officials. How can the Minister...

Litter Strategy - Question (15 Jul 2019)

Lord Marlesford: My Lords, does my noble friend agree that a much cleaner Britain ought to be a relatively easy political objective to achieve? Will he agree that one thing that is needed is more people picking up litter? As we are trying to keep people out of prison, a great deal more use could be made of community service orders to ensure that litter is picked up.

Rural Post Offices - Question (9 Jul 2019)

Lord Marlesford: My Lords, will my noble friend suggest to the Post Office that it promotes the banking service more? I have been a client of this wonderful service for 10 years. It has the great advantage that you can put money in and withdraw up to £1,000 a day from any post office, however small, at any time. It is particularly important for rural areas. It is more secure than a hole in the wall, because...

Sexual Offences: Anonymity - Question (3 Jul 2019)

Lord Marlesford: My Lords, are there any circumstances in which this Government will commission a judicial review into the handling of the case against Sir Edward Heath?

Brexit: Border Controls - Question (19 Jun 2019)

Lord Marlesford: My Lords, is the Minister saying that she is happy with the situation? Is she not well aware that something like 50 Home Office officials, mainly connected with the border agency, have been sent to prison in the last few years? Is she not aware of the case raised by my Written Question and to which she replied, in which, on 16 November last year, one Home Office official, accused of...

Leaving the European Union - Statement (22 May 2019)

Lord Marlesford: My Lords, does my noble friend agree that, on Sunday, we may have a clearer view of the British people’s opinion on whether we should leave after the European elections, which I suspect are being treated by very many voters as a referendum?

UK Foreign Policy in a Shifting World Order (International Relations Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (21 May 2019)

Lord Marlesford: My Lords, how lucky the House of Lords is to have had this committee, and how lucky the committee is to have had my noble friend Lord Howell as its first, very distinguished, chair. I intend to focus on just two points on the challenge to the rules-based international order: economic migration and political Islam. First, I want to suggest how this rules-based order needed to come about....

Emergency Services Network - Question (14 May 2019)

Lord Marlesford: My Lords, does my noble friend recognise that the Government’s record on procuring high-tech projects is lamentable? Will she consider consulting Mr Ken Livingstone, under whom the very successful congestion charging system was introduced into London without a hitch? He might be able to point her in the right direction of good management.

Elections and Referendums: Foreign Interference - Question (9 May 2019)

Lord Marlesford: Does my noble friend agree that, in practice, the European elections will be a referendum on Brexit?

National Security Council Leak - Statement (2 May 2019)

Lord Marlesford: My Lords—

National Security Council Leak - Statement (2 May 2019)

Lord Marlesford: My Lords, does my noble friend agree that a serious side-effect of such incidents is the constant, increasing rotation of Ministers at every level, which militates strongly against effective government?

Identity Cards - Question (30 Apr 2019)

Lord Marlesford: Does my noble friend recollect that I have frequently said that the priority is not so much an identity card as a secure, reliable identity number to take the place of the unreliable, insecure, deeply corrupt national insurance numbers, national health numbers and so on? When will Ministers start to challenge the stubbornness of the Home Office in refusing to consider these issues? We had a...

Passports - Question (10 Apr 2019)

Lord Marlesford: My Lords, perhaps I may turn for a moment from the cosmetics of passports to the national security implications. On 12 March, my noble friend Lord Wasserman asked the Government, “how many holders of UK passports also hold passports issued by other countries”? The reply was: “Her Majesty’s Passport office does not hold a central record or database of persons holding both a UK...

Business of the House - Motion on Standing Orders: Amendment to the Motion (4 Apr 2019)

Lord Marlesford: My Lords, I will speak very briefly, following up the words of my noble friend Lord Lawson about the impact on public opinion of the procedures in Parliament in relation to this Bill, which could be very serious. The example I give to noble Lords is that of France, once our hereditary enemy, now our great friend. Why is it that France is so much harder to manage and govern than Britain? Let...

Business of the House - Motion on Standing Orders: Amendment to the Motion (4 Apr 2019)

Lord Marlesford: It dates back to the French Revolution, and the failure of the then very inefficient monarchical Government, the Estates General. They met on 5 May and split, and the Third Estate—the people —went off to the tennis court and objected. The result was that, a few days later, the Bastille was stormed. The King was executed in February 1792, then came a year of terror between July 1793 and...

Fuel Poverty - Question (4 Apr 2019)

Lord Marlesford: Does my noble friend agree that one simple, practical measure would be to make the winter fuel payment taxable? It is paid out by the department for social services anyway, so that would be very easy. The tax collected could then be used to increase the payment, so that those who do not pay tax would get a higher sum. That would mean it was self-adjusting. There would be no further...

Police: Recruitment Criteria - Question (2 Apr 2019)

Lord Marlesford: My Lords, in the days of national service—my noble friend will not remember those herself—12 weeks of very tough basic training, followed by 16 weeks at an officer cadet school, produced some outstanding officers who were well qualified for the job.

Immigration (European Economic Area Nationals) (EU Exit) Order 2019 - Motion to Approve: Amendment to the Motion (18 Mar 2019)

Lord Marlesford: I would like to follow up that last point. It is what I have been talking about for years. We have totally inadequate means of knowing who has come in, when they have come in, when they should leave and whether they have left. The whole system is a shambles. This is an opportunity to get it right.

Law Enforcement and Security (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Approve: Amendment to the Motion (18 Mar 2019)

Lord Marlesford: My Lords, I too was unable to attend the debate on this instrument in Grand Committee but it seems that this is an opportunity to make some general remarks about its purposes. Frankly, I can think of no area of importance where our impending departure from the European Union needs to be less of an obstruction to our national security than the exchange of intelligence, as regards both policy...


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