Results 1–20 of 1851 for speaker:Lord Dubs

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe - Motion to Take Note (2 Dec 2021)

Lord Dubs: My Lords, I express gratitude to my noble friend Lord Collins for initiating the debate and laying out the arguments so clearly. Really, all we need is the Minister’s response to his speech, but the rest of us are here in support. I was talking to a Member of this House who has spoken on this subject on previous occasions but said that he was not disposed to speak again today. I said that I...

Adult Social Care - Statement (2 Dec 2021)

Lord Dubs: My Lords, I declare an interest; my daughter-in-law is a full-time unpaid carer. First, the report says that unpaid carers’ money will go up to £69.70 a week. That is fine if you also have a job, but quite a few unpaid carers have given up their jobs to be unpaid carers, so that is all that they have got, other than the benefit that the person they are caring for may get. That is a pretty...

Homes: Environmental Standards - Question (2 Dec 2021)

Lord Dubs: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to provide guidance to homeowners and landlords to ensure that homes are improved to the highest possible environmental standards.

Homes: Environmental Standards - Question (2 Dec 2021)

Lord Dubs: My Lords, it is a mammoth task to bring the many millions of homes in this country up to the standard suggested by the Minister. What are the Government going to do to ensure that we have enough trained workers, apprentices and others to do the work? Surely we need a massive training programme for the skilled workforce that is required to bring our homes up to standard.

Small Boats Incident in the Channel - Statement (25 Nov 2021)

Lord Dubs: My Lords, I want to ask the Minister a specific question. A large number of unaccompanied child refugees are sleeping rough in Calais and Dunkirk tonight. Does anything she has said give them any hope of moving away from there, other than that they should get on a boat if they can find a trafficker?

Migrants - Motion to Take Note (25 Nov 2021)

Lord Dubs: My Lords, the timing of the noble Baroness, Lady Hoey, was appropriate in getting the date for this debate, but apart from her wish to have better co-operation between Britain and France, I am afraid that I part company with pretty well all of her arguments. I do not see refugees coming here, fleeing for safety, as a terrorist threat to this country; nor do I see the evidence that she has put...

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill - Committee (11th Day): Amendment 298 (24 Nov 2021)

Lord Dubs: My Lords, I support what my noble friend Lord Coaker has just said, but perhaps I may say a brief word about Amendments 315 and 316. They are there to improve the drafting of the offence to make it clear, first, that it is committed only when serious harm is done to the public, rather than to any one person, which is what the Bill’s wording is now, and, secondly, that when considering the...

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill - Committee (11th Day): Amendment 293 (24 Nov 2021)

Lord Dubs: My Lords, I am grateful to the Minister for the detail with which she went through the amendments, which was helpful. It is far too late in the evening to have a point-by-point discussion about them; we will leave that for Report. I shall make just two or three brief comments. First, I am not satisfied from what the Minister said that the existing police powers are not adequate for most of...

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill - Committee (11th Day): Amendment 293 (24 Nov 2021)

Lord Dubs: My Lords, I am privileged to be a member of the Joint Committee on Human Rights, and these amendments—there are at least seven in my name—are based on its reports, so the Government have been fully warned of what we are going to say, because they have had those reports before them. This group of amendments is probably the substance of a whole Bill in themselves and it is very difficult to...

Gender Pay Gap - Question (23 Nov 2021)

Lord Dubs: Does the Minister agree—and I ask her to be bold in this instance—that complete transparency of income is the best way of dealing with the gender pay gap and discrimination on the grounds of race and disability? Surely the only answer is that we should have all incomes in the public domain through the tax system; that way we would know who is earning what and where discrimination takes...

House of Lords: Appointments Process - Question for Short Debate (18 Nov 2021)

Lord Dubs: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Balfe, on bringing this forward, although I much prefer the original wording he described over the wording that he was allowed to put down. My noble friend Lord Campbell-Savours got something pretty right in what he said, and I very much agree with him. Of course we want a smaller House, but we also want a House that has integrity in the method by...

Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland: Court of Justice of the European Union - Question (18 Nov 2021)

Lord Dubs: To ask the Minister of State at the Cabinet Office (Lord Frost) what plans Her Majesty’s Government have to involve the Court of Justice of the European Union in dispute cases regarding the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland.

Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland: Court of Justice of the European Union - Question (18 Nov 2021)

Lord Dubs: My Lords, is the Minister aware that he has created an impression that his position is softening on many of these issues? A German journalist asked me bluntly after the noble Lord’s 10 November Statement, “Is it true that Lord Frost is moving from his earlier position?” Would the noble Lord care to comment?

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill - Committee (8th Day): Amendment 212 (15 Nov 2021)

Lord Dubs: My Lords, I shall speak to Amendment 213. My noble friend Lord Ponsonby was somewhat critical of it. I agree with what he is seeking to achieve in Amendment 212. Amendment 213 goes a little further and is a little more precise. If I may say so, I think it is a better amendment. To clarify, this is not a blanket ban on short sentences; it is a presumption against short sentences. Previous...

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe - Private Notice Question (15 Nov 2021)

Lord Dubs: My Lords, many people still do not understand the issue of the £400 million that we owe to Iran; it keeps getting raised. The Americans have paid money to the Iranian Government despite their sanctions. Can the Minister please explain clearly what is going on? Many of us who have met Richard Ratcliffe on his hunger strike outside the Foreign Office have given him an undertaking that we shall...

Charities: Landmines - Question (15 Nov 2021)

Lord Dubs: My Lords, further to the last question, is not the truth that the cut in our support for clearing landmines, cluster bombs and cluster munitions will result in thousands of people either being killed or having their legs blown off? How can we justify such a cut?

Gypsies and Travellers - Question (4 Nov 2021)

Lord Dubs: My Lords, am I to understand that the Government’s policy is simply to say, “Nothing to do with us, leave it all to local authorities”? Is not the difficulty that if one local authority moves ahead of the others, the demand in that area will increase, and adjacent local authorities will not share the responsibility? Surely we need a proper national approach of co-operation between the...

Refugees: Status - Question (2 Nov 2021)

Lord Dubs: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent discussions they have had with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in relation to the Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, and in particular regarding the principle that asylum seekers must apply for refugee status in the first safe country they have reached.


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