Results 41–60 of 1860 for speaker:Lord Dubs

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill - Second Reading (14 Sep 2021)

Lord Dubs: My Lords, I welcome the chance to contribute to this debate. I welcome the noble Lord, Lord Sandhurst. I did not actually notice him in Putney. I spent a lot of time canvassing in Putney; perhaps we were in different parts of the constituency. Anyway, it was a good result for us, so I can boast about that. Perhaps I should also say—I do not know whether I am going to boast or confess—that...

Refugees (Family Reunion) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (10 Sep 2021)

Lord Dubs: My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Baroness, Lady Ludford, for having given us a chance to debate this Bill. I am also grateful to Safe Passage for the help it has given us—or certainly me—with briefings on the legislation. I suppose the Bill is in some ways almost a precursor to the Nationality and Borders Bill that will come to this House, but that does not in any way weaken my...

Education (Assemblies) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (10 Sep 2021)

Lord Dubs: My Lords, it is a pleasure to follow the right reverend Prelate, even if I disagree with some of the things that he said. I should say that I am a member of the All-Party Parliamentary Humanist Group and I applaud the initiative of the noble Baroness, Lady Burt, in bringing this Bill forward. I was not going to mention this little story, but I shall do so in the light of what the right...

Standards in Public Life - Motion to Take Note (9 Sep 2021)

Lord Dubs: My Lords, first, I congratulate my noble friend Lord Blunkett. He has done us an enormous service. I hope that enough people will follow what he said for him to have done this country an enormous service in terms of standards in our public life. We have always said traditionally that our standards in public life are of a high order. I wonder whether that is still true today. I look at the...

EU Borders: Refugees from Afghanistan - Question (9 Sep 2021)

Lord Dubs: My Lords, in discussions with the European Union, are the Government seeking to distinguish between those Afghans who left after the Taliban takeover and those who fled the Taliban before the takeover and reached Europe some time ago? Surely they should all be treated equally.

Afghanistan - Motion to Take Note (18 Aug 2021)

Lord Dubs: My Lords, we all saw the painful pictures on our television screens of what happened at the airport in Kabul. We have seen brave Afghan women—judges, teachers, the Education Minister and members of humanitarian organisations—say what dangers they are in. They made me feel—and I am sure all other noble Lords feel the same—that we must not desert them. Some years ago, thanks to my...

NHS Update - Statement (22 Jul 2021)

Lord Dubs: My Lords, the Minister has on more than one occasion in the last few minutes been asked about the position of care workers. They have been totally left out of the pay settlement. They are working on extremely low wages. Does the Minister not agree that something must be done to help care workers, whether in domiciliary care or in care homes, to have a decent wage and not be treated as the...

Legacy of Northern Ireland’s Past - Statement (20 Jul 2021)

Lord Dubs: My Lords, there is an equivalence in the pain that all victims feel. I do not see how the Government are going to move forward unless there is a drastic change in their proposals. Do the Government have any further plans to consult the community and to amend their proposals so that there is some element of acceptance for what is, at the moment, a unanimous view against the Government’s idea?

Procedure and Privileges - Motion to Agree: Amendment to the Motion (13 Jul 2021)

Lord Dubs: My Lords, I join in thanking the staff for the very helpful way in which they have supported us during the last 16 or 18 months of the pandemic. When we had the opinion poll, as described by my noble friend Lord Grocott, I voted in favour of lists, not because I like lists but because I feared that, if we rejected lists, we would go back to a situation of no change under any circumstances. My...

Royal Yacht - Question (13 Jul 2021)

Lord Dubs: My Lords, everybody wants to boost British shipbuilders, but does the Minister not agree that other ways of doing it are more relevant for the purposes of our defence? The Minister talked about investment and boosting trade. Is not this whole project a vote of no confidence in the good work that our embassies and consulates do throughout the world? Is it not a way of saying, “You’re not...

United Kingdom–European Union Parliamentary Partnership Assembly - Question (12 Jul 2021)

Lord Dubs: My Lords, I hope that I am mistaken in detecting a lack of enthusiasm on the Minister’s part, uncharacteristic of him as that is. Does he agree that, in addition to the bodies that he mentioned, the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly might represent a good working model for the proposal of an EU parliamentary partnership assembly? Does he agree that it has the following characteristics:...

Historical Railways Estate - Question (5 Jul 2021)

Lord Dubs: My Lords, do we not need a clear indication for every line that was vandalised by Beeching as to whether it is feasible to restore the services on it? Is that not the minimum we need? And, while we are on this, can I make a plea to restore the line from Penrith to Keswick in the Lake District? It is pretty well there; it requires just the odd bridge to be replaced and we could do that pretty...

EU Settlement Scheme - Commons Urgent Question (1 Jul 2021)

Lord Dubs: My Lords, will the Minister confirm that the original estimates made by the Home Office represent about half the number of people eligible under the scheme? Will she further confirm that when the figures were last produced, at least 300 children had not been identified? Given that, it is likely that there will be many more than 300. Therefore, while I welcome the Minister’s commitment that...

Deprived Areas - Private Notice Question (1 Jul 2021)

Lord Dubs: My Lords, the Minister has on two or three occasions just now referred to the importance of tackling obesity as a way of evening up inequalities in healthcare and life attainment. Does she agree that local authorities ought to have and are bound to have a key part in tackling those inequalities, whether based on obesity or other matters? How can they do this when they have been subjected to...

NHS Test and Trace - Private Notice Question (28 Jun 2021)

Lord Dubs: My Lords, will the Minister say how many firms of management consultants have been employed on the test and trace system since it began? Were they all appointed by competitive tender, and what evidence is there that this is money well spent?

Tourism - Motion to Take Note (24 Jun 2021)

Lord Dubs: My Lords, may I say how much I agree with the noble Lord, Lord Lexden, in his advocacy of tourism and the beauties of Northern Ireland? I remember on one occasion, when I had time, walking from Newcastle up the Glen River to the Mourne Wall, and then further—one of the most beautiful walks. I turn to the Lake District. I have a lot of sympathy with the point made by my noble friend Lord...

Social Care and the Role of Carers - Motion to Take Note (24 Jun 2021)

Lord Dubs: My Lords, I should first declare an interest, in that my son has MS and his wife is his full-time carer, although my wife and I have also helped out at intervals. I thank the noble Baroness, Lady Jolly, for the clear way in which she set out the argument. The crisis in social care existed before Covid and will exist long after Covid unless we take urgent action. This is no time to tinker at...

Covid-19: Care Homes - Question (17 Jun 2021)

Lord Dubs: My Lords, as late as March last year there was clear evidence coming from Italy about people dying in nursing and care homes there. Surely if we had been half-awake we would have realised that what was happening in Italy was a solemn warning to us, and we should have acted accordingly. Why did we not do so?

Carers: Support - Question (10 Jun 2021)

Lord Dubs: My Lords, I also join colleagues in paying tribute to the millions of unpaid carers. Even before the pandemic, they were keeping the whole system going. The Minister has paid tribute to their need for respite care. Can this be translated into something tangible? How many weeks respite care can an unpaid carer have? I know unpaid carers who are desperate to have just a small break from their...

Iran: British-Iranian Prisoners - Question (7 Jun 2021)

Lord Dubs: To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many British Iranian dual nationals are being held in Iran; and what action they are taking to get any such prisoners released.


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