Results 61–80 of 1866 for speaker:Lord Dubs

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.

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

Lord Dubs: The Minister will be aware that Gabriella, daughter of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, has her seventh birthday this week—the sixth without her mother. I assume that the UK Government still regard Nazanin as a hostage, and that the UK will support the Canadian declaration against arbitrary detention at the G7 meeting this week. What has happened to the promise that the UK will pay the money owed...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Judiciary: Recruitment (3 Jun 2021)

Lord Dubs: To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to recruit retired judges and magistrates to serve on a temporary basis to reduce delays in court hearings; and, in bringing forward any such plans, what assessment they have made of their potential contribution to reducing these delays.

Immigration Rules: Statements of Changes - Motion to Regret (27 May 2021)

Lord Dubs: My Lords, I agree with the wording of the Motion in the name of the noble Lord, Lord Green, although not with many of the views that he expressed. He is surely right that such major changes to our Immigration Rules, whether for immigrants or asylum seekers, require proper and constructive debate that is not carried out in an hour and a half in the late afternoon, without our ability to come...

Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland - Question (27 May 2021)

Lord Dubs: My Lords, it is fairly clear that the Minister is unhappy with the protocol, or at least the way that it is working out. Will he indicate what the Government’s strategy is for achieving a better outcome regarding the protocol, given that, if neither we nor the EU know what is going on, it is hard to see how we are going to move forward? What is the Minister’s proposal?

Net Migration - Question (25 May 2021)

Lord Dubs: My Lords, is not one consequence of the Government’s stated policy that we are doing enormous damage to our economy, particularly in areas where there are labour shortages, such as agriculture, horticulture and social care? In the attempt to keep the numbers down, is there not a danger that we will be breaching the human rights of asylum seekers simply because their mode of travel is not...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (5th Day) (18 May 2021)

Lord Dubs: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Fullbrook, on her maiden speech. It is always a pleasure to follow the noble Baroness, Lady Harris. I want to say something about refugee policy and add a few words, perhaps at the end, about the press and electronic media and, if time allows, a little bit about delays in the courts. I hope when we get the borders Bill that, as a result of the...

Ballymurphy Inquest Findings - Statement (17 May 2021)

Lord Dubs: Like my noble friend Lord Murphy and other Members of the House, I met the Ballymurphy families years ago. I was impressed by their determination in the face of intolerable grief and sadness. What is puzzling is why the Prime Minister did not himself meet the Ballymurphy families. Surely the right thing would be not to leave it to other Ministers but to go to Belfast, meet the families in...

Official Development Assistance: Landmine Clearance - Question (17 May 2021)

Lord Dubs: My Lords, I should make it clear that I attended the 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions, and I have also observed the clearance of cluster bombs and ammunitions in south Lebanon, where I saw the teams working first-hand. The consequence of the Government’s reduction in funding is that land will no longer be useable by villagers, and children and women, particularly, will have their legs...

Tower Blocks: Cladding - Private Notice Question (12 May 2021)

Lord Dubs: I am not sure that the Minister takes the urgency of the problem to heart. I have talked to people who are absolutely desperate, who have told me that in their blocks there are people who are virtually suicidal because they cannot afford to pay the cost of remediation and cannot afford to sell, because their property is unsaleable. We have a major crisis on our hands. Surely we need much more...

Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014 - Question (22 Apr 2021)

Lord Dubs: My Lords, does the Minister agree that nobody should be a Member of either House of Parliament who is a paid advocate for a particular cause?

Hong Kong: Pro-Democracy Campaigners - Private Notice Question (19 Apr 2021)

Lord Dubs: Many of us who were able to visit Hong Kong in the past and were privileged to meet Martin Lee, Margaret Ng and other pro-democracy campaigners will recall that we were warned by them that this might happen and that we should not trust the Chinese Government to support democracy. Given the breach of agreements that the Chinese Government have gone in for, is it not time that this country...

Immigration - Statement (14 Apr 2021)

Lord Dubs: In the recent past, the Government have closed down two safe and legal routes for unaccompanied child refugees to reach this country from the continent—the Dubs amendment and the provisions under the Dublin treaty. How can the Minister reconcile closing down those routes with the claim that the Government want only safe and legal routes for people to come to this country? She has made that...

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill - Report: Amendment 3 (13 Apr 2021)

Lord Dubs: My Lords, it is a pleasure to follow the noble and gallant Lord, Lord Stirrup, as well, indeed, as my noble friend Lady Kennedy in the arguments they have put forward. The House has enormous respect for the Minister. I share that respect but it is noticeable that, despite her arguments, she had no support in Committee. I looked at her closing arguments then and found this one: “In the...


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