Results 1–20 of 319 for speaker:Lord Mackenzie of Framwellgate

Public Health Restrictions: Government Economic Support - Commons Urgent Question (15 Oct 2020)

Lord Mackenzie of Framwellgate: My Lords, the pandemic has hit the north-east of England harder than it has the south, not least because fewer jobs in this area lend themselves satisfactorily to working from home. Will the Government level up by taking account of these factors and considering financial support for those unable to work in this region through no fault of their own because of government regulations?

English Football: Project Big Picture - Question (14 Oct 2020)

Lord Mackenzie of Framwellgate: My Lords, the Minister rightly described football clubs as being akin to a large family. The Premier League is awash with cash, and the wages of the top players are eye-watering, while those at the bottom are often living hand to mouth and relying on the turnstile each week to keep the club afloat. Any family worth its salt lends a helping hand to those family members falling on hard times....

Housing: Rent, Evictions and Covid-19 - Question (13 Oct 2020)

Lord Mackenzie of Framwellgate: My Lords, the welfare of tenants should be safeguarded fairly without destroying the financial viability of innocent landlords, who have an interest in maintaining good tenants. With rent arrears above £400 million and to avoid a future homelessness crisis, have the Government considered developing an equitable solution for both tenants and landlords by providing a financial package to pay...

NHS: GP Vacancies - Question (8 Oct 2020)

Lord Mackenzie of Framwellgate: It is clear that virtual and telephone appointments enable more consultations to the hour and are, in that sense, more efficient. However, a doctor told me recently that he hoped virtual appointments would not become the norm after the pandemic, as in his view it was essential for a doctor to have face-to-face consultation and examination where possible. Will the Government encourage physical...

Covid-19 Update - Statement (6 Oct 2020)

Lord Mackenzie of Framwellgate: My Lords, it is increasingly apparent that the key to successful test, track and trace is the provision of a speedy test result, without which the whole process is delayed. Sir Paul Nurse of the Crick Institute makes the case for locally based laboratories to do this more efficiently. A similar argument applies to using the skills of local authorities to track and trace contacts. Will the...

Students’ Return to Universities - Statement (1 Oct 2020)

Lord Mackenzie of Framwellgate: My Lords, it has been reported that in some universities, private security guards, presumably employed by college authorities, secure and lock premises to prevent students leaving their halls of residence. Was there a vote on this matter in another place? If not, could the Minister explain under what legal authority this draconian action was taken?

Performing Arts: Job Support Scheme - Private Notice Question (29 Sep 2020)

Lord Mackenzie of Framwellgate: My Lords, as vice-chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Fairs and Showgrounds, which includes circuses, can I ask the Minister if she agrees that these groups are of great value to the culture and heritage in the UK and much loved by the public? If so, does she also agree they clearly fall within the definition of live performing arts groups and qualify for assistance under the...

Economy - Statement (28 Sep 2020)

Lord Mackenzie of Framwellgate: My Lords, as vice-chairman of the all-party group, perhaps I may make a plea for assistance for travelling fairs and circuses. This sector, which has been ignored, forms part of our heritage and culture in the UK and is much loved by the public. It needs support to ensure that it is still there after the pandemic. I ask the noble Lord to treat it in the same way as theme parks, for example,...

Emergency Services Network - Question (24 Sep 2020)

Lord Mackenzie of Framwellgate: My Lords, communications are clearly critical within and between the emergency services in dealing with major incidents. Could the Minister tell the House whether there have been essential improvements in comms technology recently, allowing better communications and connections between and within responder services? Have improvements been made? Can she guarantee that improvements are being...

China: Uighur Internment Camps - Question (23 Sep 2020)

Lord Mackenzie of Framwellgate: My Lords, China has shown a callous disregard for the human rights of minority ethnic groups over a number of years. The evidence is now clearly overwhelming. Does the Minister not agree that the time is now right to instigate Magnitsky sanctions against those who perpetrate these indefensible wrongs against their own citizens? Words are clearly ineffective—this is time for decisive action.

Retail Businesses: Financial Support - Question (21 Sep 2020)

Lord Mackenzie of Framwellgate: My Lords, the Question in the name of the noble Lord, Lord Allen, illustrates the inequity in some areas of financial support following the spread of the virus. The Government have pre-empted my original question, of which I gave the Minister notice, requesting improved support for those self-isolating in the north-east. I would like to think that the £500 grant is a response to that. I...

Taiwan - Question (17 Sep 2020)

Lord Mackenzie of Framwellgate: My Lords, does the Minister accept that any representations that the UK makes in relation to the violation of Taiwan’s airspace by the PRC exemplify the unnecessary weakening of the UK’s authority and soft power brought about by the Government’s cavalier attitude to the admitted breach of international law by their introduction of the internal market Bill, which seeks to alter the...

Covid-19 Secure Marshals - Question (15 Sep 2020)

Lord Mackenzie of Framwellgate: My Lords, can the Minister explain to the House whether the Covid marshals will be trained by the police and given powers to issue fixed penalties to those refusing to comply with the rule of six in its various settings? Will their powers extend to wilful refusal to self-isolate—for example, on return from a designated country?

Covid-19 Update - Statement (14 Sep 2020)

Lord Mackenzie of Framwellgate: My Lords, following on from the previous question, effective policing requires the consent of those being policed, and those enforcing it need good training and interpersonal skills. Covid marshals—when they are actually implemented—could well face some resistance from those who have had enough of being told what to do. Will marshals have the power to issue fixed penalties, and does the...

Covid-19: Rise of Positive Tests - Private Notice Question (9 Sep 2020)

Lord Mackenzie of Framwellgate: My Lords, many law-abiding people are offended by the organisation of raves in blatant contravention of the rules on numbers and social distancing. What assessment have the Government made of the use of intelligence by the police to stop people travelling long distances to attend such illegal gatherings?

Covid-19 - Statement (3 Sep 2020)

Lord Mackenzie of Framwellgate: My Lords, can the Minister advise the House whether self-isolation—in any setting—is enforceable, and if so, by whom? If it is not a legal requirement, is the moral obligation to isolate sufficient in such a serious public health crisis?

UK Internal Market: White Paper - Statement (29 Jul 2020)

Lord Mackenzie of Framwellgate: My Lords, can the Minister gaze into his crystal ball and outline the consequences if a newly independent Scotland rejoined the European single market, particularly in relation to the management of a hard border with England?

Domestic Abuse - Private Notice Question (24 Jul 2020)

Lord Mackenzie of Framwellgate: My Lords, is the number of domestic violence victims who are intimidated after they have sought refuge increasing? What measures are taken to ensure that the locations of refuges are kept secret?

China - Statement (22 Jul 2020)

Lord Mackenzie of Framwellgate: My Lords, in considering Magnitsky sanctions against individuals of the Chinese Communist Party, will Her Majesty’s Government take into account the judgment of the China tribunal in March this year, chaired by Sir Geoffrey Nice QC, that the abhorrent forced harvesting of organs from Falun Gong prisoners has been perpetrated for years throughout China on a significant scale and that medical...

Banks: Internet Transfers of Cash - Question (9 Jul 2020)

Lord Mackenzie of Framwellgate: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact on the cashflow of small and medium-sized companies of banks quarantining internet transfers of cash on the grounds of security.


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