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Upcoming Business – Lords: Grand Committee (24 Jan 2017)

Report from the Select Committee on National Policy for the Built Environment – Baroness O'Cathain. Debate; 3:30 pm

Higher Education and Research Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (11 Jan 2017)

Baroness O'Cathain: I thank my noble friend for giving way. Surely one of the reasons is the appalling lack of broadband access throughout the country. Going back to what the noble Lord, Lord Giddens, said about the technological advances that are going to transform education and learning, it is nevertheless a fact that people find it extremely difficult to get involved if their broadband connection goes on and...

Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988 (Penalty Points) (Amendment) Order 2016 - Motion to Approve (20 Dec 2016)

Baroness O'Cathain: My Lords, has the technology developed to the extent that people can ensure that an incoming call does not stop them driving? Perhaps there could be a voicemail on the telephone in the car that does not allow you to take the call while driving—going back to the point about the engine being turned off—rather like we have at home, where we can see who is calling. It must be...

Southern Rail - Private Notice Question (12 Dec 2016)

Baroness O'Cathain: Can I ask my noble friend to be very persistent with the Secretary of State? This is just no good. Today, the first two trains this morning were delayed, but we heard no excuse, such as “Sorry, there are no guards” or “no drivers” or whatever. When people then get into the carriages and look at the tabloids that are available today, they see that most of the tabloids...

Railways: Industrial Action - Question (7 Dec 2016)

Baroness O'Cathain: My Lords, surely a huge train crash is about to happen. When you get on these trains at the moment on the Southern route to Victoria, from Gatwick into Victoria there is literally not one inch to move. People come and put their wheeled luggage in the middle of the aisle, and if there was the slightest emergency, it would be horrific. Surely we are not waiting for that to happen before the...

Planning: Brownfield Sites - Question (21 Jul 2016)

Baroness O'Cathain: My Lords, I worked on the ad hoc committee on policies for national housing and I take the opportunity given to us by the Question of the noble Lord, Lord Greaves, to raise with my noble friend the Minister the committee’s report, which went to the Government on 11 February. Three times this week I have been told that the Government are about to make their response. I hope that when...

Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016 - Motion to Regret (4 Jul 2016)

Baroness O'Cathain: My Lords, this has been a very interesting debate so far; it has been good-humoured and full of humour. I was glad to hear the noble Lord, Lord Campbell-Savours, and the noble Baroness, Lady Hollins, talk about the seriousness of this situation. I and at least two other people whom I see in the Chamber at the moment fought like tigers to make sure that smoking was banned in public places. We...

Taxpayer Confidentiality — Question (14 Mar 2016)

Baroness O'Cathain: My Lords, poor old HMRC comes in for a bashing the whole time. Is it not a fact that it is trying very hard to get this tax and that it is improving year by year? I received my form for the next tax due at the weekend and, for the first time in my life, I was able to understand it—and it is not that I have been to Specsavers.

Aircraft: Laser Pointers — Question (8 Mar 2016)

Baroness O'Cathain: My Lords—

Aircraft: Laser Pointers — Question (8 Mar 2016)

Baroness O'Cathain: Thank you. The real problem is that although the Government reacted very positively when the Select Committee made its report on drones and an action plan was created, nothing has happened. While nothing is happening here, we may be sure that everything is happening in those other countries that are manufacturing drones. Will the Minister try to get some oomph into this, otherwise we really...

European Union — Statement (2 Feb 2016)

Baroness O'Cathain: My Lords, first, I want to thank my noble friend for making these papers available to us. I recommend that everybody in the House get a copy of them and read them. They should read them in a spirit of tolerance—

European Union — Statement (2 Feb 2016)

Baroness O'Cathain: Well, because tolerance should be our reaction. The whole issue has been so hyped up that we do not know where we are. The letter by President Donald Tusk is the most generous and accommodating letter I ever expected to see from the EU. Not only that, he pays tribute to us. He says: “To be, or not to be … that is the question”. And: “Nothing is agreed until everything...

Drones — Question (19 Jan 2016)

Baroness O'Cathain: My Lords, why has there been such a delay in getting this consultation together? There was terrific euphoria when the report was first published in March last year and the Government gave a very positive response to it within 13 days. What has happened between then and now? [Laughter.] It is not a laughing situation. The tracking and tracing of drones is so important and we have to get on...

Procedure Committee — Motion to Agree (16 Dec 2015)

Baroness O'Cathain: My Lords, may I revert to the issue of putting down Oral Questions? How would this affect the Topical Question?

European Union Referendum Bill — Commons Reason (14 Dec 2015)

Baroness O'Cathain: It was not this Government who did that; it was the coalition Government.

European Union Referendum Bill — Commons Reason (14 Dec 2015)

Baroness O'Cathain: Noble Lords may laugh. But perhaps I may remind the noble Baroness that we are on very tricky ground. We are playing with the constitution and with the fact that we are not supposed to check on financial privilege. All this stuff we are getting now is of no relevance to the Motion.

European Union Referendum Bill: Report (1st Day) (18 Nov 2015)

Baroness O'Cathain: Will the noble Baroness please tell me how many people this affected at the time of the Scottish referendum? How many millions, thousands or hundreds were there? How does that compare with the 1.5 million who would have to be included this time?

European Union Referendum Bill: Report (1st Day) (18 Nov 2015)

Baroness O'Cathain: With the leave of the House, may I pursue this question? The noble Baroness said it was probably thousands. But how many thousands? Was it 99,000, 3,000 or 5,000? I just want to get this straight in my mind.

Liaison Committee — Motion to Agree (10 Nov 2015)

Baroness O'Cathain: My Lords, I rise solely to deal with the issue of ad hoc committees and the effect of the foreign affairs committee on the operation of ad hoc committees. First of all, I have to say that I totally support a foreign affairs committee in the House of Lords for the same reason as has been stated. We have so much expertise here and foreign affairs are more important now than they have been for...

Aviation Security — Statement (5 Nov 2015)

Baroness O'Cathain: My Lords, is this not a wake-up call because we have all got so used to being body searched and searched for liquids and goodness knows what else, and now somebody has got through and almost certainly put a bomb on an airplane? Instead of asking whether we should know about routeings or anything else, I hope my noble friend agrees that we should all take it on ourselves to stop moaning about...

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