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Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Georgia: Investment (16 Oct 2020)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Sugg on 28 September (HL8057), what plans they have to accelerate their assessment of the government of Georgia's amendment to their communications law following the expropriation of telecoms provider Caucasus Online; and whether they plan to raise concerns with the government of Georgia about the reasons for that...

Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 - Question (13 Oct 2020)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: I find the sources of help signposted on the government website, particularly those provided by Relate, very clear and sensitive. But in almost every case depicted, there is an assumption that those who have started proceedings will want to continue with them. Will the Minister ask Relate to look again and take into account the fact that some people want help to stay together, in their...

Housing: Rent and Covid-19 - Question (8 Oct 2020)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: My Lords, 300,000 people are now reported to be behind on their rent. As the Minister will know, debt because of rent is one of the major causes, if not the major cause, of anxiety, and it is very prevalent at this time. The Government are to be commended on the steps they have already taken, but in view of the seriousness of the present situation, and rising anxiety levels, will he consider...

Nagorno-Karabakh - Question (30 Sep 2020)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: Given the fact that it was Russia that brought about an end to the war in 1994 and brokered a truce in 2016, what representations have Her Majesty’s Government made to the Russians, and in particular asking them to put pressure on Turkey to stop siphoning Syrian mercenaries into Nagorno-Karabakh?

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Georgia: Investment (28 Sep 2020)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) changes to the law in Georgia which discriminate against foreign investors in that country's digital telecommunications network, (2) reports that such changes were due to pressure from the government of Russia, and (3) the impact of any such changes on Georgia's membership of international bodies.

Housing: Cladding - Question (22 Sep 2020)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: In September of last year, the housing Minister said that those owners who fail to remove unsafe Grenfell-style ACM cladding from their buildings would suffer the consequences. He said: “There is no excuse for … delay.”—[Official Report, Commons, 5/9/19; col. 373.] But there are still 246 tall buildings where such cladding remains. Can the Minister say what consequences those who fail...

River Pollution - Question (16 Sep 2020)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of (1) the level of the pollution in rivers in England, and (2) the causes.

River Pollution - Question (16 Sep 2020)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: I thank the Minister for his Answer, but would he agree that the present situation is a total disgrace? More than 200,000 tonnes of raw sewage go into our rivers every year. Even in 2018 only 14% of our rivers passed as fit for purpose and they have probably got worse since then, and only three cases were taken to court in 2018, despite all this. Does he agree that there is a need for a much...

Renewable Energy - Question (15 Sep 2020)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: At the moment, solar power provides only 2.2% of our energy needs. What are the Government doing to increase this percentage? In particular, why are they not doing more to encourage householders to install solar panels on their roofs?

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

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: Moving on from the question asked by the noble Baroness, Lady Jolly, about care homes, and the Minister’s response, are the Government publishing the number of cases and deaths due to Covid in care homes? If not, why not?

Suicide - Question (8 Sep 2020)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking in response to the reported rise in the number of people committing suicide.

Suicide - Question (8 Sep 2020)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: I thank the Minister for his reply and what the Government are doing. Unfortunately, male suicides are the worst they have been for two decades. There is particular concern among men between the ages of 45 and 49, and suicide is the highest form of death for those under 50. It is a particular concern in areas of Yorkshire and Humber. In his latest book, Professor Michael Sandel argues that...

Kickstart Scheme - Commons Urgent Question (7 Sep 2020)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: My Lords, I congratulate the Government on this initiative, but I would like to ask the Minister what plans they have for when it ends. The danger, of course, is that too many people will simply drop back into unemployment, as happens too often in France. I wonder whether it is possible to have continuing support at a lower level, so that there is a tapering off, as with the present furlough...

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office - Commons Urgent Question (3 Sep 2020)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: On 16 June, the Prime Minister said that the guiding principle of the new department would be promoting the UK’s national interest overseas. Does the Minister agree that, at least in theory, there could be the possibility of a clash between promoting that national interest—for example, by supporting a prestigious project which has been much wanted by the beneficiary Government—and...

Childhood Obesity - Question (2 Sep 2020)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: In her 2019 report, the Chief Medical Officer pointed out that, when we leave the European Union, it will be open to the Government to alter VAT rates. She recommended that healthy foods should remain without VAT, as they are at the moment, but that there should be a tiered approach to unhealthy foods and drinks as far as VAT is concerned. What is the Government’s response to this...

Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Department for International Development: Merger - Question (27 Jul 2020)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: To ask Her Majesty’s Government how the merger of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department for International Development will enhance the United Kingdom’s ability to help (1) the poorest, and (2) the most vulnerable, communities abroad.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Department for International Development: Merger - Question (27 Jul 2020)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: I thank the Minister for his Answer. Given that the Prime Minister has said promoting the UK’s national interest is at the heart of the new department, does the Minister agree that there is a possibility of real clashes between projects that directly support the nation’s interests and those that might do so in a rather more indirect way? For example, there might be a choice between a big,...

Global Human Rights Sanctions Regime - Question (9 Jul 2020)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to report annually to Parliament on the operation of the Global Human Rights Sanctions Regime, including the details of those subject to that Regime.

Global Human Rights Sanctions Regime - Question (9 Jul 2020)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: I thank the Minister for his Answer and, like other noble Lords yesterday, I warmly congratulate the Government on this hugely significant step, which is a flare of light in the continuing darkness of human rights abuses. It was good to hear that the Government are to report annually to Parliament. Given the Minister’s well-known and serious commitment to this area, and the fact that in the...

Independent Residential Care - Private Notice Question (7 Jul 2020)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: The Covid crisis has revealed the crucial role that care homes and care workers play in our national life. Does the Minister agree that it is high time to take a radical look at the role of care homes and of social care more generally, especially the status and the pay of care workers, who have revealed their worth so wonderfully over these last few months?


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