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Covid-19 Update - Statement (3 Nov 2020)

Viscount Eccles: My Lords, I would like to make a small plea about the NHS. There was a very good statement today from Professor Stephen Powis on the actual position facing the NHS. Accurate information is essential to keeping the confidence of the public, as has been said already today. Sometimes it seems that what is happening in the NHS is slightly cloudy behind a lot of other information—scientific...

Health Protection (Coronavirus, Local COVID-19 Alert Level) (Medium) (England) Regulations 2020 - Motion to Approve (14 Oct 2020)

Viscount Eccles: My Lords, in expressing my gratitude to my noble friend on the Front Bench, I reflect that in this very complicated situation it cannot always be easy to convey the messages that go from this House to the other end of the Corridor. Messages are coming from a multitude of directions, and we must be very grateful for my noble friend’s diligence and persistence and for the calm presentations...

Health Protection (Coronavirus, Local COVID-19 Alert Level) (Very High) (England) Regulations 2020 - Motion to Approve: Amendment to the Motion (14 Oct 2020)

Viscount Eccles: My Lords, I fully support the local approach to this very difficult situation. We have learned a lot since the virus came and hit us. We could do with being told more about what has been learned, particularly by the front line. We need to remember that we live in a democratic society governed by consent, and we are facing unprecedented circumstances. In these circumstances, how do we assess...

Covid-19 Update - Statement (14 Sep 2020)

Viscount Eccles: My Lords, last week I pursued the question as to whether there were precedents for using emergency powers under an old Act—this is an Act from 1984—and also whether the Government had any plans to change the procedure to one that is more like what we have come to expect over many years, so that we debate these regulations before they came into force. Many of the questions that are asked...

Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No. 3) Regulations 2020 - Motion to Approve (3 Sep 2020)

Viscount Eccles: My Lords, I will follow the thrust of the speeches made much earlier by the noble Lords, Lord Hunt of Kings Heath and Lord Scriven. In this intervention, I am questioning not the policy but its legislative implementation. In the early days when things were very hectic we could understand why the policy was being implemented in the way that it was, but now, when we know much more, it must be a...

Covid-19: Economic Costs - Question (28 Jul 2020)

Viscount Eccles: Bearing in mind that this excellent paper is entitled Living with COVID-19 and that at the present time we have no idea how long we will have to live with it, and given that the paper concentrates on balancing, when do the Government intend to widen the debate to bring in advice from other academically qualified people such as economists and behavioural scientists, alongside the medical...

Covid-19: Response - Statement (27 Jul 2020)

Viscount Eccles: My Lords, I am sure my noble friend is well aware of the importance of the use of language in Statements and careful use of language. Given the importance of the working relationships between national and local authorities, will my noble friend expand on the assertion that the new powers delivered last Saturday will enable local authorities to “act with more vigour”? It seems a strange...

Pension Schemes Bill [HL] - Report: Amendment 34 (30 Jun 2020)

Viscount Eccles: My Lords, the noble Baroness, Lady Bennett, opened the debate on this group with a request for more detailed information from collective money purchase schemes, particularly on the environment. That is entirely right and very appropriate when we move on to Clause 124, which is quite another matter. It builds on the 1995 and 2004 Acts, which refer to injunctions on trustees to produce...

Pension Schemes Bill [HL] - Second Reading (28 Jan 2020)

Viscount Eccles: My Lords, it is a pleasure to follow my noble friend Lord Flight. He mentioned equity release, and about 20 years ago he assisted me with a major chunk of equity release when I moved from a house into a flat. I am very grateful; it certainly eased my way to comparatively old age. Of course, I come from the defined benefit era. I would have had an interest to declare, being trustee and...

European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill - Second Reading (13 Jan 2020)

Viscount Eccles: My Lords, arguing that there are defects in a Bill to which the Government should pay attention is not the same as voting for an amendment and sending that amendment to the House of Commons. I hope that we will remember that. I voted remain for two reasons. Our long membership, as one of the leading members of Europe as it expanded, seemed to me to warrant very careful consideration if we...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (2nd Day) (Continued) (7 Jan 2020)

Viscount Eccles: My Lords, I will reflect briefly on the great office of state of Foreign Secretary and will try to see whether there is an opportunity in what is happening now for that office to regain the limelight that I believe it deserves. One thing that is certain is that change takes place all the time, and the biggest change will be our departure from the European Union. If you put that together with...

Kew Gardens (Leases) (No. 3) Bill [HL] - Report: Amendment 2 (5 Jun 2019)

Viscount Eccles: My Lords, I very much support Amendments 2 and 3 from the noble Lord, Lord Whitty. Proposed new subsection (3)(b) refers to, “the ability of the Board of Trustees … to carry out its functions under section 24 of the … Act”. The first of these functions is to, “carry out investigation and research into the science of plants and related subjects, and disseminate the results of the...

Kew Gardens (Leases) (No. 3) Bill [HL] - Report: Amendment 1 (5 Jun 2019)

Viscount Eccles: My Lords, the amendment is a little too restrictive on Kew, although I recall that at one time it had a plan, or at least a dream, to make available some of the properties for short-term accommodation for Kew’s partners when they needed to spend time in London and with Kew. However, to try to restrict the new power to residential property is going a bit too far.

Kew Gardens (Leases) (No. 3) Bill [HL] - Committee: Amendment 2 (21 May 2019)

Viscount Eccles: My Lords, I have a great deal of time for what the noble Baroness, Lady Tonge, just said. I also have a great deal of time for this amendment. To me, the crucial thing is the words, “compatible with the core … scientific … activities of the Royal Botanic Gardens”. As I said, the balance at Kew is the crucial issue. It is primarily a scientific institution. The people who work for...

Kew Gardens (Leases) (No. 3) Bill [HL] - Committee: Amendment 1 (21 May 2019)

Viscount Eccles: I am sorry to interrupt my noble friend. He has used the phrase “non-core” three times. How does he define that? Until you define your attitude to the six general functions in some detail, you cannot come to a judgment on what is core and what is not. Some properties on Kew Green are occupied by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Some of them, such as Cambridge Cottage, are historic. If I...

Kew Gardens (Leases) (No. 3) Bill [HL] - Committee: Amendment 1 (21 May 2019)

Viscount Eccles: My Lords, I have put my name to my noble friend’s amendment and will concentrate briefly on what I would describe as a gamekeeper and poacher situation. Because Defra and Kew together determine the interpretation of the general functions of Kew, which are set out in Section 24, they can come to a mutual definition of what is within its charitable purposes. My noble friend is asking whether...

Kew Gardens (Leases) (No. 3) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (7 May 2019)

Viscount Eccles: My Lords, it is a pleasure to follow the noble Lord, Lord Whitty, and I agree with what he just said. Kew is a very complicated institution, and it is important that the focus is maintained. Without going into any more detail than this, there was a short period after the 1983 Act when Kew lost, to a certain extent, its focus. I would welcome a little more detail in the Bill. I should declare...

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 5) Bill - Committee: Amendment 5 (8 Apr 2019)

Viscount Eccles: The noble and learned Lord tells us that it improves the Bill. Does it not change the Bill so materially that it is not the same Bill after all?

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 5) Bill - Committee: Amendment 5 (8 Apr 2019)

Viscount Eccles: My Lords—

Road Vehicles and Non-Road Mobile Machinery (Type-Approval) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Approve (20 Feb 2019)

Viscount Eccles: Does the noble Lord not think it is slightly insulting to assume that we do not know the background?


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