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Ukraine: Update - Statement (19 Jan 2023)

Lord Adonis: My Lords, the Ukrainian Prime Minister has said that the Ukrainians need and could deploy more than 100 tanks. We are providing 14 Challenger 2 tanks. The Minister said that there are 227. Could we not do rather better than 14?

Energy Security - Statement (5 Dec 2022)

Lord Adonis: My Lords, how many new nuclear reactors do the Government think they might be able to get operational in the next 20 years with their new planning framework and Great British Nuclear? Will the Minister also indicate, to whet our appetite, if the Government were to allow a more liberal planning regime onshore wind, how big a contribution might this also make to our energy supply?

School (Reform of Pupil Selection) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (2 Dec 2022)

Lord Adonis: The noble Lord is making his case, but the school in which it was piloted in Liverpool, the Belvedere School, has since joined the state system as a state academy and does not have selective admissions or fees any more. Might there not be a lesson from this that if more of these elite private schools joined the state system, access to them would be much more open than with them charging fees...

Newport Wafer Fab - Commons Urgent Question (22 Nov 2022)

Lord Adonis: Are there any other national security investigations of this kind under way?

G20 - Statement (17 Nov 2022)

Lord Adonis: My Lords, the noble Lord did not answer my noble friend Lady Smith’s question directly as to whether a trade deal with the United States was raised in the meeting with President Biden. Will he confirm that it was not raised? On the Ukraine issue, where we all stand in solidarity in this House, there have been two alarming developments. Was the use of Iranian drones by Russia in Ukraine...

Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 70 (14 Nov 2022)

Lord Adonis: My Lords, if I followed the earlier debate correctly, we have now had six months without a free speech director. I believe that that is correct, based on my noble friend’s earlier amendment probing when the appointment was going to be made. If it were so vitally important that this legislation was on the statute book because there was an imminent danger to freedom of speech, presumably the...

Leasehold Reform - Question (6 Sep 2022)

Lord Adonis: The issue of ground rents that the noble Baroness has just raised is fundamentally different from the issue of social rents. As the Government themselves recognise, it is totally unjustified to be charging exorbitant ground rents, for which landlords offer no services whatever, because they have been illegal with respect to new leases since the end of June. It is not just increases related to...

Schools Bill [HL] - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 31 (13 Jun 2022)

Lord Adonis: Since the noble Lord has raised the issue of Clause 3 standing part of the Bill, I wonder whether I might add a few remarks in the form of a question to the Minister. Unusually, the debates on this Bill in your Lordships’ House appear to be attracting the attention of the media, which very rarely happens, because people have suddenly noticed that these are extremely wide-ranging powers that...

Schools Bill [HL] - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 1 (8 Jun 2022)

Lord Adonis: My Lords, I intervene briefly. In listening to and reflecting on this debate, the bad news is that this Bill gives excessive powers to the Secretary of State. There seems to be consensus on that across the Committee. The good news is that there is no indication that the Secretary of State has any idea what he wants to do with the powers—for good or bad. There is no philosophy of education...

Levelling-up Report - Question (19 May 2022)

Lord Adonis: My Lords, as a contribution to levelling up, does the Secretary of State, Michael Gove, have any proposals to relocate his department and the noble Lord the Minister to Stoke? Does he not think that this might be a constructive suggestion and, in particular, enable him to practise what he preaches?

Skills and Post-16 Education Bill [HL] - Commons Reasons and Amendments: Motion on Amendments 1 and 2 (24 Mar 2022)

Lord Adonis: My Lords, as the Minister who gave the authorisation to Crossrail, I can say that it was never the intention that the Central line would close; there would be pandemonium in London if it did. The whole purpose of Crossrail was to supplement and improve the Central line, not to replace it, and indeed it goes out further west and east. That goes to the heart of what the noble Lord, Lord...

Elections Bill - Committee (4th Day) (Continued): Amendment 106ZA (21 Mar 2022)

Lord Adonis: My Lords, I was not absolutely clear from what the Minister said whether the phrase “undue spiritual pressure” exists in existing legislation. He may not have the answer to that, but could he write to us about it?

Elections Bill - Committee (4th Day) (Continued): Amendment 106ZA (21 Mar 2022)

Lord Adonis: My Lords, the underlying issue here clearly might lead to concern in certain circumstances, but the point I took the noble Lord, Lord Wallace, to be making is that this is a very new category of injury. I have never seen in legislation before the concept of “spiritual injury” or individuals being placed under “spiritual pressure”. Could the Minister give us any precedents for these...

Elections Bill - Committee (4th Day) (Continued): Amendment 106ZA (21 Mar 2022)

Lord Adonis: I will elaborate on the noble Lord’s point. There is a difference here, in the ordinary reading of the words, between pressure and intimidation. I took the noble Lord, Lord Hayward, to be referring to intimidation, which is clearly something that we want to guard against. But what constitutes spiritual pressure? As noble Lords have just said, would a sermon in a church constitute pressure?...

Elections Bill - Committee (4th Day) (Continued): Amendment 97 (21 Mar 2022)

Lord Adonis: My Lords, the figures that the noble Lord gave will of course be of concern to the Committee and to any reasonable person following our proceedings. I have just been reading the Ballot Act 1872, Section 2 of which makes it clear that the vote shall be secret. It makes no reference to anybody conducting a voter and is particularly scrupulous, because of the great concern that there might be...

Elections Bill - Committee (4th Day): Amendment 63 (21 Mar 2022)

Lord Adonis: My Lords, I am sorry to labour the point, but can the Minister write to us on this? It is one thing for him to say what the Government’s policy is but what the law says is another. The issue here is whether that power would require documents which are added to be photo ID documents or whether they could be any other item on the list by the noble Lord, Lord Willetts, in his Amendment 80. I...

Elections Bill - Committee (4th Day): Amendment 63 (21 Mar 2022)

Lord Adonis: The Minister is making important new points in his closing remarks that are of significance to the Committee. He has drawn our attention to new paragraph (IQ), inserted by paragraph 18 of Schedule 1, on page 81, which says: “Regulations may make provisions varying paragraph (1H), (1I) or (1J)”, which give the list of acceptable documents, “by … adding a reference to a document to any...

Elections Bill - Committee (4th Day): Amendment 63 (21 Mar 2022)

Lord Adonis: The Minister has been extremely helpful on this point. An extremely important statement has been made from the Front Bench. To close the point completely, in the regulations that the Government are going to produce, will the Minister undertake that this will be made an explicit requirement of all electoral registration officers? Making available the facility to apply for both at the same time...

Elections Bill - Committee (4th Day): Amendment 63 (21 Mar 2022)

Lord Adonis: My noble friend makes a compelling point, which is really a point for the noble Lord, Lord Willetts, as he constructs that amendment that I very much hope he will bring back on Report, having taken account of this debate.

Elections Bill - Committee (4th Day): Amendment 63 (21 Mar 2022)

Lord Adonis: The point is that the MP would be turned away, because that pass does not mean that someone can turn up and vote. The pass is an accepted document with which someone could apply for a photo electoral ID card. If the noble Lord tries to turn up at the polling station at 9.55 pm with his parliamentary pass he will get very short shrift, because the Government will not regard it as a secure document.


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