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Results 1–20 of 4280 for speaker:Lord Adonis

Queen’s Speech - Debate (4th Day) (9 Jan 2020)

Lord Adonis: My Lords, my noble friend referred to localism and local decision-making but the Mayor of the West Midlands, the Mayor of Greater Manchester and the leader of Leeds City Council are strongly in favour of HS2 continuing. They prioritise it very highly. Does that not weigh with my noble friend?

Queen’s Speech - Debate (4th Day) (9 Jan 2020)

Lord Adonis: I do not accept that that is correct. If my noble friend asks the Mayor of the West Midlands, he will not find him prioritising other services over HS2.

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation etc) Act 2019: Section 3(5) - Motion to Take Note (7 Jan 2020)

Lord Adonis: My Lords, the great majority of the Members of both Houses of Parliament supported the legalisation of abortion and same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland, and I applaud the Minister’s early remarks about the steps, including the preliminary steps, that the Government are taking to make it possible for women there to access abortion rights. The noble Lord, Lord McCrea, referred to democracy,...

Grenfell Tower Inquiry: Phase 1 Report - Motion to Take Note (31 Oct 2019)

Lord Adonis: The Minister mentioned my remarks and those of the noble Baroness, Lady Kidron. The House of Commons committee recommended: “The Government should set a realistic, but short, deadline by which time all buildings with any form of dangerous cladding should be fully remediated”. Can the Minister tell us what date the Government intend to set?

Grenfell Tower Inquiry: Phase 1 Report - Motion to Take Note (31 Oct 2019)

Lord Adonis: My Lords, our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the 72 people who lost their lives at Grenfell, and our admiration is for the firefighters and emergency staff who dealt with that terrible tragedy. The noble Lord, Lord Bourne, made a very well-judged and comprehensive speech when opening the debate. He highlighted all the major issues, which I hope the Minister will...

Railways: Trans-Pennine Freight - Question (7 Oct 2019)

Lord Adonis: My Lords, can the Minister confirm or deny the story on the front page of the Financial Times that the HS2 review is considering axing its eastern leg? Is she aware that this report is being treated with great alarm in Edinburgh, Newcastle, Durham, York, Leeds, Sheffield, Nottingham, Derby and Birmingham?

Brexit - Motion to Take Note (2 Oct 2019)

Lord Adonis: My Lords, I will simply say of the speech from the noble Lord, Lord Lilley, that his likening of the European Union to the Soviet Union will be hugely resented by all those countries of central and eastern Europe that were colonies of the Soviet Union but are free and democratic members of the European Union. From the outset, Ireland has been the Achilles heel of Brexit and I believe it will...

Irish Border: Checks and Customs Arrangements - Statement (1 Oct 2019)

Lord Adonis: My Lords, will the Minister confirm the point made by my noble friend Lord Hain that any new infrastructure at or near the border would be a breach of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018?

Lord Speaker’s Statement - Announcement (25 Sep 2019)

Lord Adonis: My Lords, may I ask where the Leader of the House is? Should she not be in her place, given her responsibility for these events?

High Speed Rail (West Midlands–Crewe) Bill - Second Reading (9 Sep 2019)

Lord Adonis: My Lords, can the noble Baroness answer the question put to her on precisely when the review will be published?

High Speed Rail (West Midlands–Crewe) Bill - Second Reading (9 Sep 2019)

Lord Adonis: It is integral to the plan that there will be through services to Glasgow and Edinburgh.

High Speed Rail (West Midlands–Crewe) Bill - Second Reading (9 Sep 2019)

Lord Adonis: My Lords, regardless of what the noble Lord has said, I think that it is quite unacceptable that speeches on a matter of such importance should be restricted in this way when in fact the House is under no time constraint whatever, except one artificially imposed by the Government.

High Speed Rail (West Midlands–Crewe) Bill - Second Reading (9 Sep 2019)

Lord Adonis: My Lords, I congratulate the Minister on her opening speech. As I will point out in a moment, there is a big problem with the conflict between that speech, which was full of enthusiasm, and the setting up of a fundamental review, which could lead to the cancellation of HS2. There is a clear left hand/right hand problem in the handling of this project at the moment, which will only serve to...

High Speed Rail (West Midlands–Crewe) Bill - Second Reading (9 Sep 2019)

Lord Adonis: The noble Lord said scrutiny.

High Speed Rail (West Midlands–Crewe) Bill - Second Reading (9 Sep 2019)

Lord Adonis: I did not. I said, “without proper parliamentary scrutiny”. There has been massive parliamentary scrutiny of this project. The Motion the noble Lord referred to, which he moved at Third Reading in January 2017, attracted 25 votes while there were 385 votes on the other side, so I do not think anyone can say that it is not the express will of Parliament that is leading HS2 to proceed. The...

High Speed Rail (West Midlands–Crewe) Bill - Second Reading (9 Sep 2019)

Lord Adonis: There is not a fixed time limit. I will make two more points if I may. When the noble Lord, Lord Framlingham, said that the case for HS2 when it started was on speed and not capacity, that was completely untrue. I published the White Paper on HS2 in March 2010, the opening words of which were, “the Government’s assessment is … That over the next 20 to 30 years the UK will require a...

High Speed Rail (West Midlands–Crewe) Bill - Second Reading (9 Sep 2019)

Lord Adonis: It is a high-speed line, but from the beginning the prime case for HS2 has been additional capacity. I was reading the opening words of the White Paper, which continue, “alongside such additional capacity, there are real benefits for the economy and for passengers from improving journey times and hence the connectivity of the UK”. My final point is about the network effects which my noble...

High Speed Rail (West Midlands–Crewe) Bill - Second Reading (9 Sep 2019)

Lord Adonis: My Lords, can the Minister tell the House when the report of the review will be published?

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 6) Bill - Committee: Amendment 1 (6 Sep 2019)

Lord Adonis: My Lords, it is not clear which Minister on the Front Bench is responsible for the Bill. Is no Minister taking any interest in these affairs at all? The Minister for Exiting the European Union is notable by his absence in the Chamber now, as indeed he was for a large part of the debate yesterday.


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