Baroness Sharples: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in eliminating Japanese knotweed.
Baroness Sharples: Before I came to your Lordships’ House some 44 years ago, I was fortunate enough to be a volunteer in the prisoners’ wives association, run by a splendid woman, Lady Chancellor. I had a number of wives to visit and their main concern was that they had only one free ticket a month to visit their husbands. These women were mostly in a pretty bad way. I remember hearing the clink of bottles...
Baroness Sharples: My Lords, is not the great increase in the number of pupils with English as a second language making life very difficult for teachers?
Baroness Sharples: Would not more cameras help in these instances?
Baroness Sharples: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the Statement by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth on 7 February on the Housing White Paper, what steps they are taking to ensure that councils continue to provide suitable plots for allotments.
Baroness Sharples: My Lords, does not the Small Holdings and Allotments Act 1908 still apply to councils? If more than six people ask for an allotment, are they not to be given one?
Baroness Sharples: My Lords, a few years ago, I had a bicycle with very small wheels and I was allowed to ride on the pavement. Does that still apply?
Baroness Sharples: Will there be enough allotments available for those who want them?
Baroness Sharples: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are delays of six months or more in holding inquests in London, and if so, why.
Baroness Sharples: How many writers in residence are there in prisons?
Baroness Sharples: Can my noble friend say whether all these children have family here, or are they looking to be adopted?
Baroness Sharples: My Lords, will my noble friend confirm that local councils will provide enough allotments when all these houses are built?
Baroness Sharples: Is my noble friend aware that I twice asked this Question of different Governments many years ago and received exactly the same Answer as was received today?
Baroness Sharples: Can my noble and learned friend tell us how many prisons have writers in residence? Surely if prisoners were kept occupied, this would put less pressure on prison officers.
Baroness Sharples: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made in controlling the spread of Japanese knotweed.
Baroness Sharples: I thank my noble friend for that reply. Is he aware that I first asked this Question nearly 30 years ago? There has not been a great deal of progress. Is he aware of the man who killed his wife and committed suicide as he could not sell his property because of knotweed? Also, many people cannot get mortgages on their houses because of knotweed.
Baroness Sharples: How many languages are involved in the integration of refugees?