Lord Swinfen: My Lords, what proportion of these people are Christians and what is being done to help them?
Lord Swinfen: My Lords, is not the trouble on the M20 often caused by strikes in France, so it is not in fact our fault at all?
Lord Swinfen: My Lords, I have one quick question: does this apply to men wearing kilts as well as to women wearing skirts?
Lord Swinfen: My Lords, the date of the Recess has been known for over 12 weeks. Why has the noble Lord waited until today for his Motion?
Lord Swinfen: My Lords, the police used to patrol on foot, both in the country and in towns, most of the time. As far as I can see, at the moment they patrol in vehicles, which does not give them the chance to know the young people in their area and to know where they should be and where they ought not to be, and so to prevent crime before it starts. Is there any likelihood of this changing?
Lord Swinfen: My Lords, as the climate appears to be getting warmer, will we invest in the sort of firefighting aircraft that the Mediterranean region has, which can carry much larger loads of water at any one time?
Lord Swinfen: My Lords, what consideration is being given to using Manston Airport on the Isle of Thanet, particularly for freight, to relieve both Heathrow and Gatwick? I know that it is some way from London, but it is easily reached by road and rail, both of which run alongside the airport, which has the longest runway in Europe. Aircraft can go straight out over the North Sea and down the Dover Strait...
Lord Swinfen: My Lords, does my noble friend think that Mrs Ratcliffe is being used as a bargaining chip?
Lord Swinfen: My Lords, the world of artificial intelligence is advancing rapidly and changing the whole time. Is my noble friend satisfied that our laws are up to date and can cope with the advances being made?
Lord Swinfen: My Lords, is it acceptable to develop sites with flat surfaces and playing fields on flat roofs? Will my noble friend look into this?
Lord Swinfen: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether community service sentences may include picking up litter in (1) rural, and (2) urban, areas.
Lord Swinfen: My Lords, I am sorry; I was trying to be polite to my noble friend. I thought he was intending to speak but he has decided not to. In 1959, which was some time ago, I was on leave in Munich and was warned by my German hosts not to drop even a match when I lit my pipe or I would be fined on the spot, so I did not drop a match. However, the lane that leads to my home in east Kent, where people...
Lord Swinfen: Perhaps the noble Baroness will answer one simple question to clarify what I think she said. Am I right in thinking that she said that a medical practitioner who had a conscientious objection to helping with an abortion would still have to help with an abortion if it was necessary? That is what I understood that she said.
Lord Swinfen: My Lords, I wonder whether my noble friend can help me. I think that I heard him say that the cost of a by-election in Wales is £7 million but that it is very much greater elsewhere—I have a feeling that he gave a figure of either £12 million or £20 million. I do not understand why there is this difference. Can we not learn something from Wales, so that costs can be brought down elsewhere?
Lord Swinfen: My Lords, can the Minister tell the House at what age the United Nations considers that a child ceases to be a child?
Lord Swinfen: Is my noble friend aware that I run—
Lord Swinfen: I quite understand that the Bill will apply to British ships in British waters and elsewhere in the world, but what is the position with foreign-flagged ships that happen to be in British waters when the homosexual act takes place? Their foreign laws may not apply in the same way that ours do.
Lord Swinfen: My Lords, I spoke briefly on this in Committee and I will not weary your Lordships by repeating what I said then. I shall say simply that I support the amendment, and if there is a Division I will vote in favour of it.
Lord Swinfen: My Lords, I am a complete layman in these matters. When the noble Lord, Lord Winston, responds, can he tell the Committee what in his view is a “high probability”? What does he mean by that? Also how long is “shortly after” a birth? Would that be hours, days, weeks or years?
Lord Swinfen: My Lords, I, too, support these amendments. They appear to be drafted in favour of the person who has made the planning application, but let us not forget that council officers also need family holidays, and they may not be there to consider the application and to give it the proper consideration that it requires—or not all of them, or not the relevant individual. So this amendment,...