Results 1–20 of 279 for speaker:Lord Christopher

Business of the House - Motion to Agree: Amendment to the Motion (26 Mar 2019)

Lord Christopher: My Lords, I hope that the Leader of the House will respond to the point that the noble Lord, Lord Pannick, has raised. There is an indication which has been referred to today—I think in the Financial Times—that extreme people who wish to leave were raising a legal challenge to the fact that we are not leaving at the end of the month.

Brexit: Powers of EU-UK Joint Committee - Statement (20 Mar 2019)

Lord Christopher: My Lords, I am not clear on the spread of the committee’s responsibility. For example, who will deal with the problem of $3 trillion being put through the City every day to deal with various contracts? There is high competition over them between several European countries, and New York in particular. Who will deal with that?

Student Tuition Fees and Maintenance Loans - Statement (18 Dec 2018)

Lord Christopher: My Lords, where loans are bundled and sold off, does that exclude the possibility of any of them being written off?

Student Tuition Fees and Maintenance Loans - Statement (18 Dec 2018)

Lord Christopher: My Lords, I do not understand that. The loans are sold off and the buyer expects to make a profit. He is not going to make a profit if he then finds that some of the assets are now withdrawn.

NHS: Dangerous Waste and Body Parts Disposal - Statement (10 Oct 2018)

Lord Christopher: My Lords, I find this an extraordinary situation. Is there nothing in this contract—or, indeed, any government contract, through whatever agency—to impose an obligation on the contractor to advise whoever he should advise that he is not able to complete the work he is contracted to do?

High Street Retailers - Question (4 Jul 2018)

Lord Christopher: My Lords, may I ask the noble Lord what is the basis of assessment for business rates of internet companies? Does it differ, and if so in what way, from ordinary high street shops?

National Autism and Education Strategy - Question (16 May 2018)

Lord Christopher: My Lords, not in any way to underestimate the importance of education, but it seems to me that this extends quite a bit beyond that, and relates very much to the households of autistic children, not least when the autistic child is a boy and the other siblings are girls. I suggest that perhaps some attention be paid to the benefit of dogs in many of these households. I am sitting next to a...

Asylum Seekers: Students - Question (9 May 2018)

Lord Christopher: My Lords, I am not clear about the thought process involved in this. There may be a case to argue in individual cases, but what is it? What is the thought process that makes someone decide that Bill Smith should stop studying?

Worboys Case and the Parole Board - Statement (28 Mar 2018)

Lord Christopher: Will the noble and learned Lord reflect for a moment on the fact that this case, awful though it was, may well lead to changes being made which have unexpected consequences? I suggest that he go back to the original papers from when the Parole Board was set up to see precisely what its purpose was and was not intended to be. There is another side to this matter which has not been aired...

Immigration: Asylum Claims - Question (28 Mar 2018)

Lord Christopher: My Lords, some of the cases we have read about in the press are almost unbelievable. The noble Baroness may not have the answer to this question in her briefing papers, but how many of the staff dealing with these matters have more than 12 months’ experience of them? How many have more than two years’ experience? At its peak, what was the size of the cut in the Home Office staff overall?

Terrorist Attacks - Statement (5 Dec 2017)

Lord Christopher: My Lords, I got the impression while the noble Earl was speaking that the general public might have no real comprehension that they, too, have a part to play, and think that this is essentially something that can be left to the services. I am old enough to recall what we did just before the last war with the “Careless Talk Costs Lives” and similar campaigns. On the whole, those were...

VAT: Evasion - Question (20 Nov 2017)

Lord Christopher: My Lords, I declare some of my past life, which is in the register and which should be taken note of. There is no prospect whatever of the Inland Revenue getting on top of the range of activities which you now require without more staff— not just in numbers but in quality, experience and knowledge, and a capacity for doing forensic work. Will the Government undertake a review of what is...

Energy: Storage - Question (1 Feb 2017)

Lord Christopher: My Lords, further to my noble friend’s last question, I believe that we are still using a good deal of nuclear energy—usually electricity—from France. Are we making any contingency arrangements, should there be problems post Brexit over the fact that we rely upon that source of energy?

Brexit: Consumer Rights Policy - Question (12 Dec 2016)

Lord Christopher: My Lords, we do not need to wait for Europe to part company with us—there are already problems. Ryanair has already given an indication of its intention that claims against it by passengers should be made in Irish courts. If I may say so, there is a lot to be done now with consumer rights that is not happening. My personal recent experience was that the telegraph and postal system refused...

Rail Franchises - Question (11 Jul 2016)

Lord Christopher: My Lords, as a passenger on this railway line, I believe that the Government are dissembling. The contract which has been drawn up is quite unique and provides an incentive to the railway company not to run trains if it can avoid it. Under the contract, you collect the money from the tickets and pay a substantial fee to Southern to provide the trains. I suspect that you are seeking to buy...

Schools: Modern Languages - Question (24 May 2016)

Lord Christopher: My Lords, following the question from my noble friend Lord Kinnock, to what extent has the Minister’s department considered the economic implications of the present policies? How do we compare with other countries in Europe, which I am confident we will decide in a few weeks to remain with? At a funeral a few days ago, I met a young English boy who attends a school in Amsterdam. He is quite...

Local Government Finance Settlement: Transition Grant - Question (16 Mar 2016)

Lord Christopher: In view of the reduction in business rates, should we assume that there will be a significant increase in council tax?

Asylum: Processing of Applications — Question (2 Mar 2016)

Lord Christopher: My Lords, this department is not the only one which is employing temporary staff to deal with complex problems. The subject of this Question is not a problem that is going to go away quickly. Who knows how many years it will be before the number of asylum seekers declines seriously? It is appalling that we have this situation. It is similar in HMRC with temporary staff. It is quite...

City Regions: Pension Funds - Question (23 Feb 2016)

Lord Christopher: My Lords, following what was an accurate answer to the noble Lord, Lord Tugendhat, what arrangements are made when various pension funds pool resources to ensure that the individual potential beneficiaries of the funds are looked after?

Channel 4: Privatisation — Question (3 Feb 2016)

Lord Christopher: The noble Lord did not quite say what I hoped he would say but he made a very important point. I digress slightly from the issue by saying that many major companies in this country have pension funds that are greater, in terms of their deficiencies, than the value of the company. I declare an interest in Channel 4, having been a member of the authority that set it up in the first place. Will...


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