Results 41–60 of 880 for speaker:Lord Rennard

Public Duty Costs Allowance - Question (21 Nov 2022)

Lord Rennard: My Lords, we have a rapidly increasing number of ex-Prime Ministers. Three of them continue to sit as MPs. While Theresa May claims only a part of the ex-Prime Minister’s allowance, Boris Johnson and Liz Truss are entitled to claim up to £115,000 a year for as long as they say they are doing public duties, which may be for the rest of their lives. This is in addition to MPs’ office costs...

Ballot Secrecy Bill [HL] - Committee: Amendment 1 (18 Nov 2022)

Lord Rennard: My Lords, I spoke from these Benches in support of the principles of this Bill last July, and I do so again. Once again, I pay tribute to the great tenacity of the noble Lord, Lord Hayward, in pursuing this serious and important matter. Like him, I would like to pay tribute briefly to the late David Butler. When I was an undergraduate student of politics and economics at Liverpool University...

Written Answers — Home Office: National Security (14 Nov 2022)

Lord Rennard: To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by the Minister for Security on 1 November (HC Deb col 791), whether the proposed new taskforce to protect parliament from being subverted by foreign powers will examine the funding of (1) think tanks, and (2) other organisations, seeking to influence public policy; and in particular, where such funding comes from (a) abroad, and (b)...

Ambulance Delays - Question ( 9 Nov 2022)

Lord Rennard: My Lords, as the Minister has already suggested, part of the problem is unnecessary call-outs to ambulance services for people who do not need admission to hospital. Care homes regularly call on ambulance services to lift their fallen residents, even though more than 45% are uninjured and do not require transportation to hospital. If care homes had the right equipment to lift people safely,...

Bereavement Support - Question ( 9 Nov 2022)

Lord Rennard: My Lords, I lost my father at the age of three and lost my mother just before I was 17. At that point, my schoolfriends did not know what to say, my teachers’ concern was confined to my academic progress, and when I was suffering from the consequences of bereavement while at university, I found no sympathy or support from staff. Recently, half of the respondents to a Childhood Bereavement...

Childhood Obesity - Question (17 Oct 2022)

Lord Rennard: My Lords, this morning, this month’s Chancellor reversed nearly all last month’s Chancellor’s tax changes. Meanwhile, increasing levels of childhood obesity are adding considerably to the cost to the NHS of treating conditions such as diabetes. Can the Minister confirm the commitment to the soft drinks industry levy, which has been successful in reducing the level of sugar in soft...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Cystic Fibrosis: Mental Health Services and Social Workers (28 Jul 2022)

Lord Rennard: To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of (1) paediatric, and (2) adult, cystic fibrosis centres in England had a (a) social worker, and (b) clinical psychologist, vacancy for more than six months for each year since 2015.

Ballot Secrecy Bill [HL] - Second Reading (15 Jul 2022)

Lord Rennard: My Lords, the provisions in this Bill were debated during the passage of the Elections Act earlier this year, and the principles behind it have our strong support. As the noble Lords, Lord Hayward and Lord Kennedy, both said, it was 150 years ago that the Ballot Act 1872 first required parliamentary and local government elections in the UK to be conducted by secret ballot. Prior to that...

The Politics of Polling (Liaison Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (19 May 2022)

Lord Rennard: My Lords, I too pay tribute to the noble Lord, Lord Lipsey, for his tenacity in trying to insist on statistical accuracy. It was a pleasure to serve as one of two Liberal Democrat Members on the Select Committee on Political Polling and Digital Media, which met in the 2017-19 Session, and also to provide evidence to the Liaison Committee, which reviewed its work in 2020. One of the main...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (3rd Day) (12 May 2022)

Lord Rennard: My Lords, this is a Government who have devalued many of the democratic principles that underpin our constitution. The claim that “Her Majesty’s Government will ensure the constitution is defended” is one of which we should all be sceptical. Crucial to our constitution is the maintenance of balance between the powers of the Executive and the legislature. Perhaps not since Charles I has...

Elections Bill - Commons Amendments and Reason: Motion B1 (as an amendment to Motion B) (27 Apr 2022)

Lord Rennard: My Lords, I beg to move. Ayes 150, Noes 208.

Elections Bill - Commons Amendments and Reason: Motion A1 (as an amendment to Motion A) (27 Apr 2022)

Lord Rennard: I speak to Motion B1. We have already agreed in this House that compulsory photo ID at polling stations is not necessary. At no stage in any of our debates have the Government presented any evidence that compulsory photo ID is necessary, or proportionate, to what they try to claim is a risk of impersonation. In fact, there is proof that impersonation at the polling station is not a...

Elections Bill - Report (2nd Day): Amendment 69A (25 Apr 2022)

Lord Rennard: My Lords, elections and donations are about choice. People who have non-dom status choose not to pay their tax here and, while they have this status, they live abroad for more than nine months of the year. The fundamental question raised by this amendment is: should they be able to donate the perhaps millions of pounds which they save in taxes by being non-doms to a political party, for...

Elections Bill - Report (2nd Day): Amendment 48 (25 Apr 2022)

Lord Rennard: My Lords, I am grateful to the Minister for those warm words and his reassurance, and for his engagement and that of his officials on this important issue of election law. We have certainly made great progress on the issue since we began discussing what may happen in relation to notional expenditure and the original Private Member’s Bill, but I take from everything that he says, when he...

Elections Bill - Report (2nd Day): Amendment 48 (25 Apr 2022)

Lord Rennard: My Lords, after a long debate on a substantive issue, this will probably be a rather shorter, more technical debate. First, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Collins of Highbury, from the Labour Front Bench, and the noble Baroness, Lady Bennett, from the Greens, for supporting the amendment to delete Clause 19 in Committee. I am also grateful to the Minister, the noble Lord, Lord True, and his...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Diabetes: Medical Treatments (20 Apr 2022)

Lord Rennard: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the status of the forthcoming medicines update of the NG28 Type 2 Diabetes Guideline; and how long it will take for updated guidance to be produced.

Elections Bill - Report (1st Day) (Continued): Amendment 42 ( 6 Apr 2022)

Lord Rennard: My Lords, the noble Viscount, Lord Stansgate, of course has a very interesting family history on this subject. I might perhaps suggest that his view is not quite correct. I think that if he was granted the right to vote, he would still have the right to resign from this House and stand as a candidate. Indeed, my noble friend Lord Thurso was once a Member of this House, then left this House,...

Elections Bill - Report (1st Day) (Continued): Amendment 42 ( 6 Apr 2022)

Lord Rennard: Two votes.

Elections Bill - Report (1st Day) (Continued): Amendment 40 ( 6 Apr 2022)

Lord Rennard: My Lords, a couple of minutes after I thought I might have to rise to move the amendment in the name of the noble Lord, Lord Woolley, and others, I rise to support it. With between 6 million and 9 million people missing from electoral registers or incorrectly registered, something is clearly wrong. Surveys by the Electoral Commission show that 60% of people think, incorrectly, that the...


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