Results 81–100 of 880 for speaker:Lord Rennard

Electoral System (Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013 Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (11 Mar 2022)

Lord Rennard: My Lords, the members of the Select Committee are to be congratulated on their report. I am sure that their recommendations benefited from the presence of so many members with substantial experience of election campaigns, including of course my late noble friend Lord Shutt of Greetland, who stood for my party in seven general elections, as well as many local ones. The Motion to take note of...

Written Answers — Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Elections (11 Mar 2022)

Lord Rennard: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have requested, if any, from (1) returning officers, and (2) the Electoral Commission, regarding the number of people arriving at polling stations in elections in the last five years who have had to claim a tendered ballot paper; and what assessment they have they requested as to how many of those people had to ask for an extra ballot...

Written Answers — Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Elections (11 Mar 2022)

Lord Rennard: To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to removing the means by which a voter at a polling station who finds that their name has already been crossed off the list of voters issued with ballot papers may then be given an extra ballot paper to ensure that their vote can be counted if appropriate.

Elections Bill - Committee (1st Day) (Continued): Amendment 18 (10 Mar 2022)

Lord Rennard: I thank the Minister for his kind remarks at the outset of his reply. I might have hoped that the notes in his folder were still those of the noble Lord, Lord Young of Cookham, as opposed to the ones that he read out this evening, since I suspect that they might have been slightly different. All the debates today have shown that the House overwhelmingly wants to have an election watchdog,...

Elections Bill - Committee (1st Day) (Continued): Amendment 18 (10 Mar 2022)

Lord Rennard: My Lords, one of the problems with the Bill is that the Government failed to make any changes at all to their proposals when the Committee on Standards in Public Life published its recent report, Regulating Election Finance. The whole purpose of setting up the CSPL was to meet Sir John Major’s aim of cleaning up the reputation of politics, including political finance. It now seems that the...

Elections Bill - Committee (1st Day) (Continued): Amendments 15 and 16 (10 Mar 2022)

Lord Rennard: My Lords, in considering the Government’s plans to take more direct control of the Electoral Commission, we should go back to considering the consensus that existed when it was established. In 1998, the Committee on Standards in Public Life, then chaired by the late Lord Neill of Bladen, proposed the creation of an “independent … Election Commission with widespread executive and...

Elections Bill - Committee (1st Day) (Continued): Amendment 3 (10 Mar 2022)

Lord Rennard: My Lords, these amendments may lead to some mitigation of the effects of the Government taking control of the strategy and policy of the Electoral Commission if the Bill is passed in its present form. If Clauses 14 and 15 are not taken out of the Bill, as they should be, we can still limit some of the damage by preventing the party in power continually changing the statement in accordance...

Elections Bill - Second Reading (23 Feb 2022)

Lord Rennard: My Lords, over the past 200 years, historically significant Bills have come before Parliament to allow a greater number of our citizens to vote. A number of them were referred to in the excellent and entertaining maiden speech by the noble Lord, Lord Moore of Etchingham, whose late father I also remember with great affection—we campaigned together a number of times. However, this Bill...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: National Institute for Health and Care Excellence: Standards (15 Feb 2022)

Lord Rennard: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the capacity of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) to achieve its core purpose of improving health and wellbeing by putting science and evidence at the heart of health and care decision making.

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: National Institute for Health and Care Excellence: Standards (15 Feb 2022)

Lord Rennard: To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)'s capacity to continue producing respected clinical guidance, based on up-to-date medical evidence, in order to support the best health outcomes for all patients.

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: National Institute for Health and Care Excellence: Standards (15 Feb 2022)

Lord Rennard: To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support patients to access (1) new, and (2) cost-effective, medicines as quickly as possible through robust oversight of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) processes.

Health and Care Bill - Committee (8th Day): Amendment 270 ( 4 Feb 2022)

Lord Rennard: My Lords, for decades, all the various weak arguments associated with the tobacco industry, opposing tobacco regulation, have been comprehensively and completely disproved by the effectiveness of that regulation at reducing the prevalence of smoking rates. Tonight, we will argue why we need to go further with measures of tobacco regulation to further reduce the prevalence of tobacco...

Representation of the People (Young People’s Enfranchisement) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (28 Jan 2022)

Lord Rennard: My Lords, Parliament has previously lowered the voting age in this country, from 21 to 18. That was in May 1969. In the 53 years since, there have been numerous attempts in both Houses of Parliament to lower it again. The first attempts to do so found little support, but support for the principle has grown considerably with every opportunity since then to discuss it. It has been my party’s...

Health and Care Bill - Committee (5th Day): Amendment 72 (24 Jan 2022)

Lord Rennard: My Lords, I support Amendments 109 and 226 in this group, both of which are in my name and that of the noble Lord, Lord Hunt of Kings Heath. I will address them from the perspective of people with diabetes and with the support of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Diabetes UK. It is just over 100 years since insulin was discovered. Before 1921, a type 1 diabetic would live for no...

Health and Care Bill - Committee (4th Day): Amendment 50 (20 Jan 2022)

Lord Rennard: My Lords, I draw the Committee’s attention to my registered interests in healthcare equipment. I have added my name to Amendment 50, moved by the noble Lord, Lord Black of Brentwood. The noble Lord, Lord Hunt of Kings Heath, demonstrated clearly, as have others, that it simply cannot be said that the amendment is unnecessary. The recent report on fracture liaison services from the APPG on...

Health and Care Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 11 (13 Jan 2022)

Lord Rennard: My Lords, I rise in support of these amendments, in particular Amendment 66 in my name and those of the noble Lords, Lord Young of Cookham and Lord Faulkner of Worcester. This amendment would expand the duties of integrated care boards. We want them to exercise their functions with respect to reducing inequalities relating to “modifiable risk factors, such as smoking.” Our aim is to help...

Health and Care Bill - Second Reading ( 7 Dec 2021)

Lord Rennard: My Lords, last Friday, we had an excellent Second Reading debate on the Private Member’s Bill of the noble Lord, Lord Young of Cookham, on cigarette stick health warnings. As the noble Lord, Lord Kamall, said then, we have made progress over the past two decades, with a range of measures to help smokers quit and to prevent future generations using tobacco. But there is much more to be done....

Cigarette Stick Health Warnings Bill [HL] - Second Reading ( 3 Dec 2021)

Lord Rennard: My Lords, almost exactly 20 years ago, I described in this place how 300 lives were being lost each day in this country because of smoking tobacco. I asked then what the scale of public outcry demanding action would be if a similar number of lives were lost as, say, the result of a plane crash occurring every single day. My speech was in support of my noble friend Lord Clement-Jones’s...

House of Lords (Hereditary Peers) (Abolition of By-Elections) Bill [HL] - Second Reading ( 3 Dec 2021)

Lord Rennard: If the noble Lord is so convinced by the principle that agreements, once made, are binding and can never be changed, should he not then accept that the European Communities Act 1972 was a binding agreement in which we joined the European Union which could therefore never be changed by a future Parliament?

House of Lords (Hereditary Peers) (Abolition of By-Elections) Bill [HL] - Second Reading ( 3 Dec 2021)

Lord Rennard: My Lords, in 1909, Lloyd George put forward the People’s Budget, proposing measures such as the introduction of the first ever old-age pensions in this country. The then Liberal Government planned to finance them by increasing taxes, including the basic rate of income tax, which would rise from the equivalent of 5p in the pound to 6p in the pound, and a tax on the wealthiest landowners....


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