Results 101–120 of 880 for speaker:Lord Rennard

Dissolution and Calling of Parliament Bill - Second Reading (30 Nov 2021)

Lord Rennard: My Lords, the Bill gives more power to Boris Johnson and less to Parliament. It is therefore in my view a Bill that Parliament should oppose, and I remain surprised that it has so much support from the Labour Benches. When Labour left government in 2010, the Labour Party manifesto of that year was committed to the principle of fixed-term Parliaments. Labour’s opposition to the 2011...

Smoking Cessation: Prescription of E-cigarettes - Commons Urgent Question ( 2 Nov 2021)

Lord Rennard: My Lords, e-cigarettes are undoubtedly part of the way forward to achieving a smoke-free Britain. But why has it taken so long to get to this point and to begin fulfilling what was in the 2017 tobacco control plan and to adopt the recommendations of the 2018 Select Committee, chaired by Sir Norman Lamb, which highlighted the significant benefits of having medicinally licensed e-cigarettes...

Integrity of Electoral Processes - Question for Short Debate (21 Oct 2021)

Lord Rennard: My Lords, it is of course always a great pleasure for me to follow my noble friend Lord Tyler, and it is with considerable sadness that I now do so for the last time. It was in 1964, 58 years ago, that my noble friend was first elected to the Devon County Council and became the youngest councillor in the country. In February 1974, he was elected as the Liberal MP for the Bodmin constituency....

COVID-19: Type 2 Diabetes - Question (21 Oct 2021)

Lord Rennard: My Lords, one in three deaths during the first period of the pandemic were among people with diabetes. Obesity accounts for most of the risk of developing type 2 diabetes and, even without the problems of the pandemic, a type 2 diabetic, such as me, at my age, is expected to put on one or two kilos every year. Will the Minister now look to reverse what the King’s Fund says is, in real...

National Insurance Numbers: Electoral Register - Question (22 Jul 2021)

Lord Rennard: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made in ensuring that details on how to join the electoral register are included with the notices informing young people of their National Insurance numbers.

National Insurance Numbers: Electoral Register - Question (22 Jul 2021)

Lord Rennard: My Lords, I am delighted if progress is being made, but I remind the Minister that, on 8 October last year, the House voted overwhelmingly for the Government to consider further action to get more young people registered to vote. On 26 November last year, he said that this was happening, but it has taken eight months since then. Why has it taken so long for the Government to consider...

House of Lords Reform - Question (30 Jun 2021)

Lord Rennard: My Lords, further to his reply to the noble Lord, Lord Grocott, the Minister will be aware that the reason the House of Lords Reform Act 2014, put forward by Lord Steel, did not include the abolition of by-elections for hereditary Peers was the threat of filibuster and of the tabling of hundreds of irrelevant and repetitive amendments to avoid this House being able to express its wish on the...

Written Answers — Home Office: Polling Stations: Police (11 Jun 2021)

Lord Rennard: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the need to provide a greater police presence at polling stations for different types of elections or votes.

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Electoral Register ( 7 Jun 2021)

Lord Rennard: To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord True on 14 December 2020 (HL10908), what progress has been made on discussions between the Cabinet Office and HMRC about how to better inform people about how to register to vote; and in particular on providing (1) an electronic link, or (2) specific written reference, to the electoral registration website in the National...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Proof of Identity: Young People ( 7 Jun 2021)

Lord Rennard: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of people aged under 25 and living in London who have neither a passport nor a photographic driving licence.

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: General Elections: Costs ( 7 Jun 2021)

Lord Rennard: To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the cost of printing and distributing polling cards to voters in the 2019 general election.

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: General Elections ( 7 Jun 2021)

Lord Rennard: To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the Electoral Commission's publication of electoral data from the 2019 United Kingdom Parliamentary general election, what assessment they have made of (1) the reasons for tendered ballot papers having to be issued, and (2) how the number of tendered ballots compares to the total votes cast; and what plans they have to work with the Electoral...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Electoral Register: Young People ( 7 Jun 2021)

Lord Rennard: To ask Her Majesty's Government how many attainers are currently registered to vote in (1) England, (2) Northern Ireland, (3) Scotland, and (4) Wales; and how many were registered each year from 2015 to 2020.

Queen’s Speech - Debate (3rd Day) (13 May 2021)

Lord Rennard: My Lords, the title of the proposed electoral integrity Bill is worthy of Newspeak from George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four. Big Brother wants to protect us from a virtually non-existent threat. The offence of stealing someone’s vote at a polling station is extremely rare. It is possible to determine exactly how many people go to vote to find that their vote has already been claimed by...

Folic Acid - Question (26 Apr 2021)

Lord Rennard: My Lords, in response to numerous questions and debates on this subject over the years, no Minister has ever produced a satisfactory explanation of why we do not add folic acid to flour. Would it have made any difference if the folic acid suppliers had had the Prime Minister’s mobile phone number?

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Absent Voting: Proof of Identity (15 Mar 2021)

Lord Rennard: To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to allow individual local authorities to request that applicants for postal or proxy voting arrangements provide proof of (1) identification, and (2) residence; whether (a) they, or (b) the Electoral Commission, have approved the addition of any such requests to relevant application forms; and what assessment they have made of the impact of...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Local Government: Elections (10 Mar 2021)

Lord Rennard: To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the reply by Baroness Evans of Bowes Park on 28 January (HL Deb col 1804), and the Written Answers from Lord True on 17 February (HL12832 and HL12833), whether (1) NHS England, (2) the Department for Health and Social Care, (3) the Chief Scientific Officer, and (4) the Chief Medical Officer, provided advice that informed the distinction between...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Written Questions: Government Responses (10 Mar 2021)

Lord Rennard: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of grouping Questions for Written Answer on the quality of the information provided in response to these questions; and in particular, further to the reply by Lord True on 22 February (HL Deb col 610), whether they will now say what representations were made by political parties supporting an increase in national...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Elections ( 9 Mar 2021)

Lord Rennard: To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the reply by Baroness Evans of Bowes Park on 28 January (HL Deb col 1804), and the Written Answers from Lord True on 17 February (HL12832 and HL12833), what representations they received from members of political parties prior to the Minister of the Constitution’s letter of 22 January which stated the Government view that campaigning activity...


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