Results 181–200 of 890 for speaker:Baroness Ludford

Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 34 (9 Sep 2020)

Baroness Ludford: My Lords, a lot of the speeches have understandably focused on the problems that are likely to arise in the arts and the creative sectors, including for musicians. My noble friends Lord Clement-Jones and Lord Bruce of Bennachie, and other noble Lords including the noble Earl, Lord Clancarty, the noble Baroness, Lady Bull, and the noble Lord, Lord Aberdare, have also focused in particular on...

Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 30 (9 Sep 2020)

Baroness Ludford: My Lords, I am pleased to follow powerful speeches from across the House, not least the one I immediately follow, from the noble Lord, Lord Alton, and of course that of the noble Baroness, Lady Lister. I join the tributes to her and her record of campaigning, and indeed to the noble Lord, Lord Alton. Other noble Lords have driven in the same direction: the noble Lord, Lord Russell of...

Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 28 (9 Sep 2020)

Baroness Ludford: My Lords, I am not really clear how this is meant to work. Is there any intention on the part of the Government to allow the so-called new entrants to enjoy a lower minimum salary requirement than other migrants? It is clear that there is something that I have not fully understood on this. I assume that the authors of the amendment fear, anticipate or foresee such a development, but it may be...

Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 27 (9 Sep 2020)

Baroness Ludford: My Lords, I am all in favour of training for skills, whether through the education and further education system or by employers. However, to some extent the noble Lord, Lord Lilley, has answered the question himself; there are good companies that train their workforce. I have been very impressed by the publicity for apprenticeships recently. Historically, this country has not had as good a...

Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 26 (9 Sep 2020)

Baroness Ludford: My Lords, this is not a workable notion. I am not the world’s expert on the non-EU migration system. It is a world I am having to learn about, having known far more about EU free movement in the past. As I understand it, most aspects of non-EU migration to date—which is going to be changed by the points-based system—have, I think, been affected by caps within individual tiers. I am sure...

Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 25 (9 Sep 2020)

Baroness Ludford: We on these Benches are most grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Rosser, for tabling this amendment, which I can describe as an insurance policy. I agree with everything he said about Clause 4 powers, which we have had a chance to discuss, but we have a hierarchy of aims, the top one being to persuade the Government that Clause 4 is really not fit for purpose, as our committees have helpfully...

Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 22 (9 Sep 2020)

Baroness Ludford: My Lords, the ban on working before a whole year has passed, and then only in professions such as classical ballet dancer and geophysicist, is bad on all counts. I am aware that we have a trained classical ballet dancer in the Chamber and she is a very valued Member, but she would probably agree that it takes rather a long time to train as such. We are not asking for a radical policy like...

Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 20 (9 Sep 2020)

Baroness Ludford: My Lords, as the noble Lord, Lord Kennedy, has explained, Amendment 21 is complementary to Amendment 20 in that it seeks to persuade the Government to explain how they would use this power. In the absence of that, it is hard to justify it. The Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee has expressed great concern about this clause and the breadth of the discretion it would confer on...

EU Trade Agreement - Private Notice Question (8 Sep 2020)

Baroness Ludford: My Lords, I also want to pick up the question of a US trade deal. The Government have trumpeted the prospect of such a deal, but Congress at least will not approve it if the Good Friday agreement is imperilled by this Government’s non-respect of the Irish protocol to the withdrawal agreement. How do the Government expect to get a US trade deal if they imperil the Good Friday agreement?

Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 12 (7 Sep 2020)

Baroness Ludford: My Lords, this group of amendments, led by my noble friend Lady Hamwee, is about ensuring that the Government cannot legislate by regulation, contrary to the withdrawal agreement. This is a prescient set of amendments, tabled when it might not have been thought that there was a particular danger of that happening. However, the pronouncements and press reports since last night—there is some...

Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 9 (7 Sep 2020)

Baroness Ludford: I also very much look forward to hearing from the noble Lord, Lord Blencathra, as his committee has provided us with two excellent reports which have been of great assistance, particularly with regard to Clause 4. My noble friend Lady Hamwee pinched one of my quotes, but I will use the other one from the Delegated Powers Committee report, which stated that “we are frankly disturbed that the...

Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 8 (7 Sep 2020)

Baroness Ludford: My Lords, I speak strongly in support of Amendment 8 as moved by my noble friend Lady Hamwee and supported by the noble Baroness, Lady Bennett. Like my noble friend, I understand Amendment 58 but, as she said, we need statutory underpinning rather than exploration of the situation because there is no one place where rights under the Common Travel Area are collected. They are still largely...

Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 2 (7 Sep 2020)

Baroness Ludford: My Lords, we have heard from across the Committee the concern about this crisis in social care. Many noble Lords have considerable expertise on this topic and I am grateful to them for sharing their knowledge. History will record the failure to deal with the fragile state of the provision and funding of social care as one of the major failures in domestic policy, and one has to say that...

Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 1 (7 Sep 2020)

Baroness Ludford: My Lords, I very much regret the end of free movement rights. This has often been presented as a one-way system, as if it applied only to nationals of other EEA countries inward to the UK, but it has of course been a two-way system, and something over 1 million UK citizens have taken advantage of their free movement rights to live, work and settle in other EU and EEA countries. When I was an...

EU: Non-financial Services - Question (2 Sep 2020)

Baroness Ludford: My Lords, historically the UK led in the push for freedom to provide services across the EU, but now the Government’s determination to leave the single market and to privilege regulatory autonomy over market access and, even worse, their cavalier attitude to no deal risk sacrificing our trade in services, which represents over 80% of our economy and 30 million jobs, and nearly half our...

EU: Future Trade Agreement - Private Notice Question (29 Jul 2020)

Baroness Ludford: My Lords, the Government’s damaging and reckless version of Brexit has already imposed a red-tape burden on those trading between Great Britain and Northern Ireland, through their insistence on quitting the EU single market and customs union. Now the Government admit, in their internal market White Paper, that “the absence of EU rules could make it easier for new barriers to arise”—...

Probate Service - Question (27 Jul 2020)

Baroness Ludford: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of (1) the operation, and (2) the resourcing, of the Probate Service; and what plans they have to remedy any issues identified.

Probate Service - Question (27 Jul 2020)

Baroness Ludford: I thank the Minister for that Answer, but his claims do not mesh with my experiences or those of others. I appreciate that, like other service providers, lockdown has caused challenges for the probate service, but its problems of resourcing and organisation go deeper than that. It was already in the midst of an apparent restructuring. Press articles last month on the chaos experienced by...

Terrorism Act 2000 (Proscribed Organisations) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2020 - Motion to Approve (16 Jul 2020)

Baroness Ludford: My Lords, the case for adding the Feuerkrieg Division to the list of organisations proscribed under the Terrorism Act seems strong. Its very name, Fire War, is calculated to convey violence and hate, and I trust the Home Secretary to be acting on sound intelligence about the activities of this group. The current Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation, Jonathan Hall QC, has called it...

EU Exit: End of Transition Period - Statement (15 Jul 2020)

Baroness Ludford: My Lords, the Government are seeking to put an upbeat gloss on the plans for 1 January, under the strapline, “The UK’s new start: let’s get going”, but getting going anywhere is set to be a very big challenge for both people and businesses. Individuals will lose their free movement, free roaming, free healthcare and freedom to take a pet on holiday abroad at short notice. The...


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