Results 141–160 of 890 for speaker:Baroness Ludford

Independent Review of Administrative Law Update - Statement (22 Mar 2021)

Baroness Ludford: My Lords, the Government appointed a distinguished panel to review the operation of judicial review led by a Conservative former Justice Minister. The panel said that “disappointment with the outcome of a case … is rarely sufficient reason to legislate more generally”. It was obviously thinking of Miller 2, the prorogation case. The Government seem dissatisfied with that response. and...

UK-EU Trade - Question (18 Mar 2021)

Baroness Ludford: My Lords, rather than trying to deny the reality of the massive drop in exports to the EU, the Government need to address how practical improvements can be made regarding Brexit red tape. So far, their approach to solving border problems is simply to refuse to apply the rules that they agreed to. How will the Government establish trust and a good relationship with Brussels and member states...

Policing and Prevention of Violence against Women - Statement (16 Mar 2021)

Baroness Ludford: My Lords, I agree with all those who have called for a change of culture, attitudes and behaviour and better education for young men and boys—and indeed girls. However, will the planned new strategy on violence against women and girls have a comprehensive plan for how to get those changes? Secondly, in her foreword to the consultation on violence against women, the Home Secretary said: “1...

Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland - Question (15 Mar 2021)

Baroness Ludford: My Lords, because of the Government’s unilateral actions regarding the protocol, the European Commission is set to launch legal proceedings for infringement. The European Parliament has postponed its ratification of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement, and decisions on data adequacy and financial services arrangements are put in jeopardy. Is it the Government’s strategy to wreck the...

United Kingdom Resettlement Scheme - Question (3 Mar 2021)

Baroness Ludford: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the planned (1) programme, and (2) timetable, for refugee resettlements under the United Kingdom Resettlement Scheme.

United Kingdom Resettlement Scheme - Question (3 Mar 2021)

Baroness Ludford: My Lords, only 800 people were resettled in the UK last year, compared to 5,600 in 2019. This is against the UNHCR’s assessment of the global need for almost 1.5 million places. Why have the Government failed to fulfil their pledge of a new consolidated UK resettlement scheme to succeed the schemes closed a year ago? Will the Minister now give an assurance not only of 5,000 places here in...

Transport for London: Financial Settlement - Question (2 Mar 2021)

Baroness Ludford: My Lords, the Government commissioned a report into TfL’s finances from KPMG in June 2020. They said at the time that this was to understand TfL’s needs. The Government are now refusing to publish this report despite businesses and politicians urging them to. The suspicion is that they are playing political games. When will they end this secrecy so that Londoners get the transparency that...

Health Measures at UK Borders - Statement (4 Feb 2021)

Baroness Ludford: My Lords, my noble friend Lord Paddick mentioned Norway. Have the Government considered emulating the successful Norwegian system, whereby only nationals and those with legal residence are allowed into the country at all, there is testing of everyone on arrival and seven days later, paid for by the state, and of course there is an excellent test and trace system? If the Government have not...

Small Business: EU Exports (28 Jan 2021)

Baroness Ludford: My Lords, the Minister says that the Government are not only offering affected businesses advice on dealing with red tape, they are also offering them loans. This is all very well but recognises the extra costs. Government officials seem to be making suggestions which involve more costs, such as moving operations to the EU or appointing customs specialists. What prospect can the Government...

Education: The Holocaust - Question (27 Jan 2021)

Baroness Ludford: My Lords, I am on a similar theme, and I want to press the Minister. In a Foreign Office commemoration yesterday, the Foreign Secretary quoted Holocaust survivor Gena Turgel about being “secure in the knowledge” that others would keep the candle alight, but in preparing the 2016 report on Holocaust education referred to by the noble Lord, Lord Watson, the Commons Education Committee heard...

Workers’ Rights - Question (26 Jan 2021)

Baroness Ludford: My Lords, as my noble friend Lord Fox said, there is no business demand for weakening job protections, but they would be severely hit by even worse border friction and possible tariffs. Can the Minister say how, in their review of employment rights, the Government are assessing the potential for EU trade sanctions under the level playing field provisions of the trade and co-operation...

EU Ambassador to the UK: Diplomatic Status - Private Notice Question (25 Jan 2021)

Baroness Ludford: My Lords, this is about whether the Government are treating the new EU partnership with the seriousness it deserves, or whether they are squandering good will—indeed, being “petty”, in the words of the Conservative chair of the Defence Select Committee—at the expense of the UK’s real interests. Not only will the UK be negotiating for years to come to fill the gaps in the TCA, but...

Protocol on Northern Ireland: Disruption to Trade - Commons Urgent Question (14 Jan 2021)

Baroness Ludford: My Lords, the Government, led by the Prime Minister, put ideology over practicality and deception over honesty in the pursuit of Brexit. The claim made by the noble Lord, Lord True, in last Friday’s debate that, “the flow of goods under the Northern Ireland protocol is smooth overall”—[ Official Report, 8/1/21; col. 442.]— an answer he has just repeated—is contested by seven...

European Union (Future Relationship) Bill - Second Reading (and remaining stages): Amendment to the Motion (30 Dec 2020)

Baroness Ludford: My Lords, we bid adieu to the noble Lord, Lord Cavendish of Furness, as we welcome the noble Lord, Lord Austin of Dudley. I wish them both well. The wisest comment on the Johnson deal came from his Conservative Party colleague—if not friend—the noble Lord, Lord Heseltine, somewhat puncturing the bluster and self-congratulation. He said: “We must welcome the news that Brexit does not end...

Heathrow Airport Expansion - Private Notice Question (17 Dec 2020)

Baroness Ludford: [Inaudible.]—air pollution was a cause of Ella Kissi-Debrah’s death. I congratulate her mother on her great persistence. The levels of air pollution in her area continuously exceeded the legal limits in the three years preceding her death. The inquest found that the state had failed to act against this air pollution to bring it into line with the legal limits imposed in both EU and...

Covid-19: Impact of No-deal Brexit on Vaccine Supplies - Question (16 Dec 2020)

Baroness Ludford: My Lords, I am involved with the diabetes research charity JDRF. It has been in regular contact with the Department of Health and Social Care and insulin manufacturers, and has been reassured about the stockpiles of insulin being held. The main concern now is around replenishment of supply. We are already reading about freight movement difficulties and with, or especially without, a Brexit...

Future Relationship with the EU - Commons Urgent Question (14 Dec 2020)

Baroness Ludford: That was rather a short answer. My Lords, Tobias Ellwood MP, the Conservative chairman of the Defence Committee, has warned that no deal will imperil Tory prospects at the next general election. Maybe that, if not the will of the country, will motivate the Prime Minister. My own priorities include security. When asked about access to EU databases, the Paymaster-General told the other place:...

Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Act 2020 (Consequential, Saving, Transitional and Transitory Provisions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 - Motion to Approve (10 Dec 2020)

Baroness Ludford: My Lords, the Home Secretary is a keen proponent of the ending of free movement. One of her recent triumphant tweets coincided with articles in both the Daily Mail and the Daily Telegraph about how outrageous it was that British owners of second homes in an EU country would have to get a Schengen visa for stays of more than three months. I have no idea why they have only just found that out....

Canada-UK Trade Deal - Question (17 Nov 2020)

Baroness Ludford: My Lords, about an hour and a half ago, the International Trade Secretary, Liz Truss, tweeted that later today, at a conference of the trade body, TheCityUK, she would “set out how the UK can become a global hub for services and tech trade … Services sits at the heart of my vision for values-driven and value-generating trade policy.” We have heard hardly a squeak from the Brexit talks...

Reciprocal and Cross-Border Healthcare (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 - Motion to Approve (16 Nov 2020)

Baroness Ludford: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his introduction. The removal of free movement rights in the recent Immigration Act is a matter of great regret to millions of British people, who knew their value. It will also become a matter of regret to many more Brits once they realise that their dreams of working in Germany or retiring to Spain without hassle or paperwork have been torn from them. The...


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