Results 1–20 of 77 for speaker:Lord Sterling of Plaistow

Schoolchildren: Dyslexia and Neurodiverse Conditions - Question for Short Debate (4 Mar 2020)

Lord Sterling of Plaistow: My Lords, the noble Lord, Lord Addington, splendidly keeps up a steady drumbeat of persuasion which, together with those of us involved in autism issues, has resulted in considerable extra support from Governments. Perhaps I may say to my noble friend the Minister that that support is much appreciated. As I said in a recent debate, all the manifestos of the political parties stated strong...

Health: Learning Disability and Autism Training - Question for Short Debate (10 Feb 2020)

Lord Sterling of Plaistow: My Lords, my involvement in autism over a number of years has been on two fronts. One is through Motability, where we are getting ever more people with an autistic background coming to us for mobility. Then, of course, as some noble Lords are aware, my grandson is on the spectrum but, pleasurably for me and all of us, at a low level. I can only emphasise what I have said so many times. I...

UK Telecommunications - Statement (28 Jan 2020)

Lord Sterling of Plaistow: My Lords, this subject is larger than telecommunications. After 31 January we will be ready to go global—widening and working together, particularly with the Five Eyes. What the outcome might have been I do not know but the point that has been made is, what was the rush? We have not yet decided our long-term policy and we have not had our discussions on security. Supposing we had said,...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (2nd Day) (Continued) (7 Jan 2020)

Lord Sterling of Plaistow: My Lords, I appreciate being able to participate in this debate following Her Majesty’s gracious Speech on 19 December. I intend to speak on defence. I totally support the analysis by the noble Lord, Lord West, of the last 10 years. I have decided that what I said after the gracious Speech of 14 October 2019 has not changed in substance but needs serious emphasis, taking into account the...

Essex: Major Incident - Statement (28 Oct 2019)

Lord Sterling of Plaistow: My Lords, when all this happened, I remembered like yesterday the 58 Chinese people who died. Noble Lords might remember that at that time, in July, around 2000, the outside temperature was 96 degrees Fahrenheit. When these trailers come over—in this case, it was on a P&O ship coming from Zeebrugge—of course, they do not have any drivers at all. Let us think of that heat when the air...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (2nd Day) (15 Oct 2019)

Lord Sterling of Plaistow: My Lords, before I start, I shall say how much I and, I am sure, all those in this House who are or have been involved in defence matters, would like to put on record the splendid contribution made by my noble friend Lord Howe in his role as Minister for Defence over many years. His help, advice, briefings and, if I may say so, in particular his style have been highly appreciated by us all. I...

Brexit: Preparations - Statement (8 Oct 2019)

Lord Sterling of Plaistow: My Lords, three and a half years ago, I was asked to put together a team from my old company, P&O, to cover every aspect of transport in every form along the roads. On what is happening at Calais and Dover, Manston Airport will be used for the Dover-Calais runs, and the M40 will be used for the tunnel. One hour before the meeting this morning I was fully updated on the work that is being...

Defence: Expenditure - Question (17 Jul 2019)

Lord Sterling of Plaistow: My Lords, the defence of the realm is the very first responsibility of any Prime Minister and not a laughing matter. Over history, the frigate has been absolutely key. The old ship of the line, the battleship, gets all the glamour but the frigate is key. Taking into account what happened last week with HMS “Montrose” and HMS “Duncan”, does the Minister agree that, with our global...

People with Disabilities: Reporting Abuse - Question (17 Jun 2019)

Lord Sterling of Plaistow: My Lords, a reverse of the abuse that the noble Baroness commented on was highlighted at a meeting in this House only two or three weeks ago, when we had a whole load of international psychologists around. A couple were there who said that their son, who is a lawyer but is on the spectrum, had a meltdown one Friday night. He was arrested and stayed in prison until Monday night/Tuesday morning...

Defence: British Steel - Question (30 Apr 2019)

Lord Sterling of Plaistow: My Lords, in 2014 I commissioned a special document from the London colleges in connection with the value of defence procurement being sovereign and not overseas. The suggestion I read on Monday—that these three ships will be designated supply ships and therefore should be open to competition—is to my mind complete nonsense. In practice, they are supply ships going into action and have to...

Public Conveniences - Question (11 Apr 2019)

Lord Sterling of Plaistow: My Lords, tourists worldwide judge places by the toilet facilities. Vast numbers of tourists come to this country. I have just come back from Australia and I have been all round Europe in the past few weeks; the quality of the toilet facilities in cities there is vastly higher than in ours. Taking account of nearly 50 tours here per day, where people with children need to go to a toilet, this...

NATO - Motion to Take Note (2 Apr 2019)

Lord Sterling of Plaistow: My Lords, I have been involved with the Ministry of Defence since the Falklands War. Celebrating the 70th anniversary of NATO is more than justified. It has proved resilient because it has the strength and confidence that, as has just been said, are the embodiment of shared interests and values. NATO has worked because Europe and North America are strongly united by far more than what divides...

Education: Alternative Providers - Question (27 Mar 2019)

Lord Sterling of Plaistow: My noble friend made the observation that a given number of schools have closed down. Of particular interest is what has happened to the children who were at those schools.

Education, Health and Care Plans - Question (14 Feb 2019)

Lord Sterling of Plaistow: My Lords, I declare a personal interest as I have a grandson who is on the spectrum; also, a lot of people who have mental disabilities are joining the Motability scheme through PIP. I completely support the point made by the noble Lord, Lord Addington: according to the Ministry of Justice, the figure is 89% and the cost was £34 million last year. We are fortunate to have a Minister who is...

Nissan in Sunderland - Statement (5 Feb 2019)

Lord Sterling of Plaistow: My Lords, in April last year the percentage of people buying diesel cars was 70.2%; it is now precisely 31%. That answers most of the questions today. Nissan is a very fine company. We have wonderful engineers in this country but if I were the chairman of Nissan today, I would have made exactly the same decision, which is most sensible. We will catch up when we have agreements in the future...

Brexit: Parliamentary Approval of the Outcome of Negotiations with the European Union - Motion to Take Note (28 Jan 2019)

Lord Sterling of Plaistow: My Lords, I thank noble Lords for allowing me to participate: I am afraid that I could not get my name down early enough. Following on from what my noble friend Lord Dobbs said about the Berlin Wall, in 1961 I went to the Staatsoper in East Berlin to see the ballet and then came out. I did not realise until 1979, when I went through with a brigadier-general controlling our brigades over...

Tower Blocks: Cladding - Statement (22 Jan 2019)

Lord Sterling of Plaistow: My Lords, over the years the fire brigade has been a key factor in planning. That has changed dramatically. To what degree has the fire service been involved in looking at not just cladding but electrics—mentioned earlier—and escape methods? Can the law be changed in such a way that the fire brigade will always be brought in at the early stages of planning, when life was a safer bet?

Health: Spectrum Conditions - Question (30 Oct 2018)

Lord Sterling of Plaistow: My Lords, my grandson—a splendid little boy—is on the spectrum. Only yesterday, we had a meeting with the Minister on the subject of early identification of this problem. There is no doubt about it: the earlier it can be identified the better for everybody, as it gives children a chance to participate in life in a normal way. What was lacking, as many of us here know, is child...

Offshore Patrol Vessels - Question (22 Oct 2018)

Lord Sterling of Plaistow: My Lords, I have just flown in from New York, having attended Trafalgar Night on board the “Queen Elizabeth”. It was a most splendid occasion. We entertained the seniors of both the United States Navy and their Marine Corps. They could not have emphasised more their pride in having us as an ally, and everybody in this House can be very proud of the professionalism of all our sailors on...

Anti-Semitism - Question for Short Debate (13 Sep 2018)

Lord Sterling of Plaistow: My Lords, what a splendid address by my noble friend Lord Popat, spelling out the great shared values of the Hindu and Jewish communities. I am humbled by and proud of the contribution to mankind of the Jewish people, from their very early history through the dispersion to the present day. Of the 892 individuals who have been Nobel Prize winners since its inception, 201—22%—have been Jews...


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