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Parliamentary Constituencies Bill - Report: Amendment 16 (8 Oct 2020)

Lord Shutt of Greetland: My Lords, I thank the noble Lords who spoke in favour of this amendment, which is everybody bar the Minister. It is important that this is an all-party affair and that registration is seen as beyond party. I am very disappointed in the Minister’s response, but not surprised. I do not understand how registration is a voluntary act, yet you can be fined if you do not register. That is a very...

Parliamentary Constituencies Bill - Report: Amendment 16 (8 Oct 2020)

Lord Shutt of Greetland: My Lords, I beg to move Amendment 16 as an important enhancement of the Bill, which would improve the accuracy and completeness of the electoral registers for future reviews. The amendment has at its core the work of the Select Committee on the Electoral Registration and Administration Act, which I chaired and which reported in July. We learned, in our extensive deliberations, that though...

Parliamentary Constituencies Bill - Second Reading (27 Jul 2020)

Lord Shutt of Greetland: My Lords, this Bill is about the appropriate use of the various building blocks of our democracy. The first building block is the electoral register. I have been privileged to serve as chairman of your Lordships’ Select Committee on the Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013. Committee members are very much aware that the register itself is the first building block, and we have...

Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield Combined Authority (Functions and Amendment) Order 2020 - Motion to Approve (24 Jul 2020)

Lord Shutt of Greetland: My Lords, this is a sad day for Yorkshire, ahead of Yorkshire Day on 1 August. This subregion order marks the first real formal act of wrecking the early prospect of serious regional government for Yorkshire, and indeed of breaking local government in much of Yorkshire. The Government know that the overwhelming opinion in Yorkshire is for a devolution settlement for the whole of...

Covid-19: Churches and Places of Worship - Question (9 Jul 2020)

Lord Shutt of Greetland: My Lords, churches and places of worship have suffered during the pandemic because of the lack of giving on the plate or in the collection bag, and from the lack of fundraising events. Since 1922, the state has had an involvement with places of worship through the deed of covenant scheme, replaced in 1990 by gift aid. Would it not be a wonderful thing if the Government were to double gift aid...

HS2 - Question for Short Debate (11 Mar 2020)

Lord Shutt of Greetland: There is a difference between having an interchange at the hammerhead and a junction at the east so that trains from the south can go to all other places.

HS2 - Question for Short Debate (11 Mar 2020)

Lord Shutt of Greetland: My Lords, I too congratulate the noble Baroness on securing this debate and note that she has drawn attention to the changed circumstances. She also used the words “white elephant”. The reason I am speaking is that I want to prevent HS2 being a white elephant, in that I am concerned about integration and connectivity. I have been a long-term supporter of HS2 on the basis that more...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railways: Capital Investment (26 Feb 2020)

Lord Shutt of Greetland: To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the announcement that some railway lines closed in 1963 will be reopened, (1) how much track mileage is to be re-opened for passenger traffic on lines presently in place or used only for freight; (2) how much track mileage is to be re-opened for passenger traffic where track has been removed; and (3) how many stations are to be re-opened on lines...

Flood Response - Statement (10 Feb 2020)

Lord Shutt of Greetland: My Lords, I declare the interest that I live in Greetland in the Blackburn Valley, less than a mile from the confluence with the Calder Valley. I saw the floods yesterday; I saw the Black Brook rise and come over its banks, and I saw it flood into several fields in front of my house from my own front window. I saw the same thing on Boxing Day in 2015. I am well aware of how those floods...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (5th Day) (Continued) (21 Oct 2019)

Lord Shutt of Greetland: Does the Minister think that the northern powerhouse could be rather fragile if there is no legislation through which it is embraced?

Queen’s Speech - Debate (5th Day) (Continued) (21 Oct 2019)

Lord Shutt of Greetland: My Lords, I am delighted to be the fifth northerner in a row in this House to speak. I have looked at the Queen’s Speech and sliced it into three: details of the expected damage that the Government intend to do to the United Kingdom; what they remain committed to; and measures that will be introduced—I suspect that means Bills, laws and our thorough involvement. I come first to damage, on...

Brexit - Motion to Take Note (2 Oct 2019)

Lord Shutt of Greetland: My Lords, this is my first appearance on matters European since the Article 50 notice was triggered. Your Lordships may well say that it has all been said many times, but not by me. That is true up to a point, but my contribution has to be put into context. The referendum took place on 23 June 2016—three years and three months ago. Many of us believe that the leave campaign put out a...

Buses: Rural Services - Question (16 Jul 2019)

Lord Shutt of Greetland: My Lords, it says on the bus pass: “Concessionary travel funded by HM Government with your local authority”. Should not Her Majesty’s Government therefore be absolutely certain that they are funding travel in rural areas for rural dwellers and for people in urban areas to get to rural places?

Future of Seaside Towns - Motion to Take Note (1 Jul 2019)

Lord Shutt of Greetland: My Lords, I declare an interest as a member of this committee and pay tribute to its chairman, the other members and the clerks and advisers who have assisted us. It has been a united group and this is no minority report. There is also unity in debate today. I want to be the ninth person to mention Blackpool this evening but I have, as a declaration of interest, to let your Lordships know...

Heritage Rail: Young People - Question for Short Debate (5 Jun 2019)

Lord Shutt of Greetland: My Lords, I must declare an interest as a member of the APPG who took part in the inquiry. I am delighted to follow what has been a united front and I certainly give credit to the noble Lord, Lord Faulkner of Worcester, for leading us through this debate and for all the work he has done with heritage railways so far. I wondered how far we would become tourists ourselves this evening, and we...

High Street Banks - Question (19 Dec 2018)

Lord Shutt of Greetland: My Lords, the nearest town to Greetland is Elland. We did have six banks; we now have none. Just up the Calder Valley, as the noble Lord has said, are Sowerby Bridge and Hebden Bridge; they are in the same position. Real hardship to customers, retail businesses and small businesses is a fact. The mighty banks should not treat their loyal customers with such disdain. If I may comment on what...

High Street Banks - Question (19 Dec 2018)

Lord Shutt of Greetland: It will be a question, do not worry. There is a mighty Act, the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000, which is over 300 pages long. Although it makes no reference to branches, there is a regulation-making power in Section 426. I put it to the Minister: could an order be laid authorising the Financial Conduct Authority to give due regard to the need for banks to give proper branch services...

Leaving the European Union - Statement (26 Nov 2018)

Lord Shutt of Greetland: The noble Lord was not here to hear the Statement. He should not be heard.

Railways Investment: North of England - Question (29 Oct 2018)

Lord Shutt of Greetland: My Lords, to bring matters back to the north, the Minister mentioned Northern Powerhouse Rail. I have the feeling that the northern powerhouse is something akin to the American dream. Can we understand what it really means, and is there anything such as a route yet planned as to where it will go, which places may be served and when it may happen?

Railways: Wales - Question (2 Jul 2018)

Lord Shutt of Greetland: My Lords, is it possible for the Minister to use “electrification” without preceding it with “disruptive”?


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