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Smoking - Question (20 Jul 2020)

Viscount Simon: My Lords, no licences are required to sell deadly tobacco products and, while retailers can be prosecuted for underage sales or selling illicit tobacco, penalties are low. Over 70% of small tobacco retailers strongly support introducing a licence that could be removed if retailers break the law. Will the Government commit to consulting on the introduction of such a licence to help progress...

European Union: Negotiations (European Union Committee Report) - Motion to Agree: Amendment to the Motion (16 Mar 2020)

Viscount Simon: My Lords, the original question was that this Motion be agreed to, since when an amendment has been moved at the end to insert the words as set out in the Order Paper. The question I therefore have to put is that this amendment be agreed to.

Business of the House - Motion on Standing Orders: Motion (4 Apr 2019)

Viscount Simon: I am instructed by order of the House to say that the Motion “That the Question be now put” is considered a most exceptional procedure, and the House should not accept it save in circumstances where it is felt to be the only means of ensuring the proper conduct of business in the House. Further, if the Member who seeks to move it persists in his intention, the practice of the House is...

Climate Change - Motion to Take Note (24 Jan 2019)

Viscount Simon: My Lords, I will raise a matter which is slightly wide of today’s debate but none the less very relevant to the future of our world. Yellowstone Park’s volcano is a massive cauldron which contains several tens of thousands of kilometres of magmatic material. The chances of an explosion are currently thought to be around 1:730,000, but a sudden weakening of the geological layers could...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Low Emission Zones (5 Feb 2018)

Viscount Simon: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they provide guidance to local authorities on ultra low emission zones.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Low Emission Zones (5 Feb 2018)

Viscount Simon: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in relation to ultra low emission zones, they consider motorcycles and other two-wheel motorised vehicles separately from cars.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Motorcycles (5 Feb 2018)

Viscount Simon: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the use of motorcycles and other two-wheel motorised vehicles for reducing congestion and pollution.

Littering From Vehicles Outside London (Keepers: Civil Penalties) Regulations 2018 - Motion to Approve (1 Feb 2018)

Viscount Simon: My Lords, I will be brief. In many other countries there is no litter on the ground or the roads at all. How come? Their drivers are encouraged to have litter bins in their cars. Why cannot we do the same?

Data Protection Bill [HL] - Report (2nd Day) (13 Dec 2017)

Viscount Simon: I must advise your Lordships that if Amendment 42 is agreed to, I cannot call Amendments 43 or 44 due to pre-emption. Schedule 2: Exemptions etc from the GDPR

Battle of Passchendaele - Motion to Take Note (19 Oct 2017)

Viscount Simon: My Lords, the noble Lord, Lord Black, whose debate this is, and other noble Lords mentioned Siegfried Sassoon. I went to school with his son in the 1940s. Siegfried Sassoon used to come around quite regularly but we knew nothing about Passchendaele at that time, which I find quite extraordinary knowing about it now. The third Battle of Ypres, which the troops called “Wipers”, was the...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (4th Day) (27 Jun 2017)

Viscount Simon: My Lords, over the past few years a number of financial cuts have been required of various bodies, such as education, the NHS and policing. It seems as though no one in government takes responsibility for the reduced levels of roads policing. The Department for Transport says the decline is not a problem but that if it is, it is a Home Office matter. The Home Office says that it is down to...

Neglected Tropical Diseases - Question for Short Debate (3 Apr 2017)

Viscount Simon: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Hayman, on getting this debate before us after a number of tries. I have a particular interest in this debate as, in East Africa in 1958, I contracted a nasty form of malaria, which left me for about 10 days totally unaware of what was happening and with the officer cadet on duty having to observe my state of health every 15 minutes. Neglected...

Neighbourhood Planning Bill - Report (1st Day) (23 Feb 2017)

Viscount Simon: In calling Amendment 11, I must advise your Lordships that if it is agreed to, I cannot call Amendments 12, 16 to 18, 21 or 33 due to pre-emption. Clause 13: Restrictions on power to impose planning conditions

Privileges and Conduct Committee - Motion to Agree (9 Feb 2017)

Viscount Simon: I have just one further question, purely for clarification, following my noble friend’s question. If a room is booked for one hour and the meeting takes five minutes, does the Member have to stay there for 55 remaining minutes?

Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (Codes of Practice) (Revision of Codes C, D and H) Order 2016 - Motion to Approve (19 Jan 2017)

Viscount Simon: My Lords, I have just one brief question. Suspects under the age of 18 are to be looked after by the local authority. What security measures will be taken to ensure that they are safe and do not get away?

Road Traffic Accidents: Hand-held Mobile Devices - Motion to Take Note (15 Dec 2016)

Viscount Simon: My Lords, I declare my interests as in the register. Due to the cost of purchasing and maintaining vehicles, police forces have had to cut the number of traffic officers to help achieve the financial cuts imposed on them. The noble Baroness, Lady Watkins, said that the number of these offences in connection with using mobiles had stayed the same over a 10-year period. This could well be due...

Policing and Crime Bill - Report (2nd Day) (7 Dec 2016)

Viscount Simon: My Lords, I will mention just a couple of things. First, in the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act all those years ago I got an amendment through on the evidence on roadside breath-testing, which will get the readings there and then, rather than two hours or so later at the police station. I would love to see this kit eventually approved by the Home Office. It has not been approved yet....

Road Safety: Eye Tests - Question (31 Oct 2016)

Viscount Simon: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to encourage drivers to have their sight checked regularly in the interest of road safety.

Road Safety: Eye Tests - Question (31 Oct 2016)

Viscount Simon: My Lords, I declare my interests, which are in the register, and beg leave to ask the Question standing in my name on the Order Paper.

Road Safety: Eye Tests - Question (31 Oct 2016)

Viscount Simon: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his reply. Given that in 2014 the driver eyesight survey estimated that crashes resulting from poor driver vision caused 2,900 casualties in the UK per year and that three-quarters of the adult population require either contact lenses or glasses, will the Government do more to alert drivers of the dangers of not getting their eyesight tested regularly, and...


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