Results 1–20 of 130 for speaker:Lord Bhatia

Afghanistan - Motion to Take Note (18 Aug 2021)

Lord Bhatia: My Lords, I agree with most of the speeches made by various Peers. All that has been said, and the questions asked, are valid. We are facing a disaster that is unfolding in front of us. My thoughts go back to decisions taken by various Governments after 9/11. Germany allowed thousands to come from Syria. Prime Minister Thatcher allowed east African nationals to come to the UK and others to...

Future UK-EU Relationship on Professional and Business Services (EU Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (22 Jul 2021)

Lord Bhatia: My Lords, I fully agree with what the noble Baroness, Lady Donaghy, said in her speech. She has laid out all the parts of the committee’s report, which was unanimous. We must acknowledge that this sector is vital to the UK economy, contributing £224 billion and employing some 4.6 million people. The Government are yet to give their final response to the committee’s report. Can the...

Education (Environment and Sustainable Citizenship) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (16 Jul 2021)

Lord Bhatia: My Lords, I agree with the noble Lord, Lord Knight, and support him in introducing this Bill. The Bill will amend Section 78 of the 2002 Education Act to include a general provision for education on the environment and sustainable citizenship. It will require maintained and nursery schools to follow a curriculum that “instils an ethos and ability to care for oneself, others and the natural...

Terrorism Act 2000 (Proscribed Organisations) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2021 - Motion to Approve (15 Jul 2021)

Lord Bhatia: My Lords, I agree with what the noble Baroness, Lady Williams, said in her introduction and I will not repeat the Explanatory Memorandum for this SI. Does the Minister agree that a large proportion of the Muslim community does not agree with terrorism and that these terrorists are acting in their own personal interests?

Colombia: Human Rights - Question (12 Jul 2021)

Lord Bhatia: My Lords, if reports of the killings are correct, should we not cancel the trade agreement?

UK Foreign Aid Programme - Motion to Take Note (1 Jul 2021)

Lord Bhatia: My Lords, [Inaudible.] The UK is one of the countries to completely untie aid, meaning that it is provided without being tied to any policy considerations. It created a government department responsible for administrating—[Inaudible] —provided for by the International Development Act 2002. This is because DfID has public money, money that cannot be spent without parliamentary...

Gambling Reform - Question (29 Jun 2021)

Lord Bhatia: Does the Minister agree that gambling destroys families, both their income and their lives?

Covid-19: Hospital Patient Referrals - Question (28 Jun 2021)

Lord Bhatia: Can the Minister confirm that this was an error, because care homes were not properly staffed or equipped?

Higher Education Cheating Services Prohibition Bill [HL] - Second Reading (25 Jun 2021)

Lord Bhatia: [Inaudible]—how many students use “essay mill” or other third-party contract cheating services. The Government’s response was that the bespoke nature of paid-for assignments “can make it difficult for providers to detect that it is not the student’s own work.” Research has indicated that the use by students of essay mills and contract cheating services appears to have increased...

Tourism - Motion to Take Note (24 Jun 2021)

Lord Bhatia: My Lords, I shall speak about how the rural economy contributes to the tourism industry in the UK. It contributes more than £13 billion per year to the economy, making up a substantial part of the overall £97 billion value of tourism in England. Tourism makes a considerable contribution to the rural economy by supporting village shops, services, jobs and businesses. Rural tourism operates...

Covid-19: Death Duties and Inheritance Tax - Question (24 Jun 2021)

Lord Bhatia: Might increasing VAT be the answer?

Covid-19: Children - Motion to Take Note (17 Jun 2021)

Lord Bhatia: My Lords, we have heard some 30 contributions today. Instead of reading out my intended speech, which could be repetitive, I wish to say that the pandemic is not only a health problem; it is also about children’s education and futures. Three years of closedown will affect the future of schoolchildren. It is difficult to forecast the long-term effect of this pandemic era. My prayers are that...

Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (16 Jun 2021)

Lord Bhatia: My Lords, the Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill would enshrine the recognition of the sentience of vertebrate animals in domestic law. It would also establish an animal sentience committee that would report on whether government policy-making considers that animals are sentient beings capable of feeling emotions and experiencing pain. This is a government Bill. It was announced as part of the...

Professional Qualifications Bill [HL] - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 9 (9 Jun 2021)

Lord Bhatia: My Lords, the Explanatory Notes state about Clause 9 that “a regulator in one part of the UK could ask an equivalent regulator in another part of the UK for information relating to an individual’s fitness to practise and, where applicable, any instances of professional sanctions. This provision ensures that regulators in all parts of the UK have access to information that helps them...

Public Service Broadcasting (Communications and Digital Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (27 May 2021)

Lord Bhatia: My Lords, the way we watch television is changing. Twenty years ago, most people relied on five free-to-air terrestrial channels provided by public service broadcasters. These broadcasters now face competition from hundreds of other channels and online services, such as subscription video on demand services. SVODs such as Netflix and Amazon Prime have enjoyed rapid success. They have made...

Dormant Assets Bill [HL] - Second Reading (26 May 2021)

Lord Bhatia: My Lords, the UK dormant assets scheme was established by the Dormant Bank and Building Society Accounts Act, and is administered by Reclaim Fund Ltd. The scheme was originally predicted to bring in almost £400 million, but contributions to date have exceeded this by 250%. Over the last decade, more than £745 million has been released for social and environmental initiatives across the UK....

Professional Qualifications Bill [HL] - Second Reading (25 May 2021)

Lord Bhatia: My Lords, being almost the last speaker in this debate, I will not read out the speech I had prepared. I largely agree with what many noble Lords have said, particularly the noble Lords, Lord Bilimoria and Lord Patel, and the noble Baronesses, Lady Verma, Lady Meacher and Lady Finlay. Will the Minister confirm that all professionals, particularly doctors, must have the skills to speak perfect...

Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (24 May 2021)

Lord Bhatia: My Lords, as almost the last Peer to speak, I have decided not to speak from the notes that I had prepared for this event. There have been some excellent speeches on the Bill. I mention that of the noble Lord, Lord Best, in which he shared his excellent experience in this field. His reference to retirement homes was very well articulated and I fully agree with what he said.

House of Lords: Remote Participation and Hybrid Sittings - Motion to Take Note (20 May 2021)

Lord Bhatia: My Lords, on 16 November the Leader of the House of Commons announced in response to an Urgent Question that the Government “should seek to do more to support additional virtual participation in the Commons Chamber.” He said that the Government “should work with the House authorities to find a solution”—[ Official Report,Commons, 16/11/20; col. 24.] to the issues. He announced that...

Biomass Electricity Subsidies: Deforestation - Question (20 May 2021)

Lord Bhatia: Does the Minister agree that the only source of electricity for third-world villages is biomass?

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