Results 181–200 of 11477 for speaker:Lord Bassam of Brighton

Covid-19: Football League - Question (10 Nov 2020)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, is the Minister now able to explain to the House what the Government have done to ensure that those 20 or so EFL clubs facing financial collapse can continue to trade and play for fans, which is important, in the future? What hope can she gives to fans wanting to return to watching lower-league games, and can she commit to ensuring that clubs in the rest of the football pyramid can...

National Curriculum - Question (21 Oct 2020)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, is the Minister as shocked as I was that research from Teach First shows that a child can still get through their entire GCSEs without studying a single book by a black author? What is she going to do to change that? Will she consider encouraging a scheme whereby schools get pupils more engaged in selecting books by black authors and topics that reflect black British history?

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Coronavirus: Screening (21 Oct 2020)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: To ask Her Majesty's Government how many COVID-19 tests that have been sent through the post were (1) analysed in UK laboratories, and (2) sent overseas for analysis, in May.

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Royal Sussex County Hospital: Accident and Emergency Departments (20 Oct 2020)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: To ask Her Majesty's Government what additional buildings and facilities on the Royal Sussex County hospital site will be covered by the Prime Minister's announcement on 11 August of £300 million being made available to NHS trusts to upgrade accident and emergency facilities.

Trade Bill - Committee (6th Day): Amendment 92 (15 Oct 2020)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, we owe the noble Lord, Lord Lansley, a debt of gratitude for bringing this amendment before us. We should also thank the noble Lord, Lord Chidgey, for his heart-rending speech on human rights abuses; it was very moving indeed. The Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Act allows the Secretary of State to create a trade preference scheme for developing countries. Schedule 3 to that Act lists...

Trade Bill - Committee (6th Day): Amendment 86 (15 Oct 2020)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, I am always mindful of and sympathetic to a Minister who starts out with a speech by saying that the amendments he is moving are minor and technical. That is a wonderful disguise for all manner of things, and sometimes things can unravel when you say that. That said, in general terms we do not have any issue with the intention behind the government amendments. They seem perfectly...

Trade Bill - Committee (6th Day): Amendment 85A (15 Oct 2020)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, I thank the noble Baroness, Lady McIntosh, for her speech and amendments. As she says, the provisions in the Bill are quite widely drawn, and the amendments stop information on documents relating to legal professional privilege being disclosed. I well understand the sensitivity of legal professional privilege. All information between a lawyer and their client must be handled with...

Social Mobility - Question (15 Oct 2020)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, the Social Mobility Commission report looks only at boys, and apparently the model cannot be adjusted for part-time work. What work is being done in government to look at the impact of gender inequalities on social mobility, including issues such as part-time work, increased caring responsibilities and low pay? That way, we can properly judge the policy changes needed to address...

English Football: Project Big Picture - Question (14 Oct 2020)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, it has long been clear that there is a problem with the financing and governance of English football, which Covid has exacerbated and the absence of fans has really highlighted. When will the Government bring forward their much-promised fan-led review, so that we can meaningfully address the structural challenges ahead? What plans do the Government have to ensure that there is a...

Trade Bill - Committee (5th Day): Amendment 78 (13 Oct 2020)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, this is an important and valuable group of amendments and I congratulate my colleagues on bringing them forward and providing us with the opportunity to shine a bit more light on the Trade Remedies Authority. Labour believes that the creation of the TRA is necessary and welcome, in principle, once the UK has finally left the EU, so that we can protect domestic industries in our own...

Trade Bill - Committee (5th Day): Amendment 77 (13 Oct 2020)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, I, too, am extremely sympathetic to these amendments and I congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Hayman, for bringing them forward. As she argued, trade policy is about much more than trade, and it is truly shocking that the Bill is currently completely silent on climate change and its impact on the environment. These amendments would encourage the Trade Remedies Authority to take...

Trade Bill - Committee (5th Day): Amendment 71 (13 Oct 2020)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, the noble Lord, Lord Freyberg, is to be congratulated on bringing these amendments to the forefront of our discussions and considerations, not least because, as he said, at the heart of them is an attempt to guarantee patient safety. That should be a paramount reason for giving them the active consideration we are. As the noble Lord, Lord Freyberg, said, there is a significant value...

Trade Bill - Committee (5th Day): Amendment 64 (13 Oct 2020)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, we should be grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Lansley, for his amendment on trade promotion and strategies. It has stimulated an interesting debate. It is interesting to me because it provides me with the an opportunity of agreeing, for once, with the noble Baroness, Lady Noakes, about the need to make any trade promotion strategy government-wide, which goes without saying. It is...

Trade Bill - Committee (5th Day): Amendment 42 (13 Oct 2020)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, I am very grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Purvis, for putting forward this amendment. We should also be grateful to other colleagues in the Chamber for asking key questions on this. Bad trade deals produce clear winners and losers. Surely our task is to make sure that British businesses, including those in Northern Ireland, do not lose out in trade agreements and face unnecessary...

Apprenticeships (Alternative English Completion Conditions and Miscellaneous Provisions) (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020 - Motion to Approve (12 Oct 2020)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, Labour very much welcomes these measures, but I must ask why it has taken the Government some six months since the start of the crisis to introduce them. We agree with the Minister that apprentices who are 75% of the way through their programme should be allowed to complete it, but for those who have already experienced redundancy or seen their employment end in the past six months,...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: UK Shared Prosperity Fund: Public Consultation (6 Oct 2020)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: To ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to hold a formal consultation on the UK Shared Prosperity Fund; and whether any such consultation will include a framework for the Fund to ensure that it is accountable and transparent in its distribution principles.

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: UK Shared Prosperity Fund (6 Oct 2020)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made towards establishing the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: UK Shared Prosperity Fund (6 Oct 2020)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the timetable for the introduction of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

Students’ Return to Universities - Statement (1 Oct 2020)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, the situation that students face as they return to university is deeply concerning. Outbreaks are spreading, thousands are now isolating, parents are increasingly worried for their children and university staff working hard to prepare for a safe return are both anxious and angry. This situation was not inevitable, but many rightly feel let down by the Government. We need a plan to...

Professional and Amateur Sport: Government Support - Commons Urgent Question (1 Oct 2020)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: I am grateful to the House for its forbearance. We recognise that the DCMS and the Treasury have taken steps to support sports clubs but, as my noble friend Lord Tunnicliffe observed on Monday, sector-specific intervention tends to come at the 11th hour rather than when it would have the greatest benefit. We welcome news of support for the national league, but why did we have to lose...


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