Results 21–40 of 11477 for speaker:Lord Bassam of Brighton

The Politics of Polling (Liaison Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (19 May 2022)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, I very much welcome this new format, which allows your Lordships’ House an opportunity to revisit previous committee reports and consider what changes, if any, have arisen as a result of the work undertaken. Like others, I continue to be grateful to my noble friend Lord Lipsey, who is a paragon in this field, and to his colleagues, for their work in this area. As he noted at the...

Heritage Steam Sector: Coal - Question (18 May 2022)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, I live not far from the Bluebell Railway which, later this year, will play host to the iconic “Flying Scotsman”. That line places specific emphasis on the educational value of our heritage steam sector, and I wonder whether the Government should be investing more in this. Perhaps, as part of the discussions with the heritage steam sector, they could take forward some further...

Gambling Industry: Gambling Reforms - Question (17 May 2022)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, so far as we are concerned the Government continue to drag their feet on reforming gambling regulation, with reports suggesting that the White Paper has been delayed yet again. Gambling firms pay a significant amount in tax and there is a balance to be struck—we all like a flutter. However, with the Exchequer ultimately responsible for the significant costs of problem gambling, it...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (3rd Day) (12 May 2022)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, it is a pleasure to follow the noble Lord, Lord Mackenzie of Framwellgate, but I want to shift the focus back to DCMS because we now, happily, have the DCMS Minister in front of us. The noble Lord has a tough gig in this Session with a near-record number of Bills to field badged under the DCMS banner. I give him fair warning that there is such a thing as legislative overload. When I...

Channel 4 Privatisation - Private Notice Question (5 Apr 2022)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, last Friday the energy price cap increased by £700; inflation continues to climb and may reach 10%; we face record costs at petrol pumps and bumper increases to phone and broadband bills; and social security payments are to be cut in real terms from tomorrow. All this is at the same time as fines have been dished out to Downing Street officials for breaches of Covid regulations, so...

Chelsea Football Club - Question (31 Mar 2022)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, it seems to be the case that the Government have effectively nationalised Chelsea Football Club—an interesting example of state intervention, I might add. The sale of Chelsea will obviously have to go ahead sooner rather than later if the club is to avoid running into cash-flow issues and facing the penalties associated with entering administration. The value of the club is such...

Exports: Support for Businesses - Question (31 Mar 2022)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, as ever the Minister tries to paint a rosy picture of how our exports are going but, as the noble Baroness, Lady Ritchie, said, UK exports are underperforming against the rest of the world. Exports across the world have bounced back strongly coming out of the pandemic, yet the UK is the only country tracked by the CPB where goods exports remain below the 2010 average. As a result,...

British Museum: Ethiopian Sacred Altar Tablets - Question (30 Mar 2022)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, while I appreciate that there are some legal complexities surrounding the return of the sacred tabots to Ethiopia, these highly significant religious artefacts have resided unseen in the British Museum’s stores for the best part of 150 years. As I understand it, not even students, researchers or historians are able to view them. This cannot be right. Can the Minister give some...

Football Governance - Question (22 Mar 2022)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, the takeover of Newcastle by a consortium with links to the Saudi regime prompted questions about the appropriateness of the current fit and proper person test for owners and directors, and Mr Abramovich’s recent hasty attempts to sell Chelsea also raised concerns about due process. Can the Minister give us some confidence that these issues will be dealt with when the Government...

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Dormant Assets Scheme: Loneliness (15 Mar 2022)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration, if any, they have given to using funds derived from dormant assets in England to combat loneliness; and whether using funds for this purpose will be included as an option in the first public consultation under section 18A of the Dormant Bank and Building Society Accounts Act 2008.

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Musicians: EU Countries (14 Mar 2022)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce measures to assist young musicians wishing to tour in the EU; and whether any such plans will be introduced before the end of July.

Digital Technology (Democracy and Digital Technologies Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (11 Mar 2022)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, like all other noble Lords who have taken part in this debate, I of course pay tribute to Lord Puttnam and his committee, which had a stellar cast and is well represented in this debate by my noble friends Lord Harris, Lord Lipsey—who gave a brilliant introduction—Lord Mitchell and Lady Morris of Yardley, as well as the noble Baroness, Lady Kidron, and the noble Lords, Lord...

Trade Union (Levy Payable to the Certification Officer) Regulations 2022 - Motion to Approve: Amendment to the Motion (7 Mar 2022)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, I am very disappointed by what the Minister has had to say to the House this evening. I am not persuaded away from my view that this is a vindictive piece of secondary legislation. The Minister has not really adduced a strong case in his own defence, I fear. It was interesting to hear Back-Benchers on the Government Benches making the point that this could be seen as vindictive and...

Trade Union (Levy Payable to the Certification Officer) Regulations 2022 - Motion to Approve: Amendment to the Motion (7 Mar 2022)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, these statutory instruments introduce what is, effectively, a tax on trade unions and subject them to criminal-style fines for breaches of complex labour law. This is part of a package of measures that includes allowing anti-union organisations to file time-consuming complaints against them, without a full parliamentary consideration. These changes are the wrong priority for...

Russian Oil and Gas Imports - Private Notice Question (7 Mar 2022)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, I have heard the Minister’s response, taking on board in part the point from the noble Lord, Lord Forsyth, and recognise that we live in uncertain times. For clarity, can the Minister reconfirm the Government’s commitment to prioritising the development of renewables and that Ministers are looking to speed this programme up, and further commit to ensuring that the Government...

Office for Demographic Change Bill [HL] - Second Reading (4 Mar 2022)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: To correct the noble Lord, I say briefly that my party and I recognise the importance of these issues, but this is not the right way to set about having that debate. That is the difference between the noble Lord and me.

Office for Demographic Change Bill [HL] - Second Reading (4 Mar 2022)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, it falls to me to strike a discordant note in this universe of unanimity that we have had this afternoon. I regret doing that in one way, because I find much to agree with in what the noble Lord, Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts, had to say, and generally he and I tend to be on the same side of sensible, progressive arguments. However, on this occasion I find myself unconvinced. As...

Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles (Safeguarding and Road Safety) Bill - Second Reading (4 Mar 2022)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, what a pleasure it is to follow the speech of the noble Lord, Lord Holmes, on this topic. First I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Borwick, on sponsoring and leading on the Bill, as well as his honourable friend in another place Peter Gibson and my honourable friend Daniel Zeichner on his earlier work. As expertly set out by the noble Lord, the purpose of the Bill is to increase...

Gambling Advertising - Question for Short Debate (1 Mar 2022)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, I join others in congratulating the noble Lord, Lord Foster, on securing this debate. It seems that it has been shifted around nearly as frequently as the publication date for the Government’s own White Paper on gambling regulation. Yesterday, in a response to an Oral Question from my noble friend Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe, the Minister seemed keen to hide behind the ongoing...


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