Results 121–140 of 11478 for speaker:Lord Bassam of Brighton

Queen’s Speech - Debate (2nd Day) (12 May 2021)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, I declare my interest as the vice-chair of an FE college, which has some bearing on this debate. I join in both the general congratulation to our maiden speakers today and our thanks to the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Portsmouth for his thoughtful and constructive contributions in our House over a long period. The efforts of key workers in schools, supermarkets, the health...

Music Festivals: Covid-19-related Cancellations - Question (27 Apr 2021)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, the Minister is of course right that we should be continually guided by data, but slippage in the Government’s Covid road map will have a significant effect and impact this summer on staging music and other cultural festivals as well as large-scale sporting events, such as July’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone. I remind the Minister that the Chancellor said that when it came...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Overseas Aid (27 Apr 2021)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of reduced Official Development Assistance funding for research and development on (1) the public health sector, and (2) the health of UK citizens.

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Government Departments: Written Questions (27 Apr 2021)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: To ask Her Majesty's Government which departments use external contractors to prepare responses to questions tabled by members of the House of Lords and Members of Parliament; and, in each case, how often such contractors are used.

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Government Departments: Written Questions (27 Apr 2021)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of written answers to questions tabled by members of both Houses of Parliament were drafted by external contractors in the current parliamentary session.

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Government Departments: Written Questions (27 Apr 2021)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to ensure there are no conflicts of interest when the preparation of (1) responses to parliamentary written questions, (2) responses to parliamentary urgent questions, and (3) background briefings, are made by external contractors to departments.

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Government Departments: Written Questions (27 Apr 2021)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: To ask Her Majesty's Government when they amended the guidance on responding to parliamentary questions to take account of the use of external contractors in preparing and drafting responses.

Creative Industries: Covid-19 - Question (26 Apr 2021)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, I draw attention to my interests in the register, which include my membership of two trusts involved in cultural activities. In many of our most deprived communities, the cultural industries have taken a severe hit. Given that they are closely aligned with the hospitality sector, what plans do the Government have to develop a national plan to help the hard-pressed cultural sector...

Industrial Strategy: Local Growth - Question (26 Apr 2021)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, the Industrial Strategy Council’s most recent annual report suggested that, for levelling up to succeed, it needed to include consideration of devolution. How much thought have the Government given to further devolution in their industrial strategy? Will the Minister tell the House what progress has been made in convening the build back better business council and who will lead...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: UK Research and Innovation: Overseas Aid (26 Apr 2021)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of reduced Official Development Assistance funding for research and development on (1) the UK’s skills base, and (2) levels of employment, in research and development.

Written Answers — Treasury: UK Research and Innovation: Overseas Aid (26 Apr 2021)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish a cost-benefit financial assessment of the impact of reduced Official Development Assistance funding for research and development over the next five years.

Football: European Super League - Private Notice Question (20 Apr 2021)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, I thought Gary Neville spoke for millions of us football fans at the weekend when he condemned the Super League proposals. Can the Minister set out the sort of legal measures the Government are prepared to deploy in order to protect the competition laws that govern the current fair access system on which the football pyramid has long been built? When will the Secretary of State set...

Gambling: Early Mortality - Question (20 Apr 2021)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: Does the Minister agree with the comment of the Lancet Public Health last January, that: “Gambling disorders often remain undiagnosed and untreated”, and its call for a scientific inquiry into this “urgent, neglected, understudied, and worsening public health predicament”? If not, how would she describe it? Are the Government, as part of their review of gambling, considering the...

University Students: Compensation for Lost Teaching and Rent - Commons Urgent Question (19 Apr 2021)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, the disruption to university students caused by the pandemic and subsequent government restrictions has meant that students have not enjoyed the university experience that they would have expected, ranging from teaching, lectures and seminars, access to specialist resources and facilities, and career-enhancing placements, as well as the social experience which forms an important...

Higher Education: New and Returning Students - Question (15 Apr 2021)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, university students feel forgotten in the Government’s plans for leaving lockdown. What discussions have the Government had with university leaders and student representatives regarding the date for return to in-person teaching? Given that, by mid-May, many universities will have finished their teaching year, does the Minister accept that the reality is that this decision means...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Turing Scheme (26 Mar 2021)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of students likely to make use of the Turing scheme each year from its launch until 2030.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Turing Scheme (26 Mar 2021)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: To ask Her Majesty's Government how the financial aid available through the Turing scheme compares to that available through the Erasmus+ scheme.

University of Bristol: Jewish Students - Question (24 Mar 2021)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, this is an appalling case, but does the Minister share my concern that the Government’s proposals for free speech legislation run the risk of protecting statements that are anti-Semitic, offensive and dangerous? Will he clarify the role that the Government expect the free-speech champion to play in cases such as this? What protection and priority will be given to student welfare...

Social Media: Offensive Material - Question (23 Mar 2021)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: Footballers, women sports commentators and public figures generally receive daily racist, homophobic, misogynist vile abuse and personal threats inciting hatred and physical attacks. The Minister has promised that the Government will act against this in the online harms legislation. Players and commentators alike have acted against abuse but they need support. When will the Government bring...

British Library Board (Power to Borrow) Bill - Second Reading (19 Mar 2021)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, I declare my interests as a trustee of Brighton’s wonderful Royal Pavilion and Museums Trust, which now runs our museums and the Royal Pavilion service, and as a co-chair of the People’s History Museum in Manchester, which houses an important national collection. I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Vaizey, on his tour de force of British Library statistics in the form of facts,...


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