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Brexit: New Partnership - Statement (2 Feb 2017)

Lord Clinton-Davis: What happens if the Minister’s optimism is somewhat misplaced? Does he agree that, in the event that he is wrong, this country must go its own way? In particular, might he form the view that the country is best served by being in the EU? I have been a member of the Commission for a very long time, as has my noble friend. Is it not important that an alternative view is put forward to the...

Rail Devolution: London - Question (20 Dec 2016)

Lord Clinton-Davis: Is not the reality that the Secretary of State for Transport is more anxious to prolong the dispute than to find a solution?

Brexit: European Union Citizenship - Question (13 Dec 2016)

Lord Clinton-Davis: My Lords, is it not quite wrong that any citizen should be left in any doubt about this issue, as people undoubtedly are? Will the Minister personally vouch that this issue will be cleared up? People should not be left in any doubt at all.

Policing and Crime Bill - Report (30 Nov 2016)

Lord Clinton-Davis: I speak following the very courageous and relevant speech that we have just heard. I do not think that there can be any possible objection to strengthening the law, which is what is proposed. There can be no dispute at all that corrupt relationships between the police and newspapers are highly damaging to both, and they are unacceptable to the public, who must be able to trust both. In a...

Policing and Crime Bill - Report (30 Nov 2016)

Lord Clinton-Davis: Will the Minister indicate how long she envisages the inquiry will take and how many witnesses will come forward?

Airport Capacity - Statement (25 Oct 2016)

Lord Clinton-Davis: My preference is that Gatwick and Heathrow should both be expanded, but this decision is really about Heathrow. Although it has been provisionally selected, we still have to wait, and there is considerable uncertainty about the future. Meanwhile, Paris, Frankfurt and Schiphol will not wait, and British aviation will, regrettably, pay the price. Is that right? The Government hesitate. Behind...

Calais Camps: Unaccompanied Minors - Question (19 Oct 2016)

Lord Clinton-Davis: Will the Minister assure the House that no minors are being treated illiberally or will be in the future?

Airports: London - Question (11 Oct 2016)

Lord Clinton-Davis: How long have the Government and others had to make up their minds about London’s additional runways? Does the Minister believe that it is possible for some sort of decision to be advanced rather than, as I fear it will be, regarded as something that can be withdrawn?

Airports: London - Question (5 Sep 2016)

Lord Clinton-Davis: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Spicer, on his unremitting campaign for the best interests of British aviation. Is it not clear that the longer a decision on this vital issue is delayed, the worse it will be for British aviation? In my view, a decision should have been made long ago, and the Government are playing for time. The more we encounter delay, the more British aviation...

Airports: Runways - Question (5 Jul 2016)

Lord Clinton-Davis: When do the Government expect to make a decision on this issue? It has been delayed for so long, and every delay results in grievous loss to this country in world markets. What are the Government going to do about it?

Immigration Bill — Report (1st Day) (9 Mar 2016)

Lord Clinton-Davis: To deny those who came here at the turn of the century was abhorrent. Later on, before the Second World War, people came here as refugees and they were accepted. Of course, there was a minority of people who denied their status but they were not heard. The compelling voice of the majority prevailed and they were accepted. More than that, most of them have provided a huge benefit to this...

European Council - Statement (22 Feb 2016)

Lord Clinton-Davis: I speak as a former European Commissioner. It is absolutely essential that we remain in the European Union, expressing our point of view and being able to judge whether something that has been put forward is in our interests. We can say what we like there. To say that we have no influence—an argument advanced by the noble Lord, Lord Lawson—is absurd. I speak from experience. You have to...

Universities: Freedom of Speech - Question (22 Feb 2016)

Lord Clinton-Davis: My Lords—

Trade Union Bill: Committee (1st Day) (8 Feb 2016)

Lord Clinton-Davis: For 30 years, I was president of BALPA, and I notice that the union is very well represented in the Committee today. I beg the Minister to think again about the Bill. Every speech that has been made so far has indicated that the Government ought to think again. We do not know whether the Minister will think again. I plead with her to do so, because this is not an ordinary Bill. It goes to the...

Sugar Tax — Question (3 Feb 2016)

Lord Clinton-Davis: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the World Health Organisation’s analysis in the Report of the Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity, they support the proposal of the National Health Service to introduce a sugar tax.

Sugar Tax — Question (3 Feb 2016)

Lord Clinton-Davis: The World Health Organization and the NHS, both distinguished bodies, have proclaimed that a sugar tax is desirable, necessary and should be introduced as soon as possible. In that light, do the Government have any plans to revise their previous position and introduce proposals for a sugar tax by no later than April of this year?

Criminal Legal Aid Services — Statement (29 Jan 2016)

Lord Clinton-Davis: The amount of complacency about changes in legal aid is absolutely bewildering. I speak as somebody who, in earlier life, was much involved with criminal legal aid. At the moment, there will be immense difficulties in recruiting young solicitors to do this work. I hold the view that it is desperately unsatisfactory. I hope the Minister will not again get up and say that economies have to made...

Sugar Tax — Question (13 Jan 2016)

Lord Clinton-Davis: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to impose a sugar tax on fizzy drinks.

Sugar Tax — Question (13 Jan 2016)

Lord Clinton-Davis: If we had a league of government U-turns, this one would surely head the list. Not so long ago, the Prime Minister said that a sugar tax was not worth while. Now, urged on by experts and MPs of all parties, he says that it is not a bad idea. What should we now do? My view is that we should follow the example of Mexico. Why wait for many months when the evidence is very clear? Why do the...

Airport Capacity in London — Question (16 Dec 2015)

Lord Clinton-Davis: The Minister is fast earning a reputation for escaping entirely from responsibility. Purely for political purposes, the Government have dithered and dithered. Other airports in Europe, as has already been said, thrive while British aviation disappears. Is it not it more important than anything that while the Government adopt their present stance, the country suffers?


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