Results 41–60 of 912 for speaker:Baroness Falkner of Margravine

English Language Learning - Question (27 Jul 2020)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: The Minister will know of the practice in other similar countries. He will know that both France and Germany have a mandatory requirement for newcomers to speak their respective languages fluently. The UK has myriad exceptions from this requirement. Will he look at making it mandatory for all those wishing to remain in the UK to have a level of proficiency such that they can integrate adequately?

Insolvency Act 1986 Part A1 Moratorium (Eligibility of Private Registered Providers) Regulations 2020 - Motion to Approve (24 Jul 2020)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, my interest in this statutory instrument is due to the fact that I served for nine years as a non-executive director of one of the largest housing associations in the UK. Naturally, therefore, the governance of registered providers of social housing—including routes to insolvency—was fairly uppermost in my mind, particularly as that period came before, through and after the...

Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill - Second Reading (22 Jul 2020)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I start by explaining that I am married to someone who has gone through the EU settled status scheme after having lived here for more than 25 years. His experience as a German national was relatively straight- forward, albeit expensive. The dénouement came when his citizenship ceremony took place. Other new migrants had been given crib cards showing the words of the national...

Business and Planning Bill - Report: Amendment 11 (20 Jul 2020)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I understand the need to follow the exhortation of the Chief Whip to be as brief as possible in today’s debate, and I will try to do my bit in that regard by speaking very briefly. I can see the need for a speedy passage of the Bill in order that businesses, and, most importantly, the hospitality and retail sector can attempt to salvage whatever they can from this health and...

Biodiversity: Aichi Targets - Question (20 Jul 2020)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, turning to the target on air pollution, will the Government reconsider their approach to fine particulate matter, whereby fuels used in wood-burning stoves are to be phased out in February 2021? Given the impact of Covid, does the Minister agree that the target needs to be brought forward in advance of this coming winter so that people at high risk are less susceptible to fine...

Finance Bill - Second Reading (and remaining stages) (17 Jul 2020)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I broadly welcome most of the measures the Government have taken since the onset of this fiscal emergency. I think Her Majesty’s Treasury needs to be congratulated on the dexterity and speed with which it has risen to these unprecedented challenges. In a sense, our heroes are the operators of Whitehall: the Civil Service has stepped up to the mark and done an extraordinary job in...

Enterprise Act 2002 (Specification of Additional Section 58 Consideration) Order 2020 - Motion to Approve (15 Jul 2020)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: I welcome the inclusion of public health emergencies as a public interest consideration under these measures. I know that other countries have experience of why these measures are needed; take the recent example of the German biotech firm CureVac, which was in the process of launching an IPO on the NASDAQ this month. According to the Financial Times, the German Government, acting on the basis...

Medical Teaching and Learning: Ethnic Diversity - Question (14 Jul 2020)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: Perhaps I might take the Minister upstream a little to the choices made by different communities about entering medical school. What work is being done at 15 and 16 year-old level in schools? Has his department had any conversations with Ofsted about the career choices that kids from diverse communities are making? Many realise that they want to go into medicine when it is too late and they...

EU Coronavirus Vaccine Programme - Private Notice Question (13 Jul 2020)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, in this decision, the United Kingdom has made the right call, given that, like the UK, Germany, France, the Netherlands and Italy have moved to make their own provision prior to the European Commission initiating action. Given that we pay into the multiannual financial framework until the end of 2020, why were we not permitted to be part of the governance and negotiation? Is that...

OneWeb - Question (8 Jul 2020)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I welcome the Government’s stake in OneWeb. It will help deliver high-speed broadband in the UK and the rest of the world. On the issue of risk, does the Minister agree that anyone setting up frontier firms knows that there is no gain without risk? Turning to the golden share, the Minister said that national security was the consideration. What about a company’s record on theft...

Independent Residential Care - Private Notice Question (7 Jul 2020)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I welcome the initiation of cross-party talks. The Minister will know now that more than two-thirds of the public want to fund health and social care through higher taxation. Will he now accept that as a principle if that is the result of the cross-party talks, instead of his Government ruling out tax increases?

Business and Planning Bill - Second Reading (6 Jul 2020)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I welcome most of the measures in this Bill, which I can see are a necessary step to get the economy moving again. However, I have two concerns. The first has to do with the missing element in these measures, regarding the Government instructing the public to avoid using public transport. We know that private traffic levels have risen sharply since lockdown was eased. However, the...

Higher Education (Fee Limits and Student Support) (England) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020 - Motion to Approve: Amendment to the Motion (2 Jul 2020)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I welcome these regulations, because I well appreciate the difficulty that the higher education sector is in, as the noble Lord, Lord Desai, referred to a moment ago. I draw attention to my interests in the register. I have a couple of concrete questions and concerns for the Minister. One is about the devolved Administrations and those universities we have heard several noble Lords...

Covid-19 Update - Statement (1 Jul 2020)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, what specific plans do the Government have to host people in Leicester who test positive for Covid-19 in hotels to isolate them from multigenerational households and to keep the other members of the family safe?

Telecommunications Infrastructure (Leasehold Property) Bill - Report: Amendment 5 (29 Jun 2020)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, it is a pleasure to have added my name to the amendment moved by the noble Lord, Lord Alton of Liverpool, whose expertise on human rights is paralleled by no one else in this House. Deng Xiaoping, one of China’s most impressive leaders, had a lesson for his countrymen: “Hide your light and bide your time,” he told them. What he meant by that was that China’s power was extant...

China - Question (29 Jun 2020)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to reassess their relationship with the government of China.

China - Question (29 Jun 2020)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, first, I pay tribute to Sir Simon McDonald as he stands down from the FCO. He has been a remarkable leader and an exceptional head of our foreign service, and I wish him well in his future roles. There is a pattern in Chinese policy, which is increasingly assertive towards countries which do not bend to its will—take the experience of Australia, Sweden, Norway, France or even ours...

Competition and Markets Authority - Question (25 Jun 2020)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, following on from the noble Lord, Lord Randall, does the Minister accept that on consumer welfare it is difficult for us to have confidence in his reassurances? When the Government announced this digital markets taskforce a few months ago, they said that “any future interventions must strike the right balance between promoting competition and innovation on the one hand and...

Rwanda - Question (23 Jun 2020)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I declare an interest as a former employee of the Commonwealth and as someone in receipt of a Commonwealth Secretariat pension. The Commonwealth has never been in greater need of stability. Its funding, staff morale and governance are at an all-time low in the secretariat. As Chair-in-Office, the UK needs to announce a quick decision. Does the Minister agree that the current...

Global Britain - Statement (18 Jun 2020)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, we are entering a period of much harsher international relations. That is what Sir John Sawers told us on the “Today” programme this morning, and I agree. I can see the argument for a more strategic approach to our international relations in the round—although I am slightly sceptical about the timing of this announcement—but since the noble Baroness has mentioned Australia,...


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