Results 1–20 of 3000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Lord Greaves

European Union Settlement Scheme - Question (16 Jul 2019)

Lord Greaves: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made on the implementation of the European Union Settlement Scheme.

European Union Settlement Scheme - Question (16 Jul 2019)

Lord Greaves: My Lords, that is good news, but there is still a very long way to go. As the Minister knows, if you have not been here for five years, you get pre-settled status. On 20 May, Caroline Nokes said in a Commons Written Answer: “We are currently working hard on a number of enhancements to the EU Settlement Scheme including the functionality to support individuals who currently hold pre-settled...

Benefit Changes: Vulnerable People - Motion to Take Note (27 Jun 2019)

Lord Greaves: My Lords, my noble friend Lord Kirkwood said what a privilege it was to follow such an expert as my noble friend Lady Thomas. I have the privilege of following them both. They are both experts in this area; I am not. I shall make a few general comments from the perspective from which I see this—casework in my role as a humble local councillor, in which I see people who get into real...

Benefit Changes: Vulnerable People - Motion to Take Note (27 Jun 2019)

Lord Greaves: What is wrong with Yorkshire?

Japanese Knotweed - Question (16 May 2019)

Lord Greaves: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent steps they have taken to eradicate Japanese knotweed.

Japanese Knotweed - Question (16 May 2019)

Lord Greaves: My Lords, it is 30 years since Lady Sharples started asking questions about Japanese knotweed, and about 12 or 15 since I joined her, but all we get is the same answer every time: that this wonderful psyllid, Aphalara, will come galloping over the horizon and solve everything. It is absolutely clear that the problem of Japanese knotweed is getting worse and worse and causing more and more...

Council Tax - Question (14 Mar 2019)

Lord Greaves: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the levels of council tax in England that have been announced for 2019–20.

Council Tax - Question (14 Mar 2019)

Lord Greaves: My Lords, it is amazing that most councils set it at the level set by the Government. Is it not the case that council tax levels in England are coming out at an average 4.5% increase? I declare an interest as a borough councillor in Colne, where the increase is 6% across the board. Local authorities are being hollowed out, their services are being slashed and in many areas they are teetering...

Fracking: Planning Guidance - Question (12 Mar 2019)

Lord Greaves: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they intend to take in response to the High Court ruling that their planning guidance on fracking is unlawful.

Fracking: Planning Guidance - Question (12 Mar 2019)

Lord Greaves: My Lords, I am pleased to hear that. Is this not yet another case where the Government seem to be lacking basic procedural competence? More widely, it seems rather strange that the Government want widespread extraction of methane from rocks in this country at a time when the climate crisis affecting the world is getting worse. Perhaps more pertinently to the Conservative Party, do the...

Immigration Procedures - Question for Short Debate (14 Feb 2019)

Lord Greaves: My Lords, I want to talk about settled status and follow on from the discussion we had at Question Time this afternoon. In doing so, I pay tribute to the campaign and information groups that have brought to light serious problems with the system that is being set up, notably the3million, the Twitter-based group In Limbo, the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants and its latest report,...

EU Settlement Scheme - Question (14 Feb 2019)

Lord Greaves: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made in implementing the EU Settlement Scheme.

EU Settlement Scheme - Question (14 Feb 2019)

Lord Greaves: My Lords, we recently had a letter dated 11 February from Caroline Nokes, the Minister for Immigration, telling us that everything was wonderful and that it was all going okay. This is just not true. The Home Office seems to be living in a bubble of its own making. When will it start listening to many of the 3.6 million EU citizens in this country struggling to make sense of a technical and...

Schools: Climate Change Strike - Question (13 Feb 2019)

Lord Greaves: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what advice they are giving to schools whose students plan to take part in the pupils’ strike on climate change on 15 February.

Schools: Climate Change Strike - Question (13 Feb 2019)

Lord Greaves: My Lords, is it not the case that today’s pupils and students will be the ones who, over the next 60 or 80 years or more, will suffer the most from the disastrous consequences of climate change unless those of us who are of a rather more advanced age today deal with the matter quickly? Will the Minister give a clear guarantee that the students who decide to take part in the action on...

Social Housing - Motion to Take Note (31 Jan 2019)

Lord Greaves: My Lords, I remind the House that I am a district councillor in Lancashire, and I too used to be chairman of the housing committee. I agree with every word that the noble Lord, Lord Whitty, said, and am absolutely sure I would have agreed with every word he would have said in his last four minutes. For all the faults of local authorities over the years and some of the major mistakes that were...

Railway Services: The Pennines - Question (17 Jan 2019)

Lord Greaves: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made on the improvement and enhancement of railway services across the Pennines.

Railway Services: The Pennines - Question (17 Jan 2019)

Lord Greaves: My Lords, the problem is that services in the Pennine area, where I live, and in the north as a whole have got worse. One reason for this is the continuing industrial action between Northern, Arriva and the RMT union. There was another strike on Saturday, which I believe is the 45th strike in the past year. Do the Government understand that they specified the services to be provided in the...

Brexit: EU Citizens in the UK - Question (16 Jan 2019)

Lord Greaves: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what support they are giving to citizens of European Union countries who have been resident in the United Kingdom since before the United Kingdom joined the European Economic Community.

Brexit: EU Citizens in the UK - Question (16 Jan 2019)

Lord Greaves: My Lords, the purpose of asking this topical Question is to raise an issue highlighted by elderly Italian people living in Bradford. The BBC’s “Inside Out” programme in Yorkshire on Monday evening covered this admirably. I am talking about Italians, particularly ladies, who came to Bradford as mill girls 60 years ago and are now therefore mainly in their 80s. One of them said: “We are...


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