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Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill - Second Reading (10 Jul 2019)

Viscount Brookeborough: My Lords, I thank the Minister for allowing me to intervene. I sit here very much as a part-time politician but I come as a member of the Northern Ireland community for more days of the week than I am here. We have heard political and legal arguments about why certain things might or might not happen, and we have heard excellent speeches from my noble friend Lord Bew and my noble and right...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation and Exercise of Functions) Bill - Committee (30 Oct 2018)

Viscount Brookeborough: It may appear that, because the noble Lord, Lord Empey, is leading this on his own, he may not have support. I think he has support from everybody. I declare an interest in that I have had cancer of the throat. This sort of thing does not just affect the people. It affects their families and dozens of other people; it affects their friends. I feel that it affects their friends and families...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation and Exercise of Functions) Bill - Second Reading (30 Oct 2018)

Viscount Brookeborough: My Lords, it is a pleasure to follow the noble Lord, Lord Alderdice. I have been scratching out bits and pieces that I was going to say and I was going to scratch out the bit about a referendum, but then I thought I would support it, since it had not come up. One of the problems we have in Northern Ireland is that we have a lot of politicians who say they are speaking for other people, but...

Terrorism: Emergency Communications - Question for Short Debate (5 Jul 2018)

Viscount Brookeborough: My Lords, I too thank the noble Lord, Lord Harris, for introducing this very important subject and echo what we have just heard about the compliments about his service. I accept that my experience is, or was, in Northern Ireland and that that time has passed. However, we may not have had all the technology, but a lot of the same principles exist today. There were occasions when I was on duty...

Rural Bus Services - Question (14 Mar 2018)

Viscount Brookeborough: My Lords, does the Minister agree that the statistics given by the noble Baroness opposite show that the Government’s efforts simply have not produced results? Does she accept that it is not just about the disabled and whoever, but also about social and financial exclusion? We do everything within urban areas—we have bus lanes and walking places for shopping, and we have Uber—but rural...

Northern Ireland Finances - Statement (13 Mar 2018)

Viscount Brookeborough: My Lords, perhaps I may ask a question about the policing or Department of Justice budget, which may be £36 million. How much of that will go to front-line policing, bearing in mind what the noble Lord, Lord Empey, said about the various problems with filling a void? There is another point. Policing is not just about crime that is being committed today and nor is it just about terrorism; it...

Volunteering - Question for Short Debate (21 Feb 2018)

Viscount Brookeborough: My Lords, I, too, thank the noble Baroness for introducing this subject. I declare an interest as a lord-lieutenant and therefore involved with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. I will talk about recognition and people understanding the importance of the volunteer. We are a country of volunteers—17 million of them. The Government should concentrate on improving existing mechanisms...

Tackling Financial Exclusion (Financial Exclusion Report) - Motion to Take Note (Continued) (18 Dec 2017)

Viscount Brookeborough: My Lords, I add my thanks to the noble Baroness, Lady Tyler, for her excellent leadership of our committee and for the staff who supported her. We sometimes think that financial exclusion is important but that it is a subject like many others. It is not. It is really important, as important as the security of our population or their health and education. Why? Because it concerns every...

Student Loans - Question (13 Dec 2017)

Viscount Brookeborough: My Lords, I think everybody would agree that personal loan management is very much down to financial education among students and graduates. Is the Minister aware that our report on financial exclusion—supported by the FCA report, Financial Lives—identifies that over 80% of all graduates complained that they have had little or no financial education? What are the Government going to do...

Financial Guidance and Claims Bill [HL] - Third Reading (21 Nov 2017)

Viscount Brookeborough: My Lords, I add my praise to the two Front Benches. I should not think they could sustain much more joint praise, but on this occasion they have moved mountains in the length of time that this has taken. I emphasise how important the respite is from the point of view that every single case is a personal case of one family. It is not a matter of statistics, of speaking only of “30% of the...

Financial Guidance and Claims Bill [HL] - Report (2nd Day) (31 Oct 2017)

Viscount Brookeborough: My Lords, I support the amendment and I thank the noble Lord, Lord Deben, for saying half of what I was going to say. However, I should like to add one other point. Yes, this is about protection of the consumer and, secondly, advice. However, there is another word for advice: education. This is not simply about advice for people who go to the right places—very often they do not know where...

Financial Guidance and Claims Bill [HL] - Report (2nd Day) (31 Oct 2017)

Viscount Brookeborough: My Lords, a lot of the time when we talk about debt, it would appear that we are talking about people who may be in debt for a particular item or for a short period of time. These are people who are right down there and close to being in debt, and may be able to manage their finances by only a few pounds every week or month. So this is not just a debt problem overall; it is debt for very...

Financial Guidance and Claims Bill [HL] - Report (1st Day) (Continued) (24 Oct 2017)

Viscount Brookeborough: My Lords, as a member of that committee, I support this amendment. This is different from some of the other amendments that have come under Clause 2(7), because this is really already there as far as schools go, but it just falls short of doing what it should. For instance it talks about the “provision of financial education” and then says, “working with others in the financial...

Financial Guidance and Claims Bill [HL] - Report (1st Day) (Continued) (24 Oct 2017)

Viscount Brookeborough: May I intervene for one second? I thank the Minister for his response. At one stage he said: “Well, we might get help, and it might be in schools. Maybe the education board will look at this and maybe the guidance authority will include this and this”. The whole thing is so wishy-washy. There are so many let-out clauses, I am simply not sure that it will happen.

Financial Guidance and Claims Bill [HL] - Report (1st Day) (24 Oct 2017)

Viscount Brookeborough: My Lords, could I just look at one other aspect of vulnerability? It is looked on as being a disability of some kind, but vulnerability is also down to isolation, where one might live and being on the periphery. Look at banking in particular—the most basic place that somebody goes or would like to go for financial advice or help at first if they live out in the country. Look at the number...

Financial Guidance and Claims Bill [HL] - Report (1st Day) (24 Oct 2017)

Viscount Brookeborough: I was on the Financial Exclusion Committee. When we talk about targeting the vulnerable, it is not a matter of someone taking all the numbers or addresses out of a book; it is done scientifically. These people look at the vulnerable and consider when they will be vulnerable and how they will get at them. The amendment includes digital. We were given evidence that single, older and vulnerable...

Financial Guidance and Claims Bill [HL] - Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (19 Jul 2017)

Viscount Brookeborough: My Lords, I welcome these amendments because they attract attention to the subject of education, which, in our report on financial exclusion, was a major part. The top of Clause 2(7) states: “The strategic function is to support and co-ordinate the development”. It does not appear to have a lot of force behind it. Anything that we can do for care leavers, or anyone else, is most welcome,...

Financial Guidance and Claims Bill [HL] - Committee (1st Day) (19 Jul 2017)

Viscount Brookeborough: My Lords, I support this amendment. I was on the ad hoc Select Committee on Financial Exclusion, which produced the report Tackling Financial Exclusion: A Country that Works for Everyone? We spent a whole session on it and we covered all these points. I suggest that those who have not looked at the report should do so, not only because I was on the committee but because it is quite concise....

Investigatory Powers Bill - Report (2nd Day) (17 Oct 2016)

Viscount Brookeborough: Briefly, this brings up the principle of what society is prepared to sacrifice—in this case, a little privacy—to get what it needs to fight criminals and terrorism. I am sorry to go back to Northern Ireland but everybody was stopped daily and their lives were infringed on the whole time there. But they were happy enough because the fight, which was against terrorism in our case, was...

Investigatory Powers Bill - Report (2nd Day) (17 Oct 2016)

Viscount Brookeborough: My Lords, I hesitate to enter the debate on the Bill at this stage because I have not been involved until now, but as I listened, I compared this in my mind with what occurred in Northern Ireland over 40 years of terrorism. I cannot support this amendment for the very reasons given by the noble Lord, Lord Carlile. During the Troubles in Northern Ireland, when nothing was on the internet...


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