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EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement - Motion to Take Note (8 Jan 2021)

Viscount Bridgeman: My Lords, this debate has been a reminder, if ever one were needed, of the vast amount of work still to be done between the UK and the EU. It is essential that those further talks and negotiations start off on the right foot, and that, from the outset, both parties aim for the establishment of a genuine partnership between two sovereign bodies so that, for example, on the international stage...

Integrated Communities Strategy - Question (17 Nov 2020)

Viscount Bridgeman: The Government previously assured the House that there is no need for a change in the law because all citizens can access their rights according to law. Yet the chasm between the de jure situation and the de facto reality is an abyss into which countless women are falling and suffering as a result. Is the Minister able to assure the House that repeated commitments to “continue the...

Hong Kong: Human Rights - Question for Short Debate (4 Jun 2020)

Viscount Bridgeman: My Lords, I want to make one particular observation on the present turn of events. What motivates the willingness that many Hong Kong citizens have shown to expose themselves to extraordinary personal danger in recent demonstrations? Prior to 1997, light-touch Administrations gave successive generations of Hong Kong citizens a sense of freedom under the law. The last of these was under the...

Covid-19: International Response - Motion to Consider (18 May 2020)

Viscount Bridgeman: My Lords, surely one of the few good outcomes of this dreadful virus is the emergence of unprecedented co-operation among health authorities worldwide in fighting it, of which the highest profile is of course the work towards the development of a vaccine. I am grateful to the Minister for telling us the contribution of the United Kingdom. Sadly, all this is of course without the proper...

Children and Families: Early Years Interventions - Motion to Take Note (27 Feb 2020)

Viscount Bridgeman: My Lords, I join other noble Lords in congratulating the right reverend Prelate on this timely debate, which has been particularly enhanced by her speech; she has very considerable and distinguished experience in this matter. Early intervention is not short of attention, and the excellent briefing from the Library highlights no fewer than 10 different sources and authorities on this vital...

Vocational Education and Training - Question for Short Debate (28 Oct 2019)

Viscount Bridgeman: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to strengthen vocational education and training in secondary schools.

Vocational Education and Training - Question for Short Debate (28 Oct 2019)

Viscount Bridgeman: My Lords, I thank noble Lords who have put their names down at short notice for this debate. I was fortunate to be number one in the ballot for the QSDs following the Queen’s Speech, so the opportunity has come rather earlier than I anticipated. Your Lordships will be aware that on 6 September 2018, there was an excellent debate initiated by the noble Lord, Lord Aberdare. I am very pleased...

Access to Palliative Care Bill [HL] - Second Reading (14 Jun 2019)

Viscount Bridgeman: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Finlay, on her magnificent overview of the background to the Bill and on her patience in waiting for an opportunity for it to be read. For some years I was the chairman of an independent hospital which, unusually, contains a hospice within its property and is part of the same charity. I had conversations with the current director of the...

D-day: 75th Anniversary - Motion to Take Note (4 Jun 2019)

Viscount Bridgeman: My Lords, in congratulating my noble friend Lord Reay on his maiden speech, I have to add my apologies for attempting to leave the Chamber as he rose to his feet to deliver a most impressive maiden speech. Several references have been made in this debate to the meticulous planning by the joint British, Canadian and American teams in the two years or so before D-day. There is one aspect of...

Healthcare (International Arrangements) Bill - Report (12 Mar 2019)

Viscount Bridgeman: My Lords, I am privileged to follow my noble friend Lord O’Shaughnessy, and I am sure that Peers from all sides of the House will have been impressed by the thoughtful letter which the Minister has sent to us all. In it, there are a number of concessions, which will be subject to later amendments in this debate. The insertion of a sunset clause is a valuable safeguard, as are the...

European Qualifications (Health and Social Care Professions) (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018 - Motion to Approve (7 Mar 2019)

Viscount Bridgeman: My Lords, I apologise for my discourtesy in not being present at the beginning of this debate. A number of years ago, with the very great help of our noble friend Lord Howe, we secured the requirement from the Commission that healthcare professionals coming to this country from the European Union be subject to language tests before registration, and not the other way round, as in the previous...

Healthcare (International Arrangements) Bill - Second Reading (5 Feb 2019)

Viscount Bridgeman: My Lords, I have the rare pleasure and privilege of congratulating the Minister on her most impressive introduction of the Bill—on only her second day in the job—and addressing the challenge of a maiden speech in such style. We await her further contributions from the Dispatch Box. I welcome her as a Member of your Lordships’ House. The Government are to be commended on this Bill. Of...

Armistice Day: Centenary - Motion to Take Note (Continued) (5 Nov 2018)

Viscount Bridgeman: My Lords, I am most grateful to your Lordships for permitting me to speak in the gap. The Minister made a most impressive introductory speech to this debate. He referred to the participation of the two Irish divisions at the battle of Messines in 1917. I can add another significant fact: alongside those two Irish divisions were an Australian division and a New Zealand one. The noble Lord,...

Child Sexual Exploitation: Grooming Gangs - Question (18 Oct 2018)

Viscount Bridgeman: My Lords, the noble Baroness, Lady Cox, referred to the fact that “Sarah” had three sharia marriages. Does not this highlight the uncontrolled actions of many sharia courts and, once again, the need for legislation to require that all marriages in the United Kingdom be formally registered under the law of the respective Administrations?

Education: GCSE Music - Question (17 Oct 2018)

Viscount Bridgeman: My Lords, does the Minister recognise the important contribution that cathedral choir schools play in the musical education of this country? They are the envy of many European musical countries, such as Germany and the Netherlands.

NHS: Healthcare Data - Motion to Take Note (6 Sep 2018)

Viscount Bridgeman: My Lords, I too am grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Freyberg, for the excellent, comprehensive speech with which he opened this debate. After hearing my noble friend Lord Bethell, I am sure that many noble Lords will share my wish to hear much more from him in the future. I draw your Lordships’ attention to a little-known success story of the initiative of GPs in England—the creation of...

Nursing - Question for Short Debate (14 May 2018)

Viscount Bridgeman: My Lords, the House will be very grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Crisp, for instituting this debate and I crave the indulgence of noble Lords for speaking in the gap. I must also ask for a further indulgence because this speech is not totally global in character. I speak as the former chairman of a central London independent hospital. Our experience, like that of many other hospitals and...

The Long-term Sustainability of the NHS and Adult Social Care - Motion to Take Note (Continued) (26 Apr 2018)

Viscount Bridgeman: My Lords, I add my thanks to the noble Lord, Lord Patel, for the leadership he has given to produce this excellent committee report. It is a tribute to him and to the quality of the report that only a week ago, the date of this debate had to be changed, but he has still produced more than 50 contributors. I shall confine my remarks to primary care and the role of general practice in England...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Second Reading (2nd Day) (31 Jan 2018)

Viscount Bridgeman: My Lords, I think plenty of your Lordships will share the view that the one country we would not wish to be disadvantaged as a result of Brexit is Ireland. However, Ireland is already suffering: beef exports have fallen as a result of the collapse of sterling. Sadly, it is Ireland that is most likely to suffer in the coming negotiations. Had there been no progress with Ireland and Northern...


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