Results 1–20 of 1704 for speaker:Lord Dholakia

Sri Lanka - Commons Urgent Question (13 Jul 2022)

Lord Dholakia: My Lords, the Minister must be aware of the serious allegations of corruption against Rajapaksa and his Government. What efforts are being made to extradite him from the Maldives so that he can answer the charges in the Sri Lankan courts?

Migration and Economic Development Partnership with Rwanda - Statement (15 Jun 2022)

Lord Dholakia: My Lords, Rwanda has been mentioned on a number of occasions and we now know the cost involved in detaining people there. Which other countries have been approached for similar arrangements and what has been the refusal rate?

HM Passport Office: Backlogs - Commons Urgent Question (12 May 2022)

Lord Dholakia: My Lords, how many additional civil servants have been taken on to deal with the backlog? Is Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who criticised the Passport Office so bitterly, now satisfied with the work of this organisation?

Queen’s Speech - Debate (3rd Day) (12 May 2022)

Lord Dholakia: My Lords, the Government have pronounced that they will level up opportunities in all parts of the country. The need is most obvious in the criminal justice system yet the provisions for reforms are very scarce. Where is the provision for crime prevention and schemes for diverting as many young offenders and others from the prison system? It is not being soft, but we have to accept the low...

Police and Crime Commissioners: Budget - Question (28 Mar 2022)

Lord Dholakia: My Lords, there is serious concern about the recruitment of police officers from the diverse communities in this country. If the number is cut, how will we improve on this record?

Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities - Statement (21 Mar 2022)

Lord Dholakia: My Lords, I thank the Minister for this Statement. There is progress is some areas of disparities, while questions arise on other matters which need clarification. The first major question relates to the Covid pandemic and the Government’s disregard for the disproportional impact on ethnic minorities. Many workers have lost their lives. The pandemic showed how heavily we depend on our...

Refugees and Asylum Seekers - Question (28 Feb 2022)

Lord Dholakia: My Lords, is the Minister able to indicate how many visas or entry clearances have been refused to Ukrainian citizens since the crisis started?

Building Safety Defects - Question (7 Feb 2022)

Lord Dholakia: My Lords, has the Minister consulted Barratt Developments? At one time, it found the premises where I live full of cladding defects and, having removed the cladding, found structural defects. The result of all this was that Barratts paid full compensation for almost all 70 tenants who were living on the premises. If it is possible for Barratts, why is it not possible for others?

Racism in English Cricket - Question (26 Jan 2022)

Lord Dholakia: My Lords, Yorkshire has shown clearly how racism had affected cricket in the past and, thanks to the effort of the noble Lord, Lord Patel, that things are now improving. I would like to know what is being done in youth clubs and schools to ensure that people from diverse communities are aware that racism should not be a bar in pursuing a career in cricket?

Nationality and Borders Bill - Second Reading (5 Jan 2022)

Lord Dholakia: My Lords, I value the valuable contribution made by the noble Lord, Lord Blunkett, particularly his time as Home Secretary in a previous Government. Between 1949 and to date, nationality, immigration and asylum laws in the United Kingdom have come full circle, from complete freedom for all British subjects to enter and live in this country to a strict limitation of that right to British...

Nationality and Borders Bill - Second Reading (5 Jan 2022)

Lord Dholakia: We are now working to deprive people of their British citizenship, thus creating a community of refugees with nowhere to go. We are paying scant regard to the 1951 convention on refugees and we are involved in not giving due regard to the rights of children. Overall, we are succumbing to political expediency rather than having a genuine desire to help.

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill - Report (3rd Day) (Continued): Amendment 88A (15 Dec 2021)

Lord Dholakia: My Lords, Amendment 89 is also in the name of the noble and learned Baroness, Lady Butler-Sloss, who cannot be with us today but has faithfully promised to support it. I have a Private Member’s Bill on this same subject which is awaiting its Second Reading. Suffice to say, on at least two previous occasions, it has gone through all its stages in this House, but the general election...

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill - Report (3rd Day) (Continued): Amendment 84 (15 Dec 2021)

Lord Dholakia: My Lords, Amendment 114 is in my name. We discussed it in Committee and I have studied at great length the response from the Minister. Unfortunately, it has not satisfied many retail traders, whose income depends on crime being prevented. The consequences for shop insurance and livelihoods depend on proper action on low-level crimes. In 2014, a change in the law meant that shop theft valued...

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill - Committee (5th Day): Amendment 132 (3 Nov 2021)

Lord Dholakia: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his explanation. A large number of these businesses are owned by people from our diverse communities, and corner shops are areas of high crime rates. They have made a number of representations to me. I shall discuss the Minister’s comments with them and, if need be, come back later, if possible. In the meantime, I beg leave to withdraw the amendment....

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill - Committee (5th Day): Amendment 132 (3 Nov 2021)

Lord Dholakia: My Lords, the purpose of the amendment in my name is to remove Section 176 from the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. With regard to what is affectionately known as shoplifting, it is estimated by the British Retail Consortium that businesses lose £770 million a year to shop theft—and retail theft crimes are rising year on year. According to figures available from the...

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill - Second Reading (14 Sep 2021)

Lord Dholakia: My Lords, I welcome some features of the Bill, in particular the long-overdue measures to bring certain offenders who have served sentences of four years or more within the scope of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act and to reduce the rehabilitation periods for offenders serving shorter sentences. These provisions will help more reformed offenders live down their past, obtain employment and...

Afghanistan - Motion to Take Note (18 Aug 2021)

Lord Dholakia: My Lords, it is a delight to follow the noble Baroness, Lady Amos. In a fully functioning democracy, we would have expected the Government to inform us about the constantly changing situation in Afghanistan; until today, it has not been possible. The Foreign Secretary has almost remained muted for a long time, and it is our high-calibre journalists and newspapers that have been at the...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (5th Day) (18 May 2021)

Lord Dholakia: My Lords, I make no apologies for drawing the attention of the House yet again to the state of our prisons. The United Kingdom continues to have the highest rate of imprisonment in western Europe. In England and Wales, there are 131 prisoners for every 100,000 people in the general population, compared with 90 in Spain and 69 in Germany. Sentence lengths have greatly increased in recent...

Covid-19: Support for India - Private Notice Question (27 Apr 2021)

Lord Dholakia: My Lords, the real extent of deaths due to coronavirus is unlikely ever to be known. We have seen television pictures of funeral pyres and patients clutching empty oxygen cylinders. The efforts to assist from the British Government, countries in Europe and the United States are praiseworthy. Is the Minister in discussion with other countries to ensure that help is sent to India as far as it...

Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities - Statement (21 Apr 2021)

Lord Dholakia: My Lords, the Statement does nothing to allay the fears of the black and ethnic minority community about this report. We seem to have come full circle from the report on the Brixton disorders by Lord Scarman. A lot of research has been done since then that clearly identifies that racism and racial discrimination are a daily reality in the lives of the black and ethnic minority community in...


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