Results 21–40 of 72 for speaker:Lord Hastings of Scarisbrick

Economy: Remittances - Question (4 Feb 2021)

Lord Hastings of Scarisbrick: My Lords, the Minister has admitted how vital remittances are to individual communities and families. Yet most of that money is used on basic purchasing and family needs. Will the Government look at exploring the possibility with the banks both here and there—wherever “there” is—a holding pools investment strategy to make money from the money while it is being transferred, and...

Education: The Holocaust - Question (27 Jan 2021)

Lord Hastings of Scarisbrick: My Lords, yesterday President Biden abolished Trump’s 1776 Commission, which sought to deny the ugly truths about America’s slavery history and its treatment of indigenous Americans. We cannot eradicate intolerance and racism unless we face our own true full history, so is it not now time that Her Majesty’s Government boldly set up a history curriculum commission to incorporate the...

Covid-19: Vaccine Trials - Question (13 Jan 2021)

Lord Hastings of Scarisbrick: My Lords, the Government know that there is deep scepticism and distrust, especially in urban and black youth communities and among the under-40s, over the efficacy of the vaccine. There is profound suspicion. Given the prevalence of this fear over reason and the need to build confidence through very local, trusted community facilities such as fast-food outlets, barbers, local pharmacies,...

Covid-19: Social Mobility - Question (7 Dec 2020)

Lord Hastings of Scarisbrick: My Lords, we all know that social mobility relies not just on education but on work opportunities beyond education. What work will the Government undertake to bring together companies that have profited substantially during the pandemic—those that distribute to households, supermarkets, and pharmaceutical and alcohol companies—to make up the deficit of hundreds of thousands of internships...

Sustainable Development Goals - Question (12 Nov 2020)

Lord Hastings of Scarisbrick: My Lords, given Brexit, can the Minister inform the House of how much UK aid that had gone through the EU will now be exclusively available for UK priorities, and can the likely billions be invested with the Global Partnership for Education, advancing girls’ education, of which I am a champion?

Royal Commission on Criminal Justice - Question (9 Nov 2020)

Lord Hastings of Scarisbrick: My Lords, given that the Minister is announcing yet again somewhat of a perpetual procrastination on the royal commission, can she possibly clear up one matter that her predecessor was not keen to answer? I have asked three times—twice in writing and once on the Floor of the House—how many prisoners remain under IPP sentences in the estate of prisons across the UK and what percentage of...

Schools: Disadvantaged Pupils - Question (24 Jun 2020)

Lord Hastings of Scarisbrick: My Lords, given the significant disadvantage of poorer black children, with attainment rates for black Caribbean boys eight points behind those of white boys, will the Government specifically and actively support supplementary school learning programmes not just across the summer months but to the year end for catch-up purposes? Will the department partner with charities such as Symphony,...

Covid-19: Recovery Strategies - Motion to Take Note (11 Jun 2020)

Lord Hastings of Scarisbrick: My Lords, my gratitude goes to the noble Baroness, Lady Hayman, for allowing us to discuss fairness and sustainability in the same conversation. I will focus on fairness, with two particular themes. First, as a result of this pandemic, many companies have decided that well over a million graduate placements or internship opportunities should be cancelled and removed from their working...

Covid-19: Public Wealth Investment Fund - Question (9 Jun 2020)

Lord Hastings of Scarisbrick: My Lords, given the heightened and highly appropriate focus on justice and opportunity for black and minority communities, what considerations has the Treasury given to working with existing black business finance networks, such as the number one black lending and investment agency, Lendoe, led by Mr Demi Ariyo? Will the Minister chase a reply, due a month ago, to Mr Ariyo’s letter to the...

Royal Commission on Criminal Justice - Question (3 Jun 2020)

Lord Hastings of Scarisbrick: My Lords, while I accept the Government’s best intentions to deliver justice, could the Minister inform the House of the precise numbers of prisoners still being held under IPP provisions, and the disproportion of black prisoners that IPP continues to blight despite its removal in law? When will the Government end this appalling scourge of denied justice? Will the royal commission finally...

Windrush Compensation Scheme - Motion to Consider (6 May 2020)

Lord Hastings of Scarisbrick: My Lords, I am grateful to the Minister for the opportunity for the House to discuss the issues raised by the Wendy Williams review and the Windrush compensation scheme, further to an initial debate about the Bill itself. I will press the Minister on one or two matters raised in that debate that did not receive a specific answer. We looked at the areas for which historical compensation can be...

Income Equality and Sustainability - Motion to Consider (6 May 2020)

Lord Hastings of Scarisbrick: My Lords, we are most grateful to the most reverend Primate for his tremendous life example. I wish him well in the future. This is also a moment to be grateful for the welfare state, for the furlough support scheme, for food banks and the support of good neighbours—grateful for an infrastructure that protects people from the worst extremes. I will focus on one particular area: the absence...

Charitable and Voluntary Sector - Motion to Take Note (30 Apr 2020)

Lord Hastings of Scarisbrick: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Addington, for allowing us to engage in this important conversation together to seek answers. I declare my known interest as chancellor of Regent’s University London, which is a UK registered charity. In the next academic year, all UK universities expect a major reduction in fee income from international students, both EU and non-EU. For Regent’s...

Prisoners (Disclosure of Information About Victims) Bill - Second Reading (28 Apr 2020)

Lord Hastings of Scarisbrick: My Lords, I remind the House of my interest in the register as founder and chairman of Crime Concern, which gave birth to Victim Support. All of us agree that the Bill is much needed and timely. It may be simple in the paragraphs contained in it, but it is profoundly essential. It is a dignity measure for victims—a measure that strips bare those vindictive and harsh offenders who wish to...

Covid-19: Prisons and Offender Rehabilitation - Question for Short Debate (23 Apr 2020)

Lord Hastings of Scarisbrick: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord German, for giving us this opportunity—

Covid-19: Prisons and Offender Rehabilitation - Question for Short Debate (23 Apr 2020)

Lord Hastings of Scarisbrick: I certainly will, as best I can. I refer to the letter sent to every prisoner by Phil Copple, director-general of prisons, at the beginning of the lockdown. It said that they needed to have forbearance, patience, self-control, restraint and tolerance. He assured them that the Prison Service would look after them with humanity and due dignity. I made an inquiry of a number of people I know...

Windrush Compensation Scheme (Expenditure) Bill - Second Reading (and remaining stages) (21 Apr 2020)

Lord Hastings of Scarisbrick: My Lords, this is a short Bill of just two paragraphs; I will aim to keep my remarks similarly short. I realise that there is to be a wider debate—the noble Lord, Lord Newby, has referred to it—which we will be able to conduct at greater length and depth. Fundamental to the quality of this Bill and to the achievement of the scheme, I say in a spirit of appreciation that this compensation...

Coronavirus Bill - Committee: Amendment 7 (25 Mar 2020)

Lord Hastings of Scarisbrick: I support the amendment of the noble Lord, Lord Newby, in great detail. In the debate yesterday, we spoke about the seriousness of the situation that the country faces. We are all deeply conscious of it; despite that, we must not be lulled into simply abiding by the pressure of the moment and not consistently thinking our way through the detail of what we are now putting into law. In his...

Coronavirus Bill - Second Reading (Continued) (24 Mar 2020)

Lord Hastings of Scarisbrick: My Lords, we are all immensely grateful for the selflessness and professionalism of everyone responding to this pandemic and for the reasonable, calm heads of those in government. I associate myself especially with the comments of the noble Lords, Lord Scriven, Lord Blunkett, Lord Robathan and Lord Alderdice, and the noble Baroness, Lady Bennett. There is a need for tighter scrutiny, a...

Wellbeing of Future Generations Bill [HL] - Second Reading (13 Mar 2020)

Lord Hastings of Scarisbrick: My Lords, I am excited to stand with my great and noble friend Lord Bird behind this measure which seeks to give time, in strategy and planning, to future generations. It was 500 years ago that the great philosopher Machiavelli said: “There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a...


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