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Trade Bill - Committee (5th Day): Amendment 68 (13 Oct 2020)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, it is imperative that we support Amendment 68, proposed by the noble Lord, Lord Alton of Liverpool. I commend him on his excellent speech; he did indeed speak from the heart. At the outset, I would like to say that in 1972 my family and thousands of Asians were expelled from Uganda by General Amin. I have personal experience of ill treatment being imposed on innocent people by a...

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: BAME Communities - Private Notice Question (12 Oct 2020)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, the pandemic has adversely affected the health of the BAME community and caused financial hardship. I have been informed by the Runnymede Trust that only about 44% of the BAME community was aware of the measure to allow those out of work due to the crisis to claim universal credit. Furthermore, only one-third of the BAME community had heard of the arrangements making statutory sick...

Counter-Terrorism and Sentencing Bill - Second Reading (21 Sep 2020)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, to effectively tackle terrorism we must use a combination of radicalisation prevention, rehabilitation and punishment. This Bill is not balanced: it places too much reliance on punishment. We must effectively address the root causes and implement real solutions to deal with the problems of radicalisation, extremism and terrorism. To stop radicalisation and terrorism we must not...

Trade Bill - Second Reading (8 Sep 2020)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I congratulate my noble friend the Minister on his appointment and excellent maiden speech. He brings a breadth of experience and expertise to your Lordships’ House. I support this Bill, which, while being fundamentally about continuity, is also about redefining and strengthening our trading relationships across the world. Today, I am particularly interested in what this means for...

Medicines and Medical Devices Bill - Second Reading (2 Sep 2020)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I support this Bill as it will enable us to put together and implement the various regulations governing human medicines, veterinary medicines and medical devices. We live in a world that is changing and the medical and veterinary sciences are constantly evolving. The Bill will enable us to innovate and ensure that all medicines and medical devices will be safe to be used by the...

Parliamentary Constituencies Bill - Second Reading (27 Jul 2020)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, the reason for introducing this Bill is to fulfil the pledge in the Conservative Party manifesto to have “updated and equal Parliamentary boundaries, making sure that every vote counts”. Each vote must carry the same weight. Therefore, it is important that each Member of Parliament represents an equal number of constituents, as far as possible. The number of parliamentary seats...

Student Loans - Question (23 Jul 2020)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, at the outset, I declare that I co-chair the APPG on Islamic Finance. In 2013, David Cameron spoke at the World Islamic Economic Forum and made a promise to introduce a sharia-compliant student loan scheme. In March 2017 and in July 2019, I and other noble Lords spoke on the subject in your Lordships’ House. We were told that the Government were committed to introducing a suitable...

Business and Planning Bill - Report: Amendment 29 (20 Jul 2020)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I was due to speak on Amendment 27, which restricted the times of alcohol sales off the premises, and after the timely intervention of my noble friend Lady Williams the matter was dropped. I therefore support Amendment 44 and agree with restricting off-sales to 11 pm. Although we are allowing off-sales, they must be controlled to avoid crime, disorder and disruption. I realise that...

Business and Planning Bill - Report: Amendment 11 (20 Jul 2020)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, we need the hospitality sector to be active and to start doing business, both for its benefit and for the good of the country and members of the public. People have been frustrated over the last few months due to the lockdown. Some of them suffer from anxiety problems, and it is important for them to go out and mingle with their friends and relatives. Therefore, we must cater for...

Business and Planning Bill - Report: Amendment 1 (20 Jul 2020)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, at the outset I reiterate what I said at Second Reading and in Committee. I welcome the Bill, which will trigger a revitalisation of our businesses and help people’s well-being. We would like the economy to pick up and create employment for people who have been idle for the last few months. We need to take steps to enable restaurants, pubs and cafés to expand their businesses and...

Business and Planning Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 26 (13 Jul 2020)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I was going to speak in favour of Amendment 27 but, in the light of what my noble friend the Minister said earlier, I will speak in favour of Amendments 30, 32 and 35. The issue that worries me is how alcohol is sold to be taken away. It should be sold in sealed containers. If it is sold in glasses, these should be plastic, not beer or wine glasses. I am worried that glass can be...

Business and Planning Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 18 (13 Jul 2020)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I will speak in favour of this amendment, which I wholeheartedly support. I remind noble Lords that smoking causes lung cancer, heart disease, strokes and other illnesses. Smoking causes harm to smokers as well as being a danger to others. When a person smokes, most of the smoke does not go in his or her lungs but is in the air, meaning that anyone can breathe it, with dire...

Business and Planning Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 2 (13 Jul 2020)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I support Amendment 25 relating to the two requirements that have been stated. I reiterate what I said when I spoke on Amendment 11: I support the Bill, which will trigger the revitalisation of our businesses and help the well-being of the people. However, it is necessary for us to implement the changes with caution. My concern is safety of passage and accessibility by blind and...

Business and Planning Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 1 (13 Jul 2020)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I support Amendment 11 in the name of my noble friend Lord Balfe. Clause 3(2) states: “Before making a determination in respect of the application” for a pavement licence, “the local authority must … take into account any representation made to it … consult the highway authority … and other persons as the local authority may consider appropriate.” I support having...

Environmental Protection (Plastic Straws, Cotton Buds and Stirrers) (England) Regulations 2020 - Motion to Approve (10 Jul 2020)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I am pleased that, following an open discussion, the Government are putting forward the regulations, which I fully support. It is important for us to tackle plastic pollution and protect our environment, which needs looking after, particularly the oceans and beaches. It is estimated that over 150 million tonnes of plastic is in the world’s oceans, and every year 1 million birds...

Health Protection (Coronavirus, Wearing of Face Coverings on Public Transport) (England) Regulations 2020 - Motion to Approve (8 Jul 2020)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I support and approve of the regulations requiring all passengers on public transport to wear a face covering, subject to certain exemptions. I note that failure to do so when asked is an offence subject to a fine of £100 and not being allowed to travel. How strictly are these regulations enforced? When I go out, I always wear a mask. I fully support the guidance issued by the BMA...

Business and Planning Bill - Second Reading (6 Jul 2020)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, the pandemic has severely affected the economy of the country and, of course, caused immense disruption to the lives of people and businesses. I commend the Government for implementing the job retention scheme, providing help for the self-employed and small businesses, and, furthermore, arranging government-backed loans. However, the pandemic affected 75% of the hospitality sector...

Lammy Review - Commons Urgent Question (2 Jul 2020)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, 41% of children in prisons are from the BAME community, and a large number of them are Muslims. About 15% of prisoners are Muslims, and in London, the figure is 27%. Some of those Muslims have been victimised by the staff. The custodial sentences imposed on those from BAME communities can be up to 10 years longer than those applied to white people—several lawyers have said this to...

Korea - Question (30 Jun 2020)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, following the invasion of South Korea by North Korea, 16 UN member nations, including the United Kingdom, sent fighting units to the peninsula under the auspices of the United Nations—we sent more than 100,000 servicemen. The United Nations command provided core military strategic direction. Subsequently, the UN has passed resolutions and applied sanctions. In 1953, an armistice...

National Minimum Wage (Offshore Employment) (Amendment) Order 2020 - Motion to Approve (25 Jun 2020)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I congratulate the Minister on introducing this order, which was long overdue. The National Minimum Wage Act 1998 created a minimum wage across the United Kingdom for workers. The aim of the Act was to guarantee a decent minimum standard of pay for workers and to promote fair competition between businesses. However, the Act excluded from its provisions various workers in offshore...


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