Results 41–60 of 542 for speaker:Lord Sheikh

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...

Windrush Compensation Scheme - Statement (24 Jun 2020)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I note that the compensation arrangements are a bespoke scheme which covers 13 separate categories. The scheme will need to be administered very carefully. I understand that the Home Office has funded Citizens Advice to provide free independent advice and support. I would like to make sure that the bureaux are staffed with competent persons who have the right attitudes; it is...

Armed Forces: Racism and Diversity - Question (17 Jun 2020)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I encourage the ethnic minorities to join the Armed Forces. The problem is that very few are promoted above the middle ranks, which causes frustration. Furthermore, ethnic minorities make up only 2.5% of officers, which is very low. For us to improve diversity and assist the mental and spiritual well-being of servicemen, chaplains of all religions need to be full-time officers....

Covid-19: Masks - Question for Short Debate (11 Jun 2020)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, it has been announced that from 15 June anyone travelling on public transport must, as a rule, wear a face covering. In addition, all hospital visitors and outpatients will have to wear a face covering and all staff will have to wear surgical masks at all times. The WHO has now revised its guidance relating to the wearing of masks. Will the Minister comment on the recent...

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

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, the conditions created by the pandemic and the lockdown will probably result in this year representing the largest annual reduction in carbon emissions. The crisis and this result should, with the right approach, enable us to achieve reductions in our emissions to zero by 2050, stimulate the economy and create jobs. The crisis should be a springboard to achieving these objectives....

National Health Service Commissioning Board and Clinical Commissioning Groups (Responsibilities and Standing Rules) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 - Motion to Regret (8 Jun 2020)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I will talk about the financial aspects of the care home industry, and what needs to be done after the pandemic to ensure its sustainability. There are more than 420,000 people in care homes; there are more than 22,000 care homes; and the industry generates an annual income of about £15 billion. I pay tribute to the industry, as it has performed well under the circumstances during...


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