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Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Coronavirus: Protective clothing (22 Jul 2020)

Lord Low of Dalston: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, and if so, when, they intend to publish guidance for the use of personal protective equipment in social care settings for people who are deaf or have other communication difficulties.

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

Lord Low of Dalston: My Lords, I will speak to Amendment 10, in the name of the noble Lord, Lord Blencathra, concerning the minimum width left on pavements for pedestrians to pass safely. I welcome the Government’s announcement in Committee that they would be bringing forward amendments to place the conditions of pavement licensing on a statutory footing. I also welcome the acknowledgment in the Bill of the...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Disability: Coronavirus (16 Jul 2020)

Lord Low of Dalston: To ask Her Majesty's Government what support they intend to offer disabled people and their families as the restrictions in place to address the COVID-19 pandemic are eased.

Business and Planning Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 9 (13 Jul 2020)

Lord Low of Dalston: My Lords, I beg leave to withdraw the amendment at this stage. Amendment 9 withdrawn. Amendment 10 not moved. Clause 2 agreed. Clause 3: Determination of applications Amendments 11 to 13 not moved. Clause 3 agreed. Clause 4: Duration Amendments 14 and 15 not moved. Clause 4 agreed. Clause 5: Conditions Amendments 16 and 17 not moved. Sitting suspended.

Business and Planning Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 9 (13 Jul 2020)

Lord Low of Dalston: My Lords, I wish to speak to Amendment 14 in this group. Applications that have not been decided by local authorities within 10 working days are automatically deemed to have been granted for a period of one year. This is too long and could mean automatic approval for a significant proportion of licences and the volume of applications overwhelming local authorities. Combined with the absence...

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

Lord Low of Dalston: My Lords, I will speak to Amendments 6, 7 and 8 in this group—briefly, because the case seems self-evident. These amendments provide that consultation materials should be provided in accessible formats for the benefit of disabled people, particularly those with visual impairments, and that the clock on consultation should be started only once materials have been made available online in an...

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

Lord Low of Dalston: My Lords, I will speak to Part 1 of the Bill on pavement licensing, which will significantly reduce the application period—from 28 days to seven—for a business to obtain a licence to place tables, chairs and other items of furniture on the footpath. There are no requirements for the consultation to be accessible to people in the area with sight problems; the only requirement is for a...

Covid-19: Wedding Venues - Question (24 Jun 2020)

Lord Low of Dalston: My Lords, once weddings resume, there will no doubt be a huge backlog of demand for registrars that could easily stretch through to the end of next year. One way the Government should seek to ease that demand is by extending legal recognition to humanist marriages, which would mean that couples who want a humanist wedding would not also have to have a civil ceremony to gain legal recognition....

Covid-19: Economy - Motion to Consider (4 Jun 2020)

Lord Low of Dalston: My Lords, will rushing to lift the lockdown hasten or postpone recovery? The Prime Minister seems to have started to lift the lockdown more quickly than most scientists would have advised. No doubt the reasons are mixed, but strong pressure seems to have come from the Treasury, concerned about the costs of furloughing and other income support measures, and anxious to see an increase in tax...

Covid-19: Educational Gaps - Question (4 Jun 2020)

Lord Low of Dalston: My Lords, according to a report from the Public Accounts Committee published last month, many of the 1.3 million pupils in England with special educational needs and disabilities are not getting the support that they need and end up being excluded from school, damaging their education, well-being and future life chances. What are the Government doing to remedy this situation for vulnerable...

Covid-19: Restrictions - Question (18 May 2020)

Lord Low of Dalston: My Lords, will the Government ensure that the steps to adjust restrictions for those isolating clearly allow for healthy individuals over 70 to be trusted to use their judgment regarding their personal safety and that of the wider community?

Covid-19: Transport - Statement (14 May 2020)

Lord Low of Dalston: My Lords, disabled people are fortunate to enjoy a great deal of assistance from the staff of transport undertakings, which is very much appreciated. Will the Government give guidance on how this can be maintained compatibly with advice on social distancing?

Higher Education - Private Notice Question (6 May 2020)

Lord Low of Dalston: My Lords, I declare my interest as a trustee of the Snowdon Trust, which assists disabled students with the extra expenses attributable to their disability. What steps will the Government take to ensure that disabled students are not further disadvantaged as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic; for example, by exempting them from the student number controls?

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

Lord Low of Dalston: My Lords, I declare my interest as a vice-president of RNIB. I want to say a word about advice services, which are often the gateway to charitable help. Many free advice organisations are facing imminent collapse. The Advice Services Alliance, the umbrella body for advice services and of which I am a patron, says that many advice sector organisations are “struggling to keep services...

Coronavirus Bill - Committee: Amendment 1 (25 Mar 2020)

Lord Low of Dalston: I thank my noble friend very much for her support. I do not think I had tried to speak—maybe I gave the wrong signal in some way. I very much agree with what my co-signatory to the amendment, the noble Baroness, Lady Thornton, said, but I do not wish to add to it. I am perfectly content that she covered what needed to be said.

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

Lord Low of Dalston: My Lords, forgive me; I was not expecting the noble Lord, Lord Porter, to finish quite so soon. I support the Bill and certainly agree that it, or something like it, is necessary. However, I want to sound one or two warnings and flag up some points that need the Government’s continuing attention. We face a national emergency. In these circumstances, we should all be prepared to accept some...

UN Sustainable Development Goal 3 - Motion to Take Note (19 Mar 2020)

Lord Low of Dalston: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Whitty. I should really congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Robertson, on securing this important debate, but certainly the noble Lord, Lord Whitty, deserves to be congratulated on introducing it in such an exemplary fashion. The background to this debate is the UK’s progress towards meeting the UN’s sustainable development goal 3, in particular...

NHS Funding Bill (Money Bill) - Second Reading (and remaining stages) (26 Feb 2020)

Lord Low of Dalston: My Lords, the Bill commits the Government to increase funding for the NHS by £33.9 billion in cash terms by 2023-24, with NHS England spending increasing to £148.5 billion by 2024. This is the first time that a multiyear funding settlement for the NHS has been enshrined in law. It also provides a long-term settlement to underpin the commitments set out in the NHS Long Term Plan. This is an...

Housing Insulation - Question (25 Feb 2020)

Lord Low of Dalston: My Lords, I would like to add a third part to the Question: what plans do the Government have to protect existing housing against flooding?

Queen’s Speech - Debate (5th Day) (Continued) (21 Oct 2019)

Lord Low of Dalston: My Lords, I hope that your Lordships will permit me a moment or two to speak in the gap. I had put my name down to speak tomorrow, Tuesday, but then found that I could not. I decided to switch my name to today’s debate but found that the list had closed. Therefore, my only recourse was to speak now, in the gap, and I hope that the House will permit me a few moments to do so. The gracious...

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