Results 1–20 of 694 for speaker:Lord Kirkhope of Harrogate

Lord Byron: 200th Anniversary - Question (16 Apr 2024)

Lord Kirkhope of Harrogate: My Lords, “To have joy, one must share it”. That is a quotation from Lord Byron. He is hardly being shared where he is presently located. Indeed, the proposals to go to Hyde Park seem almost as bad. Will my noble friend the Minister look carefully at the activities of the Fourth Plinth Commissioning Group at Trafalgar—or “Trafulgar”—Square, where we have seen recently some very...

Surplus Carbon Emissions - Question (27 Mar 2024)

Lord Kirkhope of Harrogate: My Lords, the Government are to be congratulated on achieving these targets, but would my noble friend not agree that we need to do much more with our international relationships to make sure that we alone are not forging ahead when others are failing to do so?

Artificial Intelligence (Regulation) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (22 Mar 2024)

Lord Kirkhope of Harrogate: My Lords, as has been illustrated this morning, we stand on the cusp of a technological revolution. We find ourselves at the crossroads between innovation and responsibility. Artificial intelligence, a marvel of modern science, promises to reshape the world. Yet with great power comes great responsibility, and it is therefore imperative that we approach this with caution. Regulation in the...

Carers: National Strategy - Question (12 Mar 2024)

Lord Kirkhope of Harrogate: My Lords, there are some deep concerns—I have seen a number of things on television recently—about actual children acting as carers for their parents, when I think the normal assumption is that carers look after elderly people or those who are particularly disabled. Does my noble friend agree that we need to be particularly careful to identify situations where children are carrying out...

Foreign Affairs - Motion to Take Note ( 5 Mar 2024)

Lord Kirkhope of Harrogate: My Lords, nearly three and a half years after the ratification of the trade and co-operation agreement with the EU, we are at a critical juncture. It is a moment for reflection and, more importantly, for constructive engagement between the United Kingdom and the European Union, still our nearest ally and largest trading partner. The intervening years have, regrettably, been marked by...

Mental Health Patients: Discharge - Question ( 5 Mar 2024)

Lord Kirkhope of Harrogate: My Lords, as a former mental health commissioner, I know that the default position regarding long-term in-patients back in the 1980s and 1990s was to ensure they were given a place in the community. As a result, successive Governments closed down many of our institutions. Can my noble friend comment on the balance between present institutional care and its desirability for many in-patients,...

Ukrainians: Visas and Further Support - Question ( 4 Mar 2024)

Lord Kirkhope of Harrogate: To ask His Majesty’s Government what plans they have to extend visas for Ukrainians which are due to expire after 3 years, and what further support they intend to provide to Ukrainians in the United Kingdom.

Ukrainians: Visas and Further Support - Question ( 4 Mar 2024)

Lord Kirkhope of Harrogate: My Lords, I had the honour of being a Minister involved in the Bosnian resettlement scheme in 1996. I am very grateful to my noble friend for that Answer and commend the Government on their actions to offer sanctuary to so many Ukrainians. I also pay tribute to the many families and organisations under the Homes for Ukraine scheme who have hosted and helped those displaced people, including...

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 31 (14 Feb 2024)

Lord Kirkhope of Harrogate: I am sorry, but as I listened to the noble Lord, I was getting the impression that he was agreeing with my amendment to a large extent, except perhaps for my suggestions that we move the process on a bit more and improve the accountability with this House. Is that not the case? He said that my amendment serves no purpose; I think that it serves a very valuable and important purpose to give...

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 31 (14 Feb 2024)

Lord Kirkhope of Harrogate: My Lords, I will speak to my Amendment 33 to Clause 2. I acknowledge the support of the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Chelmsford, who is in her place and may well wish to contribute later. The amendment addresses a critical aspect of our commitment to upholding human rights and the rule of law, ensuring that our legislative process remains transparent and, as was referred to recently...

Combating Disinformation: Freedom of Expression - Question (13 Feb 2024)

Lord Kirkhope of Harrogate: My Lords, can my noble friend the Minister explain how this very interesting unit is comprised? Who are the members of the unit and from where do they come?

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - Second Reading: Amendment to the Motion (29 Jan 2024)

Lord Kirkhope of Harrogate: My Lords, it is right that we approach this debate with seriousness. Once more, the responsibility to ensure real scrutiny of a Bill rests with our House. Today, the Government are attempting to rectify what the UK Supreme Court has identified as “serious and systemic defects in Rwanda’s framework and procedures for processing asylum claims … Its past and continuing practice of...

Driving Licence: Young and Newly Qualified Drivers - Question (15 Jan 2024)

Lord Kirkhope of Harrogate: My Lords, I want to apologise to the House. About a year ago, I got up and claimed that insurance and other details said that women drivers were substantially better drivers than men, and I wanted to argue their case. Sadly, within 24 hours of my asking that question, two female members of my family committed minor offences in motor cars. I therefore wish to ask my noble friend to try to...

Data Protection and Digital Information Bill - Second Reading (19 Dec 2023)

Lord Kirkhope of Harrogate: My Lords, at this late stage in any debate much of the field is likely to have been covered, but, as someone deeply involved in the crafting, drafting and evolution of the EU GDPR while an MEP in Brussels, I declare a strong vested interest in this subject. I hope that the Minister will not be too negative about the work that we did —much of it was done by Brits in Europe—on producing the...

Limiting Global Temperature Increase - Question (13 Dec 2023)

Lord Kirkhope of Harrogate: My Lords—

Local Enterprise Partnerships: Funding - Question (11 Dec 2023)

Lord Kirkhope of Harrogate: My Lords, surely all this bureaucracy and red tape is not the answer for some parts of our country that are in need of development. As one of those involved in the establishment of development corporations in the late 1980s, I think we should be proud of such a model. Frankly, is it not about time we allowed local businesses and local people to have a stronger say in what they want to...

NHS: General Medical Practitioners - Question (20 Nov 2023)

Lord Kirkhope of Harrogate: My Lords, does my noble friend agree that it is also important to congratulate GPs and practices that are introducing innovations, such as weekend working, and their attention to the patients? They get an awful lot of attacks, but in my view they are in need of some congratulation as well.

King’s Speech - Debate (6th Day) (15 Nov 2023)

Lord Kirkhope of Harrogate: My Lords, while we reflect on His Majesty’s first King’s Speech, it was the speech of my right honourable friend the Prime Minister at the Lord Mayor of London’s Banquet that really caught my attention ahead of today’s debate. In opening, he referred to foreign relations and stated: “Events far beyond our shores echo here at home”. That is undoubtedly true, but I believe that we...

Flying Schools: Liquidation - Question (13 Nov 2023)

Lord Kirkhope of Harrogate: My Lords, as one of those who benefited from learning to fly at a municipal flying school, I am concerned that a number of flying schools are ceasing to trade. I wonder therefore whether my noble friend can do more to encourage our UK-registered airlines; in particular, to make sure that they train their future pilots at UK flying schools rather than at flying schools in other parts of the world.


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