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Results 1–20 of 520 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Lord Kirkhope of Harrogate

Contracts for Difference (Electricity Supplier Obligations) (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020 - Motion to Approve (2 Jul 2020)

Lord Kirkhope of Harrogate: My Lords, the title of this statutory instrument is long and complex, but the issues are, I think, relatively simple. In order to encourage alternative or green suppliers of electricity, the levy on energy suppliers provides resources to support Contracts for Difference—or CfD—generators. So far so good. However, a combination of seasonal or weather-related issues plus Covid-19 issues...

Gambling Advertising - Question (25 Jun 2020)

Lord Kirkhope of Harrogate: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to review the rules relating to (1) online, and (2) television, gambling advertising.

Gambling Advertising - Question (25 Jun 2020)

Lord Kirkhope of Harrogate: I say to my noble friend the Minister: enough is enough. We have been discussing gambling and its dangers, particularly to vulnerable people and particularly within the current lockdown, for a long time now, yet we still seem to have an enormous amount of advertising of gambling on both television and radio and, in particular—with no restraint whatever, voluntary or otherwise—on the...

Covid-19: Furloughed Space Grant Scheme - Question (15 Jun 2020)

Lord Kirkhope of Harrogate: My Lords, I refer to my interests as set out in the register. Even without the Covid crisis, does my noble friend agree that the trading position of many of our high streets has become problematic? Will the Government consider amending the proposed business rates holiday to benefit property owners with vacant premises by extending the current short exemption period while new tenants are found...

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

Lord Kirkhope of Harrogate: My Lords, we now know that we have a huge task ahead to secure our economy following the Covid crisis and our post-EU situation. As one of those involved in the rollout of development corporations in the most needy regions of our country in the 1980s and 1990s, I would support their implementation again to help us recover. Choosing the areas of the country most affected by the current crisis...

Child Sex Predators - Question (4 Jun 2020)

Lord Kirkhope of Harrogate: My Lords, I also declare my interest as a long-term champion of the Internet Watch Foundation. There is clear evidence that the chat functions of popular online games and apps are often used by sexual predators to gain access to their victims. Is enough being done by the Government to ensure that parents and those providing these apps and games are aware of the threat?

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

Lord Kirkhope of Harrogate: While I understand that my noble and learned friend cannot talk directly about terms of reference for the commission so far, the original idea was that it would look at the efficiency and effectiveness of the criminal justice process. Does he agree that to be effective in the eyes of the public, it must also be local? The closure of many magistrates’ courts has caused considerable problems...

Data Protection: Age-appropriate Design Code - Question (18 May 2020)

Lord Kirkhope of Harrogate: My Lords, which of the standards in the code is my noble friend the Minister going to concentrate on as we move into regulation? I am particularly concerned about the standard that requires connected toys and devices to comply with the principles of the code. As has been said, a lot of children are now in touch with these devices, so I want to be sure that the technical side of this issue has...

Beyond Brexit (European Union Committee Report) - Motion to Consider (12 May 2020)

Lord Kirkhope of Harrogate: My Lords, as others have suggested, a lot of water has flowed under the bridge since this report was published. Indeed, that large amount of water is—metaphorically speaking —now sitting behind a dam wall while we all wait to see whether the wall will hold or the dam will burst at the end of this year. As a former MEP, I am conscious of the critical situation that exists between the UK...

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

Lord Kirkhope of Harrogate: : My Lords, I declare my interest as a former Mental Health Act commissioner. While acknowledging that this is an important debate, I know that priority will be given by some colleagues to those organisations that are most closely related to the effects of this terrible virus. However, I want to concentrate on the large number of smaller charities, often administered and implemented by...

House of Lords: Remote Proceedings - Question (21 Apr 2020)

Lord Kirkhope of Harrogate: First, I congratulate everybody concerned with this effort to set up virtual TV for us. Can anything further be done to aid those Peers and Peeresses who are unable to join the virtual proceedings due to technical or broadband deficiencies in the places where they are locked down?

Climate Change: COP 26 Arrangements - Question (12 Mar 2020)

Lord Kirkhope of Harrogate: Does my noble friend agree that an important part of the agenda for COP 26 is the migration of environmentally displaced persons as a result of climate change? Can he acknowledge that that will be an important part of the agenda that this country will host?

Flybe - Statement (5 Mar 2020)

Lord Kirkhope of Harrogate: Will my noble friend acknowledge the fact that, often, the slots available to airlines are of more value than the trading conditions? Can she confirm that we will not see here a market for slots, from which a number of airlines will benefit without taking the social responsibilities that will be lost as a result of this failure?

Air Traffic Management and Unmanned Aircraft Bill [HL] - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 33A (12 Feb 2020)

Lord Kirkhope of Harrogate: My Lords, I add my support for these amendments, particularly Amendment 33C. Perhaps my noble friend the Minister needs to go no further than to look at the provisions and requirements in the armed services for those who are engaged in the use of drones. Although the rules here will presumably apply to civilians, those provisions are sensible in regard to the questions of alcohol and drugs,...

Air Traffic Management and Unmanned Aircraft Bill [HL] - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 14 (10 Feb 2020)

Lord Kirkhope of Harrogate: My Lords, why do the proponents of the amendment believe that this is the right legislative location for it? Perhaps I am missing something, but should it not be looked at as part of the Environment Bill that will come before us in due course or in some other capacity, rather than in the tight confines of what we are debating today? With great respect, I do not think that the noble Lord has...

Air Traffic Management and Unmanned Aircraft Bill [HL] - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 6 (10 Feb 2020)

Lord Kirkhope of Harrogate: My Lords, I apologise for misreading my Order Paper and trying to head into areas of amendments before I should be allowed to: I thank my noble friend for correcting me. However, on this amendment, there is a strong case for some compensation to be allowed for smaller airports—in particular, those that are compelled to make changes. The amendment is unclear on whether this covers just the...

Air Traffic Management and Unmanned Aircraft Bill [HL] - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 2 (10 Feb 2020)

Lord Kirkhope of Harrogate: My Lords, I hope the noble Baroness does not want to give the impression that there is a high preponderance among those engaged in general aviation—whether for business or, as she put it, leisure—who are not using the latest technology and training in the work they do. I speak as a private pilot and others here are similarly qualified. “General aviation” is a very wide term, but in...

Air Traffic Management and Unmanned Aircraft Bill [HL] - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 2 (10 Feb 2020)

Lord Kirkhope of Harrogate: My Lords, I disagree with Amendment 2 because narrowing the Secretary of State’s powers would not be desirable. I know that the powers under discussion relate directly to the modernisation programme, but they should be maintained permanently regarding the control of airspace. The CAA is not a good place for these matters to dwell, particularly as the Secretary of State is of course...

Yorkshire: Devolution - Question (10 Feb 2020)

Lord Kirkhope of Harrogate: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what further steps are to be taken in 2020 to devolve powers to Yorkshire.

Yorkshire: Devolution - Question (10 Feb 2020)

Lord Kirkhope of Harrogate: While we should be concerned today about the people of Yorkshire and the flooding that has taken place there—we extend our sympathy and interest to them—nevertheless, it is now several years since the Government embarked on a devolution process, encouraging the people of Yorkshire to take part in it and to obtain devolution. Why, therefore, are the Government pursuing only one formula...


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