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Results 1–20 of 39 for speaker:Lord Wei

Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill - Second Reading (9 Jun 2020)

Lord Wei: My Lords, I declare my interests as a company director with involvement in a number of firms that are affected by the current crisis. I welcome this Bill. We need to do what we can to enable firms to weather this particularly difficult situation. In the time that I have, I will highlight from some of the conversations I have been having in the marketplace an observation that there seem to be...

Crown Court (Recording and Broadcasting) Order 2020 - Motion to Approve (8 Jun 2020)

Lord Wei: My Lords, I declare my interests as in the Lords register and thank my noble and learned friend Lord Keen for his eloquent introduction. I welcome this move towards recording sentencing, whether online or for broadcast, especially in these times. It is wise, whether by accident or design, that this is being trialled quite extensively. It is true that we, as a people and as a nation, need to...

Hong Kong: Human Rights - Question for Short Debate (4 Jun 2020)

Lord Wei: My Lords, I declare my interests as in the register. As a Hong Konger by descent, I am heartbroken by this turn of events. It seems that the strategy to influence China peacefully through trade and dialogue has failed and that, sadly, we are progressing towards conflict. My hope is that, as we respond, and so as not to make their lives worse, we will distinguish between the actions of...

Victims and Witnesses (Scotland) Act 2014 (Consequential Modification) Order 2020 - Motion to Consider (3 Jun 2020)

Lord Wei: My Lords, I share the sentiments of previous speakers about the amazing work of the police throughout our nations during this very difficult time. Normally, I would not have much to say about Scottish matters, having few connections, but having heard about some of the innovations over the years in the Scottish justice system, particularly around restorative justice, I am attracted to this...

Direct Payments to Farmers (Crop Diversification Derogation) (England) Regulations 2020 - Motion to Consider (2 Jun 2020)

Lord Wei: My Lords, I too, like other speakers, welcome the continuation of this policy. We are in difficult circumstances as a country. Certainly, the floods, which seem a long time ago now, had a major impact, of which we need to take account. Given the time, I have only a couple of questions for the Minister. First, given that, in addition to the floods, we are now in the midst of, and coming out...

Automatic Enrolment (Offshore Employment) (Amendment) Order 2020 - Motion to Consider (19 May 2020)

Lord Wei: My Lords, I join other speakers in this debate in congratulating the Government and the Minister on the principle of auto-enrolment. There are many speaking today who have been involved over the years in bringing this policy to fruition. I refer to my interests as entered in the register, which have historically related to this area. However, I also want to raise a bit of a dissenting voice,...

Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020 - Motion to Consider (12 May 2020)

Lord Wei: My Lords, I want to sort of start my comments by congratulating the Government and the police on showing incredible restraint in acting under huge pressure in what has been an incredibly difficult period. The amendments to these regulations are welcome because they start to allow people to get more exercise and get the economy going. It is easy for us out here to sort of criticise, but I...

Employment Allowance (Increase of Maximum Amount) Regulations 2020 - Motion to Take Note (5 May 2020)

Lord Wei: My Lords, I add my support and welcome this measure, which, as has been said before, is incredibly important at this time, when many are worried about their job security and a global and national crisis is upon us. My questions are about whether it is enough. This measure was proposed as part of a manifesto by my party, the Conservative Party, not that long ago. But given the circumstances...

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

Lord Wei: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Addington, for tabling this debate and refer to my own entry in the register of interests. I echo the sentiments of other speakers in congratulating the Government on the great start in terms of support for charities that has been initiated. But, clearly, we live in extraordinary times and more measures are needed. Will my noble friend the Minister...

Covid-19: Social Care Services - Motion to Consider (23 Apr 2020)

Lord Wei: My Lords, I thank the noble Baroness, Lady Wheeler, for tabling this very timely debate, and I declare my interests on the Lords register. I, too, echo the praise that others have expressed for the Government and our heroic NHS and care workers, especially those on the front line. I will focus on just two issues relating to the handling of the social care crisis during this pandemic. I am...

Affordable Housing - Motion to Take Note (25 Oct 2018)

Lord Wei: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Shipley, for tabling this timely debate. I declare an interest as an adviser and director of various real estate related companies, as outlined in my register of interests. For too long in this country, we have allowed ourselves to be trapped in a siloed way of thinking about creating new communities. The truth is that we need to come together across...

Brexit: Competition and State Aid (EUC Report) - Motion to Take Note (24 May 2018)

Lord Wei: My Lords, I, too, thank the noble Lord, Lord Whitty, for tabling this debate and for his very able chairmanship of the committee, and in particular for steering us through the creation of this report. I declare my interests as set out in the register. Broadly speaking, I am relatively happy with the findings of the report and its recommendations, but with some significant caveats. It is a...

Brexit: Trade in Non-financial Services (EUC Report) - Motion to Take Note (18 Dec 2017)

Lord Wei: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Whitty, for tabling this debate. I, too, am a member of the sub-committee that produced this report. I pay tribute to our chairman and my colleagues for the work that has gone into it. I refer Members to my register of interests. I welcome this report and the logical way it analyses the largest services sectors to get a more granular understanding of the...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Automation (27 Apr 2017)

Lord Wei: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the impact on jobs of increasing automation, what steps they are taking to (1) assess new types of work which may arise, (2) stimulate new businesses, and (3) encourage the adjustment of workplace training, to accommodate new technologies.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: China: Trade Promotion (27 Apr 2017)

Lord Wei: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the statement by the Prime Minister’s spokesman on 7 February that she would be visiting China later this year to discuss trade ties, what progress they have made in arranging that visit.

Written Answers — Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Disadvantaged (27 Apr 2017)

Lord Wei: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made on the implementation of the Life Chances programme; and what are their future plans for the Life Chances Fund.

National Citizen Service Bill [HL] - Second Reading (Continued) (25 Oct 2016)

Lord Wei: My Lords, I speak today with a tremendous sense of delight at the arrival of this Bill and its reception so far. I declare an interest as one of those who helped early on to establish the groundwork for what became the Challenge Network charity before the 2010 election, creating one of the original pilots of the National Citizen Service programme where I was involved from as early as 2008,...

Civilian Use of Drones (EUC Report) — Motion to Take Note (8 Sep 2015)

Lord Wei: I, too, want to thank my noble friend Lady O’Cathain for instigating this debate. I declare an interest as a recently signed-up member of the present EU sub-committee, as well as having various commercial interests, as can be found in the Lords’ register, in relation to cutting-edge technologies and insurance respectively. The publication of this report and today’s debate on its...

House of Lords — Motion to Take Note (6 Jan 2015)

Lord Wei: My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Williams, for tabling this very timely debate. I wish to declare an interest as the youngest Member of, and a relative newcomer to, your Lordships’ House. In my brief four or so years as a toddler here, it has occurred to me that any discussion of how this place should be reformed ought always to start on the basis of what it is for rather...

Economic Leadership for Cities — Motion to Take Note (11 Dec 2014)

Lord Wei: My Lords, I, too, thank the noble Lord, Lord Shipley, for taking a lead and introducing this debate. I congratulate the noble Lords, Lord Goddard and Lord Scriven, and the noble Baroness, Lady Janke, and on their fine maiden speeches. I declare an interest as a non-executive director of the Manchester-China Forum. In the limited time we all have, I want to echo other speakers today in setting...


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