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Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill: Committee (4th Day)(Continued) (18 Jan 2012)

Lord Shipley: I rise to move Amendment 72A and to speak to Amendments 72B to 72D, 74C, 77A to 77H, 77K, 78A and 78B. That makes a total of 16 amendments, but they are interrelated so I hope that at this late hour it will not take too long to speak to them. As it stands, the Bill would limit housing and debt legal aid to homelessness, loss of home and very serious cases of disrepair. However, there are...

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill: Committee (4th Day)(Continued) (18 Jan 2012)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, I am grateful to my noble friend for his contributions to identifying what is at the heart of this. I am grateful to the Minister for the very full answers that he has given to this set of amendments, but of course broadly speaking what he said is what the Bill says-it was a restatement of the current position. I ask the Minister to look again at two things. One is the King's...

Housing: Motion to Take Note (19 Jan 2012)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, I join other noble Lords in thanking my noble friend Lord Stoneham for initiating this important debate. I declare my interests as a member of Newcastle City Council and a vice-president of the Local Government Association. It is now widely recognised and understood that the housing bubble has been at the heart of Britain's economic crisis. We know that we must not return to the...

Cities — Motion to Take Note (19 Jan 2012)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, I join in thanking my noble friend Lord Storey for initiating this debate. I thank him too for his comments on my role as adviser to the Government on cities policy. I have taken a very close and detailed interest in this over the years. I am pleased that great progress has been made because we need to make progress urgently. In contributing to this important debate, I want first to...

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill — Committee (5th Day) (Continued) (24 Jan 2012)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, I support the amendment moved by my noble friend Lord Thomas of Gresford. It addresses a question that is crucial for the success of legal aid advice at local level. The question is how the Ministry of Justice can deliver its legal aid budget cuts of £130 million out of £250 million while still delivering an effective system of support for legal aid. After a lot of thought, I have...

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill — Committee (5th Day) (Continued) (24 Jan 2012)

Lord Shipley: I am grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Beecham. I do mean £20 million a year from the recurrent cost to provide for those local partnerships. There would have to be a co-ordinating charity, but that should be possible. In a short debate on citizens advice bureaux on 8 December, I talked around this point and said that there was capacity at a local level to help the Government to solve the...

Cities: Economic Development — Question (6 Feb 2012)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, while I strongly support what the Minister said about the Government's approach to city regions, perhaps I may draw her attention to the fact that public expenditure per head is higher in Northern Ireland, London, Scotland and Wales than in any English region. Might not one possibility be for the Government to look again at rebalancing public spending and consider what the Lyons...

Local Authorities (Conduct of Referendums) (England) Regulations 2012 — Motion to Approve (6 Feb 2012)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, I declare an interest as a member of Newcastle City Council. I do not set out to make this a Newcastle debate. However, Newcastle is one of the 11 cities identified. I do not regret this Motion and I believe that the noble Lord, Lord Beecham, is mistaken in moving his amendment, for a number of reasons. Let me explain why. I believe that the debate about elected mayors has moved on....

Local Authorities (Conduct of Referendums) (England) Regulations 2012 — Motion to Approve (6 Feb 2012)

Lord Shipley: It is too low, but of course, local elections and leaders of councils are being elected in practice on similar numbers. So no, the point is not material. The fact is that the people of Salford have voted for an elected mayor. It is simply not the case that there is no apparent public support for elected mayors. I believe that we should test the public view. That was agreed as part of the...

Local Authorities (Conduct of Referendums) (England) Regulations 2012 — Motion to Approve (6 Feb 2012)

Lord Shipley: I have read a lot of the research evidence in that context as a large amount of research has been done on the role of elected mayors. The noble Lord, Lord Grocott, said that a number of countries in Europe do not have our system and that you cannot build an elected mayoral system on to our democratic system of local government. I do not agree. I have read research produced by the noble Lord,...

International Women's Day — Motion to Take Note (1 Mar 2012)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, my contribution to this debate derives from reading, a couple of years ago, some research on the impact on growth of empowering women in sub-Saharan Africa. That research said that, where women are more empowered, where they are educated and have access to healthcare and where they can earn money, economies grow faster. That is because women work co-operatively and spend money...

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill: Report (2nd Day) (7 Mar 2012)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, I speak to Amendment 101. As we have heard, this group of amendments relates to two matters: first, ensuring equal access to justice for those who are vulnerable or on low incomes; and, secondly, dealing with the impact of the very fundamental changes made by the Welfare Reform Bill, which will inevitably increase substantially the number of people who need help and who are unable...

Health and Social Care Bill: Report (6th Day) (8 Mar 2012)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, I rise to speak to Amendments 238AA, 238AB, 238BZA and 238BA and to declare my interest as a member of Newcastle City Council. These amendments relate to the membership of health and well-being boards. As currently proposed, the boards will have at least one councillor of the relevant local authority-so it could be one councillor, or it could be more. The choice will be with the...

Draft House of Lords Reform Bill: Motion to Take Note (Continued) (30 Apr 2012)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, I am privileged to have been a Member of your Lordships' House for almost two years now. In that time, I have lost count of the number of times people have urged that the House of Lords should prevent Bills passing and that, despite being an unelected Chamber, we should prevent the elected Chamber from delivering its programme. As we know, this reflects in part a lack of...

Queen's Speech — Debate (5th Day) (16 May 2012)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, on a wide range of measures the Government's legislative programme is very welcome, not least on banking-particularly the green investment bank-on pensions, on support for children, on competition policy and on constitutional reform. I welcome in particular the decision to consult further on adult care through a draft Bill, because an agreed policy direction is urgently needed....

Housing — Question (22 May 2012)

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Housing — Question (22 May 2012)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, we have recently seen the establishment of a green investment bank, and some commentators think that consideration ought now to be given to a housing investment bank. Will that be seriously considered by the Government?

Local Government Finance Bill: Second Reading (12 Jun 2012)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, I declare an interest as a vice-president of the Local Government Association. I welcome, in principle, the proposals for business rate localisation. The key reason for that is that I want local government to have a clear responsibility for driving growth and then to secure the benefit of the financial rewards from doing so. I have had doubts about council tax benefit localisation...

Voluntary Sector and Social Enterprise — Motion to Take Note (21 Jun 2012)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, I, too, express my thanks to my noble friend Lady Scott for initiating this important debate. The coalition agreement pledged to support the creation and expansion of social enterprises, mutuals, co-operatives and charities in public service delivery, and I am delighted that the Government are delivering on this commitment. It is important for us to understand the scale of the third...

Economy: Growth — Motion to Take Note (21 Jun 2012)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, I, too, thank my noble friend Lady Kramer for initiating this debate. I think it is true that the UK is weathering the debt crisis better than many countries, and we seem to understand why we have so much debt and what needs to be done to reduce it. Our problem is that, in addressing the public deficit and personal debt, growth has stalled. As the noble Lord, Lord Haskel, pointed...


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