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Poverty — Debate (22 Jul 2010)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, it is with a great sense of privilege, tinged with a certain degree of nervousness, that I rise to make my maiden speech in this debate, particularly after so many distinguished contributions and excellent maiden speeches have been made already. I thank all the staff, all my colleagues and my sponsors for the warmth of their welcome and for their willingness to go out of their way...

Millennium Development Goals — Question for Short Debate (7 Oct 2010)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, we should be much reassured by the fact that, despite the difficult financial position faced by the Government, their commitment to raise spending on overseas aid from 0.5 per cent of our annual economic output to 0.7 per cent by 2013 has remained a firm promise-indeed, it is to be enshrined in law. That is welcome, and demonstrates that while charity may begin at home, it only...

Identity Documents Bill: Second Reading (18 Oct 2010)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, this Bill is a most welcome step by the Government. Many people have argued for many years that the introduction of ID cards and the national identity register was flawed on political, technical and financial grounds and would do very little to prevent terrorism, crime or fraud. As we have heard, a national identity register database could actually increase the risk of fraud and...

Education: Lifelong Learning — Question for Short Debate (19 Oct 2010)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, I thank my noble friend Lady Sharp of Guildford for the opportunity to have this debate. I declare an interest as a retired member of staff of the Open University and as a very strong supporter of investment in adult education and lifelong learning. Three weeks ago, the play, "The Pitmen Painters", opened on Broadway to rave reviews. It had transferred there after many sell-out...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Local Government: Revenue (28 Oct 2010)

Lord Shipley: To ask Her Majesty's Government how much was received per head of population in 2009-10 from central government by each local authority in England.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Local Government: Revenue (28 Oct 2010)

Lord Shipley: To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of net expenditure in 2009-10 each local authority in England received (a) from central government, and (b) from council tax and fees and charges raised locally.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Local Government: Revenue (28 Oct 2010)

Lord Shipley: To ask Her Majesty's Government how much they spent in 2009-10 in each of the English regions and in each of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Local Government: Revenue (1 Nov 2010)

Lord Shipley: To ask Her Majesty's Government how much tax revenue they received from all sources in each of the English regions; and in each of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Comprehensive Spending Review: Motion to Take Note (Continued) (1 Nov 2010)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, back to the spending review, which is understandably a tough settlement for the public sector. The reasons for cutting the overall deficit are clear in the face of the largest budget deficit in peacetime history. Cuts, however, need to be fair and deliverable. I declare my interest as a member of Newcastle City Council and a vice-president of the Local Government Association. This...

Transport: Bus Industry — Question for Short Debate (2 Nov 2010)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, local bus services have three essential economic and social functions: they get people to work and education in support of economic growth; they help to reduce congestion and carbon emissions; and they improve social inclusion for those without a car by providing them with links to local services and access to work and leisure. However, there is a conflict today between the...

Housing: Spending Review — Debate (4 Nov 2010)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, I, too, am grateful to the noble Baroness, Lady Hollis, for giving us the opportunity for this debate. It is reasonable that the amount that the taxpayer pays on housing benefit is controlled, given that it has risen by an average of £1 billion a year for the past five years and could carry on growing by a similar amount in the next five years. It is also reasonable to try to...

Identity Documents Bill: Report (17 Nov 2010)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, I would like to raise a further issue which relates to the wording of the amendment. It requires the surrender of the ID card for there to be a reimbursement of £30. There may well be a category of person who would like the £30 back and feel entitled in law to get the £30 back but who actually want to keep their ID card. Of course, there is a further issue here, which may have...

Active Citizenship — Debate (18 Nov 2010)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, last night I had the privilege of attending a visit to Parliament by the Bite the Ballot campaign. Around 100 young people were here in the House to campaign and encourage other young people to get involved in the political process. It was an uplifting event. However, some stark figures were presented to us by Bob Worcester from Ipsos MORI. At this year's general election there was...

Police — Debate (25 Nov 2010)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, I, too, am grateful to my noble friend Lord Bridgeman for instigating this debate. I should like to speak about issues of governance and, in particular, to comment on the recent government consultation paper, Policing in the 21st Century: Reconnecting police and people, in the context of forthcoming legislation. My simple question is: will directly elected police and crime...

Public Libraries: Funding — Question (2 Dec 2010)

Lord Shipley: I declare an interest as a member of Newcastle City Council. Does my noble friend agree with me that the digital divide remains a serious barrier to social and educational inclusion in that one in four households in the UK does not have access to the internet? Does she agree that libraries will continue to play a critical role in reducing that digital divide? Is she aware of the forecast by...

Local Authority Grants: Impact of Cuts — Debate (9 Dec 2010)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, I declare an interest as a member of Newcastle City Council and a vice-president of the Local Government Association. At the beginning of November, in a debate on the comprehensive spending review, I raised a number of issues relating to the part of the announcement that affects local government. None of those has yet been answered, and I hope that some of the representations that...

Local Government: Finance — Statement (13 Dec 2010)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, I declare an interest as the other half of the "Likely Lads" from Newcastle City Council, on which I am a councillor. I thank my noble friend for repeating the Statement from the other place. There has been some listening to local government and, indeed, the settlement is, I think, a little better at first glance than what we had feared. I declare an interest also as vice-president...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Pensions (10 Jan 2011)

Lord Shipley: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will end the practice of not uprating pensions of United Kingdom pensioners living overseas.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Pensions (10 Jan 2011)

Lord Shipley: To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the administrative cost to the Department for Work and Pensions of uprating the frozen pensions of United Kingdom pensioners living abroad while they are visiting the United Kingdom or the European Union or countries with whom there are reciprocal agreements.

Sustainable Local Transport — Statement (19 Jan 2011)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, perhaps I might press the Minister on the issue of the Highways Agency, and the powers on the classification of roads-particularly A-roads-that will be passed to local authorities. Trunk roads controlled by the Highways Agency run through urban areas but are treated in practice as local roads. I declare an interest as a member of Newcastle City Council, but I am talking in...


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