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Medicines and Medical Devices Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 5 (to Amendment 4) (12 Jan 2021)

Lord Sharkey: My Lords, I welcome the amendments in this group. They add clarity to the obligations laid on the Secretary of State in making regulations under Clause 1(1) and its counterparts. I particularly welcome Amendment 12 in the names of the noble Baroness, Lady Thornton, and my noble friend Lady Jolly, as it seems particularly important. It requires the Secretary of State to publish the criteria...

Medicines and Medical Devices Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 3 (12 Jan 2021)

Lord Sharkey: I am very grateful to all those who have spoken in support of these amendments. Skeleton Bills always limit parliamentary scrutiny, and this Bill is no exception. The Minister in his more than three-minute speech has exaggerated enormously the difficulties with the reach of our proposal. I disagree, for example, with the notion that our proposal blocks the use of the “made affirmative”...

Medicines and Medical Devices Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 3 (12 Jan 2021)

Lord Sharkey: My Lords, the amendments in this group are in my name and the names of the noble Baroness, Lady Andrews, the noble Lord, Lord Forsyth of Drumlean, and the noble and learned Lord, Lord Judge. I am grateful for their support and regret that the noble Lord, Lord Forsyth, cannot be here today. He is currently chairing a meeting of the Economic Affairs Committee. The purpose of the amendments is...

European Union (Future Relationship) Bill - Second Reading (and remaining stages): Amendment to the Motion (30 Dec 2020)

Lord Sharkey: My Lords, this is a bad deal, a bad Bill and a bad way of dealing with Parliament. The deal and the Bill do not address the major component of our national commercial life, our service industries, as was pointed out by the noble Baroness, Lady Donaghy. The Bill is hastily put together and contains at least one howler about IT systems, as was pointed out by the Times. There will be others...

Written Answers — Treasury: Government Departments: Accountancy (16 Dec 2020)

Lord Sharkey: To ask Her Majesty's Government how many written directions Ministers have been asked to give (1) to Permanent Secretaries, and (2) to other officials, in each of the last 10 years; and in each case, (a) which Ministers and officials were involved, and (b) to what the written directions referred.

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Rare diseases: Medical Treatments (28 Oct 2020)

Lord Sharkey: To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford on 1 May 2019 (HL Deb, col 1020) that they intend to "ensure that the review takes into account the benefits offered by new treatments for severe life-threatening and rare diseases", what plans they have to provide assurances that NICE will not end the use of rarity as a decision modifier in its...

Medicines and Medical Devices Bill - Second Reading (2 Sep 2020)

Lord Sharkey: My Lords, I declare my interests as chair of the Association of Medical Research Charities, whose members contributed £1.9 billion to medical research last year, and of the Specialised Healthcare Alliance, which campaigns for those with rare conditions and those needing specialised care. I will make three broad points. The first is to do with the Bill’s structure. I welcome the Bill, in...

Pension Schemes Bill [HL] - Third Reading: Motion (15 Jul 2020)

Lord Sharkey: My Lords, I thank the Minister for introducing the very important new amendments concerning transfer rights. In Committee, the noble Baroness, Lady Altmann, and I attempted to do, perhaps rather clumsily, what they do rather elegantly. We live in a time when scams are increasing, people are desperate for any return, online propositions are everywhere and can seem very tempting, and your...

Pension Schemes Bill [HL] - Report: Amendment 71 (30 Jun 2020)

Lord Sharkey: My Lords, I strongly support my noble friend’s analysis of the one-size-fits-all regulatory threat to open schemes. I also strongly support the proposed remedy, which would ensure proper consideration of the essential differences between open and closed schemes, is proportionate and is not unduly prescriptive. I hope the Minister will respond positively.

Pension Schemes Bill [HL] - Report: Amendment 53 (30 Jun 2020)

Lord Sharkey: My Lords, I have put my name to Amendment 63 because it is vital to allow the MaPS dashboard the best possible chance of reaching a wide public and establishing MaPS as a trusted and independent operator. This amendment would provide the MaPS dashboard with a head start of about 12 months. Without that, I doubt that MaPS would be able to do any of those things very successfully. I doubt that...

Pension Schemes Bill [HL] - Report: Amendment 34 (30 Jun 2020)

Lord Sharkey: My Lords, I shall speak to Amendments 72 and 74 in this group. Neither amendment in any way alters any of the important climate change amendments in the group, except in one respect: they require the Government to make something happen. What the amendments would do is very straightforward: they would simply impose a binding legal obligation on the trustees or managers of an occupational...

Pension Schemes Bill [HL] - Report: Amendment 32 (30 Jun 2020)

Lord Sharkey: My Lords, I wish to test the opinion of the House on Amendment 32. Ayes 270, Noes 246.

Pension Schemes Bill [HL] - Report: Amendment 8 (30 Jun 2020)

Lord Sharkey: My Lords, I will restrict my remarks to Amendment 32, which is in my name and the names of the noble Lord, Lord Vaux of Harrowden, and my noble friend Lady Bowles. I thank them for their support. In Committee, we spent a long time discussing intergenerational fairness in CDC schemes. We did this partly because we knew from the Government’s excellent briefing note that concern about...

Pension Schemes Bill [HL] - Report: Amendment 1 (30 Jun 2020)

Lord Sharkey: My Lords, I shall speak briefly to government Amendments 1, 3 to 7, 9 to 12 and 14 to 31, as well as to my related Amendment 2. First, I thank the Minister and her team for their close engagement with us on the Bill and their time, patience and occasional willingness to change their minds. The government amendments are a good example of mind-changing. As the Minister said, they remove the...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Clinical Trials: EU Countries (17 Jun 2020)

Lord Sharkey: To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 12 May (HL4366), which aspects of the forthcoming EU Clinical Trial Regulation (Regulation (EU) (No 536/2014) they currently consider to be in the best interests of (1) UK patients, (2) industry, (3) non-commercial researchers, and (4) hospitals.

Banks: Authorised Push Payment Fraud - Question (11 Jun 2020)

Lord Sharkey: My Lords, in February, the PSR allowed banks a three-month delay in implementing the sensible and effective confirmation-of-payee rule. One of the conditions attached to this delay was that customers were not to be disadvantaged. It is very hard to see how that would be possible, since we know the new rule to be effective in reducing scams. How will we know whether the banks have observed...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: NHS: Coronavirus (27 May 2020)

Lord Sharkey: To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps, if any, they are taking to ensure that (1) doctors, (2) nurses, and (3) other healthcare workers, who have registered respectively with the General Medical Council, Nursing and Midwifery Council and Health and Care Professions Council to return to work during the COVID-19 pandemic are able to remain in service in the NHS once the immediate state of...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Clinical Trials: EU Countries (20 May 2020)

Lord Sharkey: To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to ensure UK–EU clinical trials can continue after the end of the transition period, and once the EU Clinical Trial Regulation (Regulation (EU) No 536/2014) comes into effect.

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

Lord Sharkey: My Lords, I declare my interests as chair of the Association of Medical Research Charities and of the Specialised Healthcare Alliance, a coalition of over 100 charities representing patients with rare diseases. I will make two points. The first is about charity-funded medical research. Medical research in the UK depends very significantly on charity funding. Last year, AMRC members...

India: Scam Call Centres - Question (21 Apr 2020)

Lord Sharkey: My Lords, yesterday the Times reported the cybersecurity company Avast as saying that scammers have been targeting healthcare providers worldwide since the pandemic struck. Its CEO said: “We’ve seen an increased number of attacks against hospitals and the NHS is one of the top targets right now.” These attacks use ransomware and shut down NHS systems unless a ransom is paid. The last...


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