Lord Sharkey: My Lords, I start by congratulating the noble Lord, Lord Glasman, on a truly excellent, witty and moving maiden speech. I am sure that those of us who know of his distinguished career in academic and public life would have expected no less. His work with London Citizens is particularly noteworthy and I am a great admirer of the work done for the London Living Wage campaign. I also admire...
Lord Sharkey: To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking or intend to take to encourage large scale philanthropic giving.
Lord Sharkey: To ask Her Majesty's Government what barriers they have identified in the negotiations for the accession of Turkey into the European Union and what steps they are taking to overcome them.
Lord Sharkey: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his Answer. He will be aware that popular sentiment in Turkey is moving against EU membership just when Turkey's importance to the EU and to the region is increasing. In addition to the measures that he has outlined, will he consider devising with our EU partners a new, clear and dedicated initiative to speed up Turkey's accession?
Lord Sharkey: My Lords, I listened carefully to the noble Lord, Lord Grocott, and the words "dinosaur" and "roadblock to reform" do not appear in my speech. Many compelling arguments have already been put to your Lordships, and I am sure that more such arguments will be advanced during this debate, but there is one with which I should like to deal straightaway. That is the argument put by the noble...
Lord Sharkey: To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Freud on 6 June (WA 77), what steps they are taking to reduce high and persistent levels of unemployment, particularly youth unemployment, on the Isle of Wight.
Lord Sharkey: To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had in the past 12 months with the Vestas company about wind farms in the United Kingdom.
Lord Sharkey: To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the reasons for the United Kingdom's declining position in the mathematics section in the Programme for International Student Assessment report published on 10 December 2010; and what steps they plan to take to improve the ranking in the next published report.
Lord Sharkey: To ask Her Majesty's Government how many jobseekers have been defrauded via Jobcentre Plus vacancy advertisements into selling non-existent goods on eBay; and what steps have been made towards restitution of losses.
Lord Sharkey: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the analysis by the TUC of the regional unemployment figures published on 18 May.
Lord Sharkey: My Lords, it is a great privilege and a great honour to join your Lordships' House. It has also been a great pleasure because of the immense kindness shown to me by my supporters, the noble Baronesses, Lady Scott and Lady Bonham-Carter, and noble Lords from all parts of this House, and the kindness and apparently endless patience of all its officials. My working life to date has been chiefly...