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Civil Liability Bill [HL] - Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (10 May 2018)

Lord Sharkey: I thank the Minister for the long and comprehensive—and occasionally interrupted—answer. There is an issue here. I accept that it is a political decision, of course, and we are all operating on that basis, but I am still worried and puzzled about the way in which this table of tariffs has been devised. I have heard nothing from the Minister to suggest that it is not arbitrary. In...

Civil Liability Bill [HL] - Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (10 May 2018)

Lord Sharkey: The Minister will forgive me if I say that that sounds a bit like the back of a political envelope. The question still remains. We are interested in what these figures are, and it would help our discussions if we had a clearer idea of how they were arrived at. I am sure that we will want to pursue that as the Bill makes progress. In the meantime, I beg leave to withdraw the amendment....

Civil Liability Bill [HL] - Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (10 May 2018)

Lord Sharkey: In fact, I was asking the noble and learned Lord, with respect, to justify the quantum, but perhaps he is going to deal with that.

Civil Liability Bill [HL] - Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (10 May 2018)

Lord Sharkey: In that case, perhaps the noble and learned Lord could explain exactly how the tariff was constructed—on what basis?

Civil Liability Bill [HL] - Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (10 May 2018)

Lord Sharkey: Does the Minister accept that that is not really an explanation? It is simply a statement that the Government have done something. I was asking for the basis on which they arrived at these numbers. In fact, oddly, the numbers changed between the impact assessment and the SI published yesterday. There must be a reason for that; there must have been some discussion. There must be some basis on...

Civil Liability Bill [HL] - Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (10 May 2018)

Lord Sharkey: I think this is a misunderstanding. I was not trying to imply that there was an element of certainty involved here. I simply wanted to know how the figures had been arrived at. Why not some other figure? Instead of 235, why not 200? Why not 400? How were these figures arrived at?

Civil Liability Bill [HL] - Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (10 May 2018)

Lord Sharkey: My Lords, the long string of amendments in my name and that of my noble friend Lord Marks has a very simple purpose: to enable us to debate the proposed tariff and, in particular, two different types of tariff. The first, essentially contained in Amendment 11, is a tariff based on the Judicial College Guidelines. The second is a fixed, specified and structured tariff. This is essentially...

Civil Liability Bill [HL] - Committee (1st Day) (10 May 2018)

Lord Sharkey: My Lords, Amendment 3 in this group is in my name and those of my noble friend Lord Marks and the noble Baroness, Lady Berridge, for whose support I am very grateful. Following the two preceding and eloquent speeches, I can be very brief. The point of the amendment is simply to put a definition of whiplash in the Bill. There are rival definitions in various other amendments, and there is now...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Report (6th Day) (8 May 2018)

Lord Sharkey: In fact I was thinking of government Amendment 83N—I am sorry that I did not make that clear—which deals with Amendment 72. I was about to ask a question. Amendment 83N says that in the case of a failure of a Minister to give the reasons that he or she should give for urgency, the Minister must write explaining why he has failed to do that. The only thing missing at this point is some...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Report (6th Day) (8 May 2018)

Lord Sharkey: I thank the noble Baroness the Leader of the House for Amendment 83N and agreeing with us that it is in fact necessary. With that, I beg leave to withdraw the amendment. Amendment 72 withdrawn.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Report (6th Day) (8 May 2018)

Lord Sharkey: My Lords, Amendment 72 would impose measures on the Minister, where he or she was dealing with the urgency procedure in the Bill, for the delaying of “made affirmative” SIs. When we debated this in Committee, I made the point that there was no need, as the Bill is currently constructed, for the Minister to give any explanation for why he or she thought that the instrument should be...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Report (6th Day) (8 May 2018)

Lord Sharkey: My Lords, I declare an interest as chair of the Hansard Society, whose work on delegated legislation will be familiar to many of your Lordships. I will speak briefly in support of Amendment 70—the sifting amendment—to which I have added my name. I will also speak briefly to introduce Amendment 71. The noble Lord, Lord Lisvane, has set out very powerfully the case for Amendment 70—for...

Financial Guidance and Claims Bill [HL] - Commons Amendments (1 May 2018)

Lord Sharkey: I associate myself with the comments of the noble Lord, Lord McKenzie, and the other noble Lords who have spoken. Not only has the Bill been significantly improved but, oddly, I think we have managed to enjoy the process as we have gone through it—perhaps it is not odd at all. I thank the Minister and her officials. Amendment 21A (as an amendment to Amendment 21) not moved. Motion on...

Financial Guidance and Claims Bill [HL] - Commons Amendments (1 May 2018)

Lord Sharkey: I thank the Minister for that response. I should say at this point that it has been a pleasure to work with her and her team throughout the lifetime of the Bill. I agree with her assessment and that of the noble Lord, Lord McKenzie, that we have made significant progress on improving the Bill as it has been before this House and the other place. I am reassured by what the Minister said. I...

Financial Guidance and Claims Bill [HL] - Commons Amendments (1 May 2018)

Lord Sharkey: My Lords, my amendment to Commons Amendment 2 deals with the issue of cold calling spoken to by the Minister a moment ago. Your Lordships will recall that as the Bill has progressed, we have discussed cold calling extensively. There was almost universal acknowledgement of widespread abuse, of invitation to commit fraud and of an unwarranted and all too frequent intrusion into people’s...

Civil Liability Bill [HL] - Second Reading (24 Apr 2018)

Lord Sharkey: My Lords, I will deal first with the proposal to reform the compensation for whiplash arising from road traffic accidents. Let me say at once that I agree with the remarks made by the Delegated Powers Committee in its report of last Friday. It concluded, as the noble Lord, Lord Beecham, has said, that there should be a definition of whiplash in the Bill, as should the tariff for damages. The...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Hospitals: Waiting Lists (29 Mar 2018)

Lord Sharkey: To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the decision by NHS South West Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group to implement contractual agreements that patients cannot receive routine elective care before 12 weeks, whether they intend to intervene to prohibit such practices.

Media Advertising - Question (22 Mar 2018)

Lord Sharkey: My Lords, last year Google paid UK tax of £36 million on £5.6 billion in turnover. For Facebook, the figures were £5 million of tax on £1.8 billion in turnover. The Minister will know that the EU has proposed a 3% turnover tax to stop this gigantic tax injustice. Does she agree that it would be better to use statutes to make internet giants pay fair taxes than to amend the status of the...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: NHS: Drugs (22 Mar 2018)

Lord Sharkey: To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to facilitate the adoption of off-patent, repurposed drugs into NHS clinical practice where these would benefit patients.

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: NHS: Drugs (22 Mar 2018)

Lord Sharkey: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to review how they can incentivise manufacturers of generic medicines to ensure off-patent medicines can be repurposed and made available to patients.


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