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President of Iran: Death - Question (22 May 2024)

Lord Dobbs: I will follow up the wise words of the noble Lord, Lord Bird, and go into the history. We know that the current Iranian regime is appalling and atrocious, but can we also reflect on the fact that our policies in the Middle East over recent decades have led to failure and disaster? The war in Iraq, the war in Afghanistan, Libya—we set out to do good things and we failed, and in many cases we...

Infected Blood Inquiry: Compensation Scheme - Question (22 May 2024)

Lord Dobbs: My Lords, something really rather terrible has been going on, because it is not just the infected blood scandal that we are suffering from. We have the Post Office scandal that has gone on for 25 years and counting, and the Hillsborough Stadium disaster lingered on for 35 years. We have the Rotherham grooming scandal, which is another three decades; the Stephen Lawrence inquiry, with the...

Russia: Sanctions - Question (21 May 2024)

Lord Dobbs: My Lords, connected to that question, I congratulate my noble friend the Foreign Secretary on his success in getting a long-term British commitment to Ukraine in military aid for its defence against Russia; I think we have committed something like £3 billion per year until 2030. On its own, of course, that will not be enough. We need other countries to make the same sort of long-term...

BBC World Service: Finances - Question (24 Apr 2024)

Lord Dobbs: My Lords, I welcome my noble friend’s description of how vital the World Service is. In the past the Government have described it as essential, invaluable and playing a vital role, and surely its role could not be more vital given the way the world is turning right now. The Government spend almost £12 billion a year on foreign aid, and the Prime Minister yesterday announced many more...

Police: Joe Anderson - Question (15 Apr 2024)

Lord Dobbs: May I ask my noble friend about a case on which he can comment? It is that of a public figure: Ted Heath. I can sense—although I cannot see—him gritting his teeth even as I raise that name. The only reason Ted Heath was accused, with the most vicious accusations, is that he was a public figure, and a vulnerable public figure. He died years ago. Surely, this is a matter of public service...

Credit Card Invoices - Question (26 Mar 2024)

Lord Dobbs: Does my noble friend agree that the Government have a lot more to do, in the spirt of full disclosure, in explaining the cost of Covid and the lockdown? The latest estimate is that it has already cost over £400 billion. With all the excess deaths and, in particular, mental health issues we are now experiencing, that cost will grow. Would it not be sensible to explain far more fully to...

Horizon Scandal: Psychological Support Services - Question ( 4 Mar 2024)

Lord Dobbs: To ask His Majesty’s Government what programmes are in place or are planned to ensure the families of sub-postmasters affected by the Horizon scandal have access to appropriate psychological support services.

Horizon Scandal: Psychological Support Services - Question ( 4 Mar 2024)

Lord Dobbs: I thank my noble friend for his Answer and pay tribute to the very hard work that he and his colleagues are putting into this issue. Going back to the issue of family, particularly children, is my noble friend aware of the story of Millie-Jo Castleton, who wrote to the public inquiry detailing the extraordinary, terrible time that she has had during this terrible saga? She has been abused,...

Israel and Gaza - Statement (27 Feb 2024)

Lord Dobbs: My Lords, my noble friend has hit the nail on the head, has he not? He suggests that Hamas does not accept the right of Israel to exist, and the Israeli Government do not accept a two-state solution. When two combatants will not agree on what, as my noble friend has said, is the only solution—a two-state solution—surely the inexorable logic is to pick up on the word that the noble Lord,...

Shamima Begum - Question (27 Feb 2024)

Lord Dobbs: My Lords, there is a strong impression that citizenship has now become a matter of judicial ping-pong, which is clearly unsatisfactory. My noble friend mentioned the British Nationality Act 1981; that is nearly 50 years old, and a lot has changed in this world since. Should we not have a fresh look at the meaning, rights and responsibilities of citizenship in this country, and is not this...

AUKUS Security Partnership - Question (13 Feb 2024)

Lord Dobbs: My Lords, nobody has yet mentioned China, so allow me to do so. Will my noble friend agree that it is important that we continue to talk with China and find as many areas, and expand on as many areas, of agreement as possible? But, in all this discussion, is it not possible to focus too narrowly on the threat of China? Should we not do more to embrace the democracies in Asia, such as Japan,...

Recycled Plastics - Question (13 Feb 2024)

Lord Dobbs: My Lords, I understand that some local authorities require seven different recycling bins, which threatens chaos. Does the Minister believe that the answer to our recycling challenge is to increase the number of recycling bins for us all or to make central recycling facilities work much more effectively?

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Sexual Offences: Prosecutions (13 Feb 2024)

Lord Dobbs: To ask His Majesty's Government, in each of the past five years in England and Wales, how many prosecutions were brought for rape and serious sexual assault; how many allegations of rape or serious sexual assault reported to police have not been taken to prosecution; and what percentage of prosecutions have resulted in conviction.

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Inquiries and Prosecutions (13 Feb 2024)

Lord Dobbs: To ask His Majesty's Government what length of time passed between the original incident or complaint, and the end of the final public inquiry or related prosecutions, in relation to (1) the Hillsborough stadium disaster, (2) the Rotherham child sexual exploitation scandal, (3) the Mull of Kintyre Chinook crash, (4) Operation Conifer, and (5) the Iraq Inquiry.

Written Answers — Home Office: Homicide and Rape: Criminal Proceedings (13 Feb 2024)

Lord Dobbs: To ask His Majesty's Government, in each of the past five years, what was the average length of time in England and Wales for the police and Crown Prosecution Service to investigate allegations of (1) murder, and (2) rape, before a decision was made on whether to proceed with prosecution.

Situation in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories - Statement (30 Jan 2024)

Lord Dobbs: My Lords, the Minister referred to the failure of the international community for 30 years or more in this matter. That implies that, if a two-state solution is to be brought about, as the Foreign Secretary said last night—and I very much welcome his remarks, and indeed the very balanced remarks of the Opposition, if I may say so, this afternoon—that surely implies that simply asking them...

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - Second Reading: Amendment to the Motion (29 Jan 2024)

Lord Dobbs: My Lords, with Rwanda, rather like that venerated old Irishman, I would not have started from this point either. But we do, and so many countries are struggling: Germany, France, Greece, little Malta and even the muscular Turks, who have 3.5 million refugees massed on their southern border. The challenge is felt around the world, not just here. I wish that we could have realised some years...

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - Second Reading: Amendment to the Motion (29 Jan 2024)

Lord Dobbs: If I have it wrong, I very much look forward to hearing the specifics of what the Opposition would do instead. We will wait and we will wait. Weigh a doubt against a certainty—the doubts about the destination to which we are asked to travel against the certainty that if we stand still and do nothing, the consequences for this country are likely to be catastrophic.

East Coast Main Line - Question (24 Jan 2024)

Lord Dobbs: My Lords, as I was coming in on a very pleasant journey from the beautiful city of Salisbury in the south-west on Monday, I went through the new schedule of train strikes that have been thrust at us again. I seem to remember that a couple of months ago we spent many long nights debating minimum service levels. I am confused, so could the Minister help me in my confusion?


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