Results 1–20 of 42 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Lord Wasserman

Knife Crime - Motion to Take Note (27 Jun 2019)

Lord Wasserman: My Lords, I commend the noble Lord, Lord Paddick, for seeking a debate on this very timely subject and for his wide-ranging and comprehensive introduction to it. I also commend him for the piece he wrote on this subject for the latest issue of the House magazine. In his article, which I am sure many noble Lords have read, he describes the complexity of the knife-crime phenomenon and discusses...

Theatre Market - Question for Short Debate (11 Jun 2019)

Lord Wasserman: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Earl, Lord Glasgow, on securing this debate. I have no doubt that some commentators on the House of Lords will regard this subject as rather ephemeral and elitist, but I see it as critical to the kind of country we want to be once we have managed to put Brexit behind us. I have long been concerned about how to support the arts in this country. In my maiden...

Victims of Domestic Violence and Abuse - Motion to Take Note (6 Jun 2019)

Lord Wasserman: My Lords, I begin by drawing attention to my interests as set out in the register. I do this because some of what I want to say today, particularly about technology, reflects things that I learned while I was serving as an adviser to a firm operating in this field. I want to make it clear, however, that I no longer have any commercial interests in this area. Having got that matter out of the...

Holocaust (Return of Cultural Objects) (Amendment) Bill - Second Reading (9 May 2019)

Lord Wasserman: My Lords, I too commend my noble friend Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury for agreeing to steer this short but important Bill through your Lordships’ House. I do not know about other noble Lords, but I have found that there tends to be an inverse relationship between the length of the Bills we have been asked to consider and their effects. Or is it simply that my perception of these matters has...

Police and Crime Commissioners - Question for Short Debate (29 Apr 2019)

Lord Wasserman: My Lords, I congratulate my noble friend Lord Lexden on securing this debate on police and crime commissioners, a subject with which I have been directly concerned for longer than I care to remember and about which, as many noble Lords know, I have remained passionately supportive despite the rough ride they have had in the media and, from time to time, even in your Lordships’ House. As my...

Stalking Protection Bill - Second Reading (18 Jan 2019)

Lord Wasserman: My Lords, I commend my noble friend Lady Bertin for agreeing to steer this short but extraordinarily important Bill through your Lordships’ House. I draw your Lordships’ attention to my entry in the register of interests, in particular, my interest in police technology. One of the reasons I am such an enthusiastic supporter of the Bill and the new stalking protection orders it introduces...

Brexit: Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration - Motion to Take Note (1st Day) (Continued) (5 Dec 2018)

Lord Wasserman: My Lords, I hesitated before putting my name down to speak in this debate as I did not think I would have anything to say about Brexit that would not be said more convincingly by a large number of other noble Lords with far more experience of matters European than I. However, two events last week moved me to participate in the debate. The first was a dinner I attended last weekend with a very...

Violent Crime - Motion to Take Note (29 Nov 2018)

Lord Wasserman: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Harris of Haringey, on securing this debate. I can think of few subjects that are more deserving of public debate than the violence on our streets and the tragic loss of young lives that this violence has caused in London and elsewhere. Day after day, we hear harrowing stories of young men being knifed to death in public places yet our national...

Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill - Second Reading (29 Jun 2018)

Lord Wasserman: My Lords, I do not intend to detain the House very long on this glorious Friday morning, but this past week I have been inundated by emails and other messages from police and crime commissioners around the country urging me to show up in the Chamber this morning to support this Bill, and I am delighted to do so. I begin by thanking the noble Baroness, Lady Donaghy, for agreeing to steer this...

Police and Crime Commissioners - Motion to Take Note (28 Jun 2018)

Lord Wasserman: My Lords, I too congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Armstrong of Ilminster, on securing time for this debate on the role and responsibilities of police and crime commissioners. I am very sorry, however, that the subject has proved so popular that Back-Benchers have been limited to four minutes. To judge by some previous speeches, I appear to be very much in a minority in your Lordships’ House...

Domestic Abuse - Question for Short Debate (22 Mar 2018)

Lord Wasserman: My Lords, I too congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Lister, on securing time for this important debate. I draw attention to my entry in the register of Members’ interests. I do so because for a number of years I was employed as an adviser to a multinational company which pioneered some technology which I want to discuss today. I am no longer associated with this company, but I thought it...

Security and Policing: Facial Recognition Technology - Question for Short Debate (1 Mar 2018)

Lord Wasserman: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Jones of Moulsecoomb, on securing this debate, although I wish we had more time to discuss this important subject. In addition to drawing your Lordships’ attention to my interests in police technology as set out in the register, I should mention that, from 1983 to 1996, I was responsible as a Home Office official for the provision of...

Bach Commission: The Right to Justice - Motion to Take Note (14 Dec 2017)

Lord Wasserman: My Lords, I begin by drawing attention to my interests as set out in the register, in particular my membership of the board of trustees of the Centre for Justice Innovation. It is a great pleasure to participate in a debate introduced by the noble Lord, Lord Bach, the police and crime commissioner for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. The noble Lord is the first Member of your...

Equality Act 2010 (Amendment) (Disabled Access) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (24 Nov 2017)

Lord Wasserman: My Lords, in July 2016, shortly after having been asked by HM the Queen to form a new Government, my right honourable friend the Prime Minister said that it was her “mission” as Prime Minister to make Britain, “a country that works for everyone”. She also said that the Government she led, “will do everything we can to give you more control over your lives”. If I were asked to...

A Manifesto to Strengthen Families - Motion to Take Note (2 Nov 2017)

Lord Wasserman: My Lords, I too congratulate my noble friend Lord Farmer on securing time for this important debate and on playing a key role in the production of A Manifesto to Strengthen Families. I also add my congratulations to those offered to my noble friend Lord Agnew on his appointment to the Government’s ministerial team and wish him well with his new responsibilities. While I welcome and endorse...

Brexit: UK-EU Security (EUC Report) - Motion to Take Note (7 Feb 2017)

Lord Wasserman: My Lords, I am delighted to be the first speaker after the noble Baroness, Lady Prashar, as it gives me the opportunity to be the first to congratulate her and her committee on this important report. Having had both the honour and the pleasure of serving on the Home Affairs Sub-Committee of the European Union Select Committee for two years under her chairmanship, I can attest to her skills in...

Policing and Crime Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) (26 Oct 2016)

Lord Wasserman: My Lords, I very much welcome the amendment. It deals with an issue I raised in the Second Reading debate on the Bill in your Lordships’ House. As I said at that time, and repeat for the sake of maintaining the highest standards of conduct and transparency, I was, until a few months ago, an unpaid adviser to the Police Federation of England and Wales and had been acting in that capacity for...

Policing and Crime Bill - Second Reading (18 Jul 2016)

Lord Wasserman: My Lords, I begin by drawing attention to my interests in policing, as set out in the register of Members’ interests. Some of those are straightforwardly commercial; others, such as my work with the Police Federation of England and Wales, which is relevant to the Bill, are non-remunerated. I am delighted to see that the noble Lord, Lord Bach, has been able to take time from his police and...

Violence Against Women — Question (25 Nov 2015)

Lord Wasserman: Experience in Spain, Portugal and elsewhere has shown clearly that electronic monitoring or tagging in the context of domestic violence is an effective way of keeping victims of domestic violence alive and safe. As my noble friend will know, several police forces in this country—Hertfordshire, Northumbria and Cheshire—have purchased electronic monitoring equipment but they cannot use it...

Sport — Motion to Take Note (15 Oct 2015)

Lord Wasserman: My Lords, I, too, congratulate my noble friend Lord Moynihan on securing time for this debate on this important subject. I also congratulate my noble friend Lord Hayward on his witty and moving maiden speech. If that speech is a sample of the contribution we can expect from him, we can all agree that this House is very fortunate to number him among our Members. Sport is a subject on which I...


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