Results 1–20 of 123 for speaker:Lord Wood of Anfield

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Second Reading (20 Feb 2024)

Lord Wood of Anfield: My Lords, it is rare that a Bill with such a prosaic and innocuous title contains within it such varied threats to foundational democratic principles and practices. This is a Bill that, in the name of defending the rights of a particular minority, infringes those rights and the rights of us all, while establishing multiple dangerous precedents. I start with the logic of the Bill, which...

Gaza: Humanitarian Situation - Question for Short Debate ( 8 Feb 2024)

Lord Wood of Anfield: My Lords, I will specifically ask about the Government’s decision to suspend funding for UNRWA after the very serious allegations of involvement by UNRWA staff in the horrific attacks on 7 October. I have four questions for the Minister. First, did the UK Government see any direct evidence provided by the Israeli Government, and was that the basis of their decision to suspend funding?...

Arts - Motion to Take Note ( 1 Feb 2024)

Lord Wood of Anfield: My Lords, I declare my interest as a member of the board of the Royal Court Theatre. When I was first appointed to your Lordships’ House, the first reaction of one of my oldest friends was: “Oh wow, that’s amazing. Does that mean you get to meet Melvyn Bragg?”. I cannot think of anyone else whose cultural appetite spans so widely, yet whose passion is always tethered to the values of...

Children’s Care Homes: Private Equity - Question (30 Jan 2024)

Lord Wood of Anfield: To ask His Majesty’s Government what regulation they are planning in response to the findings of a recent investigation by the Observer that private equity firms’ investments in children’s care homes in England have doubled since 2018.

Children’s Care Homes: Private Equity - Question (30 Jan 2024)

Lord Wood of Anfield: My Lords, I thank the Minister for that Answer. The problem, however, is that the current mixed economy in the children’s care market is completely broken. Private equity providers are making high profits in the sector, increasing their margins and carrying large levels of debt, yet expanding their share of the care market at the same time. Meanwhile, increasing numbers of councils face...

UK Economy: Growth, Inflation and Productivity - Motion to Take Note (29 Jun 2023)

Lord Wood of Anfield: My Lords, I thank my noble friend Lord Eatwell for this debate and for his excellent opening speech, which I agree with almost every word of. It is also a privilege to follow the noble Lord, Lord Lamont, from whom I always learn a lot, as I did again today on inflation. I will make a few remarks about investment: how poor our record is, how fuzzy our thinking around it often is, and what we...

Independent Review of Children’s Social Care - Motion to Take Note ( 8 Dec 2022)

Lord Wood of Anfield: I also thank my noble friend Lord Watson for this debate and for giving us a chance to refocus our attention on one of the most vital reviews commissioned by any recent Government. It is the kind of report that, if you read it in one sitting, as I did, lives with you for a long time. The review is vital for lots of reasons. First, it goes to the heart of the Gandhi test—maybe it should be...

Low-Income Families: Energy Cost Support - Question ( 6 Sep 2022)

Lord Wood of Anfield: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what further support they plan to provide for low-income families who do not pay income tax, to help meet their rising energy costs.

Low-Income Families: Energy Cost Support - Question ( 6 Sep 2022)

Lord Wood of Anfield: My Lords, the incoming Prime Minister spent the summer repeatedly pledging income tax cuts, yet 43% of adults, including those in the greatest need, pay no income tax and would not benefit from this. Meanwhile, her pledge to reverse the national insurance rise will give the poorest 10% of households £7.60 per year and the richest 10% £1,800 per year. When asked about this, the new Prime...

Food Insecurity: England - Question ( 7 Jun 2022)

Lord Wood of Anfield: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the causes of food insecurity in England.

Food Insecurity: England - Question ( 7 Jun 2022)

Lord Wood of Anfield: I thank the noble Lord for that answer. The recent Food Foundation report on food insecurity was truly alarming. Over seven million adults, over 2.6 million children and nearly half of all families on universal credit have experienced food insecurity in recent months. The Government have the free school meals scheme, the Healthy Start scheme and the holiday activities and food programme to...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (4th Day) (16 May 2022)

Lord Wood of Anfield: My Lords, it is a pleasure to follow the noble Lord, Lord Hunt. I will make some remarks on the macroeconomic aspects of the economic challenge that we face. Of course, we all know that this is a dual economic crisis: it is a crisis at household level as inflation soars—it is predicted to exceed 10% in a few months—and it is a macroeconomic crisis of stagflation, or inflation and...

Personal Protective Equipment: Accounting - Private Notice Question ( 2 Feb 2022)

Lord Wood of Anfield: My Lords, I beg leave to ask a Question of which I have given private notice. I remind the House of my interests as a director of the Good Law Project.

Personal Protective Equipment: Accounting - Private Notice Question ( 2 Feb 2022)

Lord Wood of Anfield: My Lords, I thank the Minister for that Answer. Global inflation was clearly part of this, but of the extraordinary 72% of PPE spend that has now been written down, £670 million was on defective equipment, £750 million was on PPE that was past its expiry date and £2.6 billion was on unsuitable supplies—if you add it all up, that is enough to build more than a dozen new hospitals....

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe - Motion to Take Note ( 2 Dec 2021)

Lord Wood of Anfield: My Lords, it is a pleasure to congratulate the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Chelmsford on her excellent maiden speech and to welcome her to this House. She brings an extraordinary array of talents, including, I am pleased to see, academic and musical distinction, and a unique set of experiences as a member of a persecuted church in Iran. We heard how she suffered huge family trauma at...

Social Care - Question (27 Oct 2021)

Lord Wood of Anfield: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of the new Health and Social Care Levy will be allocated to the provision of social care.

Social Care - Question (27 Oct 2021)

Lord Wood of Anfield: My Lords, the Health Foundation has calculated that, over the next three years, the funding required just to meet current social care demand is bigger than the extra money going into social care from the levy. So this levy will not even start to address issues such as the need for better pay and conditions for social care staff, local government’s lack of resources, and the need for...


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