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Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill - Second Reading (27 Mar 2024)

Lord Borwick: My Lords, I first declare my interest in my home, which is a long-leasehold property in London. It would not normally be declarable, but in the case of this Bill, this should be an exception. I also declare interests in the register in property companies, some of which are developing and have developed houses. I have been puzzled by this Bill as it seems to be determined to solve a problem...

Automated Vehicles Bill [HL] - Report: Amendment 8 ( 6 Feb 2024)

Lord Borwick: My Lords, while I support the general principle of these comments—indeed, I personally made great changes to the taxi industry to get there—the particular circumstances that enabled me to do that a long time ago were very unusual. The current situation with autonomous vehicles is that there are many manufacturers that are converting existing vehicles. They cannot change their donor...

Automated Vehicles Bill [HL] - Report: Amendment 8 ( 6 Feb 2024)

Lord Borwick: I agree with the noble Baroness, but the question for a manufacturer is whether or not to come into the British market. That is the trouble, as I see it. Much as it would be desirable that they redesigned their vehicles, or indeed designed them from the very beginning to be accessible, the reality is that we are talking about regulating a future market based on an existing product. I find it...

Automated Vehicles Bill [HL] - Report: Amendment 8 ( 6 Feb 2024)

Lord Borwick: I find it distressing to disagree with the noble Baroness, but I am talking about the reality of the position. Even though I wish the world were different, I cannot agree that we can regulate to make it different in this one Bill. I thank my noble friend Lord Blencathra for his comments. I am afraid I left the London taxi business a long time ago so I am not actually responsible for the...

Automated Vehicles Bill [HL] - Report: Amendment 5 ( 6 Feb 2024)

Lord Borwick: My Lords, the only comment I will make is on Amendment 34 from the noble Lord, Lord Berkeley. In the event of an accident, the conventional problem the police face is competing descriptions honestly held by two different people about what actually happened: “I did this; he did that”. The thing about an autonomous vehicle accident is that there will be at least half a dozen cameras...

Automated Vehicles Bill [HL] - Report: Amendment 1 ( 6 Feb 2024)

Lord Borwick: My Lords, I repeat the declarations of interest that I have made in the past. I applaud the principles behind the suggestions made by the noble Lord, Lord Berkeley. However, there is a difficulty in coming up with new regulations that are different from elsewhere in the world, and I am afraid that “significantly” falls into that trap. It would make it a lot harder for international...

Pedicabs (London) Bill [HL] - Report: Amendment 3 (30 Jan 2024)

Lord Borwick: I am grateful to my noble friend for bringing forward this suggestion, which, as he said, was proposed by many parties. But I am still confused, in that the Member’s explanatory statement, which is very sensible, does not quite tie up with Amendment 3 itself. Amendment 3 says “leave out subsection (2)”, but why is subsection (1) still in place? That says that “The power to make...

Pedicabs (London) Bill [HL] - Report: Amendment 2 (30 Jan 2024)

Lord Borwick: My Lords, I entirely agree with my noble friend; it all makes sense. I shall give a little history: at one stage I was chairman of a lithium battery manufacturer. It is possible in the manufacturing of a lithium battery for a little strip of lithium to move from one part of the battery to another during the manufacturing process. That can later cause a fire. The trouble with this amendment is...

Pedicabs (London) Bill [HL] - Report: Amendment 1 (30 Jan 2024)

Lord Borwick: My Lords, I repeat my declarations of interest from previous occasions. I entirely agree with my noble friend Baroness Stowell—she is right. I worry about the House of Lords legislating for the difference between “noise” and “music”. We might be in a minority in the country overall in our distinction between the two, but this is a magnificent example of a Bill that has been changed...

Automated Vehicles Bill [HL] - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 26A (15 Jan 2024)

Lord Borwick: My Lords, I declare my interest, as I have been involved in accessibility to modern taxis and other public transport over many years. I entirely agree with most of the points made by the noble Baroness, Lady Brinton, and my noble friend Lord Holmes. However, with their amendments, I am not sure that we are heading in the right direction. It is clear from Clause 87 that those clauses...

Automated Vehicles Bill [HL] - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 26A (15 Jan 2024)

Lord Borwick: I understand the point that the noble Baroness makes.

Automated Vehicles Bill [HL] - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 1 (10 Jan 2024)

Lord Borwick: My Lords, I will quickly come in to comment on the amendment from the noble Lord, Lord Liddle, while first referring to my interests in the register, which I referred to in more depth at Second Reading. The comment I made, which was mentioned so generously by the noble Lord, is that his Amendment 13 talks about a “specified manufacturer”. However, there are two different ways of making an...

Automated Vehicles Bill [HL] - Second Reading (28 Nov 2023)

Lord Borwick: My Lords, I first declare my interest as an officer of the APPG for Self-Driving Vehicles and a business lifetime spent in the vehicle industry. I am also the father of a son who has learning difficulties and could, like many disabled people, certainly benefit from these vehicles. I have also been the chairman of the Greenwich trial technical committee. I can reassure the noble Lord, Lord...

Pedicabs (London) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (22 Nov 2023)

Lord Borwick: My Lords, I, too, welcome my noble friend to his new post. He has a task to follow our excellent and long-suffering noble friend Lady Vere. I first declare my interests as a London taxi proprietor, owner of a plated London taxi and occasional employer of licensed London taxi drivers. I drive my London taxi to the House of Lords car park and once overhead one of our great policemen saying to...

King’s Speech - Debate (2nd Day) ( 8 Nov 2023)

Lord Borwick: My Lords, I congratulate the three Peers who gave excellent maiden speeches. Every year for the last 30 years, I have had the privilege of spending some time in San Francisco with friends. It seems to me that San Francisco, a wonderful hilly city of which it has been said “If you’re tired of walking round it, you can always lean against it”, is slowly dying. This has happened before,...

Deafblindness: Emerging Technologies - Question (27 Jun 2023)

Lord Borwick: My Lords, I declare my interest as a trustee of the Ewing Foundation for deaf children. Does my noble friend the Minister agree that the progress of most children with sensory disabilities has been excellent, mainly due to dedicated teachers and modern electronics, such as cochlear implants, hearing aids and sound fields? However, these have to be maintained. Would it be a good idea for...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Motor Vehicles: Disability ( 8 Jun 2023)

Lord Borwick: To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 16 May (HL Deb cols 19GC–29GC) regarding the Public Service Vehicles (Accessible Information) Regulations 2023, how many other regulations related to the provision of access for disabled people are in force in London but not elsewhere; and what plans they have to ensure that the regulations for...

Long Covid - Question (25 Apr 2023)

Lord Borwick: My Lords, in the statistics for long Covid, are any particular professions overrepresented among sufferers?

Thyroid Patients: Liothyronine - Question ( 6 Jul 2022)

Lord Borwick: My Lords, I declare an interest as a thyroid patient and as patron of several thyroid charities. As my noble friend the Minister is aware, there are many patients suffering a misinterpretation of “routinely” in the advice that “T3 should not be routinely prescribed”. “Routinely” could mean either “regularly” or “without thought”. Can my noble friend make it clear that the...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (2nd Day) (11 May 2022)

Lord Borwick: My Lords, I will use my time today to raise the issue of guaranteed universal access to taxis for disabled people. First, I declare my interests in the taxi industry as the holder of a London taxi proprietor’s licence, the owner of a licensed London taxi and the employer of a London taxi driver. My experience of many years in the London taxi industry is as a manufacturer, distributor,...


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