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Queen’s Speech - Debate (1st Day): Motion for an Humble Address (10 May 2022)

Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury: My Lords, it is a privilege—and in this year of all years, the year of the Platinum Jubilee, it is a great privilege—to move this Motion for an humble Address on behalf of your Lordships’ House. Although Her Majesty was not present to deliver the Speech in person, it gives us the opportunity in this House to thank Her Majesty for seven decades of steadfast and dedicated service to all...

Channel 4 Privatisation - Private Notice Question (5 Apr 2022)

Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury: My Lords, does the Minister realise that it was the Labour Party in the 1950s which bitterly opposed the establishment of independent television? He should not be surprised by the reaction of the party opposite.

Foreign Languages: Economic Value - Question (29 Mar 2022)

Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury: Has my noble friend seen the evidence given just a few days ago by a former British ambassador to Moscow to a Lords committee, in which he lamented the decline of foreign language skills in the Foreign Office, especially Russian? Does she agree that it is quite important that diplomats who represent the United Kingdom in and promote exports to foreign countries should be able to understand...

Elections Bill - Committee (6th Day): Amendment 153 (28 Mar 2022)

Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury: My Lords, I support the noble Lords, Lord Dubs and Lord Rennard. I am not going to repeat the arguments; I support them, and the House has heard them. This anomaly can be dealt with without opening the Pandora’s box of reform of the House of Lords. I spoke in support of the Private Member’s Bill of the noble Lord, Lord Naseby, and I heard the then Minister’s answer. I do not want to be...

Elections Bill - Committee (6th Day): Amendment 153 (28 Mar 2022)

Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury: I just want to say to my noble friend Lord Cormack that, if a Member of Parliament is in a constituency that they do not represent but is on the register, they can vote for that constituency in a by-election even though they are still an MP.

Civil Servants: Reduction of Numbers - Question (24 Mar 2022)

Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury: My Lords, could I ask the Minister if he will ask his right honourable friend Jacob Rees-Mogg to direct his efforts to the DVLA where, we read, people are not returning to their desks in sufficient numbers, with terrible economic effects in terms of people having to wait a long time for their driving licences? Being at their desks rather than watching Netflix or on bicycles would be a great...

Dissolution and Calling of Parliament Bill - Committee: Amendment 2 (25 Jan 2022)

Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury: I am very pleased that the noble Lord asked that question, because the debates this evening have said that we do not think the monarch could conceivably refuse a request for a Dissolution, as the noble Lord has already said. Other speakers have said that the House of Commons would never refuse a Dissolution; that was the thrust of the noble Lord’s speech and the speeches of other noble...

Dissolution and Calling of Parliament Bill - Committee: Amendment 2 (25 Jan 2022)

Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury: I just think that if you gave the House of Commons the opportunity to veto it, and the Government of the day simply could not get on with their business, which is what would probably happen, then we would have a problem. I come back to the point I made with my noble friend Lord Lansley: if you have a Government with a minority, or without a working majority, that Prime Minister may not be...

Dissolution and Calling of Parliament Bill - Committee: Amendment 2 (25 Jan 2022)

Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury: My Lords, I am very puzzled by this debate. There have been words used such as “inappropriate”, “exceptional” and “misuse of power” to suggest that the Prime Minister of the day, when he or she asks the electorate to choose the Government, and where he puts his or her own tenure in No. 10 at risk, is somehow abusing his or her position. I do not understand what those likely...

Dissolution and Calling of Parliament Bill - Committee: Amendment 2 (25 Jan 2022)

Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury: Perhaps I may ask my noble friend about a situation where there was a hung Parliament, where the Prime Minister had no majority—we have had that experience very recently—where a pandemic was taking place and where the Opposition did not co-operate in passing laws. Surely then it would be right for the Prime Minister to seek the consent of the country.

Legislation: Skeleton Bills and Delegated Powers - Motion to Take Note (6 Jan 2022)

Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury: My Lords, as a member of the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee, I have seen us comment on thousands and thousands of SIs, and we have been very fortunate to have a brilliant team of advisers and clerks to help us do our work, so I am not surprised that, recently, a House of Commons report praised the Lords for the scrutiny and expertise that they bring to SIs. However, when it praised...

Small Business Commissioner: Late Payments - Question (7 Dec 2021)

Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury: Can my noble friend ask his department to look at what happens in other countries, to see which countries do better than we do and what lessons we can learn?

Assisted Dying Bill [HL] - Second Reading: Amendment to the Motion (22 Oct 2021)

Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury: My Lords, I have two stories about two people. One was a very good friend of mine, who was diagnosed many years ago with motor neurone disease and suffered the inevitable long and miserable decline as he lost his bodily functions. He was remarkable: he wanted to live and he had the most positive spirit. At one stage, just a few months before he died, he wrote the most incredible and upbeat...

Extension of Franchise (House of Lords) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (7 Feb 2020)

Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury: It is a pleasure to follow the noble Lord, Lord Blunkett, who speaks on this issue with a powerful voice, as he does on so many issues. I too congratulate my noble friend Lord Naseby on bringing forward this Bill again. A similar Bill was debated on 19 July last year. The Minister who replied to that debate was my noble friend Lord Young of Cookham, who I see is in his new place today. He...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (3rd Day) (8 Jan 2020)

Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury: My Lords, it is a real pleasure to follow my noble friend Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay, who has just made an excellent speech. We are very fortunate in this place in being able to draw on the experience that new Members bring to the House. My noble friend is no exception and does just that, but he also brings to the House an attribute which most of us here do not have and cannot even aspire...

Early Parliamentary General Election Bill - Second Reading (30 Oct 2019)

Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury: My Lords, I strongly support the Bill. Parliament is currently deadlocked; we need to break free from this political paralysis. The country—and above all, business—needs stability and certainty. By the way, to echo the words of the noble and learned Lord, Lord Judge, I hope that the Bill sounds the death knell for the Fixed-term Parliaments Act. Above all, and this is the main point I...

Extension of Franchise (House of Lords) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (19 Jul 2019)

Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury: My Lords, I support my noble friend Lord Naseby, and I support the Bill. Before I come on to the main point that I want to make in my speech, I shall pick up one of the points made by the noble Lord, Lord Dubs. He made a very fundamental point about the privilege of voting in general elections. I have always been struck by the empowering way in which general elections happen. Millions of...

Extension of Franchise (House of Lords) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (19 Jul 2019)

Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury: I want to put this point to the Minister, and I would like him to answer it if he would. Does he at least accept the fundamental principle that there is something wrong when people who have taxes imposed upon them have no right to decide who imposes them?

Litter Strategy - Question (15 Jul 2019)

Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress is being made on implementing their Litter Strategy for England, published on 10 April 2017.

Litter Strategy - Question (15 Jul 2019)

Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury: Does my noble friend agree that it is a somewhat strange paradox that, at a time of growing and wide concern—quite rightly—about safeguarding the environment, there seems to be an increasing problem with litter all over the place? Without the fantastic work of street cleaners, we would realise how big a problem this really is. Will my noble friend say what more can be done to educate our...


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