Results 21–40 of 124 for speaker:Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury

Holocaust (Return of Cultural Objects) (Amendment) Bill - Order of Commitment Discharged (12 Jun 2019)

Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury: My Lords, I understand that no amendments have been set down to this Bill and that no noble Lord has indicated a wish to move a manuscript amendment or to speak in Committee. Unless, therefore, any noble Lord objects, I beg to move that the order of commitment be discharged. Motion agreed.

Free TV Licences for Over-75s - Statement (11 Jun 2019)

Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury: My Lords, will my noble friend take time today to look at the Hansard of 21 January this year and read the speech of the noble Lord, Lord Lipsey, who cited the Social Metrics Commission, which showed that more than 80% of over-75s are not in poverty? He went on to say that the policy of giving all over-75s free licence fees, “is misdirected and does not survive contact with the...

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

Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury: My Lords, this has been a remarkable debate. The Bill is very timely. The debate has been relatively short, but it has brought forward remarkable speeches of knowledge, expertise and, above all, passion. Every speech has made the same point: although the Bill’s title is about objects, its purpose is about people. That is the Bill’s driving force. This has also been a very heartening...

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

Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury: My Lords, I begin by thanking all noble Lords who are taking part in this Second Reading debate. The Bill may be short and simple, but it is important because it deals with the legacy of that dark and uniquely evil period of European history in the last century—the Nazi era. Between 1933 and 1945, thousands upon thousands of works of art were stolen. At any time that would be shocking and...

Schools: Modern Languages - Question (9 Apr 2019)

Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made in ensuring that more pupils study modern languages in primary and secondary schools.

Schools: Modern Languages - Question (9 Apr 2019)

Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury: I share my noble friend’s concern. The latest survey I have seen shows that half the schools in England and Wales have dropped A-level courses in modern languages. Part of the problem is that our universities are not turning out enough graduates who can teach modern languages, and that is because universities themselves are dropping degree courses in modern languages. What are we doing...

Further Developments in Discussions with the European Union under Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union - Motion to Take Note (11 Mar 2019)

Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury: My Lords, for most of the time I have strongly supported Conservative policy on Europe. I welcomed our entry into the common market under Mr Heath. I supported the development of the single European market under Mrs Thatcher and I was strongly opposed to Britain joining the European single currency. But when it came to having a referendum, I was uneasy and cautious. I voted for the referendum...

Eurotunnel - Statement (4 Mar 2019)

Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury: My Lords, does my noble friend agree that, while this payment to Eurotunnel is highly controversial, for most people in the country the most important point is for the Government to ensure that, in the event of a no-deal Brexit, we have supplies of pharmaceutical and medical products that come into the country effectively and on time?

Assisted Suicide - Question (14 Feb 2019)

Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury: My Lords, does my noble and learned friend understand—I am sure he does—that, for people with a terminal illness who have no hope of recovery and are suffering great distress, the current law, which prevents them being able to end their own lives in dignity, is condemning them to great and unnecessary suffering?

Brexit: Further Referendum - Question for Short Debate (17 Jan 2019)

Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury: My Lords, I also am grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Tyler, for having raised this issue. As he said, it is highly topical. Although the speeches today have been confined to the technical issues of a referendum, the reason why it is so topical is that the demands for a second referendum are growing. Indeed, the noble Lord, Lord Tyler, said at the end of his speech that, in the discussions...

Brexit: Further Referendum - Question for Short Debate (17 Jan 2019)

Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury: Thank you. When we had the referendum in 2016, everybody knew the result would be accepted. I have here just one example of what the late Lord Ashdown said on the eve of referendum day: “I will forgive no one who does not respect the sovereign voice of the British people once it has spoken. Whether it is a majority of 1% or 20%”. For all of us—in or out—when the British people have...

Brexit: Further Referendum - Question for Short Debate (17 Jan 2019)

Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury: No; I said that we should accept the result of the referendum but that public confidence in the acceptance would be eroded. If we have a second referendum and the public believe that the politicians have said, “We don’t think you made the right decision; therefore, it’s invalid”, they will think, “Why is the second referendum more valid than the first?”

Government Policy: Plain English - Question (19 Dec 2018)

Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that all government papers and publications which set out government policy are written in plain English.

Government Policy: Plain English - Question (19 Dec 2018)

Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury: My Lords, I am very pleased that my noble friend is answering this Question. He was first a Minister in 1979—and I am delighted that he is still a Minister today—so he will remember that in the past Governments used to set out government policy in plain English in short and succinct White Papers, whereas now you go into the Printed Paper Office and your heart sinks when you see a heavy...


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