Results 61–80 of 124 for speaker:Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury

English Baccalaureate: Creative and Technical Subjects - Motion to Take Note (14 Sep 2017)

Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury: My Lords, I too congratulate my noble friend Lady Stedman-Scott on initiating this important debate, which has produced some wonderful speeches this afternoon. I want to focus my remarks today on one subject which was mentioned very powerfully by the noble Baroness, Lady McIntosh, and the noble Lord, Lord Aberdare, which is music. In the debate on EBacc last year the noble Baroness, Lady...

Local Authorities: Recycling - Question (11 Jul 2017)

Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury: My Lords, is my noble friend aware of the way in which illegal landfill sites are being identified by new satellite technology, and will he make sure that the most use is made of this technology?

Queen’s Speech - Debate (4th Day) (27 Jun 2017)

Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury: My Lords, in this wide-ranging debate, I will focus my remarks on the need for good and competent government. I start with one example where I believe government failed to rise to the occasion, the implications of which we are seeing today. I am referring to last year’s European referendum. In a general election, the voters elect a Parliament and Government and so delegate to politicians...

International Women’s Day - Motion to Take Note (9 Mar 2017)

Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury: My Lords, there cannot be many speeches in the House of Lords which begin with a mention of disposable nappies—this may be a first. I do so today because it helps to illustrate the theme of my speech. I became aware of Valerie Hunter Gordon only when she died in October last year. She had been an army wife in suburban Surrey in the late 1940s. She had two babies and a third on the way—she...

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - Second Reading (2nd Day) (Continued) (21 Feb 2017)

Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury: My Lords, here is the paradox. I happen to believe that it is the historic rapprochement between France and Germany in the 1950s that has led to the Bill before us today. The establishment of the European Coal and Steel Community and the Common Market itself could not have happened without the brilliant leadership of Jean Monnet and the founding fathers. There had been three devastating wars...

Party Funding Reform - Question for Short Debate (3 Nov 2016)

Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury: My Lords, it is a pleasure to follow the noble Lord, Lord Bew, whom we had before our committee earlier this year and whose contributions are always extremely thoughtful and balanced. We all agree that political parties are essential for the effective working of our democracy and that political parties need proper funding, but parties need more than money. They need popular consent, support...

BBC Charter - Motion to Take Note (12 Oct 2016)

Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury: My Lords, it is worth saying at the outset that the dire and wild predictions made by some about what the Government had in store for the BBC have turned out to be very wide of the mark. It is also worth repeating what almost all noble Lords have said about the huge importance and value of the BBC to our national life and, as the noble Lord, Lord Bragg, said, to people’s everyday lives. The...

BBC - Statement (15 Sep 2016)

Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury: My Lords, there will be a very broad welcome for the Government’s decision to have a majority of the new BBC board as independent, not government-appointed, members. However, I urge my noble friend to take note of two points. First, in addition to them being independent, I hope that the criteria for deciding who might be appropriate will take into account an understanding of the very...

Recycling: Wales - Question (13 Jul 2016)

Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury: What more can be done to encourage the worst-performing councils to learn from the best practice of the best-performing councils?

Litter - Question (6 Jul 2016)

Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to develop an anti-litter programme.

Litter - Question (6 Jul 2016)

Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury: What progress is being made in schools to encourage young people to behave responsibly with regard to litter and to take pride in the appearance of their towns and villages? What more can be done by fast food and takeaway food companies to make sure that the areas around their premises are not covered in litter and discarded food?

BBC: Independence - Question (6 Jun 2016)

Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury: My Lords, would it not help to entrench the independence of the BBC if the appointments made to the board were for one term only so there was no risk of board members currying favour in the hope of another appointment? Indeed, did not the previous chair of Ofcom choose to serve for only one term? Is that not a record worth following?

BBC - Statement (12 May 2016)

Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury: My Lords, I warn my noble friend the Minister that in her Statement she came perilously close to achieving consensus with the noble Lords, Lord Collins and Lord Foster. That is a remarkable achievement, in the context of everything in the press beforehand. I welcome the fact that the majority of the new unitary board will be non-government appointed, and therefore independent members, which...

Trade Union Bill - Commons Amendments (3 May 2016)

Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury: My Lords, I think my noble friend Lord Forsyth has unravelled a puzzle. I, too, am disappointed by what has happened. I assumed that when the Conservative Party put in its manifesto the commitment to move from opt-out to opt-in, it thought it was the right thing to do. When it appeared in the Bill, I thought it was the right thing to do. I thought the party thought it was the right policy,...

BBC Charter Review (Communications Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (21 Apr 2016)

Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury: My Lords, I, too, want to pay tribute to the noble Lord, Lord Best, who chaired our committee. I also pay tribute to my fellow committee members. These are warm-hearted tributes, and I will explain why. Our report reminds me of how one produces a soufflé. We served up a dish which looks simple. It contains clear and straightforward observations and recommendations. But as with a soufflé, it...

Trade Union Bill - Report (16 Mar 2016)

Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury: My Lords, I served on the committee of the noble Lord, Lord Burns, which he chaired in a consensual, conciliatory and characteristically subtle way. I use those words in a complimentary sense, but I also think that his amendment is deceptively subtle. Ultimately, it is a wrecking amendment and I shall explain why I say that. The background to the amendment is the report produced by the Select...

Trade Union Political Funds and Political Party Funding — Motion to Take Note (9 Mar 2016)

Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury: My Lords, as the last Back-Bench speaker, I start at the beginning. The beginning was the Motion that set up the committee on which I sat, which was superbly chaired by the noble Lord, Lord Burns, and superbly served by the clerk, Mr Tom Wilson, and his team. The Motion asked us to consider two questions. The first was the impact of Clauses 10 and 11 of the Bill, which mainly concern the...

House of Lords: Press Office — Question for Short Debate (27 Jan 2016)

Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury: My Lords, I want to focus today on the world in which the House of Lords press office has to operate. The reality is that conventional media are in decline and social media are on the rise. There is a market for information and, in the days when newspapers often had 10 million readers, it was a sellers’ market. Today, people choose what information they want through their social media and...

Press Regulation — Question (26 Jan 2016)

Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury: My Lords, has my noble friend read the report on press regulation by the Communications Committee last year? Do the Government accept its recommendation that with the system evolving, especially with IMPRESS and IPSO, they should keep it under review and monitor it very carefully?


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