Results 81–100 of 124 for speaker:Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury

Education: Polish A-level — Question (18 Jan 2016)

Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury: My Lords, will my noble friend the Minister tell us what progress has been made on teaching foreign languages overall at A-level? In particular, to what extent are we reversing the trend in the teaching of German, which has shown the sharpest decline in recent years?

Immigration Bill — Second Reading (22 Dec 2015)

Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury: My Lords, it is a pleasure to follow the noble Earl, who always brings a valuable perspective to these proceedings. I begin by stating something which is, perhaps, obvious but is worth saying to set the context for another Immigration Bill. For centuries, there have been waves of immigration into our country, going back to the Angles and Saxons, the Normans, Huguenots and Jews. Later, there...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Middle East: Royal Visits (21 Dec 2015)

Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury: To ask Her Majesty’s Government which countries in the Middle East have never received a formal visit from a member of the Royal Family.

Transport for London — Question (14 Dec 2015)

Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury: To ask Her Majesty’s Government how regularly ministers and officials meet representatives of Transport for London.

Transport for London — Question (14 Dec 2015)

Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury: Given that smoking and the consumption of alcohol are now banned on the Tube, should not Transport for London follow the lead of some American cities, such as Washington DC, and consider banning the consumption of hot food on Tube trains? Many passengers in congested carriages find that very offensive; it creates litter and, when left lying around carriages, can create a health hazard. Will...

House of Lords: Questions — Question for Short Debate (9 Nov 2015)

Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury: First, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Hunt, for initiating this debate. I am grateful to him because Question Time is clearly one of the most important events in the House. The Chamber is always packed and it is one of the best ways of holding the Government to account. It also gives people a chance to jump in with questions, and there is much more opportunity for spontaneity than is perhaps...

Council Tax Valuation Bands Bill [HL]: Second Reading (11 Sep 2015)

Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury: My Lords, I congratulate my noble friend Lord Marlesford on having secured time for this Bill and on his tenacity, as he managed to use the cities Bill in July to give us an amuse-bouche and almost a forerunner of his speech today. I also congratulate him on his bravery, as the story associated with anybody who has tampered with, or sought to amend, property taxes is not a very happy one. I...

Women in News and Current Affairs Broadcasting (Communications Committee Report) — Motion to Take Note (8 Sep 2015)

Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury: My Lords, this report has the title Women in News and Current Affairs Broadcasting. It is a very straightforward title, but it understates the importance of the report. Of course, it is about making sure that there are opportunities for women in broadcasting and no barriers. But it is also about the extraordinary impact of television: how it can shape perceptions, change attitudes and provide...

BBC Charter Review — Statement (16 Jul 2015)

Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury: My Lords, in responding to those in this House who think that the Green Paper has been motivated by hostility, is my noble friend the Minister aware that on the BBC “One O’Clock News” today the BBC media correspondent Mark Easton said specifically that the BBC did not regard the Green Paper as hostile?

Litter — Question for Short Debate (1 Jul 2015)

Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury: My Lords, it is a pleasure to take part in a debate initiated by my noble friend Lord Cormack, because a cause espoused by my noble friend is a cause espoused with passion. The problem of litter, refuse and fly-tipping, as any local councillor knows, often arouses more passion than the European Union or anything else; it is a matter of real concern to many people. At the very beginning of my...

Child Poverty — Statement (25 Jun 2015)

Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury: Bearing in mind the importance of the policy on welfare, is the Minister able to tell the House what the policies on welfare are of the party opposite?

Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill [HL] — Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (22 Jun 2015)

Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury: My Lords, as the noble Lord has mentioned my name and has therefore implied that I support his amendment, perhaps I may put him right. My main concern is to ensure scrutiny, and there are many ways of skinning the cat. I think that we can look forward to more detail at some stage about how the scrutiny committees can do their work. I am not convinced in London that an elected assembly does...

Public Service Broadcasting — Question (15 Jun 2015)

Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury: Does my noble friend agree that, now that the World Service is financed by the BBC, it is in a much more secure position than when it was in the home of the Foreign Office?

RBS — Statement (11 Jun 2015)

Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury: My Lords, perhaps my noble friend can enlighten me. The noble Lord, Lord Davies, said that lending to sub-prime borrowers happened before the last Labour Government. Does my noble friend know why the last Labour Government did not then act? Was it not because the banking regime under that Government was extremely weak? Has it not been tightened very effectively in recent years?

Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill [HL] — Second Reading (Continued) (8 Jun 2015)

Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury: My Lords, I have very much enjoyed the debate today and it has been a privilege to hear speeches from two former Deputy Prime Ministers. I very much enjoyed hearing them both claim that they are in some way the godfather of the proposals in this Bill—and justifiably so. My noble friend Lord Heseltine showed what local leadership can do when, in the 1980s, he championed the cause of...

Queen’s Speech — Debate (4th Day) (2 Jun 2015)

Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury: My Lords, this has been a long debate so the House will be pleased to know that I am the last of the Back-Bench speakers. I want to focus on just one subject in the gracious Speech: the proposal for the northern powerhouse in Greater Manchester. I speak as someone who was born and brought up in Manchester. There are several Mancunians in your Lordships’ House and, whatever political...

Conflict Zones: Protection of Interpreters and Translators — Question for Short Debate (18 Mar 2015)

Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury: My Lords, I begin by paying tribute to the noble Baroness, Lady Coussins, for her doughty campaigning on this issue over a considerable time and for having secured the debate this afternoon. I pay tribute too to other noble Lords who have spoken in the debate, notably to my noble friend Lord Ashdown, who has also been a powerful campaigner and who made a very powerful speech this evening with...

Taxation: Avoidance — Statement (9 Feb 2015)

Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury: My Lords, can I endorse what the noble Lord, Lord Howarth, said? I know my noble friend Lord Green, who I agree is a man of great integrity. I agree also that the acquisition by HSBC at the time of a great many companies, producing a loose federation, caused management stretch in terms of organising it—I think that it has learnt the lessons of that. It is important that people outside this...

Exports: Government Support — Motion to Take Note (29 Jan 2015)

Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury: My Lords, it is a great pleasure to follow my noble friend Lord Shrewsbury. I want to begin by quoting from a debate in this place in 1961, when the Earl of Bessborough said that, “we live or die by our international trade”. He went on to call for, “a national crusade to excite the spirit, to revivify and stimulate every facet … of the export drive”.—[ Official Report , 22/3/61;...


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