Results 101–120 of 124 for speaker:Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury

Schools: Foreign Languages — Question (26 Jan 2015)

Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of progress in teaching foreign languages in schools.

Schools: Foreign Languages — Question (26 Jan 2015)

Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury: Does my noble friend agree that one of the many advantages of learning a foreign language is the practical benefit to trade and diplomacy? In the case of non-European languages such as Cantonese, Mandarin and Arabic, where the sounds and structure are very different, is it not easier for children to learn them if they are taught them from a very early age?

Media Plurality: Communications Committee Report — Question for Short Debate (14 Jan 2015)

Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury: My Lords, there are good reasons why there has been no agreement yet on how to approach media plurality. First, everyone has their own definition. Ofcom has come up with three criteria, one of which is impact. How do we measure the impact on someone who gets their news from reading, listening, watching and downloading the news? Secondly, there is how far policy on plurality would overlap or...

Greater Manchester — Question (27 Nov 2014)

Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to develop the economy of Greater Manchester.

Greater Manchester — Question (27 Nov 2014)

Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury: My Lords, I welcome the decision to establish a Greater Manchester Combined Authority, but does my noble friend agree that there must be effective scrutiny of the decision-making of such a body, so that local people and businesses know who is deciding what and how? Will the Government, therefore, encourage these councils to make sure that that happens, so that there is transparency and clear...

Assisted Dying Bill [HL]: Second Reading (18 Jul 2014)

Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury: My Lords, I have been in your Lordships’ House for nine months, and this is by far the most important subject to have come to us in that time. I support the Bill because I believe in the principle that, with the right criteria and with the right safeguards and procedures in place, people who wish to end their lives should be allowed to make that decision for themselves. It should be their...

Assisted Dying Bill [HL]: Second Reading (18 Jul 2014)

Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury: I understand that. The point I was making was that when you engage in self-defence, you are in the process also of risking and taking life for that objective. That involves a calculation. When the Chief Rabbi says there is no greater value than the sanctity of life, we understand that he would not contemplate taking his own. But are these people who could never contemplate taking their own...

Economy: Public Sector Net Borrowing — Question (14 Jul 2014)

Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury: To ask Her Majesty’s Government by how much public sector net borrowing has fallen between 2009-10 and 2013-14; and what is their forecast for the current financial year.

Economy: Public Sector Net Borrowing — Question (14 Jul 2014)

Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury: Does my noble friend agree that the reduction in the deficit over the past four years has been crucial in generating economic growth and employment? Does he also agree that it is therefore vital that the deficit reduction programme continues? Can he give the House some indication of when we might expect the deficit to be eliminated and the nation’s finances returned to balance?

Deregulation Bill — Second Reading (Continued) (7 Jul 2014)

Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury: My Lords, I was very pleased that, in introducing the Bill, the Minister reminded us that one of its main purposes was to create jobs and enterprise. That was echoed by the noble Lord, Lord Stevenson, who hoped that the Bill would stimulate the economy. My noble friend Lord Fowler told us quite rightly that it was important that restrictions and regulations that were brought in some time ago...

Deregulation Bill — Second Reading (Continued) (7 Jul 2014)

Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury: I am grateful to the noble Lord for that comment, which is reinforced by surveys that show exactly the same thing: prices are on average 10% higher. That is a rip-off in my view. An anomaly in the current law is the way in which garden centres have been caught up in these restrictions—I do not think that that was ever the intention—because their products are spread over a larger area than...

Serious Crime Bill [HL] — Second Reading (16 Jun 2014)

Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury: My Lords, as has already been said, we have had a succession of Acts of Parliament tackling crime, terrorism and policing over many years. This Bill, which I welcome, is the latest. But there is a good reason for all this legislation. The challenges that we face are continually changing. Organised crime is becoming ever more sophisticated in the way that the criminals operate, the methods...

Immigration Bill: Report (3rd Day) (7 Apr 2014)

Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury: My Lords, I intervene briefly to support government Amendment 56A and Clause 64 itself. I have followed closely the important and impressive debates on this clause in Committee and today. By the way, anyone who doubts the value of the House of Lords should read those speeches, because they demonstrate clearly this House’s concern for the rights of the individual. The issue with which this...

Scottish Independence: Currency Union — Question (12 Mar 2014)

Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made any assessment of the constitutional, political, financial and economic implications if there were to be a currency union between an independent Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom; and, if so, whether they intend to publish it.

Scottish Independence: Currency Union — Question (12 Mar 2014)

Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury: Does my noble friend agree that the sure way for Scotland to keep the pound is to vote to stay in the UK, which I hope it will? If it were to vote to leave the UK and any future Westminster Government were ever to be minded to enter a currency union with Scotland—or, for that matter, with the eurozone—would that not require a referendum so that the people could decide?

European Union (Referendum) Bill — Committee (2nd Day) (31 Jan 2014)

Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury: My Lords, I will intervene very briefly in response to my noble friend Lord Shipley, who had called in aid the Electoral Commission’s report on the importance of providing information to voters. It is very important that information is provided, but the commission did not say that it should be given before the Act comes into force. It could have said that, but it did not.


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