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Life Sciences Businesses - Question (26 Feb 2024)

Lord Fox: My Lords, the Office for Life Sciences reports to the DHSC and the DSIT. The Office for Investment is a joint No. 10 and Department for Business and Trade unit. I spoke to a major biotech investor in this country, which said that the lack of communication between these two organisations is hampering its progress in building new biotech capacity in this country. Does the Minister agree that...

Post Office Governance and Horizon Compensation Schemes - Statement (21 Feb 2024)

Lord Fox: My Lords, as we have heard, with every day that passes, more questions seem to come up. In Parliament, the Secretary of State’s Statement was strident—I would say unusually strident—but no matter how loudly and aggressively she asserts her side of the issue, it will not go away without answers and evidence. I support fully the questions that the noble Lord, Lord McNicol, just asked—I...

Post Office Governance and Horizon Compensation Schemes - Statement (21 Feb 2024)

Lord Fox: That is fascinating and helpful. Given that there is not a SID and that it was the chairman, what was the conduit of the director’s disquiet from the board to the Secretary of State? How did the Secretary of State learn these things?

National Minimum Wage - Question (21 Feb 2024)

Lord Fox: My Lords, I think the noble Lord, Lord Bird, would agree that there are too many working people who have to rely on the minimum wage in this country and that those at the bottom of the wage cycle are the ones who suffer most when there is low growth. A key statistic, if the Minister wants to trade statistics, is GDP per capita, which is falling. Our productivity is falling because there is...

Post Office Horizon Scandal: Compensation Payments - Private Notice Question (19 Feb 2024)

Lord Fox: My Lords, clearly the public statements of the Secretary of State and the former chair, Staunton, are mutually exclusive, and we look forward to hearing the Secretary of State’s version, which I hope will be repeated in your Lordships’ House. It would be easier to understand in full if it was supported by transcripts of all the relevant meetings. In her social media rebuttal, the...

Post Office Horizon Scandal: Racism - Question (19 Feb 2024)

Lord Fox: My Lords, it is easy to see why the noble Lord was shocked by the racist terms uncovered, which were used by the investigating team in Post Office Ltd. It is even more shocking to note how recently those terms were being used, and still more shocking that many of the people who were using those terms are still employed by Post Office Ltd. We do not need the conclusion of the inquiry to know...

Food Import Requirements - Question (14 Feb 2024)

Lord Fox: My Lords, can the Minister confirm whether the necessary professionals are still being recruited in order to provide this service? What percentage of capacity will be available on day one? Will it be 100%, 50% or what?

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Motorcycles: Carbon Emissions (14 Feb 2024)

Lord Fox: To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by the Parliamentary Under Secretary at the Department for Transport on 28 November 2023 (3453), what plans they have to grow and develop the supply chain for L-Category vehicles this year.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Motorcycles: Carbon Emissions (14 Feb 2024)

Lord Fox: To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by the Parliamentary Under Secretary at the Department for Transport on 28 November 2023 (3453), how much they will invest in growing and developing the L-Category supply chain this year.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Motorcycles: Carbon Emissions (14 Feb 2024)

Lord Fox: To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by the Parliamentary Secretary of State at the Department for Transport on 28 November 2023 (3453), what support they plan to give the L-Category community this year.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Motorcycles: Carbon Emissions (14 Feb 2024)

Lord Fox: To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Transport on 28 November 2023 (3453), what assessment they have made of their current role in the L-Category community.

Combating Disinformation: Freedom of Expression - Question (13 Feb 2024)

Lord Fox: My Lords, my noble friend Lord Strasburger asked about the parliamentary scrutiny of the unit. Does the Minister understand that, if there were to be proper scrutiny of the unit, some of the words that he uses to try to placate your Lordships’ House would have deeper resonance? Can he tell us why the ISC is not scrutinising the unit?

Computer Systems: Independent Testing - Question (12 Feb 2024)

Lord Fox: My Lords, the Minister set out a long list of things that need considering. I understand his point, so could he perhaps tell us the timetable for this process, when we might hear the verdict on all these considerations and perhaps see some legislation before your Lordships’ House?

Tata Steel: Port Talbot - Question ( 7 Feb 2024)

Lord Fox: One way to meet the justified need mentioned by the noble Lord, Lord Forsyth, to produce more virgin steel rather than from scrap is to use direct reduced iron technology that can be produced through an electric arc furnace. Last month, Tata Steel’s global chief executive told Parliament’s Welsh Affairs Committee that Tata would invest in DRI technology only if it could be guaranteed a...

Post Office Appointments: Ministerial Responsibility - Question ( 7 Feb 2024)

Lord Fox: My Lords, I am not sure that the Minister answered the question from the noble Lord, Lord Arbuthnot. We agreed that the Post Office needs leadership, and last week the Minister said: “We will appoint an interim chair as soon as possible”.—[Official Report, 30/1/24; col. 1122.] Perhaps with another week, the Minister can dwell a little more on the process. When will the details of the...

UK-EU Trade: Small and Medium-sized Enterprises - Question (31 Jan 2024)

Lord Fox: My Lords, the Minister will have seen yesterday’s reports in the FT that average businesses are facing extra costs of £100,000 to navigate this friction. The Minister has painted a very optimistic and active picture of what his department is doing, but the effects do not seem to be working through. The British Chambers of Commerce and Make UK say that nine out of 10 organisations have seen...

Post Office Ltd - Commons Urgent Question (30 Jan 2024)

Lord Fox: The Minister’s answer is really helpful, because the question is, when is arm’s-length not arm’s-length? It is clear that it has ceased to be an arm’s-length operation, rightly or wrongly. His Majesty’s Opposition asked for a timetable, and it would be helpful if the Minister gave it to us. How much leeway will the new chair have to do what he or she needs to do, in their mind, to...

Post Office Ltd - Commons Urgent Question (30 Jan 2024)

Lord Fox: My Lords, the Minister said that it was hoped that the appointment would be made as soon as possible, hopefully this year. In the meantime, this organisation is a burning platform; it needs leadership. Where does the Minister expect that leadership to come from until the appointment is made?

Investigatory Powers (Amendment) Bill [HL] - Third Reading: Motion (30 Jan 2024)

Lord Fox: My Lords, having been cleared to annoy your Lordships’ House, I will do my best to do so. This Bill started in your Lordships’ House and now heads to the Commons. Its primary purpose of enabling the intelligence services to better build their data models and teach their AI systems has been left completely unmolested by your Lordships. However, other parts of the Bill have attracted a...

Ukraine: Reconstruction - Question (25 Jan 2024)

Lord Fox: To ask His Majesty’s Government what legal options, if any, they are exploring to seize any Russian central bank assets that are frozen in the United Kingdom’s financial system and using such assets to fund the reconstruction of Ukraine.


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