Results 1–20 of 59 for speaker:Lord Goddard of Stockport

Policing: European Championship Final - Question (15 Jul 2021)

Lord Goddard of Stockport: My Lords, the Minister and I come from the north-west of England—Greater Manchester—where clearly we have tribal loyalties to football clubs. But this is about information. On the day that Manchester United’s football ground was invaded and broken into and a Premiership match was abandoned, that was fully on the internet, everybody knew what was going on and very little happened. What...

Private Landlords: Tenants with Pets - Question (15 Jun 2021)

Lord Goddard of Stockport: I draw Members’ attention to my interests as set out in the register. The Government recognised the importance of pets and made changes to the model tenancy agreement. However, not all landlords use that model agreement and it is voluntary, so some landlords can still say no to pets. Animal welfare charities, including Cats Protection, have helped tenants find lots of properties and use a...

Social Housing - Question (24 May 2021)

Lord Goddard of Stockport: Following on from the noble Lord, Lord Kennedy, by centrally imposing an assumption that around 50% of the programme will be used for home-ownership schemes, the Government are preventing local authorities and social housing providers delivering what is most needed: social housing for rent, including accessible and adaptable homes. Will the Minister consider the case for expanding the social...

Industrial Strategy: Local Growth - Question (26 Apr 2021)

Lord Goddard of Stockport: The Industrial Strategy Council’s annual report points out that the Government’s plans “are not yet a practical roadmap for delivering Net Zero, with several areas at present lacking the required scale to make progress at the required speed”. Housing retrofit is one such area. Will the Government accept the recommendation of the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee’s...

Domestic Animals - Question (15 Apr 2021)

Lord Goddard of Stockport: My Lords, there is well-reported and documented evidence of people stealing pets for profit. It is usually dogs, but cats are also being stolen to order, usually Persians and Bengal cats. According to Cats Protection, only 26% of cats are microchipped. Will the Minister consider introducing the mandatory microchipping of cats to give their owners a small chance of getting their pets back?

Schools: Exam-year Pupils - Question (2 Feb 2021)

Lord Goddard of Stockport: With the exception of three weeks of relative respite last July, Greater Manchester has known some of the tightest restrictions in the country for more than 10 months, resulting in significantly greater disruption to young people’s learning, which will impact on not only this exam cohort but next year’s. The differential regional Covid and Covid restrictions have been mitigated with a...

British Armed Forces: Iraqi Interpreters - Question (1 Feb 2021)

Lord Goddard of Stockport: As a previous Member has highlighted, 40 Iraqi interpreters who worked with the British Army have been killed since the fall of Saddam Hussein. What support, if any, has been provided for their families in Iraq? If private contractors that are now employing interpreters have been found to breach the data in any way, no matter how unwillingly, how will Her Majesty’s Government hold them...

Covid-19: Night-time Economy - Question (26 Jan 2021)

Lord Goddard of Stockport: My Lords, I declare my interest as vice-chair of the APPG for the Night-Time Economy. In 2019, the annual revenue budget for the night-time economy nationally was £66 billion. Comparatively, the fishing industry, in 2018, was worth £784 million to the economy. That is about £60 billion less a year. Could the Minister explain, in pure economic terms, why people are asking me why the...

Arcadia Pension Fund - Question (8 Dec 2020)

Lord Goddard of Stockport: I noticed that the Minister said that the Government had no liability, and she mentioned the word “honourable” in almost the same sentence. Does she agree that that is cold comfort for the 12,000 people who will have a terrible Christmas? She should perhaps contact the Prime Minister and try to get Philip Green’s knighthood revoked because he is clearly less than an honourable man.

Human Medicines (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 - Motion to Approve (2 Dec 2020)

Lord Goddard of Stockport: I do not intend to take up too much of the time of the House, but I want to make a couple of comments and ask the Minister three questions about the SIs and the context in which they sit. These instruments are technical in nature, but the subject area—the regulation of medicines and medical devices—is a key issue for millions of people across the United Kingdom. It is clear that in a...

Covid-19: Charitably Funded Hospices - Question (28 Oct 2020)

Lord Goddard of Stockport: My Lords, in my home town of Stockport, St Ann’s Hospice is about to celebrate its 50th anniversary. It is one of the largest and oldest hospices in the country. It has been looking after people across Greater Manchester for half a century, delivering world-class specialist palliative and end-of-life care for thousands of people. St Ann’s Hospice must raise £20,000 every day from...

Oil and Gas Industry - Question (22 Sep 2020)

Lord Goddard of Stockport: Will Her Majesty’s Government support carbon capture and storage technology on a regional basis across the UK, including the north-west, to meet our net-zero commitment while securing the future energy needs of our manufacturing plants, without which we will come to rely even more on imports from other countries? Without such a commitment, we will undermine our contribution to tackling...

Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield Combined Authority (Functions and Amendment) Order 2020 - Motion to Approve (24 Jul 2020)

Lord Goddard of Stockport: I do not profess to be an expert on anything in your Lordships’ House, but I know a little about combined authorities, having been one of the leaders of the first combined authority, Greater Manchester. The trail-blazing deal that we negotiated with the Government has made real changes, especially in health and social care. Sometimes when we talk about local authorities, combined...

Finance Bill - Second Reading (and remaining stages) (17 Jul 2020)

Lord Goddard of Stockport: My Lords, I will address the loan charge in the Finance Bill. For the avoidance of doubt, we do not support tax evasion and fully support everybody paying the tax that is due. However, the scandal of the loan charge must be addressed. Today I spoke to a family whose breadwinner unwittingly signed up for a payroll loan scheme in 2012. He checked that the company was legally compliant. It was...

Homelessness - Question (13 Jul 2020)

Lord Goddard of Stockport: I know that the Minister is fully supportive of local authorities. When Andy Burnham was made Mayor of Greater Manchester, his first pledge was to end homelessness there. What consideration has been given to providing an in-year increase in funding for the Government’s rough sleepers initiative? This would support our local authorities to boost outreach and get people more quickly into...

Environmental Protection (Plastic Straws, Cotton Buds and Stirrers) (England) Regulations 2020 - Motion to Approve (10 Jul 2020)

Lord Goddard of Stockport: My Lords, the numbers given by the Minister regarding straws, cotton buds and stirrers are quite staggering. I believe that the public will be right behind this legislation, but if we are serious about dealing with and reducing these numbers, we must revisit the exemption list and tighten it up. As the noble Lord, Lord Mann, said, using these facilities and products must become unpopular and...

Covid-19: Local Government Finance - Question (7 Jul 2020)

Lord Goddard of Stockport: First, I thank the Minister personally for the support that has been given to Greater Manchester during the pandemic. The 10,000 laptops and devices that have been distributed across the region will make a real difference to disadvantaged children who need this help in these difficult times. However, the broader issue of local government funding needs to be addressed. Will the Minister commit...

Higher Education (Fee Limits and Student Support) (England) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020 - Motion to Approve: Amendment to the Motion (2 Jul 2020)

Lord Goddard of Stockport: My Lords, I have no need to draw noble Lords’ attention to my entry in the register of interests as I was not lucky enough to go to university in 1968. Fortunately, my father managed to get me an apprenticeship and that has served me well over the years. University is sometimes not the automatic answer. The noble Lord, Lord Bassam, has clearly articulated the problem. He has given the facts...

Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2020 - Motion to Approve (25 Jun 2020)

Lord Goddard of Stockport: My Lords, as I have said in previous debates, this legislation is highly retrospective, and that is to be regretted. Regarding devolution, Greater Manchester has a long history of integrated partnership working across all services and sectors. Throughout this crisis, we have worked closely with government to support and develop responses to the pandemic. The Government’s response has in...

Civil Aviation (Insurance) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 - Motion to Approve (18 Jun 2020)

Lord Goddard of Stockport: I fully agree with the comments made by the noble Lord, Lord Foulkes, about Ministers. It would be really helpful if they were in the Chamber. We are sympathetic if a Minister is trying to speak remotely and they sound like Donald Duck, but that does not help me, the Minister, or indeed Parliament. Perhaps the powers that be could look at Ministers’ attendance in the House, so that they can...


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