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Brain Tumour Research - Question (19 Nov 2020)

Lord Polak: I, too, was privileged to be present when Baroness Jowell spoke. In 1988, a 27 year-old man whose wife was eight months pregnant and who had just completed the London Marathon, was told by a neurologist that he had a brain tumour and six months to live. My Lords, that young man was me. I thank God and the doctors and nurses at the Royal Free Hospital that I am here to tell this story. What is...

Cross-Government Policy to Strengthen Families - Question (18 Nov 2020)

Lord Polak: A Question about the centrality of the family gives me my first opportunity in this House to pay tribute to my noble teacher, the extraordinary man and leader, Rabbi Lord Sacks. Zichrono livracha—may his memory be for a blessing. His death is a huge loss to us all. He wrote and spoke extensively on spiritual and family issues. Does the Minister agree with the sentiments written by Lord...

Covid-19 Lockdown: Homelessness and Rough Sleepers - Commons Urgent Question (12 Nov 2020)

Lord Polak: I guess it is easy to sit on the sidelines and criticise but on the critical issue of homelessness this Government, and specifically the Secretary of State, Robert Jenrick, together with my noble friend the Minister, ought to be congratulated. As has been said, early in the pandemic they launched the Everyone In project, backed up with £700 million. In addition, the recent announcement of...

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe - Commons Urgent Question (4 Nov 2020)

Lord Polak: In the Statement, the Minister in the other place said that “we are committed to the nuclear deal with Iran—the joint comprehensive plan of action, or JCPOA—as the best means available to monitor and constrain Iran’s nuclear programme.”—[ Official Report, Commons, 3/11/20; col. 185.] The Foreign Secretary suggested on television this morning that there are flaws but until...

Domestic Abuse: Protection of Victims - Question (27 Oct 2020)

Lord Polak: My Lords, the Domestic Abuse Bill, as currently drafted, places an important duty on local authorities in England to deliver support for victims who are in accommodation-based services such as a refuge. But 70% of victims of domestic abuse, specifically children, suffer at home, not in a refuge. How can we avoid creating a two-tier system whereby 70% of the victims of domestic abuse,...

Guantanamo Bay Detainees - Private Notice Question (22 Oct 2020)

Lord Polak: My Lords, I refer the House to my registered interests. It is absolutely clear that questions need to be answered by a number of international actors in this situation, and if lives are put in danger, pressure should be exerted. However, on the positive side, does the Minister agree that the UAE should be praised for its efforts to secure peace and stability in the region? The US-brokered...

Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill - Commons Reasons: Motion E1 (as an amendment to Motion E) (21 Oct 2020)

Lord Polak: My Lords, I have no intention of delaying the House as I have made my views on this pretty clear. The noble Lord, Lord Oates, has been very clear and precise. I believe that the Government are sticking their heels in for no good reason. I should make it known that this morning there was a power outage at the police national computer centre in Hendon—run, of course, by the Home Office. As a...

EU Exit: Negotiations and the Joint Committee - Statement (21 Oct 2020)

Lord Polak: My Lords, as I mentioned at Second Reading of the internal market Bill, people across this country know that we voted to leave and tried to negotiate a mutual and sensible exit in good faith. It seems that the good faith has not been reciprocated. In that regard, does my noble friend share my profound disappointment with the flavour of the EU’s communiqué after last week’s European Council?

United Kingdom Internal Market Bill - Second Reading: Amendment to the Motion (19 Oct 2020)

Lord Polak: My Lords, I am delighted to follow my noble friend Lord Sarfraz and congratulate him on his excellent speech. I also congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Hayman of Ullock. As my noble friend rightly said, maiden speeches are meant to be uncontroversial. His contribution was in no way controversial; in fact, it was deeply encouraging and seriously important for the House as a whole. The...

Iran: UN Arms Embargo - Question (8 Oct 2020)

Lord Polak: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to support an extension of the United Nations arms embargo on the government of Iran.

Iran: UN Arms Embargo - Question (8 Oct 2020)

Lord Polak: My Lords, in begging leave to ask the Question standing in my name on the Order Paper, I refer the House to my registered interests.

Iran: UN Arms Embargo - Question (8 Oct 2020)

Lord Polak: Our abstention on extending the UN arms embargo was an error of judgment. China and Russia were always going to veto, to support Iran. Those three countries are not known for honouring gentlemen’s agreements. We should have voted with the US, to make it clear that we oppose Iran accessing arms through the legitimacy of the UN but, sadly, we chose to leave the US exposed and lonely when, in...

Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill - Report (2nd Day) (Continued): Amendment 18 (5 Oct 2020)

Lord Polak: I pay tribute to the noble Lord, Lord Oates, for his tenacity. We sat together on the Justice Committee some years ago, discussing these exact issues. As I stated at Second Reading, I am pleased to add my name to the amendment. I also thank my noble friends Lord Parkinson and the Minister for the time they gave me last week. Like other noble Lords, I have received many messages from...

Covid-19 - Statement (23 Sep 2020)

Lord Polak: Following the lead of the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Rochester, I thank the Government for the clear, helpful and sensitive guidelines given to the Jewish community for celebrating Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, last weekend. It was Rosh Hashanah, but not entirely as we have always known it. As more local lockdowns will inevitably follow, bringing difficulties for people and...

China: Uighur Internment Camps - Question (23 Sep 2020)

Lord Polak: My Lords, the appalling treatment of the Uighur Muslims by the Chinese regime is horrific. Yet China is expected to be re-elected to the Human Rights Council next month. Sadly, it seems that nothing can be done to halt the increasingly sinister influence of China within UN structures, seriously undermining the UN’s credibility. Will the Minister confirm that China is continuing to block the...

Nigeria: Religious Violence - Question (21 Sep 2020)

Lord Polak: The singer Yahaya Sharif-Aminu has been sentenced to death by hanging in the northern state of Kano. Will the Minister contact the Nigerian Government to ensure that due process is followed? Although there is a ban on FGM in Nigeria, with girls out of school due to Covid the risks to 10 to 15 million girls are extremely high. The failure to help end FGM will deepen poverty and create more...

Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 49 (14 Sep 2020)

Lord Polak: My Lords, I am pleased to have added my name to this amendment, and I pay tribute to the noble Lord, Lord Oates, for his excellent and thoughtful introduction. Non-EU citizens are given physical proof of their settled status. Can it really be that EU citizens will be the only group without physical proof of status? The immigration system should treat people fairly and justly. People who have...

Office for Veterans’ Affairs - Question (9 Sep 2020)

Lord Polak: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent steps the Office for Veterans’ Affairs has taken to support veterans.

Office for Veterans’ Affairs - Question (9 Sep 2020)

Lord Polak: Next month will mark the first anniversary of the Office for Veterans’ Affairs. I commend all those involved, especially Johnny Mercer, for putting the welfare of our veterans front and centre. In these difficult times, can the Minister tell us what the office is doing to maintain and strengthen the mental health of our veterans? Will he agree to meet with me and Katie Reade of the campaign...

Post Office: Horizon Accounting System - Question (7 Sep 2020)

Lord Polak: As is clear for the individuals and families caught up in the Horizon disaster, life continues to be unbearable. I ask my noble friend the Minister to help me answer my friend Rita Threlfall, the former sub-postmistress from Liverpool, whose story I highlighted in this House on 18 June. She said this weekend: “We seek reasonable justice, and it is still our aim to have a judicial inquiry,...


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