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Results 1–20 of 130 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Lord Oates

Business of the House - Motion to Agree (25 Mar 2020)

Lord Oates: My Lords, I, too, thank the Leader of the House for her statement, and I join other noble Lords in giving immense thanks on behalf of these Benches to all the people in Parliament who have worked so hard on our behalf. We understand the decision that has been made that the House should rise early, but there are some reservations in the country because we are facing the greatest national...

Covid-19: Financial Markets - Question (25 Mar 2020)

Lord Oates: My Lords, on the subject of irresponsible behaviour, perhaps I may refer to an issue that has been raised with me by medical personnel working long shifts. When they get home and try to sleep, they find that other people—perhaps because they are at home—are playing loud music, and this causes them real difficulty. Will the Minister join me in asking everybody to act responsibly and to...

Coronavirus Bill - Second Reading (Continued) (24 Mar 2020)

Lord Oates: As many noble Lords have noted, this Bill contains unprecedented powers, but we recognise that it comes before us in unprecedented times. Its purpose is to protect the lives of the public and to provide the National Health Service with the best chance of minimising the death toll from this virus. We owe NHS staff, the staff in our care services and all key workers who are working so hard and...

Rivers: Catchment Management - Question (23 Mar 2020)

Lord Oates: My Lords, can the Minister tell the House what level of financial support the Government have provided to develop and apply catchment management policies over the past 12 months?

Budget Statement - Motion to Take Note (18 Mar 2020)

Lord Oates: My Lords, Harold Wilson advised us that a week is a long time in politics. Never has that adage proved truer than in the seven days between the Budget and this debate. Today we face not only a public health crisis, but also a national and international economic emergency without parallel, something which I am afraid did not seem to be fully recognised in the speech from the Government Front...

Chemicals Regulation - Question (16 Mar 2020)

Lord Oates: My Lords, does the Minister recognise that the outcome of the UK/EU trade negotiations will be vital for the chemicals industry and indeed for the economy as a whole? In view of that and the fact that both the UK and the EU will, rightly, be distracted from those negotiations by the current public health crisis, will the Government consider amending the withdrawal Act in the forthcoming...

Green Economy - Motion to Take Note (12 Mar 2020)

Lord Oates: My Lords, I am grateful to my noble friend Lady Parminter for initiating this important debate, and for her excellent and informative speech. This has been a fascinating debate from which I have learned a great deal, not least from my noble friend Lady Suttie in her powerful speech on the domestic and international impact of plastic waste, and also from the noble Baroness, Lady Jenkin, on the...

Zimbabwe - Question (11 Mar 2020)

Lord Oates: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have held ministerial-level discussions with European Union member states about the current economic crisis and food emergency in Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe - Question (11 Mar 2020)

Lord Oates: I thank the Minister for his Answer. As he will be aware, the situation in Zimbabwe is now absolutely desperate. This is principally as a result of the disastrous failings of the Government of Zimbabwe, compounded by drought and cyclones. Does the Minister agree that, in addition to the restrictive measures against individuals who abuse human rights and continue to loot the country, we also...

Environmental Programme: COP 26 - Question (9 Mar 2020)

Lord Oates: My Lords, if the Government’s environmental ambitions are to mean anything, they have to be matched by action. In that context, does the Minister agree that a good start would be for the Government to back the Domestic Premises (Energy Performance) Bill introduced by my noble friend Lord Foster of Bath with cross-party support? Does the Minister understand that if the Government are...

Israel and Palestine: United States’ Proposals for Peace - Motion to Take Note (27 Feb 2020)

Lord Oates: My Lords, if today’s Times is correct, I should start by wishing the noble Lord, Lord Young of Graffham, a happy birthday, although I cannot help wondering what sin he must have committed to have to spend his birthday debating the intractable subject of the Middle East peace process. None the less, I wish him a happy birthday. I read the Trump plan with disbelief and despair. If it were...

Smart Meters - Question (10 Feb 2020)

Lord Oates: My Lords, the Minister will be aware that many energy customers discover, on switching energy providers, that their smart meter no longer works with their new provider. Will the Minister tell the House what measures the Government have taken to require energy providers to replace existing non-compatible smart meters, which they seem very reluctant to do? What proportion of installed smart...

Climate Change - Motion to Take Note (6 Feb 2020)

Lord Oates: My Lords, I draw attention to my interests as set out in the register, having worked until recently for the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, which is a major grant-giver to organisations working to tackle climate change. It is daunting to speak from the Front Bench for the first time on this subject, amid the great expertise and knowledge that have been on hand in this debate. It has...

European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill - Commons Amendments: Motion A (22 Jan 2020)

Lord Oates: My Lords, I regret the Government’s decision to reject all the amendments, in particular the amendment that the noble Lord, Lord Dubs, has just spoken to and the amendments that my noble friends moved. I am sorry that in another place the Minister, when addressing the EU citizens amendment, failed to make any arguments at all. Indeed, so devoid of them was he that he resorted to a whole...

European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 1 (20 Jan 2020)

Lord Oates: My Lords, I thank all noble Lords who have taken part in the debate. I thank the Minister for her response, but I must say that I am utterly bewildered by it. This really is not a complicated issue. Millions of EU, EEA and Swiss national citizens are desperately concerned and asking for physical proof. In Committee, the Minister said that to provide them with physical proof would be confusing...

European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 1 (20 Jan 2020)

Lord Oates: My Lords, Amendment 1 is in my name and those of the noble Lords, Lord Warner, Lord Kerslake and Lord McNicol of West Kilbride. It seeks to achieve two things. First, it would provide citizens covered by the settled status scheme with a right to a physical form of proof of status; at present, only a digital proof is available. Secondly, it would shift the settled status scheme from a...

European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 2 (14 Jan 2020)

Lord Oates: My Lords, I am grateful to all noble Lords who have taken part in this debate. This discussion, and even the confusion from the Dispatch Box about some of the rules, demonstrates the issues that are going to be faced by EU citizens if there is not even clarity in this House. I want to pick up on a number of points. The noble Lord, Lord Hamilton, talked about reciprocity. As the Minister has...

European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 2 (14 Jan 2020)

Lord Oates: My Lords, in moving Amendment 2 I shall speak also to Amendment 3, in my name and those of the noble Lords, Lord Kerslake and Lord McNicol of West Kilbride, The noble Lord, Lord Kerslake, gives his apologies that he cannot be in the Chamber because he has been called away to another meeting. Amendment 2 seeks to create a declaratory registration system to replace the existing...

European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill - Second Reading (13 Jan 2020)

Lord Oates: My Lords, I regret that I am speaking in this debate, because I regret that we have to have it. I am sorry to have to acknowledge that in just 18 days this country will no longer be a member of the European Union, that we will no longer be citizens of a union that is the proud outcome of the efforts of European nations determined to find a way to come together so that they could provide peace...

Civil Partnership (Opposite-sex Couples) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Approve: Amendment to the Motion (5 Nov 2019)

Lord Oates: My Lords, like my noble friend Lady Barker’s father, my father married a large number of people, although he did so as a Church of England clergyman rather than as a nonconformist minister. I very much support the equality being progressed for opposite-sex partners via this legislation. I also very much support the comments made by my noble friend Lady Barker, the noble Lord, Lord Collins,...


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