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Upcoming Business – Lords: Main Chamber (16 Jun 2023)

Offenders (Day of Release from Detention) Bill – third reading – Lord Bird. Legislation

Offenders (Day of Release from Detention) Bill - Order of Commitment (24 May 2023)

Lord Bird: My Lords, I understand that no amendments have been set down to this Bill and that no noble Lord has indicated a wish to move a manuscript amendment or to speak in Committee. Unless, therefore, any noble Lord objects, I beg to move that the order of commitment be discharged. Motion agreed.

Vagrancy Act 1824 - Question (17 May 2023)

Lord Bird: My Lords, between 1964 and 1969 capital punishment was not used. It was allowed to fall into non-use. Could we do the same with the Vagrancy Act, which is one of the most heinous crimes because it turns homeless people into criminals?

Rt Hon Dominic Raab MP: Resignation Letter - Question (27 Apr 2023)

Lord Bird: My experience, having spoken to a number of Ministers, is that a couple of them have said things like, “You won’t get this past the Civil Service”. What does that mean?

Offenders (Day of Release from Detention) Bill - Second Reading (21 Apr 2023)

Lord Bird: I thank noble Lords for that wonderful discussion, which added to things to underline the importance of this issue. I am glad that we broadened the argument out. The noble Baroness, Lady Jones, asked why we have not done it before. It is a wonderful thing to be reminded of that. I agree with the noble Lord, Lord McNally, that you need a job, somewhere to go, a relationship and a place to live...

Offenders (Day of Release from Detention) Bill - Second Reading (21 Apr 2023)

Lord Bird: My Lords, it is a great honour and pleasure for me to move that the Bill be read a second time. It is also quite moving because, when we deal with prisons, custodial sentences and wrongdoers, we often have an enormous divide, but what is so great about the Bill is that it has the blessing of the department, the Government and most of us—it unites us all. It is a very simple Bill. Simon...

Written Answers — Treasury: Local Housing Allowance (30 Mar 2023)

Lord Bird: To ask His Majesty's Government what evidence they received from local authorities about the impact of Local Housing Allowance shortfalls on (1) homelessness levels, and (2) temporary accommodation costs, in the lead up to the Spring Budget 2023.

Budget Statement - Motion to Take Note (Continued) (16 Mar 2023)

Lord Bird: My Lords, I welcome the noble Baroness, Lady Moyo. I heard her speech and was very impressed, not least by her call for 3% growth in GDP over the coming years—I think she said by 2026. I have a way in which we can achieve that, but you could not achieve it as an economist; you would have to achieve it another way, which I am here to suggest. About 10 years ago, I wrote a book called The...

Homeless People and Rough Sleeping - Question (1 Mar 2023)

Lord Bird: To ask His Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to prevent homeless people who are living in hostels or supported homes in England from being pushed back on to the streets; and what progress they have made with their target to end rough sleeping by 2024.

Homeless People and Rough Sleeping - Question (1 Mar 2023)

Lord Bird: I thank the Minister for that Answer. My problem is with the extension of homelessness that has taken place—a 34% increase in the number of people facing no-fault evictions, which is the Section 21 that we need to address. We have 125,000 children in temporary accommodation and 100,000 households in temporary accommodation. These are the kinds of figures that are going to drive the...

Domestic Abuse: Defence for Victims who Commit an Offence - Question (21 Feb 2023)

Lord Bird: As we have a bit of time, I should like to tell your Lordships something quite horrible: I almost killed my father for almost killing my mother. The Minister said that life is precious and we should look after it, but what my father had done to my mother over many years was to destroy her humanity. If we could somehow have awarded my father an early death, it would have done us all a great favour.

Prostitution - Question (21 Feb 2023)

Lord Bird: I look forward to the day when we do not have sex workers. What is the Government’s attitude on working towards getting rid of the reason why people are driven into sex work, which is nearly always the slavery of poverty?

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 4 (20 Feb 2023)

Lord Bird: My Lords, I thank the noble Baroness, Lady Lister, for her very wonderful celebration of children and putting children right at the centre of everything. I have been involved with homelessness and crime for much of my life and I can honestly say that 90% of the people I have worked with started in child poverty. There is a kind of mystic belief going around that anybody can end up...

Housing: Private Rented Sector - Question (12 Jan 2023)

Lord Bird: Is it possible to look at the tragedy of increased evictions that is happening now? Are the Government going to come up with a solution to these two opposites: the tenants who can no longer afford the increase in rent and the landlords who are stymied in a similar way? We need, and I recommend, a debate in the House about this problem.

Public Service Ombudsman for England - Question (10 Jan 2023)

Lord Bird: My Lords, is it also possible to look at the fact that, if you have a financial complaint, you can wait over a year to get it sorted? I know a number of people who are finding that the financial problem they brought is very pressing, and waiting over a year is not an answer.

Cross-government Cost-cutting - Question for Short Debate (21 Dec 2022)

Lord Bird: To ask His Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made, if any, of the savings that might be realised by their cross-government cost-cutting exercise.

Cross-government Cost-cutting - Question for Short Debate (21 Dec 2022)

Lord Bird: I will take a leaf out of some of the interesting ways that noble Lords begin discussions in this House. Recently, there was a big discussion on railways and someone—I will not mention who, because I cannot remember their name—described a particular train journey. They were talking about something very big, the railway crisis or whatever you want to call it, but using a little anecdote to...

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