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Schools Bill [HL] - Report (2nd Day): Amendment 101 (18 Jul 2022)

Lord Agnew of Oulton: My Lords, I reassure the noble Lord, Lord Hunt, that regional schools directors are civil servants. I am sure my noble friend the Minister will confirm that there are no proposed changes to that. During my tenure they were all directly answerable to me on behalf of our Secretary of State. I tried very hard to ensure that we had a mixture of skills in that group. When I was the academies...

Schools Bill [HL] - Report (1st Day): Amendment 1 (12 Jul 2022)

Lord Agnew of Oulton: My Lords, I too thank my noble friend the Minister for listening, I think she has had a torrid time over the last six weeks, and has done it with great courtesy and patience. I am delighted that she is leading on the removal of these first 18 clauses. I am anxious for the Minister to reassure us, as many other Peers have said, that we will see properly the outcome of the regulatory review...

Schools Bill [HL] - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 35B (13 Jun 2022)

Lord Agnew of Oulton: My Lords, this is an important question, but, again, I would be looking for the output, not the input—in other words, when asking whether teachers should be qualified, it is the quality of the qualification that matters. At the moment, it is a nine-month course without any validation at the end. We have the Teach First initiative, which was pioneered very successfully by Labour, which is...

Schools Bill [HL] - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 30 (13 Jun 2022)

Lord Agnew of Oulton: My Lords, I will make a couple of observations. First, I strongly agree with the noble Baroness, Lady Chapman, and the noble Lord, Lord Knight, about the grouping of the amendments today; it is so random as to be almost impossible to fathom or follow. I give the benefit of the doubt to whoever arranges these groups, but if the aim is to throw sand in our faces and make the job far harder then...

Schools Bill [HL] - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 7 (8 Jun 2022)

Lord Agnew of Oulton: My Lords, I rise briefly to support my noble friend Lord Lucas on protecting these freedoms and to try to cross the bridge between the noble Baroness, Lady Brinton, and the noble Lord, Lord Knight. I managed those interventions with the powers that already exist. The freedoms that my noble friend Lord Lucas proposes go to the heart of what academisation is about. I will give noble Lords one...

Schools Bill [HL] - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 2 (8 Jun 2022)

Lord Agnew of Oulton: My Lords, I draw to your Lordships’ attention my relevant interest in the register as the deputy chairman of the Inspiration academy trust. Although I have been here for nearly five years, this is my first experience of dealing with legislation as a Back-Bencher and I am completely flummoxed by the process. The Bill has been introduced with no consultation with the sector and there has been...

Schools Bill [HL] - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 2 (8 Jun 2022)

Lord Agnew of Oulton: That is a very good question. I can tell the noble Lord candidly that when I arrived in that post in September 2017 it was more than 1%. In my first few weeks in office, I was probably getting three or four cases a month of maverick trusts on the brink of failure financially and basically, as my noble friend Lord Baker said, putting a gun to my head for a financial bailout. By the time I...

Economic Crime (Transparency and Enforcement) Bill - Committee: Amendment 91 (14 Mar 2022)

Lord Agnew of Oulton: My Lords, I shall speak in support of my amendment, which seeks to achieve two things: an annual review of the funding adequacy of our crime-fighting agencies in this area, and a report within three months of the Bill, and annually thereafter, to set out how well we are managing this whole area. I know we will hear warm words from the Minister about various sums of money—£400 million and...

Economic Crime (Transparency and Enforcement) Bill - Committee: Amendment 43 (14 Mar 2022)

Lord Agnew of Oulton: My Lords, in view of that, I will not press my Amendment 44.

Economic Crime (Transparency and Enforcement) Bill - Committee: Amendment 40 (14 Mar 2022)

Lord Agnew of Oulton: I support the amendment of the noble Baroness, Lady Kramer. I accept that it is unlikely to go into this Bill, but I very much hope that it will go into mark 2. I do not share the somewhat Panglossian view of my noble friend the Minister that this whole crime issue is a tiny issue. There is a wall of bad money out there trying to get in, and we have been far too complacent. The Transparency...

Economic Crime (Transparency and Enforcement) Bill - Committee: Amendment 3 (14 Mar 2022)

Lord Agnew of Oulton: I beg leave to withdraw the amendment. Amendment 3 withdrawn. Clause 4 agreed. Schedule 1: Applications: required information Amendment 4 not moved. Amendments 5 to 16 not moved. Schedule 1 agreed. Schedule 2: Registrable beneficial owners Amendments 17 to 20 not moved. Schedule 2 agreed. Clauses 5 and 6 agreed. Clause 7: Updating duty Amendments 21 to 27 not moved. Clause 7 agreed. Clause 8...

Economic Crime (Transparency and Enforcement) Bill - Committee: Amendment 3 (14 Mar 2022)

Lord Agnew of Oulton: I really want to carry on in a similar vein to earlier comments, and what my Amendment 3 is trying to do is to give more levers to government and enforcement agencies to force out information when we are worried that the information is not clear. My noble friend made the point that the Explanatory Notes say that this will be subject to regulations, but those regulations will be subject to a...

Economic Crime (Transparency and Enforcement) Bill - Committee: Amendment 1 (14 Mar 2022)

Lord Agnew of Oulton: My Lords, I shall speak in support of the noble Lord, Lord Clement-Jones, and his Amendment 17. I recognise that the Government have made big strides in the last few days to listen to the concerns which are so widely held. However, given all this effort, and given that the Bill has sat almost ready for four or five years, I feel that we could go further today and do the job properly. There is...

Previous Business – Lords: Grand Committee (8 Feb 2022)

Draft Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing (Amendment) Regulations 2022 – Lord Agnew of Oulton. Orders and regulations

Coronavirus Grant Schemes: Fraud - Commons Urgent Question (24 Jan 2022)

Lord Agnew of Oulton: I thank the noble Lord for his important question. I am here to defend the Government’s record in the deployment of counter-fraud measures over the last two years or so. However, I will only be able to do that in part. The assertion made by the Economic Secretary to the Treasury in the Commons debate last week that the priority was speed of distribution of funds is absolutely correct, but...

Devolved Governments: Public Expenditure - Question (20 Jan 2022)

Lord Agnew of Oulton: My Lords, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury is responsible for the Treasury’s relationship with the devolved Administrations and last met their Finance Ministers a week ago, on 12 January. The devolved Administrations provide the Treasury with information on their spending every month to support the management of the public finances. It is for the devolved Administrations to allocate...

Devolved Governments: Public Expenditure - Question (20 Jan 2022)

Lord Agnew of Oulton: My Lords, as I said in my opening Answer, the Scottish Government are accountable to their electorate and to the Treasury here for how they spend their money. They have had a very generous settlement in the SR—an additional £8.7 billion went to the devolved Administrations, of which £4.6 billion per year has gone to Scotland. I encourage the noble Lord to keep his scrutiny up.

Devolved Governments: Public Expenditure - Question (20 Jan 2022)

Lord Agnew of Oulton: I agree with my noble friend that any wastage in government is extremely distressing, certainly to me. In October of last year, we reached an agreement with the Scottish Government to jointly commission an independent report covering the block grant adjustment arrangements. The independent report will inform a broader review of the Scottish Government’s fiscal framework later this year.

Devolved Governments: Public Expenditure - Question (20 Jan 2022)

Lord Agnew of Oulton: My Lords, in 2005, the then Labour Government agreed to allow the Scottish Government to have international development involvement. To my knowledge, they are involved in three countries—Rwanda, Malawi and Zambia. I can only come back to my earlier point that it is for the Scottish electorate to decide whether that is a good use of public funds.

Devolved Governments: Public Expenditure - Question (20 Jan 2022)

Lord Agnew of Oulton: My Lords, we are certainly keen to see more transparency. At the moment, the Treasury receives monthly reports on expenditure—but I accept that more transparency would be useful.


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