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Professional Qualifications Bill [HL] - Committee (2nd Day) (14 Jun 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: That is certainly a helpful suggestion put forward by my noble friend. I will reflect on it.

Professional Qualifications Bill [HL] - Committee (2nd Day) (14 Jun 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: I thank my noble friend for those two comments and the spirit in which they are offered. I realise that my point about trust is not a personal matter in relation to me but the more general point my noble friend makes. On letters—I will not dwell on this too long—I think the short gap between the two stages of this Committee, and this Committee being on a Monday, was a particularly...

Professional Qualifications Bill [HL] - Committee (2nd Day) (14 Jun 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: I thank the noble Lord for that point. Of course, anyone who listened to this debate could not but hear what noble Lords have said on this. As I said, I will reflect on this matter.

Professional Qualifications Bill [HL] - Committee (2nd Day) (14 Jun 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: My Lords, I thank my noble friend Lord Lansley for his amendment to Clause 13, which limits the regulation-making power of Clause 3, and I note that the noble Lord, Lord Hunt of Kings Heath, intends to oppose Clause 13 standing part of the Bill and that the noble Lords, Lord Fox, Lord Trees and Lord Hunt of Kings Heath, and my noble friend Lady Noakes intend to oppose that Clause 3 stand part...

Professional Qualifications Bill [HL] - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 17 (9 Jun 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: I thank the noble Lord for that point. I think that I can answer the first point immediately because it comes back to the question asked by the noble Baroness, Lady Hayter. She wondered whether it would be at the level of, say, the medical profession rather than at the level of a specialty within that profession, such as anaesthesia. On letters, we will do our best to get them out quickly. It...

Professional Qualifications Bill [HL] - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 17 (9 Jun 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: My Lords, I start by thanking the noble Baronesses, Lady Hayter of Kentish Town and Lady Finlay of Llandaff, the noble Lord, Lord Hunt of Kings Heath, the noble Baroness, Lady Bennett of Manor Castle, and others—and my noble friend Lady Noakes, of course, for tabling these amendments. I am very conscious that noble Lords have dug very deep in this debate and that my answers, particularly at...

Professional Qualifications Bill [HL] - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 16 (9 Jun 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: My Lords, I have previously set out the need for a framework for the recognition of overseas professional qualifications. The Government are proposing one that focuses on addressing unmet demand for professional services in the UK. The intention of Clause 1 is to bring in that framework. It means that regulations can be made which require regulators to have a route in place to determine...

Professional Qualifications Bill [HL] - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 16 (9 Jun 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: My Lords, I thank my noble friend Lady McIntosh of Pickering, the noble and learned Lord, Lord Hope of Craighead, and the noble Lord, Lord Foulkes of Cumnock, for their proposed amendments. They cover reciprocal recognition arrangements, the charging of fees and information sharing between UK regulators respectively. I will discuss each amendment in turn. The noble Lord, Lord Purvis, again...

Professional Qualifications Bill [HL] - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 15 (9 Jun 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: My Lords, I thank the noble Baroness, Lady Hayter of Kentish Town, for her amendments and I note that the noble Lords, Lord Patel and Lord Hunt of Kings Heath, and the noble and learned Lord, Lord Hope of Craighead, are supporting them. These amendments introduce a duty to publish, in draft form, any proposed regulations where they relate to the professions listed, and to consult on these...

Professional Qualifications Bill [HL] - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 14 (9 Jun 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: My Lords, before I address the important amendments in this group, may I clarify something in relation to the previous group, about consultations with the officials of the devolved Administrations? I am informed that a working group of officials across all devolved Administrations was set up as long ago as last August. I would not like the House to think that my comments about the timing of...

Professional Qualifications Bill [HL] - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 14 (9 Jun 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Fox, for that question. I do not think that I can really add to what is in the impact assessment. Those costs are incurred over a number of years, but I think the impact assessment was carefully prepared and that those are the costs.

Professional Qualifications Bill [HL] - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 13 (9 Jun 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: I thank the noble Lord for his question. As he spoke, I was reminded that I had not fully answered it and I will certainly write to him on it. I hope that he and other noble Lords will agree that having four statutory assistance centres would probably be to overegg the pudding.

Professional Qualifications Bill [HL] - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 13 (9 Jun 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: I thank the noble Baroness for that point. Frankly, I can conceive of no circumstances in the area of professional regulation and the mutual recognition of professional qualifications where the Government would wish to overrule any devolved Administration.

Professional Qualifications Bill [HL] - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 13 (9 Jun 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: My Lords, I accept the point made by the noble Baroness about the assistance centre. In response to her other points, many things have surprised me since I became a Minister, so I am no longer surprised by them. I should add that my officials have been in very regular contact about this with officials in the devolved Administrations. I have pulled out the Bill date as a specific one, but of...

Professional Qualifications Bill [HL] - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 13 (9 Jun 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: My Lords, I am the Minister responsible for the Bill and the policy; I am not just the Lords spokesman on the Bill. Of course, the work that goes on before a Bill appears on one’s desk is enormous: instructions to parliamentary counsel, development of the policy and so on. I am the policy Minister in relation to this Bill as well as the Minister who has the pleasure of addressing your...

Professional Qualifications Bill [HL] - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 13 (9 Jun 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: My Lords, these amendments have brought about a fulsome and entirely appropriate debate about respecting the devolution settlements for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland as the Bill continues its passage through the House. Let me start by saying, in a direct answer to the noble Baroness, Lady Hayter, that I, too, find her a very nice person, although I must say that I think she has a...

Professional Qualifications Bill [HL] - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 4 (9 Jun 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: I thank the noble Lord, Lord Fox, for that point. Much as noble Lords know, I love giving my opinion on everything, but I hope it might be safer if I write to him about that legal point afterwards.

Professional Qualifications Bill [HL] - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 4 (9 Jun 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: My Lords, I thank the noble Baroness, Lady Garden of Frognal, for tabling Amendments 4, 5, 7, 8 and 33, which probe the use of the word “substantially” in Clauses 1 and 4, and I thank the noble Baroness, Lady Randerson, for her comments. The point is that, in the end, it is the individual who must be fit to practise, and the assessments that we make must relate to the individual. It is...

Professional Qualifications Bill [HL] - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 2 (9 Jun 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: My Lords, I thank all noble Lords who have given their careful consideration to the amendments in this group. It was an unusual experience for me standing at the Dispatch Box almost to feel a warm glow as noble Lords welcomed my amendments. The lesson that I learn from that is that the quicker one can amend one’s own Bills, the better, probably, in your Lordships’ House. As noble Lords...


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