Results 1–20 of 28 for speaker:Lord Sarfraz

Written Answers — Home Office: Security Guards: Health (30 Jul 2021)

Lord Sarfraz: To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the private security industry about protecting the (1) mental, and (2) physical, well-being of licensed professionals in that industry; and what steps they are taking as a result.

Human Rights Due Diligence - Question (20 Jul 2021)

Lord Sarfraz: My Lords, Eid Mubarak to all those celebrating. While we are very efficient in detailing the human rights abuses in overseas supply chains that we source from, we do not demonstrate the same enthusiasm when we export our trash to those same countries. What about the environmental and human rights abuses that happen in the global waste trade in which we participate? Can my noble friend see how...

UK–Commonwealth Trading Relationship - Motion to Take Note (8 Jul 2021)

Lord Sarfraz: My Lords, I too thank my noble friend Lord Howell for securing this debate. If we are to realise our ambition of achieving $2 trillion-worth of trade within the Commonwealth by 2030, we must build and strengthen the institutions that will facilitate that trade. Today, the Commonwealth does not have a trade finance bank, a development finance institution or an investment guarantee agency. It...

Private Sector: Environment and COP 26 - Question (7 Jul 2021)

Lord Sarfraz: My Lords, the increased attention given to climate change in boardrooms is largely being driven by investor sentiment. Last year, over 100 new environmental, social and governance funds were launched in Europe alone. ESG funds happen to be performing exceptionally well, demonstrating that ethical investing is profitable investing. Can my noble friend send a clear message to ESG investors...

Unidentified Flying Objects - Question (30 Jun 2021)

Lord Sarfraz: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the report by the United States Office of the Director of National Intelligence Preliminary Assessment: Unidentified Aerial Phenomena, published on 25 June; and what data they hold on unidentified flying object sightings in the United Kingdom.

Unidentified Flying Objects - Question (30 Jun 2021)

Lord Sarfraz: My Lords, for decades, people who have been concerned with UFOs have been dismissed as fantasists, but now the US Director of National Intelligence, who oversees 17 intelligence agencies, has published a report saying that the data on UFOs is inconclusive. The report offers several possible explanations and does not rule out that these could be military aircraft with very advanced...

Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (16 Jun 2021)

Lord Sarfraz: My Lords, I declare an interest with several not-for-profit organisations working on animal welfare, as set out in the register. I welcome the Bill: it gives a voice to animals, which have no ability to speak. In 50 years’ time, historians will look back in shock that we have 70 billion animals in factory farms to feed 7.8 billion humans. Animals have no voice, but consumers are speaking...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (2nd Day) (12 May 2021)

Lord Sarfraz: My Lords, your Lordships’ House is full of one thing—semiconductors; computer chips. They are in our cell phones, in our laptops, in those screens, in the audio system. They are also in our vehicles outside, in our microwaves and washing machines at home and in every ventilator and every operating theatre across the country. We are a nation addicted to semiconductors, we cannot live...

Vice-President of the European Commission - Question (29 Apr 2021)

Lord Sarfraz: My Lords, today, the European Commission held a press conference on what better regulation might look like, delivered by Mr Šefčovič. It just so happens that, also today, the City of London published its findings on the digital sandbox, an example of real-life better regulation in action. Does my noble friend the Minister agree that, post Brexit, the City of London will retain and enhance...

Carrier Strike Group Deployment - Statement (28 Apr 2021)

Lord Sarfraz: My Lords, growing up, one of my fondest memories was visiting naval ships on good-will tours. Our carrier strike group will be visiting 40 countries. Due to Covid, I imagine we will have restrictions on visitor open days, but will my noble friend the Minister tell us whether we have thought of alternative, maybe even virtual, means to show the flag during this tour?

Covid-19: Update - Statement (20 Apr 2021)

Lord Sarfraz: My Lords, I join other noble Lords in thanking my noble friend the Minister for just how hard he has worked and for all that his department has achieved over the last year. Will he tell us what plans there are for the development of new vaccines in response to new variants?

Central Bank Digital Currency - Question (13 Apr 2021)

Lord Sarfraz: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of a Central Bank Digital Currency.

Central Bank Digital Currency - Question (13 Apr 2021)

Lord Sarfraz: My Lords, I thank the Minister for her Answer. Does she agree that a digital pound held in an electronic wallet could considerably reduce bank fees and currency risks for businesses buying and selling overseas and, when combined with smart contracts, reduce friction in trade finance? Does she agree that a digital pound could benefit individuals who suffer from exchange losses in foreign...

His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh - Motion for an Humble Address (12 Apr 2021)

Lord Sarfraz: My Lords, the Duke of Edinburgh was a trail-blazer, well ahead of his time in so many ways. Long before it was fashionable to be an environmentalist, he helped to establish the WWF—the World Wide Fund for Nature—60 years ago. I have been associated with the WWF for several years, and I know that the international conservation community mourns his loss. Long before global awards and...

Audit and Corporate Governance - Question (23 Mar 2021)

Lord Sarfraz: My Lords, I declare an interest as set out in the register. Companies are staying private for longer and entrepreneurs are not always in a rush to go public. Will Her Majesty’s Government consider simplifying trading in private company shares, possibly even introducing electronic trading, so that founders and employees can access the liquidity they need?

Budget Statement - Motion to Take Note (12 Mar 2021)

Lord Sarfraz: My Lords, I join in congratulating the maiden speakers today. I refer noble Lords to my entry in the register. Despite very difficult circumstances, this might actually be one of the most start-up friendly Budgets in years. The challenge and opportunity are in last-mile delivery. I will explain what I mean by that. Take, for example, the future fund for breakthrough technologies, which is...

Myanmar: Protesters - Question (10 Mar 2021)

Lord Sarfraz: My Lords, several diplomats from Myanmar are now making the brave choice to speak out against the violence. Can my noble friend the Minister tell the House what status and protection is awarded to these diplomats, and what the Government’s position is on CDC’s investments in the country?

Hotel Quarantine for Travellers - Private Notice Question (3 Feb 2021)

Lord Sarfraz: My Lords, can my noble friend say whether we will try to monitor the physical and mental health and well-being of those in hotel quarantine, including vulnerable travellers, travellers with disabilities and those with small children?


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