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Estimates of the distributable reserves of water companies – Lord Sikka. Oral questions

Rail Manufacturing: Job Losses - Commons Urgent Question (17 Apr 2024)

Lord Sikka: My Lords, the managing director of Alstom has said: “We have worked constructively with the Government on securing a sustainable future for Derby Litchurch Lane, but after 10 months of discussions we have run out of time, and the production lines have stopped”. Can the Minister explain what exactly were the stumbling points in those 10 months and what efforts the Government have made to...

Student Loan Interest Rates - Question (27 Mar 2024)

Lord Sikka: To ask His Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the level of interest being charged on student loans.

Student Loan Interest Rates - Question (27 Mar 2024)

Lord Sikka: My Lords, unlike residents of Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Norway, Scotland and Spain, people living in England pay university tuition fees—a major cause of the student debt of more than £206 billion and rising. The average debt of £45,000 currently attracts a 7.7% compound interest rate and is rising. Can the Minister explain why...

Women’s State Pension Age - Statement (26 Mar 2024)

Lord Sikka: My Lords, I congratulate the WASPI and Back to 60 campaigners on their quest for justice. The ombudsman’s reports have said that: “Our investigation found maladministration … thousands of women may have been affected by DWP’s failure to adequately inform them that the state pension age had changed”. This has led to anguish, hardship and many other problems. I have met many of these...

National Minimum Wage Legislation - Question (21 Mar 2024)

Lord Sikka: Currys, EasyJet and Greggs are part of a parade of companies that never forget to pay bosses but somehow forget to pay the minimum wage to workers. Their memory can be improved by effective sanctions requiring that the fine for not paying the minimum wage must equal remuneration of the entire board, of which at least 50% must be paid personally by directors. When will the Minister introduce...

Spring Budget 2024 - Motion to Take Note (18 Mar 2024)

Lord Sikka: My Lords, I too welcome the noble Lord, Lord Kempsell, to this House and look forward to hearing from him again very soon. For the last 14 years, seven Chancellors, carrying red boxes rather than red noses, have promised to rejuvenate the economy, eradicate poverty, cut taxes and improve public services. What they have actually delivered are lower living standards, higher taxes and worse...

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Horizon IT System: Compensation (15 Mar 2024)

Lord Sikka: To ask His Majesty's Government what is the (1) highest, and (3) lowest, amount of compensation requested by sub-postmasters following the Post Office Horizon scandal; and what proportion of the requested amounts have been paid.

Earnings: Mothers and Fathers - Question (13 Mar 2024)

Lord Sikka: To ask His Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the research by campaign group Pregnant Then Screwed showing that mothers in the United Kingdom earned £4.44 less an hour than fathers in 2023.

Earnings: Mothers and Fathers - Question (13 Mar 2024)

Lord Sikka: My Lords, my Question is about the motherhood penalty, which is also a major cause of child poverty. The 2016 survey by the Equality and Human Rights Commission reported that 77% of working mothers experienced discrimination during pregnancy and maternity leave and on return from maternity leave. The Minister said that the Government do not have any information. Why not? Why do the...

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Royal Mail: Standards (12 Mar 2024)

Lord Sikka: To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that Royal Mail is not currently meeting its first-class and second-class letter delivery targets; and what remedial action they intend to take in response.

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Horizon IT System (11 Mar 2024)

Lord Sikka: To ask His Majesty's Government whether any Government departments knew about the flaws in the Post Office’s Horizon software system prior to the privatisation of Royal Mail.

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Horizon IT System: Compensation (11 Mar 2024)

Lord Sikka: To ask His Majesty's Government how many sub-postmasters wrongly prosecuted by the Post Office have since died without receiving any redress; and how many of their relatives have received full redress.

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Horizon IT System (11 Mar 2024)

Lord Sikka: To ask His Majesty's Government whether they intend to place a copy of the Project Zebra review, associated with the Post Office Horizon scandal, in the Library of the House.

Written Answers — Home Office: Visas: Foreign Investment in UK (11 Mar 2024)

Lord Sikka: To ask His Majesty's Government how many recipients of Tier 1 (Investor) visas were flagged as potentially at high risk of having links to corruption or organised crime in the recent Tier 1 (Investor) visa review.

TV Licence Non-payment: Women - Question ( 5 Mar 2024)

Lord Sikka: My Lords, it is not just the withdrawal of free TV licences for the over-75s that hurts women the most; numerous other government policies are anti-women. For example, real wage cuts in the public sector hurt women the most, as most of the workforce is female. Other examples include the gender pay and pension gaps, the two-child benefit cap, real cuts in benefits and lower state pensions...

Horizon Scandal: Psychological Support Services - Question ( 4 Mar 2024)

Lord Sikka: My Lords, last week I met several wronged sub-postmasters, most of whom were earning barely the minimum wage. They have been wronged by Ministers, senior civil servants, lawyers, Post Office directors and investigators, and executives at Fujitsu. Can the Minister explain what legal advice and financial help the Government have so far given, or will give, the wronged sub-postmasters to enable...

Employment and Trade Union Rights (Dismissal and Re-engagement) Bill [HL] - Second Reading ( 1 Mar 2024)

Lord Sikka: My Lords, I congratulate my noble friend Lord Woodley on this much-needed Bill, which will make the UK a better place for workers and businesses alike. As my noble friends Lord Woodley and Lord Hendy have explained, the Bill does not completely ban fire and rehire; it merely curbs the abuses and requires companies to properly consult employees on a statutory footing before any major...


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