Results 181–200 of 789 for speaker:Lord Harries of Pentregarth

Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Department for International Development: Merger - Question (27 Jul 2020)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: I thank the Minister for his Answer. Given that the Prime Minister has said promoting the UK’s national interest is at the heart of the new department, does the Minister agree that there is a possibility of real clashes between projects that directly support the nation’s interests and those that might do so in a rather more indirect way? For example, there might be a choice between a big,...

Global Human Rights Sanctions Regime - Question ( 9 Jul 2020)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to report annually to Parliament on the operation of the Global Human Rights Sanctions Regime, including the details of those subject to that Regime.

Global Human Rights Sanctions Regime - Question ( 9 Jul 2020)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: I thank the Minister for his Answer and, like other noble Lords yesterday, I warmly congratulate the Government on this hugely significant step, which is a flare of light in the continuing darkness of human rights abuses. It was good to hear that the Government are to report annually to Parliament. Given the Minister’s well-known and serious commitment to this area, and the fact that in the...

Independent Residential Care - Private Notice Question ( 7 Jul 2020)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: The Covid crisis has revealed the crucial role that care homes and care workers play in our national life. Does the Minister agree that it is high time to take a radical look at the role of care homes and of social care more generally, especially the status and the pay of care workers, who have revealed their worth so wonderfully over these last few months?

Korea - Question (30 Jun 2020)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: The APPG on North Korea would particularly like to ask the Minister about two issues. First, what assessment has been made by our ambassador in Pyongyang of the widespread reports of food insecurity, even famine? Secondly, is anything known about the size of any listening audience to the BBC World Service’s Korean service and whether it is in fact helping to break the information block?

Covid-19: Supply Chains - Question (22 Jun 2020)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to encourage companies to protect those in their supply chains from the effects of Covid-19.

Covid-19: Supply Chains - Question (22 Jun 2020)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: I thank the Minister for her reply. As she will know, migrant workers making garments and other goods for the western market are a particularly vulnerable group. Most have lost their jobs, many have not been paid for months and millions have been on the road, walking without any money in their pockets to their home villages. Will the Government ensure that, if they offer financial assistance...

Covid-19 Summer Food Fund - Private Notice Question (17 Jun 2020)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: I very much welcome the Government’s U-turn on this issue but, as the Minister will recognise, producing seven meals a week on £15 is extremely difficult. I am pretty certain that I could not do it. Is there anything that the Government might do to encourage a competition among families in receipt of vouchers to produce menus that are nourishing, attractive and not too difficult? Perhaps...

Abortion (Northern Ireland) (No. 2) Regulations 2020 - Motion to Approve: Amendment to the Motion (15 Jun 2020)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: My Lords, I support the amendment in the name of the noble Baroness, Lady O’Loan, for the simple reason that it is fundamental to the devolution settlement that we respect the view of the people of Northern Ireland as made known through the votes of the Assembly—and it has been made known, with absolutely no ambiguity. These regulations were decisively rejected in two key votes. Of the 90...

Exercise Cygnus - Question ( 9 Jun 2020)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: The Secretary of State for Health, Mr Hancock, said on 7 May that he had consulted officials and had been assured that all the recommendations had been implemented. However, Martin Green, the chief executive of Care England, is reported as saying: “It beggars belief. This is a report that made some really clear recommendations that haven’t been implemented.” How does the Minister...

Covid-19: Economy - Motion to Consider ( 4 Jun 2020)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: My Lords, I do not believe that the economic lessons to be learned from this distressing time can be separated from wider social and moral issues. The economic health of the country depends significantly on the well-being of society. If people are feeling good about the society they live in, believe it to be fair and are proud to belong to it, this will feed into our economic policies and...

Covid-19: Television Licences - Question ( 2 Jun 2020)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: Does the Minister not agree that the great social value of television has been revealed dramatically during this period, particularly of course for vulnerable older people? Would it therefore not be right and fair for the Government to bear the cost of free television licences, not the BBC, which has to operate in an increasingly competitive environment?

Covid-19: Museums, Galleries and Historic Buildings - Question for Short Debate (21 May 2020)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: My Lords, I shall say something from the standpoint of smaller galleries and museums in my role as patron of the Stanley Spencer Gallery in Cookham. There is a good story to tell about this little gallery: support has been given by the local council, Windsor and Maidenhead, and I understand that councils in other parts of the country are doing this, or at least some of them are. In addition,...

Housing for the Homeless - Question for Short Debate (14 May 2020)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: My Lords, I warmly welcome the Government’s initiatives in this area—both the £3.2 million allocated recently to councils as a special response to the virus and the previous money made available. In their 2019 manifesto, the Government pledged to end rough sleeping by the end of this Parliament. An unlooked-for benefit of this terrible virus, and the toll it is taking on lives in causing...

Census (England and Wales) Order 2020 - Motion to Consider (12 May 2020)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: My Lords, this census form is extensive and will provide valuable information for formulating social policies in the future. However, this extensive list poses a problem: there are a great number of questions, with a range of options, and some people will find the form very difficult to fill in. Therefore, I was very glad to learn from the Minister at the beginning of this debate that the...

Income Equality and Sustainability - Motion to Consider ( 6 May 2020)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: My Lords, I pay tribute to the most reverend Primate the Archbishop of York, who has always been courageously committed to the subject of this debate. As he retires as Archbishop, I wish him well for the next stage of his very distinguished public ministry. The coronavirus has revealed in the starkest terms that the world we have lived in until now is quite unacceptable. For example, it has...

Tax Avoidance - Question (29 Apr 2020)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: I am sure the Minister is aware that 80% of the population believes that registering a company abroad in a tax haven to avoid paying full UK tax is wrong. At a time of unprecedented social solidarity, would it not help to cement that solidarity if the Government made it clear that they will offer bailouts only to companies that do not follow this practice? After all, France, Poland and...

Vagrancy Act 1824 - Question (23 Apr 2020)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: Following on from the question from the noble Lord, Lord Foulkes, if Scotland can abolish this without any harmful effects, surely we can do the same in this country. Bearing in mind what the Minister said about using the law to encourage rough sleepers to find help, there are plenty of other laws on the statute book about disorderly behaviour and being a public nuisance that could be used...

Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill [HL] - Report: Amendment 5 (17 Mar 2020)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his assurances. I think the House would welcome it if, at Third Reading, he was able to spell out a bit more the kind of work that is being done and give a clear statement about where responsibility lies for ensuring that this happens. I presume it would be with the Ministry of Justice. What he said was welcome and a categorical assurance about that would...

Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill [HL] - Report: Amendment 14 (17 Mar 2020)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: My Lords, I firmly support this Bill, but I can well understand the fears of those who worry that it will undermine the institution of marriage. I suspect that those fears are more widely shared by those outside the House than they have been expressed within it. The traditional understanding of marriage is well expressed in the Church of England service in which one person pledges themselves...


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