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Covid-19: Public Transport - Question ( 2 Jun 2020)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, it seems obvious that social distancing, even if reduced to 1 metre, is impossible to observe while using public transport. Many countries, including France, Spain and Germany, have made the wearing of masks compulsory on public transport. Such a rule substantially removes the risk of direct transfer of the virus from person to person. Will my noble friend consider introducing a...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (15 May 2020)

Viscount Trenchard: To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in discussions with the European Commission about amendments to the Temporary Framework for State aid measures to support the economy in the current COVID-19 outbreak, adopted on 19 March, to permit small and medium enterprises whose capital is principally represented by long-term shareholders' loans but whose businesses were viable...

Beyond Brexit (European Union Committee Report) - Motion to Consider (12 May 2020)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Boswell, for introducing this debate, even if his committee’s interesting report was published 14 months ago. Much has changed since then. We have a new Prime Minister who has successfully negotiated a new withdrawal agreement, and the country has left the EU, at last delivering on the decision of the British people and fulfilling the promise...

Budget: Economic and Fiscal Outlook - Motion to Take Note ( 5 May 2020)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, I am grateful to my noble friend Lord True for introducing this rather odd debate today. It is indeed strange that the UK is still required to submit information on its medium-term economic and fiscal position to the EU, although we left the EU more than three months ago and the implementation period will end on 31 December this year, as the Prime Minister has made clear on many...

Covid-19: British Business Bank - Question (30 Apr 2020)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, I declare my interests as shown in the register. Under the British Business Bank’s revised eligibility guidelines, start-up companies whose losses have been financed by share- holders through long-term loans are ruled ineligible under EU state aid rules, which define companies whose accumulated losses exceed half their paid-in capital as “undertakings in difficulty”. That is...

Covid-19: Business Interruption Loans - Question (22 Apr 2020)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, I declare my interests as set out in the register. I regret that the Government’s intention to rescue sound businesses whose income has suddenly and completely dried up through the provision of CBILS loans has been less effective than intended as a result of the 20% personal guarantee requirement of some lenders, as pointed out by my noble friend Lord Forsyth. Does the Minister...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme ( 7 Apr 2020)

Viscount Trenchard: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the guidelines issued to lenders participating in the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loans Scheme permit such lenders to require that an SME director pledge personal assets in order to receive a Government guarantee of 80 per cent on each loan; and what guidance has been issued to lenders on the terms of such lending.

Written Answers — Treasury: Self-employed: Government Assistance ( 6 Apr 2020)

Viscount Trenchard: To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to extend the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to freelance workers, and in particular, to those who work in the music festivals sector.

Written Answers — Treasury: Self-employed: Government Assistance ( 6 Apr 2020)

Viscount Trenchard: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is weighted for London; and what plans they have for those whose salaries exceed the threshold of the Scheme.

Written Answers — Treasury: Business: Coronavirus ( 3 Apr 2020)

Viscount Trenchard: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether all festival businesses whose financial viability have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic will be eligible to receive loans equal to the amount of financial damage they have suffered as a direct result of the pandemic; and whether any such loans will require owners or directors of these businesses to pledge their personal assets.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Tickets: Refunds ( 1 Apr 2020)

Viscount Trenchard: To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to suspend the provisions of the Consumer Rights Act 2015 which require refunds for the cancellation of events to be paid within 14 days of request.

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Music: Festivals and Special Occasions ( 1 Apr 2020)

Viscount Trenchard: To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide loans to music festival operators to cover a fixed percentage of staff salaries during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Coronavirus Bill - Second Reading (Continued) (24 Mar 2020)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, I too offer my strong support to the Prime Minister and believe that the Government are doing the right thing to prepare the armoury, to be able to do everything they conceivably need to do to protect lives and support people whose income has disappeared in the face of this unprecedented crisis caused by the coronavirus. There are many people who have experienced some of the...

European Union: Negotiations (European Union Committee Report) - Motion to Agree: Amendment to the Motion (16 Mar 2020)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, it is a great pleasure to follow the noble Baroness, Lady Falkner. She made some very interesting new points to inform your Lordships’ debate. I thank the noble Earl, Lord Kinnoull, for introducing this debate. His committee rightly concludes that the recent Council decision raises matters of vital national interest. I believe that the matters that the committee raises are not...

European Union: Negotiations (European Union Committee Report) - Motion to Agree: Amendment to the Motion (16 Mar 2020)

Viscount Trenchard: I thank the noble Lord for his assurance. As noted in paragraphs 34 to 40 of the report, the decision envisages an overall institutional framework, which suggests the EU wishes to enter into an association agreement. Does the Minister agree that such an arrangement would be inconsistent with the Written Ministerial Statement, which proposes a suite of agreements appropriate to a relationship...

House of Lords (Hereditary Peers) (Abolition of By-Elections) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (13 Mar 2020)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, it is a great honour to follow my noble friend Lord Young but, alas, on this issue, I am afraid that I take a different view. I regret that the noble Lord, Lord Grocott, has again seen fit to introduce his petty little Bill, even though he did it in a most charming and entertaining way. It is clear that he has an obsession with this matter and his dogged determination to bring it up...

Reserve Forces and Cadets’ Associations - Question for Short Debate (27 Jan 2020)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, I congratulate my noble friend Lord De Mauley on introducing this timely debate today. I should declare an interest as honorary air commodore of 600 (City of London) Squadron, Royal Auxiliary Air Force and my interest in the reserves and cadets as a deputy lieutenant of Hertfordshire and as a lieutenant of the City of London. I also have three years’ experience in the CCF and 10...

European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (Continued): Amendment 35 (15 Jan 2020)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, the noble Lord, Lord Fox, has talked at great length about a level playing field. The level playing field he refers to is the EU level playing field. It is not any other level playing field, such as the House of Lords level playing field, which seems to suit the Liberal Democrats, who are overrepresented in your Lordships’ House by 67% on the basis of the proportion of votes cast...

European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (Continued): Amendment 35 (15 Jan 2020)

Viscount Trenchard: That is my pleasure. Proportional representation has its place but it may not be applicable everywhere. I am very surprised that the noble Lord has sought to require the Government to adopt his amendment seeking a level playing field with the EU on workers’ rights and environmental and consumer standards. Is he not aware that it was a manifesto commitment of the Conservative Party, to...

European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (Continued): Amendment 35 (15 Jan 2020)

Viscount Trenchard: I believe that the policy which my right honourable friend the Prime Minister used to persuade his new supporters in the north of England and elsewhere to support is one that will produce more prosperity for the United Kingdom and a brighter future for all, and that those who voted for him in the north of England will see that it is in their interests to continue to vote for him and his...


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