Results 21–40 of 1744 for speaker:Lord Skelmersdale

Adult Social Care: Funding - Question (16 Mar 2017)

Lord Skelmersdale: My Lords, in a recent answer to a supplementary question, the Minister agreed with me that social care and health would operate properly only when they were under the same budget. Will the Green Paper go a little further and consider bringing them under the same management?

Personal Independence Payment Regulations - Statement (15 Mar 2017)

Lord Skelmersdale: My Lords, the objective of PIP has always been to subsidise people who are disabled, whether mentally or physically, for the extra costs of living. Surely the answer to the question asked by the noble Baroness, Lady Thomas, is that if those conditions have not changed, there is no earthly reason why the individual should not continue to get their PIP.

Hospital Beds: Availability - Question ( 9 Feb 2017)

Lord Skelmersdale: My Lords, although all Governments have made great strides in recent years in combining health and social care, is it not now obvious that the only way to complete this process is to have a unified budget?

Alcohol - Question ( 6 Dec 2016)

Lord Skelmersdale: My Lords, does minimum pricing of alcohol not impact most unfairly on those on social security benefits?

House of Lords: Size - Motion to Resolve (Continued) ( 5 Dec 2016)

Lord Skelmersdale: My Lords, this debate has shown that I am not alone among your Lordships in being unable to justify the number of Members of this House. This inability to explain the status quo comes to the fore when speaking publicly, or privately, about our role. However, like the noble Baroness, Lady Taylor of Bolton, I disagree with my noble friend Lord Cormack when, in a typically forceful speech, he...

Crime: Illegal Arms - Question (21 Nov 2016)

Lord Skelmersdale: My Lords, in her original Answer my noble friend the Minister mentioned real firearms seizures, or words to that effect. Can she tell the House what the unreal firearms seizures are, and if so, why are they seized?

Consumer Protection: Online Ticketing - Question (30 Jun 2016)

Lord Skelmersdale: My Lords, what advice would the Minister give to those who suddenly get an email offering one of these tickets?

Cultural Property (Armed Conflicts) Bill [HL] - Committee (28 Jun 2016)

Lord Skelmersdale: My Lords, before the noble and learned Lord spoke I was about to say that I find this a very odd clause indeed. It could be read that proceedings for an offence can be brought in England and Wales, and in Northern Ireland, but not in Scotland. I am no lawyer, but is the noble and learned Lord entirely correct that we do not need some reference to Scotland within the Bill for proceedings to...

Council Tax Valuation Bands Bill [HL] - Committee (22 Apr 2016)

Lord Skelmersdale: My Lords, I am sure that my noble friend on the Front Bench does not want to get involved in this amendment and, indeed, series of thoughts produced by my noble friends Lord True and Lord Marlesford. However, there is a technical point. Can he confirm whether a property has to be registered at the Land Registry? I rather suspect that the answer is no.

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (9th Day) (Continued) (23 Mar 2016)

Lord Skelmersdale: My Lords, I am very grateful to my noble friend Lady Byford for staying so late, I believe at the expense of her dog. Be that as it may, I was surprised to be maligned by the noble Lord, Lord Greaves, who called my amendment a sledgehammer to crack a nut. I was surprised because I admitted that I know of very few people who are affected by this problem. However, I remind the noble Lord of a...

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (9th Day) (Continued) (23 Mar 2016)

Lord Skelmersdale: My Lords, after the last half hour, it goes without saying that we have had a long and exhaustive debate on the Bill, so I shall keep my remarks to an absolute minimum, especially as we now turn from the purely built environment, with which the Bill is chiefly concerned, to a few of the people who live in that environment and the problems that footpaths can cause them. A tiny fraction of a...

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (3rd Day) ( 3 Mar 2016)

Lord Skelmersdale: My Lords, before my noble friend answers, this has gone beyond a joke. My noble friend has given as many answers as she possibly can and, as a result, has been battered by yet further questions exemplifying the miscellaneous points which have been made. My noble friend has offered meetings with any and all noble Lords who want to pursue their points quietly so that they can pursue them again,...

Airports: Expansion — Question ( 4 Feb 2016)

Lord Skelmersdale: My Lords, given that this state of affairs has been arrived at after something like 20 years, is it now considered fairly urgent that we should think about a completely new airport?

Housing Benefit: Social Housing Units — Question (25 Jan 2016)

Lord Skelmersdale: My Lords, is there not a direct relationship between the amount of capital that local authorities are allowed to spend and the number of council houses built by those authorities?

Strathclyde Review — Motion to Take Note (13 Jan 2016)

Lord Skelmersdale: My Lords, at this point in the debate I wish to put a rather different slant on it, even though I know that what I am about to say will not endear me to many of my noble friends. I believe that there is a four-letter word that best describes the debate’s background. That word is “myth”. In fact, it is worse than that. It is myth based on myth. Why do I say that? On his own admission,...

Sunday Trading — Question (14 Dec 2015)

Lord Skelmersdale: My Lords, will not such devolution result in a postcode lottery? Can one imagine, for example, a chain of garden centres across the country—in which, incidentally, I have no interest to declare—being allowed to open in local authority A and not local authority B?

Constitutional Convention Bill [HL] — Committee (11 Dec 2015)

Lord Skelmersdale: Before the noble Lord moves on to his next point—I am sure he has many more—does he agree that this convention, this conference, or whatever it is, can talk until the cows come home about one aspect of what we have in Clause 2, namely, the electoral regime for the European Parliament? Surely that is fixed by the European Parliament.

Online Safety Bill [HL] — Committee (11 Dec 2015)

Lord Skelmersdale: My Lords, having listened off and on to the debate, it strikes me that my noble friend the Minister has made it clear to all of us that there will be, first, a consultation and then legislation before Easter. I hope that I have that right. In which case, there are roughly 10 sitting weeks between 1 January and Easter. Consultation would normally take between five and six weeks, by the time...

Superfast Broadband — Question (26 Nov 2015)

Lord Skelmersdale: My Lords, the problem in rural areas where you have scattered houses is that, as was just said, fibre-optic cables are not appropriate—but satellite is. Does my noble friend intend to alter the planning Acts so that satellite dishes can be put on listed buildings?

Employment — Question (19 Nov 2015)

Lord Skelmersdale: My Lords—

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