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Deregulation Bill: Committee (21 Oct 2014)

Lord Skelmersdale: My Lords, before the noble Lord, Lord Bradshaw, sits down, I wonder whether he can educate me. If the hired car driver of which he has just spoken replaces his car for a short period, surely that replacement car would also need to be licensed. It would be very helpful for me and perhaps the rest of the House if he could explain that point.

Deregulation Bill: Committee (21 Oct 2014)

Lord Skelmersdale: My Lords, I really must protest. That was a beautiful answer, but unfortunately not one to which I was addressing my question, which was whether the council would or would not license the driver in the new car.

Deregulation Bill — Motion to Agree (30 Jul 2014)

Lord Skelmersdale: My Lords, we are faced with a slightly unusual situation in that Clauses 1 to 12 and Schedules 1 to 3 are to be debated in Committee of the Whole House and the rest of the Bill, Clauses 13 to 91 and associated schedules, are to be taken in the Moses Room. In theory, the beginning of the second group could be taken at the same time as the House is in Committee on the first part of the Bill....

Royal Mail: Universal Postal Service — Question (19 Jun 2014)

Lord Skelmersdale: My Lords, does my noble friend accept that the universal postal service obligation works only because of cross-subsidy, with money saved by urban delivery paying for rural delivery? Is not the noble Lord, Lord Hoyle, therefore, absolutely right to say that the biggest danger to all this is the cherry-picking to which he referred, which Ofcom has to consider very seriously?

Passport Office — Statement (12 Jun 2014)

Lord Skelmersdale: My Lords, this is an enormous increase in the number of applications. Have the Government made any discoveries as to why it has happened and what can be done to avoid it in future? Is it, for example, a factor of the improving economy, or is it something entirely different?

European Union: Justice and Home Affairs — Motion to Take Note ( 8 May 2014)

Lord Skelmersdale: My Lords, the Question has already been put so I very much regret that, in my view at least, the noble Lord, Lord Hannay, is somewhat out of order. I therefore suggest that my noble friends on the Front Bench do not answer him now but do so at the end of the debate.

Immigration Bill — Committee (2nd Day) ( 5 Mar 2014)

Lord Skelmersdale: My Lords, in calling Amendment 38, I must inform the Committee that if it is agreed, I cannot call Amendments 38A to 39A inclusive, by reason of pre-emption. Amendment 38 Moved by Lord Pannick 38: Clause 14, page 13, leave out lines 5 to 11

Leasehold Reform (Amendment) Bill — Second Reading ( 7 Feb 2014)

Lord Skelmersdale: My Lords, I wonder whether my noble friend can clear up the issue of Wales. It is my understanding that Clause 1 of the Bill specifically excludes Wales. Therefore, because Wales is mentioned in Clause 1, this Bill has to apply to Wales as well.

Winter Floods — Statement ( 6 Feb 2014)

Lord Skelmersdale: My Lords, earlier today, I appeared to criticise the Government for making the situation worse when I asked my supplementary question. I used the word, “exacerbate” when I should, of course, have said, “alleviate”—as this Statement shows very clearly. Whether that counts as a personal apology, I am not entirely sure. However, much of the Somerset Levels is classified as a site of...

Flooding: Somerset — Question ( 6 Feb 2014)

Lord Skelmersdale: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what the Army has so far done to help people affected by the floods in Somerset.

Flooding: Somerset — Question ( 6 Feb 2014)

Lord Skelmersdale: My Lords, the ongoing floods on the Somerset Levels in particular are causing misery to people and animals on farms. Does not the fact that the county council can when necessary call in the Army and the fact that the Bellwin formula has been extended to the end of March show that the Government are doing all that they can to exacerbate the problem, but that it is for the people on the ground...

Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill — Third Reading (27 Jan 2014)

Lord Skelmersdale: My Lords—

Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill — Third Reading (27 Jan 2014)

Lord Skelmersdale: My Lords, I apologise to my noble friend for not recognising that he was in his place; he was shielded from my line of sight by my noble friend sitting next to him. We have learnt from experience that to legislate in haste, even on a matter as serious as this, is a bad thing. I am therefore delighted that the Government in their wisdom have decided to use the route of secondary legislation to...

European Union (Referendum) Bill — Committee (1st Day) (24 Jan 2014)

Lord Skelmersdale: My Lords, it occurs to me that the words “a Welsh version” have been used many times, and Clause 1(5) states: “In Wales, a Welsh version of the question is also to appear on the ballot papers, as provided by order”. The other point that I will make briefly is that I wonder what noble Lords think the language generally spoken in Northern Ireland is because that is referred to in the...

Energy: Gas Storage — Question (28 Nov 2013)

Lord Skelmersdale: My Lords, I welcome the four new gas storage facilities that my noble friend spoke of in her original Answer. However, can she tell me when the first one was started?

Post Office — Statement (27 Nov 2013)

Lord Skelmersdale: My Lords, I should probably declare an interest as a director of a mail order firm. I know this debate is nothing to do with Royal Mail whatever but the firm that I am director of uses the local sub-postmaster branches somewhat extensively. More than 20 years ago, I was in the Minister’s position speaking for the Post Office in your Lordships’ House. At the time, I wondered why...

Housing: Underoccupancy Charge — Question (18 Nov 2013)

Lord Skelmersdale: My Lords, is it not a fact that we would not be in this position today if the last Labour Government had not allowed housebuilding to fall to the lowest levels since the 1920s?

Scotland: Underoccupancy Charge — Question (24 Oct 2013)

Lord Skelmersdale: My Lords, will my noble friend confirm that housing benefit, first, is paid for private sector accommodation and, secondly, that under the previous Labour Government it was restricted to a certain number of rooms in those circumstances?

Golden Rice — Question (17 Oct 2013)

Lord Skelmersdale: My Lords, does my noble friend accept that there is no real difference between genetically modified crops and F1 hybrids, which have been with us for decades?

Care Bill [HL]: Report (3rd Day) (16 Oct 2013)

Lord Skelmersdale: My Lords, this debate seems to have degenerated into a recommittal stage, which the noble Lord on the Front Bench opposite called for at the very beginning of today’s proceedings. However, I do not think that he, or I, or probably anybody else, wants to recommit this particular clause which is, after all, a new clause.


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