Results 161–180 of 1744 for speaker:Lord Skelmersdale

Firearms: Imitation Weapons — Question (23 Mar 2010)

Lord Skelmersdale: My Lords, what contact has the Minister had with trading standards officers in respect of Section 36 of the Violent Crime Reduction Act, to which he referred?

Licensing Act 2003 (Mandatory Licensing Conditions) Order 2010: Motion to Approve (15 Mar 2010)

Lord Skelmersdale: I do not know when the Minister was last on a train, but cold water comes out of a tap that firmly states that the water is not for drinking. Trains serve alcohol, after all.

Licensing Act 2003 (Mandatory Licensing Conditions) Order 2010: Motion to Approve (15 Mar 2010)

Lord Skelmersdale: My Lords, if the whole country did not know that there was an election coming, it would on reading this order. As the Government have been spectacularly unsuccessful in reducing the amount of alcohol-related crime over the period of this Parliament, they have now decided that this is the moment to introduce five of the nine mandatory conditions we were promised during the passage of last...

Asylum Seekers: Support Payments — Question (15 Mar 2010)

Lord Skelmersdale: Will the Minister confirm that by the end of next year, 2011, the UK Border Agency aims to conclude 90 per cent of new asylum cases within six months of application-in other words, to try and make this subvention as short as possible? There have been criticisms by the UNHCR and the Centre for Social Justice that six months is far too long. What is the noble Lord's response and what guarantees...

Domestic Violence — Question (15 Mar 2010)

Lord Skelmersdale: My Lords, I think that the noble and learned Baroness has told the House that reported domestic violence is the lowest in our history. Can she explain why, according to the Home Office statistical bulletin entitled Crime in England and Wales, it has flat-lined since 2005?

Women: Entrepreneurs — Question ( 8 Mar 2010)

Lord Skelmersdale: My Lords, when it comes to entrepreneurship, does the Minister regard talent as important as, or more important than, gender?

Anti-Slavery Day Bill — Second Reading ( 5 Mar 2010)

Lord Skelmersdale: I would like to add to the words of the noble Baroness, Lady Farrington, on behalf of these Benches, and wish the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Southwark every happiness in his retirement. I take this opportunity to say that, although right reverend Prelates have a switch-off date at the age of 70, I hope that that never occurs with lay Members of your Lordships' House.

Anti-Slavery Day Bill — Second Reading ( 5 Mar 2010)

Lord Skelmersdale: My Lords, this is a propitious day. I see from my diary that on 5 March 1953, Josef Stalin died. I do not know whether that has anything to do with the Bill; if so, I leave it to your Lordships' imagination. In any event, on behalf of the official Opposition, I welcome the Bill and congratulate its sponsors, the noble and learned Baroness, Lady Butler-Sloss, and my honourable friend Anthony...

Powers of Entry etc. Bill [HL]: Committee ( 5 Mar 2010)

Lord Skelmersdale: My Lords, irrespective of that, may I presume to give a little advice to my noble friend? After all, he has been a Member of this House even longer than I have. It is an extremely difficult matter, even if you do not want to, to get each stage of a Private Member's Bill through your Lordships' House and/or another place. Issuing threats of the sort that my noble friend has just issued is not...

Powers of Entry etc. Bill [HL]: Committee ( 5 Mar 2010)

Lord Skelmersdale: What legal force will this particular code have, or has the Home Office not decided yet?

Powers of Entry etc. Bill [HL]: Committee ( 5 Mar 2010)

Lord Skelmersdale: I really cannot let the Minister get away with the idea that a national ID card is a panacea for all our ills. Not only do we have fundamental objections on this side of the House, as noble Lords well know, but the fact is that an identity card will not have the name of the organisation to which the individual belongs on it, and that is one of the things that my noble friend Lord Selsdon is...

Powers of Entry etc. Bill [HL]: Committee ( 5 Mar 2010)

Lord Skelmersdale: This is a composite group of amendments. I shall start with the proposed code of practice. The noble Lord, Lord Brett, told us at Second Reading that the Government have been working on such a code of practice. What sort of code of practice will it be? As I understand it-I am sure that the noble and learned Lord, Lord Scott, will correct me if I am wrong-there are three kinds of code of...

Powers of Entry etc. Bill [HL]: Committee ( 5 Mar 2010)

Lord Skelmersdale: My Lords, the Committee will be grateful to my noble friend Lord Marlesford for introducing this stand part debate by saying that he had advised the Minister what he was on about and that, therefore, the Minister could give a proper answer. I rather suspect that the noble and learned Lord has just given the proper answer, but I will await the Minister's comments with interest. It is rather...

Afghanistan: Minerals and Gemstones — Question ( 3 Mar 2010)

Lord Skelmersdale: My Lords, does the Minister accept that the problem is not the small-scale mining of gemstones, but that of getting them out of the country and on to the international market? I understand that this is done on foot across the most dangerous frontier in the world; namely, that between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Can the noble Lord tell us what is being done to add to the security of that border?

Taxation: Monaco — Question (25 Feb 2010)

Lord Skelmersdale: My Lords, the Minister said that in this instance the Government were prepared to enter into a bilateral agreement with Monaco should the EU not come up with a global EU arrangement. Does this apply to other parts of government policy?

Passports: Mahmoud al-Mabhouh — Statement (22 Feb 2010)

Lord Skelmersdale: My Lords, unfortunately there are no points of order in your Lordships' House. Therefore, the Minister is due to answer the noble Baroness on the Liberal Democrat Benches, and my noble friend.

EU: Directive on the Protection of Animals Used for Scientific Purposes (EUC Report): Motion to Take Note (10 Feb 2010)

Lord Skelmersdale: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Carter of Coles, on securing this debate so promptly after the report was issued. Unlike the noble Lord, Lord Addington, I should perhaps declare an interest in this subject. When I was comparatively green in your Lordships' House, I sat on the Select Committee on the late Lord Halsbury's second Private Member's Bill, entitled the Laboratory...

UK Border Agency: Asylum Seekers — Question ( 9 Feb 2010)

Lord Skelmersdale: None the less, my Lords, the Minister has made a stout defence of something which may or may not turn out to be indefensible. Can he explain why the head of the UK Border Agency has had on occasion to issue a sincere apology to immigrants; and have any agency staff been given written warnings or been dismissed in the past 12 months?

Motorways: Mobile Phone and GPS Signals — Question ( 4 Feb 2010)

Lord Skelmersdale: The Secretary of State has very kindly informed us that the department does not use tracking through the mobile phone system. Can he give the same assurance about any contractor which the department uses?

Immigration: "Bogus" Colleges — Question (25 Jan 2010)

Lord Skelmersdale: My Lords, the Minister must know the number of visas issued. Is there any way of correlating this with the number of students who have or have not left this country at the end of their courses?


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