Results 61–80 of 362 for speaker:Lord Shinkwin

Ukraine - Motion to Take Note ( 9 Feb 2023)

Lord Shinkwin: My Lords, it is a pleasure to follow my noble friend Lord Cormack and a real privilege to contribute to a debate on such a critical issue of our time. Although I was horrified—like all noble Lords, I sense—by what unfolded on our screens on 24 February last year, I confess I was cautious on Ukraine. Of course we should support Ukraine, I thought, but in moderation, in solidarity, careful...

Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill - Second Reading (Continued) ( 6 Feb 2023)

Lord Shinkwin: My Lords, it is a pleasure to follow my noble friend Lord Jackson of Peterborough and to congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady O’Grady, and my noble friend Lady Bray on their impressive maiden speeches. I am sure I am not the only one in this Chamber who longs for the day when we are united in holding the Executive to account for decisions and policies made here at home. But I cannot see...

Public Order Bill - Report (1st Day) (Continued): Amendment 41 (30 Jan 2023)

Lord Shinkwin: My Lords, I rise to speak in support of the pragmatic way forward, provided by cross-party Amendment 44 in the name of the noble Lord, Lord Farmer, and the noble Baronesses, Lady Fox and Lady Hoey. I thank them for tabling it, and I do so for a particular reason. Some would have us believe, as we have heard in this debate, that this is simply about abortion. Noble Lords should be clear: it is...

Secondary Schools: Autistic Pupils - Question (26 Jan 2023)

Lord Shinkwin: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Sewell of Sanderstead, on his introduction. A more diverse House is a stronger house. I also commend the noble Lord, Lord Touhig, on his long-standing work on autism. Will the Minister ensure that guidance for schools on transgender issues takes into account the Cass interim report finding that approximately one-third of children and young people...

International Holocaust Memorial Day - Motion to Take Note (19 Jan 2023)

Lord Shinkwin: My Lords, I too thank my noble friend Lord Pickles for securing this debate. It gives us an opportunity to perform a disturbing but essential duty—the duty to bear witness, as the noble Lord, Lord Kestenbaum, said, to the unparalleled abomination that engulfed and destroyed the lives of millions of what my noble friend Lord Pickles reminded us were ordinary people who happened to be Jewish,...

Democracy Denied (DPRRC Report) - Motion to Take Note (12 Jan 2023)

Lord Shinkwin: My Lords, it is a pleasure to follow my noble friend Lord McLoughlin. I agree with his important points about the legislative workload legacy of Brexit. I, too, thank my noble friends Lord Blencathra and Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts and congratulate them on the forthright and formidable reports which their committees have produced. These are weighty documents. As the noble Viscount, Lord...

Public Services: Workforce (Public Services Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (16 Dec 2022)

Lord Shinkwin: My Lords, I join others in congratulating the noble Baroness, Lady Armstrong of Hill Top, and her Select Committee on producing the report. Its carefully considered, cross-party conclusions and recommendations surely highlight both the added value which your Lordships’ House brings to the UK’s legislative process and how much would be lost by its abolition. Time does not allow me to...

Protection for Whistleblowing Bill [HL] - Second Reading ( 2 Dec 2022)

Lord Shinkwin: My Lords, I begin, like other noble Lords, by offering my heartfelt thanks to the noble Baroness, Lady Kramer, for what the noble Lord, Lord Browne of Ladyton, rightly described as her persistence in championing this vital issue and to Mary Robinson MP in another place for her efforts. I say “heartfelt” because this cross-party Bill is personal. I was a whistleblower without the...

Ukraine: Tactical Nuclear Weapons - Motion to Take Note ( 1 Dec 2022)

Lord Shinkwin: My Lords, I too thank the noble and right reverend Lord, Lord Harries of Pentregarth, for securing this crucial debate. On Tuesday, like the noble Baroness, Lady Bakewell, I was privileged to listen to Olena Zelenska, the First Lady of Ukraine, when she addressed parliamentarians and then when she spoke at the exhibition on Russian war crimes in Portcullis House. Like the noble Baroness and...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Employment: Disability (25 Nov 2022)

Lord Shinkwin: To ask His Majesty's Government when they plan to publish their response to the consultation Disability workforce reporting, which closed on 8 April; and when they plan to publish the findings of their review of the Disability Confident scheme.

Public Order Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 80 (22 Nov 2022)

Lord Shinkwin: My Lords, it is a pleasure to follow my noble friend and to be educated by him. I speak in support of the amendment in the name of my noble friend Lord Farmer and those listed on the Marshalled List. I should reiterate at the outset, lest anyone be in any doubt, that I do not take a position on abortion per se. However, as a disabled person I take a position on equality and, I am afraid to...

House of Lords (Peerage Nominations) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (18 Nov 2022)

Lord Shinkwin: My Lords, I, too, congratulate my noble friend and former tutor Lord Norton of Louth on securing a Second Reading of his important Bill. In September 2021, when we debated this issue, I argued that the measures it proposes were unnecessary and I appealed to the then Prime Minister to send us more new blood that reflects the richness of the UK’s diverse talent pool. Sadly, figures from the...

Genocide Determination Bill [HL] - Second Reading (28 Oct 2022)

Lord Shinkwin: My Lords, it is pleasure to follow the noble Lord, Lord Hannay, who speaks with such authority on this issue. Of course, like other noble Lords, I pay tribute to the noble Lord, Lord Alton, for his remarkable and persistent efforts, which reflect very well on your Lordships’ House, and I thank him for yet another opportunity to debate this issue. However, it saddens me that we need to. As...

Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II - Tributes (Continued) ( 9 Sep 2022)

Lord Shinkwin: My Lords, the scale of technological progress achieved during Queen Elizabeth’s remarkable reign was exceptional but, as the noble Baroness, Lady Benjamin, reminded us, so too has been the change in social attitudes and values. As the noble Baroness, Lady Amos, said in her powerful speech, the Britain that the Queen leaves behind is so different from the Britain of the beginning of her...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (4th Day) (16 May 2022)

Lord Shinkwin: My Lords, I will focus my remarks on an issue that is so pivotal to the economy that our failure to address it strategically makes no sense to me at all. The costs to the Treasury—and ultimately the taxpayer—of continuing to do so are astronomical. Before I elaborate, perhaps I can share some figures that will help place it in context. Business success, and thus economic growth, depend on...

Health and Care Bill - Report (4th Day): Amendment 170 (16 Mar 2022)

Lord Shinkwin: My Lords, may I just be indulged by the House in following the excellent speech by my noble friend Lady Grey-Thompson? Exactly seven weeks ago, not just to the day but to the exact hour, I started to feel very ill. I was barely 36 hours out of the operating theatre after surgery that had gone incredibly well and I knew something was seriously wrong. By midnight I was in agony, my bowels...

Health and Care Bill - Report (2nd Day): Amendment 36 ( 3 Mar 2022)

Lord Shinkwin: My Lords, I too thank my noble friend the Minister for Amendments 36 and 157. I shall also speak in support of Amendment 59 in the name of the noble Baroness, Lady Hollins. Before I do so, I hope your Lordships’ House will allow me to take this opportunity to thank the healthcare professionals at Guy’s and St Thomas’s, who recently looked after me so well following major surgery. Some...

Foreign Interference: Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 - Private Notice Question (19 Jan 2022)

Lord Shinkwin: My Lords, can my noble friend confirm that Miss Lee, as a naturalised British citizen, will not be allowed to leave the UK, so that she can appear before a parliamentary inquiry and give evidence, as was suggested by my noble friend Lord Alton of Liverpool?

Middle East: Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps - Question (19 Jan 2022)

Lord Shinkwin: My Lords, given that, as we have already heard, British citizens have died as a result of numerous actions of terrorism by the IRGC, can my noble friend indicate what sort of British body count we are looking at before the IRGC is proscribed as a terrorist group?

Health and Care Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 20 (18 Jan 2022)

Lord Shinkwin: My Lords, it is a great pleasure to follow the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Birmingham. I apologise to the Committee for not being able to be here at the start of the debate on this group, owing to a medical appointment. I shall address my remarks to Amendments 141, 151 and 177. I do so because, like other noble Lords who have put their names to these amendments, and as I made clear...

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