Results 21–40 of 87 for speaker:Lord Sandhurst

Asylum: UK-Rwanda Agreement - Motion to Take Note (22 Jan 2024)

Lord Sandhurst: My Lords, this treaty with the Republic of Rwanda underlies the safety of Rwanda Bill. If were not ratified by Parliament, the Bill would lose its foundation stone; but today, as I hope Members understand, this House cannot by its own resolution block the ratification process. Only a resolution passed in the other place can do that. I have read with care the committee’s report. It sends an...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Second Reading (18 Dec 2023)

Lord Sandhurst: My Lords, I look forward to hearing the maiden speech of the noble Lord, Lord Carter of Haslemere, whom I am sure will bring much to this House. I also congratulate my noble friend Lord Moylan on his powerful speech on IPP prisoners, a subject which I shall not be addressing. My focus today is simply on Part 1, on victims. I am particularly grateful for the briefing which I received from...

Schools: Safeguarding - Motion to Take Note ( 7 Dec 2023)

Lord Sandhurst: My Lords, I thank the noble Baroness for obtaining this important debate. My focus today is on sport. I speak as a father and grandfather of girls and boys who are and have been active in sport. In making this speech, I am grateful for the great help I have received from the charity Women in Sport. Sport develops important fundamental movement skills. It shapes attitudes towards physical...

Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers Bill - Second Reading ( 5 Dec 2023)

Lord Sandhurst: My Lords, I welcome the aspiration of this Bill, in particular its stated intent to “make provision relating to the protection of consumer rights and to confer further such rights; and for connected purposes”. The focus of my speech today is narrow. It is addressed at only one topic and one clause, namely Clause 126. After Second Reading, it is my intention to move an amendment which...

Authorised Push Payment Fraud Performance Report - Question (14 Nov 2023)

Lord Sandhurst: My Lords, the Payment Systems Regulator aims to provide consumers with better information about fraud and the risks associated with each bank and payment services firm. If the volume and value of frauds and scams enabled by particular tech sectors and social media platforms were also published, that publicity would drive those institutions to improve standards and protect users. Will the PSR...

King’s Speech - Debate (3rd Day) ( 9 Nov 2023)

Lord Sandhurst: My Lords, I shall address two matters today. Each concerns education, on which this Government have rightly placed a premium, but there remain significant areas which the proposed legislative programme does not address. Indeed, we do not have an education Bill. I hope that time may yet be found to address them none the less. The first point I make concerns the right of parents and prospective...

Metropolitan Police: Operational Independence - Commons Urgent Question ( 9 Nov 2023)

Lord Sandhurst: My Lords, as we have heard, Peel’s fifth principle requires the police to demonstrate complete independence of policy. Of that, it is equally plain that my noble friend the Minister is well aware. Will he therefore remind the Home Secretary of this principle, since her public criticisms of the Metropolitan Police make it impossible for the commissioner to retain his operational independence...

General Medical Council: Internal Guidance - Question (17 Oct 2023)

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General Medical Council: Internal Guidance - Question (17 Oct 2023)

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General Medical Council: Internal Guidance - Question (17 Oct 2023)

Lord Sandhurst: My Lords, the GMC may be independent but it is a creature of statute and should remember that. Parliament can change its statutes at any time. Are we to anticipate that, if the doctors’ regulator —this creature of statute—refers to its female staff, by which I mean women, as chest feeders or people with cervixes, the Minister will make it plain that this language from the medical...

Life Skills and Citizenship - Question for Short Debate ( 7 Sep 2023)

Lord Sandhurst: My Lords, I too thank the noble Baroness for obtaining this debate and for her excellent introduction. My focus is on the vital life skill of financial awareness and the need to include financial education in primary schools. Children nowadays do not handle cash every day and learn to budget, as some of us here did in the past. As adults, they will have to manage rent, mortgages and household...

Fighting Fraud (Fraud Act 2006 and Digital Fraud Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (30 Jun 2023)

Lord Sandhurst: My Lords, the committee, of which I was a member and which was so excellently chaired by my noble friend Lady Morgan of Cotes, reported last November. We heard from 56 witnesses. They covered a range of experience: academics, Ministers, the police, the Crown Prosecution Service, prosecutors in the courts, the Home Office, financial services, regulators and a range of internet platforms and...

Metastatic and Secondary Breast Cancer - Question (19 Jun 2023)

Lord Sandhurst: My Lords, do the Government plan to publish a further strategy to reduce waiting lists?

Drugs: Supply and Availability - Question (14 Jun 2023)

Lord Sandhurst: My Lords, do the Government intend to take steps in response to the January report by the Medicines Manufacturing Industry Partnership to address the decline in medicines manufacturing and employment in the United Kingdom?

Illegal Migration Bill - Committee (4th Day) (Continued): Amendment 116 (12 Jun 2023)

Lord Sandhurst: My Lords, I shall speak to Amendment 119 and to the overall challenge to Clause 53. To be absolutely clear, there is no reason why the Government should not ignore and override an interim measure by the Strasbourg court. The requirement that Amendment 119 seeks to impose is also neither necessary nor appropriate. I regret to say that I disagree with the conclusion of the Joint Committee: what...

Illegal Migration Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 1 (24 May 2023)

Lord Sandhurst: That may be so, but the numbers are on a rising plane, and it is not simply Albanians now, they are coming from elsewhere. All I say is this. This is a carefully interlinked package of provisions. It may not be attractive or how we have done things in the past, but we face very different circumstances, and I suggest we should not seek to unpick its structure.

Illegal Migration Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 1 (24 May 2023)

Lord Sandhurst: , I looked at Sir Peter Gross’s report yesterday and the night before to remind myself of what it said. Two points are important. One is that it was not unanimous on that point, unlike on everything else. We are not told where the disagreement was, but at least one member did not agree that nothing should be done. Secondly, it lamented the fact that there had been no statistics kept of the...

Illegal Migration Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 1 (24 May 2023)

Lord Sandhurst: I am obliged. So there we are.

Illegal Migration Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 1 (24 May 2023)

Lord Sandhurst: My Lords, I will speak to Amendments 2, 4, 84 and 148. I shall not speak to Amendments 1, 3 and 5. As for those later amendments, I will wait to hear what the Minister has to say about their meaning and effect on the Bill. I turn to Amendment 2. Let me begin by way of introduction by explaining what I understand to be the effect of Clause 1(5) of the Bill, which will disapply Section 3 of the...

Northern Ireland Troubles (Legacy and Reconciliation) Bill - Committee (4th Day): Amendment 146 (11 May 2023)

Lord Sandhurst: My Lords, I speak in support of Amendment 154A tabled by my noble friends Lord Godson and Lord Faulks. I apologise for not speaking at Second Reading. As others have explained, the Supreme Court reached a decision which surprised many legal observers. In this respect, I commend to the Minister and his officials the Policy Exchange paper of May 2020, which explains the well-established...


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