Results 241–260 of 1200 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Lord Tunnicliffe

Haulage Permits and Trailer Registration Bill [HL] - Second Reading (27 Feb 2018)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, I get a sense from previous speeches—most of which have stolen the contents of mine, so I shall try to be short—that an awful lot of people are trying to understand the road haulage legal environment. That includes myself, and I admit to failing, so if I make assertions I will not be upset if the Minister tells me I am wrong. It seems that in anticipation of multiple scenarios,...

Laser Misuse (Vehicles) Bill [HL] - Report (27 Feb 2018)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, we support the amendment and hope the Minister will consider it. First, I can see no harm in it and no perversity that might come out of it. It is always dangerous in high-tech industries to be too constraining in one’s language. For all we know, the illustrious title of pilot, which both the noble and gallant Lord, Lord Craig, and I enjoyed at one point in our lives, may fade...

Laser Misuse (Vehicles) Bill [HL] - Report (27 Feb 2018)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, we have examined this group of amendments and believe they have significantly improved the Bill. I thank the Minister for bringing them forward.

Laser Misuse (Vehicles) Bill [HL] - Report (27 Feb 2018)

Lord Tunnicliffe: We welcome this amendment. We moved into interesting territory in Committee and, sadly, the Government may come back at some point to address the whole issue of the laser as a weapon. However, they have chosen the right point in that progression and we support the amendment.

Laser Misuse (Vehicles) Bill [HL] - Report (27 Feb 2018)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, we, too, welcome these two amendments. Put simply, I agree with my noble friend about further tidying up. If the noble Baroness wants to come forward on Third Reading with any tidying up, we would be grateful for it—but we are very pleased that the spirit of the debate has been taken on board.

Laser Misuse (Vehicles) Bill [HL] - Report (27 Feb 2018)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, while I am not going to get carried away and divide the House on this issue, I will press it just once more. In my view, Clauses 1(1) and (2) in fact describe two crimes. Clause (1)(a) says, “the person shines or directs a laser beam towards a vehicle which is on a journey”, which is great, “and … the laser beam dazzles or distracts”. That is a straightforward crime...

Laser Misuse (Vehicles) Bill [HL] - Report (27 Feb 2018)

Lord Tunnicliffe: I thank the noble Baroness for setting out the arguments. As a non-lawyer, I remain underwhelmed and hope that she will look at this debate and once again consider coming back at Third Reading with some change to allay the fears that have been expressed in the debate. However, it would not be appropriate to press the matter further at this time, and I beg leave to withdraw the amendment....

Space Industry Bill [HL] - Commons Amendments (27 Feb 2018)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, we raised the issues covered by these amendments in the Lords, and the Minister assured the House that changes would be brought forward in the other place to address those concerns. We are pleased the Government have delivered on those assurances and warmly welcome the amendments. During the passage of the Bill, I referred to early aviation legislation and its failure to envisage...

Andrey Lugovoy and Dmitri Kovtun Freezing Order 2018 - Motion to Approve (20 Feb 2018)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, we on these Benches accept and believe that the order is an appropriate, commensurate and proportionate response in relation to the specified persons. In coming to that conclusion, we have of course looked at the order with care. I also looked up the time when the first order was initiated—two years ago—only to discover that I was in fact the Opposition spokesman then. Time has...

Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill - Second Reading (Continued) (20 Feb 2018)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, we on the Labour Benches are broadly supportive of this Bill. Our colleagues in the other place supported it the first time round, when it was part of the Vehicle Technology and Aviation Bill. The Government have said that this Bill is about getting ready for the changes that we will see in motoring over the next decades. We are told that 85% of car accidents are in some way due to...

Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Carrying on Regulated Activities by Way of Business) (Amendment) Order 2018 - Motion to Approve (1 Feb 2018)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, I came to the order in a state of almost complete ignorance, having never been involved in peer-to-peer activity in my life and not entirely understanding what it was. I did some research, and it seems that through peer-to-peer lending, the lender can get a better rate of return and the borrower has to pay less. I am reminded of the advice I would give anyone when it comes to...

Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014 (Amendments to Audit Requirements) Order 2017 - Motions to Approve (1 Feb 2018)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Kramer, for finding so much to say about these three orders. On the first order about equality with private limited companies, I have no comment. On the order relating to Northern Ireland mutuals moving under the control of the FCA, I was curious about why it took so long. The consultation started in 2010 and is only now coming into action....

Royal Navy: Warships - Question (1 Feb 2018)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, we have had report after report and promise after promise. Why should we have any faith in any of them? Yesterday, fortuitously for me—but not for the Minister—the National Audit Office produced its annual Ministry of Defence equipment plan report. Amyas Morse, head of the National Audit Office, said: “The Department’s Equipment Plan is not affordable. At present the...

Defence Modernisation Programme - Statement (29 Jan 2018)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, I thank the Minister for repeating the Statement, and perhaps I may be the first to congratulate him on his birthday. That is the charming bit over. We welcome the decision to separate out the modernising defence programme from the national security capability review. That, frankly, is not much of a statement because anything has to be better than a Cabinet Office-led NSCR which is...

Laser Misuse (Vehicles) Bill [HL] - Committee (23 Jan 2018)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, we broadly support the amendment. We will congratulate ourselves after Report and Third Reading, having used very little parliamentary time, on having a narrow Bill that addresses a particular problem, but the real issue is enforcement. Will this law be effectively enforced? We have a crisis in policing in this country. There are some 20,000 fewer officers than in 2010. One has no...

Laser Misuse (Vehicles) Bill [HL] - Committee (23 Jan 2018)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, I also hope that the Minister will take this away. One worrying point is somewhere deep in various bits of aviation law: a flight is defined as when the wheels of an aircraft first turn. We are envisaging a possible situation where a laser is used immediately before the wheels turn, and the aircraft could then end up in a dangerous situation. The Government therefore have to look at...

Laser Misuse (Vehicles) Bill [HL] - Committee (23 Jan 2018)

Lord Tunnicliffe: While I have some sympathy with the general direction of the amendment, it touches on a massive subject—the extent to which parents are responsible for the criminal activities of their children. I worry about such a difficult concept being part of this Bill. If there is a problem here, I hope the Government will take this issue away, look at the generality of the relationship between...

Laser Misuse (Vehicles) Bill [HL] - Committee (23 Jan 2018)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, I do not have much to say, but I thought I had to say something. I was quite surprised that the Government had decided to define “vehicle” in the Bill. I believe there is a good working definition of the word in law, which would have included horse-drawn vehicles. I had a little chuckle when I came to submarines, because I have some problem envisaging how you could dazzle one,...

Laser Misuse (Vehicles) Bill [HL] - Committee (23 Jan 2018)

Lord Tunnicliffe: Further to that argument, how many incidents of dazzled submarines does the Minister have on record?

Laser Misuse (Vehicles) Bill [HL] - Committee (23 Jan 2018)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, this group of amendments falls under two issues: one is control towers and control buildings, the other is what I call “to dazzle or not to dazzle”. Amendments 2, 6, 8, 10, 12 and 14 refer to the former—I accept that they also refer in part to dazzling or not dazzling—and I tabled Amendment 3, which is directly on the dazzle issue. I think everybody involved with the Bill...


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