Results 261–280 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

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

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, I have to announce that Her Majesty’s loyal Opposition do not have a firm position on this amendment, but I hope the Minister is listening to this debate and will come forward with pretty concrete assurances that the law is clear, or with an appropriate amendment.

Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 (Consequential Amendments, Savings and Transitional Provisions) Regulations 2017 - Motion to Approve (22 Jan 2018)

Lord Tunnicliffe: The thing that worries me is that the language the Minister uses suggests a progressive improvement while in fact this instrument disapplies—it does not update; it “undates”, for want of a better term, although I do not think that there is such a word. It suggests that the conclusion has been reached that the application of the 2015 Act in the area of financial services is actually...

Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 (Consequential Amendments, Savings and Transitional Provisions) Regulations 2017 - Motion to Approve (22 Jan 2018)

Lord Tunnicliffe: May I press the Minister just a little more? I recognise that we will not resolve this tonight—and, of course, as ever, we will not cause a constitutional crisis and vote against it. However, I would be grateful if I could have a detailed response by letter from the Minister setting out what would happen if this instrument were not passed. What harm is being done by the fact that the 2015...

Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 (Consequential Amendments, Savings and Transitional Provisions) Regulations 2017 - Motion to Approve (22 Jan 2018)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, before I start I should apologise for what is going to be a rather scrappy and rambling speech. The reason for that is that rather lazily I started to look at this instrument only on Saturday, and I have to say that I pretty much regret that I did so. I had great trouble in trying to understand it, particularly the Explanatory Memorandum. Either these regulations are important or...

Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 (Consequential Amendments, Savings and Transitional Provisions) Regulations 2017 - Motion to Approve (22 Jan 2018)

Lord Tunnicliffe: We should be clear that “technical” does not mean “trivial”. “Technical” can be at the essence of whether the law is working.

Armed Forces Act 2006 (Amendment of Schedule 2) Order 2017 - Motion to Approve (22 Jan 2018)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, I have considered the Motion and concluded that this is almost a tidying-up order that is compatible with public opinion. I was convinced of its value before I heard the Minister, and he failed to unconvince me. So I have just a couple of questions, and to some extent he has answered them. On service law instruments, I always worry about the level of consultation. When one reads...

Armed Forces: Investment - Private Notice Question (22 Jan 2018)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, does this not show the chaos in the whole area of defence? The annual report on SDSR 2015 was due by the end of December. This has somehow been subsumed into the NSCR, a date for which we have not got. Will this review set out the threats and how they are going to be met? If, as the Minister has stated in previous answers, there is no money, what threats are we going to tolerate?

Transport for the North - Question (18 Jan 2018)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Greaves, for this Question because it has caused me to look at the document. You have to get to page 86 before it says anything about money: “TfN’s status as a pan-regional organisation, with a range of stakeholders but limited fiscal powers, means that a bespoke but credible funding and financing framework will be required. A substantial element of...

Brexit: Aviation Safety Regime - Question (17 Jan 2018)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, when Mr Michael Huerta, the outgoing boss of the Federal Aviation Administration, visited in December, he had a sense of urgency. He said: “We need to know by next month because if we do not have a clear picture it leaves us little choice but to embrace a much more costly strategy of working on multiple potential scenarios”. “Next month” is January, and he was implying that...

Rail Franchises: Govia Thameslink - Question (16 Jan 2018)

Lord Tunnicliffe: Does the Minister accept that it is the duty of the Department for Transport to assure itself that bidders are capable of delivering? If the answer is yes, why has it failed on so many occasions?

National Security Capability Review - Statement (15 Jan 2018)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, I thank the Minister for repeating the Statement. I may regret this but I am almost tempted to welcome it—however, I had better be careful to understand it first. It seems to say that this review will define the threats. I think its implication is that the Ministry of Defence will not do its normal thing of muddling through, and that when the defence needs for the threat are...

Tackling Financial Exclusion (Financial Exclusion Report) - Motion to Take Note (Continued) (18 Dec 2017)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, I, too, thank the noble Baroness, Lady Tyler, and her committee for this excellent report, and add my thanks to those members of staff who supported it. It was a timely decision of the House to set up the committee. It is doubtful whether the Financial Guidance and Claims Bill would have got to the stage it has, preparing the way as it does for a new DWP Minister for financial...

Budget Statement - Motion to Take Note (4 Dec 2017)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, in opening this debate for the Opposition, I am somewhat in awe of the speakers list, in terms of both its length and, principally, its quality. I will therefore try to be brief. I look on this Budget as a confessional. Economic growth is the lowest it has been since the Tories came into office, and the Budget confirms that failure: growth is revised down in every year of the...

Armed Forces: Morale - Question (29 Nov 2017)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, the Minister has said that the press are being deeply unhelpful. Now, the Minister has been around long enough to know that being helpful is not a core objective of the press. The MoD’s own attitude survey shows satisfaction in the forces over the past year has declined in almost all areas. The key measure, satisfaction with service life in general, has decreased from 61% in 2009...

Royal Marines - Question for Short Debate (28 Nov 2017)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, I, too, thank the noble Lord, Lord Burnett, for introducing the debate. The essential question seems to be: what is the future of the Royal Marines? I believe that with this Government the future is very uncertain—and the reason is the 2015 SDSR. Defence is in a mess. The gap between the SDSR promise and the money required seems to be, by consensus, some £2 billion per annum....

Armed Forces Act 2006 - Question for Short Debate (23 Nov 2017)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, I start by welcoming the noble Baroness, Lady Goldie, back to her place. I understand that she has been away for a couple of weeks and has been unwell. I hope that she is fully recovered, because I could not do the knockabout otherwise. I also thank my noble and learned friend Lord Morris of Aberavon for bringing this issue before us. I venture into this territory with great...

UK Defence Forces - Motion to Take Note (23 Nov 2017)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, I, too, thank my noble friend Lord Soley for procuring this debate. It seems to me that the essence of the debate is the question: are the Government maintaining United Kingdom defence forces at a sufficient level to contribute to global peace, stability and security? I put it to your Lordships that at least 12 of the noble Lords who have spoken so far have answered that question...

Permanent Structured Cooperation - Question (16 Nov 2017)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, given the less than clear commitment of the US to NATO, and given that we, after Brexit, will be looking for a new role in the world, surely that role in defence should be pivotal in Europe. What Europe needs is combat power and, as my noble friend the Admiral has pointed out, this is an area in which we are uniquely able to assist. This is no time to be stepping away from Europe....

Space Industry Bill [HL] - Report (14 Nov 2017)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, I would like to reflect briefly on what the noble Lord, Lord Deben, has said about the processing of this Bill. We will have a remarkably short Report stage, having had a good deal longer in Committee, because the Minister—I would say at our insistence but it would be unfair to suggest there was any resistance—has been willing to provide a great deal of time in private to work...

Space Industry Bill [HL] - Report (14 Nov 2017)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, I think that is a win. I see the noble Baroness nodding, and I take it that the Government will be tabling an amendment in the other place. On that understanding, I beg leave to withdraw the amendment. Amendment 15 withdrawn. Clause 36: Regulator etc not liable in respect of spaceflight-related actions


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