Results 281–300 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

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

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, we support the general thrust of this proposal and hope that the Minister will say sufficiently warm words so that the amendment will not be pressed. I hope that she will be driven by the simple fact that the industry almost certainly will not get off the ground unless the Government can produce some assurance that appropriate legislation will be brought forward at some stage to...

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

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, I rise to move Amendment 15. We put forward a series of probing amendments in Committee. The noble Lord, Lord Callanan, gave a long and detailed response to those, which I thank him for, which helped us understand how the various clauses relating to this whole issue work together. Unfortunately, there is just one point left. It is not at all complicated, and therefore I will not...

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

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, I too have spent most of my career in safety-critical environments. I thank the noble Lord, Lord Fox, for his support. It is not directly related to the Bill, but I will take this opportunity to agree with his statements about the essence of a good safety organisation. It is crucial that safety goes from the top to the bottom and that the chief executives and the board, right down...

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

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, I support the general spirit and direction of the amendment. The task that the CAA and the space agency will face will be very difficult. I hope that the Government will be able to give us further assurances that resources will be made available to power this learning curve. I hope that there will be enough time for the skills to be in place before real applications come before the...

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

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, I shall speak also to the other amendments in this group. I have read my speech in Committee, which was very good and persuasive. The trouble is that it was also unsuccessful and so, as a student of the Companion, I will not repeat it. However, I would like to say a final word or two on safety. I thank the Minister for the time she and her predecessor spent with us discussing this...

Armed Forces: Cuts - Question (14 Nov 2017)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, we are to have a national security and capability review—that is code for “more defence cuts”. We have a statement from Ben Hodges, commander of the US Army in Europe, who said that if the UK, “can’t maintain and sustain the level of commitments it’s fulfilling right now, then I think it risks kind of going into a different sort of category”— that is code for “we...

Banking Act 2009 (Service Providers to Payment Systems) Order 2017 - Motion to Approve (7 Nov 2017)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, I thank the Minister for introducing the orders and regulations this afternoon. Both instruments amend the Banking Act 2009. The first, the Banking Act 2009 (Service Providers to Payment Systems) Order 2017, extends the Bank of England’s formal powers of oversight to service providers to recognised payment systems. The 2009 Act enabled the Bank to supervise interbank payment...

Banking Act 2009 (Service Providers to Payment Systems) Order 2017 - Motion to Approve (7 Nov 2017)

Lord Tunnicliffe: I am not looking for an answer now but can the Minister check whether the powers will be similar to those that the Bank has with other banks, to intervene and require changes in their management and boards? Will those powers be paralleled under this order? I do not expect an answer now but would be grateful if he would write to me.

Risk Transformation Regulations 2017 - Motion to Approve (7 Nov 2017)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, I thank the Minister for introducing the order so thoroughly. As he outlined, the Risk Transformation (Tax) Regulations 2017 create the regulatory and supervisory framework for insurance-linked securities. ILSs allow companies to obtain reinsurance protection from a new pool of capital separate from traditional reinsurance, meaning the direct transfer of reinsurance risk to the...

International Headquarters and Defence Organisations (Designation and Privileges) Order 2017 - Motion to Approve (7 Nov 2017)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, I feel I must apologise to the House because, amazingly enough, I did not come equipped today to discuss Brexit, European armies, NATO in general, the 2% target, Russia, Putin or anybody else. But since we are making general points, I would point out that the Labour Party does support NATO—indeed, we are proud to have actually created it. I have taken rather the opposite point of...

Scrutiny of Secondary Legislation - Motion to Regret (6 Nov 2017)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, I thank all noble Lords who have taken part in this debate. There was a degree of loyalty and nostalgia in my moving this Motion because for one and a half hard years I was a member of what at the time was much more romantically known as the Merits Committee, although we did the same work—and it is very important work. I thank the noble Baroness, Lady Bowles, for setting out the...

Scrutiny of Secondary Legislation - Motion to Regret (6 Nov 2017)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, I will speak, first, to the procedural issues to which the regret Motion directly refers and then turn to the anti-money laundering and terrorist-funding measures which these instruments have introduced. Noble Lords will know that I take a great deal of interest in secondary legislation, particularly when it pertains to Treasury matters. I am therefore familiar with the reports that...

Armed Forces (Flexible Working) Bill [HL] - Third Reading (25 Oct 2017)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, we gathered through the debates that noble and gallant Lords were somewhat uncomfortable with the general thrust of the Bill, but for our part we accepted the Minister’s assurance that the senior management of the Armed Forces was behind it. We did our duty as the Opposition, which is to look at detail, seek assurances and propose amendments to make sure that the Bill will work...

Armed Forces: Inquiries - Question (25 Oct 2017)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, this is part of a bigger problem—an in-theatre conduct, post-theatre investigation problem. It is about the difficult problem of the military legally vesting violence on the Queen’s enemies, as opposed to criminality on the battlefield. The excoriating report of the Defence Committee on the Iraq Historic Allegations Team brought that out, as did the rather apologetic response...

Armed Forces: Serious Offences - Question (23 Oct 2017)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, I thank the Minister for her Answer. The concept of a very serious offence like murder not being tried by jury has made many of us uncomfortable. I am delighted that there will be a full review. I hope that there will be full consultation and that a wide variety of people will be involved, and I hope that the review will look at the particular problem of the boundary between murder...

EU: Transition Deal - Question for Short Debate (19 Oct 2017)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, the Prime Minister’s speech in Florence marked an important turning point, not because it brought about a breakthrough— it did not. The EU’s chief negotiator was clear when he described talks as having reached deadlock. It was significant because the Government finally accepted the need for a transitional period, which Labour has consistently argued is essential for British...

Space Industry Bill [HL] - Committee (2nd Day) (18 Oct 2017)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, of course I will not press my objection to the clauses standing part because that was not the purpose of the exercise. The purpose of the exercise was to have this debate, which has revealed serious weaknesses in the Bill. The Minister’s response has not been satisfactory and I hope he will further reflect on this issue. If he thinks that we have simply misunderstood the...

Space Industry Bill [HL] - Committee (2nd Day) (18 Oct 2017)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, I shall speak to Amendment 39 and the Motion that Clause 42 should stand part. The points made by the noble Baroness, Lady Randerson, underline why we support devolution, so we would not want this Bill to reduce in any way the responsibilities of the devolved Governments—along with the devolved city state of Prestwick. Our concern with Clause 42 as a whole is that we do not...

Space Industry Bill [HL] - Committee (2nd Day) (18 Oct 2017)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, I rise to speak to whether Clauses 38 and 40 should stand part of the Bill. The issue is about land, and Clause 38 deals with the powers to obtain rights over land. The noble Lord has written me a splendid letter—not that I am suggesting that any of his other letters were not splendid—in which, on page 4, he said: “To enable the safe operation of spaceports, particularly...

Space Industry Bill [HL] - Committee (2nd Day) (18 Oct 2017)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, this is an interesting point. I hope that the Minister will take it away and give it some consideration. I think we all agree that the whole issue of liability and insurance is important to get right so that the industry does not fail due to crippling cost.


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