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Money Laundering and Transfer of Funds (Information) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018 - Motions to Approve (7 Feb 2019)

Lord Tunnicliffe: May I just refer back to our previous exchange on this matter? When we last discussed credit rating agencies, I asked what would happen if there was a deal and I got a somewhat amorphous answer. Can the Minister be clearer than he was in his original answer on this point? I have asked this question in every SI debate that I have attended and I have received a slightly different answer from...

Money Laundering and Transfer of Funds (Information) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018 - Motions to Approve (7 Feb 2019)

Lord Tunnicliffe: Part of that answer jarred a little with me then and jars now on repetition—the part that says it is because they do not handle customers’ money. Looking back at the disaster of 2008, one has to recognise that the credit rating agencies were a substantial part of that disaster. The fact they were giving very high ratings to essentially junk stock was one of the issues that compounded the...

Money Laundering and Transfer of Funds (Information) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018 - Motions to Approve (7 Feb 2019)

Lord Tunnicliffe: I thank the noble Lord for his courteous replies and his help. Motions agreed.

Financial Services (Implementation of Legislation) Bill [HL] - Third Reading (6 Feb 2019)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, perhaps I may say a word or two to put this discussion into perspective. This side hates the idea of a no-deal exit and so on, but the Bill is an outstanding example of co-operation by the Government. The Bill has changed massively from the one introduced at Second Reading. The Government facilitated discussions with the Minister and officials. It is now a much better Bill and,...

Military Equipment: Sales - Question (30 Jan 2019)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, according to the Times, officials had to go to this warehouse and physically inspect what was there. Does the MoD not have systems that track the whereabouts of sensitive equipment? If not, why not—or is this another example of the MoD cutting corners under budgetary pressures?

Financial Services (Implementation of Legislation) Bill [HL] - Report (29 Jan 2019)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, I support Amendments 3, 4 and 5. They are the product of ideas from all parts of the House: from the noble Lord, Lord Hodgson, and particularly from Lib Dem Members. Amendment 4 strikes me as a very important innovation. Other parts of the Administration may want to ponder what should be done here, because while it will all be down to the Government how they use it, it creates a...

Drones: Consultation - Question (29 Jan 2019)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, given the disruption at Gatwick and Heathrow, can we be clear about who is authorised to destroy a drone? Will those authorisations be extended in forthcoming legislation, and who is likely to be authorised under future legislation?

Railways: Reliability - Question (23 Jan 2019)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, the Minister seemed to have some trouble with the question of whose responsibility this is. Can I help her on that matter? The railway is run by Network Rail and the train operating companies. The Secretary of State owns Network Rail—I know he probably does not want to but he does—and is personally responsible for its performance. The train operating companies work to a...

Drones - Question (22 Jan 2019)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, does the Minister believe that the measures debated in the recent consultation are sufficient to address incidents such as the one that occurred at Gatwick this winter? Specifically, does she intend to include measures in the draft Bill to clarify who should have the authority to disrupt or destroy a drone?

Financial Services (Implementation of Legislation) Bill [HL] - Committee (1st Day) (8 Jan 2019)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, we have constantly been debating the same issue, which this amendment addresses from another direction. I am afraid that my experience of government producing annual reports is that, on average, they tend to appear every 18 months, rather than 12 months. I am not quite sure what the last report of the two does anyway, and the idea of one meaningful report every six months has a lot...

Financial Services (Implementation of Legislation) Bill [HL] - Committee (1st Day) (8 Jan 2019)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, we have an open mind on the amendments. The noble Lord, Lord Deben, hit the nail on the head in saying that the gap between primary legislation and the SI process is too wide. Since we are shovelling a lot of stuff into the statutory instrument process, this is a good time to consider some intermediate action. I do not move from my commitment to tighten up what is available for...

Financial Services (Implementation of Legislation) Bill [HL] - Committee (1st Day) (8 Jan 2019)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, listening to this debate, one cannot but feel that this is about a policy decision. The last thing I want in this Bill is policy decisions which will introduce different levels of regulation and proportionality. That may not have been the intention. I did not find the words very attractive because they led me to all sorts of different scenarios. I think I heard it advocated as...

Financial Services (Implementation of Legislation) Bill [HL] - Committee (1st Day) (8 Jan 2019)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, we are superficially attracted to this amendment and we await the Minister’s comments with interest.

Financial Services (Implementation of Legislation) Bill [HL] - Committee (1st Day) (8 Jan 2019)

Lord Tunnicliffe: Does the Minister accept that the problem he faces is bigger than that? It is not just about this group but about the fundamental fact that we parliamentarians dislike secondary legislation that changes the law. He faces a significant defeat in this House if we cannot come to some compromise agreement that seriously limits the ability of the Executive to impose law upon this Parliament. It is...

Financial Services (Implementation of Legislation) Bill [HL] - Committee (1st Day) (8 Jan 2019)

Lord Tunnicliffe: I recognise that there is a difference, but at the end of the day my noble friend Lord Adonis’s point is valid: in day-to-day life the world changes, we have to react quickly to it and, where needed, we have to enact primary legislation. We are not creating a new environment where the Government enjoy executive power to change the laws in this area; surely we are seeking only to manage the...

Financial Services (Implementation of Legislation) Bill [HL] - Committee (1st Day) (8 Jan 2019)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, I think the two groups of amendments in many ways cover the same issue. They are essentially about how much flexibility the Executive should have in using this new law. Taking noble Lords back to the creation of the withdrawal Act, it was an extremely painful process because we were naturally reluctant to give the extensive powers in the withdrawal Act to government. But we were in...

Seaborne Freight - Statement (8 Jan 2019)

Lord Tunnicliffe: I thank the Minister for repeating that incredible answer to the Question in another place. The Transport Secretary has awarded a £14 million contract to a company with no money, no ships, no track record, no employees, no ports, one telephone line and no working website. The Minister calls this a sensible contingency plan; I call it a crisis. In a crisis, you turn not to the lowest bidder...

Army: Divisional Manoeuvre and Deployment Training - Question (8 Jan 2019)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, I note that it is not the intention of the Government to deploy and manoeuvre at a divisional level, but I assume it is a capability we believe we have. Is that a capability we have? Do we have the logistics capability and the trained staff necessary for the complex task of manoeuvring large bodies of troops?

RAF: Operational Conversion Unit - Question (8 Jan 2019)

Lord Tunnicliffe: While we recognise that we have had to live without aircraft carriers, and then with aircraft carriers but without aircraft, when will the carriers be optimally equipped? The Minister seemed to imply in an earlier answer that that would be when 24 aircraft could be embarked and fully crewed. When will that be, how does that compare with the original plan, and what is the critical path: fully...

Drones: Consultation Response - Statement (7 Jan 2019)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, I thank the Minister for her repetition of the Statement. I see it promises further action, but unfortunately when I look at the detail I see no clear action specified, except the five-kilometre rule. It seems to me it merely says that there will be more meetings and discussions; there is no specific action in the Statement. Does the Minister accept that the Secretary of State has a...


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