Results 121–140 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

Ofcom: Impartiality - Question for Short Debate (29 Oct 2018)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, we very much value the wealth of experience, knowledge and skills that Members from all Benches bring to the House from their current positions outside the House as well as their former ones. It is one of the strengths of the House. We very much include our noble friend Lord Adonis in that. He brings his wealth of experience to the House. Nevertheless, and with the greatest of...

Trident - Question (25 Oct 2018)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, the BASIC report says that the Infrastructure and Projects Authority, which rates government projects, “has rated Dreadnought Amber/Red, meaning that the IPA assesses that: ‘Successful delivery of the project is in doubt, with major risks or issues apparent in a number of key areas’”. It goes on to say: “Worse, the linked Core Production programme, which will produce a new...

Online Marketplaces: VAT Evasion - Question (22 Oct 2018)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, is this not a problem of HMRC resources? Is it not very difficult now to reverse the cuts that have been made in HMRC over the years? This is a clear example of loss of revenue to the Exchequer and the damage it does to the high street.

Armed Forces (Specified Aviation and Marine Functions) Regulations 2018 - Motion to Approve (10 Oct 2018)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, the Armed Forces have come a long way on this issue of alcohol and drugs. The railway industry faced this challenge some 20 years ago and the position that the Armed Forces have reached is very similar. I sense that there is an ongoing significant challenge in the military. I do not have statistical data but if one wanders through Google and looks at the events there was certainly...

Armed Forces (Specified Aviation and Marine Functions) Regulations 2018 - Motion to Approve (10 Oct 2018)

Lord Tunnicliffe: I will explain my point just a little more. I am concerned not so much about the test as about what the Navy’s expectation is of a commanding officer. It seems to me that there is an implication that he should, in all circumstances, maintain a lifestyle whereby he is under the limit. Certainly in my organisation—fortunately, we did not have the same commanding officer situation—we did...

Armed Forces (Terms of Service) (Amendments Relating to Flexible Working) Regulations 2018 - Motion to Approve (10 Oct 2018)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, we will, of course, support these regulations. I fear the noble Earl, Lord Attlee, has in many ways the wrong challenge. The requirement that these be subject to an affirmative order has an effect that one comes across again and again in complex organisations: the knowledge that something will be scrutinised at the highest level produces very high-quality work. One of the key...

Prisons: Rehabilitation - Question for Short Debate (6 Sep 2018)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Bird, on successfully securing this debate. It is both timely and important. As his Question implies, one of the key purposes of prison is rehabilitation. Virtually all prisoners are released one day, so one key job for our criminal justice system must be to do its best to ensure that they do not reoffend. As part of that process, while prisoners...

Royal Navy: Type 31e Frigate - Question (6 Sep 2018)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, this Question prompted me to look at the National Shipbuilding Strategy, whose first birthday is today. When it was published a year ago, it was meant to be a solid basis for industry to develop. It is interesting to see how it is starting to erode. Paragraph 56 said of the Type 31e ships: “The first will be in service by 2023”, but “by 2023” means during 2022. The Minister...

Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Bill - Second Reading (and remaining stages) (4 Sep 2018)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, we put down our amendment to create a framework for the debate. We wanted to assure ourselves that it would not be a simple, formal, dry debate on the Supply Motion. We have been successful in that, in the sense that this afternoon’s debate has been excellent and thoughtful and has created many, many questions. I am afraid that in my judgment, and I suspect in that of many others...

Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Bill - Second Reading (and remaining stages) (4 Sep 2018)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, I turn first to the Bill, which will be needed in any sensible Brexit scenario. As a supply Bill, it is not the role of this House to hinder its passage. Nevertheless, it is appropriate to set out the criticisms that we have of this legislation and the context in which we are having this Second Reading debate today. Once again, as the Government have done in all previous Brexit...

Brexit: Preparations and Negotiations - Motion to Take Note (23 Jul 2018)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, I rise as the last speaker before the Minister, very conscious of the fact that the most important thing I can do is be brief and sit down.

Brexit: Preparations and Negotiations - Motion to Take Note (23 Jul 2018)

Lord Tunnicliffe: Having achieved a level of agreement, I celebrate. I will, however, make a few comments on the White Paper. We should pause a moment to look at it, not from our point of view, which is where most of the speeches have come from, but from a neutral point of view. The White Paper is overwhelmingly cherry picking in nature. It is all about, “Can we have the good bits?” Its central theme on...

Railways: CrossCountry - Question (18 Jul 2018)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, the Question was almost certainly provoked by the CrossCountry public consultation, to which the Minister alluded. The Question has also provoked me into reading it. Excellent document as it is, I am sure she will agree that it will create many more demands than there will be resources to meet them. It will also create an enormous number of trade-offs. Have the Government developed...

Afghanistan Update - Statement (11 Jul 2018)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, I thank the Minister for repeating the Statement, and join him in paying tribute to those who have served in Afghanistan. We remember in particular the 456 service personnel who died and those who have suffered life-changing injuries. I too believe that Afghanistan is a better place as a result of our efforts. We have achieved this through co-operation with our NATO allies....

Single Source Contract (Amendment) Regulations 2018 - Motion to Approve (9 Jul 2018)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, I thank the Minister for presenting the regulations. Part 2 of the 2014 Act and the subsequent Single Source Contract Regulations 2014 are supported by these Benches. Unfortunately, I have lived through every bit of their creation and evolution. The key thing is: are they effective? The way to judge their effectiveness is, first, to understand the mechanisms, which the Minister has...

Single Source Contract (Amendment) Regulations 2018 - Motion to Approve (9 Jul 2018)

Lord Tunnicliffe: Is that an 8% to 10% increase in the contacts which become qualifying, or is it a 50% increase in those that qualify? If the noble Earl does not know, I am perfectly happy to wait for a letter.

Haulage Permits and Trailer Registration Bill [HL] - Commons Amendments (4 Jul 2018)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, I agree with much of what the noble Baroness, Lady Randerson, said, but I also that we have gone as far as we can in those areas. On government Amendments 5, 6, 7 and, I think 8, my research assistant, Catherine Johnson, who drafted the original amendment passed in your Lordships’ House, assured me that the Minister has accepted your Lordships’ amendment but put it in her own...

Financial Exclusion - Question (4 Jul 2018)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, the Financial Conduct Authority estimates that 2.7 million people are stuck with permanent overdrafts and are using them more than 85% of the time, thus incurring higher and higher charges. Can the Minister tell us what measures the Government are putting in place to end the cycle of persistent debt and whether they will commit to imposing a cap on overdraft fees?

Royal Navy: Deployment - Question (2 Jul 2018)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, this is the most significant deployment for a generation. Did SDSR 2015 envisage such deployments and what deployments have been abandoned to provide resources for them?

Nigeria - Question for Short Debate (28 Jun 2018)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, I too thank the noble Lord, Lord Alton, for introducing the debate. It is impossible to capture every aspect of this complicated situation in such a short debate, but I will briefly touch on the battle against Boko Haram, which is responsible for killing or displacing many thousands of people; multiple accounts, dating back over several years, of sexual attacks by Nigerian forces...


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