Results 161–180 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

Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill - Report (5 Jun 2018)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, I could spin this out but will the Minister settle for “Thank you”?

Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill - Report (5 Jun 2018)

Lord Tunnicliffe: I agree with the noble Baroness, Lady Randerson, that a change to the title would be helpful, and I accept her point that it is not something we are going to divide the House on.

Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill - Report (5 Jun 2018)

Lord Tunnicliffe: “Shame,” somebody said. The hydrogen compatibility amendments that the Minister has brought forward are very welcome. She illustrated their value by talking about what the Government are doing in investment in hydrogen. I cannot reasonably expect an answer now, but I wonder whether the Government have a fuller programme than the one she describes because, as far as I could understand from...

Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill - Report (5 Jun 2018)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, with the leave of the House, and with apologies for being a little late, I shall speak solely to my Amendment 4. As I understand it—and I would value a nod from the Minister—she did not refer to Amendment 4 until I arrived. Amendment 4 is exactly as we moved before and we got some response to it on the issue of consultation. We heard: “That is something that we plan to do …...

Rail Timetabling - Statement (4 Jun 2018)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, the national railway is a public service for two reasons. First, most passengers have no choice and, secondly, a vast amount of its expenses are paid for by the taxpayer. One has to ask: who is responsible for this public service? It is very clear: it is just one person, the Secretary of State. He owns Network Rail, he hires and fires the directors, he determines their pay, he can...

New Cars: Sales - Question (4 Jun 2018)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, the Government’s silver bullet on this seems to be the Road to Zero document. Could she tell us a bit more about it? When did work on it start, and how did its existence become known? I could find only one reference in government documentation, which is to Defra owning it. Why has there been no public consultation, when will it be published and what questions will it answer?

Passenger Ships: Evacuation, Search and Rescue Plans - Question for Short Debate (23 May 2018)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, I too thank my noble friend Lord Berkeley for initiating this debate, except that it is a bit unfair. He admitted that he had taken an interest in this issue for some time, while I know that the Minister has an army of civil servants to help him, but all I had was Google. The first question I had was: is there a problem? The “Costa Concordia” clearly shows that a catastrophic...

Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill - Committee (2nd Day)(Continued) (17 May 2018)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, I shall speak briefly to Amendment 66, in my name. It would provide exemptions for operators with limited forecourt space who could not accommodate public charging points without an expansion of land, and ensure that retailers and operators did not incur disproportionate costs for complying with regulations. The general thrust of the Bill is to make more charging points available,...

Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill - Committee (2nd Day)(Continued) (17 May 2018)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, our Amendment 104 is in this group. This group is about reporting, and different ways been suggested. I hope that when she responds after my speech the Minister will offer to bring them together in the best possible mix and agree to a reporting procedure. The proposed new clause would require the Government to lay a report before Parliament each year to consider how the regulations...

Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill - Committee (2nd Day)(Continued) (17 May 2018)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, as a generality I support the thrust of these amendments, but I worry about whether this is the right place for them. Clearly, there is a case for some overall strategic planning, and there is a need for it to happen everywhere. There is also a possibility that that may require some powers to be provided for TfL. But we are trespassing into dangerous waters, because we are getting...

Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill - Committee (2nd Day)(Continued) (17 May 2018)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, I shall not delay the Committee unnecessarily. I will study the response with some care. I suspect that we will bring forward an amendment on Report unless the Minister does so for us, because there is something rather special about the timescales. The standard consultation is 12 weeks. The six months that we propose recognises the considerable work that will be required if a fuel...

Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill - Committee (2nd Day)(Continued) (17 May 2018)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, in moving Amendment 52 I shall speak also to three other amendments in this group. The Bill as currently drafted gives the Secretary of State the power to make regulations in relation to the components of charging points. What the Bill does not do is define what criteria will be used or who the Government will consult when making this decision. The Bill presents a significant...

Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (17 May 2018)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, I do not want to be too repetitive, but I have been persuaded by the speakers in the debate so far—and, of course, at last night’s notorious dinner. Again, I hope that the Minister will be able not only to give us warm words but to see whether she can make some progress in tabling amendments that at least partly support the general direction of the debate.

Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (17 May 2018)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, I did go to that breakfast, so I have heard the hydrogen manifesto, as it were. I also attended a dinner last night arranged by ChargePoint and witnessed my first outbreak of range anxiety among electric car owners, who explained at some length and some volume that 120 miles with the lights on meant about 50 miles. The battery electric formula has still a long way to go. There are...

Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill - Committee (1st Day) (continued) (9 May 2018)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, we all agree that in the future automated vehicles have the potential to improve personal transport arrangements as well as air quality, which is crucial given the dire state of the environment and its impact on health. Solving questions of how automated vehicles can be insured is essential and we welcome the fact that the Government are setting out how to do that. However, it is...

Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill - Committee (1st Day) (continued) (9 May 2018)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, I thank the Minister for her response. There is a wider point, which perhaps I should have made before—though I think she is erring towards agreeing with me—which is that it seems possible that the first fully automated vehicles could be ferrying children to school in, say, five, 10 or 15 years’ time, without this issue coming back to this House at all, by virtue of the wide...

Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill - Committee (1st Day) (continued) (9 May 2018)

Lord Tunnicliffe: Perhaps the Minister could help me a little here. If a vehicle is not insured today, and a pedestrian is harmed, say, who had no responsibility at all, my understanding is that they will get an instant payout from some sort of collective fund. Is that correct? If it is, is it the intention of the Bill to have a similar situation, including possibly defective software?

Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill - Committee (1st Day) (continued) (9 May 2018)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, I rise to move Amendment 25 in my name and—

Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill - Committee (1st Day) (continued) (9 May 2018)

Lord Tunnicliffe: You are quite right. I am a pedant as well, and proud of it. I shall start again. I rise to speak to Amendments 25 and 28 in my name. The first concerns insurance, which is what the Bill is supposed to be about. As the noble Lord, Lord Borwick, has said, because of the time this Bill has been in gestation, the language is not perhaps as we should like. It has effectively defeated me. If you...

Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill - Committee (1st Day) (9 May 2018)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, I will speak to my Amendment 21 in this group. The Bill as currently drafted means that the insurer or owner of an automated vehicle is not liable where the event was caused by a person allowing the vehicle to drive itself where it was not appropriate to do so. However, it does not define when it is or is not appropriate to do so. This amendment requires the Government to provide...


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