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Bahrain - Question (24 Jul 2019)

Lord Scriven: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the human rights situation in Bahrain over the last two years and whether that assessment was made independently of the government of Bahrain.

Bahrain - Question (24 Jul 2019)

Lord Scriven: Last week, I met the brave Bahraini human rights defender, Ebtisam al-Saegh, who spoke to me about her torture and sexual assault in detention and the ongoing detention of female political prisoners, including Najah Yusuf, who has endured similar abuses. Fawaz al-Hassan is the chief of the security complex where these women were abused, and a beneficiary of a £16,000 UK taxpayer-funded...

Freedom of Information Act 2000 - Question for Short Debate (23 Jul 2019)

Lord Scriven: My Lords, I welcome this timely debate from my noble friend Lord McNally. It is timely for those of us who live in Yorkshire after the recent revelations that have come out from Welcome to Yorkshire, the tourist board, about spending, expenses and a toxic culture that has been going on for many years. Because this is now a private company that predominantly carries out a public function, it...

Freedom of Information Act 2000 - Question for Short Debate (23 Jul 2019)

Lord Scriven: My Lords, that is a good question. Some did and some have now suspended payments to those organisations. This organisation was run in a private and closed way and even though some people asked, they did not get answers. There are questions to be asked of council leaders and chief executives about how they followed their taxpayers’ money. As I say, there are serious allegations about...

Commonwealth: Decriminalising Homosexuality - Question (23 Jul 2019)

Lord Scriven: My Lords, the Commonwealth charter was signed by all members in 2013. It states that all parties are committed to non-discrimination, although it does not specifically mention sexual orientation. No CHOGM communication has mentioned LGBT rights since then, and it is doubtful whether they are going to be on the Rwanda CHOGM agenda. What will the Government do to raise this issue and make sure...

Lotteries Regulation - Statement (16 Jul 2019)

Lord Scriven: My Lords, in answer to the noble Lord, Lord Collins, the Minister said that consultation on raising the age from 16 to 18 had to take place to ensure that it did not damage the success of the lottery and the revenue that was coming in. Can I ask the Minister two questions? First, what percentage of revenue comes into the National Lottery from those aged 16 to 18? Secondly, what positive...

Knife Crime - Motion to Take Note (27 Jun 2019)

Lord Scriven: My Lords, I want to read out a list of names: Gavin Singleton, 31, Kavan Brissett, 21, Jarvin Blake, 22, Glenn Boardman, 59, Fahim Hersi, 22, Samuel Baker, 15, Ryan Jowle, 19 and Alan Grayson, 85. These are eight lives that ended early in my city of Sheffield last year: eight lives that ended early due to knife crime in a city that is dubbed the safest in England. I do not congratulate my...

Homophobic Attacks - Question (26 Jun 2019)

Lord Scriven: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of reports of a rise in the number of homophobic attacks.

Homophobic Attacks - Question (26 Jun 2019)

Lord Scriven: I am sure that the Minister agrees that it is normal and natural for some people to be born gay but that it is not normal and natural to be born homophobic—that is a learned prejudice. That being the case, what more will the Government do to support schools teaching inclusive relationship education that face demonstrations outside their gates? These do nothing to help eliminate homophobic...

Boards of Public Bodies: Representation - Question for Short Debate (24 Jun 2019)

Lord Scriven: My Lords, it is a pleasure to follow the noble Lord, Lord Inglewood, and to listen to his experience. I also thank the noble Lord, Lord Holmes of Richmond, for raising this very important issue. We need to start with a basic question: why do we do this? Why is this important? It is because there is a business and service reason. Gaining a board with diverse life experiences, ideas and...

Immigration and Asylum Applications - Question (19 Jun 2019)

Lord Scriven: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they intend to take to address decision-making on initial immigration and asylum applications, following the publication of Home Office data that 52 per cent of immigration and asylum appeals were allowed in the year to March 2019.

Immigration and Asylum Applications - Question (19 Jun 2019)

Lord Scriven: I thank the Minister for that reply. It is quite clear that there is a systematic and fundamental problem in the Home Office with the initial decision-making process on asylum and immigration. Issues such as basic information not being collected or used, medical reports being ignored and staff feeling a culture of bullying and intimidation have come to light. If that is the case, how do we in...

Whirlpool Tumble Dryers: Product Recall - Statement (17 Jun 2019)

Lord Scriven: My Lords, the National Fire Chiefs Council, which is the council of the country’s chief fire officers, does not think that the scheme is good enough. Since 2017, it has been asking for a single government-backed recall register for white goods. Why are the Government still dragging their feet on this and not doing a proper assessment?

Asylum Seekers - Question (10 Jun 2019)

Lord Scriven: To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they identify, support and track the applications of people seeking asylum on the grounds of gender identity or sexual orientation.

Asylum Seekers - Question (10 Jun 2019)

Lord Scriven: My Lords, as has just been said, the Home Office does not collate or collect central data on the journey of LGBT+ individuals seeking asylum on issues such as the accommodation they are granted, the length of time taken for each case or, if held in detention, how long they are there. So how can the Home Office, with any certainty or credibility, say that LGBT+ individuals seeking asylum do...

National Minimum Wage Naming Scheme - Statement (5 Jun 2019)

Lord Scriven: My Lords, can the Minister name how many of the 239 companies that were named and shamed previously are not paying the national minimum wage?

Probation Reform - Statement (16 May 2019)

Lord Scriven: My Lords, the Minister says there has been no cost to the taxpayer, but the taxpayer has had to pay £500 million extra, including the early closure of these contracts, which cost £170 million, which in turn included a cost of £115 million for waiving some fees. Is it not the case that there is an extra cost of £500 million to the taxpayer for bringing these contracts to an early close,...

Places of Worship: Protective Security Funding - Statement (7 May 2019)

Lord Scriven: My Lords, can I come back to the point that my noble friend Lady Hamwee made regarding the bureaucratic nature of the application process? If you are local, whether somewhere is hidden or not you will know about it. Whether it is in a conservation area is irrelevant; it is that particular conservation area, for example, which will determine what will need to be put up and whether it will be...

Social Media and Health - Statement (30 Apr 2019)

Lord Scriven: My Lords, the approach being taken is welcome, but in itself probably will not be enough. We cannot ban and regulate everything that goes on on the internet. For example, a blogger who may have nothing to do with health may have 80,000 to 100,000 followers and may blog about a health issue, and that becomes fact. What is needed in the modern world is alternative narratives; that is what is...

Railways: Midland Main Line - Question (25 Apr 2019)

Lord Scriven: To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Midland Mainline will be electrified all the way to Sheffield.


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