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Inequalities - Motion to Take Note (30 Nov 2017)

Lord Hunt of Chesterton: My Lords, I welcome this debate and strongly support the analysis of the UK by my noble friend Lord Liddle. As he emphasised, we have to consider issues within regions as well as between them and some of the UK’s big cities—that is critical. We must also think about different types of inequality that correlate with each other: health and mortality, the environment, economics,...

Growing up with the Internet (Communications Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (7 Nov 2017)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, it is an honour to take part in this debate. I too congratulate the noble and learned Lord, Lord Thomas, on his maiden speech and welcome him to the House. This debate covers several of the issues I have championed over the years. It is a privilege to be a member of the Communications Select Committee, to have worked with other noble Lords and our outstanding chair, the noble Lord,...

Agriculture, Fisheries and the Rural Environment - Motion to Take Note (2 Nov 2017)

Baroness Jones of Whitchurch: My Lords, I thank the noble Earl, Lord Lindsay, for initiating this debate and all noble Lords who have spoken. From our Benches I also pay tribute to the noble Lord, Lord Plumb. My noble friend Lord Grantchester, who cannot be here today, has also asked me to pass on his gratitude for the noble Lord’s lifetime contribution to farming. As he says, to be from farming and to become...

Science and Innovation Strategy - Question for Short Debate (23 Oct 2017)

Lord Mendelsohn: First, I point to my entry in the register of interests and to the fact that our family office is an investor in UK science and research. I thank the noble Lord, Lord Patel, for securing this debate and for introducing it so well. I also congratulate him on his appointment as the chair of the highly regarded Science and Technology Committee. I have been a huge admirer of his clinical and...

Hospitals: West London - Question for Short Debate (18 Oct 2017)

Lord O'Shaughnessy: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Dubs, on securing this debate and thank him and all noble Lords for their contributions. As ever, I will try to address as many of the points made this evening as possible. In responding to this debate as a Minister in the Department of Health, I should declare an interest as a resident of west London for the past 11 years. I have counted up the...

Nuclear Research and Technology (Science and Technology Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (17 Oct 2017)

Lord Prior of Brampton: My Lords, I begin by thanking my noble friend Lord Selborne and the members of his committee for an exceptionally good report. I would like to read out a paragraph from the summary at the beginning, because in a sense it underlies the big question behind this debate. It says: “The decision the Government must make is whether the UK should be a designer, manufacturer and operator of...

Space Industry Bill [HL] - Committee (1st Day) (16 Oct 2017)

Lord Callanan: I thank noble Lords for their consideration of the significant powers in this clause, which we recognise are significant. I hope noble Lords will allow me to take this opportunity to provide assurance that this important power, which will be used only when immediate action is necessary, is both proportionate and subject to sufficient safeguards. Clause 32 confers on the Secretary of State the...

Future of Work - Motion to Take Note (12 Oct 2017)

Lord Hunt of Chesterton: My Lords, we should be grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Knight, for introducing this important debate. I welcome the noble Baroness, Lady Wyld. I have seen in my own career, as an engineer and mathematician in research and consulting and as director of the Met Office and of a high-tech company, many applications and new ideas arising from computers, technology and systems. I was impressed by...

Clean Growth Strategy: Leaving the EU: Data Protection (12 Oct 2017)

Matt Western: ...Deputy Speaker. I am grateful for the opportunity to make my maiden speech in this important debate. Although I have spoken several times already in the Chamber, questioning the Prime Minister and other Ministers, this is indeed my formal introduction to the House. The past five months have been extraordinary, and it is a great honour for me to represent Warwick and Leamington, a...

Written Ministerial Statements — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: The Clean Growth Strategy (12 Oct 2017)

Claire Perry: The Government is today publishing the Clean Growth Strategy – an ambitious strategy to cut emissions while keeping costs down for consumers, creating good jobs and growing the economy. This is an important component of our modern Industrial Strategy. We are also laying our responses to the Committee on Climate Change’s 2017 Progress Report to Parliament and publishing a suite of...

UK and EU Relations - Motion to Take Note (12 Sep 2017)

Lord Newby: My Lords, I am grateful to the Government for making time for this debate. Over the summer they issued a swathe of documents about our future relationship with the EU and it is important that your Lordships’ House has the chance to discuss them in a timely fashion. Today’s debate gives us such a chance to take stock: of the documents themselves; of the negotiations as a whole; and...

Written Ministerial Statements — Home Office: Home Office Science Advisory Non-Departmental Public Bodies (20 Jul 2017)

Amber Rudd: On 21 July 2014, my predecessor, Home Secretary Theresa May, announced in Parliament, through a Written Ministerial Statement, the commencement of the triennial review of the Home Office Science Advisory Non-Departmental Public Bodies: the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD); the Animals in Science Committee (ASC); and the National DNA Database Ethics Group (NDNADEG). I am now...

Electricity Market (EAC Report) - Motion to Take Note (17 Jul 2017)

Viscount Younger of Leckie: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Hollick, for his work as chairman of the Economic Affairs Committee, a position he stepped down from at the end of the last Parliament. This report of the last inquiry of his tenure gives much food for thought. It also provides evidence, should it be needed, of the value that your Lordships bring by providing a long-term perspective on the policy...

Space Industry Bill [HL] - Second Reading (12 Jul 2017)

Lord Rosser: My Lords, this Bill is clearly regarded, I hope correctly, as not potentially controversial; hence it is starting its passage through Parliament in your Lordships’ House. The Bill appears to have had a somewhat truncated period for consideration and scrutiny prior to its Second Reading. The Draft Spaceflight Bill, as it was then called, was published on 21 February, with an invitation...

Deputy Chairmen of Committees - Membership Motions (27 Jun 2017)

Moved by The Senior Deputy Speaker That, as proposed by the Committee of Selection, the following members be appointed as the panel of members to act as Deputy Chairmen of Committees for this session: Andrews, B, Boswell of Aynho, L, Brougham and Vaux, L, Dear, L, Faulkner of Worcester, L, Fookes, B, Garden of Frognal, B, Harris of Richmond, B, Haskel, L, Henig, B, Hooper, B, Mar, C, McIntosh...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (3rd Day) (Continued) (26 Jun 2017)

Lord Curry of Kirkharle: My Lords, I very much welcome the opportunity to contribute on the subject of agriculture as part of the debate. I declare my interests: I am a partner in a farming business in Northumberland and a trustee of Clinton Devon Estates, both of which are in receipt of the basic payment scheme and engaged in environmental stewardship. My other interests are listed in the register and include being...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (3rd Day) (26 Jun 2017)

Baroness Jones of Whitchurch: My Lords, it is a great pleasure to follow the Minister’s contribution to the debate on the gracious Speech this afternoon and to welcome him to his new role. He has done the best he can, but it is a shame that the Government’s legislative programme appears to have the same vision and authority as the PM herself—very little. This is not surprising, because it is drawn from a...

Education (Student Fees, Awards and Support)(Amendment) Regulations 2017 - Motion to Regret (27 Apr 2017)

Lord Clark of Windermere: My Lords, it is particularly appropriate that the final debate of the Parliament in this House is on a matter of such concern to the British people: our National Health Service. If there is one group of people who always top the approval ratings among the British people, it is nurses. I will not say where we politicians are. It is widely accepted that the National Health Service provides real...

Learning outside the Classroom — [Ian Paisley in the Chair] (26 Apr 2017)

Barry Sheerman: I am being barracked: the comment “Not that educated” is coming from behind me. I have been involved in the issue of out-of-school learning for a very long time. I had a very good run as Chair of the variously named Education Committee—it had a number of names, including the Children, Schools and Families Committee. Indeed, the Minister who will answer this short debate was...

Health Service Medical Supplies (Costs) Bill - Commons Reason (5 Apr 2017)

Lord Warner: My Lords, the amendment removes the requirement on the Government in the original amendment passed by this House to have “full regard” to the considerations relating to life sciences and access to NICE-approved medicines and treatments. Instead, it requires the Government to “take account of” those considerations in discharging its responsibilities under the Act. This...


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