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Public Administration Committee Report (Charity Commission): Student Visas (6 Jun 2013)

Adrian Bailey: Conscious of the time, I will be brief. I thank everyone who contributed to the debate. When I applied for it, my objective was a debate that was constructive in tone and would enable us to discuss issues and to present facts and figures that are not normally publicised to the extent that they should be. In its own way, the House today may have helped to change the perception abroad by making...

Taxation: Evasion and Avoidance — Motion to Take Note (6 Jun 2013)

Lord Haskel: My Lords, I, too, congratulate my noble friend on this very topical Motion. Tax avoidance has really captured the public’s attention. I am very sorry to see that there are no speakers on the Conservative Benches, because all of us have to shine a light on these practices. It is only in that way that we will be able to test their credibility and acceptability. I hope that this debate...

Intellectual Property Bill [HL]: Second Reading (22 May 2013)

Lord Walker of Gestingthorpe: My Lords, coming back to your Lordships’ House as I have, after three and a half years’ hard labour in the Supreme Court on the other side of Parliament Square, I have been touched by the friendliness and helpfulness of so many of your Lordships and the officers and staff of the House, whether or not they had any acquaintance with me in my earlier incarnation as a Law Lord. When I...

Inquiries Act 2005 Committee — Membership Motions (16 May 2013)

Moved by The Chairman of Committees Deputy Chairmen of Committees 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: B Andrews, B Anelay of St Johns, L Bassam of Brighton, L Bates, L Bichard, L Brougham and Vaux, L Colwyn, L Faulkner of Worcester, B Fookes, L Geddes, B Gibson of...

Queen’s Speech — Debate (4th Day) (14 May 2013)

Lord Colwyn: My Lords, among the many briefs that I received before and after the gracious Speech, there is one from the BMA indicating its initial response to a number of proposals in the Queen’s Speech that impact on health and healthcare. While welcoming the Care Bill, which has been promised for some time, I am not sure whether the House would have tolerated any more healthcare legislation....

Queen's Speech — Debate (3rd Day) (13 May 2013)

Baroness Byford: My Lords, the Government are committed to building up the economy, supporting growth in the private sector and the creation of more jobs and opportunities. This is welcome. I also very much welcome the maiden speech of the noble Baroness, Lady Lane-Fox of Soho, because she spoke on the important topic of digital online and the growth of online services. Increasing the coverage of broadband...

Written Ministerial Statements — Business, Innovation and Skills: “Nuclear Industry Strategy” (26 Mar 2013)

Vincent Cable: The Government have today published “Nuclear Industrial Strategy”, which has been produced in consultation with industry and other interested stakeholders. I set out last September the Government’s new industrial strategy. This is a long-term, whole-government approach, with partnership with industry at its heart. Its purpose is to establish a clear and consistent approach...

Written Ministerial Statements — House of Lords: Nuclear Industrial Strategy (26 Mar 2013)

Viscount Younger of Leckie: My right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (Dr Vince Cable) has today made the following Statement. The Government have today published the Nuclear Industrial Strategy, which has been produced in consultation with industry and other interested stakeholders. I set out last September the Government's new industrial strategy. This is a long-term, whole...

Higher Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics: Science and Technology Committee Report — Motion to Take Note (21 Mar 2013)

Baroness Garden of Frognal: My Lords, I am pleased to wind up for the Government in this debate. I thank the sub-committee and its chairman, my noble friend Lord Willis, for a thoughtful and incisive report on a very important subject. The quality of the debate reflects the expertise in this House. I note the regret of the noble Lord, Lord Stevenson, at the delay in debating such an important report. The Government are...

Liaison Committee — Motion to Agree (21 Mar 2013)

Lord Sewel: My Lords, the Liaison Committee's report this time last year reviewed existing Select Committee activity and recommended an additional unit of committee activity, and a reduction in the resources available to the European Union Committee and the Science and Technology Committee to enable the redeployment of resources to support two new ad hoc committees and the appointment of an ad hoc...

Homeopathy — Question (19 Mar 2013)

Earl Howe: My Lords, the best way I can answer the noble Lord is to refer him to the page on NHS Choices that explicitly refers to the placebo effect. As he will know, the 2010 House of Commons Science and Technology Committee report on homeopathy said that homeopathic remedies perform no better than placebos. It is important to emphasise that message. On the other hand, many people have found benefit...

Broadband: Communications Committee Report: Motion to Take Note (18 Mar 2013)

Lord Inglewood: My Lords, it seems a very happy coincidence that the House will now consider the report of the Communications Committee, Broadband for all-an alternative vision, just after the debate about aspects of Leveson, not least because of the point raised by my noble friend Lady Wheatcroft about the impact of the internet on the provision of news in this country. Of course, it is broadband and the...

Research Councils UK: Open Access Policy (S&T Report) — Question for Short Debate (28 Feb 2013)

Lord Popat: My Lords, I thank all noble Lords who have spoken in today's debate. This House always benefits from having Peers who can speak with experience about their fields of expertise, and it has been a great privilege to listen to the contributions today from those with such detailed knowledge of our research and academic sectors. I will do my best to answer all the points raised but if I do not...

Visas: Student Visa Policy — Motion to Take Note (31 Jan 2013)

Lord Stevenson of Balmacara: I thank the noble Lord, Lord MacGregor, for securing this debate and for framing so well the issues that we are discussing today. Indeed, like many other noble Lords who have already said this, I agree almost entirely with everything he said. He went a little further on the shortcomings of UKBA than I perhaps would have dared-maybe he has special rights and privileges from where he sits-but I...

Korean Peninsula — Question for Short Debate (21 Jan 2013)

Lord Alton of Liverpool: My Lords, I thank noble Lords from all parts of the House for taking part in today's short debate. I know that the retiming of the debate will deprive us of several contributions, notably that of the noble Baroness, Lady O'Cathain, who has to chair a Select Committee. The Motion before us focuses, as I will, on three things: security, humanitarian needs and human rights concerns in North...

Health: Active Lifestyles — Question for Short Debate (17 Dec 2012)

Baroness Byford: My Lords, I am delighted to be able to speak in this debate, and I thank my noble friend Lady Heyhoe Flint for bringing the subject to our attention. I have to start by making an admission. Last night, I was very inactive. I was glued to the television, first, because of "Strictly Come Dancing" and, secondly, because of "BBC Sports Personality of the Year". The interesting thing was that one...

Foreign Affairs: Global Role, Emerging Powers and New Markets — Motion to Take Note (6 Dec 2012)

Baroness Warwick of Undercliffe: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Howell, on the timeliness of this debate. Yesterday's Autumn Statement sets a powerful context for it. There is no question that we have to develop a strategy for growth for the short term in the light of disappointing economic prospects, but the longer term challenges are far more profound, as the wise and comprehensive introduction to this...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Immigration Rules (19 Nov 2012)

Paul Blomfield: ...the Minister for his reply, but he will know that there have been 15 changes to the UK Border Agency’s guidance to the higher education sector in relation to tier 4 sponsors over the past couple of years. Does he acknowledge the concern on both sides of the House and beyond at the inclusion of international students in net migration targets? Will he also acknowledge that, despite the...

Higher Education: Reform — Question for Short Debate (12 Nov 2012)

Lord Wills: My Lords, I sought this debate tonight to highlight concerns about the future of the arts and humanities and fundamental science in higher education. These subjects play a vital part in our country's well-being but they are not immediately apparently commercially valuable and that places them more at risk than they should be. The study of the arts and humanities, and research into them, are...

Online Safety Bill [HL] — Second Reading (9 Nov 2012)

Lord Harris of Haringey: My Lords, the whole House is enormously grateful to the noble Baroness, Lady Howe of Idlicote, for bringing forward this timely and important Bill today. The degree of support that it seems to be finding from all quarters of your Lordships' House is encouraging. Indeed, it is encouraging to see the range of speakers that we have today. That fact alone should send a very clear message to the...


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