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Written Answers — Department of Health: Homeopathy: Prescriptions (19 Jan 2017)

Nicola Blackwood: The draft consultation has been developed by officials in the Department taking into account evidence from independent bodies, including the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, and the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee. We will be seeking views of interested parties through the consultation process.

Social Mobility Committee Report - Motion to Take Note (20 Dec 2016)

Viscount Younger of Leckie: My Lords, I thank the noble Baroness, Lady Corston, for tabling this debate and I thank all members of the Select Committee for the report they have produced. It is thorough, insightful and raises important and timely issues. Some passionate speeches have been delivered this afternoon. I declare my own interest. My background is in industry and the City as a human resources generalist,...

Road Traffic Accidents: Hand-held Mobile Devices - Motion to Take Note (15 Dec 2016)

Lord Hunt of Chesterton: My Lords, I thank the noble Baroness, Lady Pidding, for tabling this important Motion. I support most, though perhaps not all, of the proposals that she brought forward. Some of us remember that when drink-driving and seat-belt laws were introduced in the 1960s there were many objections from drivers, but of course we soon saw that many lives were saved. We cannot be complacent when new...

Digital Economy Bill - Second Reading (13 Dec 2016)

Lord Puttnam: My Lords, I too thank the Minister for introducing the Bill. I am happy to declare a number of interests, which can be found in the register. Among them is the fact that for the past five years I have enjoyed the role of Digital Champion for Ireland, working in that country and in Europe to wrestle to the ground some of the problems created by the digital world, as well as taking advantage of...

Brexit: Armed Forces and Diplomatic Service - Motion to Take Note (8 Dec 2016)

Lord Hunt of Chesterton: My Lords, I want to speak about the challenges facing UK diplomacy and defence resulting from economic, natural and technological factors. The UK Government deal with changes, risks as well as opportunities, through diplomatic collaboration with other countries and with companies, especially and to a growing extent with those in the EU and the rest of Europe—as we saw last week with the...

Written Ministerial Statements — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Implementing Geological Disposal: Publication of the Sixth Annual Report (8 Dec 2016)

Jesse Norman: I am pleased to announce today the publication of the sixth annual report of the Government’s Implementing Geological Disposal Programme. The programme is focused on implementing the geological disposal of higher activity radioactive waste. The UK Government remains firmly committed to geological disposal as the right policy for the long-term safe and secure management of...

Higher Education and Research Bill - Second Reading (6 Dec 2016)

Baroness Young of Old Scone: My Lords, I declare an interest as chancellor of Cranfield University, a postgraduate university that as its stock in trade works very closely with business to bring practical benefits to society. I am also a member of the Science and Technology Committee of your Lordships’ House. It is quite late and it is getting later. I thought I might just try standing up and saying, “I agree...

Agricultural Sector (EUC Report) - Motion to Take Note (22 Nov 2016)

Lord Gardiner of Kimble: My Lords, I too congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Scott, on securing this debate and I acknowledge warmly all that she has achieved during what I might call her term of office. Her committee has produced an excellent report on price volatility and the steps that could be taken to help farmers adapt. The report draws on the experiences of farmers, banks and academia and, as we know, it was...

Drugs Policy - Question for Short Debate (21 Nov 2016)

Lord Rea: My Lords, I congratulate my noble friend Lady Meacher on keeping drugs and the law on the agenda—not only in this House but on the world stage. She has done much to encourage other countries and the World Health Organization to revisit the UN conventions on narcotics, as she has told us. Until the last few years these were regarded as virtually set in concrete in a prohibitionist mode....

Immigration Rules (International Students) — [Mr James Gray in the Chair] (16 Nov 2016)

Stuart McDonald: My hon. Friend makes a valid point. I will turn later to how some of the thresholds set are unrealistic for specific sectors, and indeed specific parts of the United Kingdom. Post-study work is attractive, and it is important in attracting international students, because for them it is an opportunity to gain priceless experience of the business environment and culture in the UK. It allows...

Brexit: Impact on Universities and Scientific Research - Motion to Take Note (3 Nov 2016)

Lord Mendelsohn: My Lords, I thank my noble friend Lord Soley for introducing this debate. It has been substantial, with a high degree of consensus across the House. We have heard many distinguished contributions from leaders in the fields of academia and research and in the administration of universities. I have two interests to declare. The first is that I have a daughter at Leeds University and three other...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: International Students (31 Oct 2016)

Joanna Cherry: Scottish business, the trade unions, the education sector and every political party in the Scottish Parliament, including the Conservative and Unionist party, agree that Scotland needs a return of the post-study route to allow talented students to remain and contribute to the Scottish economy. Similar views are shared by the all-party group on migration, the Home Affairs Committee, the...

Brexit: Domestic and International - Motion to Take Note (27 Oct 2016)

Lord Hunt of Chesterton: My Lords, I welcome the noble Lord, Lord Gadhia, another brilliant Ugandan, to this House. I would like to hear him talk more about Uganda, which I visited when my father was in the embassy there. We should thank the noble Lord, Lord Leigh, for this debate but also perhaps for exposing the questionable arguments for the UK’s prospective departure from the EU. This is a very important...

Investigatory Powers Bill - Report (3rd Day) (19 Oct 2016)

Earl Howe: My Lords, I hope that the House will allow me to speak at somewhat greater length than usual in responding to these amendments. I recognise the concern that lies behind them and I also recognise that, although we debated the Bill’s provisions on encryption in Committee, there is a need to correct a number of misconceptions that have been expressed and to set out the reality of the...

Public Bill Committee: Higher Education and Research Bill: Exercise of functions by Innovate UK (18 Oct 2016)

Gordon Marsden: I beg to move amendment 324, in clause 88, page 54, line 8, af ter “relate” insert “to maintain its focus on assisting businesses and”. This amendment seeks clarification that Innovate UK is intended to maintain its business facing focus as a Council of UKRI. The clause is relatively brief on the exercise of functions by Innovate UK....

Public Bill Committee: Higher Education and Research Bill: The Councils of UKRI (18 Oct 2016)

Jo Johnson: Again, I thank the hon. Gentleman for giving me the opportunity to reassure the Committee and to explain in more detail how the powers would be exercised. They would allow the Government to react to the evolving needs of the research landscape and to keep the UK at the forefront of global research and innovation, while ensuring that the science and humanities councils cannot be altered...

Public Bill Committee: Higher Education and Research Bill: United Kingdom Research and Innovation (18 Oct 2016)

Gordon Marsden: I beg to move amendment 331, in schedule 9, page 95, line 26, leave out “any” and insert “some”. This amendment seeks to clarify which functions UKRI intends to delegate to its Councils. This amendment relates to paragraph 12 of the schedule, “The delegation of functions by UKRI”. This probing amendment raised a metaphorical eyebrow when...

Grammar Schools - Motion to Take Note (13 Oct 2016)

My Lords, first, I declare my interest related to my work at TES. I congratulate my noble friend on her fine introduction to this debate. It is also a delight to follow the maiden speech of the noble Baroness, Lady Vere of Norbiton. Clearly, her expertise will make an important contribution to our work. I noticed on her Twitter timeline that she recently saw David Gilmour at the Albert Hall,...

Drug-Resistant Infections - Motion to Take Note (15 Sep 2016)

Lord Lansley: My Lords, I have been in your Lordships’ House for less than a year and once again I am reminded of how much relevant expertise can be brought to an important subject—in this case an extremely important subject—even in the course of a short debate. I am most grateful to all noble Lords who contributed to the debate. It not only gave force to the report we are taking note of...

Budget Responsibility and National Audit (Fiscal Mandate) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (9 Sep 2016)

Baroness Kramer: My Lords, the Budget Responsibility and National Audit Act dates back to 2011 and the days of the coalition. It required the Government to set out in the form of a charter their fiscal objectives, their policy for management of the national debt and the means to achieve those objectives —in other words, the fiscal mandate. Significantly, that first charter, which was put in place at a...


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