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European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - Second Reading (1st Day) (20 Feb 2017)

Baroness Evans of Bowes Park: My Lords, it is an honour to open this two-day debate for while the Bill is short and straightforward, it is historic. The fact that 187 noble Lords will contribute to its Second Reading is testament to the seriousness with which this House takes its constitutional duty to scrutinise legislation. The challenge of responding will fall to my noble friend Lord Bridges of Headley and I can think...

Health Service Medical Supplies (Costs) Bill - Report (7 Feb 2017)

Lord Patel: My Lords, I support this amendment, to which I have added my name. I do not agree with the noble Lord, Lord Lansley, that the second part of the amendment is not crucial. I take a completely opposite view. I consider that that is the crucial part of the amendment. The proposed new paragraph (b) refers to the need to, “ensure that patients have rapid clinical access to new clinically...

Digital Economy Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (6 Feb 2017)

Baroness Byford: My Lords, I rise to move the amendment tabled by my noble friend Lord Willetts, who apologises that he could not be here tonight. I have the two other amendments in the same group. Clause 68 makes mandatory the provision of data by Crown bodies to the ONS for defined statistical research purposes. An alternative approach might be for an organisation such as the Information...

Airport Capacity and Airspace Policy: Business of the House (2 Feb 2017)

David Lidington: With permission, I should like to make a statement about the business for next week. Monday 6 February—Consideration in Committee of the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill (day 1). Tuesday 7 February—Continuation of consideration in Committee of the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill (day 2). Wednesday 8 February—Conclusion of consideration in...

Higher Education and Research Bill - Committee (7th Day) (Continued) (30 Jan 2017)

Lord Prior of Brampton: My Lords, I think we are all pretty much in violent agreement about the critical importance of collaboration across countries, but also about being able to attract the best and brightest to the UK. There is no question about that. When one hears the story from the noble Lord, Lord Mendelsohn, about individuals who have decided not to come here for various reasons because of Brexit, it is...

Higher Education and Research Bill - Committee (7th Day) (30 Jan 2017)

Baroness Brown of Cambridge: My Lords, in moving the amendment, which is also in the name of my noble friends Lord Krebs, Lord Mair and Lord Broers, I will speak also to Amendments 481A, 481B to 481D, 482A and 482B. Bringing the research councils, Innovate UK and Research England together in one organisation, UKRI, opens the possibility of achieving some important benefits, in particular in the areas of:...

Business of the House (26 Jan 2017)

David Lidington: The business for next week will be as follows: Monday 30 January—Second Reading of the Pension Schemes Bill [Lords]. Tuesday 31 January—Second Reading of the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill (day 1). Wednesday 1 February—Conclusion of Second Reading of the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill (day 2). Thursday 2 February—Select Committee...

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...


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