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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...

Homeopathy and the NHS (29 Mar 2017)

David Mowat: ...to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hanson. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Bosworth (David Tredinnick) on yet again leading the charge—we have debated this issue in various parts of Parliament—and on securing this debate in close proximity to Homeopathy Awareness Week, which starts on 10 April. He normally corresponds with my colleague, the Minister for Public...

Brexit: Environment and Climate Change - Motion to Take Note (23 Mar 2017)

Lord Gardiner of Kimble: I am sorry that the noble Baroness does not have confidence in our institutions, our Parliament and our courts, because that is in effect what she is saying. She is saying that other countries around the world are well able to look after their own environment. In fact, in many cases, as I have described, we are already leading and are recognised as a leader of the world. The committee is also...

EU Membership: UK Science - Motion to Take Note (23 Mar 2017)

Lord Prior of Brampton: My Lords, I add my congratulations to those of other noble Lords to my noble friend Lord Selborne on this extremely good report. I hope that his committee can build on that report and that it will form a very big part of our industrial strategy. I do not think there is any doubt that research is one of the jewels in the UK’s crown, but we should never take it for granted. The report is...

Armed Forces Act (Continuation) Order 2017 - Motion to Approve (21 Mar 2017)

Lord Ramsbotham: My Lords, in addition to adding to the tribute to the noble Earl, I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Sterling, on his persistence in trying to persuade the Government to hold this debate—the first one in which I have taken part whose title comprises three separate subjects. I declare an interest as a former council member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, because...

Higher Education and Research Bill - Report (4th Day) (15 Mar 2017)

Lord Prior of Brampton: My Lords, I rather fear that an irresistible force has met an immovable object on this occasion. That is a shame because we have agreed on so much in this part of the Bill and we all agree that the various amendments that have been made have vastly improved the Bill. I would argue that we have done 98% of the work required. Despite the very eloquent speeches made by the noble Lord, Lord...

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (1 Mar 2017)

Lord Teverson: My Lords, I thank everybody for their contribution to this extended meeting of the Science and Technology Committee of the House. I hope that the noble Earl will make sure that we are all on the attendance list next time it meets. Again, I thank the Government and I thank the noble Lord, Lord Prior, who is in his place, for the conversations that we have had. However, what this debate shows...

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...


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