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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...

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...


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