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Backbench Business: Child Poverty: London (22 Feb 2018)

Margaret Greenwood: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir Henry. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Mitcham and Morden (Siobhain McDonagh) on securing such an important debate. I have been struck by the passion and clear sense of all the speeches we have heard from Members championing the need to improve the situation of those in poverty. From the stories my hon. Friend told about...

Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill - Second Reading (20 Feb 2018)

Viscount Goschen: ...for the operation of autonomous vehicles and for enhancing the infrastructure to support electric vehicles. I add my usual, somewhat tangential, declaration of interest in that I work for an executive search firm which serves the high-technology and manufacturing sectors, among others. Perhaps the first thing to say is that this is a field which is developing incredibly rapidly and is...

NHS Staff: Oxfordshire (20 Feb 2018)

Ed Vaizey: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hollobone, and I thank you for saving the best till last. I congratulate my Oxfordshire colleague, the hon. Member for Oxford West and Abingdon (Layla Moran), on securing this important debate and on her extremely eloquent speech. I echo the way that she opened the debate by paying tribute to our colleagues who work in the NHS. When...

Working Group on Independent Complaints and Grievance Policy - Statement (8 Feb 2018)

Lord Newby: ...been around Parliament for any length of time are not totally surprised, because the abuse of power that it is possible to use as a Member of either the other place or here is pretty considerable. If we search our memory, all of us can think of people who have abused that power for a number of unsatisfactory purposes. It is very good to see that at the heart of these proposals there are...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Second Reading (2nd Day) (31 Jan 2018)

Lord Leigh of Hurley: ...friend Lord Astor said, the people have spoken and it is the job of this House and the other place to make it work as smoothly as possible. If the shadow Brexit Secretary wishes to continue his search for meaning, then he should look no further than improving this Bill. I commend some of what the chairman of the Brexit committee has to say, particularly as he reminds us that this...

Environment: 25-year Plan - Motion to Take Note (29 Jan 2018)

Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer: ...is cleaner or that the air has fewer pollutants in it, and we can see some things, such as those which the author Michael McCarthy describes in his book, The Moth Snowstorm. I am sure that many of your Lordships will remember when moths used to, “pack a car’s headlight beams like snowflakes in a blizzard”, or the insects that used to stick to the windscreen. There was...

Supported Housing — [Mr Virendra Sharma in the Chair] (18 Jan 2018)

Sandy Martin: It is a pleasure to speak under your chairmanship, Sir Graham. In their response to recommendation 3 of the joint report, the Government state that they are committed to boosting the supply of supported housing, but already there are supported housing schemes that have closed as a result of changes to the funding arrangements over the years. We are talking not just about supported housing for...

Legal System: Prosecutorial Policy - Question for Short Debate (18 Jan 2018)

Lord Thomas of Gresford: ...in human terms that one or more of these reasons may cause a complaint to be withheld, but it obviously makes the investigator’s task much more difficult. One Ministry of Justice statistic is telling. Its researches revealed that 57% of female complainants between the ages of 16 and 59 told someone but did not tell the police; 28% told no one and only 15% told the police. No one told...

RBS Global Restructuring Group and Smes: Holocaust Memorial Day (18 Jan 2018)

Andrew Percy: ...saved by two other families who agreed to hide them in a basement in a large block of flats. They were there until the end of the war. She told me the story of a day when the guards had heard a rumour that there were Jews living in that building and had come to search the apartment block. She told me that their lives had depended on the kindness of another neighbour in the block, who knew...

Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill [HL] - Report (2nd Day) (17 Jan 2018)

Lord Judge: My Lords, the issue which arises on this amendment captures precisely the same constitutional point on which your Lordships expressed your views on Monday. It is therefore disappointing that the Minister has not been able to acknowledge the view that vesting wide-ranging powers in a Minister to create criminal offences by regulation is constitutionally troublesome. Troublesome is a modest...

Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2016 (Consequential Provisions) Order 2017 - Motion to Approve (10 Jan 2018)

Lord Wallace of Tankerness: ...proposed merger—it is not even a merger but a dismemberment of the British Transport Police, with the Scottish part of it being put into Police Scotland. Many of the arguments were rehearsed when your Lordships’ House debated the devolution of legislative competence for dealing with the policing of railways and railway premises during the passage of the Scotland Act back in...

Laser Misuse (Vehicles) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (9 Jan 2018)

Baroness Sugg: ...purchase products directly via the internet and while overseas on holiday, which is of course more difficult to control. My noble friend Lord Balfe and the noble Lord, Lord Rosser, mentioned stop and search and whether the police need these powers. It is worth noting that the police already have the power to stop and search for laser pointers where they have reasonable grounds to suspect...

Shoreham Air Show Crash: Access to Justice — [Mark Pritchard in the Chair] (9 Jan 2018)

Phillip Lee: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Pritchard. I begin by paying tribute to my hon. Friend the Member for East Worthing and Shoreham (Tim Loughton) for his tireless and tenacious efforts and for securing this debate. I am grateful for the opportunity to respond on behalf of the Ministry of Justice. The Shoreham air disaster was an appalling tragedy. My heart goes out to all...

Industrial Strategy - Motion to Take Note (Continued) (8 Jan 2018)

Lord Cavendish of Furness: ..., I am very familiar with supply-chain promises that fail utterly to materialise in practice. I urge the Government to make a reality of this pledge and take seriously my noble friend Lord Maude’s remarks about supply chains. I do not think I have ever risen to speak in your Lordships’ House unless I have felt that at least most of what I had to say stemmed from personal...

Climate Change: Health - Motion to Take Note (21 Dec 2017)

Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury: My Lords, climate change has undoubtedly put an end to many species, most famously the dinosaurs. I am in your Lordships’ House as one of the last members of a species whose extinction is attributable to rather a different sort of change, namely constitutional change. In other words, I am a judicial dinosaur: one of the twelve Law Lords—or, more properly, Lords of Appeal in...

Tackling Financial Exclusion (Financial Exclusion Report) - Motion to Take Note (Continued) (18 Dec 2017)

Lord Shinkwin: ...time of greatest need? I should declare an interest of sorts. I was privileged to work at Macmillan Cancer Support 15 or so years ago. Never did I imagine that I would have the privilege of speaking in support of that amazing charity as a Member of your Lordships’ House, but I am proud to do so today, and to support the one in two people who, by 2020, as we have already heard, will...

Poverty and Disadvantage - Question for Short Debate (14 Dec 2017)

Baroness Buscombe: ...personalised assistance for individuals and their families—families, I stress—at its very heart. People entering universal credit have access to more tools than ever before to underpin their search for work and receive a tailored package of support to meet their needs. It is clear that this reform is working. UC claimants are able to find work faster and stay in work for longer...

Pension Equality for Women (14 Dec 2017)

Laura Pidcock: ...been forced into often back-breaking temporary zero-hours work with no security or job satisfaction just to make it through to their retirement age. Illness has made them desperate and trapped, and having to search for ways to make ends meet is frightening in this new financial environment. Financial insecurity and poverty have caused many to experience acute mental health problems. Caring...

Lotteries: Limits on Prize Values — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (12 Dec 2017)

Tracey Crouch: It is a pleasure, as always, to serve under your chairmanship, Sir Edward. I am grateful to my hon. Friend the Member for North West Norfolk (Sir Henry Bellingham) for calling what has been a stimulating and wide-ranging debate on an important issue, and I thank all Members who have taken part. Many of the issues that have been raised are complex, and are exactly the ones my Department has...

Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill [HL] - Committee (3rd Day) (6 Dec 2017)

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon: ...have not established such a register, the Secretary of State should take all reasonable steps to ensure that the Privy Council legislates to require each relevant overseas territory to do so. With your Lordships’ indulgence, I shall refer to the overseas territories as the OTs to save a degree of time. I also appreciate that, as the noble Baroness articulated in moving the amendment,...


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