Results 181–200 of 1200 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Lord Tunnicliffe

Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill - Committee (1st Day) (9 May 2018)

Lord Tunnicliffe: Might the noble Baroness meet us half way by giving us an assurance that at an appropriate time such a scheme will be developed?

Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill - Committee (1st Day) (9 May 2018)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, I shall speak to Amendment 29 in my name. I accept the noble Baroness’s congratulations on behalf of my staff—which is one quarter of a very able lady—who managed to get this past the Public Bill Office. The proposed new clause would protect insurers against accidents caused by vehicles repaired by unauthorised technicians. It would also require the Government to establish a...

Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill - Committee (1st Day) (9 May 2018)

Lord Tunnicliffe: The Minister made a very important statement at the beginning, so I want to make sure that I heard it correctly. I think that she said that the responsibility of the Secretary of State would be to list the vehicles that could safely be driven automatically or would safely drive themselves automatically on the roads. Does that mean that the Secretary of State will effectively be certificating...

Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill - Committee (1st Day) (9 May 2018)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, I shall speak to my Amendment 33 and comment briefly on the amendment of the noble Baroness, Lady Randerson. The debate today will cover several areas, but one of them will be safety and I shall speak more about that later. My amendment covers safety, and lights particularly upon hacking. This is not a controversial Bill as I see it: virtually all the amendments are probing...

Airports: Passenger Assistance - Question (3 May 2018)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, surely this is just a lot of good words. To fix this problem you do not need innovative solutions or great essays full of good words: you need resources. This is Heathrow penny pinching. What are the Government going to do to force Heathrow to put the right resources in?

Transport Levying Bodies (Amendment) Regulations 2018 - Motion to Approve (1 May 2018)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, I can set the Minister’s mind at rest that we are not going to have a constitutional crisis: this will be one of the thousands of affirmative instruments that will go through without a Division. Nevertheless, I have some mild misgivings. The draft regulations give authority to the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority to levy the upper-tier authorities, as far as I...

Proposed Merger of Sainsbury’s and Asda - Statement (1 May 2018)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, I thank the Minister for repeating the response to the UQ. First, I pick up on the wording about this so-called merger. Would I be right in thinking that it would be easier for all concerned if we called this a takeover and not a merger, particularly as J Sainsbury is paying 42% of the stock and £2.5 billion to Walmart for the stores? Secondly, we agree that the takeover has to be...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Report (3rd Day) (25 Apr 2018)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, I look at this amendment and note that it is about the continuity and safety of transport. I have fewer fears than my colleagues about the matter of safety, because the industries concerned were moving towards standardisation decades before the EU was formed. The area where I am very alarmed is the whole issue of traffic rights. I spent 22 years in aviation, 20 of them working for...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Report (3rd Day) (25 Apr 2018)

Lord Tunnicliffe: That statement implies that the negotiations have started. If so, it would be good to have some refreshingly open details of them in the transparent way that the EU works.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Report (3rd Day) (25 Apr 2018)

Lord Tunnicliffe: I was dismissive not of the value of the meetings but of the level of assurance.

Haulage Permits and Trailer Registration Bill [HL] - Third Reading (24 Apr 2018)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, I will briefly comment on the Bill. This is the third transport Bill that the Minister and I have worked on together. They have been conducted very efficiently by virtue of the efforts of the Minister and the Bill team. Virtually all issues have been settled by debate and consensus. I also thank my Bill team, which is half of one person, Katherine Johnson, especially for the...

Haulage Permits and Trailer Registration Bill [HL] - Report (17 Apr 2018)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, I thank the Minister for moving from what was an entirely untenable position in the original Bill. I wish she had moved further—I find many of the comments of the noble Baroness, Lady Randerson, sensible—but I cannot at this stage see a position that moves further but not all the way, for want of a better way of putting it. Therefore, I reluctantly accept the Government’s...

Haulage Permits and Trailer Registration Bill [HL] - Report (17 Apr 2018)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, I thank the Minister for that response and her department for the steps already made, but she used the argument which is always used in these circumstances: “Not in this Bill”. The problem is that the Bill is here and this is an opportunity. As the noble Earl, Lord Attlee, pointed out, this is a hole in our legislation, and it is a hole that we believe should be filled. It is a...

Haulage Permits and Trailer Registration Bill [HL] - Report (17 Apr 2018)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, I shall also speak to Amendment 17 in my name. The National Trailer and Towing Association has long campaigned for the periodic inspection and testing of light trailers. One of the main barriers to that is the lack of a trailer registration scheme that covers category O1 and O2 trailers. Noble Lords are aware of the tragic case of Donna and Scott Hussey’s very young son, Freddie,...

Haulage Permits and Trailer Registration Bill [HL] - Report (17 Apr 2018)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, in speaking to Amendment 12, I will speak also to Amendments 13 and 14 in my name. In the real world, you have to realise when you are not going to get any further. The noble Baroness has, in effect, accepted the thrust of our concern that there should be proper reporting. I think our amendments are much better but I know that she will not agree with me, and so I will settle for...

Haulage Permits and Trailer Registration Bill [HL] - Report (17 Apr 2018)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, I support the amendments and will build on the points made. Amendment 11 is particularly important. The generality of placing responsibility on the driver is becoming increasingly out of date with the complexities of the real, modern world. In other transport environments, it is recognised that the wider responsibility lies with the operator, and I hope that the Minister will be...

Haulage Permits and Trailer Registration Bill [HL] - Report (17 Apr 2018)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, I too welcome the movement that the Minister has shown in the redrafting of Amendment 4. The essence seems to me that there will be a series of criteria to determine who should get permits and that the use, particularly, of random selection will emerge only where the differentiation by the criteria shows candidates to be equal. In other words, the objective will be to have...

Haulage Permits and Trailer Registration Bill [HL] - Report (17 Apr 2018)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, we generally support the sentiment of both these amendments and hope that the Minister will be able to give assurances in both areas.

Haulage Permits and Trailer Registration Bill [HL] - Report (17 Apr 2018)

Lord Tunnicliffe: The groaning silence means it must be my turn. With the words of the Government Chief Whip ringing in my ears, I will try to be as brief as possible. My noble friend Lord Berkeley covered the issue with faint praise, and I join him in that. The Government are ahead of the game in this area, but it is a game that we do not really want to be in. He was right to emphasise the inspections, checks...

UK Convergence Programme - Motion to Approve (16 Apr 2018)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, we are holding this debate today in the context of weeks of key Brexit debates ahead. It seems odd to be debating a Motion on the issue of convergence as we embark on weeks of debate about how we will leave the EU. I will not make this speech Brexit heavy but focus on what the Motion asks us to approve. The Motion asks us to approve the Autumn Budget 2017 report and the most recent...


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