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Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill [HL]: Committee (3rd Day)(Continued) (29 Jun 2015)

Lord Scriven: In a previous life I have been both a senior NHS manager and a leader of a council. This is as clear as mud. If, for example, the partnership board decided it wanted to reconfigure local healthcare and a hospital was to be closed, who would be held responsible ultimately by the public for that decision? Would the Secretary of State ultimately be able to stop that decision? Coming back to what...

Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill [HL]: Committee (3rd Day)(Continued) (29 Jun 2015)

Lord Scriven: Is the partnership board a statutory body?

Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill [HL]: Committee (3rd Day)(Continued) (29 Jun 2015)

Lord Scriven: Is the partnership board a statutory body or a corporate board in law, or is it just a partnership?

Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill [HL]: Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (29 Jun 2015)

Lord Scriven: My Lords, I am pleased to put my name to this amendment and I thank my noble friend Lord Teverson for outlining the reason why it is necessary. On the face of it, it would not seem necessary to have such an amendment, apart from the announcement made last week with regard to major transport infrastructure and electrification of all the rails in the north of England. Let us assume that we have...

Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill [HL]: Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (29 Jun 2015)

Lord Scriven: The purpose of the amendment is not to say that it has not altered. Let me give a practical example. If a local authority, LEP or combined authority agreed with a multinational investor a decision about the placing of a factory or economic unit and then out of the blue, without any consultation or pre-warning, this major transport electrification on which the investment is predicated was...

Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill [HL]: Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (29 Jun 2015)

Lord Scriven: I will very quickly say that I fully support everything that the noble Baroness, Lady Royall, said. When I was leader of Sheffield City Council, we did things such as devolution down to citizens and communities, participatory budgeting, restorative justice—all the things that gave people not just power but actually a stake in the community—and they became authors of a better communities...

Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill [HL]: Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (29 Jun 2015)

Lord Scriven: I understand what the noble Lord says, but the Bill says that when there is disagreement you would be pushing for unitary authorities or an authority—one or more—in an area where that might not be needed. That is what Amendment 44L would dictate would happen if there was no agreement. It could be one unitary or two or three unitary authorities within the area. The principle of having an...

Investigatory Powers — Motion to Take Note (8 Jul 2015)

Lord Scriven: My Lords, I note that I was not mentioned by the Minister at the beginning because I am not an expert on this matter. However, I am a citizen of this country and I want a safe country, but I also want to live in a country where my privacy and civil liberties are balanced with that security. That is vital. I do not think that anyone would disagree with the tone of the debate that we have had...

Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill [HL] — Report (1st Day) (13 Jul 2015)

Lord Scriven: My Lords, I support Amendments 3 and 4. I have listened with interest to what the noble Lords, Lord Heseltine and Lord Deben, have said. The amendments are about flexibility—the whole point of devolution is flexibility—and the noble Lord, Lord Heseltine, let the cat out of the bag when he said that you would only have a deal if you have a mayor. That is diktat, not a deal: it means that...

Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill [HL] — Report (1st Day) (13 Jul 2015)

Lord Scriven: If, for example, my own area of Sheffield decides to go for this with a mayor and it is then not deemed to be as successful as some of the proponents want and the public and the politicians in that area wish to move away from the mayoral model, what would be the procedure to do that—to prove that it was not an imposition, that actually it was a deal, it was voluntary and could be withdrawn...

Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill [HL] — Report (1st Day) (13 Jul 2015)

Lord Scriven: My Lords, I have some practical experience of this as a former council leader. When I became leader of the council in Sheffield, we had an economic development agency which met in private. Everything was in private—advice, meetings and papers—because it was deemed to be somehow arm’s length and pseudo public sector. Through a very hard-fought and long battle, I thought that it was...

Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill [HL] — Report (1st Day) (13 Jul 2015)

Lord Scriven: Before the Minister sits down, can I just ask one question? Is it not the case that any advice that is given, which is written down or in an email, can be requested under freedom of information legislation? What is the difference between that and debate being curtailed by allowing the public to hear the advice being given? They can request it anyway through a freedom of information request.

Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill [HL] — Report (2nd Day) (15 Jul 2015)

Lord Scriven: I welcome the Minister’s reply but I would like to go away and reconsider what she is suggesting. In my own personal experience, open competition or advertisement has been made for independent chairs of a number of committees on which I have sat in South Yorkshire, including for the fire authority. It turned out that the independent members—when further scrutinised after appointment by...

Surveillance Legislation — Question (16 Jul 2015)

Lord Scriven: My Lords, can the Minister explain to the House how, if the Government decide not to go for a judicial signature on the warrant, the country will get information from communications service providers abroad, which hold most of the data that would be sought, when they have said that they are highly unlikely to give over information based on a political signature but are likely to co-operate...

Asylum: Sexual Orientation — Question (20 Jul 2015)

Lord Scriven: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to implement the recommendations in the report by the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration of March–June 2014 regarding the handling of asylum claims made on the grounds of sexual orientation, and if so, when.

Asylum: Sexual Orientation — Question (20 Jul 2015)

Lord Scriven: I thank the Minister for that Answer. He may be aware that an action plan has been agreed with third sector organisations that has become more “plan” than “action”. Can he say when the action plan will be implemented and, if not, will he write to me giving a date? Also, could the person overseeing the action plan be someone equivalent to the director of asylum, rather than a junior...

Budget Statement — Motion to Take Note (21 Jul 2015)

Lord Scriven: My Lords, the Minister said at the beginning of the debate that this was a fair and balanced Budget, but I hope to show over the next few minutes why it is not. This is the first Budget without the coalition of the Liberal Democrats in government, so the Tories have been able to deliver their own Budget. It has come at a time when finances are improving and stability is beginning to return....

LGBTI Citizens Worldwide — Motion to Take Note (17 Sep 2015)

Lord Scriven: My Lords, noble Lords may ask why I have chosen this as the first debate I initiate in your Lordships’ House. I am proud and honoured to be able to do so because when I came into your Lordships’ House, I gave a commitment that I would use this platform in this House and this Parliament to give a voice to people who do not have a voice, and particularly to people whose are LGBTI citizens...

LGBTI Citizens Worldwide — Motion to Take Note (17 Sep 2015)

Lord Scriven: My Lords, I thank noble Lords for taking part in this debate, which has been thoughtful, informed and excellent. It has been powerful for a reason that many noble Lords will not know. In the Chamber watching and listening to us are some people I met on Tuesday who are either going through the asylum process or have been granted asylum. Probably for the first time ever they have seen a number...

EU Migration: Valletta Summit — Question (3 Nov 2015)

Lord Scriven: My Lords, if the meeting in Valletta is between the European Union and African countries, will the Minister raise the issue of LGBT individuals who are fleeing those countries in Africa because of state persecution based on their sexuality?


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