Results 101–120 of 400 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 Scriven

Inequalities - Motion to Take Note (30 Nov 2017)

Lord Scriven: My Lords—

Inequalities - Motion to Take Note (30 Nov 2017)

Lord Scriven: My Lords, it is very rare that I am mistaken for anyone else in this House. I start by thanking the noble Lord, Lord Liddle, for his excellent introduction. He analysed the issues well and gave some of the solutions that are needed to deal with the inequalities that affect the regions and the nations of the United Kingdom. I also thank the other speakers for their contributions. I begin with...

Turkey: Human Rights - Question (29 Jan 2018)

Lord Scriven: The Minister will be aware of the repeated abuses of Turkish LGBTI citizens’ human rights by their own Government, including the firing of rubber bullets to stop Pride celebrations. The EU has withheld €175 million of moneys due to Turkey to protest at this and other human rights abuses. If we are to leave the EU, what will come first in the Foreign Office’s policy towards Turkey: trade...

Northamptonshire County Council - Statement (6 Feb 2018)

Lord Scriven: My Lords, I declare my interest as a member of Sheffield City Council and a vice-chair of the LGA. The Minister just said from the Dispatch Box that no other councils are near to going over the cliff edge. The Local Government Association produced a report at the end of 2017 which said that by 2020, if the financial crisis for local government is not solved, up to half of local authorities...

Gulf States: Human Rights - Question (8 Feb 2018)

Lord Scriven: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the governments of the Gulf States regarding human rights abuses in those states.

Gulf States: Human Rights - Question (8 Feb 2018)

Lord Scriven: The Minister will be aware of the Bahrain Government’s crackdown on human rights activists and their families being targeted in an attempt to silence them. One such case is that of Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei, who is present here today. Sayed’s family have been tried and sentenced on the basis of coerced confessions. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has repeatedly told Sayed to report the...

Bermuda: Same-sex Marriage - Statement (8 Feb 2018)

Lord Scriven: My Lords, I too thank the Minister for repeating the reply to the Question in the other place. This is clearly a backward step, not just for LGBT rights but for human rights of LGBT citizens across the Commonwealth. Therefore, the Government are beholden to make a direct and forceful intervention in this situation. I have two questions for the Minister. First, what direct action did either...

Northern Forest - Question (26 Feb 2018)

Lord Scriven: My Lords, I will follow on from the previous question. The cost of the northern forest will be £500 million, which equates to nearly £20 million a year having to be found. If those sums are not found, predominantly by charities, what contingency plans do the Government have to ensure that the northern forest becomes a reality?

Security and Policing: Facial Recognition Technology - Question for Short Debate (1 Mar 2018)

Lord Scriven: My Lords, I, too, thank the noble Baroness, Lady Jones of Moulsecoomb, for initiating this debate. “I also wanted a framework for governance and oversight, which I think is so important in this area. We need the public to trust that what we are doing is clearly legal … why we are using biometrics, and for what purpose”. Those are not my words, but the Minister’s words to the House of...

Police: Undercover Officers - Question (21 Mar 2018)

Lord Scriven: My Lords, in the walkout today, the leading QC representing the victims said that it was due to the legal teams not being able to participate in a meaningful way. How have we got to a position where this has been going on for three years and cost £9 million but senior QCs feel they cannot participate in a meaningful way?

Immigration: Asylum Claims - Question (28 Mar 2018)

Lord Scriven: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made in implementing the recommendations of the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration in the report, An investigation into the Home Office’s Handling of Asylum Claims Made on the Grounds of Sexual Orientation, March to June 2014.

Immigration: Asylum Claims - Question (28 Mar 2018)

Lord Scriven: I thank the Minister for that Answer. I want to move on to the issue of detention of those seeking asylum on the grounds of sexual orientation. The UK is the only country in the EU that detains indefinitely those seeking asylum on sexual orientation grounds. Therefore, will the Government commit to implementing the Yogyakarta principle plus 10, on the application of international human...

Windrush Generation - Statement (24 Apr 2018)

Lord Scriven: My Lords, this is a situation where faceless bureaucracy and policy has forgotten that we are dealing with individuals. My issue is not to apportion blame, but to try to solve the problem as quickly as it can be deemed for the individuals involved. That will require joined-up government not just in policy but in its implementation. We are talking about driving licences, benefits, jobs and...

Renewal of G4S Contracts - Statement (9 May 2018)

Lord Scriven: My Lords—

Asylum Seekers - Private Notice Question (15 May 2018)

Lord Scriven: My Lords, Her Majesty’s inspector’s report says: “Clearly, some senior-level intervention is required to ensure that the situation is rectified without delay”. Who is the most senior person in the Home Office dealing with this? What criteria have been laid down for the new provider, which will be signed off by that senior person, to ensure that this can never happen again?

Disposable Cups Ban - Question (21 May 2018)

Lord Scriven: To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to ban the sale of hot and cold drinks in disposable cups.

Disposable Cups Ban - Question (21 May 2018)

Lord Scriven: I thank the Minister for that Answer. Does she agree that if we are going to do away with the throw-away culture, the Government must lead by example? Will the Government therefore look as a matter of urgency at their procurement rules and perhaps consider taking up the Freiburg cup, which is recyclable, can be used 400 times and is transferable, as part of a mission to ensure that central...

Rail Timetabling - Statement (4 Jun 2018)

Lord Scriven: My Lords, the Minister talked about a compensation scheme similar to the one down south. Does that scheme relate purely to season tickets? If it does, what percentage of Northern Rail travellers actually have and use a season ticket?

Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme - Motion to Take Note (7 Jun 2018)

Lord Scriven: My Lords, I am pleased to be able to introduce this debate. I want to try to set a tone at the outset that what we are about is how to improve the lives of the most vulnerable of vulnerable people who are fleeing the terrible situation in Syria and coming to the UK. This is not about unnecessary criticism of the Home Office and I hope that when the Minister comes to reply, it will not be a...

Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme - Motion to Take Note (7 Jun 2018)

Lord Scriven: This is an important point if we are to get this right and start to plan before people arrive. The UNHCR does more than just give a primary reason. If people are coming with complex needs, and we want to plan, we need to know about them before they are here. Why do we not look at more than just primary recording—as well as using that to help plan, both before and while people are here?


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