Results 141–160 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

Immigration: Removal Centres - Question (14 Jan 2019)

Lord Scriven: My Lords, Stonewall and the UK Lesbian & Gay Immigration Group brought out a report called No Safe Refuge, which shows that those claiming asylum based on their sexual identity or gender identity who are put in detention suffer from prejudice, physical and sometimes sexual abuse. What is the Minister doing to ensure that this does not happen? Will she follow best practice from across the...

Homophobic Hate Crime - Question (22 Jan 2019)

Lord Scriven: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they plan to take in response to the BBC investigation of homophobic hate crimes.

Homophobic Hate Crime - Question (22 Jan 2019)

Lord Scriven: I thank the Minister for that reply. She will be aware that hate crimes based on sexual orientation or gender identity are not considered to be aggravated offences, which means that they carry a lower maximum sentence than other hate crimes committed on the basis of either race or faith. This sends an extremely hurtful and damaging message that anti-LGBT attacks are less serious than those...

Homophobic Hate Crime - Question (22 Jan 2019)

Lord Scriven: My Lords, the Minister answered very well a question I did not quite put. My question was about it not being an aggravated crime. That takes legislation so that a different maximum sentence can be laid. In the 2017 manifesto, the Conservatives committed to making it an aggravated crime, so when and how will legislation be brought forward?

Central Courts IT System - Statement (23 Jan 2019)

Lord Scriven: My Lords, less than three years ago there was a whole-Whitehall review of the £500 million contracts given to Atos for government IT systems. This is another potential catastrophe with an IT system that Atos has implemented in government. In the light of that, what government-wide review will now be done of Atos’s ability to provide IT services for government on such a scale?

Local Authorities: Essential Services - Motion to Take Note (24 Jan 2019)

Lord Scriven: My Lords, I start by drawing the attention of the House to my interests, as laid out in the register, as vice-president of the Local Government Association and as an elected member of Sheffield City Council. We have the luxury of three hours for this debate, which is good on such an important issue, and I have the added luxury of 15 minutes. I promise noble Lords that I will not take that...

Local Authorities: Essential Services - Motion to Take Note (24 Jan 2019)

Lord Scriven: I thank noble Lords who took part in this thoughtful, powerful and useful debate today. It showed the impact that local government has on people’s lives. Whether it be loos, transport, libraries, social care, housing or in some cases even Shakespeare’s memory, all are important. I hope that the Government and all noble Lords will take away from the debate four issues, and I shall make...

NHS Long Term Plan - Motion to Take Note (31 Jan 2019)

Lord Scriven: A plan for personalised and predictive systems of healthcare linking together genomics, big data, artificial intelligence and digitisation—is this real or just fantasy? This is the NHS, which recently said no fax machines by 2020, yet the plan trumpets that by 2024 all secondary healthcare organisations will be digitised. This statement may in time be found to be a different type of...

Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration Etc.) Bill - Committee (1 Feb 2019)

Lord Scriven: My Lords, I want to follow the noble Lord, Lord Cashman, because I have experience of this. Let us be clear about the prejudice of not being able to be married in the Church of England. I married just over 16 months ago. I and my husband, like every other couple, went into this with a sense of enjoyment and excitement, wishing to reaffirm our love of 23 years in the eyes not just of society...

Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration Etc.) Bill - Committee (1 Feb 2019)

Lord Scriven: My Lords, I find this very difficult because two issues close to my heart are at the epicentre of the amendment. The two issues are about devolution. I am a devolutionist to my fingertips. I support devolution: the concept that people should be able to make decisions close to where they live and work, and to be authors of their own destiny. It is in my political DNA. I support it; I like it....

Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration Etc.) Bill - Committee (1 Feb 2019)

Lord Scriven: At least the noble Lord, Lord McCrea, heard that I respect his view even though I disagree with it. I wish him speed for his flight. I will be brief. I have a desire for equality, and for him to make the decision; I am pulled in both directions. But his argument is fundamentally flawed, because the devolved Assembly is not working. The amendment is very clear. It gives the Assembly the right...

UK Shared Prosperity Fund - Private Notice Question (4 Feb 2019)

Lord Scriven: My Lords, twice now the Minister has referred to inequalities being a key factor in the shared prosperity fund. How does that sit with the latest consultation on the fairer funding formula, where deprivation and need have been excluded? Will this not mean robbing Peter to pay Paul when it comes to inequality and need?

Nissan in Sunderland - Statement (5 Feb 2019)

Lord Scriven: My Lords, as more decisions about where to make new models arise, is not the fear that car makers will look less favourably on a Britain that is outside the security of a large trade bloc, whatever the terms of an exit?

Brexit: British Airlines - Question (5 Mar 2019)

Lord Scriven: My Lords, further to my noble friend’s question about East Midlands Airport, can the Minister say what is happening regarding the potential clogging up of the M1, which is the only major way into East Midlands Airport? What specific plans are in place to ensure that the M1 does not clog up?

Stronger Towns Fund - Statement (5 Mar 2019)

Lord Scriven: My Lords, I draw the House’s attention to my interests as declared in the register, particularly as a member of Sheffield City Council. The Conference for Peripheral Maritime Regions in its report of January 2019 showed that through the European Regional Development Fund and Social Fund more than £11 billion would have come in from European funding between 2021 and 2027. This is a tenth of...

Bahrain: Human Rights - Question for Short Debate (13 Mar 2019)

Lord Scriven: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of human rights abuses in Bahrain.

Bahrain: Human Rights - Question for Short Debate (13 Mar 2019)

Lord Scriven: My Lords, I am pleased to move this important debate on human rights issues in Bahrain. I start by thanking noble Lords who have put their names down to speak, and the many organisations which have sent briefing notes to us, particularly the Library for its comprehensive note. It is important to have this debate, and what has happened in Bahrain today shows us why. Today, Bahrain’s lower...

Bahrain: Human Rights - Question for Short Debate (13 Mar 2019)

Lord Scriven: That is exactly what happened up until two years ago. Why did the policy change? The Government could do that until two years ago—indeed, they did.

Spring Statement - Motion to Take Note (20 Mar 2019)

Lord Scriven: My Lords, I start by highlighting my declarations in the register, particularly as a vice-president of the Local Government Association and as a member of Sheffield City Council. Listening to the Minister at the Dispatch Box coming forward with forecasts and percentages of growth made me understand why astrology was invented—because it makes Ministers’ economic forecasts seem like a...

Commonwealth - Motion to Take Note (28 Mar 2019)

Lord Scriven: I thank noble Lords for giving me permission to speak during the gap. I need to do so to raise an issue that has come to light in a Commonwealth country in the past day. Many noble Lords have spoken of the Commonwealth as a family. A family supports and nurtures its members and shows love to them, but it also sets out the acceptable values and moral framework within which those members should...


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