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Economic Leadership for Cities — Motion to Take Note (11 Dec 2014)

Lord Scriven: Maiden Speech: My Lords, I rise before you today with a sense of pride—pride in the fact that I come from a very humble background: born in a council estate in Huddersfield, the son of a refuse collector and a hospital cleaner—but also with a sense of nervousness. As I look round the House at all the experience, the wisdom and the knowledge, I understand that in my five minutes I have to...

Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (28 Jan 2015)

Lord Scriven: My Lords, I apologise to the Committee for not having taken part in the Second Reading of the Bill, but I was out of the country. I wish to speak to this amendment because I was the leader of Sheffield City Council at the time when the Prevent strategy came in. I think that we may be going down the road of repeating past mistakes. When Prevent was brought in, it was not statutory but it was...

Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (28 Jan 2015)

Lord Scriven: Where do GPs, as part of the health service, fit into the system?

Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (28 Jan 2015)

Lord Scriven: If it is a function across health professionals and health services, the proportion of people who come into contact with an acute trust is significantly small. Why have the health service and GPs been excluded from the duty, yet consultants who see the minority of patients have been included? What is the significant difference in order for the Government to be making that delineation of...

Independent Panel Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse — Statement (4 Feb 2015)

Lord Scriven: My Lords, the Minister mentioned the Rotherham report. The report out today finds that Rotherham Borough Council has been involved in covering up information and suppressing whistleblowers, and it concludes that those closely associated with past failures need to let others make a fresh start. Does the Minister agree that any officer or councillor who is implicated in that report, or who...

Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill — Report (2nd Day) (4 Feb 2015)

Lord Scriven: My Lords, I, too, support my noble friend in Amendment 13A. I want to share my experience as a former leader of Sheffield City Council to say how difficult this is. We make a grave mistake by talking about the Muslim community as though it is a homogenous group of people. They are people with many different beliefs, different processes and different understandings of what is happening...

Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill — Report (2nd Day) (Continued) (4 Feb 2015)

Lord Scriven: The Minister has given those figures, but it also says clearly in the impact assessment that there are some areas where the risk has not been assessed for Prevent requirement purposes. It is not possible to estimate accurately how much will be required for additional Prevent activities. So the figures in the impact assessment are completely irrelevant because, in many areas, the assessment as...

Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill — Report (2nd Day) (Continued) (4 Feb 2015)

Lord Scriven: My Lords, I thank my noble friend Lady Hamwee, and I thank the Minister for guiding the Bill so ably and patiently through the House. I am aware of the time, so I will try not to keep the House too long. Until now, the debate has been about putting on to a statutory footing the powers that some specified organisations will have and some that they will not. The Minister, along with others who...

Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill — Report (2nd Day) (Continued) (4 Feb 2015)

Lord Scriven: The impact assessment states that extra work will happen because of the statutory duty, so the Government have made very clear that extra costs, not just to local authorities but to other statutory bodies within local areas, will be brought about by the new statutory duties. I am not clear what to follow as the specific guidance: the answer that the Minister is helpfully trying to give or the...

Small Businesses: Finance — Question (25 Feb 2015)

Lord Scriven: What action will the Government take on non-traditional funding for small and medium-sized businesses such as crowdfunding, which is becoming a far more important route to gaining funds for small and medium-sized businesses?

Police: Complaints — Question (3 Mar 2015)

Lord Scriven: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking in the light of the number of complaints against police forces in England and Wales as reported by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Police: Complaints — Question (3 Mar 2015)

Lord Scriven: I thank my noble friend the Minister for that Answer. However, will the Government, as a matter of urgency, set up an independent inquiry into South Yorkshire Police over its systematic failings and slow and inadequate responses and improvements in cases of child exploitation, particularly its handling of the Rotherham cases?

Standardised Packaging of Tobacco Products Regulations 2015 — Motion to Approve (16 Mar 2015)

Lord Scriven: My Lords, I thank the Minister for putting before us these proposals to try to protect public health. I declare an interest—not that I am part of any cigar club, not that I have shares in any tobacco company and not that I have been wined and dined by a tobacco company. In the last few years, I have seen both my parents die through being long-term smokers, and I have seen the effect that...

Immigration: Detention — Question for Short Debate (26 Mar 2015)

Lord Scriven: My Lords, I thank the noble and learned Lord, Lord Lloyd, for bringing this debate to the Chamber today. As a new boy, I look on his swan-song and think, if only I could achieve a small fraction of some of the things that he has achieved and have the effect that he has had in this House and in the country, I will have done an extremely good job. I say with all honesty that I will definitely...

Immigration: Detention — Question for Short Debate (26 Mar 2015)

Lord Scriven: Under the John Vine report on detention and sexuality, there is meant to be an action plan. Clearly, the recommendations are sitting in the Home Office. When will the action plan come forward so that issues to do with sexuality in detention can be addressed? We know what the issues are. The Home Office has accepted the recommendations and we are just waiting for the action plan.

Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill [HL] — Committee (1st Day) (22 Jun 2015)

Lord Scriven: My Lords, first, I apologise to the House for not speaking at Second Reading. I was unable to get here for the start of the debate, but I have listened to the speeches so far on this amendment. I kind of want to change the perception of looking at this purely through the prism of Whitehall. As a council leader and someone who started the city deal in Sheffield during my time as leader of...

Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill [HL] — Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (22 Jun 2015)

Lord Scriven: My Lords, I have listened to the noble Lord, Lord Heseltine. Like the noble Baroness, Lady Warsi, I cannot recall the 1960s; I was born in that decade, so my period is rather similar. The noble Lord has always been a big figure in local government during the entire time that I have risen up and been involved in it, but I have to say that I think his analysis on this is wrong. I say that...

Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill [HL] — Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (22 Jun 2015)

Lord Scriven: The Minister says that, but let us take my own area of South Yorkshire as a practical example. There will be four local leaders, all of the same party, which through a whip system will control the four local authorities within that area. Therefore, even if the vast majority of local people were against it, the party system could force it through, and if it went through, it could not be...

Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill [HL] — Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (22 Jun 2015)

Lord Scriven: My Lords, if a combined authority asked for powers similar to those of the Manchester deal, would the Government seek to impose a metro mayor on that model or would another form of governance be acceptable?

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

Lord Scriven: I wish to emphasise what my noble friend Lord Shipley and the noble Lord, Lord Smith, have just said. In Committee last week, I said that the real elephant in the room was the issue of fiscal devolution; otherwise the Bill is about decentralisation. I listened to the Minister and I agree with my noble friend Lord Shipley and the noble Lord, Lord Smith, that this will ultimately get lost...


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