Results 81–100 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

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?

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Inequalities - Motion to Take Note (30 Nov 2017)

Lord Scriven: My Lords—

Online Hate Speech - Statement (30 Nov 2017)

Lord Scriven: My Lords, the Minister said that the state visit has been offered and accepted. The noble Lord, Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth, the government Minister for Faith, less than 50 minutes ago said that he would be unable to welcome the President of the United States because of the tweets. With the Home Office being responsible for community cohesion, would she and other Ministers in the Home Office...

Railways: Update - Statement (29 Nov 2017)

Lord Scriven: Will the Minister clarify an earlier answer? Electrification, particularly of the Midland main line, is not at all in this strategy. If we are talking about faster, cleaner, cheaper and greener railways, electrification has its role. In answer to my noble friend, she said that the Government would look at electrification again. Is she giving a firm commitment that the Midland main line is...

Deaths in Police Custody - Statement (30 Oct 2017)

Lord Scriven: My Lords, paragraph 45 of the executive summary says that a key theme to emerge from this review is the failure to learn lessons and to properly consider and implement recommendations from previous reports and studies. In the light of that, there is a recommendation for an independent office of compliance which should be answerable to Parliament and tasked with the dissemination of learning,...

Public Parks: Funding - Question (30 Oct 2017)

Lord Scriven: My Lords, Natural England estimates that the NHS could save £1 billion a year in mental and physical health costs if every household had equal access to parks and green spaces. Is the cross-Whitehall group specifically looking at this saving, as well as the potential pooling of budgets, where one department saves and another can benefit, to look at equal access to parks and to bring about...

Social Rented Housing: Construction - Question (26 Oct 2017)

Lord Scriven: My Lords, I refer to my interests in the register, particularly as a member of Sheffield City Council and a vice-president of the LGA. The £2 billion that the Minister referred to will on average build 11 new council homes in each local authority area each year. As it is estimated that 85,000 council houses per year will need to be built by local authorities, this will not solve the housing...

Digital Understanding - Motion to Take Note (7 Sep 2017)

Lord Scriven: My Lords, I thank the noble Baroness, Lady Lane-Fox, for this debate and I declare my interests as laid out in the register, particularly as a vice-president of the Local Government Association. The potential for public services to use information technology to provide opportunities to improve lives and empower people is great but the reality is that, here in the UK, this is grinding to a...

Refugees - Question for Short Debate (19 Jul 2017)

Lord Scriven: My Lords, I, too, thank the right reverend Prelate for securing this debate. I share the sentiments expressed by the noble Baroness, Lady Berridge: some progress has been made, and it would be churlish not to acknowledge that. However, further progress still needs to be made. The report states that, “the evidence we received shows that experiences of the asylum system can have a detrimental...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (4th Day) (27 Jun 2017)

Lord Scriven: My Lords, I noticed that the gracious Speech was very clear about something to do with fairness, which the Minister raised. It said that the Government, “will make further progress to tackle … discrimination against people on the basis of their race, faith, gender, disability or sexual orientation”. We have made much progress on equality for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or...

Update on the Grenfell Tower Fire and Fire Safety - Statement (26 Jun 2017)

Lord Scriven: My Lords, the Minister has described some of the work that will be done, and that is welcome. However, there is utter confusion at the moment among not just residents and tenants but those in the construction industry about what will now be deemed safe, because of the seeming contradiction between the building regulations and the combustibility test that the Government are carrying out. Where...

Commonwealth - Motion to Take Note (16 Mar 2017)

Lord Scriven: Very quickly, because I do not want to detain the House, if that is the case would the noble Baroness commit to meeting the Kaleidoscope Trust to see how they can take forward jointly the action plan it has come up with?

Commonwealth - Motion to Take Note (16 Mar 2017)

Lord Scriven: My Lords, I thank the Minister for bringing this timely and important debate on our future relationship and leadership role with the Commonwealth. As the Minister will be aware, and as noble Lords may be aware, the Foreign Office has five principles for its priorities for the Commonwealth. I hope all five will be promoted in our leadership role at the Heads of Government event that will take...

Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield Combined Authority (Election of Mayor) (Amendment) Order 2017 - Motion to Approve (16 Mar 2017)

Lord Scriven: My Lords, I draw the House’s attention to my interests as laid out in the register, particularly as a member of Sheffield City Council. It is always a pleasure to follow the noble Lord, Lord Blunkett. He may not agree with everything I am about to say, but he may agree with some of it. First, I welcome the devolution deal to Sheffield, even though it does not go as far as it should do and...


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