Last Friday the Government released something late – which is their way of hiding things that they think will be unpopular – namely, that they will be sharing data with the police… Continue reading “HMG sharing Test and Trace data with the police”
My noble friend Lady Bennett would like me to explain that we are dividing this Bill between us and she will speak on the internal and devolution issues. She abhors the destruction by this Bill of the rights of democratic devolution that have been embraced and exercised by the people of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Scotland has long had a distinct education system with higher qualification standards for teachers. The Senedd too has plans for better control of single-use plastics than we have managed here in England. Continue reading “UK Internal Market Bill: Second Reading”
My Lords, the classic comedy, “Yes Minister” has a running joke. When the Minister stands up to give a speech, he starts by saying, “We live in a time of change”. That could not be more true now because we are definitely living in a time of change. Continue reading “The legislation and regulation around COVID19 remains convoluted”
I said to the House: My Lords, last year the Government were found to have acted unlawfully in selling to Saudi Arabia Continue reading “Why is the government selling arms to Saudi Arabia again?”
Rosie Boycott asked what progress HMG have made towards identifying sponsors for COP 26; and what criteria are used in the appointment of any such sponsors.
My supplementary to Rosie’s question was: Which climate-credible people in the Government will make the decision on which companies are climate credible?
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First day of the Report Stage of the Immigration and Social Security (EU Withdrawal) Bill…
This is the worst possible time to be making people homeless.
Continue reading “A return to evictions”
The Lords voted to keep food standards and protect family farms by amending the Agriculture Bill on Tuesday. The government managed to unite the National Farmers Union, consumer organisations, supermarkets and greens in lobbying for the Lords to defeat the government by 307/212. It was one of six government defeats in the Lords on what used to be considered rural, home turf for the Conservative Party. Continue reading “Victory on Agriculture Bill”
Lord Bruce of Bennachie asked what steps the government will take to ensure the recovery and diversification of the United Kingdom oil and gas industry supply chain…