Speeches

Lords Select Committee Report into Ageing and Demographic Change

              Source: Hansard My Lords, it is a great honour and pleasure to follow my noble friend Lord Livingston of Parkhead’s insightful, witty and passionate maiden speech. We all welcome his contribution to the House, and indeed to the whole country and beyond. As a businessman, he distinguished himself when running BT, not merely by driving it forward to growth commercially inside and especially outside the UK, but also in helping to spearhead many corporate social initiatives, including those that have helped to create suitable employment for those in later life, initiatives which I know ...

The International, Economic and Cultural Contribution of Premier League Football to the UK

              I want to join my fellow peers in congratulating my noble friend Lord Bates for securing this debate. Amidst a summer of sporting success it is only right that we turn to football, a sport whose Premier League become truly world class over the last two decades - even though as a nation we still eagerly look forward to a World Cup breakthrough in future to add to our recent tally. I want to focus my remarks today on the question of how we balance between the interests of increasingly international club shareholders ...

Visas: Student Visa Policy

              Source: Hansard My Lords, I, too, am grateful to the noble Lord, Lord MacGregor, for tabling the debate. I declare an interest as someone who often works with universities, particularly east Asian student communities, organisations and bodies. When our country is in desperate need of growth, the question of how we treat visitors to it is of utmost importance. As the son of a Chinese immigrant, I support  carefully managed immigration and deplore the previous Government's mismanagement of it. However, I must say that I am unconvinced that today's Home Office and UKBA approach ...

Older People: Their Place and Contribution in Society

              Source: Hansard My Lords, I too wish to thank the most reverend Primate the Archbishop of Canterbury for this debate and join my fellow Peers in paying tribute to his work over the years-particularly to his compassion, eloquence, and dignity in the face of great challenges. We wish the most reverend Primate well in this next exciting stage in his life and pray it will be one full of peace, fruitfulness and joy. This debate surely comes at the right time as we wrestle with so many issues around care, fuel poverty, isolation ...

Minority Ethnic and Religious Communities: Cultural and Economic Contribution

                Source:  Hansard My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Bilimoria, for tabling this timely debate and for his truly enlightening speech. It is a testament to the value of this House that so many Peers are able to represent and speak on behalf of different minority interests here today, a strength I fear the current proposals for Lords reform may eradicate forever if carried out without very careful consideration. Somewhere in our system we must preserve a means by which the voiceless can have a voice. In the interests of time, ...

Protection of Freedoms Bill

                Source: Hansard My Lords, I very much welcome Amendment 57A and the announcement by the Minister, which is a positive step in the right direction. In light of that, I want primarily to direct my comments to the scope that the amendment provides for the use of volunteers. The amendment of the noble Lord, Lord McColl, supported across the whole House, is important. The voluntary legal advocate whom he proposes does not complicate matters by introducing additional bureaucratic burdens on the child. They would simply provide a means of helping all the ...