People with Disabilities Standing for Elected Office – Question | Lords debates

My Lords, does my noble friend agree that the Government may be able to perform a useful convening role with political parties, to gain more traction on this issue? In 2018, I was commissioned to produce a report on increasing access to public appointments for disabled people. Unfortunately, many of its recommendations remain unaddressed. Could […]

Build Back Better Business Council – Question | Lords debates

My Lords, I declare my interests as set out in the register. Does my noble friend agree that, when it comes to build back better and the SDGs related to financial well-being, fintech has a key role to play? Further, does she agree that the Government will seriously consider the recommendations of the fintech strategic […]

Taskforce on Innovation, Growth and Regulatory Reform – Question | Lords debates

My Lords, the Covid pandemic has affected young people particularly hard in their education and when beginning their careers. To this end, and in terms of “Build back better” and this task force, will the Government put an end to the pernicious practice of unpaid internships? The Prime Minister and the public are in favour […]

National Bus Strategy: England – Statement | Lords debates

My Lords, I welcome the bus strategy for cleaner, greener, better buses and bus services. The regulations on the information on accessibility are not due to be done until summer 2022. Would my noble friend consider a more ambitious timetable? Similarly, when it comes to the physical nature of vehicles at the end of 2023, […]

Taskforce on Innovation, Growth and Regulatory Reform – Question | Lords debates

My Lords, the Covid pandemic has affected young people particularly hard in their education and when beginning their careers. To this end, and in terms of “Build back better” and this task force, will the Government put an end to the pernicious practice of unpaid internships? The Prime Minister and the public are in favour […]

Reforming the Computer Misuse Act: time to CyberUp

Cyber security has never been more important than it is today. As digital technology continues to advance apace and COVID-19 has prevented normal in-person interaction, almost everything in our personal and working lives has become digital. The CyberUp campaign highlights the way current legislation inhibits rather than promotes the important work of cyber security. As […]

Budget Statement – Motion to Take Note | Lords debates

My Lords, I welcome and congratulate all noble Lords who have made their maiden speeches in today’s debate and declare my interests as set out in the register. The Chancellor delivered a good Budget in uniquely bad times. I believe it can be best summarised as “The Government’s economic strategy is their vaccine strategy; the […]

Music and Performing Arts Students: Visas and Work Permits – Question | Lords debates

My Lords, “I learned by touring Europe in the 60s. Young artists need the same chance”. Those are the words of Elton John. Would my noble friend agree that the Rocket Man is right? We need a long-term, sustainable solution, but we also need a short-term fix. Would the Minister agree that the department could […]

Budget Statement – Motion to Take Note | Lords debates

My Lords, I welcome and congratulate all noble Lords who have made their maiden speeches in today’s debate and declare my interests as set out in the register. The Chancellor delivered a good Budget in uniquely bad times. I believe it can be best summarised as “The Government’s economic strategy is their vaccine strategy; the […]