Canlyniadau 1–20 o 295 ar gyfer speaker:Lord St John of Bletso

Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and International Committee of the Red Cross (Status) Bill - Second Reading (17 Mai 2024)

Lord St John of Bletso: My Lords, I shall be very brief. I put my name down to speak in this debate because I have had a long-standing interest in the work of the CPA and the commendable work of the Commonwealth and the Red Cross. I also put my name down because, as a Cross-Bencher who has sat next to my noble friend Lord Sandwich for more than 20 years, I wanted to commend him for his extraordinary work. The...

Artificial Intelligence in Weapon Systems Committee Report - Motion to Take Note (19 Ebr 2024)

Lord St John of Bletso: My Lords, I join in congratulating my noble friend Lord Lisvane and his committee on this detailed report. Coming last to the crease, I will try to raise a few issues that have not been raised by others. We are certainly living in very uncertain and precarious times, with the emergence of this new form of fast-moving AI battlefield management systems. It is perhaps opportune that we are...

NHS: Long-term Sustainability - Motion to Take Note (18 Ebr 2024)

Lord St John of Bletso: My Lords, I join others in thanking and congratulating my noble friend Lord Patel on introducing this topical debate, and in congratulating the noble Baroness, Lady Ramsey, on her very moving maiden speech. As the last to come to the crease before the closing speeches, I shall be very brief, and just make a few observations. I come to this debate not as a medical expert, though like my noble...

Zimbabwe: Sanctions - Question ( 7 Maw 2024)

Lord St John of Bletso: My Lords, does the Minister agree that the existing sanctions in Zimbabwe have not curbed President Mnangagwa’s repressive regime and left a vacuum for the Chinese and the Russians, who are occupied in mining strategic minerals? Is it not time to convene an all-party parliamentary conference in Zimbabwe to help pave the way for the incumbent Government to be more inclusive and address the...

Life Sciences Businesses - Question (26 Chw 2024)

Lord St John of Bletso: My Lords, it is well known that there is a chronic shortage of purpose-built life sciences wet lab space. Can the Minister elaborate on what measures are being taken to build more science parks and innovation hubs?

Recycled Plastics - Question (13 Chw 2024)

Lord St John of Bletso: My Lords, there are growing reports of the detrimental impact of microplastics in the food and water supplies, which can indirectly impact on our health. What are the Government doing to further research this problem and educate the public on this risk, and what measures are being taken to mitigate it?

King’s Speech - Debate (6th Day) (15 Tach 2023)

Lord St John of Bletso: My Lords, I join in congratulating the noble Lord, Lord Roberts, and my noble friend Lord Young on their outstanding maiden speeches, each achieved in less than five minutes. I also welcome the noble Earl, Lord Minto, to his new role. I wish to focus my brief comments on some of the major challenges facing southern Africa. I am pleased that my noble friend Lord Young drew reference to the...

Zimbabwe: Election - Question ( 5 Med 2023)

Lord St John of Bletso: My Lords, it is patently clear from all the international reports that these elections were not free and fair, but CCC still managed to secure at least one-third of the parliamentary seats. What measures can His Majesty’s Government take, as well as our international partners, to call for an all-party conference in Zimbabwe to try to reach an inclusive compromise road map for the economic...

Advanced Artificial Intelligence - Motion to Take Note (24 Gor 2023)

Lord St John of Bletso: My Lords, I join in thanking my noble friend Lord Ravensdale for introducing this topical and very important debate. I was fortunate to be a member of the Lords Select Committee, together with the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Oxford as well as the noble Lord, Lord Holmes of Richmond, ably chaired by the noble Lord, Lord Clement-Jones, some six years ago. We did a deep dive into the...

Zimbabwe - Question ( 6 Gor 2023)

Lord St John of Bletso: My Lords, ahead of the general election in Zimbabwe on 23 August this year, what assurances have His Majesty’s Government been given on international election observers for this election and an updated election register?

Hunting Trophies (Import Prohibition) Bill - Second Reading (16 Meh 2023)

Lord St John of Bletso: My Lords, while I personally dislike trophy hunting and for the last 20 years have been a trustee of Tusk Trust, which is one of the largest conservation charities in Africa, I have some reservations about this Bill as currently drafted. I am grateful to the Library for its research note and for the briefing that we had from Professor Amy Dickman and others. The noble Baroness, Lady Jones,...

SMEs: Net-zero Targets - Question ( 7 Meh 2023)

Lord St John of Bletso: My Lords, does the Minister agree that there is no clear consensus as to what net zero entails for SMEs? With them accounting for 99% of all businesses in the United Kingdom, what are the Government doing to standardise pathways to net zero among these businesses?

Gambling Act Review White Paper - Statement ( 3 Mai 2023)

Lord St John of Bletso: My Lords, I declare my interest as an adviser to Betway, as declared in the register. I join in welcoming the White Paper. At a time when over 22 million people enjoy a bet each month and when problem gambling has fallen to 0.2% from 0.3% the previous year, can the Minister elaborate on the measures being taken to promote a level playing field for the betting and gambling industry? More...

Nuptial Agreements - Question (25 Ebr 2023)

Lord St John of Bletso: My Lords, I have practised as a divorce lawyer in South Africa, where the prenuptial agreement is respected, and it should not be seen purely as a protection for high net worth individuals. Why is there so much resistance to respecting and introducing a prenuptial agreement?

Plastics: Health Research - Question (19 Rha 2022)

Lord St John of Bletso: My Lords, while welcoming the plastic packaging tax in April this year, I noted an alarming OECD report recently that plastic waste entering the oceans is set to treble in the next 40 years. What are our Government doing to fund credible plastic alternatives so as to mitigate the problems at source?

COP 27: Outcome - Question ( 6 Rha 2022)

Lord St John of Bletso: My Lords, one of the most significant challenges outlined at COP 27 was the rapidly increasing use of single-use plastics globally. The United Kingdom is one of the worst offenders, with almost 99 kilograms per person. What are the Government doing to address this and transition to more sustainable alternatives?

COP 27: Commitments - Motion to Take Note (24 Tach 2022)

Lord St John of Bletso: My Lords, I am grateful to my noble and right reverend friend Lord Harries for introducing this topical debate and join in congratulating the noble Lord, Lord Leong, on his most impressive maiden speech and his commitment to the work of your Lordships’ House with his vast experience. I have to say that I have mixed emotions after this conference. My son, who is a climate change management...

Zimbabwe - Question (27 Hyd 2022)

Lord St John of Bletso: My Lords, following the continued violence against opposition supporters and candidates at the Matabeleland election last weekend, and the refusal of the electoral commission to release the electoral roll, what chance is there of there being free and fair elections in Zimbabwe in July?

Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II - Tributes (Continued) (10 Med 2022)

Lord St John of Bletso: My Lords, like the noble Baroness, Lady Seccombe, I had the privilege of serving as an extra Lord in Waiting to Her late Majesty the Queen, since 1997, with particular responsibility for meeting and greeting Heads of State from Africa. I was also in South Africa in 1995 at the time of Her Majesty the Queen’s state visit at the invitation of President Nelson Mandela. She enjoyed a warm...

Household Waste Recycling - Question ( 7 Gor 2022)

Lord St John of Bletso: My Lords, can the Minister expand on the measures being taken to promote separation and sorting technologies at recycling facilities, to increase the usability and efficiency of household waste in England?


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