Canlyniadau 2441–2460 o 2511 ar gyfer speaker:Lord Sharpe of Epsom

Nationality and Borders Bill - Second Reading ( 5 Ion 2022)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: My Lords, I remind everybody again that it is a five-minute Back-Bench speaking limit.

Nationality and Borders Bill - Second Reading ( 5 Ion 2022)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: My Lords, may I remind the noble Lord that there is a Back-Bench speaking limit of five minutes? Thank you.

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill - Report (2nd Day) (Continued): Amendment 61 (13 Rha 2021)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Brooke, for again affording us the opportunity to debate the issue of drink-driving. I commend him for his long association with this particular subject; it well predates my time in this House. I know that, since the debate in Committee, he and other noble Lords have discussed this issue and other matters with the road safety Minister. Let me...

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill - Report (2nd Day) (Continued): Amendment 61 (13 Rha 2021)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: I cannot give that assurance but, as I say, the scope of the consultation is still being worked up. As I have also said, once the call for evidence is concluded we would welcome submissions from all interested parties, so I am sure that that can be part of the scope.

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill - Report (2nd Day) (Continued): Amendment 59 (13 Rha 2021)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: My Lords, I thank again my noble friend Lady Stowell for her work on this issue. I know she feels passionately about the regulation of pedicabs, particularly in the capital. I also thank all noble Lord who took part in this brief debate. In England outside of London, as my noble friend is aware, pedicabs can be regulated as hackney carriages—that is, as a taxi—so the local licensing...

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill - Report (1st Day) (Continued): Amendment 2 ( 8 Rha 2021)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: I thank all noble Lords who have participated in this brief debate. I do not know whether my noble friend Lord Blencathra was in his place when I started speaking, but I was praising him and his committee—I also praise him for his stealthy entrance. He asked about statutory guidance. As I said in my brief introduction, all the guidance will now be laid before Parliament, as the noble Lord,...

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill - Report (1st Day) (Continued): Amendment 2 ( 8 Rha 2021)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: I am afraid I do not know; it goes back to 2015. We will look it up for you. Amendment 2 agreed.

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill - Report (1st Day) (Continued): Amendment 2 ( 8 Rha 2021)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: My Lords, this group of amendments responds to various recommendations made by the Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee. I am grateful to my noble friend Lord Blencathra and the other members of the committee for their careful scrutiny of the Bill. These amendments address issues across the Bill, but I hope the House will agree that it would be convenient to take them together....

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill - Report (1st Day) (Continued): Amendment 2 ( 8 Rha 2021)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: He is here—my apologies. In light of all I have said, I hope the House would agree that we have responded positively to the relevant recommendations from the DPRRC and will support these amendments. I beg to move.

Covid-19: Vaccination in Developing Countries - Question ( 2 Rha 2021)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: My Lords, the new variant omicron is showing us yet again that no one is safe until everyone is safe. Global vaccination continues to be vital for our defences against the pandemic and we are committed to making sure that people in the poorest countries get vaccines. We are a leading supporter of COVAX, which has delivered over 483 million vaccines to low and middle-income countries. This...

Covid-19: Vaccination in Developing Countries - Question ( 2 Rha 2021)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: I thank the right reverend Prelate for his question. I do not recognise those particular stats, but I can give him some others which perhaps may reassure him. As I said earlier, the UK is one of the largest donors to the COVAX advance market commitment, which supports access to Covid-19 vaccines for up to 92 low and middle-income countries, 46 of which are in Africa. Our commitment of £548...

Covid-19: Vaccination in Developing Countries - Question ( 2 Rha 2021)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: I do not know the answer to the noble Lord’s second question. As regards the expiry date issue, decisions on donations are driven by the availability of vaccines from domestic supply. Once the Health Secretary is confident that vaccines are available to donate directly to partners, the Foreign Secretary prioritises how they are shared. Obviously, avoiding vaccine expiry and wastage is a UK...

Covid-19: Vaccination in Developing Countries - Question ( 2 Rha 2021)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: The noble Lord will appreciate that I cannot commit the Government to all those things, but I can tell him a bit about some of the things we are doing, which I hope will reassure him a little. He will also understand that this is not necessarily my specialist subject so I ask him to bear with me. We have deployed UK emergency medical teams to 11 African countries to provide training and...

Covid-19: Vaccination in Developing Countries - Question ( 2 Rha 2021)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: I am pleased to be able to give my noble friend a good answer: the £20 million contribution to the African Union’s Covid-19 response fund was not affected by the ODA cuts. The first contribution of £5 million was disbursed in July 2020 when the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and the African Union agreed an MoU. The remaining £15 million was disbursed in March 2021, so the...

Covid-19: Vaccination in Developing Countries - Question ( 2 Rha 2021)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: I thank the noble Baroness for her question, and it is an incredibly important one. Clearly, one of the factors of slow vaccine rollout is a lack of ability to distribute and administer. The UK Government are preparing a cross-departmental support offer to multiple sub-Saharan African countries, including: scientist-to-scientist conversations to provide technical advice to Governments;...

Covid-19: Vaccination in Developing Countries - Question ( 2 Rha 2021)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: My Lords, I think, actually, the first duty of a Government is to protect their own population. I do not regard that as deeply immoral. However, I agree that there is clearly inequity between the rich and the less well-developed parts of the world. With regard to the travel bans, we are putting in place a lot of economic support for Africa, as I have already detailed to some extent. There are...

Covid-19: Vaccination in Developing Countries - Question ( 2 Rha 2021)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: I thank my noble friend for her question. I think I have already explained and outlined the extensive efforts the UK is making as regards exporting vaccines. I am afraid I am not qualified to comment on the advisability or otherwise of vaccinating particular cohorts of the population. That, as I am sure my noble friend will appreciate, is significantly beyond my brief.

Qatar: Football World Cup 2022 - Question (30 Tach 2021)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: My Lords, we continue to work with Qatar to support its delivery of a safe and secure World Cup. As with all tournaments, we will work closely with host authorities on the safety of British nationals attending, including fans, journalists and players. Our close ties with Qatar allow us to engage on a range of topics and we raise human rights issues whenever required, which includes in the...

Qatar: Football World Cup 2022 - Question (30 Tach 2021)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: Everyone deserves the right to work safely and securely, whether that be in Qatar, the UK or elsewhere. Having engaged with the Qatari authorities, the International Labour Organization, as the noble Lord has just noted, published this month a comprehensive report containing recommendations for improving data collection and analysis on occupational injuries and fatalities. This is an...

Qatar: Football World Cup 2022 - Question (30 Tach 2021)

Lord Sharpe of Epsom: We are aware of these cases and are closely monitoring developments. We understand that Qatari and Norwegian authorities, to whom the noble Lord refers, are in communication. The UK remains committed to media freedom and to the global media freedom campaign, launched in 2018. Obviously, a large cohort from the British press is expected to attend next year’s tournament. As part of the...


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