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Letter of the Lords - June 14, 2013

Letter of the Lords - June 14, 2013

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 Welcome to the latest edition of Letter of the Lords
 –
 
the weekly newsletter aimed at shining a light into the work the party‟s peers are doing in the second
chamber. Why not let us know what you think? Email the newsletter onlordsmedia@libdems.org.uk
. And that‟s also the address to give to friends, colleaguesand loved ones to sign up too. Plus don‟t forget to keep up to date with the blog at
 libdemlords.org.uk and follow us on Twitter at@LibDemLords. 
 
IN THE CHAMBER
 
Baroness Northover 
this week
 
to reaffirm the Government‟s commitment to spending 0.7% of gross national income on aid. There had been “gratifying agreement” in the Lords about the importance of supporting developme
nt
and the UK‟s stance inreaching the 0.7% figure. “We are, of course, the first G8 country to do so,” she said.
 
She added: “Especially in a period of austerity, I am very proud of the fact that we have done that and know how important it
is morally.
“We ar 
e clear that the Government are committed to spending 0.7% of GNI on aid. Aid is defined as official development assistance by the OECD[Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development]. We need to work across departments to achieve as much as we possibly can while we work withinternational organisations, both public and private, as shown in the nutrition summit.
“We are all agreed on how important it is to deliver the MDGs [Millennium Development Goals] and their successors so that we
can eradicate poverty
worldwide. There is a sophisticated understanding in this House that to achieve that requires working across government.”
 
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
 
“My noble friend Lady Hamwee accused me of teasing her –
something I would never dream of doing. I admire the fact that she gets the same pleasure fromtaking to bed a 200-
clause Bill plus schedules as some women get from Fifty Shades of Grey.” In his continuing bid to monopolise the quote of the
weeksection,
Lord McNally
casts an approving eye over 
Baroness Hamwee
‟s night
-time reading material.
TWEET OF THE WEEK
 
“Can't wait to see David Dimbleby on the Nigel Farage Show
 
#bbcqt”
 
Baroness Hussein-Ece
(MPs = 0) becoming the panellist to appear most often on the BBC‟s flag
ship current affairs show since 2009.
 
 
It would be “bordering on the criminal” if further funding cuts to the Science Museum Group meant that it would have to close
one of its three regionalmuseums,
Lord Lee of Trafford
told the House. Asking a question on museums,he said it faced a possible further 10% funding cut on top of a 25% cut already imposed. On the same question,
Lord Shutt of Greetland
 
said he had “had a look at the names of two dozen people who are trustees of 
theScience Museum Group or members of the Science Museum Advisory Board and
 –
would you believe it?
 –
22 of those 24 people are based either in London
or in Cambridge.”
 
Lord Shipley
.“Given
 
that some 800,000 people in the UK are severely or profoundly deaf and 25,000 rely on British Sign Language, and given also that the technology existspretty cheaply to provide the necessary communications and security checks, does the Minister agree that implementation of the Equality Act 2010 by all
providers be speeded up?”, he said. The Minister, Lord Gardiner of Kimble, said they “must clearly do better”.
 
Lord Storey
 
.He said he was sure that the Minister was “not aware of Cannibal Corpse‟s „Live Cannibalism‟ DVD being legally supplied to British
children or, indeed, the double-
disc set „His Name was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13
th
‟, so the change in the law for such content to be brought within the
regulatory scope of the BBFC
cannot come to soon”. The Minister said the Government would be doing more in the area of online video labelling.
  And
Lord Roberts of Llandudno
introduced a 
 which would allow asylum seekers the right to work after six months waiting for adecision in their case. At the moment all asylum seekers are barred from taking up employment, denying them a living and leaving them dependent onhandouts from the taxpayer.
Lord Roberts said: “Allowing asylum seekers to work would not only save taxpayers money, but it would afford them the dignity
 
of earning a living and reduce dependence on state handouts.”
 
BEST OF THE BLOG
 This week on the Lib Dem Lords blog,
Lord Roberts of Llandudno
Lord Storey
Lord Lester of Herne Hill
Lord Shipley

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