Lord Howarth of Newport
Former MP, Newport
Former MP, Newport
Lord Howarth of Newport occasionally rebelled against their party in this parliament
My Lords, if the Government reduce resources for local authorities by 30% to 40%, with inevitably larger reductions in available funding for discretionary services, how can local authorities comply with their statutory duty to provide the comprehensive and efficient public library service which he mentioned?
The noble Lord emphasised that the Government are anxious to limit the influence of big money and outside money, and he quite rightly made the point that neither big money nor outside money can trigger the recall process. However, he gave no explanation as to how the provisions of the Bill would in practice limit the power of either big money or outside money to influence such local...
But there are no limits to the number of organisations that are able to mount such campaigns. The Minister is rejecting the amendment that my noble friend has proposed, but he does not seem to have any other safeguards.
Entered the House of Lords on 22 June 2005
Previously MP for Newport East until 11 April 2005 — did not stand for re-election
Entered House of Commons on 9 June 1983 — General election
Also represented Newport East; Stratford-on-Avon
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