Results 1-20 of 27 for freedom of speech speaker:Lord Hunt of Kings Heath

Transparency — Motion to Take Note (10 November 2011)

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: ...a Bill is considered in Committee and gone through amendment by amendment is a welcome introduction. I also welcome the noble Lord, Lord Gold, to your Lordships' House. He made an excellent maiden speech and his point about transparency in international business affairs was important. It echoed the point of the noble Lord, Lord Elton, about transparency in international aid. By definition,...

Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules: Motion of Regret (3 May 2011)

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: ...grateful to the noble Baroness and to other noble Lords who have taken part in this important debate. The noble Baroness referred to the previous Government. I am sure that we can trade experiences of previous Governments, and that is always good sport, but one thing that the previous Government did do was to take the reports of the Merits Select Committee very seriously. One of the...

Queen's Speech — Debate (3rd Day) (27 May 2010)

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: .... He is highly regarded in this House and I look forward to our future debates. It is true that I have not yet sent him a letter, principally because I no longer have the well oiled machinery of the Civil Service to write it, but he has my very warm wishes. I also congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Neville-Jones, on joining the Government. What a fetching sight the noble Lord and the...

Second Reading (Continued) (15 December 2008)

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: ...into too deep water, I shall write to the noble Earl. I am not at all sure that he has got that right. Certainly, the important point is that it would be wrong to presume that the designation of a marine conservation zone will result in closure to fisheries, notwithstanding the general concern that I share with noble Lords about the whole question of fish and conservation, which is crucial...

Written Ministerial Statements — House of Lords: Human Rights (29 September 2008)

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: Lord Laird tabled 34 Questions for Written Answer on human rights covering a number of government departments. Given the length of the answers to these Questions I am providing the information requested in this Statement. Each Question is referred to by means of the House of Lords number. A list of the Questions will be included as an annexe to the text of this Statement deposited in the...

Freedom of Information (Additional Public Authorities) Order 2008 (19 June 2008)

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: My Lords, we are all deeply indebted to the noble Lord, Lord Tyler, for enabling us to have a short but, I hope, illuminating debate about the operation of the freedom of information legislation. He asked a number of fair questions about the criteria in relation to the order and went through an interesting list of organisations which he suggested ought to be included in the Act. He will know...

Britishness (19 June 2008)

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: ...mentioned paradise, I thought that he was referring to God's own city and, indeed, he was. He, too, is a Warwickshire supporter but, alas, he went wrong by turning left towards Villa Park instead of St Andrews. It was interesting to hear the noble Lord's description of his father's experiences on the streets of Birmingham, which he found paved not with gold, but with cold, and of the...

Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill (7 May 2008)

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: ...285A. This is our final group. I welcome the opportunity to come back to debate this important question, on which we had an interesting and informed debate rather late at night on the third day of Report. That question has now been debated in the other place, which, having disagreed with your Lordships' amendment by a large margin, has now sent it back to us for further consideration. It...

Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill (21 April 2008)

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: .... Such guidance having been produced, remedies are available if the authorities act outwith that guidance. I understand why the noble Lord, Lord Waddington, wishes to bring this to the attention of the House, and his concerns regarding freedom of speech, but his amendment will not help the case. In many ways it will confuse. At the end of the day, the issue stands or falls on the offence...

Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill (21 April 2008)

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: ...been raised very clearly indeed. I want to say at once that I understand the issues that the noble Lord and others have raised; it is described as a chilling effect, this concern that the passage of this legislation would unnecessarily inhibit the absolute right of freedom of speech. I certainly understand those concerns, but none the less the Government continue to believe strongly that...

Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill (21 April 2008)

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Thomas of Gresford, for raising this important point. I have great sympathy with what lies behind it. I agree that allegations that gay people are prone to being paedophiles are particularly damaging and distasteful and that such allegations should be challenged vigorously. I also agree that in many instances those allegations will be threatening and...

Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill (5 March 2008)

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: ...we will come back to at Report. I understand exactly what the noble Earls, Lord Onslow and Lord Northesk, are driving at when they raise concerns about where information is going and the impact of information sharing. They will also expect me to say that there are many advantages to that sharing of information, both in the benefit that we, as individuals, get from a joined-up approach to...

Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill (3 March 2008)

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: I thank the noble Lord, Lord Kingsland, for ever for his pithy wind-up speech. I agree with the noble Lord, Lord Dearing. This has been a very good discussion in the best traditions of your Lordships' House. Whatever views we bring to this debate, it has been an extremely important and useful rehearsal of a number of important issues which your Lordships have discussed in a number of Bills...

Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill (3 March 2008)

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: ...prosecute because those matters are best left to the DPP. It is not for a Minister to intervene. I understand the concerns as to whether this proposed change in legislation might have an impact on freedom of expression. This has been thought about very carefully. It was thoroughly debated as the Bill passed through the other place and it was agreed that no additional safeguard was...

War Powers and Treaties (31 January 2008)

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: ..., for initiating what has been a quite splendid and high calibre debate. I am up against the clock, and if he is to respond I must finish absolutely in 20 minutes. I shall try to deal with a number of the most important matters that have been raised in your Lordships' debate. First, I join other noble Lords in thanking the noble Lord, Lord Janvrin, for his exceptional maiden speech. We all...

Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill (22 January 2008)

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: ...Low, challenged me to say that in general, despite a few positive comments and so on, the Bill has been warmly welcomed. I am not going to say that. We have had a serious and important debate and, of course, my noble friends and I who sit on the Front Bench look forward to intensive debate during the next few weeks on the important matters raised by noble Lords. A "hotchpotch", "curate's...

Governance of Britain (25 October 2007)

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: My Lords, with the leave of the House, I shall repeat a Statement made by my right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Justice in another place. The Statement is as follows: "Mr Speaker, with permission, I should like to make a Statement about our programme of constitutional renewal. With this Statement, three consultation documents are being published. The first, jointly by my right...

Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Bill (20 June 2007)

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: .... We all hope that my noble friend Lady Andrews will be back in full voice before Committee stage; I certainly do. It is with some trepidation that I attempt to respond on these important matters of local government to so many experts in the Chamber today. Like the noble Baroness, Lady Cumberlege, I have local government experience—I was a member of Oxford City Council at the age of...

Health and Care in the Community (25 January 2007)

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: My Lords, I join other noble Lords in congratulating the noble Baroness, Lady Gardner of Parkes, on securing this debate. Her knowledge, interest and support for the National Health Service are well known and I was delighted by the tenor of her speech. She chose a wide topic, which noble Lords have made wider still. In fact, we seem to have had a sort of Queen's Speech debate about the whole...

Mental Health Bill [HL] (8 January 2007)

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: ..., which is much appreciated. I pay tribute to my noble friend Lord Warner for his absolutely magnificent work as a health Minister over, I think, three-and-a-half years. I have a certain amount of form in this area as on 20 December 2000 I made a statement on behalf of the Government about our plans for this legislation. Since then, there have been two draft Bills and much discussion and...