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Queen's Speech — Debate (3rd Day)

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 5:58 pm on 27th May 2010.

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Photo of Lord Falconer of Thoroton Lord Falconer of Thoroton Labour 5:58 pm, 27th May 2010

My Lords, I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Bichard, on this genuinely good maiden speech. He has very much to offer this House. He was the Permanent Secretary at the Department for Education and Employment from 1997 till 2001, and he practised what he preached. He achieved a lot by change. We have much to learn from him.

I also congratulate with real sincerity the noble Lord, Lord McNally, on his appointment to the Ministry of Justice. He is somebody of real warmth and ability who is extremely popular in this House, and we all genuinely wish him very well.

My noble friend Lady Jay of Paddington wished to speak today; the noble Lord, Lord McNally, should be grateful that she did not. She would have mentioned how loyally the noble Lord served her father and the Labour Party, then how loyally he served the Liberal Democrats and, now, how loyally he serves the noble Lord, Lord Strathclyde, the self-styled tubby toddler.