Former Crossbench Peer
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My Lords, I will not take a moment. I have been very impressed by all the contributions to the debate. If Gurkha veterans living in the United Kingdom in their advancing years need to do so, will they get access to the hospital charities such as Erskine in Scotland, along with the other military hospitals?
One point of clarification would help me. The noble Lord, Lord Hamilton, put the case that cars—and quite luxurious ones for that matter—could be used during the course of seeking petitioners. Can the Minister say whether there will be a financial limit on the amount spent for that petitioning purpose? In every other democratic system there is a limit, and a very strict one at that.
In all my experience of petitions, they are public documents. The other place is famous for petitions being laid before Parliament. This is a public record, but now we are discussing the introduction of an element of secrecy about it. The recall of a Member of Parliament is a very serious matter. We are working through a process to remove a democratically elected Member of Parliament and we...
Former Crossbench Peer
Entered the House of Lords on 13 October 2009
Previously MP for Glasgow North East until 22 June 2009 — Resigned
Left the House of Lords on 29 April 2018
Entered the House of Commons on 3 May 1979 — General election
Party was Deputy Speaker until 23 Oct 2000; Speaker until 11 Apr 2005; Independent until 11 May 2005; Speaker until 22 Jun 2009
Also represented Glasgow North East; Glasgow Springburn
Last updated: 21 Jul 2009.
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