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European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - Report (Continued) (7 Mar 2017)

Lord Heseltine: I wonder whether the noble Lord realises that the Ministers or European officials with whom this will be negotiated have all got to go back to every European parliament and the European Parliament before they can conclude a deal.

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - Report (Continued) (7 Mar 2017)

Lord Heseltine: My Lords, many of your Lordships have made the point that we are not here to refight the referendum campaign; there is a clear mandate to trigger Article 50. My own personal position has been clearly established since I first joined the Conservative Party in 1951. I believe, and always have, that Britain’s national self-interest is inextricably interwoven with those of our European...

Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill [HL] — Report (2nd Day) (15 Jul 2015)

Lord Heseltine: My Lords, we touched on this subject in Committee. I hope very much that your Lordships will reject this proposal. In this House, it is universally agreed that we are shifting power on a massive scale to local authorities in whatever form they decide to combine. It is important, urgent and economically of great significance. The idea that we should be trying to reintroduce a system whereby...

Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill [HL] — Report (2nd Day) (15 Jul 2015)

Lord Heseltine: My Lords, this is a highly controversial subject. There are many opinions on both sides of the House, and I have no doubt that the issue will be returned to time and again. Perhaps, however, your Lordships will agree with me that this Bill is the implementation of a manifesto commitment by the elected Government to devolve power from the Whitehall departments to combinations of local...

Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill [HL]: Report (1st Day) (Continued) (13 Jul 2015)

Lord Heseltine: My Lords, the more I have listened to the debate on Amendment 34, the more worried I have become about many of the interventions from the Benches opposite. Devolution is not something that government departments are longing to do. They are not sitting there asking, “How can we give up power? How can we transfer this back from where we have taken it?”. There is controversy between...

Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill [HL] — Report (1st Day) (13 Jul 2015)

Lord Heseltine: My Lords, I see reference in the amendments to public access to officials of the council. I am opposed to that concept. I have had the privilege of serving in Government after Government and value hugely the advice that comes from officials, but I have never believed that officials always give you agreed advice. Some do, but the composition of such advice starts at a relatively low level in...

Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill [HL] — Report (1st Day) (13 Jul 2015)

Lord Heseltine: Unlike the noble Lord, I have never served in local government, so I cannot speak with his experience. As I understand it, officials give advice in public, but I do not think that meetings of officials before they formulate that advice are open to public or press scrutiny. I was addressing that concern when I intervened.

Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill [HL] — Report (1st Day) (13 Jul 2015)

Lord Heseltine: The noble Lord asks me for my personal opinion on that matter and I give him my answer: yes. I think that we would have been incomparably better over 50 years if, instead of taking power away from those authorities, we had concentrated on their leadership and performance. Yes, that would have meant differentiating in the early stages about the financial support that one entrusted them with,...

Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill [HL] — Report (1st Day) (13 Jul 2015)

Lord Heseltine: I have listened to the noble Baroness with interest and I wonder whether she has not caught up with the news that both Alan Johnson, a former Cabinet Minister in the Labour Government, and Liam Byrne, the very perceptive Chief Secretary who noticed that there was no money left, have said that in the circumstances of there being mayors they would be interested in a nomination. The fact is that...

Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill [HL] — Report (1st Day) (13 Jul 2015)

Lord Heseltine: The first point on Amendment 3 is that it removes the nature of the deal with government that there will be a mayor. It is designed to remove that condition. The noble Lord, Lord Shipley, has a different version, which has another delaying process, about consultation. But what does that mean? It means referenda. It means consultation of one sort or another. This is a delaying process. I have...

Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill [HL] — Report (1st Day) (13 Jul 2015)

Lord Heseltine: That is a very good question and rightly asked. Where the difficultly comes is that no one is imposing a deal. The Government are not saying that A, B, C and D must happen—the noble Lord shakes his head, but I had the privilege to sit in some of the negotiating discussions that have taken place and know that no Minister is saying that this is the prescription. That is what we would have...

Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill [HL] — Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (22 Jun 2015)

Lord Heseltine: My Lords, I am on the side of the councillors. Giving rough figures, I can say that the chief executives of our bigger authorities earn something of the order of £200,000 or £250,000 a year. They are by any standards in the top decile of income groups in the areas that they administer. The leaders of the councils—this relates to the suggestion from the noble Lord, Lord...

Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill [HL] — Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (22 Jun 2015)

Lord Heseltine: My Lords, we are trying to create world-class prestigious authorities to negotiate on behalf of our major urban areas a massive range of opportunities. I ask the noble Baroness what she thinks about having a directly elected Bristol mayor in Tokyo negotiating a billion-pound investment for the city when, in the fortunes of life, the mayoralty is relatively politically unpopular—and they...

Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill [HL] — Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (22 Jun 2015)

Lord Heseltine: The mayor would be speaking in his position as an elected official and in normal circumstances he would be able to refer to his successor as representing a policy that was the Bristolian policy. If the issue is, as suggested, that the mayoralty may go and a completely new form and structure of government take its place, what is to say that the devolved responsibilities that had been...

Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill [HL] — Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (22 Jun 2015)

Lord Heseltine: I am most grateful. I think that the noble Baroness is perhaps not old enough to know this but the real problem was the Redcliffe-Maud inquiry of the 1960s, which the Labour Party of the time established, and which set out the model for local government in this country. It replaced 1,400 local authorities with about 60 and it is towards that model, created by a Labour Government of the 1960s,...

Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill [HL] — Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (22 Jun 2015)

Lord Heseltine: My Lords, I have worked with the noble Lord, Lord Shipley, and I know of his long experience and dedication to this cause. However, I disagree with the consequences of what he is asking your Lordships to accept. We are looking at a system of local government which has not delivered the necessary standards in a whole range of fields. In my life as a politician, I have seen how we have...

Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill [HL] — Committee (1st Day) (22 Jun 2015)

Lord Heseltine: My Lords, the one clear message from the two speeches that we have heard so far is the unanimous view that the direction of travel from central government back to local people is welcomed on all sides of the House. In the view of many of us, it is long overdue and much to be welcomed. I have the privilege of acting as a special adviser to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local...

Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill [HL] — Second Reading (Continued) (8 Jun 2015)

Lord Heseltine: Just for the sake of accuracy, I was responsible for helping to create the metropolitan county councils in 1972, but I also got rid of them in 1992.

Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill [HL] — Second Reading (8 Jun 2015)

Lord Heseltine: My Lords, I congratulate my noble friend Lady Williams on the very clear way in which she summarised this fascinating piece of legislation, which is immensely wide in its potential and dependent almost entirely on the detail of offers that other people are yet to make. I am sure that noble Lords will appreciate that we have heard two speeches from opposition parties that were very helpful and...

Economy: Growth — Question for Short Debate (6 Dec 2012)

Lord Heseltine: To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to the Report No Stone Unturned in Pursuit of Growth.


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