Results 181–200 of 11311 for speaker:Lord Martin of Springburn

Fixed-term Parliaments Bill — Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (15 Mar 2011)

Lord Martin of Springburn: My Lords, I have a worry about the idea of a five-year Parliament. My experience of the other place was that when there was a four-year Parliament, although there were arguments between Back-Benchers and their own government leaders-the Executive-and between parties, at least the electorate had an opportunity to sort the matter out. They could decide who would be the next Government. Now we...

Pope Benedict XVI: State Visit Funding — Question (10 Feb 2011)

Lord Martin of Springburn: My Lords, may I have it put on the record that this was nothing to do with the Catholic Church? This was a decision of ministerial departments.

Apprenticeships — Question (9 Feb 2011)

Lord Martin of Springburn: My Lords, I welcome what the Government are doing with regard to apprenticeships and giving young people a chance, but can steps be taken to contact self-employed journeymen and journeywomen- there are far more of them now than has ever been the case previously-to encourage them to take on apprentices? Small businesses and self-employed people are worried about the administration involved in...

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill — Report (2nd Day) (8 Feb 2011)

Lord Martin of Springburn: My Lords-

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill — Report (2nd Day) (8 Feb 2011)

Lord Martin of Springburn: My Lords, if the rule is that my intervention denies me the right to speak, I will sit down. It was a very brief intervention and it was for information. I understand the agitation of the Liberal Democrat Whip, but the Liberal Democrats were no slouches in speaking, so I wonder whether I might make a brief speech. If the noble Lord is saying that I cannot do it-

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill — Report (2nd Day) (8 Feb 2011)

Lord Martin of Springburn: I thank the noble Lord; I am obliged. I intervened on cross-examination but it was not my interest to worry about cross-examination by solicitors or QCs in an inquiry. Like the noble Lord, Lord Rooker, I have been to three inquiries, but they were in the city of Glasgow. They were very fair indeed. People from all walks of life turned up to put their case. Sometimes people would go along and...

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill — Report (2nd Day) (8 Feb 2011)

Lord Martin of Springburn: When the noble Lord mentions the Government's proposals, is it the case that those proposals will not allow cross-examination at the inquiry?

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill — Report (1st Day) (7 Feb 2011)

Lord Martin of Springburn: The person I referred to was not the noble Lord, Lord Gould; he was a Canadian gentleman. He certainly was not a Lord.

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill — Report (1st Day) (7 Feb 2011)

Lord Martin of Springburn: My Lords, I was interested to hear the noble Lord, Lord Foulkes, say that he did not kowtow to the press. He agreed to sponsor me in this House. We had a discussion a fortnight beforehand and I said: "George, try to keep your name out of the newspapers". He did, but hard as he tried, he could not keep his name out of the papers. He certainly does not kowtow to them, but he does make sure that...

National Insurance Contributions Bill: Second Reading (2 Feb 2011)

Lord Martin of Springburn: I welcome any help and initiative that is given to employing apprentices. On the remark about adult apprenticeships, it should not be forgotten that those who may have missed an opportunity when they left school should have an opportunity, as adults, to take up apprenticeships.

National Insurance Contributions Bill: Second Reading (2 Feb 2011)

Lord Martin of Springburn: My Lords, I have been very interested in what every noble Lord has had to say, including the Minister and the shadow Minister, and I am delighted that incentives are being provided to bring work to men and women. But perhaps I can ask the Minister to give employers the incentives to employ as many apprentices as possible. I feel very strongly that when young people are taken on as...

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill: Committee (16th Day) (1 Feb 2011)

Lord Martin of Springburn: My Lords, I would happily support the amendment of the noble Lord, Lord Rooker, which would leave out, "may take whatever steps they think appropriate to" and insert "must", but I am worried about the preparation of the leaflets. As I mentioned in my previous intervention, Amendment 110ZZA would provide that, "The leaflet shall be distributed, so far as is practicable, to all households in...

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill: Committee (16th Day) (1 Feb 2011)

Lord Martin of Springburn: Perhaps that is what should happen, but my point is that imposing a legislative responsibility on the Electoral Commission would put a burden on the Electoral Commission. That would be a tall order, although it would be a good contract in these days when there is competition. In the old days, a Member of Parliament got free postage from the Royal Mail. However, the Royal Mail now has...

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill: Committee (16th Day) (1 Feb 2011)

Lord Martin of Springburn: Has the noble Lord put a price on such a leaflet being delivered to every household? How would the Electoral Commission receive the funds for such a leaflet? I imagine that it would be a very expensive proposition because of not only the publishing but delivery to every elector. It would mean that the commission would have to employ part-time leaflet deliverers, which would be a costly...

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill: Committee (16th Day) (1 Feb 2011)

Lord Martin of Springburn: My Lords-

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill: Committee (16th Day) (1 Feb 2011)

Lord Martin of Springburn: It is one thing for an organisation to publish a leaflet. The Forestry Commission or the National Trust could publish a leaflet that organisations could pick up on a voluntary basis. However, it is another thing to publish a leaflet and give an assurance that it will be delivered to every elector-or every elector's home-throughout the United Kingdom. That is a costly exercise by any stretch...

Unemployment — Question (26 Jan 2011)

Lord Martin of Springburn: My Lords-

Wednesday, 19 January 2011 (19 Jan 2011)

Lord Martin of Springburn: I will take the noble Lord's word for that. If the boundary commissioner was to look only at numbers and close proximity, there could be some strange notions because places such as Campbeltown are geographically closer to Ballycastle in Northern Ireland than to Glasgow and other parts of neighbouring constituencies. I have been neutral for 10 years. When I took the great office of Speaker of...

Wednesday, 19 January 2011 (19 Jan 2011)

Lord Martin of Springburn: I agree with the noble Lord. She was a lovely lady. Of course, there is fantastic compensation in a Member representing a constituency like Argyll. My fondness for the music of the Highland pipes comes in part from the fact that there are so many tunes, Strathspeys, reels and marches that are named after the romantic places of Argyll and the beautiful islands there. At the moment, the seat is...

Wednesday, 19 January 2011 (19 Jan 2011)

Lord Martin of Springburn: The noble Baroness is perfectly correct. She reminds me about the single-track roads. The difficulty is not only in getting around the islands but in getting around the great sea lochs of Argyll, such as Loch Goil. For getting landward from these, it would be easier to go by boat because of the single-track roads. No noble Lord should be thinking "Well, this is a nice, rural area and it will...


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