Results 41–60 of 11311 for speaker:Lord Martin of Springburn

Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill: Second Reading (22 Oct 2013)

Lord Martin of Springburn: I thank the noble Viscount for giving way. I am just seeking clarification. I do not need the answer today, but perhaps the Minister can look into this. I recall there were some cases where lobby journalists who held credentials as journalists doubled up as lobbyists and perhaps serviced some all-party groups. That is a very bad practice and something that should not continue. Can the...

Financial Services (Banking Reform) Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (15 Oct 2013)

Lord Martin of Springburn: I have been very interested in what has been said about the regulator. Obviously the regulator has to work at arm’s length from those he is regulating. If any hospitality is offered to the regulator, is that put in a register that can be seen by the public? In other words, will we have transparency in this matter?

Written Answers — House of Lords: Financial Ombudsman Service (17 Jul 2013)

Lord Martin of Springburn: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Deighton on 4 July (WA 242), when the Financial Ombudsman's Service will reply to Lord Martin of Springburn; and who will reply.

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill — Report (2nd Day) (Continued) (10 Jul 2013)

Lord Martin of Springburn: I make the point that, at the time, both the noble and learned Lord and I would have said to Conservative Ministers, “Please consult with the people”. They would have found that the people clearly said, “No way do we want this”. They would then not have got into the difficulties they did when it got to the rest of the United Kingdom.

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill — Report (2nd Day) (Continued) (10 Jul 2013)

Lord Martin of Springburn: My Lords, I have always looked forward to the wisdom of the noble Lord and of the noble Lord, Lord Waddington, and it is nice to see them disagree with one another and disagree so well. It is often the case that the Minister gets to the Dispatch Box and says, “Well, this amendment is not suitable but perhaps we can get something else”. I think that there should be some consultation with...

Royal Mail — Statement (10 Jul 2013)

Lord Martin of Springburn: My Lords, I think that the Minister will agree that many of those who retired from the Royal Mail worked very hard to get it into the very good shape that it is in just now. Has any consideration been given to allowing those who are in receipt of a Royal Mail pension—in other words, former sorting staff and postmen and postwomen—to buy shares? My thoughts go to the fact that in my...

Royal Mail — Statement (10 Jul 2013)

Lord Martin of Springburn: Maybe I have given the wrong impression. Everyone is fine in St Rollox. My worry is that, if some of these new companies come in, they might close the facility and move the machinery somewhere else.

Dyslexia — Question (10 Jul 2013)

Lord Martin of Springburn: My Lords, many schools throughout the United Kingdom encourage young boys and girls to take up apprenticeships while they are still at school. In other words, they are given day release and special training, which would help people with special needs. Will Her Majesty’s Government consider expanding this facility to as many schools as possible?

Care Bill [HL]: Committee (5th Day) (9 Jul 2013)

Lord Martin of Springburn: My Lords, everyone supports these amendments. I do not wish to detain the House but I would like to add my voice to that support. When I became a councillor in 1973, it was my duty to concern myself with the housing problems of constituents who lived in my ward. After seven years, when I became a Member of Parliament, I thought the housing problems would go to the councillor who took my...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Financial Ombudsman Service (4 Jul 2013)

Lord Martin of Springburn: To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many complaints are currently awaiting appeal to the Financial Ombudsman; and what was the average length of time taken for an appeal to be heard in 2012–13.

Property: Under-occupancy Charge — Question (2 Jul 2013)

Lord Martin of Springburn: The Minister talks about freeing up property. He will know that, unfortunately, throughout the United Kingdom, there are estates where property is considered hard to let. By these proposals, will he not force couples out of properties and run the risk of those houses lying vacant? That will not help improve the environment for the people who live on such estates and are trying to make a...

Spending Review — Statement (26 Jun 2013)

Lord Martin of Springburn: My Lords, I noted when I listened to the Chancellor that he made a commitment to apprentice training. My thoughts go back to the 1980s when there were many closures, particularly in engineering. No one was taking on apprentices. Within 10 years, employers were calling out for trained journeymen. There were complaints sometimes that skilled labour had to come from abroad. I am on my feet today...

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill — Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (24 Jun 2013)

Lord Martin of Springburn: My Lords, I have listened to many amendments in Committee. Like the noble Baroness, Lady O’Loan, I worry that it would be a great pity if someone in a local authority stated publicly that the most important thing to them was marriage between a man and a woman, and that somehow they were threatened with the loss of their job, but the local authority would not step in to try to defend them. I...

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill — Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (24 Jun 2013)

Lord Martin of Springburn: I am sorry about that. I am behind the times. I worry, and I reflect on some of the cases. In one case it was not a local authority but a government agency—namely, a housing association—which disciplined someone because they had left a crucifix on their van. It was claimed that offence would be given to other drivers if that type of thing continued. I share the worries of the noble...

Unemployment: Young People — Question (20 Jun 2013)

Lord Martin of Springburn: In the coming year, will more young people be taken on as apprentices in the Government’s apprentice scheme?

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill — Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (17 Jun 2013)

Lord Martin of Springburn: Does the noble Baroness know of any religious faith that would object to a mixed-race marriage?

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill — Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (17 Jun 2013)

Lord Martin of Springburn: I thank the noble and learned Lord. That clarifies the matter. So once again the papers have got it wrong and the true story is that clarification was sought from the Lord Great Chamberlain and the case is perhaps as I stated it, but no Minister has made any approach to seek to get the Crypt—as we call it—turned into a prayer room rather than a church.

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill — Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (17 Jun 2013)

Lord Martin of Springburn: My Lords, I withdraw the amendment. Amendment 6 withdrawn. Clause 1 agreed. Amendments 7 to 9 not moved. Clause 2 : Marriage according to religious rites: no compulsion to solemnize etc Amendment 10 Moved by Lord Dear 10: Clause 2, page 2, line 13, at end insert “or ( ) to express agreement with a relevant marriage,”

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill — Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (17 Jun 2013)

Lord Martin of Springburn: My Lords, I note that the noble Lord, Lord Morrow, is not here but I understand that the amendment is the property of the House and that I am entitled to move it. I seek some information from the Minister on this issue. The amendment says that, within three months of the passing of this Act, the Secretary of State must make an order or regulations, “to create a statutory list of religious...

Lobbyists: Register — Question (6 Jun 2013)

Lord Martin of Springburn: My Lords, would journalists who have credentials in both Houses be entitled to be on the register for lobbyists? In other words, will they be allowed dual membership?


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