Results 61–80 of 11311 for speaker:Lord Martin of Springburn

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill — Second Reading (Continued) (3 Jun 2013)

Lord Martin of Springburn: I share a great many views that the noble Marquess has expressed. However, he and I came from the House of Commons. Does he not feel that when the other House passes legislation, it is perhaps wrong for us to reject it at Second Reading, and that we should go into Committee and discuss how the matter can be looked at?

Commissioner for Standards — Motion to Approve (22 May 2013)

Lord Martin of Springburn: My Lords, can the Chairman of Committees give assurances that this will be the final contract? I have no objection to the extension, but there are good reasons for giving a parliamentary commissioner a fixed contract. It would be a worrying situation if, perhaps in 2016, the chairman or another chairman came along and said, “Perhaps we will extend again”. That would be a worry for the House.

Housing Benefit — Question (15 May 2013)

Lord Martin of Springburn: My Lords, a couple were interviewed on television this morning by Eamonn Holmes. The wife had spina bifida and had to be in a special bed, which the viewers were able to see. The husband was therefore required to sleep in a second room. He stated that both of them will lose £60 per month and that they had made representations to the Minister’s department. Will the Minister look into this...

Procedure of the House — Motion to Resolve (24 Apr 2013)

Lord Martin of Springburn: My Lords, sometimes the repeating of the Urgent Question can be a bit narrow when it is kept to 10 minutes. It depends on the subject. Some subjects merit a longer period. I want to be as helpful as I can, but I believe that whether it is 10, 15 or 20 minutes, an allocation should be given to the Front Bench within that time. There is a case for saying that Back-Benchers should have one...

Scotland: Referendum — Question (26 Mar 2013)

Lord Martin of Springburn: My Lords, it is not the first time that ballot papers have not been made available in good time for those entitled to a postal vote. Could the Minister, when he next meets the First Minister, ensure that the printer gets the ballot papers to the returning officers so that those who are entitled to postal votes get them?

Growth and Infrastructure Bill: Report (3rd Day) (20 Mar 2013)

Lord Martin of Springburn: The noble Lord mentioned John Lewis. We all know that everyone working in John Lewis is a partner and therefore a shareholder but, to my knowledge, John Lewis has never asked anyone to give up their statutory employment rights.

Payday Loans — Question (12 Mar 2013)

Lord Martin of Springburn: My Lords, what steps are being taken to encourage more credit unions throughout the United Kingdom so that people in the poorest communities in our land do not have to turn to payday loans and illegal moneylenders?

Welfare Benefits Up-rating Bill — Committee (2nd Day) (5 Mar 2013)

Lord Martin of Springburn: Is it not a sad day when a government Minister has to stand up and say that food banks will be made available? Our children should not have to depend on food banks in this day and age.

Welfare Benefits Up-rating Bill — Committee (2nd Day) (5 Mar 2013)

Lord Martin of Springburn: I suggest to the Minister that we should be ashamed that this is happening. I was brought up in the 1950s in a family of the poorest of the poor, and my parents would not have dreamt of going to a food bank. All these years later, we are talking of parents and children having to go to a food bank. If this so-called facility exists, the Government should do something to eradicate the need for...

Dyslexia: Apprenticeships — Question (28 Feb 2013)

Lord Martin of Springburn: May I put it to the Minister that it is often the case that young men and women who have difficulty in passing written exams often can go on with encouragement to become excellent journeymen and journeywomen? I hope that the Government's apprenticeship scheme recognises the fact that not everyone can be academic and so clever in terms of reading and writing.

Business (13 Feb 2013)

Lord Martin of Springburn: My Lords, that is rather unfair on Back-Benchers. Perhaps the rule could be examined. It would be fairer if the minutes that the Front Bench took up could be disregarded as far as concerns the 10 minutes, so there could be a full 10 minutes for Back-Benchers.

Horsemeat and Food Fraud — Statement (11 Feb 2013)

Lord Martin of Springburn: My Lords, given that it was our Irish neighbours who notified us of this problem, do they have a better safeguarding system than ours?

Housing: Social Housing — Question (7 Feb 2013)

Lord Martin of Springburn: May I say to the Minister that many young couples went into housing that was post-war? Often these post-war housing estates, good as they were, were four and sometimes five-apartment housing. Now in their advancing years, if they have to leave and downsize, that means having to leave the community they love and have lived in for many years. The community-based housing associations have an...

Growth and Infrastructure Bill: Committee (5th Day) (6 Feb 2013)

Lord Martin of Springburn: My Lords, I support all those who have spoken, especially the noble Baroness, Lady Turner. She is right when she says that these rights were hard fought for. In my working life, I recall a time when people lost their job and went out of the door with a week's wages and, if they were lucky, maybe some holiday pay. It gave dignity to people who were very loyal to their company that, if they...

Banking Reform — Statement (4 Feb 2013)

Lord Martin of Springburn: Many of these big banks took over our friendly societies, which were excellent self-help groups and were able to ensure that young couples got a mortgage. In fact, the friendly society legislation governed the trade union movement at one time. Will the Government look at the restoration of the friendly societies, which were gobbled up by these banks? There are far too many young couples out...

Children: Childcare Costs — Question (31 Jan 2013)

Lord Martin of Springburn: My Lords, not so long ago-and it might still be the case-employees in the House of Commons who had children in nursery care were given tax-free vouchers by the House. Will the Minister and his department look at extending this scheme to the wider population?

Electoral Registration and Administration Bill: Report (23 Jan 2013)

Lord Martin of Springburn: My Lords, I welcome the fact that the noble Lord is going to do something on Report. As has been mentioned, the procedure in such circumstances in Scotland is that a member of staff goes out and marks the end of the queue. However, we should not overlook the fact that most polling stations we are talking about are schools that have a yard, where at least a janitor can close the gates and have...

Electoral Registration and Administration Bill: Report (23 Jan 2013)

Lord Martin of Springburn: My Lords, I support the noble Baroness. Many of us in this Chamber who have been involved in canvassing for by-elections, general elections and local government elections will know that, while it is an enjoyable experience, not every place you go to is a semi-detached or detached dwelling. Sometimes you find yourself on commercial premises and are surprised that someone is resident above a...

Scotland Act 1998 (Modification of Schedule 5) Order 2013 — Motion to Approve (16 Jan 2013)

Lord Martin of Springburn: I agree with the noble Lord: we should not personalise this debate. The First Minister has a case to put the same as the rest of us, and we should not attack anyone-particularly the First Minister-on a personal basis.

Electoral Registration and Administration Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (14 Jan 2013)

Lord Martin of Springburn: My Lords, I, too, received advice from the clerks of the House and I valued it. At the end of the day, although I did not ignore that advice, there were occasions when I said, "I will go in another direction". In effect, I did not accept 100% of what the clerks had said. However, let me put this to noble Lords. One of the reasons that a clerk would give to me, to the Chairman of Ways and...


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