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

Lord Martin of Springburn: The noble Lord is quite right. However, it is not only the Speaker who gets advice from the clerks; as I said, the Chairman of Ways and Means and the chairmen of committees do as well. It is done on the basis that of course, as the noble Baroness said, a matter can be given an airing. A Speaker can put forward an amendment as a safety valve for the House, to allow the matter to get an airing,...

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

Lord Martin of Springburn: My Lords-

Lobbyists: Register — Question (12 Dec 2012)

Lord Martin of Springburn: My Lords, would journalists in the press gallery, who are therefore registered journalists, be allowed also to be registered lobbyists? In other words, could they hold two occupations?

Crime and Courts Bill [HL]: Report (3rd Day) (10 Dec 2012)

Lord Martin of Springburn: My Lords, I speak as a layman who has represented communities in which the whole family cannot go out for a night's entertainment because someone has to stay in for fear of being burgled. Like many noble Lords, I know what it is like to be burgled. You feel terrible when your home has been broken into. What worries me about the provision in this amendment is that in some historical cases...

Social Care: Apprenticeships — Question (29 Nov 2012)

Lord Martin of Springburn: My Lords, will these apprenticeships be available to young boys and girls who perhaps do not have academic qualifications when they leave school?

Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises — Question (22 Nov 2012)

Lord Martin of Springburn: My Lords, credit unions in the poorest of our communities have an excellent record of helping redundant workers start up and become self-employed. Will the Government encourage the credit unions in this country?

Justice and Security Bill [HL] — Report (1st Day) (19 Nov 2012)

Lord Martin of Springburn: My Lords, the amendment makes heavy weather of finding a chairman. Most, if not all, members of this committee will have a long history and reputation in both Houses. I do not see where the difficulty would be if at the first meeting the members chose a chairman. I do not see anything wrong with that. That is a tradition that I found in local government. The first time we met after we were...

Scotland: Trident Nuclear Deterrent — Question (1 Nov 2012)

Lord Martin of Springburn: My Lords, is the Minister aware that Coulport and Faslane are only 25 miles away from my former constituency and that there are excellent blue-collar and skilled workers there? Does he agree that those who wish to separate will have to put the case for putting 6,000 good jobs at risk? It would be a loss not only to those workers but to their families.

Arrangement of Business — Announcement (31 Oct 2012)

Lord Martin of Springburn: My Lords, the Leader of the House has given all of us an opportunity to look at this matter in a reasoned way, because of the delay. As someone who has spoken on this legislation, and who intended to speak on it today, I would have been very concerned to see a brand new amendment talking about delaying the boundary changes for several years. More senior Members than I can remember that there...

Electoral Registration and Administration Bill — Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (29 Oct 2012)

Lord Martin of Springburn: Perhaps I may add to that. I am well aware of what the noble Lord, Lord Tyler, is saying. I suggested that we should have the informal ad hoc committee because I felt that the commission was not in touch with the real world, where people met electors. The Government had a bar on people who were formerly election agents-that is, professional election agents-but I felt that that was ridiculous,...

Electoral Registration and Administration Bill — Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (29 Oct 2012)

Lord Martin of Springburn: My Lords, I am very supportive of continuing the annual canvass because it is crucial. Anyone who has been involved in the front line of politics and has had dealings with people seeking to get votes at elections-whether they are for local government, national government or, in particular, by-elections-will know the importance of that canvass. It is no easy task and, in my view, some...

Electoral Registration and Administration Bill — Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (29 Oct 2012)

Lord Martin of Springburn: My Lords, may I interrupt the-

West Coast Main Line — Statement (29 Oct 2012)

Lord Martin of Springburn: My Lords, I have stated to the noble Earl previously that every week when I come down here I travel on the Virgin Pendolino and travel home the same way. I hope that the officials in his department will take into consideration that the dedicated staff who work for the company feel insecure about what is happening. They had some relief when they were told that they had extra time-14 months-but...

Electoral Registration and Administration Bill — Committee (1st Day) (29 Oct 2012)

Lord Martin of Springburn: I understand what the Minister says here, but the non-payment of a fine can lead to other court actions. Is he not worried that we will get into a wrangle if someone digs their heels in and says, "Look, I do not want to register. I do not want anything to do with registering"? Non-registration is a right that can be exercised by a person, ensuring that their name is kept off the roll-but now...

Electoral Registration and Administration Bill — Committee (1st Day) (29 Oct 2012)

Lord Martin of Springburn: I agree, but a young person of 20 acquiring accommodation and, in effect, creating a household, realises that he or she is taking on the responsibility of a householder. That is different from the carefree attitude that a young person of 18 would have in a house where there is mum and dad and the only worry they have is the price of getting out to the disco and making sure that they have a...

Electoral Registration and Administration Bill — Committee (1st Day) (29 Oct 2012)

Lord Martin of Springburn: My Lords, we are in Committee and it is therefore good to explore these matters. I am worried about there being a penalty because when I was first allowed to vote at the age of 21 I was a journeyman on a journeyman's salary. Now, however, people can vote at 18. We are talking about a young person of 18 having a fine imposed on him or her for not co-operating, and I worry about that. If the...

Electoral Registration and Administration Bill — Committee (1st Day) (29 Oct 2012)

Lord Martin of Springburn: We are all in a learning process but I am concerned about Amendment 7 and the requirement for a person to provide their date of birth and national insurance number. A register is tied in to a constituency and it would be irrelevant if someone's date of birth and national insurance number alone could get them on to a register because that has to be tied in with their place of residence. I...

Unemployment: Young People — Question (24 Oct 2012)

Lord Martin of Springburn: My Lords, the Minister will readily acknowledge that because of unemployment, some young people are unable to get work until they are 19 or 20. I know that he does not have the information now, but could he place in the Library the figure for how many UK adult apprenticeships there are? That would be very helpful.

Scotland — Question (18 Oct 2012)

Lord Martin of Springburn: My Lords, at the risk of repeating myself, I have a deep concern about whether the Electoral Commission, which will play a big part in this forthcoming referendum, will be up to the job. Will the noble Lord ensure that the appropriate Ministers meet the Electoral Commission to ensure that it is capable of dealing with the problems that this referendum will throw up?

Scotland: Referendum — Statement (15 Oct 2012)

Lord Martin of Springburn: My Lords, I put on the record that I welcome the fact that there is one question and one question alone. That is right and fitting and it saves confusion. However, in the Statement a lot has been made of faith being put in the Electoral Commission. It should be borne in mind that only five years ago, in 2007, at the parliamentary elections the Electoral Commission had to step aside and the...


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