Results 101–120 of 11311 for speaker:Lord Martin of Springburn

Railways: Franchises — Private Notice Question (10 Oct 2012)

Lord Martin of Springburn: My Lords, every Monday I use the Pendolino to come here and every Thursday I go back using it. Could I put on record that it is an excellent service? Whenever it has been late it has been because it has had to slow down for the safety of the passengers. The staff are excellent and provide a good service to everyone on that train. It would be a great worry for those who come from further north...

Crime and Courts Bill [HL]: Committee (4th Day) (27 Jun 2012)

Lord Martin of Springburn: Perhaps I may ask the Minister about one point on which I would like clarification. It has been fascinating to listen to both sides of the argument. The Minister mentioned a lay chairman or chairwoman. From what walk of life would a lay chairman or chairwoman come?

Justice and Security Bill [HL]: Second Reading (19 Jun 2012)

Lord Martin of Springburn: I am sorry that the noble and learned Lord is upset about this interruption-

Justice and Security Bill [HL]: Second Reading (19 Jun 2012)

Lord Martin of Springburn: Yes, me of all people, but I am entitled to seek information. The noble and learned Lord mentioned the Freedom of Information Act and people seeking access through that Act. Is it the case that someone living abroad can make an application under the Freedom of Information Act to information officers over here, including those in Parliament? I hope that I have been brief enough for the noble...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Government Departments: Special Advisers (11 Jun 2012)

Lord Martin of Springburn: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether special advisers are required to register any hospitality given by commercial organisations; and whether a register is maintained for that purpose.

Asylum Seekers: Children — Question (23 May 2012)

Lord Martin of Springburn: My Lords, the Minister mentioned decisions made by previous Governments. To his credit, David Blunkett, when he was Home Secretary, abolished vouchers which were being given to asylum-seeker families, which were undignified not only for the asylum seekers but for their children. I hope that a time when we are looking for savings we never go back to the voucher system that we had approximately...

Employment Law — Statement (21 May 2012)

Lord Martin of Springburn: My Lords, the one thing that employers want is stability. I have noted that every time there is a change of Government, there has been a change in the employment laws. That cannot help. It should be borne in mind that in many of our cities, including my native city of Glasgow, unemployment is climbing. The Government are encouraging people who are out of work to move to other parts of the...

NHS: Risk Register — Question (15 May 2012)

Lord Martin of Springburn: My Lords, I take it that the decision that was made was a government decision, which was collective. I recall that the Deputy Prime Minister, before he became Deputy Prime Minister, was very keen on transparency. Was he therefore comfortable about the withholding of this information? If the noble Earl does not know, perhaps he could come back and let the House know.

Queen's Speech — Debate (3rd Day) (14 May 2012)

Lord Martin of Springburn: The noble Lord has mentioned the forthcoming referendum that we are going to have in Scotland. Does he agree with me that there should be one question and one question alone?

Written Answers — House of Lords: Government: Special Advisers (1 May 2012)

Lord Martin of Springburn: To ask Her Majesty's Government how many special advisers they employ.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Government: Special Advisers (1 May 2012)

Lord Martin of Springburn: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether special advisers are provided with a copy of the Special Advisers' Code of Conduct at the point of their employment by the Government.

Leveson Inquiry — Statement (25 Apr 2012)

Lord Martin of Springburn: I put it to the noble Lady that the impression I got when I listened to the Secretary of State and the Prime Minister was that they were far keener to allow this matter to go to Leveson than to speak to the House. Perhaps she could convey to the Prime Minister that in my experience, if a Prime Minister or a Minister of the Crown in some way feels that they can hedge the situation over to...

Parliament Square (Management) Bill [HL]: Third Reading (25 Apr 2012)

Lord Martin of Springburn: My Lords, I have no intention of seeking to delay this piece of legislation, but I would like some assurances from the Minister. This is obviously a beautiful square, which was greatly enhanced by the cleaning up of the stonework at Westminster Abbey, and of the stonework and the creation of the visitors' centre here at the Palace of Westminster. However, approximately 10 years ago, the Home...

Scotland Bill: Third Reading (24 Apr 2012)

Lord Martin of Springburn: For the sake of getting things on the record, I am very heartened to hear the Minister say that he is keen on having one question alone on the ballot paper. For the record, is that the policy of the Government or will there be a situation in which the Prime Minister may say something different?

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill: Commons Reasons and Amendments (23 Apr 2012)

Lord Martin of Springburn: I think that the Minister suggested that for this House to send the amendment back again was against the conventions of this House.

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill: Commons Reasons and Amendments (23 Apr 2012)

Lord Martin of Springburn: That is an opinion of a committee; it is not a convention of this House. The opinion of a committee is just that: an opinion.

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill: Commons Reasons and Amendments (23 Apr 2012)

Lord Martin of Springburn: My Lords, the noble Lord has made many very interesting points but, at the end, he said that it would be good if the House of Commons had another chance to look at this matter. If the amendment were carried, the other place would have a chance to look at this. I heard the Minister's comments about financial privilege, but I do not share his point of view that if we put back the amendment we...

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill: Commons Reasons and Amendments (23 Apr 2012)

Lord Martin of Springburn: May I interrupt the noble Lord? It is very kind of him to mention me. I support everything that he says. However, on privilege, all the Speaker does is to remind the House that it is dealing with amendments that have come from the other place that involve privilege. If the other place wishes to accept those amendments, that is recorded in the Journal of the House. That is all the Speaker...

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill: Report (5th Day) (20 Mar 2012)

Lord Martin of Springburn: I declare an interest as a member of Unite. The noble Baroness, Lady Deech, was good enough to say that she had mentioned the problems of referral fees in a previous debate. That debate took place on my amendment. My case was that trade union officers go to places where there has been an accident. Therefore, there is a certain expenditure when those visits are made. There is obvious...

Health and Social Care Bill: Third Reading (19 Mar 2012)

Lord Martin of Springburn: The noble Baroness makes a valid point but I am giving many examples of where certain individuals, such as some of her Cabinet colleagues, were not too keen about the Information Commissioner's instructions to this House and the other House. She will know that. In fact, some of her fellow Cabinet colleagues came to me and said, "Good luck, we want you to appeal.". I do not know whether it was...


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