Results 121–140 of 11311 for speaker:Lord Martin of Springburn

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

Lord Martin of Springburn: Not on a Bill. The noble Lord, Lord Owen, says it is not about the Bill; he says we should wait for the Bill until we get an appeal decision. If people are opposing an Information Commissioner's decision, it still has consequences for legislation whether it applies to a Bill or not. Let us not kid ourselves. It may not apply to a Bill but on other pieces of business, the Minister concerned is...

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

Lord Martin of Springburn: My Lords, I have sat for many hours with my noble friend Lord Owen on this Bill. We both have an appreciation of the health service that came from our parents. My noble friend's father was a medical practitioner while my mother and grandmother spoke of how things were before the National Health Service came into being. I have no desire to do any disservice to the health service. In fact, in...

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill: Report (4th Day) (14 Mar 2012)

Lord Martin of Springburn: My Lords, I wish to speak to Amendment 146 in my name. In doing so, I declare an interest as I have been a member of the Unite union for a long time. I am not having a go at the media on this matter but, often when trade unions are mentioned in the media, reference is made to trade union leaders. Not much is known about the activities of the lay officials and junior officers of a trade union....

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill: Report (4th Day) (14 Mar 2012)

Lord Martin of Springburn: I know it is late in the evening and I thank the noble Baroness, but I am sure she would agree that not every union or every solicitor would conduct their affairs like that. Tomorrow, there will be unions that refer their members to a solicitor, and they will do so in good faith and in the best interests of their members.

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill: Report (4th Day) (14 Mar 2012)

Lord Martin of Springburn: My Lords-

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill: Report (4th Day) (14 Mar 2012)

Lord Martin of Springburn: My Lords, I am very pleased that the noble Lord has said that he hopes to bring in a defamation Bill. That at least is something, because my worry is that there is a great imbalance. I will not detain the House any longer. I beg leave to withdraw the amendment. Amendment 133 withdrawn. Amendment 133ZA not moved. Amendment 133A Moved by Lord Thomas of Gresford 133A: Clause 43, page 30, line...

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill: Report (4th Day) (14 Mar 2012)

Lord Martin of Springburn: My Lords, I am pleased to move this amendment. I understand that the night is getting on and we have all been here for many hours. I say in the nicest possible way that, as the hour gets later, the noble Lord, Lord McNally, seems to get a bit more edgy or, as we say in Scotland-I do not know if the term is used south of the border-a wee bit crabbit. The noble Lord would not give way. The...

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill: Report (4th Day) (14 Mar 2012)

Lord Martin of Springburn: My Lords-

Education: Skills — Question (14 Mar 2012)

Lord Martin of Springburn: My Lords, does the Minister agree that many of our excellent tradesmen and tradeswomen would readily acknowledge that when they were young they were not too good at passing exams? We must be very careful when encouraging young people to come into apprenticeships that we do not make exams a barrier.

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill: Report (3rd Day) (12 Mar 2012)

Lord Martin of Springburn: On that point, does the noble Lord agree that government departments and health services all turn up with lawyers when they are defending an unfair dismissal? The Government will use lawyers, but they are saying that those who are seeking to fight their case do not need lawyers.

Health and Social Care Bill — Statement (28 Feb 2012)

Lord Martin of Springburn: The noble Earl has repeated a Statement made in the other House by a Cabinet Minister responsible for health. We have also heard mention of the Deputy Prime Minister supporting the noble Baroness's amendments. The Deputy Prime Minister is clearly a Cabinet Minister. Therefore, we have two Cabinet Ministers in the picture. If everyone is so enthusiastic about the Liberal Democrat amendments...

Scotland Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (28 Feb 2012)

Lord Martin of Springburn: I say to the noble Lord, Lord Foulkes, that I was only kidding, so I hope he does not go after me following this debate. I remember when we, including the noble Lord, Lord Maxton, entered the other place when we were freshly elected. When the rest of us were having difficulty finding our way around this big Palace of Westminster with all its nooks and crannies, the noble Lord managed to get...

Scotland Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (28 Feb 2012)

Lord Martin of Springburn: Just for the sake of facts, I should point out that my noble friend travelled the world before he became a Minister. [Laughter.]

Media: Ownership — Question (15 Feb 2012)

Lord Martin of Springburn: My Lords, in recent days, leading members of the media have said that in certain circumstances it is all right to give money to police officers for information. Can the Minister confirm that it is a criminal act for anyone, including journalists, to give money to any serving police officer for private information?

Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (Amendment) Order 2012 — Motions to Approve (2 Feb 2012)

Lord Martin of Springburn: My Lords, I had no intention to come in yesterday and I had no intention to come in today. I rise only to try and be helpful, if that is possible. I took the bother to find out in Hansard what the Speaker said. He said: "I must draw the House's attention to the fact that financial privilege is involved in a substantial number of Lords amendments". He did not say "all" the Lords amendments,...

Credit Unions — Question (2 Feb 2012)

Lord Martin of Springburn: My Lords, what limit is there on individual credit union loans? Will the Minister say what figure the credit unions are restricted to? I am very keen that self-employed trades men and women who want to start off with a small quantity of tools and equipment are able to go to a credit union in their locality rather than a bank, because banks at the moment are not very helpful to self-employed...

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill: Committee (7th Day) (1 Feb 2012)

Lord Martin of Springburn: I may have failed to declare an interest in that I am a member of Unite. It used to be the metalworkers' union and then it became another union. When I looked today, it was still called Unite, but it might change its name tomorrow.

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill: Committee (7th Day) (1 Feb 2012)

Lord Martin of Springburn: My Lords, Amendment 166ZB is in my name and those of the noble Lords, Lord Elystan-Morgan and Lord Collins of Highbury. Of course, I am supportive of the other amendments that have been moved and spoken to. I note that the other amendments mention payment to charities. When I signed up to the metal workers' union as a young apprentice, it was regulated under the Friendly Societies Act. It was...

Health and Social Care Bill — Order of Consideration Motion (1 Feb 2012)

Lord Martin of Springburn: Perhaps it would help the noble Baroness, Lady Hollis, if I were to say to her that no Speaker takes these decisions lightly. It is not done with representation from the Government, in the sense that they come in and say, "We want to do it this way and you'll give us a hand, Mr Speaker". Perhaps I can give an insight into what happens in the Speaker's study: the Speaker takes advice from the...

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill — Committee (6th Day) (Continued) (30 Jan 2012)

Lord Martin of Springburn: I know that the hour is late. There might have been abuse from lawyers but there was no abuse from the victims.


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