Results 161–180 of 11311 for speaker:Lord Martin of Springburn

House of Lords: Working Practices — Motion to Take Note (27 Jun 2011)

Lord Martin of Springburn: I was referring to the whole Palace of Westminster, and my understanding is that there is a 60:40 split. There are staff in this Palace who have been made redundant, but I am glad that, so far, no one in the House of Lords has been made redundant.

House of Lords: Working Practices — Motion to Take Note (27 Jun 2011)

Lord Martin of Springburn: My Lords, I very much enjoyed listening to the noble Baroness, Lady Randerson-she was very interesting. I congratulate the chairman, the noble Lord, Lord Goodlad, and the committee. It is a first-class report. The noble Lady, Lady Saltoun, made a good point. She is quite right. When someone uses the term "you"-the noble Baroness, Lady Fookes, is here and was the Deputy Speaker, and I wish I...

Nato — Question (16 Jun 2011)

Lord Martin of Springburn: Is the Minister as concerned as I am that some Ministers in the Scottish Parliament are publicly saying that they want to withdraw from NATO? This would be harmful to the Scottish people and to the whole of the United Kingdom.

European Union Bill: Report (2nd Day) (13 Jun 2011)

Lord Martin of Springburn: I thank the noble Baroness. I have listened to her not only here but in the other place and I have always had great respect for what she has to say. I recall when we spoke here about the help that we would give Ireland, a country of which I am very fond, and that everyone in this House, to their credit, supported that move. However, there is a big difference between helping out a friend and...

Child Poverty — Question (17 May 2011)

Lord Martin of Springburn: My Lords, talking of a better start, the Minister will know that, unfortunately, where there is alcohol and drug abuse in a home, children often go hungry. I know that it is difficult, but can Her Majesty's Government take steps to ensure that every child, or as many children as possible, is able to get a breakfast before they go to their school in the morning?

Fixed-term Parliaments Bill: Report (2nd Day) (16 May 2011)

Lord Martin of Springburn: My Lords, I support-along with everyone else-Amendment 20 and a new Clause 2. I put on record my thanks to the noble and learned Lord, Lord Wallace, and to Mr Mark Harper, the Minister in charge in the other place. We said in Committee that we would like to meet the Minister, and it was good of him to meet us. I also put on record the great work done by the noble Lord, Lord Howarth. In these...

Fixed-term Parliaments Bill — Report (1st Day) (10 May 2011)

Lord Martin of Springburn: I thank the noble Lord, but it is my understanding that the five years was a facility given by this Government so that there would be no clash with other elections. Four years was the norm. The five years was an accommodation that suited this Government.

Kyrgyzstan — Question (6 Apr 2011)

Lord Martin of Springburn: It is my understanding that many politicians from that country are keen to learn about parliamentary democracy. Could the IPU and the CPA be approached, because they have an excellent reputation for running seminars for politicians from abroad, particularly those from new democracies, to give whatever help and assistance they can and to allow Members of both Houses to share their experiences...

Social Mobility Strategy — Statement (5 Apr 2011)

Lord Martin of Springburn: My Lords, while welcoming what has been said on apprentices, may I ask for assurance that any apprentice who is given an apprenticeship gets both the practical on the factory or shop floor and the theory in the vocational colleges? Also, will the House authorities ensure, given the fine craftsmen here, including chefs in the kitchens, that we have a full capacity of apprentices in the Palace...

Draft Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, etc) Act 2004 (Remedial) Order 2010 — Motion to Approve (4 Apr 2011)

Lord Martin of Springburn: My Lords, I take an interest in these matters because I believe that when I represented the constituency of Glasgow North East there were more asylum seekers in my constituency than in any other in Scotland. That must have been the case, because when I held surgeries on a Friday night after I had finished Speaker's work and come to Glasgow, I used to finish at 8 pm, but when the asylum...

Further Education: 16 to 19 Year-olds — Question (30 Mar 2011)

Lord Martin of Springburn: My Lords, may I put it to the Minister that the apprenticeship schemes are very welcome? The young apprentices learn practical skills on the factory floor but they must learn the theory in vocational colleges. I hope that places are made available for apprentices in those colleges.

Fixed-term Parliaments Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (29 Mar 2011)

Lord Martin of Springburn: I am very interested in the amendment and agree a great deal with the noble Lords, Lord Cormack and Lord Armstrong, and the noble and learned Lord, Lord Howe. A common argument put here is that we did not need a fixed-term Parliaments Bill. I come from engineering. My foreman used to say, "Michael, if it works, do not fix it; do not touch it". There is nothing to stop the present...

Fixed-term Parliaments Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (29 Mar 2011)

Lord Martin of Springburn: If the House wants me to cease speaking I will do so. I am sorry-the noble Lord has put me off, but I think he will get my point in a moment. I will try not to take so long the next time I speak. If a Speaker has to sign a certificate, it should be simple. I agree with the noble Lord, Lord Tyler, that the public outside should know exactly what is being voted on in the House. It will be very...

Fixed-term Parliaments Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (29 Mar 2011)

Lord Martin of Springburn: I thank the Minister for being patient with me. The noble Lord, Lord Marks, was kind enough to say that proceedings shall not be challenged. It is important that the Minister goes away to consider this and perhaps consults the noble Baroness, Lady Boothroyd, and myself on our experience. I am talking from memory, but the signing of a certificate is not necessarily regarded by the courts as a...

Fixed-term Parliaments Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (29 Mar 2011)

Lord Martin of Springburn: Mr Harper perhaps overlooks the fact that any Speaker always has at his or her side the Clerk of the House and takes their advice. I grant that it is advice and that, at the end of the day, it is the Speaker who has to make the decision. However, the Clerk of the House is always there. Here we have a situation where the Clerk of the House has taken the very serious step of giving written...

Fixed-term Parliaments Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (29 Mar 2011)

Lord Martin of Springburn: I have heard the Minister say on earlier amendments that if they were withdrawn, he would take them back and give serious consideration to the views that had been expressed. The amendments tabled by the noble Lord, Lord Howarth, are similar. Perhaps they can be taken back and considered seriously, considering what my noble friend Lady Boothroyd said and what I am about to say. I hope I can...

Fixed-term Parliaments Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (21 Mar 2011)

Lord Martin of Springburn: I cannot speak for what is going on in the other place at the moment. However, if my memory serves me correctly, the Minister followed Jo Grimond into the House of Commons in 1983, so he will appreciate as a former Scottish Member that on a Thursday there were votes more often than not, because we had to take the sleeper home. The other thing is that the Minister has had more experience of...

Fixed-term Parliaments Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (21 Mar 2011)

Lord Martin of Springburn: I agree with the noble and gallant Lord, Lord Stirrup, about the length of the period between elections in normal times. If it is agreed that five years will be written into legislation, over a period of 20 years the electorate will be denied an opportunity to go to the polls to decide what form the Government will take and which Government will be returned. We had an opportunity last week to...

Fixed-term Parliaments Bill — Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (15 Mar 2011)

Lord Martin of Springburn: Can I make the point that going beyond four years can be a double-edged sword for a Prime Minister? Margaret Thatcher was very shrewd in how she went after a strict four years, as was Tony Blair. We have seen what happened with five years, so it does not always work in a Prime Minister's favour.

Fixed-term Parliaments Bill — Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (15 Mar 2011)

Lord Martin of Springburn: I am at a loss to understand why the Government do not go for four years. Another feature about a fifth year is that everyone will be in the doldrums. Members of Parliament will not stay in the Chamber. They will be campaigning in their constituencies. That will be a problem in the fifth year. I know that some noble Lords are muttering and I do not want to go on for too long because I was...


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