Results 1–20 of 2692 for speaker:Lord Maxton

Voter Identification - Commons Urgent Question (22 Feb 2023)

Lord Maxton: My Lords, has the Minister read the report on a smart ID card for all by Sir Tony Blair and William Hague—the noble Lord, Lord Hague of Richmond—which was published in the Times today? This includes the ID card recognition that the Government and the Minister are demanding.

Elections Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 1 ( 6 Apr 2022)

Lord Maxton: My Lords, I rise very reluctantly to speak in this debate because I participated only very briefly in Committee. However, it seems to me that ID cards for all—or smart cards, as I tend to describe them —is the future. It is time to move the electoral system on, not backwards, as the Minister is trying to do by describing photo ID or whatever it might be as the way forward. The way forward...

Elections Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 1 ( 6 Apr 2022)

Lord Maxton: Can the noble Baroness tell me exactly what “photo” means? Looking at the list produced by the noble Lord, Lord Willetts, it could all be contained on one identity card or, as I prefer to call it, a smart card for all.

Elections Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (Continued): Amendment 55 (17 Mar 2022)

Lord Maxton: I am very reluctant to speak, because I have sat through most of this and I did not take part in Second Reading, but if an ID card is presented at the polling station, is that taken as proof that you have voted or are voting? There is a photographic ID card.

Elections Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (Continued): Amendment 55 (17 Mar 2022)

Lord Maxton: But surely most countries that the noble Baroness has already said are part and parcel of the extension of this scheme have an ID card.

BBC: Government Support - Motion to Take Note ( 2 Dec 2021)

Lord Maxton: My Lords, I start by congratulating my noble friend on the manner in which he introduced the BBC debate today; I think it was important. I would take issue, however, with some aspects of the debate, particularly the contribution from the noble Lord, Lord Addington. He and I agree on one thing, in that we both support the same sport, but I had to watch the internationals on Amazon Prime—I...

Telecommunications (Security) Bill - Second Reading (29 Jun 2021)

Lord Maxton: My Lords, I hope to be very brief. We ought to remember three things. First, our lives are very short—although I am 85—in comparison with the 300 years of the Industrial Revolution. Secondly, that is 0.1% of Homo sapiens’ existence on this world. Thirdly, the world is much older still. Is the Minister assured that the development of innovation that is part and parcel of what we want to...

Emissions: Housing - Question (22 Jun 2020)

Lord Maxton: My Lords, can the Minister make it quite clear that there is no such thing as UK housing? In Scotland, housing has been a devolved matter ever since I was first an MP, 41 years ago. Under previous Administrations it was a matter for the Secretary of State for Scotland, and now it is for the Scottish Parliament. Therefore, on the important issue raised by the noble Lord, Lord Teverson, can the...

Constitution, Democracy and Rights Commission - Question (16 Jun 2020)

Lord Maxton: My Lords, can the Minister confirm that the commission will cover all aspects of the constitution, including that most basic of all: how we vote in both local and general elections? If, as I hope it will, the commission advises that it will go for electronic voting with an ID card which has built into it either a fingerprint or facial recognition so that there can be no cheating, will the...

Data Science: Government Processes - Question ( 4 Feb 2020)

Lord Maxton: My Lords, is not the answer—to start with, anyway—a compulsory smart ID card for everybody in this country?

Older Persons: Provision of Public Services - Motion to Take Note (13 Jun 2019)

Lord Maxton: My Lords, I thank my noble friend Lord Foulkes, who has been my good friend and colleague for over 40 years now, for obtaining this debate and introducing it so ably. I should perhaps say at the outset that I am elderly—I could have claimed the free TV licence for the last eight years, but I have not done so—and I am not lonely. I have probably saved the Government about £1,000. Much of...

Regulating in a Digital World (Communications Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (12 Jun 2019)

Lord Maxton: My Lords, first, I thank the committee for its very thorough report and its chairman, the noble Lord, Lord Gilbert, for introducing it so ably and with such eloquence. However, I am one of the few Members who disagree with some of what the report says. First, it is impossible to regulate the internet in a small nation state such as the UK. The internet is international. It is broad and goes...

Intellectual Property (Exhaustion of Rights) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018 - Motion to Approve ( 6 Feb 2019)

Lord Maxton: My Lords, I rise briefly just to make a point to the noble Lord, Lord Strathclyde. On intellectual property, the Minister did not say one single word about the changing technologies that greatly affect the way in which intellectual property is seen. I have not read, or even picked up, a book for the last two years—because I read on a Kindle. What about that sort of change?

Immigration (Health Charge) (Amendment) Order 2018 - Motion to Approve (28 Nov 2018)

Lord Maxton: My Lords, the Minister keeps talking about “the UK”, but there are four health services within the United Kingdom. Can she tell the House whether this order covers all those health services, or just England?

Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation - Statement (21 Nov 2018)

Lord Maxton: My Lords, is it not correct that the centre’s name is the wrong way round? It ought to be the advisory committee on digital innovation and ethics, because the innovation will drive the ethics rather than the other way round.

Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill - Committee (1st Day) ( 9 May 2018)

Lord Maxton: The Minister keeps talking about “vehicles” and not “cars”. Vehicles are already being used in agriculture. They do have to go on roads, however; for example, to go from one field to another. Is that part of the definition?

Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill - Committee (1st Day) ( 9 May 2018)

Lord Maxton: My Lords, I too have some difficulty with this because I drive, I must confess, a Skoda. I am told that a brand new Skoda is built to my specifications when I order it, not before. It is not produced on a line but only when I order it and, therefore, each adaptation is my instruction to the manufacturer. Whether or not that is an adaptation I do not know, but we have to bear it in mind when...

Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill - Committee (1st Day) ( 9 May 2018)

Lord Maxton: The noble Lord will remember that, when we were considering this issue in the Science and Technology Committee, it was suggested that one of the first uses of a fully automated vehicle would be in agriculture, with it going up and down a field. A story was told of a van suddenly appearing at the back of a field and the farmer going up to two men and asking, “What are you doing here?”....

Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2016 (Consequential Provisions) Order 2017 - Motion to Approve (10 Jan 2018)

Lord Maxton: Will there also be orders relating to the different legal systems in Scotland and England? That is relevant to any discussion on British Transport Police.

Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2016 (Consequential Provisions) Order 2017 - Motion to Approve (10 Jan 2018)

Lord Maxton: It is even worse on the west coast, because Carlisle is even further south than Berwick-upon-Tweed.


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