Results 81–100 of 3311 for speaker:Lord Rowlands

European Union (Amendment) Bill (20 May 2008)

Lord Rowlands: I support the amendment. Since I was first involved in European Union legislation—it was with the very first Bill, the European Communities Act 1972—I have applied a parliamentary sovereignty test to any such Bill that has come before us, including those relating to Maastricht, Amsterdam and Lisbon. Although it sounds old-fashioned, I do not think that it is a bad test for any...

European Union (Amendment) Bill (14 May 2008)

Lord Rowlands: Is my noble friend describing this chapter or article as a purely consolidation measure and not one that will extend QMV to new areas of energy policy?

European Union (Amendment) Bill (14 May 2008)

Lord Rowlands: I am prompted to intervene by a column I read a while ago in Time magazine by the noble Lord, Lord Lawson. It was entitled "Darkness Looms". He reminded readers that he had been energy Secretary 25 years before when there was a Department of Energy. I think that the noble Lord who has just spoken from the Front Bench also was an energy Minister in one capacity or another a considerable time...

National Assembly for Wales (Legislative Competence) (Education and Training) Order 2008 (12 Mar 2008)

Lord Rowlands: My Lords, like the noble Baroness, Lady Finlay, I come to praise this order. I do so because it meets the criteria that emerged from the exhaustive discussions we had on the Government of Wales Bill about how to assess or judge an order. Three elements emerged from those discussions—three criteria to test whether we should—or should not—approve an order. The first is whether there is...

War Powers and Treaties (31 Jan 2008)

Lord Rowlands: My Lords, it is a very special privilege to follow the noble Lord. I have heard many maiden speeches but he brought a fundamental and important message to us all with passion, and we welcome him very much. He comes to the House with a distinguished medical career in saving lives. However, as his speech has shown today, he has much wider and more fundamental concerns about society and...

Written Answers — House of Lords: National Assembly for Wales (18 Jul 2007)

Lord Rowlands: asked Her Majesty's Government: What legislative competences (a) have been transferred to the National Assembly of Wales; and (b) would be transferred to the Assembly were legislation currently before Parliament enacted in its current form, within each policy area since the Government of Wales Act 1998; and what legislative competencies within each policy area remain at Westminster.

Skills Base (28 Jun 2007)

Lord Rowlands: My Lords, is it not very sad that in 2007 we are still bedevilled by the vocational and academic divide, and still have not established parity of esteem between vocational and academic qualifications and routes? I declare an interest as president of the National Training Federation for Wales and as adviser to a Merthyr charity, Tydfil Training. I have looked at the Leitch report through the...

Government of Wales Act 2006 (Consequential Modifications and Transitional Provisions) Order 2007 (25 Apr 2007)

Lord Rowlands: My Lords, I rise to ask my noble friend for clarification about the consequences and the impact of the order and these transfers on the process of subordinate legislation and the way in which subordinate legislation will be dealt with. I do so because I frankly believed that the first Government of Wales Act, which vested those subordinate legislative powers—because the Assembly was a...

Government of Wales Bill (13 Jul 2006)

Lord Rowlands: My Lords, the noble Lord, Lord Roberts, quoted the view of the noble Lord, Lord Kingsland, that this is a centralising Bill that transfers powers to the Executive, not to democratic bodies. That is nonsense. The vast majority of the Bill gives enhanced legislative powers to a democratic Assembly in Wales. That is the burden and central thrust of the Bill. It is anything but centralising.

Government of Wales Bill (13 Jul 2006)

Lord Rowlands: My Lords, that begs the question. The Executive to which these powers are being transferred are the same as the Executive here at Westminster: they are answerable and accountable to an elected Assembly. They have to get measures through using procedure that is almost identical to that used here for primary legislation. We are handing powers to an Executive in the Welsh Assembly and that...

Government of Wales Bill (13 Jul 2006)

Lord Rowlands: My Lords, I understand the point that the noble Lord is making, but let us talk real politics. If the Secretary of State, representing the United Kingdom Government of the day, said, "We will oppose this order if it is brought before the House", and if that Government had a majority in the House, the inevitable consequence would be a defeat of the order. We should be more realistic about...

Government of Wales Bill (28 Jun 2006)

Lord Rowlands: My Lords, I am grateful to my noble friend. I am also grateful to noble Lords for their support. This matter is best dealt with in Assembly procedures, rather than by using the sledgehammer of the Counsel General or the Attorney-General going to the Supreme Court on these issues. If we can send a message that this should be covered by the standing orders and procedures of the Assembly, I beg...

Government of Wales Bill (28 Jun 2006)

Lord Rowlands: moved Amendment No. 54: Page 53, line 16, at end insert— "( ) The Presiding Officer must, on the introduction of an amendment to a proposed Assembly Measure— (a) decide whether or not, in the view of the Presiding Officer, the amendment if carried would mean that the proposed Assembly Measure or any provision of it would be within the Assembly's legislative competence, and (b) state that...

Government of Wales Bill (28 Jun 2006)

Lord Rowlands: My Lords, Clause 95, part of Clause 96, Clause 98 and perhaps Clause 100 deal with the possibility that either a matter or a measure could be referred to the Supreme Court by the Attorney-General or the Counsel General if it appears that it is outside the scope of the Assembly's legislative competence. Those are sledgehammer powers. Intriguingly, Clause 96(3) says that at an early stage, "The...

Government of Wales Bill (28 Jun 2006)

Lord Rowlands: My Lords, the noble Lord is making an important point and did so in Committee. As I understand the matter—and perhaps the Minister could confirm this—even though a subsequent measure can be brought once the field of competence has been granted, it would have to stay within the terms of the original Order in Council. Through the noble Lord, I ask the Minister to reply to that.

Government of Wales Bill (28 Jun 2006)

Lord Rowlands: My Lords, that was a very informative statement. It helped to clarify and define the big difference between Parts 3 and 4. In Part 3, we are not actually transferring primary powers to the Assembly. That is clear, because Parliament—Lords and Commons—will have the fundamental say on the Orders in Council. I am sure that the message will also come from Ministers that if orders brought...

Government of Wales Bill (28 Jun 2006)

Lord Rowlands: moved Amendment No. 43: Page 51, line 41, at end insert— "( ) An Order in Council under this section shall include the principal reasons for seeking the enhancement of legislative competence."

Government of Wales Bill (28 Jun 2006)

Lord Rowlands: My Lords, I have no wish to rehearse or readdress the debate that we had in Committee on this issue but, perhaps drawing upon that debate and on the debate on 24 January in another place, I want to see whether we can come to a conclusion about the nature and contents of Orders in Council. When my noble friend replies, perhaps we could have the equivalent of a definitive statement on what he...

Government of Wales Bill (28 Jun 2006)

Lord Rowlands: My Lords, I apologise because I am slightly confused by the response to my question. This is a referendum about Part 3. If a referendum on Part 3 were established, would the noble Lord campaign for or against?


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