Results 121–140 of 3311 for speaker:Lord Rowlands

Commissioner for Older People (Wales) Bill [HL] (9 Nov 2005)

Lord Rowlands: moved Amendment No. 33: Page 13, line 17, after "consult" insert "and receive the approval of"

Commissioner for Older People (Wales) Bill [HL] (9 Nov 2005)

Lord Rowlands: My Lords, this amendment pursues a point that I raised at the end of Grand Committee, when the Government introduced what was then their new Clause 19, dealing with the complaints procedure in respect of the commissioner. This clause is about complaints against the commissioner, the possibility that the commissioner may not have discharged his or her duties properly, and the procedures that...

Commissioner for Older People (Wales) Bill [HL] (9 Nov 2005)

Lord Rowlands: My Lords, as always, my noble friend is generous in his response. There is a consensus around the Bill and around this amendment. I hope that he will take that into account. I beg leave to withdraw the amendment.

Commissioner for Older People (Wales) Bill [HL] (9 Nov 2005)

Lord Rowlands: My Lords, I rise to support my noble friend. Health inequalities in Wales are still totally unacceptable, and reflect a kind of postcode shopping equivalent: often, the more deprived the area, the more elderly people are deprived of services. If the commissioner were given the specific responsibility for undertaking research of this kind to identify areas of health inequality, it would help...

Commissioner for Older People (Wales) Bill [HL] (9 Nov 2005)

Lord Rowlands: My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Lord for raising the point, but I do not think that we are talking about the commissioner's resources. The commissioner's resources are modest by comparison. It is his recommendations about the use of other people's resources that raises the issue of enforcement, not the resources that he will have at his disposal. He will not have the resources to provide...

Commissioner for Older People (Wales) Bill [HL] (9 Nov 2005)

Lord Rowlands: My Lords, when the debate on this amendment took place in Grand Committee, I raised with the noble Lord, Lord Roberts, the issue of its budgetary consequences. I was waiting to see whether he had found a way of addressing the question that I put to him then, so I repeat: commissioners' recommendations could lead to considerable pressure on budgets. For example, it would be within the...

Commissioner for Older People (Wales) Bill [HL] (9 Nov 2005)

Lord Rowlands: My Lords, I want to tell the noble Lord why I shall be opposing his amendment if he presses it. There are two reasons. First, the continuing success of the devolution settlement has been its clarity of accountability. The commissioner may be created by Westminster statute, but it will be wholly and totally paid for by the Assembly. The Assembly's budget will carry the cost of the...

Transport (Wales) Bill (1 Nov 2005)

Lord Rowlands: My Lords, will my noble friend at least confirm that as a result of the changes in the Railways Act 2005 there is indeed a significant transfer of responsibilities and powers to the Assembly on railway matters?

Transport (Wales) Bill (1 Nov 2005)

Lord Rowlands: My Lords, I apologise for interrupting the noble Lord. But has he looked at the powers in the Railways Act 2005 relating to Wales? They devolve to Wales responsibility for the very powers which I think he is seeking. There is no point in duplicating them in another Bill if they are already in an Act of Parliament.

Transport (Wales) Bill (1 Nov 2005)

Lord Rowlands: My Lords, like my noble friend who has just spoken, I, too, welcome the Bill. I welcome it as a useful, practical step forward in the search for an integrated transport system in Wales but, like my noble friend Lord Prys-Davies, I also welcome it for another reason; that is, its historic nature. As he pointed out, not only is it the first Bill of its kind but there is another first attached...

Transport (Wales) Bill (1 Nov 2005)

Lord Rowlands: My Lords, I am most grateful to the noble Lord for that, he is infinitely more knowledgeable of these matters than I am. I am just a traveller and I hope that the point that the noble Lord makes will be understood. I wish the Assembly well in its ambition to achieve an integrated transport system. In this, my eleventh Parliament, every government and every parliament has been searching for...

Wales: Governance (15 Jun 2005)

Lord Rowlands: My Lords, it was my privilege to serve on the Richard commission under my noble friend's chairmanship. I will give the White Paper an "A-"—a rather more generous examination mark than my noble friend—primarily because it takes the devolution settlement forward significantly in a meaningful way, without opening up a new agenda. Initially, through the structures of the framework legislation...

Commissioner for Older People (Wales) Bill [HL] (14 Jun 2005)

Lord Rowlands: My Lords, this Bill prompted me to reflect on more than 30 years of constituency experience and how the issues of the elderly were represented to us as Members of Parliament. Generally speaking—I hope that this does not sound complacent—in the constituency that I represented, I found that the voice and interests of the elderly were very powerfully represented in many cases through a...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Digital Radio: Reception (3 Feb 2005)

Lord Rowlands: asked Her Majesty's Government: Which local authority areas in England and Wales cannot receive a digital radio signal, or can receive only a very poor digital radio signal; and how many of these areas will be able to receive such a signal in 2005, 2006 and 2007.

Department for Work and Pensions:Five-year Plan (2 Feb 2005)

Lord Rowlands: My Lords, from my experience of the communities I know best, the New Deal has been very successful in beginning to reach out to the large number of economically inactive people in the communities that I once represented after, year in and year out for a decade and a half, watching the numbers going on to incapacity benefit or becoming economically inactive grow and grow. Does she agree that...

Education Bill [HL] (18 Jan 2005)

Lord Rowlands: I intervene briefly because I was puzzled by the nature of this amendment. The powers that were sought and conferred upon the then Secretary of State in 1994 are simply being re-enacted. Originally a Conservative administration sought such powers and now they have been transferred—as I understand it—under the transfer of powers order laid under the Government of Wales Act on to the...

Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Bill [HL] (16 Dec 2004)

Lord Rowlands: My Lords, like all those who have spoken in the debate, I support the Bill for two reasons. First, for the reasons set out by the Minister, it is a practical, pragmatic, sensible reorganisation of the ombudsman services in Wales. My second reason for supporting the Bill is that it is a further step in developing the legislative partnership between the Assembly and Westminster. It was my...

Address in Reply to Her Majesty's Most Gracious Speech (30 Nov 2004)

Lord Rowlands: My Lords, perhaps I may first offer my thanks and appreciation to the staff and officers of the House for all the advice and support they have given me. It was my real privilege to serve in the other place for a total of 33 years and to represent for most of that time some of the most remarkable communities. I realise that, these days, Parliament and the House of Commons in particular get a...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Incapacity Benefit (2 Nov 2004)

Lord Rowlands: asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their latest estimate of the number in receipt of incapacity benefit (a) below the age of 25 in Wales; (b) below the age of 25 in the United Kingdom; (c) between 25 and 55 in Wales; and (d) between 25 and 55 in the United Kingdom; and how these figures compare in percentage terms with those in 1992 and 1997.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Pensioner Incomes (10 May 2001)

Mr Ted Rowlands: May I suggest that my right hon. Friend ignores the rantings of the shadow Chancellor and spends his energy and effort on developing the pension credit? A fully developed earnings-related pension credit could be the future new deal for pensioners in constituencies such as mine.


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