Results 1–20 of 430 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Lord Wedderburn of Charlton

Public Bodies Bill [HL]: Committee (3rd Day) (1 Dec 2010)

Lord Wedderburn of Charlton: I, too, wish to support the amendment moved by the noble Lord, Lord Greaves, and the remarks made by several of my colleagues on these Benches. If this board was abolished in this rather casual way, without any suggestion of what should replace it, it would be regarded by writers in the future as a rather cruel joke, in view of the difficulty this area of the workforce has had to obtain...

Identity Documents Bill: Report (17 Nov 2010)

Lord Wedderburn of Charlton: My Lords, with respect we are faced with an issue of law-

Equality Bill: Committee (4th Day) (25 Jan 2010)

Lord Wedderburn of Charlton: I am sure the noble Baroness would not wish to be unfair to the Government in any respect, but it has been argued that, for example, the doctrine of proportionality is already part of European law and was therefore part of the law in this area before this Bill was ever thought of. The fact that the Government have put in "proportionate" has not produced some fresh or new element; it has...

Equality Bill: Committee (4th Day) (25 Jan 2010)

Lord Wedderburn of Charlton: I hesitate to interrupt the right reverend Prelate again, but surely the word "proportionate" is already implied by European law. Therefore, for our statute to use the same word is merely accepting a European legal doctrine. Where is the freshness?

Equality Bill: Committee (1st Day) (11 Jan 2010)

Lord Wedderburn of Charlton: My Lords-

Equality Bill: Committee (1st Day) (11 Jan 2010)

Lord Wedderburn of Charlton: I was not intervening. I thought that the noble Lord had concluded. If he has concluded, perhaps I may follow him and his brethren.

Equality Bill: Committee (1st Day) (11 Jan 2010)

Lord Wedderburn of Charlton: It would be a travesty if the ambition of equality of outcome, or, indeed, equality of opportunity, were left in the mouths of spokesmen of the Opposition, whose party has done very little to promote either objective in our society-in particular the noble Lord, Lord Tebbit, who takes as his target and his banner the Rochdale pioneers, which is only one example, but a very important one, of...

Equality Bill: Committee (1st Day) (11 Jan 2010)

Lord Wedderburn of Charlton: I give way briefly.

Equality Bill: Committee (1st Day) (11 Jan 2010)

Lord Wedderburn of Charlton: The noble Earl was no doubt fortunate in his circumstances. But to hear grammar schools defended on the ground that Government should not put into legislation an ambition to improve equality of outcome and equality of opportunity is a quite false attack. When the noble Lord speaks of grammar schools, he-like those of us who succeeded in them-always speaks of those who succeeded in them. He...

Equality Bill: Committee (1st Day) (11 Jan 2010)

Lord Wedderburn of Charlton: The noble Lord omits to notice that several words in his legislation have been amended, although I stand with those who wish for more amendments and greater strength in the trade union movement. When he suggests that he did not go to university because economic forces prevented it, he needs reminding that it was legislation by a Labour Government that sustained the means for people to go to...

Coroners and Justice Bill: Committee (9th Day) (21 Jul 2009)

Lord Wedderburn of Charlton: While my noble friend is listing those who spoke, would he recognise that there is undoubtedly considerable concern at the latest remarks of my noble friend the Minister, and that there would be considerable support on these Benches, if it ever comes to it, for amending or removing parts of these sections?

Companies' Remuneration Reports Bill [HL]: Second Reading (24 Apr 2009)

Lord Wedderburn of Charlton: My Lords, I, too, congratulate my noble friend Lord Gavron on introducing what is, in fact, a very modest Bill concerned with disclosure and transparency. He has been confronted in the debate from many parts of the House with problems that the Bill does not attempt to deal with. They range from the problem of the ambitions of university students to general problems of regulation and corporate...

Employment Tribunals Act 1996 (Tribunal Composition) Order 2009: Motion to Approve (16 Mar 2009)

Lord Wedderburn of Charlton: My Lords, I feel that this order, which will undoubtedly go through, should not proceed without some mention of its extreme importance in the development of our employment law. When the industrial tribunals, as they were then called, were established in 1964, they were set up with a legally qualified chairman and two wing persons, one from a panel of employers and one from a panel of...

Banking Bill: Report (2nd Day)(Continued) (3 Feb 2009)

Lord Wedderburn of Charlton: My Lords, as usual my noble friend makes a powerful case for something that would bring benefits to ordinary consumers and small businesses. It would further the purposes of government in producing new entities which would lend in situations where ordinary banks, if I may call them that, would have more difficulty in doing so. In a debate on a recent amendment, the noble Lord, Lord Newby,...

Banking Bill: Report (1st Day) (2 Feb 2009)

Lord Wedderburn of Charlton: My Lords, I am very grateful to the Minister for his answer. My mind naturally returns to the many occasions on which the late Lord Dormand tried again and again, almost weekly, to put before your Lordships the scandal of remuneration being extorted from companies and banks by directors and other highly paid executives. If my noble friend is not happy that the amendment is aimed only at...

Banking Bill: Report (1st Day) (2 Feb 2009)

Lord Wedderburn of Charlton: My Lords, the amendment raises the question raised in Committee when my noble friend Lady Turner of Camden and I tabled an amendment concerning the operation of remuneration committees, which in all companies and most banks recommend the rewards and remuneration for directors. In my unavoidable absence the first time that the new clause that the amendment would insert was relevant, my noble...

Banking Bill: Committee (4th Day) (Continued) (20 Jan 2009)

Lord Wedderburn of Charlton: I am grateful to those who have spoken to the amendment and I am grateful to the Minister. One thing that my research in the area of company law, which includes banks, has shown since I began it in 1958 is that the owners, as the Minister calls them, are quite incapable of adequately restraining the demands of top executives in our banking and company structures. That has to be approached by...

Banking Bill: Committee (4th Day) (Continued) (20 Jan 2009)

Lord Wedderburn of Charlton: Perhaps I may ask the noble Lord whether he realises how much I value his experienced view on this extraordinary phenomenon in our social life and how right he is that a public voice on the remuneration committee would not be the same as a veto. Nevertheless, a public voice speaking in the public interest on the remuneration committee would draw to the public's attention the way in which a...

Banking Bill: Committee (4th Day) (Continued) (20 Jan 2009)

Lord Wedderburn of Charlton: I have been advised that it is procedurally proper for me to move the amendment even though my noble friend Lady Turner spoke most persuasively to it in moving Amendment 38, as did my noble friend Lord Borrie and, with some qualification, the noble Lord, Lord Newby, who adverted to it favourably. Indeed, the Minister said that he spoke against it with some qualification, and even mentioned...

People's Mujaheddin Organisation of Iran — Question (12 Jan 2009)

Lord Wedderburn of Charlton: My Lords, will my noble friend reassure the House in clear and absolute terms that every future vote cast by Her Majesty's Government will aim at the removal of the word "terrorist" in relation to the PMOI?


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