Results 1–20 of 70 for speaker:Lord Weatherill

British Army Uniforms ( 6 Dec 2005)

Lord Weatherill: My Lords, is the Minister aware that if she needs any professional advice—

South Asia Earthquake (12 Oct 2005)

Lord Weatherill: My Lords, I think that I may be one of the few Members of your Lordships' House to have visited the part of Pakistan affected. The infrastructure, as the House well knows, is very difficult indeed. Is the Minister prepared from the Dispatch Box to applaud the mosques of the United Kingdom, which have been so generous in sending aid and people to Pakistan at this time, notably in my former...

Speakership of the House (12 Jul 2005)

Lord Weatherill: My Lords, perhaps I may make a few brief remarks against a background of having been Speaker for nearly 10 years and the Chairman of Ways and Means for four years before that. So I have had some experience of these matters. I should like to commend the Lord President for her Motion today and take a contrasting view to that of the noble Lord, Lord Strathclyde. He reminded me of a speech—some...

Religious Attitudes (20 Dec 2004)

Lord Weatherill: My Lords, a measure of the importance of this debate is that it has attracted so many speakers, and at this time of night. I hope that the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Rochester will return to this topic on another occasion, hopefully when we have a little more time. However, we have each been given five minutes to speak instead of two, so I shall enlarge my modest contribution. When...

Tobacco Growing: EU Subsidies (17 Jun 2004)

Lord Weatherill: My Lords, is it not bonkers to give a subsidy to grow tobacco, then to tax people for smoking it and tell them that they will die if they do?

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (26 May 2004)

Lord Weatherill: My Lords, despite the limit on speeches today, I will spend a few precious seconds in congratulating the noble Lord, Lord Robertson of Port Ellen, on his admirable maiden speech, and also the noble Lord, Lord Wright of Richmond, on initiating this debate on a Cross-Bench day. I have him to thank for sending me to numerous countries during the time of my Speakership, and I always remember his...

Kashmir ( 9 Mar 2004)

Lord Weatherill: My Lords, in view of the fact that yesterday was Commonwealth Day, does not the Minister feel that it would be a considerable encouragement to Pakistan if it could now be brought fully back into the Commonwealth family?

Speakership of the House (12 Jan 2004)

Lord Weatherill: My Lords, it is a pleasure to note that the noble Lord, Lord St John of Fawsley, has not lost his touch. I believe we all enjoyed his speech. Unhappily, however, he pre-empted the first point that I was intending to make; that is, that this is a "take note" debate. Therefore, I hope that the noble Lord, Lord Trefgarne, does not press his amendment. As the House has already heard, the noble...

House of Lords Reform ( 7 Nov 2003)

Lord Weatherill: My Lords, I agree with much of the speech of the noble Lord, Lord Selsdon. I warmly congratulate him on giving us this opportunity to discuss an important question. Some of your Lordships, particularly those who have been in the other place, will remember our old friend Frank Haynes, of Ashfield. I used to keep a list of speeches that had pleased me during my time in the Speaker's Chair. On...

Constitutional Reform (18 Sep 2003)

Lord Weatherill: My Lords—

Constitutional Reform (18 Sep 2003)

Lord Weatherill: Thank you, my Lords. As one who had some input into the legislation in 1999 that created the present membership of your Lordships' House, I share the concern and sadness expressed by others. However, I must say to the House—I would fail in my duty as a former Speaker not to remind the House—that a government with a majority have a right to get their business. That has to be measured...

European Union (Implications of Withdrawal) Bill [HL] (27 Jun 2003)

Lord Weatherill: My Lords, I apologise for my inability to be present throughout the debate, but I did have the opportunity to hear the opening speech of the noble Lord, Lord Pearson of Rannoch, and I have heard other speeches as well. I crave your Lordships' indulgence in making a brief contribution in the gap and your forgiveness if I repeat things that have been said which I have not heard. About a month...

The Lord Chancellor (13 Jun 2003)

Lord Weatherill: My Lords, on behalf of the Cross Benches, I, too, welcome the new Lord Chancellor and pay tribute to his predecessor, with whom I, too, was on good terms. Perhaps I may tell the Lord Chancellor that exactly 30 years ago today I was told that I was to be Speaker of the House of Commons. I had 48 hours' notice of that appointment, so I have a particularly warm regard for the new Lord Chancellor...

House of Lords Reform (10 Jun 2003)

Lord Weatherill: My Lords, I am sure that the Minister is aware that earlier in the year I introduced a Bill that was—I am sure she will agree—designed to be helpful to the Government. Will that Bill have the Government's support?

Iraq (18 Mar 2003)

Lord Weatherill: My Lords, I am in a dilemma about my qualifications to speak in this debate. I do so against a background of 28 years in another place, five years' active service in World War II, and a knowledge of what war means not only to those directly involved but to their families. So I am naturally concerned to give my full support to our troops in Kuwait who are about to go into battle. I hope with...

House of Lords (Amendment) Bill [HL] (11 Feb 2003)

Lord Weatherill: My Lords, I beg to introduce a Bill to repeal the provision for by-elections of hereditary Peers under the House of Lords Act 1999. I beg to move that this Bill be now read a first time. Moved, That the Bill be now read a first time.—(Lord Weatherill.) On Question, Bill read a first time, and to be printed.

House of Lords Reform (21 Jan 2003)

Lord Weatherill: My Lords, there is an anecdotal story of a former Speaker of the House of Commons who, faced with a difficult point of order, leaned forward and whispered to the learned Clerk in front of him, "What do I do next?". The Clerk leant back and gave him some wise advice, which was, "Sir, I should be very cautious". It is in that spirit that I approach the debate this afternoon. I must confess that...

British Constitution (18 Dec 2002)

Lord Weatherill: My Lords, when I looked at the list of speakers I very nearly withdrew my name. Five are professors—the noble Lords, Lord Norton, Lord Holme, who has just spoken, Lord Morgan, Lord Smith of Clifton, and I am sure that the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Portsmouth is a considerable academic. Shortly after I became Speaker I went to Oxford to talk to the Study of Parliament Group. The...

Pakistan ( 5 Nov 2002)

Lord Weatherill: My Lords, I declare an interest in that I maintain close contact with my wartime regiment, the 19th Lancers, three of whose senior officers were members of General Musharraf's government. I welcome the noble Baroness's support for Pakistan. Does she accept that it is not really possible to have the sort of democratic elections that we have in our country in a country such as Pakistan where...

Tributes to the late Lady Hylton-Foster (31 Oct 2002)

Lord Weatherill: My Lords, I had the privilege of succeeding Lady Hylton-Foster when she gave up the convenorship of the Cross Benches in 1995. She continued to keep a very careful eye on my activities throughout the time that she remained in the House and even subsequently, when I regularly received telephone calls from her. As the noble and learned Lord the Leader of the House said, she ticked us off as we...


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