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House of Lords Bill [HL]: Committee (1st Day) (19 Mar 2009)

Viscount Goschen: I received a terrible shock during the Minister's speech this afternoon to be told that I was not going to live beyond the age of 94. I am not sure what information the Government were drawing on, but that is official and from the Front Bench.

House of Lords Bill [HL]: Committee (1st Day) (19 Mar 2009)

Viscount Goschen: I shall put down a Written Question to get a more precise answer so that I can plan ahead, but 2060 is the date when proceedings will be of less interest to me. I share the sentiments of my noble friend Lord Caithness who I felt spoke very powerfully about the deal that was entered into solemnly that resulted in the settlement that we have and the need for a properly thought-through stage 2....

House of Lords Bill [HL]: Committee (1st Day) (19 Mar 2009)

Viscount Goschen: My noble friend intervened on my remarks, and I could not agree with her more that we need to get to the substance of the Bill. So why do we need this new clause? Why do we need this manuscript amendment? What is its purpose other than to create an artificial decision for the House?

House of Lords Bill [HL]: Committee (1st Day) (19 Mar 2009)

Viscount Goschen: I stand corrected. "An amendment submitted at the last possible moment before becoming a manuscript amendment" would be clearer.

Government Statistics — Question for Short Debate (1 Jun 2009)

Viscount Goschen: My Lords, a visitor to your Lordships' House this evening could conclude that approximately 15 per cent of parliamentary time is spent debating matters of humanism, which just illustrates that too small a sample can sometimes be misleading. It was only two years ago that this House was engaged in debating the Bill that set up the new statistics authority. I well remember the noble Lord, Lord...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Revenue and Customs: Data Security (9 Jan 2008)

Viscount Goschen: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the data security arrangements of HM Revenue and Customs, or its predecessor bodies, have ever been audited; and, if so, what were the conclusions of the most recent audit.

House of Lords Bill [HL] (17 Jan 2008)

Viscount Goschen: I sympathise with the frustration felt by the noble Lord, Lord Steel, who wants to proceed very quickly with his Bill. I certainly recall sitting up at two in the morning, next to my noble friend Lord Ullswater, trying to do exactly the same with government employment Bills but I found that several noble Lords, including two very distinguished members of the party opposite, took up many hours...

Zimbabwe (6 Feb 2008)

Viscount Goschen: My Lords, as we have heard this evening, the world has stood by and watched the systematic destruction of a once great country. Whatever the merits of the policies pursued by Her Majesty's Government, the UN, the European Union, the Commonwealth and, indeed, the SADC states, they have all, without doubt, failed miserably. The country is broken, the majority of the people are utterly...

Landsbanki Freezing Order 2008 (28 Oct 2008)

Viscount Goschen: My Lords, I, too, welcome the noble Lord, Lord Myners, to his new responsibilities. We are fortunate to have in the House the benefit of his tremendous commercial and financial experience. I trust that this debate will have given him some taste of the breadth of the area over which your Lordships' House roves. On a single order, we have had discussions about the euro, cod fishing, security...

Queen's Speech — Debate (4th Day) (9 Dec 2008)

Viscount Goschen: My Lords, it is indisputable that the Government have the full support of the vast majority of the population of the United Kingdom in our allied countries and from all sides of both Houses in the measures that they have taken to address the real and present threats that we face from terrorism. However, they are in danger of diluting that support—and, indeed, abusing it—by utilising...

Inquiries Bill [HL] (7 Feb 2005)

Viscount Goschen: My Lords, my Amendment No. 19 is included in this group; it is an amendment to government Amendment No. 18. It relates to costs, on which we had extensive deliberations in Committee. I attempted to press the Minister for an explanation of what budgeting process goes into the setting up of inquiries. I note that there are provisions in the Bill to get a grip on costs. I note the new provision...

Inquiries Bill [HL] (7 Feb 2005)

Viscount Goschen: My Lords, would the noble Baroness therefore be willing to give an undertaking that that budgeting process—whether it occurs under my amendment at the beginning, or shortly after the beginning, of the inquiry, as the Public Accounts Committee recommends—and figure would be published?

Inquiries Bill [HL] (28 Feb 2005)

Viscount Goschen: moved Amendment No. 7: Page 8, line 12, at end insert ", and must within one month of the setting-up date publish an estimate of the likely cost of the inquiry"

Inquiries Bill [HL] (28 Feb 2005)

Viscount Goschen: My Lords, during the passage of the Bill, we have returned again and again to the issue of costs. One of my main concerns has been the lack of transparency about the budgeting process. My Amendment No. 7 would require the chairman to publish an estimate of the likely costs of the inquiry within one month of the setting-up date. This would be in line with the conclusion of the House of Commons...

Inquiries Bill [HL] (28 Feb 2005)

Viscount Goschen: My Lords, I thank the noble Baroness for that response. There now seems to be very little between us. I am not wedded to the fact that the point has to be on the face of the Bill. I want to ensure that such an estimate is made. The Minister has made her view clear that an estimate should be made and that she will consult on the best way to do that. On the timetable, I am not wedded to four...

Road Safety Bill [HL] (4 Jul 2005)

Viscount Goschen: The fact is that the current speed limit of 70 miles an hour is in disrepute because it is so widely ignored by motorists. I note that the percentage of traffic that breaks the 70 miles an hour limit is quoted at 20 per cent. I should have thought that it was much higher, but none the less, let us accept that figure for the moment. The present position is that a law is not enforced. You can...

Road Safety Bill [HL] (17 Oct 2005)

Viscount Goschen: My Lords, I ask the Minister what sanction is applicable in the case where the registered owner of a vehicle does not hold a driving licence and cannot therefore incur penalty points. It could be someone, for example, whose Rolls-Royce motor car was registered to them, and who had a number of people who could drive it for them. To whom are these points going to be applied in that case?

Road Safety Bill [HL] (17 Oct 2005)

Viscount Goschen: I am not quite sure whether the Minister has finished his remarks, but could he answer the point raised by my noble friend Lord Lyell and myself: what if the person who is not disclosing the information is either someone who does not hold the driving licence or a body corporate? While he is about it—the noble Lord talks about the perverse incentive—what if the offence was someone driving...

Road Safety Bill [HL] (17 Oct 2005)

Viscount Goschen: The noble Lord makes a fine point, but it is not the one I raised. What if the person who declines to provide the information does not have a driving licence? Points cannot be applied to a person who does not have, or has never had, a driving licence. What if that person is a body corporate? How do you put points on the licence of BP or Shell? It must be to an individual. That is the point...

Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill (7 Nov 2005)

Viscount Goschen: My Lords, I shall limit my remarks to Part 6 of the Bill, which deals with the issue of rights of way. I certainly support the overall thrust of that part—as have all noble Lords who have spoken on the subject—and the way in which the Bill addresses the abuse of quiet rural unmade roads and tracks by motor vehicles, motor cycles and so forth. There is certainly a problem, and I agree that...


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