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Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill — Second Reading (Continued) (3 Jun 2013)

Lady Saltoun of Abernethy: My Lords, 60 years ago, when I was 12 years old, I was prepared for confirmation. In those days, confirmation was taken very seriously. We had to learn the whole catechism by heart and be able to answer the questions in it correctly, in the words of the Book of Common Prayer, not just in our own words. We learnt about the sacraments and what a sacrament was: an outward and visible sign of an...

House of Lords Reform Bill — Statement (27 Jun 2012)

Lady Saltoun of Abernethy: My Lords-

House of Lords Reform Bill — Statement (27 Jun 2012)

Lady Saltoun of Abernethy: My Lords, what makes the Government think that, if this House is to continue to do what it is doing at present, 300 Members will be sufficient to service the committees and the offices that have to be serviced? I have worked out that 300 would not be nearly enough and that it would take 450 Members to do the job. Would the noble Lord care to comment?

Scotland Bill: Report (2nd Day) (28 Mar 2012)

Lady Saltoun of Abernethy: My Lords, I shall speak also to Amendment 10, which is almost identical. Noble Lords will no doubt remember that in Committee we had considerable discussion about the phrase "Scottish Crown Commissioner". There was a little problem. If he were called the Scottish Crown Commissioner, he would not have been able to take part in anything concerning England, Wales or Northern Ireland. This was...

Scotland Bill: Report (2nd Day) (28 Mar 2012)

Lady Saltoun of Abernethy: My Lords, I have been in this House for 32 years and this is only the second time that I have had an amendment accepted. I am delighted. Amendment 9 agreed. Amendment 10 Moved by Lady Saltoun of Abernethy 10: Clause 21, page 14, line 13, leave out "Scottish Crown Estate Commissioner" and insert "Crown Estate Commissioner with special responsibility for Scotland" Amendment 10 agreed....

Scotland Bill: Committee (4th Day) (15 Mar 2012)

Lady Saltoun of Abernethy: My Lords, following on from the noble Lord, Lord Lyell, what about people who are either travelling on or employed on the night sleeper?

Scotland Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (28 Feb 2012)

Lady Saltoun of Abernethy: My Lords, the amendment of noble Lord, Lord Foulkes, says, "obtain consent to the discussions from a Minister of the Crown". Should he not be specific about which Minister? Would it not be better to say the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs?

Scotland Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (28 Feb 2012)

Lady Saltoun of Abernethy: My Lords, I just want to raise one little matter about the drafting of Amendments 48 and 49 tabled by the noble Lord, Lord Forsyth. Surely it would be better if the provisions to set penalties for drink-driving and for random breath-testing were put in Clause 24, which concerns drink-driving, rather than in Clause 25, which concerns speeding.

Scotland Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (28 Feb 2012)

Lady Saltoun of Abernethy: My Lords, would perhaps "Crown Estate Commissioner with special responsibility for Scotland" solve all the problems?

Procedure of the House (Proposal 9) — Motion to Resolve (8 Nov 2011)

Lady Saltoun of Abernethy: My Lords, those of us who have been here quite a long time have all had to take the trouble to learn the antiquated modes of address and of referring to people. Why cannot people who have not been here for so long learn them too? Is it laziness? I do not see why we should change this. I also think that if you have to pause for a minute and think about how you refer to or address someone, it...

Procedure of the House (Proposal 9) — Motion to Resolve (8 Nov 2011)

Lady Saltoun of Abernethy: Perhaps the noble Lord will give way. There is nothing to stop him from referring to "the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Leicester".

Procedure of the House (Proposal 3) — Motion to Resolve (8 Nov 2011)

Lady Saltoun of Abernethy: This is the most ridiculous idea that I have ever heard in my life. As far as I can make out, it is put forward as a time-saver: how on earth is it going to be quicker to say "My Lords, I beg leave to ask Her Majesty's Government" and then another 25 words instead of saying "My Lords, I beg leave to ask the question standing in my name on the Order Paper"? It just does not make sense. Is it...

House of Lords Reform Bill [HL]: Committee (21 Oct 2011)

Lady Saltoun of Abernethy: My Lords, why can we not have another Committee day and finish the Committee that way?

House of Lords Reform Bill [HL]: Committee (21 Oct 2011)

Lady Saltoun of Abernethy: My Lords, it is a matter of opinion as to whether we have done good work today. The noble Lord, Lord Steel, thinks that we have done good work because we have done what he wanted us to do. However, for those of us who were thoroughly opposed to Parts 2, 3 and 4 of the Bill, we have done a day's really bad work and it might be quite nice to start working on an appointments commission, which we...

House of Lords Reform Bill [HL]: Committee (21 Oct 2011)

Lady Saltoun of Abernethy: My Lords, I agree that we have to reduce the numbers in this House; I do not think putting an arbitrary retirement age on Peers is the right way to do it. Apart from all the arguments against it which we have just heard, which are quite valid, it would be too haphazard. We will need to be a little more precise in our aim when we come to reduce our numbers. I am a little worried that we will...

House of Lords Reform Bill [HL]: Committee (21 Oct 2011)

Lady Saltoun of Abernethy: I said that I agree that the topping-up system is a farce, but it could easily become not a farce if the electorate were all the Peers in the party, not just the hereditary Peers in the party.

House of Lords Reform Bill [HL]: Committee (21 Oct 2011)

Lady Saltoun of Abernethy: My Lords, the noble Lord, Lord Howarth, is concerned that the general public find various aspects of our arrangements ludicrous, which brings the House into disrepute. The general public give very little thought to what this House does. Because the media think that Parliament consists entirely of another place, they do not hear very much about what we do and therefore do not think about us....

House of Lords Reform Bill [HL] — Order of Consideration Motion (21 Oct 2011)

Lady Saltoun of Abernethy: My Lords, it is about time that somebody else spoke in favour of the noble Earl, Lord Caithness, and the noble Lord, Lord Trefgarne. It is quite unacceptable to have a Motion of this kind brought forward at the very last minute when we have all worked on the assumption that the amendments would be taken in the normal order, starting at the beginning of the Bill and going on to the end.

Hereditary Peers — Question (20 Oct 2011)

Lady Saltoun of Abernethy: My Lords, I revert to the question of the succession of peerages. Will the Government please keep it in mind that, where there is already a male heir who has older sisters, a change in the law of succession to the eldest daughter could be damaging to relationships in the family?

Devolution: England — Question (13 Jul 2011)

Lady Saltoun of Abernethy: My Lords, do the English want a devolved Parliament; and to pay for it?


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