Results 181–200 of 229 for speaker:Lady Saltoun of Abernethy

Procedure of the House: Select Committee Report (24 Jul 2002)

Lady Saltoun of Abernethy: One of the things that really wastes time in this House and stops us rising at a reasonable hour is Statements. There may be one or even two and sometimes they go on for well over 40 minutes and nearly to an hour. I respectfully suggest that we should be much more careful about taking Statements unless there is a shortage of business. My noble friend Lord Errol thinks that perhaps they should...

Procedure of the House: Select Committee Report (24 Jul 2002)

Lady Saltoun of Abernethy: Before turning to the question of carry-over, I want to say a word or two about pre-legislative scrutiny, which is dealt with in this group of amendments. Many noble Lords have already spoken on the subject. The real problem is that we have too much legislation. If we did not have so much legislation we should manage perfectly well—as we have done in the past—without pre-legislative...

Procedure of the House: Select Committee Report (24 Jul 2002)

Lady Saltoun of Abernethy: If the introduction of the any part of the Procedure Committee's recommendation is to be phased, surely the trial period must also be phased.

Procedure of the House: Select Committee Report (24 Jul 2002)

Lady Saltoun of Abernethy: I have no faith in trial periods; I have no faith in trial periods ever coming to an end. I am glad that this one is to be limited to two years. But at the end of the two years its success or failure should be discussed by the Procedure Committee whose job it is to make recommendations to the House on such matters. After that the trial period should be considered by the House; it should not...

Passive Smoking (23 Jul 2002)

Lady Saltoun of Abernethy: My Lords, endless no-smoking areas seem to be provided now, and hardly any smoking areas. Poor smokers! Why do people who have given up smoking have to be quite so nasty to those who have not?

Afghanistan (20 Jun 2002)

Lady Saltoun of Abernethy: My Lords, are our forces being brought back from Afghanistan and possibly from Kosovo with a view to their future deployment in assisting the United States in a possible engagement with Iraq?

Consignia (13 Jun 2002)

Lady Saltoun of Abernethy: My Lords, I am delighted that Consignia is no longer to be called "Consignia", but "Royal Mail". Can the Minister tell me whether I am justified in hoping that our postage stamps will continue to bear the Queen's head for many a year to come? Turning to pricing, the Post Office has two very strong competitors in the area of letters: e-mails and faxes. That will need to be borne in mind when...

Product Labelling (13 Jun 2002)

Lady Saltoun of Abernethy: My Lords, as we have been talking about eyesight, would not a minimum font size be quite a good idea?

Adoption and Children Bill (10 Jun 2002)

Lady Saltoun of Abernethy: My Lords, I suppose I am very thick, but I wonder whether I am the only speaker to have found this Bill remarkably difficult to understand without constant reference to a number of previous Acts which are difficult to identify. It seems a pity that it could not, at the same time as introducing new material, have been a consolidation Bill, even if it would have taken longer to draft. As I...

Adoption and Children Bill (10 Jun 2002)

Lady Saltoun of Abernethy: My Lords, yes, I do accept that to live in the home of an unmarried couple would be better. However, I do not accept that the couple should adopt; I believe that one of the partners should adopt. When the partnership falls apart—and I am afraid that statistics show that that is often the case—the child will continue to be cared for by the partner who has adopted him or her. As I said, I...

House of Lords Reform (29 May 2002)

Lady Saltoun of Abernethy: My Lords, I want to ask the noble and learned Lord one brief question. But before doing so, I want to say how sorry I am that the noble Lord, Lord Carter, is no longer Chief Whip. I do not like change much, as many noble Lords know, and this is a change that I do not like. In any event, how is the chairman of the Joint Committee to be chosen?

Working Practices of the House (21 May 2002)

Lady Saltoun of Abernethy: My Lords, many of us want to express our gratitude to the noble Lord, Lord Denham, for tabling his amendment—for which I shall certainly vote. An admirable guardian of the conventions of your Lordships' House, the noble Lord spotted that the original Motion was out of order—so much so that an uncharitably disposed person might even imagine that the leaders of the parties were trying to...

Scottish Parliament (Referendum) Bill [HL] (17 Apr 2002)

Lady Saltoun of Abernethy: My Lords, I, too, am grateful to my noble friend Lord Palmer for introducing the Bill because, whatever the Bill's fate or the pros and cons of holding a referendum on the continued existence of the Scottish Parliament, he has given the House the opportunity of discussing it, which some of us have been longing to do for some time. I shall first say a word or two about the Parliament building....

Mountaineering Accidents (17 Apr 2002)

Lady Saltoun of Abernethy: My Lords, as someone who lives in the Cairngorms, I ask the Minister whether he is aware that the Mountaineering Council of Scotland believes that the way forward is through educating people planning to go into the hills about the hazards and about the safety practices they should observe. The council's ability to do that is severely limited by lack of funding. Is there any way that more...

State Pension Forecasts (15 Apr 2002)

Lady Saltoun of Abernethy: My Lords, why cannot the articles come by e-mail instead of by post?

Zimbabwe (21 Mar 2002)

Lady Saltoun of Abernethy: My Lords, following on from what the noble Baroness, Lady Park of Monmouth, said, how can the Government ensure that any financial support given to restore democracy in Zimbabwe is used for that purpose and does not go towards lining the pockets of the present government?

Hunting with Dogs: Ban (19 Mar 2002)

Lady Saltoun of Abernethy: My Lords, before the noble Earl sits down, can he say whether it is possible to shoot foxes with a shotgun?

Gibraltar (12 Mar 2002)

Lady Saltoun of Abernethy: My Lords, have the Government ever considered returning the sovereignty of Gibraltar to Spain in return for a long and renewable lease at a peanut rent? Has that suggestion been made to either Spain or Gibraltar?

Census Internet Site (23 Jan 2002)

Lady Saltoun of Abernethy: My Lords, are there access sites to the website in Scotland?

European Communities (Amendment) Bill (22 Jan 2002)

Lady Saltoun of Abernethy: My Lords, might I ask what is probably a very stupid question? If the amendment is accepted, and if every household in the country receives a lovely communication through the door—clear, impartial, and written in beautiful English which everyone can understand—what happens if they decide on the basis of that information that they do not like the treaty? What can they do about it? I...


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