Results 61–80 of 229 for speaker:Lady Saltoun of Abernethy

House of Lords Bill [HL] (30 Nov 2007)

Lady Saltoun of Abernethy: My Lords, I would have said exactly that if I had had time.

House of Lords Bill [HL] (30 Nov 2007)

Lady Saltoun of Abernethy: My Lords, in 1999 we were promised that a full and final reform of this House would eventually happen. This is a grave constitutional matter unsuitable for a Private Member's Bill, particularly one introduced on a Friday afternoon, when many of your Lordships have gone home for the weekend. It should be resolved by a Government Bill introduced in prime time, the contents of which should have...

Debate on the Address (12 Nov 2007)

Lady Saltoun of Abernethy: My Lords, not many Scottish Peers seem to be speaking this debate and it seems to me that, in this tercentenary year of the much shrunken Union of the Parliaments, it might be timely to say a few words about devolution and independence and allied subjects. These have given rise to problems about which there was, alas, nothing in Her Majesty's gracious Speech. Here I must declare an interest...

Obesity (17 Oct 2007)

Lady Saltoun of Abernethy: My Lords, it should have been obvious to the Government that the take-up of healthy school dinners would drop, because children hate anything new and unfamiliar. There is only one way of ensuring that they eat healthy school dinners, and that is to prevent their bringing unhealthy packed lunches to school or going out and buying chips and Mars bars in the lunch hour. When they are really...

Mariners: Alcohol and Drugs Limits (19 Jul 2007)

Lady Saltoun of Abernethy: My Lords, have the Government consulted the RNLI about this?

Waste Management (24 May 2007)

Lady Saltoun of Abernethy: My Lords, will the Government please stop castigating poor old householders for putting out rubbish? We are not responsible for the amount of rubbish that comes into our houses. We have coming into our houses endless rubbish, principally in the form of packaging, over which we have remarkably little control. Could the Government start on packaging?

House of Lords (Amendment) Bill [HL] (18 May 2007)

Lady Saltoun of Abernethy: My Lords, the wisdom and propriety of a Private Member's Bill being used to effect the final and full reform of this House, which we were promised in 1999 would eventually happen, are very questionable. This is a grave constitutional matter, and as such I think it is quite wrong that it should be resolved by a Private Member's Bill, particularly one having its Second Reading on a Friday...

House of Lords (Amendment) Bill [HL] (18 May 2007)

Lady Saltoun of Abernethy: My Lords, I beg your Lordships' pardon. I was looking at the wrong Bill. Altogether, I like this Bill so little that, if it were not a Friday afternoon when most Peers have gone home for the weekend, I should have put down a Motion to kill it. As it is, I hope that it withers on the vine.

Administration and Works Committee (9 May 2007)

Lady Saltoun of Abernethy: My Lords, I make no apology for swimming against the tide. I was once a heavy smoker, but I have not smoked for more than 15 years. At the same time, I absolutely deplore what I consider to be the cruel treatment of smokers these days. I do not see why smokers should not be allowed, as the noble Lord has just said, to smoke in their offices and why smoking rooms should not be available.

Fuel Poverty (26 Apr 2007)

Lady Saltoun of Abernethy: My Lords—

Houses of Parliament: Visitors' Centre (21 Mar 2007)

Lady Saltoun of Abernethy: My Lords, will the Government please keep in mind that the principal function of the Palace of Westminster is as a Parliament, not as a tourist attraction or anything else?

House of Lords: Reform (13 Mar 2007)

Lady Saltoun of Abernethy: My Lords, a proposition has been mooted in some quarters, particularly in chapter 10 of the White Paper, regarding getting rid of the 92 hereditary Peers. It is that Peers' elections should be abolished. It is seen in some quarters as a kindly means of finally abolishing the last vestiges of the hereditary principle while retaining for their remaining lives the services of the present...

Courts: Family Cases (28 Feb 2007)

Lady Saltoun of Abernethy: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will introduce legislation to ensure that the judgments of judges hearing family care and other similar cases are published, in anonymised form if necessary.

Courts: Family Cases (28 Feb 2007)

Lady Saltoun of Abernethy: My Lords, when do the Government expect to be able to publish any decisions reached as a result of the responses to the consultation document Confidence and Confidentiality? Do they realise that this matter is quite urgent in the wake of a number of cases where faulty professional evidence led to grave miscarriages of justice that have undermined public confidence?

Social Care (18 Jan 2007)

Lady Saltoun of Abernethy: My Lords, I, too, congratulate the noble Earl, Lord Listowel, on securing this debate. I shall focus first on those aspects of social work that concern children. I have for a long time been very worried about cases in which children have been removed from their parents on the excuse that they were being abused or were at risk of being abused when there was no real evidence that that was in...

Conventions: Joint Committee Report (16 Jan 2007)

Lady Saltoun of Abernethy: My Lords, I did not suggest that the report said that it should be called the Cunningham convention. I suggested that the report said what it said, which I did not like very much. It is a great pity to do away with the old name, which is the history of the convention.

Conventions: Joint Committee Report (16 Jan 2007)

Lady Saltoun of Abernethy: My Lords, I, too, add my congratulations to all the others that the committee has rightly been given on the report that it produced. It is not just the content that is good; it is also beautifully written and very readable, which is not always the case with reports. Back when the committee was set up, I thought that it was a waste of time, as I could not see how it would be possible to codify...

Mental Health Bill [HL] (15 Jan 2007)

Lady Saltoun of Abernethy: How quickly can the Minister take the actions that he has said he will? This is now a matter of considerable urgency.

Mental Health Bill [HL] (15 Jan 2007)

Lady Saltoun of Abernethy: The situation which the noble Baroness, Lady Knight, described seems to me to amount to nothing short of manslaughter. Have any legal actions been brought against any hospitals by the relatives of people to whom this has happened? I very much hope that the Government will take this amendment very seriously, and that if they cannot accept it as it stands, they will bring in one of their own;...

Plastic Bags (2 Nov 2006)

Lady Saltoun of Abernethy: My Lords, is the Minister aware that some of us are very grateful for our free plastic bags, because we reuse them as bin liners and for a variety of other purposes, thereby saving ourselves from having to buy any?


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