Results 1–20 of 277 for speaker:the Earl of Dundee

Address in Reply to Her Majesty's Most Gracious Speech (18 Nov 1999)

the Earl of Dundee: My Lords, the prospect of lasting peace in Europe may now be rather more convincing than at any previous time. That prospect takes into account the end of the Cold War in 1989 and the consequences of the Kosovo campaign earlier this year. No doubt we should seek to measure and evaluate the outcome of any such peace prospect in terms of stable economic and social development within the regions...

Museums and Galleries: VAT (29 Mar 2000)

the Earl of Dundee: My Lords, I join others in thanking the noble Lord, Lord Freyberg, for initiating this debate. There is a strong case for what he proposes. Not least is that so in the light of the background to the Question. The Government gave a commitment to encourage free admissions to national museums and galleries. If in so doing the Government had provided two other related assurances, then, of course,...

Address in Reply to Her Majesty's Most Gracious Speech (28 Jun 2001)

the Earl of Dundee: My Lords, no doubt we are well accustomed to classifying economic and social development as an attractive product and outcome of sustained peace. What might be less obvious, perhaps, is that economic and social development levels should themselves become the means as well as the desired ends of European stability, let alone the key ingredients and instruments for achieving lasting peace in...

Prisons (11 Jul 2001)

the Earl of Dundee: My Lords, no doubt we would wish to accept two premises as background to this debate. The first is that in Britain or elsewhere prisons can never be isolated or sidelined from the rest of society. Inevitably they form a reflection of their own countries and communities. Nor, secondly, can prisons be isolated between one country and another; otherwise, the only consequence would be to abandon...

Parliament and the Executive (18 Jul 2001)

the Earl of Dundee: My Lords, I join others in congratulating the noble Baroness, Lady Williams, on introducing the debate. Characteristically, she presented her case with great clarity, energy and independence of mind. I also congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Clark of Windermere, and my noble friend Lord Fowler on their excellent maiden speeches and thank them for their valuable perception of certain...

Recidivism (5 Nov 2001)

the Earl of Dundee: rose to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to reduce prisoner recidivism. My Lords, we recall the discussion introduced recently in this House on our Prison Service by my noble friend Lord Hurd. It was an excellent debate which revealed a strong measure of agreement. We must work together to reduce the prison population and its high percentage component of reoffenders. In...

House of Lords Reform (10 Jan 2002)

the Earl of Dundee: My Lords, so far in this long debate we have achieved a consensus on two important issues. First, universal disapproval of the White Paper has been expressed from all sides of the House. Its shortcomings have been summed up by many, not least by the noble Lord, Lord Richard. Unlike the noble Lord, Lord Chalfont, he did not call the proposals a "dog's breakfast", but he used vivid culinary...

Crime Reduction (27 Mar 2002)

the Earl of Dundee: My Lords, I join in congratulating my noble friend Lord Elton on introducing this debate and providing its focus, which connects reduced measurements for crime with those for the prison population. As background to that focus, the first anomaly concerns value for money when our own prison service is compared with others elsewhere. We spend less than our European partners on health and...

Address in Reply to Her Majesty's Most Gracious Speech (21 Nov 2002)

the Earl of Dundee: My Lords, regarding crime and the attempt to deal with it, one revealing comparison, as has already been mentioned, is our poor performance against other European states. First, there is the inconsistency when our Prison Service is compared with those elsewhere. We spend less than our European partners on health and education but we spend much more on prisons. Yet our recidivism level has not...

Crime Prevention (4 Dec 2002)

the Earl of Dundee: My Lords, I join other noble Lords in congratulating the noble Lord, Lord Dholakia, on introducing the debate. Last month, the Queen's Speech offered some hope of improved co-ordination between our criminal justice services. These government intentions are much to be welcomed and encouraged. Yet that may currently be as far as we can go. Improved co-ordination on its own may not achieve very...

Convention on the Future of Europe (7 Jan 2003)

the Earl of Dundee: My Lords, I join others in congratulating the noble Lord, Lord Grenfell, on introducing the debate, which is linked to the recent report by the House's Select Committee on the European Union and to the Convention on the Future of Europe, which reports later this year. What is the purpose of a European Union of any size and at any time? How should it be structured accordingly? I shall refer to...

Prison Population (24 Feb 2004)

the Earl of Dundee: My Lords, the Minister may give the impression that these prison figures are acceptable. Does he agree that current trends threaten to increase them even further? At what higher level, therefore, would he regard such figures as unacceptable?

European Union Constitutional Treaty (11 May 2004)

the Earl of Dundee: My Lords, most of us may welcome the increased publicity and interest on this subject and the questions that these put. What is the purpose of a European Union of any size at any time? How should its larger affiliation be structured? I shall refer to three separate yet related forms of security and argue that their consistent interaction is what planning theory and practice should seek to...

Cyprus: Annan Plan (18 May 2004)

the Earl of Dundee: My Lords, how far will the co-operative position of the Turkish Cypriots influence the line that the Government will choose to take on the EU candidature of Turkey itself when that comes to be considered at the December summit this year?

London Probation Area: Service Delivery (20 May 2004)

the Earl of Dundee: My Lords, will further resources be given to London probation, or will necessary improvements to deal with shortcomings have to rely upon the so-called process of contestability?

Charitable Giving (26 May 2004)

the Earl of Dundee: My Lords, I join other noble Lords in congratulating the noble Lord, Lord Joffe. His debate today enables a timely discussion of the current threats and challenges to, as well as the future direction of, United Kingdom charities. I should like to comment on three aspects and the connection between them. First, as a number of noble Lords have observed, there are the ways in which the...

Neighbourhood Watch (27 May 2004)

the Earl of Dundee: My Lords, will the Government remove the current restriction that prevents a deal between the National Neighbourhood Watch Association and Lloyds TSB insurance?

European Union: Croatian Accession (10 Jun 2004)

the Earl of Dundee: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they consider that European Union accession negotiations for Croatia should begin following the meeting of the European Council on 17– 18 June.

European Union: Croatian Accession (10 Jun 2004)

the Earl of Dundee: My Lords, does the Minister accept that, if the European Council approves the proposal, it must then clearly indicate when accession negotiations should begin? Does she agree that the setting of a date for this early in 2005 will, in itself, encourage progress and efficiency both within Croatia, which carries out further reforms, and within the European Union, which monitors that process?

Examination Boards: Minority Subjects (28 Jun 2004)

the Earl of Dundee: My Lords, if the Minister accepts that a little Latin or Greek does not do us any harm, should not all those hoodwinked to the contrary now apply themselves to much clearer writing of the following lines: mea culpa, mea maxima culpa?


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