Results 1–20 of 39 for speaker:Lord Gould of Brookwood

Education and Inspections Bill (18 Jul 2006)

Lord Gould of Brookwood: I am strongly in favour of empowering parents; I am in favour of empowering everyone. That is the basis of my politics and that is why I support this Bill. I want parents to have the chance to choose the school that is right for their children; not just a good local school, but the best possible school for them. This Bill is about empowering parents and about giving them choices, voices and...

Education and Inspections Bill (12 Jul 2006)

Lord Gould of Brookwood: Once again I have the enormous honour of following the noble Baroness, Lady Williams, who I have looked up to for so many years. I still do. First, this is not about selection against non-selection. Selection should be finished, gone and buried. Secondly, comprehensive schools have done a remarkable job. But I ask: have they, for every kid in our country, done the best possible job? I went to...

Education and Inspections Bill (12 Jul 2006)

Lord Gould of Brookwood: The question that we have to ask—I was involved as a young socialist in trying to get rid of the local grammar school—is whether the system that we went through is the best system. Could we have done better? That was my question, which I think it is reasonable to ask. However, in respect of the amendment, it is absolutely wrong to suggest that no more community schools should be...

Education and Inspections Bill (5 Jul 2006)

Lord Gould of Brookwood: It is a great privilege to follow those words from such an expert in this field. I say first how much I agree with the comments of the noble Baroness, Lady Williams, on the early days of selection. When she was Secretary of Sate for Education, while I was trying to make my way in politics, I was pleased with what she did and supported her. Now, however, times have moved on. I shall respond to...

Education and Inspections Bill (5 Jul 2006)

Lord Gould of Brookwood: This is a balanced Bill. The key is that the Government in their strategic role for local authorities do everything they can to ensure a level playing field. Evidence from across the world shows that choice works when there is intervention to protect and support the disadvantaged. That is why this is a changed and balanced Bill. If it produces inequality, that would not work, but we have...

Education and Inspections Bill (21 Jun 2006)

Lord Gould of Brookwood: My Lords, it has been an extraordinary privilege to share a debate in this House with the noble Lord, Lord Kinnock. I did not agree with everything that he said today, but there is much that we will always agree on. For me, who started working for the noble Lord, Lord Kinnock, in 1985, he will always be one of my heroes. As with many of my generation, my politics were defined in large part by...

BBC: Charter (16 Jun 2006)

Lord Gould of Brookwood: My Lords, it is with some humility and a great deal of trepidation that I follow my noble friend Lord Bragg. If anyone exemplifies public service broadcasting, it is him—for the BBC and elsewhere. It was a superb speech well made. I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Fowler, and his committee on their excellent report. This has been a good debate and a serious and timely one. I am...

Democracy: Power Inquiry (15 Jun 2006)

Lord Gould of Brookwood: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Kennedy of The Shaws, and the Power inquiry team on a serious and important contribution to the debate on political participation. Of course, it is a report with attitude; I would not have expected or hoped for much else. She and the other members of the team have a point of view and the report, while extremely well written, constantly hovers...

Identity Cards Bill (15 Mar 2006)

Lord Gould of Brookwood: My Lords, the first way in which I know is that there was a general election—a party won and a party lost—and this measure was in the manifesto. The union opposite distorts what, to me, is a clear move towards a stage of compulsion. That is the first way. The second way—I know this is modern—is that we asked people.

Identity Cards Bill (15 Mar 2006)

Lord Gould of Brookwood: My Lords, the manifesto states quite clearly that it will be the case that as people apply for a passport they will, as time goes on, be able to have their identity card. I shall tell noble Lords opposite why I know what the public think: it is because we asked them what they think, and they said that they support identity cards—and they support identity cards in significant numbers,...

Identity Cards Bill (15 Mar 2006)

Lord Gould of Brookwood: My Lords, first, may I say what pleasure it gives me that the alliance on the other side continues? Every week that the relationship continues these days is good. The noble Lord, Lord Phillips of Sudbury, says that nothing undermines the state of politics more than passing a Bill of this kind. I say to him that nothing undermines people's trust and confidence in politics than a Bill that is...

Identity Cards Bill (6 Mar 2006)

Lord Gould of Brookwood: My Lords, perhaps I may ask the noble Earl a question, while on the subject of ancient liberties. As he knows, I was born in Woking. When the noble Earl's family owned Woking, how much liberty would I have had in those ancient times?

Identity Cards Bill (6 Mar 2006)

Lord Gould of Brookwood: My Lords, in the past six months this House has debated a series of Bills dealing with security and identity. It would be impossible to have followed those debates without being impressed by them and without learning from them, and I for one have learnt a great deal. One does not have to agree with an argument to see its merit, and I have come to understand the force with which Members on...

Identity Cards Bill (6 Mar 2006)

Lord Gould of Brookwood: My Lords, because the noble Lord is always going up to her and exchanging notes—not lavender notes, but notes.

Identity Cards Bill (6 Mar 2006)

Lord Gould of Brookwood: My Lords, I welcome both the noble Baroness's introductions and her false modesty. The relationship reached its full consummation this morning, however, when the noble Lord, Lord Strathclyde, who, I see, is not in his place, said in an interview that he was forming an alliance with the Liberal Democrats. The mind boggles. What will this new alliance be called? Perhaps the "Conservative and...

Identity Cards Bill (23 Jan 2006)

Lord Gould of Brookwood: My Lords, as noble Lords may have guessed, I have missed a few sessions of this Bill and so lost the cadence of the House a little. Coming back, I have to say that not much has changed. I feel as though I am in a small corner of Britain which is somehow disconnected from what is happening in the rest of the country. It has been my view from the start that while of course it is true that there...

Terrorism Bill (13 Dec 2005)

Lord Gould of Brookwood: Does my noble friend think that the ordinary people of this nation would support her, or would they support the 90 days?

Terrorism Bill (13 Dec 2005)

Lord Gould of Brookwood: You said, "terrorists".

Terrorism Bill (13 Dec 2005)

Lord Gould of Brookwood: No, you said that they are terrorists!

Identity Cards Bill (23 Nov 2005)

Lord Gould of Brookwood: I was responding to the comments made in relation to Orwell and surveillance, which seemed to me to exaggerate unnecessarily people's fears about the Bill. That is my point. In debating these kinds of measures at this time, it is important to retain a sensible, realistic and common-sense view of matters, which, for the most part, the noble Lord does.


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