All 13 results for speaker:Lord Walker of Worcester

Hospice Movement (1 Mar 2000)

Lord Walker of Worcester: My Lords, I welcome the opportunity that the Motion on the Order Paper gives us to discuss and to look at the remarkable achievements of the hospice movement over the years since it was founded. I was provoked to seek this debate by two occurrences in my own life in recent times--one, alas, when a few weeks ago my brother died in a hospice in Berkhampstead. He, like others, had gone to...

Hospice Movement (1 Mar 2000)

Lord Walker of Worcester: My Lords, I am very grateful to the Minister for his summing-up and for his assurance that he will carefully examine the points that have been made--

Hospice Movement (1 Mar 2000)

Lord Walker of Worcester: My Lords, I beg leave to withdraw my Motion for Papers.

Financial Services and Markets Bill (20 Mar 2000)

Lord Walker of Worcester: I share the view of my noble friend in relation to retaining paragraph (g). There have been a series of innovations in the history of the City of London over the decades that have given it enormous international strength. I can recall two such innovations. I was involved in the 1960s in the introduction of the first-ever equity-linked life policy in this country. All of the establishment in...

Financial Services and Markets Bill (20 Mar 2000)

Lord Walker of Worcester: I wish to express concern about the amendment proposed by the noble Lord, Lord Borrie. I hesitate to do so because we are neighbours in the same village in Worcestershire and divisiveness in one small village might cause concern. There is a difficulty when a word like "reasonable" is introduced. No noble Lord who has spoken in favour of it has defined what "reasonable" means. Those who would...

Financial Services and Markets Bill (27 Mar 2000)

Lord Walker of Worcester: When the Minister said that he thought the amendments would add elegance to the Bill, I thought that he would immediately accept them. Anything that can add elegance to this Bill is something to be welcomed. In reality, my noble friend made a very important point, which needs clarifying. I hope that if the Government do not take action we will return to it at Report stage.

Financial Services and Markets Bill (27 Mar 2000)

Lord Walker of Worcester: I can only say that, in all the legislation with which I was involved in the previous government, no Bill was beautiful if it needed several hundred government amendments.

Financial Services and Markets Bill (30 Mar 2000)

Lord Walker of Worcester: In support of the amendment in the name of my noble friend Lord Saatchi, the situation of an unauthorised person and a consumer involved in a procedure, where only one of them is bound by that procedure, is an uncomfortable one. The Minister's main argument appeared to be that consumers are small people with limited resources and authorised persons are large people with plenty of resources,...

Foot and Mouth Outbreak: The Rural Economy (20 Mar 2001)

Lord Walker of Worcester: My Lords, I declare an interest as a farmer in Worcestershire. Is the Minister aware that over the next two weeks it is probable that 1 million ewes that are now grazing will lamb? At the moment the Ministry of Agriculture tells the farmers concerned that they cannot transport their ewes to the lambing sheds, but agrees with them that ewes lambing in the open, sodden pastures on which they...

Wales (13 Feb 2002)

Lord Walker of Worcester: My Lords, as a humble Englishman, I am honoured to take part in the debate. When I was appointed as an English Secretary of State for Wales, the only people who rejoiced were some in Glamorgan who thought that I used to play cricket for them. Alas, it was a different person. As this is the first Welsh debate for some time, perhaps I may be forgiven for paying tribute to my former colleague at...

Spending Review (15 Jul 2002)

Lord Walker of Worcester: My Lords, in his Statement the Chancellor stressed the importance of encouraging voluntary movements. There is perhaps no greater example of voluntary effort in this country than the hospice movement. Is the Minister aware that when the Government came to power 40 per cent of capital and current expenditure of the hospice movement was funded from public expenditure? It has been reduced every...

Health (Wales) Bill (6 Feb 2003)

Lord Walker of Worcester: My Lords, I add my congratulations and good wishes to the noble Lord, Lord Evans, on his new role and wish him every possible success. I, too, hope that the Bill results in an improved service to the people of Wales and that the new organisations will be successful. Wales has a ghastly inheritance of bad health. The coal and steel industries have inflicted much bad health on Wales. I was...

Latin America (4 May 2006)

Lord Walker of Worcester: My Lords, I was in another place for 31 years and I cannot remember following two speakers and agreeing with both on almost everything they said. On this occasion, I have that pleasure. I add my congratulations to the noble Viscount on instigating this debate. It is a joy to see him back and active in this House, and once again leading the activity on Latin America. There has never been a...


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