Results 21–29 of 29 for speaker:Lord Harris of High Cross

Science and Technology (3 Dec 2003)

Lord Harris of High Cross: My Lords, I am delighted for the first time to follow the noble Baroness, Lady Turner. Although we have strong disagreements on most subjects she knows that I have reason to hold her in the highest esteem. With all dutiful respect to Her Majesty, I thought that the gracious Speech was a rambling affair, but at least its bloated contents provide a good illustration for my broad economist's...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Literacy Rates for 10 Year-olds (18 Dec 2003)

Lord Harris of High Cross: asked Her Majesty's Government: For each of the past five years for which figures are available, what are the literacy rates for 10 year olds in—(a) England; (b) Northern Ireland; (c) Scotland.

European Union Membership (11 Feb 2004)

Lord Harris of High Cross: My Lords, I fear that I am about to demonstrate that independents are people who cannot be depended on, as I stand at approximately the opposite pole from my noble friend Lord Hannay. Indeed, I start by repeating from the Cross Benches my thanks to the noble Lord, Lord Pearson, for his brave persistence on the issue, which I regard as second only to national defence against terrorism. The...

Regulation (25 Feb 2004)

Lord Harris of High Cross: My Lords, from the Cross Benches I should like to congratulate my old friend the noble Lord, Lord Vinson, on the Tory side on his splendid opening speech. I also congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Haskel, as the only occupant and spokesman on the Labour Benches. The phenomenon of regulation is nothing new. The 19th century saw the introduction of extensive regulation in factories, banking,...

Smoking in Workplaces (24 Jun 2004)

Lord Harris of High Cross: My Lords, would the Minister acknowledge—

Administration and Works Committee (21 Dec 2004)

Lord Harris of High Cross: My Lords, I want to make a serious confession. Not only am I a life-long pipe smoker, but for some 10 years the chairman of an organisation known as FOREST—the Freedom Organisation for the Right to Enjoy Smoking Tobacco. It is well represented in the better parts of this House. I want to go to the central point made by the noble Lord, Lord Falkland, on the Roy Castle Foundation. We are not...

Liverpool City Council (Prohibition of Smoking in Places of Work) Bill [HL] (20 Jul 2005)

Lord Harris of High Cross: My Lords, in what has turned out to be rather a grim end-of-term scrap, I cheerfully declare my interest as a contented pipe smoker of many years' standing and a former chairman—now honorary president—of the smokers' defence group FOREST. Listening to these debates, it is tempting to resort to unparliamentary language about this gratuitous and time-wasting debate after Her Majesty's...

Liverpool City Council (Prohibition of Smoking in Places of Work) Bill [HL] (20 Jul 2005)

Lord Harris of High Cross: My Lords, I believe that it cannot kill the noble Viscount or anybody else. There is no evidence that it kills.

Liverpool City Council (Prohibition of Smoking in Places of Work) Bill [HL] (20 Jul 2005)

Lord Harris of High Cross: My Lords, the proof of my case lies in the total failure of ceaseless well-funded research by multiplying anti-smoking lobbies, over 25 years and 80 reports, to find persuasive evidence of harm to others that is consistent or statistically significant. My exposé is set out in a recent monograph called Smoking out the Truth, which included a direct personal challenge to the CMO. His response,...


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