Results 1–20 of 313 for speaker:Lord Sutherland of Houndwood

Religious Offences Bill [HL] (30 Jan 2002)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I welcome the opportunity to debate the substance of this Bill, tabled, as it now is, independent of the matters that were raised in the anti-terrorism, crime and security legislation. I also welcome this opportunity to deliver my maiden speech. Those several sources of advice on the protocol of maiden speeches whom I consulted stressed two points. The first is that a maiden speech...

Education and Skills (24 Apr 2002)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I, too, am grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Dearing, for many things, including his many vigorous and rigorous contributions to the furtherance of education of which today's speech was another example. I was particularly taken with the statistics of the noble Lord, Lord Puttnam, who pointed out that in the 1950s and since we seem to have had as a national policy disinvestment in...

Information Technology Practitioners (22 Oct 2002)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, does the Minister see a correlation between the shortage of level 4 quality graduate specialists in this area and the difficulty of providing, recruiting and retaining enough competent information technology and computer scientists in the university sector as salaries outside the university sector are exceptionally high? There is a real problem here which may well not apply across...

University Finance (27 Nov 2002)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I also congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Baker, on introducing the debate. It is, as he implied in his excellent speech, a continuation of the discussion he initiated in 1988. As he suggested, it is unfinished business. We might have had the opportunity to finish or at least move on in 1997 when the Dearing committee reported. Unfortunately, its recommendations on funding were cut...

Higher Education (22 Jan 2003)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I welcome a number of points in the White Paper but I raise two questions about fundamental premises in that paper. The points I welcome will not be much otherwise noticed, and I think that the record should be straight on that. First, the proposals for an arts and humanities research council went through tortuous routes, but I am delighted to see that now in place. Secondly, I...

Sustainable Communities (5 Feb 2003)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I welcome the Statement's approach to government aspiration and planning—it is a fine Statement. I should declare an interest: I am non-executive chairman of the Quarry Products Association. As a result, I have a sense of the volume of traffic—heavy lorries—that will be generated before a development is completed. Will the Minister give an assurance that as part of the...

University Teachers: Pay (5 Feb 2003)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Lamont of Lerwick, for introducing the debate at such an appropriate time. We have all benefited from his initiative. It is a particular pleasure to follow my colleague, the noble Lord, Lord Quinton, who is a distinguished philosopher and academic. He spoke with characteristic skill, accuracy and style. I shall not, however, rise to the bait and respond...

Licensing Bill [HL] (4 Mar 2003)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I support the amendment for three reasons. The first is that it provides a measure of protection to children, a matter that has been of considerable concern to the House over the years. Secondly, the amendment would provide a degree of guidance to children about appropriate behaviour, especially to 13 year-olds under significant peer pressure. Thirdly, it provides support for the...

Teaching Standards (6 Mar 2003)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, does the Minister agree with the Chief Inspector of Schools about the absolutely vital importance to be attached to leadership in schools? If so, what steps are in hand to enhance the abilities of those already in post as head teachers and those who will come into post over the next five to 10 years?

University Funding (19 Mar 2003)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I thank my noble friend Lady Howe for introducing the debate with such clarity and insight. I want also at the outset to endorse the remarks of the noble Baroness, Lady Carnegy of Lour, about the impact of what happens here on other parts of the United Kingdom—and I deliberately put it in that way. If your Lordships will indulge me, I would like to be facetious for a moment—just...

The Welfare State (30 Apr 2003)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, may I draw to the Minister's attention one particular aspect of the welfare state which could reasonably be fundamentally reconsidered at this stage—the way in which funds are made available for care of the elderly? Currently they are through two separate streams, the Department of Health and social security. This is not good from the point of view of the individual in need of...

School Playing Fields (4 Jun 2003)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, will the Minister reassure us that moneys raised from such proceeds of sales will be retained in the educational budget? Especially if the moneys are under the command of local authorities, can we be reassured that they will be used for suitable school purposes—whether gymnasiums, books or musical instruments?

Countryside (11 Jun 2003)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I thank my noble friend Lord Palmer for initiating this debate. By rural standards, we are almost near neighbours. I commend his opening speech which seemed to me to bring knowledge, understanding of the issues, and a commitment to face them positively. It is also a pleasure to take part in a debate with a fine maiden speech that opens up further dimensions of the issue. I take two...

Water Bill [HL] (12 Jun 2003)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I support this amendment, which overlaps with an amendment I shall move later. The presumption that, ultimately, the Bill must serve both suppliers and consumers and create the stability necessary for the relationship to last over the coming decades—not simply years—is a good presumption to put on the face of the Bill. For that reason, I support the amendment.

Water Bill [HL] (12 Jun 2003)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: moved Amendment No. 27: After Clause 19, insert the following new clause— "COMMENCEMENT AND E"PIRY OF LICENCES After section 46 of the WRA there is inserted— "46B COMMENCEMENT AND E"PIRY OF LICENCES (1) A licence granted under this Chapter to abstract water— (a) to prevent interference with any mining, quarrying or engineering operations (whether underground or surface); or (b) to...

Water Bill [HL] (12 Jun 2003)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I rise to speak in support of Amendment No. 27. I wish to take a few moments to make some general remarks which apply to other amendments under my name; that is, Amendments Nos. 28, 32, 183 and 185. Those remarks, if made now, need not be repeated. I give that commitment. I declare an interest as a non-executive chairman of the Quarry Products Association. I support the general...

Water Bill [HL] (12 Jun 2003)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I thank the Minister for what I regard as a conciliatory reply, even if it is not quite consensual; indeed, that remains to be seen. I also thank the noble Lords, Lord Berkeley and Lord Dixon-Smith, for their support, as I do the noble Baroness, Lady Miller of Chilthorne Domer. Equally, perhaps I may couple that with thanks for the tribute paid to the good practice of one of our...

Water Bill [HL] (12 Jun 2003)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: moved Amendment No. 28: Page 23, leave out lines 10 and 11.

Water Bill [HL] (12 Jun 2003)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I shall not speak at equivalent length on this amendment. I have set the context. The point of the amendment is very straightforward. It is to allow that a licence legitimately held can be transferred on the sale of a quarry, just as planning permission is currently transferred on such a sale. Consolidation has taken place in the industry, and has maximised both high quality and...

Water Bill [HL] (12 Jun 2003)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I thank the noble Baroness for that reply. I have heard the concerns expressed both by the noble Baroness and by the noble Lord, Lord Dixon-Smith. I beg leave to withdraw the amendment and I will consider the points raised.


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