Results 81–100 of 313 for speaker:Lord Sutherland of Houndwood

Education: English Baccalaureate Certificate — Question for Short Debate (14 Jan 2013)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I also thank the noble Earl for giving us the opportunity to debate this subject. I hope it is a harbinger of a much wider set of debates; this is not enough. That being said, in three minutes I cannot give my outline of what constitutes a rounded education. Instead, I will start at the end of my argument and give the answer, which is-and this will shock noble Lords-Ofsted, in which...

Older People: Their Place and Contribution in Society — Motion to Take Note (14 Dec 2012)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I welcome this debate, and its sponsorship by the most reverend Primate the Archbishop of Canterbury. I do not think that the topic owes anything to his age, or indeed to his changing career pattern. It is a rather fine example of his continuing to do what he has always done with great insight and generosity of spirit: that is, reflect on the human condition. He is also doing what...

Personal Independence Payment — Statement (13 Dec 2012)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I welcome the Statement. There are a number of good things in it. However, I should like to ask for reassurance on a specific point. Can the Minister reassure us, either now or certainly at the stage at which regulations are introduced, about the extent to which these changes and their impact will be monitored-for example, in relation to the employability of disabled people, in...

Social Care — Motion to Take Note (29 Nov 2012)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I also thank the noble Baroness, Lady Pitkeathley, for organising what seems to be an annual reunion of those of us who are the usual suspects. I would like to think that after the Minister's speech the noble Baroness will organise an annual celebration, but perhaps I will hold my breath on that. My remarks are intended to help establish two main points. First, the lack of central...

Education: Development of Excellence — Motion to Take Note (18 Oct 2012)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I also congratulate my noble friend Lady Perry, not least on an excellent and insightful opening speech, in which she laid out the whole agenda for us. Her reward is already with her-she has had a rich cornucopia of responses and I am sure that that will continue throughout the debate. In his inspiring, if at times fanciful, play about Thomas More, "A Man for All Seasons", Robert...

Social Care: Sustainable Funding — Question (17 Jul 2012)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords-

Care and Support — Statement (11 Jul 2012)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I am very happy to welcome the ministerial Statement as one of the first distant tweets of a swallow, perhaps announcing some hope of spring. However, as we all know this year, summer does not inevitably follow spring. I do not take the view that the glass is half-empty; I take the view that it is currently about 20% full. The real question is about how you put the other 80% in....

House of Lords (Cessation of Membership) Bill [HL]: Second Reading (29 Jun 2012)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, at this time of Olympic trials, times and records, I shall try to emulate my noble friend Lord Steel and produce one of the shorter Second Reading speeches that will be recorded in Hansard. The speech is as follows. Many years ago, reading Aristotle, I learned that politics was the art of the possible. This view was enhanced by reading R A Butler, who chose that as the title of his...

Schools: Careers Advisers — Question (22 May 2012)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, in agreeing with the Minister's last remark-

Scotland Bill: Third Reading (24 Apr 2012)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, the noble Lords, Lord Kerr and Lord Forsyth, raised a series of questions about the significance of the Bill that are perhaps taking us further than the Government intended this afternoon. I want to add one comment to what has been said. If the discussions of the consequences of this Bill, let alone of a referendum that includes a so-called devo-max question, are to be spread to...

Scotland Bill: Report (1st Day) (26 Mar 2012)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: I wonder whether the Minister remembers when this argument was last put forward. On that occasion we were, perhaps unusually, on opposite sides of the argument. I was recommending a form of care for the elderly, wrongly categorised as free, and one of the counterarguments was that there would be a-they did not use the word then-tsunami of pensioners crossing the border to Scotland. I think...

Scotland Bill: Report (1st Day) (26 Mar 2012)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: The noble Lord assures us that there was interparty discussion within Scotland about these things. Was there any intergovernmental discussion and, if not, why not? I fear that that is what is lacking at the moment.

Scotland Bill: Report (1st Day) (26 Mar 2012)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, the position before us requires a brief summary of how we got to where we are. I see a number of Members in the House who did not sit through all the longueurs of the Committee stage. To them I say, "Welcome to the Michael and George show. It's amazing". That said, why are we where we are? How did we get here and what is it? If you live in Dublin or Dundee, you pay no fees. If you...

Scotland Bill: Report (1st Day) (26 Mar 2012)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I am prepared to take expert opinion on that. That does not rule out the possibility of the Administrations from Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland sitting down with the Westminster Government and working out a quota system for within the UK. It is a broader question how the European Union behaves itself on this matter, and there may be alternative views.

Scotland Bill: Report (1st Day) (26 Mar 2012)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: Certainly the Scottish universities funding council sets an overall budget which will pay for students who, as it turns out now, are resident both in Scotland and in the rest of the European Union. I accept the point made by the noble Lord, Lord Forsyth. The force of what I have to say is that there needs to be discussion-I suspect it has been rather absent-between the funding councils and...

Liaison Committee: Third Report — Motion to Agree (26 Mar 2012)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I support the amendment of the noble Lord, Lord Krebs, on, if nothing else, the basis that to give way once might be thought a virtue but to give way seven times seems more like a form of masochism peculiar to the practices of this place. Therefore, I shall support the noble Lord, Lord Krebs, for a variety of reasons but I shall be brief. For a number of years, the Lords Science and...

Scotland Bill — Committee (5th Day) (21 Mar 2012)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: May I ask the Minister a question? He may not want to answer it, but clarification would be helpful. He referred to the Government's belief in the importance of a single direct question. Is that a belief or a sticking point? There is a big difference between the two, and for some of us it would be a sticking point. That is the point raised by the noble Lords, Lord Reid and Lord Foulkes. We...

Protection of Freedoms Bill: Third Reading (12 Mar 2012)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, the speeches that we have heard from two very senior practitioners in relevant fields make a powerful case. I shall not run through their arguments again, nor the ones that I put forward during the previous stage of the Bill. I simply underline the fact that if people of this calibre are expressing concerns and those concerns could be dealt with by using the government procedure of...

Health and Social Care Bill — Report (3rd Day)Relevant documents: 18th and 22nd Reports from the Constitution Committee (27 Feb 2012)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I support the amendment for three reasons. First, were it to be implemented, the effectiveness of the care provided would be magnified and significantly improved for every individual involved. Secondly, there would be better value for money. Whether we like it or not, the two professions fight with each other over budget: that is the reality. Unless they are pushed towards talking...

Protection of Freedoms Bill: Report (3rd Day) (15 Feb 2012)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his very careful reply, the care he has taken over the various points made and his willingness to have further discussions. I have no doubt that that offer will be taken up. However, I have two or three points. First, I have no doubt that the commitment to freedom of information is as strong among those who proposed these amendments as it is with the...


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