Results 1–20 of 70 for speaker:Lord Holme of Cheltenham

Parliament: Waging War (Constitution Committee Report) (1 May 2007)

Lord Holme of Cheltenham: My Lords, the hour is late and it would not be profitable to reopen the whole debate, although after the Lord Chancellor's speech it is tempting to do so. I should like to confine myself to saying that in his advocacy of business as usual and everything is tickety-boo, I thought that the noble and learned Lord perhaps did not do justice to the contributions from around the House. If he was...

Parliament: Waging War (Constitution Committee Report) (1 May 2007)

Lord Holme of Cheltenham: rose to move, That this House takes note of the report of the Constitution Committee on Waging War: Parliament's Role and Responsibility (15th report, Session 2005—06, HL Paper 236) and the follow-up report (third report, Session 2006—07, HL Paper 51).

Parliament: Waging War (Constitution Committee Report) (1 May 2007)

Lord Holme of Cheltenham: My Lords, I ask the indulgence of the House when I apologise for having kept noble Lords waiting for 15 minutes. I was told that there was to be a Statement and I was not in the Palace when I was due to be. I am sorry about that, given the demands on your Lordships' time. In introducing the Constitution Committee's report on war-making powers, I should start with several votes of thanks. The...

Africa: Chinese Investment (6 Feb 2007)

Lord Holme of Cheltenham: rose to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the level of Chinese investment in Africa. My Lords, the purpose of this Question for a short debate is to draw the attention of the Government and your Lordships' House to the new Chinese scramble for Africa. In preparing for the debate, it occurred to me, perhaps rather impertinently, that although the People's Republic...

Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill (13 Jun 2006)

Lord Holme of Cheltenham: My Lords, it is a great pleasure to follow the noble Lord, Lord Sainsbury, and his wise words derived from experience about the need to curb the regulatory state in all its aspects. I am afraid that I may not be able to avoid returning to those lofty constitutional heights, as it is my honour to serve as chairman of your Lordships' Constitution Committee, but I hope that I will do so in the...

Parliament: Relationship with Government (28 Mar 2006)

Lord Holme of Cheltenham: My Lords, is the noble Baroness aware that it was exactly 30 years ago, in 1976, in his Dimbleby lecture, that the late Lord Hailsham described our constitutional arrangements as—what was it?

Parliament: Relationship with Government (28 Mar 2006)

Lord Holme of Cheltenham: I was just checking. He described it as an elective dictatorship. Does the noble Baroness agree that in the intervening years—despite, as she rightly said, a flurry of constitutional reform in the first years of this Government—on the whole, the power of the Executive has increased, is increasing and ought to be diminished? Finally, does she agree that, given the plethora of outside...

BBC Royal Charter (9 Dec 2005)

Lord Holme of Cheltenham: My Lords, I join the tributes that have been paid to the noble Lord, Lord Fowler. It is true that we would not have had an agreed report without his shrewd and genial chairmanship. I am most grateful for it, and for the way he introduced the debate today. I should declare an interest as a former chairman, following the noble Baroness, Lady Howe, of the Broadcasting Standards Commission and as...

Parliament and the Public (3 Nov 2005)

Lord Holme of Cheltenham: My Lords, I start by adding my thanks to the noble Baroness for honouring the commitment she made to this House in an earlier debate on this important topic. We are all most grateful. As the Hansard Society has the unusual distinction of seeing its name on the Order Paper, as chairman of the society, I shall talk for a moment about what we do and why we commissioned this important report. The...

Identity Cards Bill (31 Oct 2005)

Lord Holme of Cheltenham: My Lords, as the first speaker from these Benches since the maiden speech of my noble friend Lord Soley, perhaps I may add my congratulations to him on a very refreshing and thoughtful speech. Those of us who have known and admired his work over the years were not at all surprised by that. I hope that we shall hear from him often. Most of the contributions to this debate have been and will be...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Commission for Africa (16 Jun 2005)

Lord Holme of Cheltenham: asked Her Majesty's Government: Which department has responsibility for coordinating the follow-up to the Commission for Africa report.

Parliament and the Legislative Process (6 Jun 2005)

Lord Holme of Cheltenham: My Lords, the hour is late and I shall be brief. However, I have to say that my noble friend Lord McNally did not quite finish the quotation: The fault, dear Brutus, lies not in our stars, But in ourselves, that we are underlings". I have to say that even by the standards of the House, this has not been an underlings' debate. I have very rarely seen such a powerful combination of ministerial...

Parliament and the Legislative Process (6 Jun 2005)

Lord Holme of Cheltenham: rose to move, That this House takes note of the report of the Select Committee on the Constitution on Parliament and the Legislative Process (14th Report, Session 2003–04, HL Paper 173).

Parliament and the Legislative Process (6 Jun 2005)

Lord Holme of Cheltenham: My Lords, I am pleased, and perhaps even relieved, that your Lordships finally have the opportunity to have this debate, since it is now nearly eight months since your Lordships' Select Committee on the Constitution, then under the chairmanship of the noble Lord, Lord Norton, published its report, Parliament and the Legislative Process. I am also delighted to see the noble Baroness the Leader...

Anti-terrorism Measures (10 Feb 2005)

Lord Holme of Cheltenham: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the advice of the Lord Chancellor was explicitly sought on the implications for the rule of law of the proposed new anti-terrorism measures.

Anti-terrorism Measures (10 Feb 2005)

Lord Holme of Cheltenham: My Lords, I thank the noble and learned Lord for that outstandingly uninformative Answer. I wonder whether he could help us a little further. Given that he has reiterated his residual role, albeit an important one, as the guarantor of the rule of law and given that it was widely reported that the Attorney-General had expressed the view that the new anti-terrorism measures involving house...

Parliament: Public Engagement (9 Feb 2005)

Lord Holme of Cheltenham: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Norton, for making this debate possible and for his challenging opening speech. I declare an interest as chairman of the Hansard Society, whose purpose is better to connect Parliament and people. I shall be referring to some work the society does in a moment. Before I do, there is a problem—and there is no point trying to skate over this—which, if...

Regulatory State (2 Dec 2004)

Lord Holme of Cheltenham: My Lords, I am delighted that time has finally been found to debate this important report—and prime time, too. At least, I think that is what it is called; on any other day of the week, it would be called "lunchtime". It is a particular pleasure to follow the noble Lord, Lord Norton, because The Regulatory State—our penultimate report—was produced by the Constitution Committee during...

Iraq: UK Forces Weapons Training (9 Nov 2004)

Lord Holme of Cheltenham: asked Her Majesty's Government: What measures have been put in place to ensure that all soldiers on active service in Iraq have received adequate weapons training.

Iraq: UK Forces Weapons Training (9 Nov 2004)

Lord Holme of Cheltenham: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord for that reply, but I wonder whether he thinks that it is adequate to the very serious revelation made in a court martial acquittal verdict last week that 2,300 reservists have been sent to Iraq despite having failed their weapons tests, in flat contravention of the rules on deployment and putting their own and other people's lives in considerable danger. How...


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