Results 1–20 of 797 for speaker:Lord Waddington

EU: Balance of Competences Review — Question (5 Nov 2013)

Lord Waddington: My Lords, why do we allow the powers that be to translate competences as competences, when in plain English what we are talking about is powers? Why are we not talking about powers?

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill — Report (2nd Day) (Continued) (10 Jul 2013)

Lord Waddington: My Lords, my noble friend Lord Fowler is making rather a meal of it. I can think of only one justification for having a referendum, and that is to allow the Prime Minister to get off the hook on which he has impaled himself by bringing forward this Bill in the first place. Everybody knows that the Bill came forward to Parliament in a most disreputable fashion. We have gone over this many...

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill — Report (2nd Day) (Continued) (10 Jul 2013)

Lord Waddington: The trouble is that my noble friend has not listened to the end of my argument, which is that as a result of the Prime Minister’s behaviour, UKIP has been gleaning Tory votes throughout the country. If we do not do anything about it, at the next general election UKIP will no doubt be making hay as a result. I suggest to my noble friend that the only real justification for having a...

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill — Report (1st Day) (8 Jul 2013)

Lord Waddington: I read on Saturday a speech made by the most reverend Primate the Archbishop of Canterbury. I will not trouble the House with much of the speech, but it contained this particular passage: “The opposition to the Bill, which included me and many other bishops, was utterly overwhelmed … There was noticeable hostility to the view of the Churches”. I was not surprised by what I read. There...

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill — Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) (19 Jun 2013)

Lord Waddington: I appreciate what the noble Lord has to say and he will be able to say it in his speech. I wish he would just hear me out on this little piece of the action. He surely must agree that this begs the question as to whether it is anything we should complain about; he surely must agree that the teacher must teach the new definition of marriage and must explain the significance of the change. The...

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill — Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) (19 Jun 2013)

Lord Waddington: A number of teachers will find it extremely difficult to have to explain the new regime. At Second Reading the Minister said that teachers do not have to “endorse” the new definition—by that I think she means accept it as right. She then went on to say that, “the expression of personal beliefs should be done in a professional way and not in a way that would be inappropriate or...

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill — Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) (19 Jun 2013)

Lord Waddington: My Lords, the noble Lord, Lord Dear, brought to the attention of the House certain remarks made by my noble friend in her speech at Second Reading. I will remind the House of some of her words. In particular, she said: “Teachers will be expected to teach the factual and legal position when teaching about marriage … but they will not be expected to promote or endorse views that go against...

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill: Committee (1st Day) (17 Jun 2013)

Lord Waddington: My Lords, first, I apologise to the noble Lord, Lord Alli, and others on the other side of the House. My hearing aid, or my hearing, or both, gave way last time and I could not hear a word that was said. I was very fortunate to have a prompter near me. I do not think that anything I say now will provoke a large number of interventions but if that happens, I am now in better shape to deal with...

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill: Committee (1st Day) (17 Jun 2013)

Lord Waddington: My Lords, I agree entirely with my noble friend Lord Phillips. We are talking about two types of union which are entirely different: different in the way in which the union is manifested, in the obligations that flow from that union, and in the sanctions that can be obtained if one party defaults. At Second Reading my noble friend Lord Jenkin missed the point entirely, which is very rare for...

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill: Committee (1st Day) (17 Jun 2013)

Lord Waddington: I was just getting to the experience of other countries, and it does seem that some people have been put off. Dr Patricia Morgan produced evidence to show that since gay marriage was introduced in Spain in 2005, the decline in heterosexual marriage has been precipitous. It has been just the same in Holland since 2001, and also in Scandinavia. There is not one example of this change going...

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill: Committee (1st Day) (17 Jun 2013)

Lord Waddington: I am afraid that the noble Lord is wrong about that. It was certainly true that in Spain there was a relaxation in divorce at the time of the introduction of same-sex marriage, but I am talking about new marriages. There was a big decline in new marriages in Spain since the change came about. So it seems obvious that if marriage between same-sex couples is to be allowed, at the very least it...

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill — Second Reading (2nd Day) (4 Jun 2013)

Lord Waddington: Perhaps my noble friend will forgive me if I raise one point with him. Have there not been numerous occasions when this House, even when it was largely hereditary, rejected Bills that had come here from the House of Commons on Second Reading? I have a big memory of the War Crimes Bill that came here from the House of Commons having been passed there by an almighty majority, far greater that...

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill — Second Reading (3 Jun 2013)

Lord Waddington: My Lords, surely the noble Lord, Lord Dear, was correct to start his speech by saying, in graphic language, that this Bill is about imposing an entirely new meaning on a term as familiar and fundamental as “marriage”. Throughout history, in all countries and cultures, marriage has been the union of a man and a woman; and although not every married couple have or want children, the core...

Police: Racism — Question (25 Apr 2013)

Lord Waddington: My Lords, does this not come close to the pot calling the kettle black? What could be more institutionally racist than insisting on having a black police association?

Death of a Member: Baroness Thatcher — Tributes (10 Apr 2013)

Lord Waddington: I shall try to be brief, my Lords. I will not add to the catalogue of Lady Thatcher's great achievements: I merely wish to indulge in one or two rather personal reminiscences, which throws some light on her character. Margaret Thatcher came out to help me in the Clitheroe by-election in February 1974. It was a very cold day and after an hour or two we repaired to a place to have lunch. I sat...

Death of a Member: Baroness Thatcher — Tributes (10 Apr 2013)

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Inequality: Income and Wealth — Question (11 Mar 2013)

Lord Waddington: My Lords, may it not be more sensible for the Government to concentrate their efforts on trying to increase the overall wealth of the country, rather than rabbit on about how they might divide a perhaps declining cake?

Police and Crime Commissioners: Elections — Question (4 Dec 2012)

Lord Waddington: Would it not have been a lot better if the polls had taken place at the time of the local elections? Would the poll not have been very much higher then-and was it not the wish of the Liberals in the coalition who insisted on the vote not being taken at the right time?

Planning — Question (14 Sep 2011)

Lord Waddington: Does my noble friend accept that some of us on this side of the House are finding it incredibly difficult to accept that it is right to turn the planning system on its head and create a presumption in favour of development?

Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties) Regulations 2011: Motion to Approve (6 Sep 2011)

Lord Waddington: My Lords, we have had a very good debate, and I would like to thank all those who have taken part. I will not detain the House for long. I am sorry to pick on the noble Lord, Lord Lester, but in his contribution, he very neatly illustrated all that is wrong with the present situation. His line was perfectly simple: "There is nothing wrong with the law, so there is no need for us to register...


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