Results 61–80 of 129 for speaker:Lord Rodgers of Quarry Bank

Contracting Out (Functions Relating to Broadcast Advertising) and Specification of Relevant Functions Order 2004 (16 Jul 2004)

Lord Rodgers of Quarry Bank: My Lords, I, too, welcome the draft order and am glad to follow the remarks of my noble friend Lord Thomson of Monifieth and of the noble Lord, Lord Borrie. I was chairman of the ASA for six years but, beyond that, I now have no personal or professional interest in the matter, except in the continuing success of the ASA and the satisfactory outcome of the negotiation. I was a witness to the...

Mersey Tunnels Bill (28 Jun 2004)

Lord Rodgers of Quarry Bank: My Lords, in speaking to Amendment No. A1, despite having missed Second Reading, perhaps I may be permitted to say a few words about my hinterland, to use the current expression, within the context of the Bill. I think I can claim to be the only Member in the Chamber this evening who was present when the first Mersey tunnel, the Queensway, was opened on 18 July 1934, almost 70 years ago. I...

Speakership of the House (12 Jan 2004)

Lord Rodgers of Quarry Bank: My Lords, I welcome the report. It is in keeping with the spirit of the Statement made by the then Leader of the House, Lord Williams, on 16 June last year. The House had been taken by surprise a few days earlier about the Government's changes affecting the future of the Lord Chancellor. Whether or not the wider changes were welcome—clearly they were not to everyone—the majority of...

Judiciary, Legislature and Executive (21 May 2003)

Lord Rodgers of Quarry Bank: My Lords, the debate has run its course. I wish that I had time to thank all the speakers, but I have no choice but to fall upon a period of calm and silence. I beg leave to withdraw the Motion for Papers.

Judiciary, Legislature and Executive (21 May 2003)

Lord Rodgers of Quarry Bank: rose to call attention to the relationship between the judiciary, the legislature and the executive, and to judicial participation in public controversy; and to move for Papers. My Lords, seven years ago, on 5th June, 1996, the noble and learned Lord, Lord Irvine of Lairg, rose to call attention to a Motion in precisely the terms that I have adopted this evening. The noble and learned Lord...

Airlines: Regulation (19 Mar 2003)

Lord Rodgers of Quarry Bank: rose to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are satisfied with the performance of the Civil Aviation Authority in regulating low-cost airlines. My Lords, the rapid growth of low-cost, no-frills budget airlines has been a phenomenon in Britain and Ireland over the past six or seven years. Low-cost airlines first became commonplace in the United States in the 1980s as a result of the...

Design in Public Services (29 Jan 2003)

Lord Rodgers of Quarry Bank: My Lords, I greatly enjoyed the speech made by the noble Lord, Lord Freyberg, in both its spirit and substance. I wait with keen anticipation what the noble Lord, Lord Foster of Thames Bank, will say in his maiden speech. He is a shining star of architecture world-wide. We look forward to his speech. Almost 50 years ago I walked into the newly-opened Design Centre in Haymarket and it was a...

House of Lords Reform (22 Jan 2003)

Lord Rodgers of Quarry Bank: My Lords, I too welcome the report, which has justified the appointment of the Joint Committee even if that committee dragged its feet for two rather wasted years. The committee could be accused of ducking or glossing over too many difficult issues, and it would be wholly unsatisfactory if the committee effectively abandoned the rest of its agenda once the composition of the House had been...

Tributes to the late Lord Jenkins of Hillhead (7 Jan 2003)

Lord Rodgers of Quarry Bank: My Lords, from these Benches and on behalf of my noble friend Lady Williams of Crosby, who is abroad, we are grateful for the remarks made by the Lord Privy Seal about Lord Jenkins. We share the love and sadness of his wife Jennifer and his family. Lord Jenkins of Hillhead—Roy Jenkins—was a statesman and a man of letters of Victorian proportions, and many things besides. The noble and...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Speech Therapists (10 Jul 2002)

Lord Rodgers of Quarry Bank: asked Her Majesty's Government: Given the base year of 1999, how many additional speech therapists will be working in the National Health Service by 2004.

Civil Service Act (1 May 2002)

Lord Rodgers of Quarry Bank: My Lords, I join other noble Lords in thanking my noble friend for bringing these matters before the House. In the 1960s and 1970s, during my own time in government, I would have been rather surprised at the idea of a Civil Service Act. Governments are organic and comprise more than their formal institutions. As the culture of politics changes, a new balance is struck between Ministers,...

Liverpool (20 Mar 2002)

Lord Rodgers of Quarry Bank: My Lords, I am an unqualified Liverpool loyalist, so I greatly welcome the initiative that the noble Baroness, Lady Hooper, has taken in tabling this Unstarred Question for debate. My comments will be brief, but I wish to draw attention to the circumstances in which I grew up, and to make a brief comment on the essence of Liverpool. I was born and brought up in Liverpool, like my father, my...

US Terrorist Attacks (14 Sep 2001)

Lord Rodgers of Quarry Bank: My Lords, on behalf of these Benches, I welcome the Prime Minister's Statement and the words he chose--both their tone and substance. It was right that Parliament was recalled and we may well have to meet again before 15th October if developments justify that. It is too soon to measure the full weight and direction of these terrible events. Above all, this has been a tragedy for the American...

Liaison: Select Committee Report (30 Apr 2001)

Lord Rodgers of Quarry Bank: No, my Lords.

Liaison: Select Committee Report (30 Apr 2001)

Lord Rodgers of Quarry Bank: My Lords, I speak from these Benches but I do not speak on behalf of these Benches. My noble friends are free to speak and vote as they choose on the Motion in the name of the Chairman of Committees, the amendment of the noble Lord, Lord Chalfont, and, indeed, on the Motion standing in my name. I take the view that this is a House of Lords matter. We must make up our own minds on these...

Tributes to the Late Lord Shepherd (9 Apr 2001)

Lord Rodgers of Quarry Bank: My Lords, I am very glad to be able to associate these Benches with all that has been said about Lord Shepherd: shrewd, yes; respected, yes; authoritative, yes; and all carried off with a twinkling eye. I feel that we already miss him, although we have not yet lost his presence. Indeed, I believe that it will be a long time before that will happen. The noble Baroness the Leader of the House...

Business of the House: Debate this Day (4 Apr 2001)

Lord Rodgers of Quarry Bank: My Lords, I am hesitant to intervene because we want to move on to the debate itself. Although it places an extra burden on the Minister, the whole House will welcome the opportunity to debate this issue. It is agreed across all Benches that the Minister has done extremely well over the period of the foot and mouth epidemic. Without labouring the point, I must say that it also came as a great...

Local Elections (2 Apr 2001)

Lord Rodgers of Quarry Bank: My Lords, from these Benches, I, too, thank the noble Baroness the Leader of the House for repeating the Statement here. It is particularly appropriate to do so because there are now probably more noble Lords in this House than Members of the House of Commons with active or past service in local government. On Monday next, it will be appropriate to scrutinise the Bill carefully in Committee,...

Business of the House: Standing Order 40 (27 Mar 2001)

Lord Rodgers of Quarry Bank: My Lords, are we not making heavy weather of all this? I can understand the noble Viscount wanting to draw attention to a practice which, if it became common, would undermine the authority of Back-Benchers. He has registered a point which all of us have noted. But in recent times this is the only occasion on which the Labour Back Benches have chosen to give up their time for legislation, and...

Devolution: England (21 Mar 2001)

Lord Rodgers of Quarry Bank: My Lords, I am sure that the House will be grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Renton, for reminding us of the report of the Kilbrandon commission in 1973. It is true that the majority of its members recommended the establishment of co-ordinating and advisory councils, but a strong minority were in favour of elective devolution. Indeed, the Redcliffe-Maud Royal Commission which, if I remember...

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