Results 121–129 of 129 for speaker:Lord Rodgers of Quarry Bank

House of Lords Reform (24 Jan 2000)

Lord Rodgers of Quarry Bank: My Lords, will the noble Baroness clarify something she said regarding the circumstances which will lead to the setting up of the Joint Committee of both Houses. In the first instance, the noble Baroness referred to policies and procedures; later, she referred to an "agenda". Those are very different things. I am a little concerned by her suggestion, if I understand her right, that there may...

Criminal Justice (Mode of Trial) Bill [H.L.] (20 Jan 2000)

Lord Rodgers of Quarry Bank: I believe that that is an inadequate reply. Given that the debate has taken place, I put it to the noble Baroness and particularly, through her, to the Home Secretary, that in the course of his winding-up speech the noble and learned Lord the Attorney-General said very reasonably that he believed that he should not continue for too long because of the entrenched views that existed. Of course,...

House of Lords' Offices: Select Committee Report (9 Dec 1999)

Lord Rodgers of Quarry Bank: My Lords, my noble and rebellious friend Lord McNally very fairly pointed out that he was expressing his own opinion. I believe he made it clear to the House that it was not the view adopted by representatives from these Benches who served on the committee. Perhaps I should simply restate that view and say that those of us who supported the proposal then support it now. Those of us who look...

House of Lords' Offices: Select Committee Report (9 Dec 1999)

Lord Rodgers of Quarry Bank: My Lords, I ask noble Lords to forgive me. I do not believe that anyone aspires to that and I certainly do not myself. In those circumstances we can look at these matters again. I say to the noble Lord, Lord Williams of Evil--

House of Lords' Offices: Select Committee Report (9 Dec 1999)

Lord Rodgers of Quarry Bank: My Lords, I call that a dyslectic mistake! There is an argument for saying that the sons of Peers should not sit on the Steps of the Throne. That is a reasonable argument. Were that the proposition before the House today I would find myself very tempted to support it. But that is not so. The proposition is a simple one that on an experimental basis there should be the right to sit on the...

Business (24 Nov 1999)

Lord Rodgers of Quarry Bank: My Lords, before the noble Lord sits down, although I am reluctant to delay the start of the debate, I should like to raise a matter. It is directly related to the point the Government Chief Whip has raised about the length of the debate and who is to take part in it. When the noble Baroness the Leader of the House spoke last Wednesday, she warned the House that her noble friend Lord Hunt of...

Address in Reply to Her Majesty's Most Gracious Speech (18 Nov 1999)

Lord Rodgers of Quarry Bank: My Lords, as ever, the noble Lord, Lord Strathclyde, has been robust and ebullient and was genial in his reference to the birthday of the noble Baroness the Leader of the House. However, when I consider his amendment, I wonder whether on this occasion he is being pushed from behind. Despite his reference at the start of his remarks and once again at the finish, I do not believe that the noble...

Address in Reply to Her Majesty's Most Gracious Speech (18 Nov 1999)

Lord Rodgers of Quarry Bank: My Lords, the noble Lord, Lord Strathclyde, will understand when I say that the Government's White Paper declared that there should be rough parity between the government of the day and the Conservative Party. However, it is absolutely plain from the figures that there is no rough parity now. Should all the other parties in the House abstain, the Conservative Party could defeat the Government...

Address in Reply to Her Majesty's Most Gracious Speech (17 Nov 1999)

Lord Rodgers of Quarry Bank: My Lords, I support the Motion for adjournment moved by the noble Lord, Lord Strathclyde. As he said, this is by common consent and tradition a day for ceremony, formalities and good will. I do not intend to depart from that. In so far as it is any comfort to the Government Front Bench, I say that we on these Benches do not intend to move any amendment to the gracious Speech. They should not...


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