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Written Answers — House of Lords: Energy: Severn Barrage (12 Jan 2009)

Lord Davies of Coity: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on the maritime economy in the south west and south Wales of the construction of a Severn barrage.

Zimbabwe — Question (20 Jan 2009)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords—

Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL]: Committee (2nd Day) (21 Jan 2009)

Lord Davies of Coity: I shall speak to Amendment 63, which stands in my name, and not Amendment 62. This amendment follows on from the concerns I expressed at Second Reading. I am grateful to the Clerks of the Public Bill Office for their assistance in formulating this new clause. My concerns are primarily about the conflicts that could arise between the need for conservation and protection of the natural marine...

Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL]: Committee (2nd Day) (21 Jan 2009)

Lord Davies of Coity: 63: After Clause 13, insert the following new Clause— "MMO's power of veto over nationally significant infrastructure projects (1) The MMO shall have the power to veto any development consent for nationally significant infrastructure projects within the UK marine area or Welsh zone granted under Parts 6 and 7 of the Planning Act 2008 (c. 29). (2) The MMO shall have the power to veto any...

Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL]: Committee (2nd Day) (21 Jan 2009)

Lord Davies of Coity: This Bill is widely welcome, but by people who want it to work. I used the example of the Severn barrage. It could apply anywhere where there is a conflict between planning and the environment. However, I use that example because I understand that in a couple of weeks' time a decision is going to be taken on whether that barrage will be built irrespective of the environmental consequences....

Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL]: Committee (3rd Day) (28 Jan 2009)

Lord Davies of Coity: I was extremely pleased by what my noble friend said in response to the question of the noble Lord, Lord Kingsland. I applaud the importance and status that has been given to the MMO. However, am I right in believing that the status of the MMO will be sufficient to enable it to counter anything that the IPC does in terms of the environment, and that, in the unlikely event of a difference...

Iran — Question (5 Feb 2009)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, I agree fully with the Question asked by my noble friend Lord Judd, but does the Minister believe that the success of our policy towards Iran will depend largely on its policy in relation to us? Secondly, does he believe that, with the forthcoming presidential elections, there is likely to be a better policy arrangement between us and Iran?

Unemployment — Question (22 Apr 2009)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, of course unemployment is very bad for the people who are experiencing it and we want to eradicate it, but can the Minister tell the House how many people are in the employment market today compared with 1997?

Fuel Poverty — Question (23 Apr 2009)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, with the indulgence of the House and not wishing to display too much sensitivity, let me advise noble Lords that the question that I asked yesterday was not a plant, as indeed the question that I am asking today is not a plant. Is my noble friend aware that for the past two years my 21 year-old granddaughter has been receiving treatment at Christie Hospital in Manchester? That has...

Tourism — Debate (14 May 2009)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, I, too, am grateful to my noble friend Lord Pendry for initiating this debate on tourism. This framework review on British tourism has, as has already been mentioned, information and statistics greater than I can possibly express in this debate, but I recommend it as a reading for your Lordships. As we should all be aware, tourism is vital to the economy of the United Kingdom. Last...

Constitutional Renewal — Statement (10 Jun 2009)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, I have a question for my noble friend the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster about the Statement on House of Lords reform. I have a letter from the Lord Speaker on behalf of the House Committee to the Prime Minister yesterday. It mentions, "review options for the system of financial support for Members of the House of Lords". Transparency and accountability are clearly stated in...

Coroners and Justice Bill: Committee (6th Day) (9 Jul 2009)

Lord Davies of Coity: It was not my intention to speak, but I have been encouraged by my two noble friends Lady Turner and Lady Massey. I shall be going through the Lobby with the noble Lord, Lord Waddington, because I believe that his approach is to reinforce freedom of speech and not to encourage murder and the incitement of hatred. The cornerstone of our democracy is freedom of speech. I am reminded of what an...

Supreme Court — Question (20 Jul 2009)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, will the Minister confirm that the transfer of the Appellate Committee of the House of Lords to the United Kingdom Supreme Court was for the purpose of dividing political and judicial responsibilities? If bringing Lords back into the House on that basis is the case, would it not have been better to leave them here in the first place?

Air Passenger Duty — Question (12 Oct 2009)

Lord Davies of Coity: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have completed their review of the arrangements for increasing air passenger duty.

Air Passenger Duty — Question (12 Oct 2009)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord for that reply. However, I declare an interest as chairman of an all-party parliamentary group for one of the British Overseas Territories in the Caribbean. It is over three months since the Exchequer Secretary made the statement on 7 July. First, does my noble friend not believe that the matter should have been resolved by now? Secondly, does he not believe,...

Health: Stroke — Question (13 Oct 2009)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, is the Minister confident that there is sufficient evidence to ensure that the London Ambulance Service can reach these units on time?

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [HL] (28 Jan 2008)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, as I understand the amendment, it is limited to abortion in respect of a child with a severe disability. This is not a debate about the general concept of abortion. I support the noble Baronesses, Lady Hollis and Lady Gould, and I shall be going into the Lobby in opposition to this amendment. I shall describe a circumstance with which many of your Lordships may identify. I have seen...

Elections: Observers (29 Jan 2008)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, if the motive is to increase the level of voting, rather than staying with the system we now have, which is obviously open to some kind of fraud, would it not be better for the Government to consider introducing a system of compulsory voting with an abstention involved which would encourage more people to vote and at the same time would not be open to fraud?

Employment: Long-term Unemployed (18 Feb 2008)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords—

Employment: Long-term Unemployed (18 Feb 2008)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, can the Minister advise the House what proportion of the long-term unemployed are of an age at which employers are reluctant to employ them?


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