Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, is my noble friend aware that when the question was raised in the other place today the Leader of the Opposition indicated to the Prime Minister that he should be more concerned with the opposition from his own Benches rather than any opposition from the Benches opposite?
Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, is my noble and learned friend aware that before I came to your Lordships' House I was the General Secretary of a trade union representing hundreds of thousands of low-paid workers? Following the abolition of wages councils I fought strenuously for the introduction of a national minimum wage. Can my noble and learned friend tell the House the extent to which the income of many...
Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, will my noble friend address the nature of the Question, which is about equipping graduates with the requisite skills? I do not want to get into a discussion about primary school literacy, although I do not agree with the speaker from the Opposition Benches. When people go to university, they should be learning skills that equip them for industrial activity. That should be what is...
Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, while it is quite right that we should be making representations to the Indonesian Government on their human rights record, to what extent does the Minister expect the influence of those representations to have an impact and to what extent are the United Nations making the same kind of representations?
Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, I recognise that we all want to see the best person possible become the next Secretary-General of the United Nations, but does my noble friend feel that, in view of the fact that leaders of the G8 countries recently met to address major issues of global warming and making poverty history in Africa and in order to secure the best possible strength and influence in a...
Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, is my noble friend aware of the poll reported in the Times today that shows that an astonishing majority of the British people wants ID cards?
Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, I welcome the Statement repeated by my noble friend about the atrocity that occurred last Thursday. We all know that atrocities have occurred in the past, and there have been more than enough apologists for those actions, unfortunately. I am pleased to hear that my noble friend has confirmed that further anti-terrorism legislation will be introduced to the House in the near future....
Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, in view of the comments made by my noble friend Lord Harrison about last Thursday's atrocity, will my noble friend comment on the reported statement of the French foreign secretary advising French citizens not to travel to London until further notice?
Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, in view of the constant questions that have been asked regarding the Prime Minister's Statement, will my noble friend confirm that what the Prime Minister meant was that we will get rid of the common agricultural policy in its present form?
Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, is there a danger that if the administration of justice is reduced in rural areas, the policing may be reduced? As a result, offences may not result in conviction, giving rise to general insecurity.
Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, my noble friend Lord Faulkner of Worcester has rightly drawn our attention to the concern about the exorbitant prices being demanded for these tickets. As I understand it, my noble friend the Minister said that the Secretary of State is looking at the issue. I should like to ask him two questions arising from that. First, how long will that consideration take? Secondly, to what...
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Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, in view of the concern expressed on this matter, will the Government provide the findings of the internal investigation into haemophilia blood policy, which began in 2002, in order that lessons can be learnt about the safety of blood and blood products?
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Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Chelmsford said that two conversations took place. Does my noble friend agree that if there are elections to this House, its authority will be advanced?
Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, my contribution to this debate will be specifically related to that part of the Queen's Speech that referred to further reform of your Lordships' House. It will dwell on what I consider to be the most important feature of reform: the composition of the House, who should be here and the process of determining that. But, first, let me say how much I welcome the thrust of the gracious...
Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, while recognising the purpose of this Question and appreciating the answers—particularly in the case of HIV—does the Minister agree that to avoid the necessity of some of the testing that might be required for asylum seekers, especially those from Africa, we should do more to ensure that protected sex is taking place in those countries?
Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, given the size of the Chinese armed forces and the size of the arsenal that they already have, is it felt that by lifting the embargo the perceived danger from China will increase—or will it remain the same?
Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, does the information that has been collated show the proportion of service personnel voting in a general election to be higher or lower than that of the general public?
Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, I am comforted by the way my noble friend has comprehensively responded to each of the questions, and I appreciate that the risk is likely to be low.