Results 221–240 of 404 for speaker:Lord Davies of Coity

Iraq: Weapons of Mass Destruction (12 Jul 2004)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, we all appreciate the value of wisdom in hindsight, but does my noble friend agree that, immediately prior to the war, virtually the whole world believed that there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq? Is there an explanation of why Saddam Hussein, if he had nothing to hide, denied the United Nations inspectors the opportunity for full inspection?

Home-Made Produce (7 Jul 2004)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, I wonder whether my noble friend is aware that my youngest grand-daughter is five years of age tomorrow. My wife has been spending all morning making a considerable number of cakes for the party. Does the Minister feel that there is any danger in that?

Pensions: Taxation Measures (1 Jul 2004)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords—

Pensions: Taxation Measures (1 Jul 2004)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, does my noble friend agree with me that, when the Chancellor decided to introduce taxation on pension fund surpluses, the stock market was such that those pension funds could meet them? Things have changed since then. Catastrophically, as a result of a change in stock market circumstances, plus the £5 billion a year that has been taken out, employers have moved away from...

Supreme Court and Lords of Appeal (9 Jun 2004)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, in view of the response from my noble and learned friend the Lord Chancellor regarding the complexity of the problems and the lack of consultation that took place initially, will he now concede that perhaps the matter was originally dealt with a little in haste and that perhaps we have reached the stage when more haste and less speed is required?

Overseas Territories (18 May 2004)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, I thank the noble Baroness, Lady Hooper, for introducing the debate. I declare an interest as chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Cayman Islands, which provides a link between the Cayman Islands Legislative Assembly and the United Kingdom Government. I am sure that the image that most people have of the Cayman Islands has been conjured up as a result of its...

Criminal Prosecutions: False Identity (13 May 2004)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, I understand my noble and learned friend's explanation with regard to some traffic offences, but this Question refers to criminal prosecutions, which I think reflect the seriousness of the situation. Am I to understand that if someone is apprehended for a criminal offence the police do not get supporting evidence of identity? If that is the case, why are the people not apprehended...

Interest Rates and Consumer Debt (10 May 2004)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, for as long as I can remember, society has always encouraged home ownership. That could not be demonstrated more clearly than in the widespread sale of council houses in the 1980s. What proportion of debt results from home purchase and home improvement, and what proportion occurs as a result of buying consumer goods?

Supermarkets: Independent Watchdog (29 Apr 2004)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, supermarkets have for a long time demanded greater returns from suppliers and farmers. They have wanted ever-bigger discounts and have taken ever-larger amounts. That has caused tremendous problems. Is there not a danger, if too much is done in that area, that those supermarkets will then buy their products from overseas and therefore cause much greater difficulty for the current...

Queen's Counsel: Appointments (28 Apr 2004)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, I certainly agree with my noble and learned friend the Lord Chancellor that a decision has to be based on how the users rather than the providers view the situation. To what extent and how widespread is the objection from current users?

Public Sector Local Food Procurement (19 Apr 2004)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, while recognising that there is justification for the thrust of the Question, it is a pity that it has to be asked. Is the Minister saying that the reason that local food procurement does not take place is largely because of the pricing system?

Lords Amendment (1 Apr 2004)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, does the noble Lord realise what he has just said? He asked who should decide. Surely the decision is made by the elected government of the day. They represent the British people. The Liberals should acknowledge that the governments of 1911 and 1949 were not Tory. This House had at that time a built-in vast majority of Conservatives yet they opposed both the Liberal and Labour...

"Piloting conduct at European and local elections (25 Mar 2004)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord for giving way. When he says that Parliament cannot agree, he seems to be saying that the House of Lords has the same level of supremacy as the House of Commons. I remind noble Lords opposite that Lloyd George once did something to ensure that the Government had supremacy in the Lords.

"Piloting conduct at European and local elections (25 Mar 2004)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, like the noble Baroness opposite, I have not been in the House all that long. I know that I am a Member of Parliament, but, perhaps differently from her, I accept that I am a Member of Parliament with very limited powers. My noble friend Lord Campbell-Savours made a case. It may have been a touch abrasive for noble Lords opposite, but I think he was saying that this House has to...

"Piloting conduct at European and local elections (25 Mar 2004)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, I am certainly not given to reading the historical circumstances which have just been described by the noble Earl, Lord Russell, but I am concerned with practical politics and with the British people being represented by elected Members of Parliament. If we want a future and if we want to be able to advise the government of the day—not only a Labour government but perhaps a...

Special Educational Needs (3 Mar 2004)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, first, I express my appreciation to my noble friend Lady Massey for introducing this important debate on special educational needs. Secondly, I congratulate the Government on producing their report, Removing Barriers to Achievement, which I wholeheartedly welcome. As many noble Lords will know from my previous statements in your Lordships' House, my concern for the interests and...

Mersey Tunnels Bill (9 Feb 2004)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord for giving way. The noble Lord says that there would be no greater congestion if the use of the tunnel was free of charge. Does he not think that people now travelling on the bridge would instead go through the tunnel, thereby increasing the traffic flows?

Hutton Report (28 Jan 2004)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, today we are debating an independent and very lengthy report by the noble and learned Lord, Lord Hutton. I am distressed and disappointed that, although the leaders of the opposition parties clearly welcome and indeed accept the findings of the Hutton report, they go on to cherry-pick certain paragraphs, sometimes quoting and qualifying their statements and sometimes misquoting....

Speed Cameras (27 Jan 2004)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, I recognise that reducing speed will obviously reduce the number of accidents, but is there any evidence of accidents occurring when drivers brake sharply when approaching a camera?

Constitutional Reform (26 Jan 2004)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, although I am not a member of the legal fraternity, I certainly understand what my noble and learned friend the Lord Chancellor has delivered to the House today. However, I have a question about the extension of the independence between the judiciary and the legislative process—the executive. I understand that currently, when the law is not implicit or is not clear, judges make...


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