Results 301–320 of 404 for speaker:Lord Davies of Coity

Pensioners Living Abroad: Payments (26 Jun 2002)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, while appreciating that reciprocal arrangements are best, is it not true that these people have earned their pension while working in this country and that they are therefore entitled to full benefits? They are British citizens albeit they live abroad in one of those countries.

Occupational Pension Schemes (27 May 2002)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, my noble friend the Minister said that two of the major problems were the state of the Stock Exchange and the fact that people live longer. We must, of course, deal with those circumstances. We also know that many employers are dispensing with final salary schemes. Does my noble friend agree that, given all those factors, we should re-think our state pension scheme, if we are to...

Zimbabwe (9 May 2002)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, while recognising fully our responsibility to provide humanitarian aid, does my noble friend agree that in doing so we are likely to be propping up the very person who contributed largely to the disaster? Is there not more we can do to ensure that there are fair elections in that country to remove Mugabe from office?

Roadworks (8 May 2002)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, while sympathising with the question asked by the noble Lord, Lord Peyton, is not the real answer to his question that if he is in a hole he should stop digging?

Consignia (7 May 2002)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, I am grateful to my noble friend Lord Hoyle for introducing this debate. I have no doubt that it was the report of my noble friend Lord Sawyer that prompted it. Since my noble friend's report was published, a great deal has happened. On 25th March, there was a major announcement, stating that far-reaching reorganisation would take place in the postal service and that more than...

Employment Rights: Compromise Agreements (30 Apr 2002)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, I welcome the statement made by the Minister that Clause 39 is no longer to be contained within the Bill. That is a sensible approach, given that we have worked hard over a long number of years—going back to the times of the Truck Acts—in order to secure employment rights for people whether in relation to unfair dismissal, discrimination, unfair selection for redundancy, or...

Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem (24 Apr 2002)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, does the Minister agree that despite all that has been said and the fact that the negotiations have not been concluded, if the Israeli Government allow people in the church to starve to death, their cause can never be advanced? That should be made known to the Israeli Government.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Criminal Justice System Annual Report (11 Apr 2002)

Lord Davies of Coity: asked Her Majesty's Government: When they intend to publish the criminal justice system annual report for 2000–01.

Consignia (25 Mar 2002)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, I am extremely saddened by the Statement today, having spent most of my life representing the interests of workers and their families. I regard this as another stab at working-class people, who face tremendous difficulties. I appreciate the Minister's views on commercial freedom and I know what the Conservative government did when they were in power, but I had expected more from a...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Passport Service (25 Mar 2002)

Lord Davies of Coity: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the United Kingdom Passport Service intends to publish its corporate and business plan 2002 to 2007.

"Strong Pound" (28 Feb 2002)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, while recognising that the Question was intended to attack the euro's exchange level, does my noble friend agree that inflation and interest rate levels are much more important to our economic stability than the value of the pound?

Employment Bill (26 Feb 2002)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, like John Monks, the General Secretary of the TUC, I believe that much of this Bill is to be welcomed. I certainly do not see it in the extreme terms as described by the noble Baroness, Lady Miller of Hendon. Nevertheless, a number of questions need to be raised on the Bill, particularly in relation to Parts 2 and 3 on dispute resolution and employment tribunals. However, this...

State Pension Credit Bill [HL] (12 Feb 2002)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, before the noble Lord, Lord Glenarthur, rises, perhaps I may remind the House that as the Unstarred Question is now the concluding business, the 12-minute limit on speeches is now extended to 15 minutes. That is not compulsory; noble Lords may wish to express themselves in less time.

Poverty (6 Feb 2002)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, I have two comments at the outset. First, I thank my noble friend for introducing the debate. Secondly, in anticipation that there will be a lot of detail in many speeches and a lot of bandying of statistical information for and against what the Government have done, I have decided that in my short contribution I shall largely express what I consider to be conviction and motivation....

House of Lords Reform (18 Dec 2001)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, does my noble friend agree that some difficulties could arise as a result of elected Members representing constituencies, whereas the rest will not have constituencies?

Christmas Day (Trading) Bill [HL] (27 Nov 2001)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, I understand that no amendments have been set down to this Bill and that no noble Lord has indicated a wish to move a manuscript amendment or to speak in Committee. Unless, therefore, any noble Lord objects, I beg to move that the order of commitment be discharged. Moved, That the order of commitment be discharged.—(Lord Davies of Coity.)

Supporters Direct: Rugby League (27 Nov 2001)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, I should like to declare an interest as chairman of the Stockport County Football Trust, which is supported by Supporters Direct. Will my noble friend confirm that what led to the establishment of Supporters Direct was the fact that many Association Football club boards were taking decisions with complete disregard for supporters, many of which received headline publicity? Is there...

Human Rights Act 1998 (Designated Derogation) Order 2001 (19 Nov 2001)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, I thank the noble Earl for giving way. Would he concede that, in the arena of terrorism, covert activity is paramount? As a result, sometimes it is necessary to detain suspects on the basis of intelligence and sourced information which could not be presented to the court for fear of causing damage to our national security.

Human Rights Act 1998 (Designated Derogation) Order 2001 (19 Nov 2001)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, in rising to support the order that has been presented by my noble friend, I advise your Lordships that I shall not speak at length but wish to address the specific area of concern—urgency and emergency. The noble Lord, Lord McNally, referred to the film, "A Man for all Seasons", when he moved his amendment. My conclusions have been reached not because of a blockbuster film or its...

Extradition of Terrorists (15 Nov 2001)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, being in complete sympathy with our law on capital punishment, can my noble friend tell the House the extent to which terrorists abroad are committing atrocities and using this country as a haven in the knowledge that they will not be extradited to countries which have capital punishment?


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