Results 341–360 of 404 for speaker:Lord Davies of Coity

Foot and Mouth Disease (4 Apr 2001)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, I certainly respect the noble Baroness's opinion and I hope that she respects mine. Last Sunday, I decided to speak in this debate because I was incensed by Michael Portillo saying on television: "Last week we had a Prime Minister who was paying attention to the general election and dithering about the foot and mouth epidemic. Now we have a Prime Minister who is paying attention to...

Foot and Mouth Disease (4 Apr 2001)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, I said that the Prime Minister had put the country before the party.

Foot and Mouth Disease (4 Apr 2001)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, I thank the noble Baroness. In conclusion, I am reminded of the words of the man from Stratford. He wrote: "The lady doth protest too much, methinks". I caution the party opposite. If it continues unjustifiably to attack the Government's actions at every opportunity it should not be surprised if the people of this country charge it with being less concerned about the foot and mouth...

Hunting Bill (26 Mar 2001)

Lord Davies of Coity: Like my noble friend Lord Mishcon, I shall not address the technical elements of the Bill but the principles of the matter before us. When I spoke at the Second Reading, I addressed, as others did, the questions of culture, control and cruelty. Many other speakers dealt with the question of job losses as well as what would happen to hounds and horses if hunting was banned. Indeed, I believe...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Football Disorder: Working Group Report (16 Mar 2001)

Lord Davies of Coity: asked Her Majesty's Government: When the Working Group on Football Disorder will submit its findings and recommendations.

Hunting Bill (12 Mar 2001)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, I am very grateful to the Minister for giving way. I understand that the Government have brought this Bill before Parliament because of the controversy that surrounds this matter. Having debated it and recognised that the degree of cruelty does not differ widely as between hunting, fishing and shooting, does my noble friend concede that the argument has now been addressed and we...

Hunting Bill (12 Mar 2001)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, during the many years that the question of hunting, particularly fox hunting, has been raging, I have heard opponents of hunting claim that hunting is a class issue, and if for no other reason, it should be banned because they believe that it is a relic of this country's historic class structure. Other opponents of hunting are fanatical animal rights activists whose fanaticism seems...

National Minimum Wage (5 Mar 2001)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, having represented low-paid workers for 30 years, I welcome the Government's decision to increase the national minimum wage. However, I am a little disappointed that Her Majesty's Opposition have not also warmly welcomed this development. I think that they should acknowledge today that their prophesies of doom, which they made when the minimum wage was introduced, have not been...

Social Security Fraud Bill [H.L.] (27 Feb 2001)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, I have no difficulty in supporting about 90 per cent of the comments made by the noble Earl, Lord Russell. He has been addressing the question of the level of social security benefits and a minimum income level, which I could probably argue about a great deal. However, the Bill is about social security fraud. Whatever level the social security benefits are at, fraud would still be a...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Devolution Guidance Notes (27 Feb 2001)

Lord Davies of Coity: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether further and revised guidance has been offered to government departments on issues relating to devolution.

Children's Commissioner for Wales Bill (19 Feb 2001)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, I am most grateful to my noble friend for giving way. It strikes me that the only difference between us is the formality or informality with which the commissioner would be entitled to approach certain matters. The thrust of my approach is that, rather than being allowed to deal with matters in an informal fashion, the commissioner's formal position gives greater force to what he...

Children's Commissioner for Wales Bill (19 Feb 2001)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, it is not necessary at the Second Reading of a Bill to provide a children's commissioner for Wales, to speak at great length and I do not intend to do so. Fundamentally, no noble Lord is opposed to this Bill. Indeed, I would have been surprised--no, I would have been shocked--if any noble Lord did not support the principle of a children's commissioner. There is clear need for such a...

The Steel Industry (1 Feb 2001)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, this is an extremely sad day for the people of South Wales. It is not the first sad day that the people of South Wales have had to suffer. I think that we all recognise that for well over a hundred years the economy of South Wales was based on coal and steel which produced hundreds of thousands of jobs in their heyday. I take a leaf out of the book of my noble friend Lord Shore when...

Hammond Inquiry: Terms of Reference (1 Feb 2001)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, can my noble friend confirm whether the previous administration, which was in power for 18 years, set up an inquiry to consider the behaviour of Neil Hamilton, Jonathan Aitken and Jeffrey Archer? If they did so, did they publish the terms of reference?

Prescription Only Medicines (Human Use) Amendment (No. 3) Order 2000 (29 Jan 2001)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, it is well known in the House that I supported the noble Baroness, Lady Young, when she opposed the promotion of homosexuality in schools and we had a debate on Section 28. I spoke and voted in this House not to allow a reduction in the age of consent of homosexuality. But in all honesty I cannot support the proposition that has been put forward this evening. Of course I will...

Disabled People and the Armed Forces (18 Jan 2001)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, is my noble friend aware that I and many others were required some years ago to complete our National Service? At that time, many people with minor disabilities were exempted. Were conscription to be reintroduced, is there a danger that under any current change disabled people might be conscripted?

Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill (22 Nov 2000)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, I rise to support my noble friend Lord Wedderburn of Charlton in moving Amendment No. 226 and speaking to Amendment No. 252. I do this in the belief that these amendments will complement the Bill and will help to establish a fairer and more balanced situation . For 30 years I was a trade union officer. Over those years a great deal of my time was spent attempting to establish a...

Age Discrimination in the Civil Service (22 Nov 2000)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, will my noble and learned friend add to the answer he gave to a previous question? Will he agree that the issue relates not only to career prospects but also to finding employment for youngsters who enter the job market after leaving school? If there is no retirement age somewhere along the line, will there not be higher unemployment in the younger age group?

Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill (13 Nov 2000)

Lord Davies of Coity: Before my noble friend sits down, that may well be true. But I do not believe that he was 16 years old when that relationship developed.

Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill (13 Nov 2000)

Lord Davies of Coity: I respect the views expressed by my noble friend Lord Alli but I do not share them. When I spoke on this issue in April last year--in opposing the reduction in the age of consent for homosexual relationships--I made it plain that I had no difficulty in supporting the Government's proposals in respect of protecting young people from those in positions of trust. Indeed, they were government...


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