Results 361–380 of 404 for speaker:Lord Davies of Coity

Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill (13 Nov 2000)

Lord Davies of Coity: When in April of last year I spoke on this issue and opposed the--

Fur Farming (Prohibition) Bill (13 Nov 2000)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, I rise to speak in support of the banning of mink farming in this country. I address my remarks to the arguments put forward by the noble Earl, Lord Ferrers. He argues that the morality argument does not exist. He draws the comparison between mink and meat and chickens and he talks about leather from the hides of cows on one's feet and sheepskin on one's back.

Fur Farming (Prohibition) Bill (13 Nov 2000)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, thank you. In that case I shall pose a question to the Minister. Is not the morality of the matter in the purpose of the breeding? Whereas cows and sheep are bred for the purpose of food, mink are not bred for the purpose of food but simply for cosmetic use. That is where the morality point arises.

Telecommunications Masts and the Countryside (24 Oct 2000)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, is my noble friend aware that, having taken a decision that no mast would be erected on any school ground, Stockport Borough Council turned down an application by the Stockport Rugby Football Club for one to be located on its premises? Is he further aware that, following, I understand, very little investigation into the matter and little consultation with the local residents, an...

AS AN AMENDMENT TO COMMONS AMENDMENT No. 180 (18 Jul 2000)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, not very long ago I argued against the repeal of Section 28, and that view was upheld by your Lordships' House. Subsequently, the Secretary of State acknowledged the decision of this House and introduced an amendment to the Learning and Skills Bill. I appreciated that in introducing that amendment the Secretary of State had genuinely addressed the concerns that I had expressed....

Written Answers — House of Lords: Sure Start Round 3 (13 Jul 2000)

Lord Davies of Coity: asked Her Majesty's Government: When they plan to authorise a further round of local Sure Start programmes.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Kosovan Refugees: Reimbursement of Local Authority Costs (6 Jul 2000)

Lord Davies of Coity: asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to reimburse local authorities for their expenditure on the Kosovan humanitarian evacuation programme during the current financial year.

Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill (27 Jun 2000)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, I rise in support of the Government's measures on this issue, and in doing so I immediately acknowledge the sincerity with which all noble Lords have advanced their arguments, whatever the arguments have been. However, I believe that there has been a measure of exaggeration in some of the statements that have been made attacking the Government's measures. We have heard about the...

Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill (27 Jun 2000)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords--

Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill (22 Jun 2000)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, I wonder whether my noble friend is able to help me. I understand that we are able to evaluate the extent to which state pensions have increased. If one compares the level of occupational pensions in 1979 with their level today, we know that not all, but most, occupational pension schemes are based on final salary payments. If that is so and incomes have risen over that period, will...

Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill (22 Jun 2000)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, without any risk whatever, I venture to suggest that there is not a Member of the House who does not admire the passion, the conviction and the sincerity with which my noble friend Lady Castle prosecutes her case in respect of restoring the earnings link. About that I make two points. First, the arguments have been fully canvassed in this House time and time and time again. The...

Euro 2000 (19 Jun 2000)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, for most of my life I have either supported or played football. Today, I am a supporter of a small club which has a life with the community. Indeed, I support and have sympathy with the sentiments expressed by the noble Lord, Lord McNally. What I saw on the television during the weekend was not only an absolute disgrace, but shamed all of us in this country. Hooliganism was not...

Euro 2000 (19 Jun 2000)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords--

Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill (22 May 2000)

Lord Davies of Coity: Perhaps the noble Lord will give way. I am intrigued by the question of penalty before conviction. How would the noble Lord answer if the legislation were framed in such a way that the person going before the courts was given a community service order on the understanding that, if they broke it, they would lose benefit?

Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill (22 May 2000)

Lord Davies of Coity: Someone would have to be totally insensitive not to be moved and to have sympathies with the arguments expressed today. However, some of the expressions were emotive and perhaps went further than necessary. Furthermore, there was a measure of unfairness as regards the proposals put forward by the Government. We must recognise that law and order is becoming an increasingly major problem. The...

Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill (22 May 2000)

Lord Davies of Coity: I certainly applaud the confession of the noble Lord, Lord Mackay, when he expressed regret at sentiments that he had expressed on this issue in the past from the Front Bench of the previous government. Nevertheless I do not believe that the argument he proposes with regard to the Ministry of Defence and the Department of Social Security holds as much water as he thinks. At the end of the day...

Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill (15 May 2000)

Lord Davies of Coity: Perhaps I may follow on from the noble Earl, Lord Russell. I understand the argument he advances in respect of the interests of the child. I do not think that any of us would depart from that interest. However, we also have to recognise that there are conflicting interests. We are addressing the interests of the child, the parent who looks after the child, the parent who is absent, the...

Zimbabwe (3 May 2000)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, I welcome the Government's efforts to try to bring stability to Zimbabwe and a return to democracy there. I think that all noble Lords on all sides of the House ought to welcome those efforts and do all that they can to complement them. It seems to me that the sole, certainly the primary, objective of President Mugabe is to keep his grip on power in Zimbabwe. His secondary...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Generic Medicines: Pricing Policy (20 Apr 2000)

Lord Davies of Coity: asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have for the pricing of generic medicines used in National Health Service primary care.

Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill (17 Apr 2000)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, as we all know, and have been reminded in the debate, this is a lengthy and comprehensive Bill. It embraces child support, pensions and social security--all matters of fundamental importance to nearly everyone. It is a Bill which reflects the enormous changes that have taken place in our society. It addresses not only the problems that face us now but also anticipates the problems...


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