Results 61–80 of 404 for speaker:Lord Davies of Coity

Agriculture: Dairy — Question (24 Feb 2010)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, I wonder whether the Minister agrees that to ensure the future sustainability of the dairy sector, we should re-establish the Milk Marketing Board?

Equality Bill: Committee (4th Day) (25 Jan 2010)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, noble Lords might recall that at Second Reading and on the second day of Committee I expressed my fear that the Christian church was being marginalised in this country. I believe that the Government understand this, hence their own amendment, but like other Christians I believe that their stance does not go far enough. I shall therefore vote for Amendment 98, moved by the noble...

Equality Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (13 Jan 2010)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, I wish to make a contribution on this amendment. However, I will not say what my stance will be until I have had a response from the Minister. During Second Reading, I made two points. One was my concern about the marginalisation of the Christian church. The second was on the provision for the elderly. Unlike the noble Baroness, Lady Warsi, I take advantage of Saga holidays because...

Equality Bill: Second Reading (Continued) (15 Dec 2009)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, the main thrust of the Bill is commendable but I wish to raise two points, both of which are necessary for a free and democratic society. The first is the need to protect the interests of Christians and the Christian church. Secondly, we should ensure that elderly people have the freedom to enjoy holidays with those of a similar age, an issue to which the noble Earl, Lord Ferrers,...

Apprenticeships — Question (7 Dec 2009)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, is my noble friend aware that in the 1950s, I served a five-year apprenticeship, which delayed by three years my National Service, which I then served in the Air Force? Secondly, does he believe that the Government should have been encouraging apprenticeships 10 years ago, not two years ago?

Afghanistan — Question (4 Nov 2009)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, I recognise that there is widespread fraud and corruption throughout Afghanistan, but does not my noble friend believe that, if we changed our policy, that fraud and corruption would become even greater?

Energy: Security and Prices — Question (28 Oct 2009)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords—

Energy: Security and Prices — Question (28 Oct 2009)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, is my noble friend aware that emerging countries such as Ecuador are producing oil and retaining the operations underground? They will not damage their forests and will contribute to preventing their carbon footprint destroying the environment, but they require compensation to build an infrastructure. We must recognise that the price of oil will have to go up.

Health: Stroke — Question (13 Oct 2009)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, is the Minister confident that there is sufficient evidence to ensure that the London Ambulance Service can reach these units on time?

Air Passenger Duty — Question (12 Oct 2009)

Lord Davies of Coity: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have completed their review of the arrangements for increasing air passenger duty.

Air Passenger Duty — Question (12 Oct 2009)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord for that reply. However, I declare an interest as chairman of an all-party parliamentary group for one of the British Overseas Territories in the Caribbean. It is over three months since the Exchequer Secretary made the statement on 7 July. First, does my noble friend not believe that the matter should have been resolved by now? Secondly, does he not believe,...

Supreme Court — Question (20 Jul 2009)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, will the Minister confirm that the transfer of the Appellate Committee of the House of Lords to the United Kingdom Supreme Court was for the purpose of dividing political and judicial responsibilities? If bringing Lords back into the House on that basis is the case, would it not have been better to leave them here in the first place?

Coroners and Justice Bill: Committee (6th Day) (9 Jul 2009)

Lord Davies of Coity: It was not my intention to speak, but I have been encouraged by my two noble friends Lady Turner and Lady Massey. I shall be going through the Lobby with the noble Lord, Lord Waddington, because I believe that his approach is to reinforce freedom of speech and not to encourage murder and the incitement of hatred. The cornerstone of our democracy is freedom of speech. I am reminded of what an...

Constitutional Renewal — Statement (10 Jun 2009)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, I have a question for my noble friend the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster about the Statement on House of Lords reform. I have a letter from the Lord Speaker on behalf of the House Committee to the Prime Minister yesterday. It mentions, "review options for the system of financial support for Members of the House of Lords". Transparency and accountability are clearly stated in...

Tourism — Debate (14 May 2009)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, I, too, am grateful to my noble friend Lord Pendry for initiating this debate on tourism. This framework review on British tourism has, as has already been mentioned, information and statistics greater than I can possibly express in this debate, but I recommend it as a reading for your Lordships. As we should all be aware, tourism is vital to the economy of the United Kingdom. Last...

Fuel Poverty — Question (23 Apr 2009)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, with the indulgence of the House and not wishing to display too much sensitivity, let me advise noble Lords that the question that I asked yesterday was not a plant, as indeed the question that I am asking today is not a plant. Is my noble friend aware that for the past two years my 21 year-old granddaughter has been receiving treatment at Christie Hospital in Manchester? That has...

Unemployment — Question (22 Apr 2009)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, of course unemployment is very bad for the people who are experiencing it and we want to eradicate it, but can the Minister tell the House how many people are in the employment market today compared with 1997?

Iran — Question (5 Feb 2009)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, I agree fully with the Question asked by my noble friend Lord Judd, but does the Minister believe that the success of our policy towards Iran will depend largely on its policy in relation to us? Secondly, does he believe that, with the forthcoming presidential elections, there is likely to be a better policy arrangement between us and Iran?

Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL]: Committee (3rd Day) (28 Jan 2009)

Lord Davies of Coity: I was extremely pleased by what my noble friend said in response to the question of the noble Lord, Lord Kingsland. I applaud the importance and status that has been given to the MMO. However, am I right in believing that the status of the MMO will be sufficient to enable it to counter anything that the IPC does in terms of the environment, and that, in the unlikely event of a difference...

Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL]: Committee (2nd Day) (21 Jan 2009)

Lord Davies of Coity: 63: After Clause 13, insert the following new Clause— "MMO's power of veto over nationally significant infrastructure projects (1) The MMO shall have the power to veto any development consent for nationally significant infrastructure projects within the UK marine area or Welsh zone granted under Parts 6 and 7 of the Planning Act 2008 (c. 29). (2) The MMO shall have the power to veto any...


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