Results 101–120 of 404 for speaker:Lord Davies of Coity

Berwick-upon-Tweed (26 Mar 2008)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords—

Berwick-upon-Tweed (26 Mar 2008)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, my noble friend has rightly expressed his support for the development and encouragement of the union, but does he believe that it is conducive to that approach to allow English citizens to have fewer benefits than Scottish or Welsh citizens?

NHS: Private Medicine (19 Mar 2008)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords—

NHS: Private Medicine (19 Mar 2008)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, my noble friend talks about fundamental principles, which are all about lifesaving activity. Under the National Health Service a person is entitled to have treatment. If the National Health Service refuses to provide the particular medicines required to ensure that that person's life will continue, is it not legitimate that that person should be able to buy those medicines outside...

Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill (5 Mar 2008)

Lord Davies of Coity: The noble Earl, Lord Onslow, talked about the faith of the people, but the perception will be that the law is trying to undermine that faith.

Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill (5 Mar 2008)

Lord Davies of Coity: The amendment has been tabled rather late in the passage of the Bill. Although I cannot quarrel with what the Minister said about the blasphemy Act and its history, those arguments could have been advanced when the Bill was first proposed—I wonder why they were not. I agree that the content of the Act remains and may be dormant or in disrepute, as was described by the Minister, but I am...

Employment: Long-term Unemployed (18 Feb 2008)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords—

Employment: Long-term Unemployed (18 Feb 2008)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, can the Minister advise the House what proportion of the long-term unemployed are of an age at which employers are reluctant to employ them?

Elections: Observers (29 Jan 2008)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, if the motive is to increase the level of voting, rather than staying with the system we now have, which is obviously open to some kind of fraud, would it not be better for the Government to consider introducing a system of compulsory voting with an abstention involved which would encourage more people to vote and at the same time would not be open to fraud?

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [HL] (28 Jan 2008)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, as I understand the amendment, it is limited to abortion in respect of a child with a severe disability. This is not a debate about the general concept of abortion. I support the noble Baronesses, Lady Hollis and Lady Gould, and I shall be going into the Lobby in opposition to this amendment. I shall describe a circumstance with which many of your Lordships may identify. I have seen...

Zimbabwe: EU-Africa Summit (17 Dec 2007)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, is my noble friend aware of the report in the Times this morning that the divisions within the Movement for Democratic Change are being overcome and that the movement is more united? As a result, if Robert Mugabe gerrymanders the elections proposed for next year, will our Government be prepared to respond positively to any demand or request made by Morgan Tsvangirai?

Pensions: National Insurance Contributions (17 Dec 2007)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, is my noble friend aware that, when I became general-secretary of my trade union in 1986, I inherited a situation in which part-time women workers were ineligible for the pension scheme? I not only provided for them to become members of the scheme but I backdated the years of service to ensure that they paid money for those years that they had already completed. I hope that the...

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [HL] (12 Dec 2007)

Lord Davies of Coity: I understand that we want to regulate the arrangements in the most appropriate way, but I have to advise the House. I have four daughters and eight grandchildren, seven of whom were born in what my noble friend Lord Winston describes as, "the other way". However, one of them was born as a result of IVF, eight years ago. That child is a normal, beautiful grandchild of mine. She was born as a...

Prisons: Population (11 Dec 2007)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords—

Prisons: Population (11 Dec 2007)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords—

Prisons: Population (11 Dec 2007)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, while I fully understand the concern over custodial sentences, can my noble friend answer these two points? First, if an alternative to custodial sentencing is implemented for these people, to what extent are the public protected? Secondly, if such an alternative method is implemented, to what greater extent will those people be rehabilitated?

Economy: International Competitiveness (29 Nov 2007)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, I wonder—

Burma: Aid (28 Nov 2007)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, uncomfortable as the agreement between the Russians and the Burmese over building nuclear reactors may appear, what can we in Britain do? We cannot police the world other than by referring this to the United Nations. Given the nature of the Question, it seems that the British Government are expected to be able to do something about it.

Iraq (27 Nov 2007)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, I think every one of us would want to remember the lives lost in the Iraq war, whether it has been three, four or five years. The noble Lord, Lord Roberts, has mentioned five years, and in his second question asked if we should not be withdrawing our troops on the fifth anniversary. What do the Government think would happen in Iraq if we withdrew before we fulfilled our responsibilities?

Armed Forces: Insurance Premiums (13 Nov 2007)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, can the Minister advise the House whether, from her point of view, anyone taking out supplementary insurance is doing it to complement what they receive from the Armed Forces arrangements, not to compensate them for what they are not receiving?


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