Results 141–160 of 404 for speaker:Lord Davies of Coity

House of Lords: Reform (13 Mar 2007)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, I understood my noble and learned friend to say that he would engage the public. As a major constitutional change is being proposed, does he believe that a referendum will be necessary?

Kenya: Electoral Commission (31 Jan 2007)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, my noble friend said that corruption in Kenya is acute with regard to funding. Is it thought that the appointment of this commission is also a manifestation of that corruption?

Roads: Cyclists (14 Dec 2006)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords—

House of Lords: Reform (5 Dec 2006)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, I understood my noble and learned friend the Lord Chancellor to say that it was very unlikely that the Parliament Act would be used in House of Lords reform. However, after reading the newspapers over the weekend, I am given to understand that my right honourable friend in the other place, Jack Straw, has said that it will introduce the novel idea of a preferential vote, which will...

Young Offenders (29 Nov 2006)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, I am sure that the thoughts and sympathies of the whole House will go to the fiancée of Tom ap Rhys Pryce as a result of his recent murder. The two who committed the murder were convicted yesterday. Is the Minister aware that a report this morning suggested that people kill in this country not necessarily for the value of the goods they get, but because they want to increase their...

Debate on the Address (23 Nov 2006)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, very little is said in the gracious Speech about Lords reform. There is just one short sentence, which reads: "My Government ... will work to build a consensus on reform of the House of Lords and will bring forward proposals". "Consensus" and "proposals" are the significant words. Anyone unaware of what has been going on could, from those words, be forgiven for being lulled into...

Taxation: Inheritance Tax (1 Nov 2006)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords—

Taxation: Inheritance Tax (1 Nov 2006)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords—

Taxation: Inheritance Tax (1 Nov 2006)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, I appreciate fully the force of this question, but does my noble friend agree that house prices have escalated to such an extent that an enormous number of people are now in the catchment area of inheritance tax? Does he think that measures should be taken to take them out of it?

Waste and Recycling Industry: Accidents and Deaths (10 Oct 2006)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, given that the waste and recycling industry is ever-increasing and will undoubtedly employ more and more people in the future, how confident is my noble friend that the Health and Safety Executive will succeed in reducing the figure by 25 per cent by its target date of 2010?

Supreme Court (24 Jul 2006)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, can my noble and learned friend advise the House of the anticipated extent to which the work of the Lords in Appeal will be improved and enhanced as a result of moving from this place to another building?

Influenza Pandemic (12 Jul 2006)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, does my noble friend feel there is a danger of a member of the public reading this Question and mistakenly believing that ministers of religion are to be involved to administer the last rites?

British Coal Compensation (11 Jul 2006)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, I hope I may have two minutes to speak in the gap in the speakers' list—I think that I am eligible for it. I did not intend to speak in this debate but, in view of what my noble friend Lord Sawyer said, I want to point out that a lot of trade unions have an arrangement with their members to take a proportion of any compensation for which they have successfully prosecuted. My own...

People Trafficking: Children (28 Jun 2006)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, although I very much appreciate the Minister's reply to the extent that she says that the Government are looking at the best way to deal with this cruel practice, would it not send out the right message if we signed the convention as a statement of our real intent to deal with the matter?

House of Lords: Reform (20 Jun 2006)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, my noble and learned friend said that a judge—someone appointed to the judiciary—did not have eligibility to remain in Parliament. How does that stack up against having bishops, who have a theological responsibility, sitting in this House?

Parliament: Accountability of Executive (16 May 2006)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, does my noble friend recognise that this Question refers to parliamentary accountability? That is the accountability of both Houses of Parliament. Does my noble friend recall that, until their removal in 1999, the hereditary Peers, the majority of whom were on the Conservative Benches, held their Government to account in the Commons not once?

Courts: Job Cuts (15 May 2006)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, did my noble and learned friend note that the back end of this Question expresses concern about the, "damage to the administration of justice"? With that in mind, would my noble and learned friend like to comment on the apparent disillusionment among the public at the way that justice is being administered by judges?

Conventions: Joint Committee (25 Apr 2006)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, I remind the House that the terms of the proposition are not to consider the codifying of key conventions but, "to consider the practicality of codifying the key conventions". It was not my intention to intervene in this debate, but listening to many noble Lords who are much more familiar with the conventions of the House than I am, I have learnt one or two things. First, I...

Government of Wales Bill (19 Apr 2006)

Lord Davies of Coity: The justification for a Wales constituency suggests to me that one would then be representing a country, rather than the people who live in it. Nearly 40 years ago, when I was elected to a parish council in Wales, there were six members of that council. One picked the top six. The people all voted and one represented the parish. One could walk into every street, go into every house and know...

Government of Wales Bill (22 Mar 2006)

Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, I do not feel that there is any major difficulty with the main thrust of the Bill. None the less, I feel more could be done in the Bill to reinforce the third sector in Wales and the Wales Council for Voluntary Action. The third sector in Wales consists of a broad range of people, organisations and communities, who act independently of the state for the public benefit and not for...


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