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Liaison Committee: Third Report — Motion to Agree (26 Mar 2012)

Lord Filkin: My Lords, I rise, as a member of the Goodlad committee, to give my warm support to the recommendations of the Liaison Committee and to at least put on the record some of the argumentation as to why the other issues need to be considered and supported by the House. In this report from the Liaison Committee we consider some of the significant areas for improvement to the working practices of...

House Committee: Motion to Agree (20 Dec 2011)

Lord Filkin: My Lords, I am struggling to understand, let alone have sympathy for, some of the sophistry that is being argued against the House Committee's report. It seems, I think, to most of us in this House that a wrong has been committed, restitution ought to be possible and the person ought to make restitution. We should not welcome somebody back to this legislature until that has been fulfilled....

Localism Bill — Report (4th Day) (14 Sep 2011)

Lord Filkin: My Lords, I would prefer it slightly if these amendments were not moved formally so that they could be on the table as part of our discussions. Nevertheless, we understand that the noble Lord, Lord Taylor, wishes to do so and to get them into the Bill, while recognising that all these things are issues that we may wish to discuss and explore further and, if we can reach agreement, come back...

Localism Bill — Report (4th Day) (14 Sep 2011)

Lord Filkin: My Lords, like the noble Lord, Lord Bichard, and my other co-supporters of this group of amendments, I think we are pleased with the way in which this House has approached these issues. We have done so as far as we possibly could on a non-party basis, and that is why there are signatories to the amendments from all four corners. For obvious reasons, public standards matter too much simply to...

House of Lords: Working Practices — Motion to Take Note (27 Jun 2011)

Lord Filkin: All that the report says is that in principle we should apply to primary legislation what already happens to secondary legislation. In the case of secondary legislation, a set of standards for good legislation is defined by the Cabinet Office and a check is then made as to whether they have been complied with. The Butler report is clear; most people say that those are good standards. All the...

House of Lords: Working Practices — Motion to Take Note (27 Jun 2011)

Lord Filkin: My Lords, it has been a real pleasure to hear the debate and to get the sense that there is a broad measure of support across the House and across party for some of the most important recommendations. That was how we worked as a group. We were superbly and subtly led by our chairman. It is not the first time that he has heard that. All the members of the committee worked together, and we were...

Localism Bill: Second Reading (7 Jun 2011)

Lord Filkin: My Lords, I shall speak on just Part 5 of the Bill, which, although it was not referred to by the Minister, is one of the most substantial and concerning aspects of it. As the House may well know, the Bill abolishes the whole standards regime that has been developed for local government over the past 20 years. It does not simply abolish the Standards Board for England, it abolishes the...

Flooding: Defence — Question (29 Mar 2011)

Lord Filkin: Does the Minister recognise that a deferment that does not lead to speedy action will be seen by local communities as a cancellation?

Identity Documents Bill: Report (17 Nov 2010)

Lord Filkin: I will be brief. There are times when we have to look at Civil Service advice, good and honest though it is, and apply a political judgment to it. Sometimes it is clear that, in terms of both the justice of the case and the political risk and pain of humiliation, we have to override Civil Service advice. To avoid further pain and agony to the House and to the Minister, I urge her to withdraw...

House of Lords: Working Practices — Motion to Take Note (Continued) (12 Jul 2010)

Lord Filkin: My Lords, the Leader of the House with his customary suaveness has shot the fox that a number of us were pursuing, in that we expected that we would have to spend some time arguing the case for a Leader's Group with wide terms of reference. He has taken the wind out of our sails and I am delighted that he has done so. This must, of course, mean that our debate will finish that much sooner...

House of Lords: Working Practices — Motion to Take Note (Continued) (12 Jul 2010)

Lord Filkin: There could be a separate committee; the Merits Committee is quite busy enough already and its focus is different. The process that I am talking about would logically apply only to legislation that started in the Lords, because it would be slightly strange for this House to say, "We have looked at this Bill. It does not seem to us to be ready for legislation", when another place had spent a...

House of Lords Reform — Motion to Take Note (29 Jun 2010)

Lord Filkin: My Lords, follow that. When the Leader of the House spoke to us before multiple interruptions, he set out several points. He said that public confidence in Parliament had been damaged over recent years, and that the task of holding the Executive to account by this Chamber, while often done well, could have been done better. I agree with him. The point I wish to make in this short intervention...

Elected Mayors — Question (15 Jun 2010)

Lord Filkin: My congratulations, too, to a good local government friend in the Minister. Does she agree that turkeys do not vote for Christmas-and, if so, does she think that there is a need for someone to make the case for change to the leadership structures of local government?

House of Lords: Post-legislative Scrutiny — Question (14 Jun 2010)

Lord Filkin: Does the Leader of the House agree that it would be beneficial if this House at least initiated discussions with another place about whether a joint committee was beneficial, but that if it decided, for whatever reason, not to proceed with a joint committee we ourselves should start action on this, as we have been talking about it for 20 years now?

Queen's Speech — Debate (3rd Day) (27 May 2010)

Lord Filkin: My Lords, it is a delight to welcome an old colleague and friend, the noble Lord, Lord Bichard, to our deliberations. I am sure that I speak for the whole Chamber when I say that we have already seen in the quality of his maiden speech what we had expected and what we have to look forward to in terms of clarity, forthrightness and content. In addition, I am sure that the House will...

Legislation and Public Policy — Debate (25 Feb 2010)

Lord Filkin: Like others, I am delighted that Lord Norton initiated this debate. It is always a pleasure to debate and work with him on these issues. The benefit of speaking down the order is that many things have already been covered, so I will focus on points that have not been. The noble Lord, Lord Butler, and others covered well the importance of Parliament being able to understand a Government's...

Personal Care at Home Bill: Second Reading (Continued) (1 Feb 2010)

Lord Filkin: My Lords, I support the amendment. A number of us have been reflecting on whether the way that this House scrutinises legislation has yet reached perfection. One of the principles that we are looking at is the question of how the House looks at whether legislation is ready to come to this House. It is apparent to a number of us that the Government ought to make clear before they introduce...

Roads: Speed Cameras — Question (28 Jan 2010)

Lord Filkin: Does my noble friend agree that while the cameras may not be aimed at raising revenue, they are clearly having a deterrent effect on speeding? However, a side-effect has been the vast increase in the number of us who have now become criminals. Does this concern the Minister?

Buses — Question (14 Jan 2010)

Lord Filkin: My Lords, does my noble friend think that it makes sense that wealthy pensioners, such as some of the present company, perhaps, should also benefit from this government subsidy?

Universities: Finance — Question (14 Jan 2010)

Lord Filkin: Does my noble friend agree that everybody who is in receipt of government funding has to face the same reality as Governments at this time? They must seriously think how they can get much more value out of what they receive and face up to the need to find economies.

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