Results 11461–11478 of 11478 for speaker:Lord Bassam of Brighton

Address in Reply to Her Majesty's Most Gracious Speech (24 Nov 1999)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, I am happy to confirm that it was set up by the leader of the party opposite when in government. That is an important and valuable contribution. We are furthering, improving and continuing that work. I am sure that the noble Lord is more than willing to accept that point. This Bill will at last make the changes needed. There will be spending limits at elections, shareholder approval...

Address in Reply to Her Majesty's Most Gracious Speech (24 Nov 1999)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, I suspect that that opportunity will present itself when the new electoral roll comes into effect. For the first time every citizen of this country will have a statutory right to information held by public authorities. Public services are already more open than they used to be. Departments publish much more information about their processes than in the past. However, the right to...

Address in Reply to Her Majesty's Most Gracious Speech (24 Nov 1999)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Baroness for her intervention. I shall inquire of the office of my right honourable friend and ensure that a speedy response is provided. We have listened to the concerns of the Select Committee appointed to consider the draft Bill and those of other noble Lords. We have made changes to the draft Bill on the basis of those concerns. I am sure that we can...

Address in Reply to Her Majesty's Most Gracious Speech (24 Nov 1999)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, our Government are always happy to entertain reasonable argument.

Passport Agency (23 Nov 1999)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, the United Kingdom Passport Agency is looking to introduce a number of measures that will ensure that the delays experienced in 1999 do not recur in the future. More than 300 extra permanent staff have been and are being recruited, there will be increased capacity to deal with applications, including a major expansion to add 30 per cent more capacity to the agency's Peterborough...

Passport Agency (23 Nov 1999)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, it is regretted that anyone missed a holiday as a consequence of failures within the United Kingdom Passport Agency. In answer to the noble Lord's supplementary question, 510 claims for missed holidays have been received and that is against a background of 5 million passports being issued during the year. Compensation has been paid. Between October 1998 and September 1999, the total...

Passport Agency (23 Nov 1999)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, the noble Lord makes a very important point. As the National Audit Office accepted when producing a report on the problems experienced by customers, I can confirm that there were difficulties, particularly with the introduction of the new computer system. We now believe that the system is sound. It has been independently audited and found to be perfectly sound for the purpose for...

Passport Agency (23 Nov 1999)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, it goes without saying that we wish to achieve lasting improvements. The Home Office would not have taken the view that the 300 extra staff were necessary if that were not the case. We are seeking to improve the quality of service and to make it world-class in the future.

Passport Agency (23 Nov 1999)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, the noble Lord has made a useful and important suggestion to the debate about forms of identification. If he comes forward with many more smart ideas such as that, I am sure that he will find himself a candidate for the mayoralty.

Passport Agency (23 Nov 1999)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, I have yet to see the business plan for next year and, indeed, for the current year. However, we are confident that arrangements are now secured and in place to ensure that we have a high quality of service and standards. I believe that all members of the public and all Members of your Lordships' House will wish to see those carried out and completed so that we enjoy a first-rate...

Passport Agency (23 Nov 1999)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, it is indeed the case that new rules were introduced and they are most beneficial. We have now received a guarantee that those rules are operational and working effectively and that the standards which, I believe, we have all rightly come to expect from the passport office will continue to rise in the future.

Passport Agency (23 Nov 1999)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, I am not aware that that is the case, but I am sure that if there are important and pressing reasons for people to have passports then officials who examine applications will take that carefully into consideration.

Criminal Justice (Mode of Trial) Bill [H.L.] (18 Nov 1999)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, I beg to introduce a Bill to make provision for determining the mode of trial in the case of offences triable either summarily or on indictment; and for connected purposes. I beg to move that this Bill be now read a first time. Moved, That the Bill be now read a first time.--(Lord Bassam of Brighton.) On Question, Bill read a first time, and to be printed.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Police Training (18 Nov 1999)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: A consultation document on proposals for new arrangements for the structure and delivery of police training in England and Wales has been published today. Copies are available in the Library. Copies are also being sent to police forces, police authorities, police staff associations and other interested parties. They have been invited to comment by 7 January 2000. The consultation period...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Funding of Political Parties: White Paper (18 Nov 1999)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: The Home Office has received 36 written responses to the White Paper on the funding of political parties in the United Kingdom. Of those, only two have asked to remain confidential. Copies of the rest have been placed in the Library. We are giving careful consideration to the issues raised by respondents and will take them fully into account in the preparation of a Bill for introduction in...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Witnesses in Criminal Cases (18 Nov 1999)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: The Government are determined that action should be taken to implement the recommendations in Speaking Up For Justice as soon as possible, while ensuring that all the necessary equipment and underpinning guidance are in place. My honourable friend the Minister of State for the Home Department (Mr Clarke) today published an implementation plan, Action For Justice, which explains how the...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Immigration Control (18 Nov 1999)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: The Government are firmly committed to ensuring that those who seek to migrate to the United Kingdom but have no grounds for doing so under the Immigration Rules are prevented from coming here. From the first moment of 19 November we will require nationals of the Republic of Croatia to obtain visas to come to the United Kingdom. Croatian nationals will also have to obtain a direct airside...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Domestic Burglary: Minimum Sentence (18 Nov 1999)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: Section 4 of the Crime (Sentences) Act 1997 will come into force on 1 December 1999. This provides a minimum sentence of three years imprisonment for those convicted for the third time of an offence of domestic burglary.


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