Results 21–40 of 1229 for speaker:Lord Clinton-Davis

Airport Capacity — Statement (14 Dec 2015)

Lord Clinton-Davis: My Lords, this is an absolute abdication of responsibility. British aviation has been put in a secondary position compared with other vital industries. What has been advanced is the interests of the Conservative Party, and as a result our competitors are going to be richly rewarded. Putting aside the Minister’s discomfort, should we not consider how best British aviation can recover from...

Legal Aid — Motion to Take Note (10 Dec 2015)

Lord Clinton-Davis: Some 60 years ago, when I was quite a young solicitor, legal aid was in its infancy. It demonstrated vividly that the law was part and parcel of the reformist drive which was a vital part of our system at that time. Legal aid was relatively inexpensive and brought great relief to so many in civil and criminal cases. That positive scenario remained for many years, and legal aid was a...

Legal Aid — Question (24 Nov 2015)

Lord Clinton-Davis: Have the Government received any representations from the Law Society in the light of this Question? Will the Minister signify how the Law Society has reacted? I am in accord with what he has said, but I think it is important that he should be more accurate about it.

Trade Unions — Motion to Take Note (19 Nov 2015)

Lord Clinton-Davis: When the noble Lord was in the European Parliament, did he hold those views at that time? Have they rather altered in recent days?

Trade Unions — Motion to Take Note (19 Nov 2015)

Lord Clinton-Davis: As an active trade unionist all my life, I agree with what my noble friend says, but some trade unions are not affiliated to the Labour Party and they do an enormously valuable job. My noble friend Lord Monks and I have been presidents of BALPA for a long time. Would my noble friend say something about trade unions such as the National Union of Teachers and my own union, BALPA?

Emergency Services: Central London — Question (18 Nov 2015)

Lord Clinton-Davis: Is it not right that our own defences in this country need to be strengthened as a result of the tragic events in Paris? Is it not right that those appalling scenes vividly depict the need for community action? What are we doing in that respect?

Europe: Renegotiation — Statement (10 Nov 2015)

Lord Clinton-Davis: My Lords—

Europe: Renegotiation — Statement (10 Nov 2015)

Lord Clinton-Davis: I speak as a former commissioner in Europe. This debate is outrageous. We ought to be discussing not how we are going to withdraw from Europe but how we can play a part in ensuring that our voice is heard. At the moment, it is not, because the Prime Minister is being ambiguous—we do not know where he stands. He will not say whether he is for or against. What is vital is how we make our...

Syrian Refugees - Question (27 Oct 2015)

Lord Clinton-Davis: What I cannot quite understand is what the Government are doing to raise this issue specifically in Europe. It is absolutely essential that people who have suffered dire treatment should be treated with more humanity than is the case at present.

Immigration — Question (15 Oct 2015)

Lord Clinton-Davis: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether that part of the Home Secretary’s speech at the recent Conservative Party Conference dealing with immigration represents their policy on that issue.

Immigration — Question (15 Oct 2015)

Lord Clinton-Davis: Does the Minister consider that the use of inflammatory language about refugees by both the Home Secretary—and the Prime Minister, referring as he did to a “swarm of people”—has contributed in any way to a resolution of that issue? Why cannot the Government be more welcoming to genuine refugees, enabling them to play a truly meaningful role in the society in which they live, here and...

Airports: London — Question (13 Oct 2015)

Lord Clinton-Davis: Does the Minister appreciate that while we prevaricate over the choice of the extra runways, Paris, Schiphol and Frankfurt are going ahead inevitably and inexorably? Are we not paying a very heavy price for the delay that is happening at the moment? I am delighted that, as former Ministers with responsibility for aviation, the noble Lord, Lord Spicer, and I both have no doubt about what...

Middle East and North Africa — Motion to Take Note (16 Sep 2015)

Lord Clinton-Davis: Like so many others, I have been saddened and outraged by the plight of those fleeing from tyranny. I am also outraged by our Government’s wholly inadequate response. My grandparents, like so many others, were themselves refugees. At the end of the 19th century, they fled here to Britain and like many were forced to endure physical and verbal assaults, as were the Huguenots before them and...

Syria: Christian Refugees — Question (9 Sep 2015)

Lord Clinton-Davis: My Lords—

Syria: Christian Refugees — Question (9 Sep 2015)

Lord Clinton-Davis: My Lords, people of many faiths and none have sought refuge from oppression not only in Syria but elsewhere. Accordingly, are they not entitled to expect to be regarded in a much more benign and civilised way than this Government have exhibited so far?

Airports Commission — Question (7 Sep 2015)

Lord Clinton-Davis: Whatever option is pursued, is it not clear that the cost will be enormous? Is not the real issue this: how best and how quickly we can advance British aviation in the best possible way? Surely it is apparent that there is only one answer and it is becoming blindingly obvious—Heathrow.

Davies Commission Report — Statement (1 Jul 2015)

Lord Clinton-Davis: My Lords—

Davies Commission Report — Statement (1 Jul 2015)

Lord Clinton-Davis: There can be no doubt that the Davies report has come down in favour of Heathrow, but there are certain details that have to be addressed. Can the Minister say that, in the autumn, the Government will make a firm decision? That is imperative, in my view. The report also stressed that an early decision is absolutely imperative. The delay would be immensely dangerous, particularly since the...

Communications Data — Question (17 Jun 2015)

Lord Clinton-Davis: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consultations they have had with law enforcement agencies and communications companies regarding their proposals to reform the law relating to communications data.

Communications Data — Question (17 Jun 2015)

Lord Clinton-Davis: Is it the intention of the Government to consult police officers, which they fail to do at present? Is not the Home Secretary determined to steamroller her so-called snoopers’ charter through Parliament? According to a former leader of the Association of Chief Police Officers, there has been next to no consultation so far with the police. He described the situation as “open warfare”. Is...


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