Results 1161–1180 of 1229 for speaker:Lord Clinton-Davis

Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill (10 Oct 2000)

Lord Clinton-Davis: Does the noble Lord recall his own past at all? I have every reason to believe that he has every justification for forgetting his past. But having said that, the words of which he complains were used in Conservative legislation time and again.

Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill (10 Oct 2000)

Lord Clinton-Davis: The noble Lord also referred to the role of the European Commission. Some material that emanates from the headquarters of the European Commission in this country is discounted. Whether that is right or wrong is by the way; it is discounted. Would it not be advantageous for the commission to explain what the European Commission and all the other institutions of the European Union do?

Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill (10 Oct 2000)

Lord Clinton-Davis: I listened with great interest to what the noble Lord said. He expressed an opinion based on the information given to his committee. But I draw the line when it comes to the noble Viscount, Lord Cranborne. For him to say that he was not partial is really straining the imagination.

Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill (10 Oct 2000)

Lord Clinton-Davis: That is what I thought. That is what I am complaining about. Affectionately though I look at the noble Viscount, his knowledge of this particular issue baffles me. I refer to Clause 12(1)(c). I served on the European Commission for four years. It should have been longer. The British public simply do not know enough about the value of the work of the individual organisations which make up the...

Miners' Compensation for Lung Disease, Wales (10 Oct 2000)

Lord Clinton-Davis: My Lords, can the Minister indicate, first, how many interim settlements have been made, if any? Secondly, is my noble friend aware that more than two years ago when I held the post of Minister of State in his department this Question was put to me and I had every belief that the matter would be settled by now? Why has there been no settlement of the remaining cases?

The Euro: Tests for Joining (3 Oct 2000)

Lord Clinton-Davis: My Lords, what stupider policy could there be than ruling out joining the euro for five years, as the Conservatives suggest?

Football (Disorder) Bill (25 Jul 2000)

Lord Clinton-Davis: My Lords, before my noble friend responds to the amendment, I rise, very briefly, to support the noble Lord, Lord Richard. I do not see why the court should be regarded as a cipher any more than should civil servants. The whole burden of the argument adduced by certain members of the Opposition is that the court would have no option but to act in a certain way. I do not think that. The court...

Football (Disorder) Bill (25 Jul 2000)

Lord Clinton-Davis: My Lords, perhaps my noble friend will give way. Is it within my noble friend's experience, as it was within mine and I am sure within the experience of others who have had the opportunity to be in office, that solid representations are made to Ministers--they can accept or reject them as they choose--by Liberty and similar organisations. It is therefore wrong in principle that Ministers...

Football (Disorder) Bill (25 Jul 2000)

Lord Clinton-Davis: My Lords, I fear that I was not present at 5 o'clock this morning. I was in another place. The Opposition can have their cake and eat it. The three-year period that is being proposed can be abbreviated. There is nothing wrong with that. I have strong reservations about the Bill, but Ministers could make a judgment within three years or within two years. They would not be short of...

Business of the House: Football (Disorder) Bill (25 Jul 2000)

Lord Clinton-Davis: My Lords, I listened with great care to what the noble Lord, Lord Renton, said and prima facie I agree with it. Why does the noble and learned Lord insist that this Bill has an importance which does not accord with anything said in the debate? It is important that we should discuss the issue fully on Thursday and we have the opportunity to do so. Why does the noble and learned Lord, who is a...

Government Priorities (25 Jul 2000)

Lord Clinton-Davis: My Lords, would not the noble Lord, Lord Patten, be well advised to give up spending so much time on the midnight oil to such worthless purpose?

Transport: 10-year Plan (20 Jul 2000)

Lord Clinton-Davis: My Lords, will the noble Lord indicate that the trade unions involved in transport will be fully consulted, not simply at the beginning of the scheme but throughout its implementation?

Written Answers — House of Lords: Animal Procedures Committee: Annual Report (18 Jul 2000)

Lord Clinton-Davis: asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will publish the latest annual report of the Animal Procedures Committee.

Transport Bill (17 Jul 2000)

Lord Clinton-Davis: Would the noble Lord care to indicate why his amendment is different from the present law?

Transport Bill (17 Jul 2000)

Lord Clinton-Davis: I do not usually oppose my noble friend, because he served me well when I held the transport portfolio when my party was in opposition. However, I believe that the right thing for my noble friend to do is to make representations at the proper time to my noble friend the Minister. What I have said about the noble Lord applies equally to him. Both have made out good cases individually. But it...

Transport Bill (17 Jul 2000)

Lord Clinton-Davis: Why did the noble Lord choose this specific case? Why did he not choose five, 10 or 15 other cases? Could not all such cases be mentioned in regulations which can be considered later? All the Government are doing is making room for the provision later on of certain circumstances. The noble Lord has chosen one circumstance. Why did he not choose another, or five others?

Transport Bill (17 Jul 2000)

Lord Clinton-Davis: I do not take exception to the idea put forward by the noble Lord. What I take exception to is the fact that he has taken the opportunity now rather than when the regulations come to be debated by the House.

Government Annual Report (13 Jul 2000)

Lord Clinton-Davis: My Lords, does my noble friend recognise that the fact the noble Lord opposite is so upset bears testimony to the value of the Annual Report? Will my noble friend deal in particular with the question of Europe? Does the Leader of the House agree that to shut one's eyes to the idea of a Europe which includes the United Kingdom is the opposite of common sense? Is it not much better to...

Transport Bill (10 Jul 2000)

Lord Clinton-Davis: Will my noble friend admit that the burden of the Government's policy in this respect is "sustainable transport"? Unless I am wildly mistaken, nowhere on the face of the Bill do the words "sustainable transport" appear. Does my noble friend not believe that the words are necessary in relation to the desirability to promote it?

Transport Bill (10 Jul 2000)

Lord Clinton-Davis: I am much obliged to the Minister for giving way. I do not disagree with the majority of what he has said about transport, nor does my noble friend. However, I believe, particularly in the light of what he has said, that he should take this matter away for consideration. On reflection, it may be that the Government will take the view that he has expressed, but I do not believe that they will...


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