Results 1181–1200 of 1229 for speaker:Lord Clinton-Davis

Transport Bill (10 Jul 2000)

Lord Clinton-Davis: I rise to support the view expressed by my noble friend, who for many years sustained me as my number two in transport matters. If the Minister comes to the view that these matters are implied and that the Government support the ideas behind paragraphs (a) and (b) of Amendment No. 109, so be it. However, I believe that it is incumbent upon him to say why those words are not included on the...

Robert Maxwell Inquiry: Progress (10 Jul 2000)

Lord Clinton-Davis: My Lords, where the Minister believes that the inspectors have been guilty of breaches, cannot he intervene informally?

Transport Bill (6 Jul 2000)

Lord Clinton-Davis: I support what my noble friends have said. I do not want there to be a disparity of any real strength between the pilots and NATS employees. I speak uncharacteristically briefly but that is all I want to say.

Transport Bill (6 Jul 2000)

Lord Clinton-Davis: There are companies, are there not, in which the workers are represented not by an individual who is a member of the trade union concerned but independently? That being so, all I ask is that there should be an independent voice to represent the workforce.

Transport Bill (6 Jul 2000)

Lord Clinton-Davis: Will we have the amendments, not only with regard to the stakeholder committee but with regard to the board, before Third Reading?

Transport Bill (6 Jul 2000)

Lord Clinton-Davis: I support the observations made by my noble friend Lord Brett. I also support the observations made by my noble friend Lord Lea about Europe, but that is a feast yet to savour. I want to comment briefly on why the Government do not support the amendment. It seems to me self-evident that they should encourage employees to assert themselves to play a full participatory role on the board...

Transport Bill (6 Jul 2000)

Lord Clinton-Davis: I was referring to Amendment No. 107. The noble Lord seeks to do something which is incompatible with European law. He should not put forward that argument before this Committee.

Transport Bill (6 Jul 2000)

Lord Clinton-Davis: Amendment No. 107 says: "Nothing arising from the European Communities Act 1972 shall limit the powers of the Secretary of State to give directions under this section". Has the noble Lord consulted the European Union about that? Does he believe that he can advance that amendment?

Transport Bill (6 Jul 2000)

Lord Clinton-Davis: That really will not do. The noble Lord is putting forward ideas for amending the Bill. Those ideas must be in line with European law. Whatever his views about the European Union, his idea must be viable. If it is not viable under international law, he should not advance it to the Committee.

Transport Bill (6 Jul 2000)

Lord Clinton-Davis: But--

Transport Bill (6 Jul 2000)

Lord Clinton-Davis: I sympathise with the former Minister for Aviation, the noble Lord, Lord Brabazon. At the moment, he does not know whether he is arguing for privatisation or not. So we have every possible sympathy with him. This is a nonsensical series of amendments which has nothing to do with reality. I share the noble Lord's appreciation of what the Minister will do with it: he will kick the idea into the...

Transport Bill (6 Jul 2000)

Lord Clinton-Davis: Before the noble Baroness sits down, we have heard from the Minister only that he has had discussions with the Dutch. That is all. It does not mean to say that the Dutch will do precisely what the Government propose--not at all. Therefore, apart from discussions which the Minister has had, what kind of evidence is there that any other system is available anywhere in the world?

Transport Bill (6 Jul 2000)

Lord Clinton-Davis: Before the noble Lord sits down, perhaps I may ask him this. He said that in five years' time the situation may be very different. It may; it may not. We are dealing with the current situation. Will the noble Lord indicate to the Committee his current beliefs?

Transport Bill (6 Jul 2000)

Lord Clinton-Davis: I thank the Minister for giving way. I want to ask him a question because he is in charge of this matter. Can he indicate where, apart from the United Kingdom, governments are contemplating a scheme similar to that which he envisages?

Transport Bill (6 Jul 2000)

Lord Clinton-Davis: Before the noble Lord leaves that point, with great respect, what the ordinary passenger requires is that safety should be given an important priority over other considerations. If that is not done, the ordinary passenger will seemingly be prejudiced. Surely the noble Lord sees that point. While I am on my feet, one of the points made by the air traffic controllers who came into possession of...

Transport Bill (6 Jul 2000)

Lord Clinton-Davis: I support my noble friend Lord Brett. I speak as President of the British Air Line Pilots Association and as a former aviation Minister. Frankly, as aviation Minister, I would not have allowed--if I were overruled I would resign--a situation where safety was not mentioned as a primordial position. Our members--I speak here for the pilots of the association--feel that safety is a paramount...

Transport Bill (6 Jul 2000)

Lord Clinton-Davis: The noble Lord makes a point of generality. He must not do that unless he feels that there is a case where a difference of rule is being applied at Stansted from that at Gatwick and Heathrow. If so, it is a serious matter and it is incumbent not only on the noble Lord but also on others to ensure that that point of view is made clear to NATS and to the Civil Aviation Authority.

Euro 2000 (19 Jun 2000)

Lord Clinton-Davis: My Lords, is it not a shame that the noble Baroness should try to make a political point out of this? Is not time that the majority of fans were given the opportunity to put their point of view in order to ensure that we have the kind of football that the Minister has described as "something beautiful"? Will the Minister take this opportunity to explain, in particular to the Belgian...

Dover Lorry Deaths (19 Jun 2000)

Lord Clinton-Davis: My Lords, this is an appalling case; it is murder. Some 58 people, I think, died as a result of what happened. Can the Minister give an assurance that every possible effort will be made with the authorities of the countries concerned to prosecute at the earliest stage the people responsible for these deaths? Can my noble friend indicate to the House how long it is likely to be before the...

Animals in Transit: EU Welfare Rules (12 Jun 2000)

Lord Clinton-Davis: My Lords, when will the Commission complete its work in relation to the working parties that have been established? Does the Minister agree that it is not good enough that the Commission should buy time in order to deal with this urgent matter and that there is an important requirement on the Commission to produce a definitive result?


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