Results 121–140 of 1229 for speaker:Lord Clinton-Davis

Taxation: Avoidance — Question (28 Jun 2012)

Lord Clinton-Davis: I thank the Minister for that reply. Is it not the case that thousands of extremely rich people are engaged in tax avoidance schemes and that the country is suffering a heavy loss as a result-some £25 billion? Is there not a case for setting up an all-party committee to look into this atrocious situation, which continues? What the Minister said deals with only part of the problem, not the...

Justice and Security Bill [HL]: Second Reading (19 Jun 2012)

Lord Clinton-Davis: I take it that the noble and learned Lord is aware of the severe criticisms launched by Mr Andrew Tyrie, the Member of Parliament for Chichester. He has come to the conclusion that the proposals in the Bill, "offend the principle of open justice". When the noble and learned Lord says that these issues have been ventilated, has he taken into account the views that have been expressed?

Civil Aviation Bill: Second Reading (13 Jun 2012)

Lord Clinton-Davis: Is it still the noble Earl's view that the Government are ruling out a third runway at Heathrow?

Civil Aviation Bill: Second Reading (13 Jun 2012)

Lord Clinton-Davis: Time without number it is reiterated that a third runway is to be ruled out and several other government Ministers have said the same. What is the present policy?

Civil Aviation Bill: Second Reading (13 Jun 2012)

Lord Clinton-Davis: I speak as a former Aviation Minister and European Union Commissioner for Transport and the Environment. Those experiences have some relevance to this debate. It is absolutely right to emphasise the importance of aviation, as the noble Earl, Lord Attlee, did. The contribution of aviation to our economy is immense. The number of people that it employs-some 250,000 directly and another 200,000...

Civil Aviation Bill: Second Reading (13 Jun 2012)

Lord Clinton-Davis: I am sorry-I did not know. It is entirely my fault. No issue affecting aviation can be considered without addressing the issue of Britain's runways. I know that the noble Lord, Lord Bradshaw, does not entirely agree with that, but he is quite wrong in not stressing the importance of that issue. It is highly significant. It is a case of Hamlet without the prince, and it is entirely ignored in...

Civil Aviation Bill: Second Reading (13 Jun 2012)

Lord Clinton-Davis: Will the noble Lord say something about the new generation of aircraft? Are they not bound to be able to limit noise more effectively?

Civil Aviation Bill: Second Reading (13 Jun 2012)

Lord Clinton-Davis: The Minister is right to stress the importance of aviation to this country. Does it not follow that the pilots are an extremely important part of that? Why did 91% of the members of the BALPA union consider the Government to be not supporting the industry sufficiently? Is that not a serious point that ought to be taken into account?

European Union (Approval of Treaty Amendment Decision) Bill [HL]: Second Reading (23 May 2012)

Lord Clinton-Davis: Some time ago, the noble Lord, Lord Howell, explained the purposes and effects of the Bill, and I wholly approve of the intentions that underlie it. It is a technical Bill, but I want to speak about other matters and I am not the only one to do that. We have had the voices of doom and gloom from the noble Lords, Lord Lawson and Lord Lamont. The noble Lord, Lord Lawson, spoke of arrogance and...

European Union (Approval of Treaty Amendment Decision) Bill [HL]: Second Reading (23 May 2012)

Lord Clinton-Davis: What conclusion is the noble Lord coming to? Should we withdraw entirely from the euro?

Employment Law — Statement (21 May 2012)

Lord Clinton-Davis: Why do the Government not denounce the idea of firing at will at this stage? Is it not a complete affront to everything that the trade unions and responsible employers have fought for? Why has Vince Cable denounced this so emphatically? Do the Government think that he is right or wrong?

Queen's Speech — Debate (4th Day) (15 May 2012)

Lord Clinton-Davis: The criticisms that I make of the Home Office are but mild by comparison with what we have just heard. I believe that this Queen's Speech is dreary and largely irrelevant to the needs of this nation. It fails to focus on real public concerns. Public works, increased economic growth and youth unemployment are but three of the issues that are highly relevant at this time. I have attended many...

Queen's Speech — Debate (4th Day) (15 May 2012)

Lord Clinton-Davis: That may be but it is still too large. I do not know whether the noble Lord had any responsibility for that-

Queen's Speech — Debate (4th Day) (15 May 2012)

Lord Clinton-Davis: That may be but I still regard the Home Office as much too large. Although the House devoted a great deal of its time in the previous Session of this Parliament to examining a Bill that got scant attention in the House of Commons, I fear that the system will prove to be far more expensive than our present one in the long term; and that the changes envisaged by the Government will prove to be...

Aviation Policy — Question (14 May 2012)

Lord Clinton-Davis: Are not the Government suffering from infinite blindness? We have an effective airport at Heathrow, do we not? Subject to some improvement of access by road and rail, would that not be a far better option than anything else?

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill: Commons Reasons and Amendment (25 Apr 2012)

Lord Clinton-Davis: Before it is too late, perhaps I may pay tribute to the noble Lord, Lord Pannick, to whom this House owes a tremendous debt. Throughout, he has argued passionately in favour of something he really believes in: legal aid. It is important that the basic principles that were laid down so long ago are observed. Like him, I believe passionately in the purposes of legal aid. Many people outside...

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill: Commons Reasons and Amendments (23 Apr 2012)

Lord Clinton-Davis: However, where someone is incapable of expressing themselves-I remember having to listen to such a person for more than an hour-would they not be excluded from what is being proposed?

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill: Commons Reasons and Amendments (23 Apr 2012)

Lord Clinton-Davis: My Lords, I agree with what the noble Lord has said. I can remember that many years ago, when I undertook my surgery in my constituency, people came there who were all too often inadequate, vulnerable and inarticulate. I do not know how they could have possibly represented their case on the telephone; they were afraid of the telephone. All I wish to say in my brief remarks is that I have...

Piracy — Question (26 Mar 2012)

Lord Clinton-Davis: Is there a time limit for the further work that is being undertaken by the Government?

Middle East — Motion to Take Note (16 Mar 2012)

Lord Clinton-Davis: My Lords, undoubtedly the Middle East is a highly complex, incendiary and volatile area, where peaceful solutions are elusive. There are too many extremists amid the two populations-Arab and Jew-for whom "sensible compromise" represents dirty words. Implacable hostility can result only in dire consequences for both sides. As the noble Lord, Lord Wright, has said, a two-state solution has to...


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