Results 141–160 of 1229 for speaker:Lord Clinton-Davis

Airports (Amendment) Bill [HL]: Second Reading (16 Mar 2012)

Lord Clinton-Davis: I speak as a former Transport Commissioner in the EU. There are three Transport Ministers here; if I have left any out, I am very sorry about that. I am rather surprised that the noble Earl, Lord Caithness, criticised the noble Lord, Lord Empey, for being involved with self-interest. I thought that politics was largely about self-interest and I do not complain about that at all, although I am...

Airports (Amendment) Bill [HL]: Second Reading (16 Mar 2012)

Lord Clinton-Davis: I, too, support Heathrow expansion.

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill: Report (3rd Day) (12 Mar 2012)

Lord Clinton-Davis: Is it not quite usual for the Minister to stand on his head?

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill: Report (3rd Day) (12 Mar 2012)

Lord Clinton-Davis: I follow my noble friend on this issue. I apologise for confusing the amendments in the previous debate. I hope that the Liberal Democrats will abandon their rather erratic behaviour on this occasion. The unfair dismissal amendment is vital for employees who are not unionised or where the trade unions are unable to act. I do not think there is any real chance of such employees being able to...

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill: Report (3rd Day) (12 Mar 2012)

Lord Clinton-Davis: I will not follow the noble Baroness because she made an unanswerable case. I support her 100 per cent. I want to talk primarily about unfair dismissal-

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill: Report (3rd Day) (12 Mar 2012)

Lord Clinton-Davis: I am sorry.

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill: Report (3rd Day) (12 Mar 2012)

Lord Clinton-Davis: I will not detain the House for long, but recall only too well the situation posed when I was an MP conducting surgeries on Friday nights. There were many occasions when I had to go to Heathrow to see people who were being deported. They were desperate. They had no alternative. I would not like the situation to be repeated, but I fear that it will be. The Government have to convince this...

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill: Report (2nd Day) (7 Mar 2012)

Lord Clinton-Davis: If there is no consensus between the experts, what happens then?

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill: Report (2nd Day) (7 Mar 2012)

Lord Clinton-Davis: I follow the noble Baroness, Lady Eaton, with temerity, as she has made a remarkable speech based on her personal knowledge. I thank her for what she has said. I also speak with experience of clinical negligence cases. I practised as a solicitor for some 50 years and on many occasions during that time came across cases which involved clinical negligence. The Government appear to be suggesting...

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill: Report (1st Day) (5 Mar 2012)

Lord Clinton-Davis: What advice did the Law Society and the Bar Council give to the Government about this particular provision?

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill: Report (1st Day) (5 Mar 2012)

Lord Clinton-Davis: My Lords, I agree entirely with the points just made by my noble friend. The views of the legal profession-the Bar and the Law Society-ought to be taken into account, and perhaps the noble and learned Lord who is to reply to the debate can comment on that. My understanding is that both have made submissions to the Government about their concern-concern which is profound and goes to the heart...

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill: Report (1st Day) (5 Mar 2012)

Lord Clinton-Davis: Of course. The whole legal aid system is based on that; you have to conform with certain priorities. However, I repeat that the basic principle that brought many of us into the profession in the first place was fairness and justice, and that is being denied.

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill: Report (1st Day) (5 Mar 2012)

Lord Clinton-Davis: The amendment sums up precisely why so many of us entered the law in the first place. I will not take up much time-only a few seconds. Essentially, why the Minister is resisting this amendment is beyond me. It goes to the very heart of why we join the legal profession as solicitors and barristers in the first place. I see him shaking his head but I do not know why. The amendment summarises...

EU: Recent Developments — Motion to Take Note (16 Feb 2012)

Lord Clinton-Davis: My Lords, the single market is not the only feature of the European Union. I was very glad to hear my noble friend Lord Monks refer to the social dimension of the EU, a view which I put forward in the Commission some years ago. I am also very glad that the noble Lord, Lord Brittan, is here today and the noble Lord, Lord Tugendhat, who are members of the Commission. The idea of Britain being...

EU: Recent Developments — Motion to Take Note (16 Feb 2012)

Lord Clinton-Davis: My Lords, I am very interested in all that, but the Prime Minister withdrew from the European People's Party. Does the noble Lord agree with that? I thought that the EPP was in favour of a muted Europe, not an entirely neutered Europe.

Health: Stroke Care — Question (13 Feb 2012)

Lord Clinton-Davis: Is the Minister able to give an assurance that stroke care networks and the help given by the NHS stroke improvement programme will survive after the current review undertaken by the Government?

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill: Committee (9th Day) (Continued) (9 Feb 2012)

Lord Clinton-Davis: I am much obliged to the noble Lord. I am totally unconvinced by the arguments put forward here, and not for the first time. When is the Minister going to address the issue that has been raised around the Committee?

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill: Committee (9th Day) (Continued) (9 Feb 2012)

Lord Clinton-Davis: I find myself in complete agreement with the noble and learned Lord, Lord Lloyd. As far as this clause is concerned, the onus rests firmly with the Government. Nobody around this Chamber-Labour, Conservative, Cross-Bench or Liberal-disagrees. It is vital for the Government to prove that this clause is relevant. So far, they have not done that. There has been a chorus of disapproval...

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill: Committee (9th Day) (9 Feb 2012)

Lord Clinton-Davis: Does the right honourable and learned gentleman-sorry, whatever you are.

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill: Committee (9th Day) (9 Feb 2012)

Lord Clinton-Davis: Does the Minister not envisage that the public can sometimes be wrong? There is sometimes a disconnection between the views of the public and of the legislature, in this House and in the other one.


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