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House of Lords Reform (No. 2) Bill — Second Reading (28 Mar 2014)

Lord Cobbold: My Lords, like other noble Lords, I welcome the Bill that we are considering today. It is an important step forward in the ongoing process of House of Lords reform. My particular interest is in Clause 1, which permits a Peer to resign as a Member of the House by giving notice in writing to the Clerk of the Parliaments. It is an important step forward, and it will be interesting to see how...

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill — Second Reading (Continued) (3 Jun 2013)

Lord Cobbold: My Lords, marriage between a man and a woman has been the bedrock of society over the centuries and has proved to be a tried and trusted way of living and rearing children. The Bill that we are debating threatens the sanctity of marriage by the forced acceptance of same-sex couples. There are basically two levels to the traditional definition of marriage: the secular civil partnership and the...

Queen’s Speech — Debate (2nd Day) (9 May 2013)

Lord Cobbold: My Lords, I begin by strongly supporting the words of the noble Baroness, Lady Meacher, on the need to update the national drugs policy. It is an important omission from the Speech. In other respects, I welcome Her Majesty’s somewhat low-key Speech and agree with most of its policy objectives. For example, the aim to reduce the burden of excessive regulation on business is welcomed as long...

EU Drugs Strategy: EUC Report — Motion to Take Note (19 Jul 2012)

Lord Cobbold: My Lords, I join those who welcome the European Union Committee's 26th report of Session 2010-12. It is an excellent document and I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Hannay, and the members of the committee on its creation. I also congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Meacher, and her team on the detailed response that they have produced and circulated to our meeting today on all aspects of...

Draft House of Lords Reform Bill: Motion to Take Note (Continued) (30 Apr 2012)

Lord Cobbold: My Lords, given the late hour, I shall be brief. I am one of those who feel strongly that the proposal to turn the present House of Lords into a wholly or partly elected Senate is not reform but abolition, the abolition of an institution that has a unique history and which performs a valuable function in the scrutiny of new legislation. It does not create legislation, and where there is...

House of Lords Reform Bill [HL]: Committee (21 Oct 2011)

Lord Cobbold: An alternative, my Lords, is to have a fixed period of service for all Members of the House. That would allow people to give of their great experience and later on to live longer lives.

House of Lords Reform Bill [HL]: Committee (21 Oct 2011)

Lord Cobbold: My Lords, I was not expecting this brief amendment to come so early in the debate. It explains itself and states that in the future, when hereditary Peers no longer are here by right, they can nevertheless take another responsibility. I beg to move.

House of Lords: Reform — Motion to Take Note (2nd Day) (22 Jun 2011)

Lord Cobbold: My Lords, I am one of the many speakers who believe that the draft Bill we are debating today is not about House of Lords reform; it is about House of Lords abolition and replacement by an 80 or 100 per cent elected Chamber or senate. It is unlikely that many Members of the present House would wish to stand for election and so the new senate would not have the benefit of the experience and...

Drug Use and Possession: Royal Commission — Question for Short Debate (9 Mar 2011)

Lord Cobbold: My Lords, I rise to support the question proposed by the noble Lord, Lord Norton. It is high time that the drugs problem was subjected to an unbiased investigation. Prohibition has manifestly failed, a fact that even the United Nations ODC has recently acknowledged. To me it seems illogical to treat drugs differently from alcohol. It amazes me that democratic Governments can tolerate the...

House of Lords Reform Bill [HL]: Second Reading (3 Dec 2010)

Lord Cobbold: My Lords, I join other noble Lords in welcoming this Bill which proposes a series of reform measures for this House that are positive, not destructive, and I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Steel, on bringing the Bill back to this House for the umpteenth time. There are four elements to the Bill. I will focus on the first which is that there should be a statutory Appointments Commission...

Interim Report: Leader's Group on Members Leaving the House: Motion to Take Note (16 Nov 2010)

Lord Cobbold: My Lords, may I intervene in the gap? I apologise for not being here at the beginning of this debate but, having listened to the very able contributions from all sides, I wanted to stress my strong belief that a fixed period of service is the best way to move forward and that a figure of 20 years is probably right, although it could be less-perhaps 15. That idea is better than the limit by age.

Parliament: Elected House of Lords — Question for Short Debate (10 Nov 2010)

Lord Cobbold: My Lords, I am one of those who feels strongly that the proposal to turn the present House of Lords into a wholly or partly elected Chamber is not reform but abolition. It is the abolition of an institution that has a unique history and performs a valuable function in the scrutiny of new legislation, while at the same time recognising the supremacy of the House of Commons. An elected senate...

Education: Languages — Question for Short Debate (28 Oct 2010)

Lord Cobbold: My Lords, I am pleased to have the opportunity to support the noble Baroness, Lady Coussins, in her Question to Her Majesty's Government. The teaching of modern languages to the young is a matter of great importance. We must not allow ourselves to take the line that, because English has become the leading global language, there is no need for us to learn another. While the importance of...

House of Lords Reform — Motion to Take Note (29 Jun 2010)

Lord Cobbold: My Lords, I am one of those who strongly support the House remaining a fully appointed Chamber. I support the reforms proposed by the noble Lord, Lord Steel, and agree to the proposed ending of the election procedure for replacing the 92 hereditary Peers. Although I am a beneficiary, I do not think that heredity can any more be justified as an automatic qualification for membership of your...

Drugs and Crime — Question for Short Debate (15 Jun 2010)

Lord Cobbold: My Lords, this document from UNODC is the dawn of a new era. It calls for drug dependence to be treated through healthcare not punishment. For 50 years the United Nations has underwritten the war on drugs and its conventions have inhibited member countries from adopting alternative strategies. Now our task is to challenge Her Majesty's Government to acknowledge this change and, as suggested...

China: EU Committee Report: Motion to Take Note (9 Jun 2010)

Lord Cobbold: My Lords, I intervene briefly in this debate to congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Teverson, and his committee on an excellent report. European committee reports always achieve a high standard. The only problem with this one is that it is physically difficult to read because of its very tight binding. I agree with the report's principal call for the EU to raise its game substantially and forge...

Constitutional Reform and Governance Bill: Second Reading (24 Mar 2010)

Lord Cobbold: My Lords, I will confine my remarks to Part 5 and begin by stating my strong support for the amendment of the noble Lord, Lord Steel. I reluctantly accept the proposed ending of by-elections for hereditary Peers. As one of the 92, I consider myself to have been extremely lucky to be able to retain a seat in your Lordships' House but, looked at dispassionately, it is very hard to justify...

Queen's Speech — Debate (3rd Day) (Continued) (23 Nov 2009)

Lord Cobbold: My Lords, I intervene briefly in this debate to join noble Lords who have spoken in favour of the retention of the House of Lords that we know. The Queen's Speech stated that the Government will publish, "draft legislation on proposals for a reformed second chamber ... with a democratic mandate". A democratic mandate, in this Government's vocabulary, must mean an elected Chamber and thus the...

Drugs: Cannabis — Question (5 Nov 2009)

Lord Cobbold: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they made, in moving cannabis from class C to class B, of what the effect would be on the prices charged by criminal dealers.

Drugs: Cannabis — Question (5 Nov 2009)

Lord Cobbold: I thank the noble Lord for that rather predictable response. Would he agree that it is a disgrace that the drugs trade, which is now said to be the second largest global market, after oil, is totally in the hands of criminals? Should not the United Nations and national Governments be looking for new policies such as, for example, those that have been successfully trialled in Portugal?


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