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Local Government Bill [H.L.] (7 Feb 2000)

Lord Peston: My Lords--

Local Government Bill [H.L.] (7 Feb 2000)

Lord Peston: This has been a rather queer debate. The Opposition Front Benches felt that they ought to speak before the Back-Benches, which is unusual in your Lordships' House. However, most of the speeches that were relevant to the important amendment of the noble Baroness, Lady Young, were made on other amendments. That is why some of us are having considerable difficulty in getting our minds around...

Local Government Bill [H.L.] (7 Feb 2000)

Lord Peston: I shall repeat to the right reverend Prelate that I am appalled, in particular because some of us do know where we are going. We also know where those who support Section 28 want to go. It is the path of prejudice that they wish to follow. Perhaps I may say to the noble Lord, Lord Elton, that when listening to his contribution I was reminded of the writings of the American author, Randall...

Local Government Bill [H.L.] (7 Feb 2000)

Lord Peston: Perhaps the saying does not resonate with the noble Lord, but "Some of my best friends are..." connects up with some of the worst prejudice in our society. In my judgment--I promised to be nasty--the noble Lord should not have made that remark. If I were a homosexual, I would deeply resent it because of its resonances.

Local Government Bill [H.L.] (7 Feb 2000)

Lord Peston: I think that the noble Lord should simply remember that, given the contexts in which that phrase has been used, he should perhaps use another phrase. I should now like to finish my nasty remarks. I was taken aback by the words of the noble Baroness, Lady Young, and her attack on my noble friend Lord Alli. He referred to hatred and to his experiences of hatred and he was quite right. Whether...

Local Government Bill [H.L.] (7 Feb 2000)

Lord Peston: I have no doubt that the noble Baroness has no hatred for anyone, except possibly me!

Local Government Bill [H.L.] (7 Feb 2000)

Lord Peston: I believe that it is not unreasonable to place oneself in the position of people like my noble friend Lord Alli--although he was referring to a broader range of people--and ask what they feel when they hear that kind of remark and read that kind of amendment. I make two final points. In this as in so many debates in your Lordships' House it upsets me when we are told that we are up to our old...

Legislation: Revising Chamber Powers (16 Feb 2000)

Lord Peston: My Lords, does my noble friend agree with me that for once the noble Earl is somewhat illogical? It seems to me to be perfectly compatible for the revising Chamber to revise and for the ultimately democratic Chamber to make up its mind on what should pass into legislation. I personally have no difficulty with that as long as the House of Commons at least listens to what we have to say. That,...

Liaison: Select Committee Report (16 Feb 2000)

Lord Peston: My Lords, will the noble Lord use his good offices in a particular way? He has been very reassuring in saying that it is his view that the wishes of your Lordships' House should dominate decisions in these matters. However, I am sure he is aware that one of our problems is that we normally deal with the reports of the Liaison Committee and other committees immediately after Questions when all...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Charity Commission Annual Report (17 Feb 2000)

Lord Peston: asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to change the arrangements for the publication of the Charity Commission's Annual Report.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Home Office Departmental Expenditure Limits (17 Feb 2000)

Lord Peston: asked Her Majesty's Government: What proposals they have for changes to the 1999-2000 departmental expenditure limits and running costs limits which come under the responsibility of the Home Office.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Primary School Pupils in Private Education (22 Feb 2000)

Lord Peston: asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the proportion of all primary school pupils in private education in each local education authority in England.

Greater London Authority (Election Expenses) Order 2000 (22 Feb 2000)

Lord Peston: My Lords, I rise--

Greater London Authority (Election Expenses) Order 2000 (22 Feb 2000)

Lord Peston: My Lords, one would have thought that after about five interventions someone on this side might get a chance to speak. I rise with the normal glum expression on my face to say a few words in favour of the Government for a change. We seem to be debating three topics, one of which I was quite unprepared for; namely, a rather scurrilous attack on the democratic credentials of the Labour Party.

Greater London Authority (Election Expenses) Order 2000 (22 Feb 2000)

Lord Peston: My Lords, looking at the Conservative Party and having sat in this House unreformed for many years I find it most odd that the Conservative Party of all people should attack us on the ground of parliamentary democracy. For some time I have been intrigued by its commitment to democracy. I did not see a sign of it in the years when I sat on the Opposition Front Bench. Although I am willing to...

Greater London Authority (Election Expenses) Order 2000 (22 Feb 2000)

Lord Peston: My Lords, I have no idea. Will the noble Earl tell me the subject of the debate? Did it concern monetary policy, for example?

Greater London Authority (Election Expenses) Order 2000 (22 Feb 2000)

Lord Peston: My Lords, there has been no debate in your Lordships' House of a fundamental kind on the question of how your Lordships should proceed under the new system. I believe strongly that we should have such a debate. We should ask ourselves how we wish to proceed.

Greater London Authority (Election Expenses) Order 2000 (22 Feb 2000)

Lord Peston: My Lords, it is not totally beside the point. However, it is beside the point to raise the question in the first place on a matter which is not before us. The issue before us is whether your Lordships should vote on a matter of secondary legislation when many of us were under the impression that we simply did not do it. As far as I know it does not follow logically that because you can do...

Exchange Rate: Monetary Policy Committee Discussions (1 Mar 2000)

Lord Peston: My Lords, in view of the fact that the Chancellor is still responsible for economic policy, even though operational responsibility has passed to the Monetary Policy Committee, does my noble friend agree that whether or not the Governor publishes a minute of his meeting with the Chancellor, it would be a most absurd state of affairs if my right honourable friend the Chancellor did not discuss...

Merger Reform (6 Mar 2000)

Lord Peston: My Lords, will my noble friend ask his right honourable friend to reflect on a fundamental matter: this Government introduced the Competition Act 1998 which, for the first time, gives us a stringent piece of pro-competition legislation? Does it follow logically from that extraordinarily powerful Act that the Secretary of State for Trade--I believe he is still so called--should not intervene...


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