Results 61–80 of 872 for speaker:Lord Peston

Statutory Instruments (29 Mar 2000)

Lord Peston: My Lords, I am not sure that the noble Lord is referring to the right recommendation when he comments on Recommendation 41 rather than Recommendation 42. There is a distinction between draft secondary legislation and what I take to be full secondary legislation.

Statutory Instruments (29 Mar 2000)

Lord Peston: My Lords, I am grateful to my noble and learned friend for giving way. He must have heard a different debate from the one to which I have been listening. I was astonished by the high degree of consensus among noble Lords. I hesitate to ignore my noble and learned friend for the moment, but if we were asked to sit down together I believe that we would come up with a solution to the whole set...

Passive Smoking: Protection of Children (11 Apr 2000)

Lord Peston: My Lords, bearing in mind that we are discussing a filthy product that is deadly dangerous, has the Minister seen the report in the Lancet which showed how the producers and purveyors of this disgusting product endeavoured to subvert the latest scientific research on the dangers of passive smoking in a way that was not only dangerous to the interests of the public but also subverted the very...

Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (12 Apr 2000)

Lord Peston: My Lords, I thank my noble friend Lord Harrison for introducing this debate. I begin at the same place as he did, which is the state of the economy in general. The best contribution that government can make to industry and commerce is to create a sound economy and to pursue a sensible economic policy, which we have at the moment with low inflation and high employment. I regret that we do not...

Financial Services and Markets Bill (13 Apr 2000)

Lord Peston: My Lords, before the noble Lord sits down, I do not see how he can possibly say that.

Financial Services and Markets Bill (13 Apr 2000)

Lord Peston: My Lords, I am delighted that the noble Lord wants to withdraw his amendment, but I am not keen for him to do so on the basis of a misunderstanding. My noble friend said in Committee that the Bill facilitates what the noble Lord claims his amendments facilitate. Therefore, I do not see how he can be regarded as coming back with something new when he has already told us on several occasions...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Burglaries by Bogus House Callers (19 Apr 2000)

Lord Peston: asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to respond to the crime of distraction burglary.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Medicines Control Agency (2 May 2000)

Lord Peston: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will publish the high level targets for the Medicines Control Agency.

House of Lords: Standards of Conduct (4 May 2000)

Lord Peston: My Lords, I speak as someone who is as sensitive as anyone to the rights and privileges of your Lordships' House. (I am still somewhat amazed that I am a Member of it, but that is by the way.) While asserting that we have the final say in the way in which we conduct our affairs, is it not wholly reasonable to ask the noble Lord, Lord Neill, and his committee to be the body which considers...

House of Lords (10 May 2000)

Lord Peston: rose to call attention to the case for a review of the workings of the House of Lords in the 21st century; and to move for Papers. My Lords, my approach to today's debate will be a good deal less portentous than the wording of the Motion. I would be glad to think that what we suggest will last as much as a decade rather than a century. In addition, my concern is with practicalities. My main...

House of Lords (10 May 2000)

Lord Peston: My Lords, the noble Viscount anticipates what I am going to say. The word "insist" appears in a moment and he will hear in a few minutes my view of it. I was discussing something slightly more general, but I am glad he raises the point. If the Commons is pre-eminent and the Salisbury convention holds, it follows inexorably that we must regard ourselves as largely, but not entirely, a revising...

House of Lords (10 May 2000)

Lord Peston: My Lords, remaining in statesmanlike mode, facing my noble friend Lord Barnett, and expressing extreme gratitude to my noble friend Lord Longford for referring to me as a "younger Peer" because I still have a full head of hair, my main task now is to thank all noble Lords who have taken part in this debate and have made such excellent speeches. Incidentally, it goes to show that even with a...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Sentencing Decisions: Home Office Review (16 May 2000)

Lord Peston: asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to introduce new sentencing arrangements.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Police Recruitment: Crime Fighting Fund (17 May 2000)

Lord Peston: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to accelerate police recruitment under the Crime Fighting Fund.

Schools: Physical Education (17 May 2000)

Lord Peston: My Lords, I hate to introduce a disagreeable note before my noble friend, but could I ask her to reflect back to her own schooldays, as I do to mine? Physical education--or, as we called it, PT--was the most ghastly event of the day. It left us hot and sticky and, although we did not have the benefits of the national curriculum, it certainly put us off studying anything that our teachers...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Interception of Communications Tribunal: President (13 Jun 2000)

Lord Peston: asked Her Majesty's Government: What arrangements have been made following the expiry of the term of appointment of the President of the Interception of Communications Tribunal on 4 April.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Immigration and Nationality Directorate: Complaints Audit Committee Report (13 Jun 2000)

Lord Peston: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will publish the annual report for 1999 of the Complaints Audit Committee of the Immigration and Nationality Directorate.

Red Tape Affecting Teachers (13 Jun 2000)

Lord Peston: My Lords, while one always opposes unnecessary bureaucracy, the Government have the ultimate responsibility in this area. If they are to know what is going on and to be able to monitor the situation, do they not have a duty to collect data on a considerable scale, and to use it to let us know whether we are achieving higher standards and, more generally, what is going on in schools? We may...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Computer Virus: Impact on GovernmentIT Systems (14 Jun 2000)

Lord Peston: asked Her Majesty's Government: When copies of the report on the impact of the "love letter" computer virus on government IT systems will be placed in the Library of the House.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Robbery (15 Jun 2000)

Lord Peston: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to provide additional support to the Police Service for reducing robbery.


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