Results 161–180 of 872 for speaker:Lord Peston

House of Lords' Offices: Select Committee Report (23 Jul 2001)

Lord Peston: My Lords, before the noble Lord sits down, perhaps I may ask him a factual question. During the past hour, has he heard a single speech in favour of the report? I heard many noble Lords speak against it and I heard their arguments undermined by the two Opposition Front Benches. I find it strange, to put it mildly, that in these circumstances, and following the remarks made by the noble Lord,...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Human Genetic Databases: Government Response to Select Committee Report (24 Jul 2001)

Lord Peston: asked Her Majesty's Government: When will they publish the Government's response to the report on human genetic databases from the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee.

Government Ministers: Special Advisers (16 Oct 2001)

Lord Peston: My Lords, speaking as a former special adviser, perhaps I may say that, deplorable although Jo Moore's remarks were, she is not the first person to have got such matters wrong. As a former special adviser, I certainly got many things wrong. However, the advantage that I had in those days compared to now was that such information was not leaked. That difference is not unique to the present...

Business of the House: Access to Peers' Car Park (16 Oct 2001)

Lord Peston: My Lords, my noble friend referred to the much lamented Lord Cocks of Hartcliffe. At the risk of my noble friend having a heart attack, perhaps I may ask him to accept that I now realise, having looked at the car park, that when I intervened before on this subject I was mistaken. It seems to me that for once the authorities of the House have done something right, which is why I risked the...

Mr Alun Evans (18 Oct 2001)

Lord Peston: My Lords, the noble Lord, Lord Peyton, said that his Question was meant to query the future role of special advisers and to express his disapproval of spin doctoring. I ask my noble and learned friend as a matter of fact whether special advisers were invented by this Government or whether we have had them for many years. A fortiori, is it not the case that spin doctoring was certainly not...

Economic Growth (24 Oct 2001)

Lord Peston: My Lords, can I ask my noble friend to remind noble Lords that the Chancellor is committed to a fiscal policy which balances current expenditure with current income over the cycle? That means that, in a recession, the finances can go into deficit as long as an equivalent surplus is achieved during a boom. Incidentally, that is precisely Keynes's view of the matter.

Public Service (24 Oct 2001)

Lord Peston: My Lords, it gives me great pleasure on your Lordships' behalf to congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Moser, on his maiden speech. I first met Claus Moser more than 50 years ago when I was a starting undergraduate and he was beginning his career as an assistant lecturer. I was sent for by Lionel Robbins, who was the greatest man connected with the LSE to come to your Lordships' House. "I see...

Privy Council Silver Collection (29 Oct 2001)

Lord Peston: My Lords, did I mishear my noble friend? Did he say that the stuff has not been seen by the public for 40 or so years, or did he add something that I missed? I assume that it must have been seen by the civil servants who have checked that it is still there and we have not lost any of it. What is the flow of benefit if it is not available to be seen by the public? Have we become misers who are...

Barnett Formula (7 Nov 2001)

Lord Peston: My Lords, Keynes had a general theory, Planck had his constant, Heisenberg his principle, Euler his equation, Fermat his last theorem and my noble friend has his formula. I ask my noble friend whether he has noticed that of the 19 Back Benchers who are taking part in the debate, 14 come from Wales or Scotland. I hasten to add, of course, that each of their contributions is entirely objective...

Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Bill [HL] (16 Nov 2001)

Lord Peston: The noble Lord is new to our Chamber and I appreciate that he does not fully understand our traditions. However, it is not customary to speak at such inordinate length on an amendment of this kind. It is customary in this Chamber to speak to the point. I have sat here patiently. The noble Lord looks as if he will continue speaking for quite a while. I just feel it would help him if he knew a...

Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Bill [HL] (16 Nov 2001)

Lord Peston: I am not expressing my view; I am expressing what we all recognise as part of the great traditions of this great House of Parliament, which is not to speak at inordinate length. If the noble Lord followed the example of his noble friend on the Front Bench, who was succinct and to the point, he would understand how we typically behave in this House.

Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Bill [HL] (16 Nov 2001)

Lord Peston: The noble Lord, Lord Lucas, put his finger on an important matter but it has exactly the opposite effect to that which he suggested. I am reminded of the great film "Now Voyager" and its marvellous ending, which involved two cigarettes. The point is that anyone who regards that as tobacco advertising neither knows the natural meaning of the word "advertising" nor is willing to appreciate the...

Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Bill [HL] (16 Nov 2001)

Lord Peston: Before the noble Lord sits down, he said that it was a general argument that he put forward under this rubric but that it applied to all his other amendments. I was hoping that he would give an example—he is very good at that—of a case that may trouble us. All he did was to give an example the other way around of a case that would not remotely trouble us. In other words, I have been...

Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Bill [HL] (16 Nov 2001)

Lord Peston: The noble Lord is now being extremely helpful. He is saying that one is in the printing business but one has no interest or concern about what is being printed or—specifically within the context of the Bill—no interest in the fact that it might be, first, an advertisement, and, secondly, an advertisement for tobacco products. That is so far-fetched that I find it very difficult to see why...

Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Bill [HL] (16 Nov 2001)

Lord Peston: I do not want to prolong this matter. I am not an expert on printing. But if, for example, what was being printed was pornographic, is the noble Lord saying that one says, "Well, I just print. I don't look at words or pictures"? One would say the same if the material was defamatory or contained racist matters. I do not understand the noble Lord's conception. He uses printing as an example,...

Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Bill [HL] (16 Nov 2001)

Lord Peston: I rise partly to thank the noble Lord, Lord Lucas, because I am learning something about the printing trade these days and its relationship to corporate responsibility. His amendment leads to a request which may be relevant to the amendment of the noble Lord, Lord Skelmersdale, to which we shall come shortly. In Clause 2(2) there appear the words, "which is published in the United Kingdom"....

Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Bill [HL] (16 Nov 2001)

Lord Peston: I am always astonished at the imagination of the inventors of amendments. It never remotely occurred to me that hardware in the form in which we have discussed it could possibly be included. I go back to my now favourite subject of printers. It had not occurred to me that the producers of printing machines would be capable of coming under the ambit of the Bill. I refer to the producers of the...

Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Bill [HL] (16 Nov 2001)

Lord Peston: So far as I know, they are not prevented from looking at the websites that they themselves are putting out. That is not what the legislation decided. That would mean that people who work for an ISP company could not surf the net and, so far as I know, the legislation does not say that at all.

Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Bill [HL] (16 Nov 2001)

Lord Peston: I was certainly praising the noble Lord and I was implicitly criticising myself. It never remotely occurred to me that any of those matters could possibly be connected with the clause. I entirely accept that it is me who is being thick and the noble Lord who is showing all the subtlety of thought that the Bill requires.

Accident and Emergency Services (20 Nov 2001)

Lord Peston: My Lords, my noble friend will perhaps not be aware of the fact that I spent eight hours in A&E last Sunday. I hasten to assure your Lordships that I was not the potential patient; I was simply the person looking after another potential patient. I hope my noble friend will agree that seven or eight hours is a very long period of time to spend in A&E. But the main problem, on which I should be...


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