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Benefits: Payment through Post Office (10 Jan 2000)

Lord Peston: My Lords, does my noble friend accept that we have no better example of the failure of the free market than the behaviour of the commercial banks? They seem either to provide seven or eight branches of different banks in the same locality or no branches whatsoever. Can my noble friend reassure noble Lords by stating that the Government support the view that, particularly in small rural...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Grammar Schools (11 Jan 2000)

Lord Peston: asked Her Majesty's Government: (a) For which grammar schools or groups of grammar schools or selective areas have letters been received by Electoral Reform Ballot Services notifying an intention to organise a petition to trigger a ballot to open up these schools to children of all abilities; (b) On which dates these letters were received; (c) On which dates the writers of these letters were...

Race Relations (Amendment) Bill [H.L.] (11 Jan 2000)

Lord Peston: Perhaps I may be permitted to put one question for clarification so that I may follow the debate. Am I correct in understanding that at the moment we are debating only the set of public authorities which will fall within the ambit of subsequent provisions and we are not yet considering what those public authorities should do and how they should behave? We are almost artificially separating...

Race Relations (Amendment) Bill [H.L.] (11 Jan 2000)

Lord Peston: I am indebted to the noble Lord, Lord Lester, for speaking twice. I was full of trepidation at the thought of taking part in the debate at all but at least I now understand the topic we are now on. I take it that we are on the topic of which set of public bodies we are talking about. Perhaps I may say substantively that the noble Earl, Lord Onslow, put the point as simply and as clearly as it...

Race Relations (Amendment) Bill [H.L.] (11 Jan 2000)

Lord Peston: I hate to interrupt the Minister, but does he insist on replying to everything said? We shall debate, I hope at greater length, indirect discrimination. Some of us may find if difficult if my noble friend replies twice to the debate. It is entirely up to him. I merely ask whether he wishes to do so twice.

Race Relations (Amendment) Bill [H.L.] (11 Jan 2000)

Lord Peston: The intervention of the noble Viscount, Lord Colville of Culross, was cogent. We can all agree with his comments. I do not normally address noble Lords on topics of this kind. However, I do so today not because I have any legal expertise, but as a matter of moral obligation. The moral dimension has not been mentioned, but I feel a strong sense of what may be called the immorality of what...

Race Relations (Amendment) Bill [H.L.] (11 Jan 2000)

Lord Peston: Before my noble friend sits down, does he intend to deal with the international point which to me, as a layman, completely destroyed the position of the Government? I thought that my noble friend would provide some counter to that terribly important intervention, or would at least write to members of the Committee to explain it.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Zimbabwe: Human Rights (12 Jan 2000)

Lord Peston: asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of human rights concerns in Zimbabwe; and what action they are taking to address these.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Wassenaar Arrangement: 1999 Assessment (12 Jan 2000)

Lord Peston: asked Her Majesty's Government: What were the results of the 1999 Assessment of the Wassenaar Arrangement; and what action they are taking to address these.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Yugoslavia: Television Broadcast Equipment Export Controls (12 Jan 2000)

Lord Peston: asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps have been taken to control the export of television broadcast equipment to the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Agriculture Council, 14 and 15 December (12 Jan 2000)

Lord Peston: asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the outcome of the Agriculture Council held in Brussels on 14 to 15 December.

Developing Countries: Book Supplies (12 Jan 2000)

Lord Peston: My Lords, I declare an interest as chairman of the ELST charitable trust. I confirm the remarks of the noble Baroness, Lady Chalker. At the time I sat on the Opposition Front Bench and it was my duty to attack the noble Baroness for her decision. I shall not resile from the need to attack my noble friend for doing nothing better than did the noble Baroness, Lady Chalker. Rather oddly for a...

Monetary Policy: House of Lords Committee (13 Jan 2000)

Lord Peston: My Lords, is the noble Lord aware of how puzzled I am by his answers? The report was published last July and was widely acclaimed. It contained several explanations of why the committee must carry on. We discussed the subject in a widely acclaimed debate. Like the noble Lord, Lord Jenkin, I believe that the committee should be made permanent, but that is another point. One is left in a...

NHS Waiting Lists (17 Jan 2000)

Lord Peston: My Lords, does my noble friend recall that the alleged obsession with waiting lists was not invented by the present Government, but by our predecessors? They were constantly discussing waiting lists when we were in opposition. Am I right in understanding my noble friend when he refers to waiting lists as only one of the things at which the Government are aiming? If I recall correctly--perhaps...

Exchange Rates (27 Jan 2000)

Lord Peston: My Lords, I would not dream of endeavouring to teach economics to the Minister or to any other noble Lords, but would my noble friend care to remind the House that sterling fell continuously from 1982 to 1987--I shall not remind your Lordships which party was in power at that time--and that the balance payments on the whole worsened and manufacturing suffered? That might suggest that perhaps...

Race Relations (Amendment) Bill [H.L.] (27 Jan 2000)

Lord Peston: My Lords, listening to the noble Lord, Lord Cope--towards whom I am normally sympathetic--speaking for the Opposition, I am pleased for once that I was never made a Minister. Obviously, the Government can never do any right! I took part in the previous debate, and I am impressed that the Government have listened. If in future, as I very much hope, this House is to function as a place where...

Performance and Innovation Unit Report: Implementation (31 Jan 2000)

Lord Peston: My Lords, can my noble friend enlarge on her Answer? One of the points that puzzles some of us who have been here for quite a time is that, for the most part, nothing ever happens in the House. If one wants something to happen, either one has to be extremely disagreeable or one must accept that no progress will be made. Can my noble friend say who, on a matter of this kind, we should regard...

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

Lord Peston: Perhaps I may intervene briefly. I am still feeling a little lost on this matter. I wish to make only one speech, which is an all-purpose statement that I shall be able to make to almost any amendment. I assumed that we were behaving properly and debating the amendment tabled in the name of the right reverend Prelate. If the right reverend Prelate is proposing to divide the Committee, I shall...

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

Lord Peston: I notice the noble Baroness, Lady Blatch, rising to her feet. It is customary for the Opposition Front Bench to speak at the end of the debate. I hope that she is not rising with any intention of trying to shorten the debate. We were promised by my noble and learned friend the Attorney-General that those of us who had shown some restraint earlier--that includes me--would be allowed to speak....

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

Lord Peston: I thank the noble Baroness for that assurance. I may just be unduly cynical today because I suddenly see all kinds of people wandering in. I always look forward to the noble Baroness's speeches whenever she makes them.


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