Results 1–20 of 220 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Lord Woolmer of Leeds

HS2 Update - Statement (15 Nov 2016)

Lord Woolmer of Leeds: My Lords, does the Minister recognise that in Leeds and West Yorkshire, today’s announcements will be very warmly welcomed? I look wryly at the comparison of spending on the NHS in a year with a project that will take 17 years before it is completed. Seventeen years is an awful long time, so while I welcome the strategic decision—many of the underlying details will be very beneficial in...

Bus Services Bill [HL] - Report (1st Day) (12 Oct 2016)

Lord Woolmer of Leeds: The Minister spoke of categories of authorities, which are referred to in the Bill. In the case of non-mayoral combined authorities, for example, would an individual non-mayoral combined authority be able to apply under these regulations separately from the others or would the Minister seek to judge whether any such non-mayoral combined authority would qualify? If it were the latter, an...

Bus Services Bill [HL] - Committee (2nd Day) (4 Jul 2016)

Lord Woolmer of Leeds: My Lords, my noble friend yet again sets up a straw man. I am simply in favour of local authorities having the power to have franchising, not that they must use it. It should be an option available to them. My noble friends talks as if I am saying that they must. That would be silly. If bus services can be adequately provided in the way in which a local area wants without franchising, I am...

Bus Services Bill [HL] - Committee (2nd Day) (4 Jul 2016)

Lord Woolmer of Leeds: Let me give a specific example. If West Yorkshire Combined Authority agreed tomorrow to have a mayoral structure, presumably that would immediately parachute it from one part of this Bill into another. I agree with the noble Lord in his remarks that that is bizarre. It would be very welcome, but as I say it is bizarre. That is not transport policy, it is a political policy on mayoral authorities.

Bus Services Bill [HL] - Committee (2nd Day) (4 Jul 2016)

Lord Woolmer of Leeds: My Lords, before I turn to the detailed issues that I want to raise with the Minister, I will say a word or two in response to my noble friend Lord Snape. The Bill does not insist that local authorities introduce franchising; it gives them the option. My noble friend’s arguments to your Lordships appear to be that if they are given the powers they will use them. It will be a matter for...

Bus Services Bill [HL] - Committee (2nd Day) (4 Jul 2016)

Lord Woolmer of Leeds: The noble Earl emphasised mayoral combined authorities and mayoral powers. Why, then, has Cornwall—which is not going for a mayoral model—been promised franchising powers?

Bus Services Bill [HL] - Committee (1st Day) (29 Jun 2016)

Lord Woolmer of Leeds: Before the Minister responds, may I take up the point raised by my noble friend Lord Snape? It is true that some small bus operators may have run services that were not desirable or sustainable but, as the impact assessment makes clear, it is also true that there is often little real competition between the large bus operators. They operate, and have operated—certainly in West...

Government and Parliament - Motion to Take Note (9 Jun 2016)

Lord Woolmer of Leeds: The noble Lord mentioned an absolute veto. Is it not the case that a statutory instrument annulled by this House as a negative instrument can be brought back immediately with a change of title, and that an affirmative resolution instrument which is rejected can be brought back with minor amendments? So it is not an absolute veto. That is what happened in the case of the Rhodesian sanctions.

Government and Parliament - Motion to Take Note (9 Jun 2016)

Lord Woolmer of Leeds: My Lords, it is a pleasure to follow the noble Lord, Lord Norton. I agreed with an enormous number of his remarks. The House of Lords has an important constitutional obligation to consider these matters dispassionately, in a non-partisan way. That has been the overwhelming spirit of today’s discussions. The Government of the day, of any political persuasion, will always want to get their...

Bus Services Bill [HL] - Second Reading (8 Jun 2016)

Lord Woolmer of Leeds: My Lords, it is a pleasure to follow the noble Lord, Lord True. He tempts me to go through my childhood recollections of buses. I do not think I will today, but perhaps we can exchange those thoughts over a cup of tea. I welcome the Government’s recognition that—to use those fatal words—“something has to be done” to improve matters in terms of bus travel. I welcome many aspects of...

Spending Review and Autumn Statement — Statement (25 Nov 2015)

Lord Woolmer of Leeds: My Lords, before the last election, in the northern powerhouse we were told that the trans-Pennine rail electrification scheme was going to go ahead. Almost immediately after the election, that was abandoned and put on hold. Today in the Commons, the Chancellor said that the trans-Pennine electrification may go ahead. In the detailed document published in support of the spending review and...

Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill [HL] — Report (2nd Day) (15 Jul 2015)

Lord Woolmer of Leeds: At what point in a mayoralty would a non-constituent authority become a constituent authority? How many elements of the combined authority’s functions would a non-constituent authority have to share in order for it to become a part of a combined authority? That presumably means that the mayor of the combined authority would be taking decisions or influencing decisions of the combined...

Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill [HL] — Report (2nd Day) (15 Jul 2015)

Lord Woolmer of Leeds: My Lords, I want to echo some of the points made by the noble Lord, Lord Tyler. From my own selfish point of view, I welcome speed in this area. There is no doubt that a lot of corners could be cut in terms of the public understanding of what is being proposed, the discussion and so on. These are substantial changes. Some local authorities will go in with others that never dreamt of doing so...

Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill [HL]: Report (1st Day) (Continued) (13 Jul 2015)

Lord Woolmer of Leeds: My Lords, I am grateful to the Minister for her explanation but want to say a couple of things. First, I assume that these amendments will relate to each and every agreement that will be brought forward in due course in the House. Secondly, I was reassured that the document setting out the various details would be additional to the Explanatory Memorandum, which is notoriously modest in its...

Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill [HL] — Report (1st Day) (13 Jul 2015)

Lord Woolmer of Leeds: These proposals are enormously important. I hope very much that we will have time to consider them and to reflect, but I see them as potentially extremely helpful, certainly to Yorkshire. I will ask for clarification on two matters, but I will study the detail more carefully over the next couple of days. First, I assume that these proposals will apply to extending a current combined authority...

Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill [HL] — Report (1st Day) (13 Jul 2015)

Lord Woolmer of Leeds: My Lords, the noble Lord spoke with great passion and is very well informed. For my own part of the country, West Yorkshire, I am very supportive of the proposal for elected mayors, but much of his argument was that there is no alternative to that wherever you are in the country; in other words, this model really ought to be adopted everywhere. If that is true, why does it not apply to...

Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill [HL] — Report (1st Day) (13 Jul 2015)

Lord Woolmer of Leeds: My Lords, I, too, support the amendments, but for one additional reason: that a great deal of the implementation of the Bill will depend on secondary legislation and a series of deals, each one of which, as I understand it, will be set out and agreed by both Houses in secondary legislation. As there will be a range of such deals, concerned with different parts of the country and involving...

Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill [HL]: Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (29 Jun 2015)

Lord Woolmer of Leeds: My Lords, I will address this issue in relation to combined authorities and take up the points raised by my noble friend Lady Royall. In relation to combined authorities, in reality a lot of the deals are being done in discussions between leaders of authorities, the department and the Treasury. There is a danger of a democratic deficit: that is, the deals that are being done are not...

Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill [HL] — Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) (24 Jun 2015)

Lord Woolmer of Leeds: My Lords, surely devolution means giving power to the local level; it does not mean doing that—as long as the Government at the centre agree. Surely devolved authorities must in principle have the right to take local decisions, otherwise it is not devolution.

Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill [HL] — Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) (24 Jun 2015)

Lord Woolmer of Leeds: It is not a question of whether they have made a mistake or done something wrong, but of local choice. The Minister talked about a bad decision. To say that a local decision is a bad decision because it differs from a view that the Secretary of State takes does not seem to me to be in the spirit of devolution.


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