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House of Lords Reform Bill [HL]: Committee (21 Oct 2011)

Lord St John of Fawsley: My Lords, may I put this question to your Lordships? Who is the wisest person in this House? In my opinion, it is the noble Lord, Lord Carrington, who is 92.

House of Lords: Reform — Motion to Take Note (Continued) (21 Jun 2011)

Lord St John of Fawsley: Forgive my intervening in this interesting dialogue. I admire your Lordships' stamina in having sat here for hour after hour listening to speeches, some of which, however fascinating, have had a certain repetitive and soporific effect. I have been using a lot of my energy to keep my eyes open. Anyhow, we are all in the same boat. The beginning of wisdom is to leave well alone. What on earth...

House of Lords: Reform — Motion to Take Note (Continued) (21 Jun 2011)

Lord St John of Fawsley: There is no need to be quite so enthusiastic. In view of my humility and generosity, perhaps a faint murmur of assent would have been more appropriate. I must say to the Leader of the House-having myself been the Leader of the House in another place-that the role of the Leader is not the role of the Chief Whip. The Chief Whip's role is to get the Government's policy through. The Leader of the...

Children: Parenting — Question (19 May 2011)

Lord St John of Fawsley: My Lords, could the Government not arrange economic affairs so that more parents are encouraged to get married?

House of Lords Reform Bill — Statement (17 May 2011)

Lord St John of Fawsley: Does my noble friend not realise that the inevitable effect of following these proposals and having two elected Chambers will be to introduce into this country the worst features of the American constitution without the mediating powers of the President, which can resolve conflict between them? Secondly, as this is a matter for both Houses and is of supreme constitutional importance,...

House of Lords: Prayers — Question (31 Mar 2011)

Lord St John of Fawsley: Does the Chairman of Committees agree that he has expressed the view of most Members of the House, though not all? I agree with him entirely that we must not interfere with the rights of the Lords Spiritual. At the same time, I believe in the idea behind this Question. We can best meet it by respectfully and humbly offering advice to the right reverend Prelates either in private or in public....

London Local Authorities and Transport for London (No. 2) Bill [HL] — Third Reading (28 Mar 2011)

Lord St John of Fawsley: It is a great relief to support my noble friend on this issue, having voted for justice for young criminals, not without some experience of that matter. Since the Leader of the Opposition has made a habit of talking about himself, I will talk a little about myself, but not too much. The first social duty that I undertook was that of a prison visitor when I was my noble friend's age-18. I have...

London Local Authorities and Transport for London (No. 2) Bill [HL] — Third Reading (28 Mar 2011)

Lord St John of Fawsley: My noble friend the Chairman of Committees is quite right. I was following the bad example of the Leader of the Opposition. One should never talk about oneself. It is a subject that is of interest only to oneself and no one else. I merely wanted to congratulate my noble friend on his persistence in proceeding with the Bill. Here, I make just one point; it is very important that Select...

Public Bodies Bill [HL]: Report (2nd Day) (28 Mar 2011)

Lord St John of Fawsley: With the leave of the House, I hope that I may ask this question. Does the Minister have any idea why we are not having a Statement on the events of Friday, which has prevented many of us expressing our wholehearted support for the bravery and wisdom of the police and the staff of this House in handling that situation?

Libya — Statement (21 Mar 2011)

Lord St John of Fawsley: My Lords, on behalf of all Back-Benchers in the House, perhaps I may express admiration for our gallant troops of both sexes in the war. It is not necessary for everybody to take up valuable time with that statement, so perhaps I may take it on myself to express it. Secondly, will the Minister use his influence to persuade the Prime Minister, who is universally and rightly recognised as a...

Public Bodies Bill [HL]: Committee (9th Day) (9 Mar 2011)

Lord St John of Fawsley: My Lords, I have been entirely convinced by the noble Lord's eloquence in support of Welsh as a living language which it would be a tragedy to have lost. However, I think I detected, in the middle of his eulogy to the Welsh language, a Latin phrase. Would he add his zest and enthusiasm to reviving Latin as a spoken language?

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill: Committee (10th Day) (18 Jan 2011)

Lord St John of Fawsley: My Lords, in this new atmosphere of sweetness and light created by the shade of Matthew Arnold, perhaps I may congratulate both the Leader of the House and the noble and learned Lord, Lord Falconer of Thoroton, on their contributions. Let no one accuse the noble and learned Lord of hypocrisy. Let us remember that a degree of humbug and hypocrisy is what has made us a great nation-a degree at...

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill: Committee (10th Day) (18 Jan 2011)

Lord St John of Fawsley: I feel rather dismayed at the enthusiasm with which my suggestion has been achieved. Do not resist temptation all the time. If I am not offered the post at the Vatican, I guarantee that I will not take up any offer on "Strictly Come Dancing".

Equality: Act of Settlement — Question (10 Jan 2011)

Lord St John of Fawsley: Perhaps I may ask noble Lords whether they agree that in principle one must support what the noble Lord, Lord Dubs, said, and that one must favour equality for women. As Disraeli said, "I owe everything to women". I hope that they will remember that at the Garrick. Heaping a coal scuttle of fire on the head of the right reverend Prelate, I say that I hope that we can have an assurance from...

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill: Committee (6th Day) (20 Dec 2010)

Lord St John of Fawsley: My Lords, is the noble Lord aware that in the West Country the word "bastard" is a term of endearment?

Public Bodies Bill [HL]: Second Reading (9 Nov 2010)

Lord St John of Fawsley: I agree with much of what the noble Lord, Lord Borrie, said. I think that these bodies should be examined in particular. However, where did the precedent come from? I point out to the noble Lord what happened to the Royal Fine Art Commission, of which I was chairman for 15 years, and which cost £750,000 to the taxpayer, as opposed to the £15 million which CABE now costs the taxpayer. How...

Media: Ownership — Debate (4 Nov 2010)

Lord St John of Fawsley: I apologise for my late arrival at the debate. This was due to trying to get across the death track that masquerades as a road outside this House. And, while I mention that fact, why is it, when there are more Members in this House than there are in the House of Commons, we have only eight minutes to get to a Division whereas they have 10? Perhaps the Minister will answer that even though it...

Media: Ownership — Debate (4 Nov 2010)

Lord St John of Fawsley: I have made my point. I am quite content to leave it to distil into the minds of Members who have heard only one point of view so far apparently.

Comprehensive Spending Review: Motion to Take Note (1 Nov 2010)

Lord St John of Fawsley: My Lords, what the country now needs is not blame for the deficit-we all know who is responsible for that. What we want is hope for the future, which is the second of the theological virtues faith, hope and charity. Anybody listening to the Minister's speech will note a very subtle but clear change in what he was saying. It was shot through with hope for the future, and also flexibility....

Higher Education: Funding — Motion to Take Note (27 Oct 2010)

Lord St John of Fawsley: What is the essential point of a university? The currency of the word has been successively devalued, but a university is a body that engages in research. It is not a glorified high school, technical school or polytechnic, but an institution of higher learning. Successive Governments have offered people at universities courses that are not university courses at all. That is what we should be...


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