Results 1–20 of 79 for speaker:Lord Strabolgi

House of Lords: Reform — Question for Short Debate (11 Oct 2010)

Lord Strabolgi: My Lords, the late Lord Hailsham used to say that if the House of Lords were abolished, we would have an elected dictatorship. Sometimes I wonder whether this House in its present state would be strong enough to stand up to a House of Commons of the extreme left or the extreme right with a large majority. An elected senate would be a stronger House. It would also be more democratic, with its...

General Election: Voting Deadline — Question ( 7 Jul 2010)

Lord Strabolgi: Is the Minister aware that a number of authorities cut down on the officials working in the polling stations for reasons of economy, thus preventing many electors from voting because the queues got longer and longer and moved more and more slowly? Will the Government ensure that this sort of petty economy is not used to deprive people of their vote?

Elections: Fraudulent Registration — Question (14 Jun 2010)

Lord Strabolgi: My Lords, given the long queues to which the Minister referred, particularly in the evening, which prevented so many people getting to a polling station in time to vote, will the Government consider making polling day a bank holiday so that voting can be spread throughout the day? This would be of help to people who have to work in the daytime and cannot get to the polling station until the...

Royal Mail: Bicycles — Question (29 Mar 2010)

Lord Strabolgi: My Lords, does it not depend on the load whether the mail is delivered by a bicycle or in a vehicle?

Holocaust (Return of Cultural Objects) Bill — Second Reading (10 Jul 2009)

Lord Strabolgi: My Lords, I am very glad to follow the noble Baroness, Lady Warnock. I am sure that we are all grateful to my noble friend Lord Janner for introducing this Bill, which, as he said, has already been passed by another place. The power that the Bill gives to national museums and galleries to return a cultural object taken by the Nazi regime from mainly Jewish collections in the occupied...

Data Collection: Travel Plans — Question (29 Apr 2009)

Lord Strabolgi: My Lords, I wish to ask my noble friend about short-notice travel. If I decide one morning that I wish to spend the rest of the day in Paris, which has been possible hitherto by Eurostar, will that still be possible, or will the travel authorities require longer notice to fill out a questionnaire about my plans and movements before I am allowed to leave the country? This is becoming very...

House of Lords: Life Peerages Exhibition (25 Jun 2008)

Lord Strabolgi: My Lords, is the noble Lord aware that the exhibition would attract more visitors if it had a better title than "A Changing House", which does not do justice to its excellent contents or to some important innovations? The noble Earl mentioned hereditary Peers, but women Peers were allowed to sit here for the first time in the House's history, to our great advantage.

Housing: Retaliatory Eviction ( 2 Apr 2008)

Lord Strabolgi: My Lords, does not retaliatory eviction by landlords constitute harassment, which is a criminal offence?

House of Lords (Amendment) Bill [HL] (22 Feb 2008)

Lord Strabolgi: My Lords, the undertaking was given by the noble and learned Lord, Lord Irvine, on the understanding that the main reform would follow very shortly afterwards, probably in the next Session. That was nine years ago. We are now told that no further reform will happen in this Parliament—that makes it 11 years—and it will not be taken as first business in the next Parliament, so we are...

House of Lords Bill [HL] (17 Jan 2008)

Lord Strabolgi: The last White Paper clearly says that in the event of reform, Members of this House would not be allowed to stand for membership of the House of Commons. It is silent on what Members of this House would be allowed to do in a reformed Chamber. Will they be able to stand as senators, or whatever we call them, in a reformed Chamber? Will my noble friend make sure that something like that is put...

House of Lords Bill [HL] (30 Nov 2007)

Lord Strabolgi: My Lords, I am sure that we are grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Steel, for introducing the Bill. In spite of the powerful speech of my noble friend Lord Richard, I hope that it will make more progress than the previous Bill. I agree with Part 1, which puts the Appointments Commission on a statutory basis. I also agree with the provisions of Clause 5, which include, "a willingness and...

House of Lords (Amendment) Bill [HL] (18 May 2007)

Lord Strabolgi: My Lords, I am sure that we are all grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Avebury, for introducing the Bill, which I support, for reasons that I shall mention later. I was interested in what the noble Lord, Lord Campbell of Alloway, said about the Cranborne amendment and in what the noble Lady, Lady Saltoun, said. However, stage 2 is a very long way away, and this Bill—which has not always been...

Constitutional Reform (18 Sep 2003)

Lord Strabolgi: My Lords—

Constitutional Reform (18 Sep 2003)

Lord Strabolgi: My Lords, I am grateful to my noble and learned friend. May I ask my noble and learned friend one question please? When is it proposed that the Bill will be effective? Will it be effective on Royal Assent or at the end of the Session, or later? The reason I ask—and it is important—is that we are at present—I and two of my colleagues—engaged in an election of a hereditary Peer to...

Legal Deposit Libraries Bill (12 Sep 2003)

Lord Strabolgi: My Lords, I am sure that we are grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Tope, for so ably introducing the Bill and taking us through the clauses. It was, I understand, supported by all parties in another place. As has been said, the 1911 Act does not cover non-print publications such as CD-ROMs and online resources. How could it? These had not been invented at that time. These are covered by a...

Electricity Supplies (11 Sep 2003)

Lord Strabolgi: My Lords, I declare an interest, as my wife and I were two among the 100,000 held up by the blackout on 28th August. We saw something of the terrible plight of people trying to get home from their work. Are the Government aware that it now appears that the blackout was the result of the installation of a wrong fuse-box and that National Grid Transco has said that no one is likely to take...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Interception of Communications Commissioner, Intelligence Services Commissioner and Chief Surveillance Commissioner: Annual Reports ( 9 Sep 2003)

Lord Strabolgi: asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will lay before Parliament the annual reports for 2002 of the Interception of Communications Commissioner, the Intelligence Services Commissioner, and the Chief Surveillance Commissioner.

Music Standards Fund (21 May 2003)

Lord Strabolgi: My Lords—

Music Standards Fund (21 May 2003)

Lord Strabolgi: My Lords, thank you. Is my noble friend aware that some cathedrals find it very difficult to recruit choirboys because of the lack of teaching in schools?

Hunting: Civil Service Impartiality (14 May 2003)

Lord Strabolgi: My Lords, are officials from Defra allowed to attend hunt meets in France where hunting has flourished ever since the right to hunt was granted to the people by the French Revolution?

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