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House of Lords (Members' Taxation Status) Bill [HL]: Second Reading (23 Jan 2009)

Lord Lipsey: My Lords, no one should be even faintly surprised that noble Lords opposite are trying to get straight to the Committee stage of this Bill by looking at the detail. Even they would blush at defending the present situation in this House so far as people who do not live or pay tax in this country are concerned. I warmly commend the Bill on its Second Reading, although of course more work does...

House of Lords (Members' Taxation Status) Bill [HL]: Second Reading (23 Jan 2009)

Lord Lipsey: My Lords, my noble friend is right, there are still true believers—there is no faith so absurd as not to still attract true believers—but the truth of the proposition that I have advanced speaks for itself. In all probability we shall continue to be an appointed House, so why then do we need this Bill? We need it as a matter of legitimacy. I do not have any difficulty in saying that an...

House of Lords (Members' Taxation Status) Bill [HL]: Second Reading (23 Jan 2009)

Lord Lipsey: My Lords, I was not quoted as saying any such thing in the Times. They put that headline on my piece. If the noble Lord reads the rest of it, he will find that I could stick to every single word of it.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Residential Care (26 Jan 2009)

Lord Lipsey: To ask Her Majesty's Government what amount was paid in grants under Section 55 of the Health and Social Care Act 2001 (which allows a local authority to take a charge on a person's home rather than a contribution towards the cost of residential accommodation) for each of the years 2001—02 to 2007—08 inclusive.

House of Lords Bill [HL]: Second Reading (27 Feb 2009)

Lord Lipsey: My Lords, the noble Baroness, Lady Finlay, has just demonstrated sharply how wise the Appointments Commission was to appoint her, even if she does not know it. I agree with what she said at the end: there is no logical link between the view that you take on whether this place should be elected and the one that you take on the Bill. It is perfectly possible to be in favour of election and in...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Eric Hobsbawm (10 Mar 2009)

Lord Lipsey: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will allow Professor Eric Hobsbawm to examine the files held on him in the past by the security services.

Care Services: Older Adults and Disabled People — Debate (19 Mar 2009)

Lord Lipsey: My Lords, first, I should declare a couple of interests as president of SOLLA, the Society of Later Life Advisors, and as a member of the editorial panel of the study into decumulation—sorry about that word—being carried out by AIFA, the Association of Independent Financial Advisers. This debate, so admirably introduced by the noble Baroness, Lady Fookes, is timed just as we celebrate—I...

Government Statistics — Question for Short Debate (1 Jun 2009)

Lord Lipsey: My Lords, as the noble Lord, Lord Hamilton, illustrated in his excellent introduction to this debate, there are two ways in which government statistics can go wrong. One is that the statisticians get it wrong, which undermines public confidence. There was an example of that earlier this year when the forecast of what had happened to GDP was revised from minus 1.6 per cent to minus 1.9 per...

Public Service Broadcasting (Communications Committee Report): Motion to Take Note (4 Jun 2009)

Lord Lipsey: My Lords, we must be profoundly grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Fowler, and his colleagues, many of whom have spoken in this debate, for the admirably succinct, clear and well argued report. I shall focus on one issue—how we preserve Channel 4. Despite the advocacy of the noble Lord, Lord Puttnam, the affairs of Channel 4 get only a fraction of the attention in both Houses of Parliament as...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Cyclists (21 Jul 2009)

Lord Lipsey: To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people were prosecuted for riding bicycles through a red light in (a) the latest year for which the figure is available, and (b) each of the preceding four years.

Government Assets (12 Oct 2009)

Lord Lipsey: My Lords, the Tote legally belongs to Government but morally it belongs to racing. The Government have never put a single penny into it at any stage. As the chairman of the former shadow Racing Trust, which was the vehicle through which the Government intended to fulfil their 2005 manifesto pledge to sell the Tote to racing, I fully accept that that route has been blocked by European state...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Children: Protection (19 Oct 2009)

Lord Lipsey: To ask Her Majesty's Government why they have not published the report of the academic panel, chaired by Professor David Buckingham of the Institute of Education, on the impact of the commercial world on children's wellbeing, delivered to them in March; and when they will publish it.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Railways: High-speed Line (21 Oct 2009)

Lord Lipsey: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have prepared a cost-benefit analysis of the proposed new high speed rail link from Scotland to London; and, if not, whether and when they plan to do so.

Banking (Special Provisions) Bill (20 Feb 2008)

Lord Lipsey: My Lords, it is always a great pleasure to follow the noble Lord, Lord Marlesford, in this House, as I once followed him on the staff of the Economist magazine, though I regret that, from his remarks this evening, he does not share that magazine's wise view that nationalisation is the right course for Northern Rock. I do not exactly welcome the Bill, because of the sad circumstances that have...

Banking (Special Provisions) Bill (21 Feb 2008)

Lord Lipsey: I do not have a particular view on the mechanism with which these competition issues should be addressed. However, I am puzzled by the strength of people's feelings that there are real risks in this. Here we have Britain's wonderful, internationally competitive, innovative banking sector up against an old-fashioned dinosaur nationalised industry with a badly tarnished brand image. How can...

Health and Social Care Bill (25 Mar 2008)

Lord Lipsey: My Lords, we have heard many expert contributions today, not least from the noble Baroness, Lady Greengross. As it happens I have a little expertise, or knowledge anyway, in this area, both as an ex-member of various regulatory bodies and an ex-member of the Royal Commission on Long Term Care for the Elderly chaired by the noble Lord, Lord Sutherland. But I want principally to contribute a...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Gambling: Casinos (27 Mar 2008)

Lord Lipsey: asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Davies of Oldham on 26 February (Official Report, col. 572), what evidence they received between July 2007 and February 2008 which led them to decide against setting up a supercasino as proposed by them in July 2007.

Health: Allergy (Science and Technology Committee Report) (8 May 2008)

Lord Lipsey: My Lords, as this debate has shown, yet again, there is no subject on which there are not a number of people in your Lordships' House who are highly expert—many, in this case, as a result of serving on the committee so excellently chaired by the noble Baroness, Lady Finlay. I bring a different expertise, which has been shared by at least one other noble Lord, that of a sufferer. Because one...

Health and Social Care Bill (16 Jun 2008)

Lord Lipsey: moved Amendment No. 1: Clause 1, page 1, line 9, at end insert— "(2A) Subsections (1) and (2) shall not have effect until the Secretary of State has made a statutory instrument containing an order to that effect. (2B) A statutory instrument shall not be made under subsection (1) unless— (a) the Secretary of State has commissioned a review, to be prepared with the aid of an independent...

Health and Social Care Bill (16 Jun 2008)

Lord Lipsey: My Lords, in view of the fact that I have chosen "Statement afternoon" to do so, I seek not to detain the House for any more time than is necessary to move this amendment. I am sorry to have provoked a mass walk-out before I have said anything controversial. Later on, such few members of my audience as remain will no doubt join those who are departing from the Chamber. I will be reasonably...


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