Results 181–200 of 284 for speaker:Lord Newton of Braintree

Fixed-term Parliaments Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (29 Mar 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: -and for recovering ground that I may have lost yesterday. Somewhat to my surprise, I find myself a little more distant than I usually am from the noble Baroness, Lady Hayter, and it is on her speech that I should like to concentrate. I have not yet fully digested the speech of my noble friend Lord Cormack but I am certainly not distancing myself from it until I have had a chance to think...

Fixed-term Parliaments Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (29 Mar 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: That may be a bit excessive, but then Belgium has some rather unique problems-which, so far, have not happened here-in terms of racial, linguistic and ethnic division. I take my noble friend's point and I hope that he will take mine that most European countries do not expect to have the pantechnicons arriving on election day or the day afterwards. They have got used to it; why cannot we?

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

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, a number of points have been made. If I attempted to answer them all, I would rerun both the speech I made a while back and the one I made four months ago. Perhaps I may emphasise three points. First, I am not arguing that we should go on with a body costing the sums that the Minister referred to and should instruct it exactly as we do at present. Secondly, if my remarks were taken...

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

Lord Newton of Braintree: I agree. It tempts me to extend my remarks a fraction further to a point I had omitted. The Ministry of Justice knows nothing-and, frankly, as far as I can judge, cares less-about large amounts of administrative justice that relates to local authorities, including, in education, school admissions and exclusion appeals. Many people may regard this as trivial but it also includes the whole area...

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

Lord Newton of Braintree: I apologise to both my noble and learned friend and the noble Lord, Lord Elystan-Morgan. I had in mind those who contributed to an earlier debate. If they all now chip in to support me, I shall give them brownie points as well. My noble and learned friend Lord Mackay might help, too. I beg to move.

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

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, until about an hour ago I had intended and expected to wind up this speech by claiming a concession from the Government as a reward for good behaviour. Unfortunately, we have just had the debate and vote on the YJB, so my chances of any kind of reward for good behaviour have gone up in smoke. Nevertheless, I hope for a reasonable and positive response from my noble friend. It is...

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

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, I shall speak briefly. I think that in the amendment in the name of the noble Baroness, Lady Whitaker, lurks a wider point that has affected the House's attitude to large parts of this Bill. It is acknowledged-it was certainly implied in the speech made by the noble Viscount-that there remains a need for spreading good practice and for an advisory role of some kind in order to...

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

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, I am feeling rather good because, in the course of the past 20 minutes or so, I have given way, modestly, to every other section in the House, including the Bench immediately in front of me. So I think that I deserve some credit, and I am looking for it particularly from the right reverend Prelate. I have only a modest speech to make, which is why I refrained earlier. I want just to...

Public Bodies Bill [HL] — Report (1st Day) (23 Mar 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: I had not really thought about mentioning Ipswich until I got up, but it is not just disabled people who are affected. I once stood on one side of Ipswich station with a lady with a baby in a pushchair who could not use the stairs and a woman with a suitcase nearly as big as she was who could not use the stairs, either. I do not think that the other two wanted to go to London, but I did-and I...

Public Bodies Bill [HL] — Report (1st Day) (23 Mar 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, my name is not on this amendment. I might have kept my head down had the noble Lord, Lord Low, not blown my cover by indicating that I had been conspiring with him over this matter in the period since we last discussed it. I ought to declare an interest in that I have my own problems these days. However, what is prompting me to intervene is that I have had a long experience of these...

Public Bodies Bill [HL] — Report (1st Day) (23 Mar 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, I have been trying hard to be good, but I am afraid I have now been tempted by some compelling arguments on the point about independence. I would observe in passing that my noble friend Lord Marlesford has left out one of his jobs. The last time I looked him up, I saw that he was the chairman of Marlesford Parish Council, so he really does know the grass roots in a village in...

Public Bodies Bill [HL] — Report (1st Day) (23 Mar 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, perhaps I may chip in as a mere layman, and a former MP for a constituency that looked as though it was rural, just to support the previous two speeches. In passing, I may say that I really would not want to accept the noble Baroness's description of my Front-Bench colleagues as stubborn, obdurate and wanting to settle old scores in relation to the amendment. That might turn out to...

Public Bodies Bill [HL] — Report (1st Day) (23 Mar 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: Unless the opposition Front Bench wishes to come in, I will give an immediate demonstration of my docility and deference by endorsing entirely my noble friend's comments about the Valuation Tribunal Service, which belongs in the unified Tribunals Service-anybody who is harbouring hopes of my support for leaving it out of the Bill had better abandon them. Meanwhile, in light of the charming...

Public Bodies Bill [HL] — Report (1st Day) (23 Mar 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: I support that. The noble Baroness and I have not conspired on, but discussed, various matters of interest to us both on the Bill. She has a point and I hope that my noble friend will respond constructively.

Public Bodies Bill [HL] — Report (1st Day) (23 Mar 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, having described myself towards the end of the previous set of proceedings on this as deferential, docile and indeed passive because I had moved only one amendment-and that was really a motherhood amendment-I thought that I might be a bit more proactively docile in this set of proceedings and so have tabled a few amendments. This one is singularly docile, because all I wish to know...

Fixed-term Parliaments Bill: Committee (1st Day) (15 Mar 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: The noble Lord refers to certain instances, including a terrorist attack. Such an event could occur in the middle of polling day, in which case there would be a completely different mood among those who had voted early and the very large number of people who vote going home from work. I do not think that even a single day of voting avoids that risk.

Fixed-term Parliaments Bill: Committee (1st Day) (15 Mar 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, it is more or less fatal for me to come into the House because somebody always presses a button that leads me to get to my feet. In this case, it is all this nostalgia about February 1974, which is the date on which I was first elected. My memory of it is that it took a very long time because Braintree did not count during the night; it only counted the following day. After a...

Autism: Disability Living Allowance — Question (10 Mar 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, I ought to declare an interest as the Secretary of State under whom DLA was introduced. That is not to say that I want to defend every dot and comma but I would like to associate myself particularly with the concerns expressed by my noble friend Lady Browning and the noble Baroness, Lady Pitkeathley. I hope that the Minister's department will continue the sensitive way in which he...

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

Lord Newton of Braintree: Perhaps I may just indicate briefly that, although I said slightly flippantly that I had not had a chance to look at all the other amendments, I had a glance through them. I had some of the same reservations about the amendment in the name of the noble Lord, Lord Goodhart, as the noble Lord, Lord Hunt of Kings Heath, has just adumbrated. The two that I found myself most drawn to were that you...

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

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, I need hardly say that I intend to withdraw the amendment. However, I wish to make a few observations. If I understood my noble friend aright, he said that there was no possibility that any order made in relation to any of these bodies could be hybrid.


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