Results 61–80 of 284 for speaker:Lord Newton of Braintree

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill: Committee (1st Day) (20 Dec 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, it is probably my turn, if my noble former constituent will allow me. I have been stimulated, not for the first time and I hope not for the last, by some of the speeches in this debate. First, the noble Baroness, Lady Mallalieu, reminded me of how grateful I was that, in 18 years as a Minister, nobody ever sent me anywhere near the Home Office. I do not know whether or not I would...

Health and Social Care Bill — Committee (14th Day) (Continued) (19 Dec 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, prompted only by the debate, I ask one simple question of my noble friend on the Front Bench. What assurance can she give me, in the light of the concerns that have been expressed, that this move will not end up with the same problems that we have had with the CQC, which was asked to take on too much, too fast, and proved incapable of doing it effectively?

Independent Commission on Banking — Statement (19 Dec 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, I have two quick questions. First, is there any estimate or expectation of a rise in the costs of retail banking as a result of these proposals? It seems to me that that must be a possibility. Secondly-I declare an interest as a 55-year long customer of Lloyds TSB bank in Harwich, Essex-given that the Minister has welcomed the sale of some Lloyds branches to the Co-op Bank, what...

Health and Social Care Bill: Committee (13th Day) (15 Dec 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, I will come in very briefly. I declare a past interest as former chairman of the Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust, which probably has as large a private patient income as any in the country. Frankly, that income considerably benefits the two hospitals and their NHS patients. I welcome the amendments of my noble friend, and hope that the Minister will give them...

Health and Social Care Bill: Committee (13th Day) (15 Dec 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, since my question to the Minister, before he rises, is in similar territory, I might as well leave him sitting down for the moment and get my question in. As I indicated the other day, I have been involved in what is legalistically an acquisition, although we have always talked of it as a merger, of a foundation trust by its neighbour, due to come to fruition at the turn of the...

Welfare Reform Bill: Report (2nd Day) (14 Dec 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, I apologise for once again coming in a bit late to the debate. On this occasion, I was at a meeting outside London and got badly held up by the demo currently taking place in Whitehall. I should declare an indirect interest in that my wife, as I think most in the House know, is a cabinet member of Braintree District Council and has a strong interest in social housing matters. I...

Health and Social Care Bill: Committee (12th Day) (13 Dec 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, I rise first to express my regrets to the House that, ironically for reasons connected to an NHS commitment, I shall not be able to be present for a lot of our proceedings later on. Secondly, and related to that commitment, I should declare my interest as chair of the Suffolk Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust Board. Thirdly, I do not seek, nor am I qualified, to follow the three...

Welfare Reform Bill: Report (1st Day) (Continued) (12 Dec 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: He welcomed it.

Welfare Reform Bill: Report (1st Day) (Continued) (12 Dec 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, I shall be brief because I know that the House wants to get on. I am a supporter of the universal credit, so I am opposed to anything that is inimical to its success, and the exclusion of council tax benefit is exactly that; it is totally inconsistent with the Government's proposals. It is an open secret, although I do not expect the Minister to confirm this from the Front Bench,...

Welfare Reform Bill: Report (1st Day) (12 Dec 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, I do not know whether the Minister wants to give guidance on that point or to take it up later. I want to intervene briefly, and slightly apologetically, because, like the noble Lord, Lord Kirkwood, I was a bit late on the scene, but I am conscious that I played some part on this subject in Committee, so I think that it would be wrong to keep my head completely down in this debate....

Citizens Advice Bureaux — Question for Short Debate (8 Dec 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: That is being semantic, if I may say so.

Citizens Advice Bureaux — Question for Short Debate (8 Dec 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, the noble Lord has confirmed the view I have always held that in every Chief Secretary there is a warm-hearted person trying to get out. It has come out this afternoon in a debate in which I judge the noble Lord has done the House a service, and I congratulate him on that. I have never seen a speakers list that is a better list for the Whips' Offices, particularly for the...

Citizens Advice Bureaux — Question for Short Debate (8 Dec 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: I have some recollection of that, but I do not want to go into other people's grief on this occasion. However, I am pleased to take the intervention from my former constituent, my noble friend Lord Phillips of Sudbury. I was involved with that pamphlet, and later, as a junior DHSS Minister, I remember a lot of contact with CABs. I used to go back to the department and say, "Why are our...

Health and Social Care Bill: Committee (10th Day) (5 Dec 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, I think that we are talking about conflicts of interest in two different senses. My problem about conflicts of interest goes back to the accountability point that the Minister touched on. These two or three PCT boards remain accountable at least in part to the people of the area they were appointed to represent. Then there is conflict of interest in the narrower sense. I am chair of...

Health and Social Care Bill: Committee (10th Day) (5 Dec 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, I will speak briefly. First, I remind the Committee that when I spoke on a related matter last week, as my noble friend Lord Mawhinney has reminded us, I indicated that I have an interest as my wife is a PCT non-executive. I wish to put that on the record again. I rise in the same spirit of helpfulness as the noble Lord, Lord Warner, with whose every word I agreed-the Minister needs...

Health and Social Care Bill: Amendments 146A to 150A not moved. (30 Nov 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, I apologise for intervening a second time. I want to link with things I raised the first time, because I have been left in some confusion by the noble Baroness, Lady Wall-which is not her fault-about what has been happening in London. My understanding is that at the beginning of the year the department issued a document suggesting four possible ways of doing clustering. One was...

Health and Social Care Bill: Amendments 146A to 150A not moved. (30 Nov 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, perhaps I may chip in once again in seeking that my noble friend should at least listen very carefully to what has been said by the noble Lord, Lord Warner. I probably ought to declare a sort of interest in that my wife is currently a member of a PCT board. I would like some clarity about just what the situation is in this respect. As the noble Lord, Lord Warner, indicated towards...

Health and Social Care Bill: Amendments 146A to 150A not moved. (30 Nov 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, I wonder whether I could chip in, starting with an apology. As a result of the apparent abandonment of the previous set of amendments, I did not realise that this one had started and, therefore, have not followed everything that has been said. My remarks will be correspondingly brief. However, I have heard enough to know that I want to declare my general broad sympathy with the...

Health and Social Care Bill: Committee (9th Day) (30 Nov 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, I wonder if I might come in on the side of the "sympathy but" brigade, which makes me a member of the same club as all those who have spoken before me. I have a lot of sympathy with the purpose of the amendment of the noble Baroness, Lady Emerton, but I worry about the rigidity of their terms in relation to specifying ratios and a maximum number of people that any nurse can deal...

Protection of Freedoms Bill: Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (29 Nov 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: I apologise to the noble Baroness, Lady Stowell, on the Front Bench, because I told her that I would go away and stop being a nuisance. But before I decided to be a nuisance again, I established that it was not to her that I was going to be a nuisance but to my noble friend Lord Attlee. I will not be that much of a nuisance, because having listened to the debates so far I found myself...


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