Results 81–100 of 284 for speaker:Lord Newton of Braintree

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

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, perhaps I may build briefly on those comments because lurking in them was the question that I was going to ask. I suppose that I had better declare an interest, in that, whatever definition is used, I am a vulnerable old person, so it probably makes no difference to me. The question is: does the Bill change the definition in the 2006 Act? On the basis of what the Minister was just...

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

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, perhaps I might intervene briefly. The noble Lord, Lord Dear, made some effective practical points against the amendment. However, I am afraid that I am one of those simple souls who find it easier to look at these matters in relation to an example rather than in a general academic sense. There is a clear-cut case in which some of these issues might have arisen: namely, that of the...

Health and Social Care Bill — Committee (8th Day) (28 Nov 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: As this is Committee stage, I hope my noble friends will forgive me if I play Oliver Twist and seek a small second bite. I promise to be brief and make only three points. The first picks up on maternity and the remarks of the noble Lord, Lord Mawson, about consultants versus patients, if I may put it that way. I remember, in the far-off days when I used to sign 18th birthday cards to...

Health and Social Care Bill — Committee (8th Day) (28 Nov 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, I chip in briefly in support of the amendment. I hasten to assure my noble friends on the Front Bench that this is a probing amendment and that I have no intention of pushing my luck. I have been so open and transparent as to share with the Minister every word of the briefing that I received and that led to the amendment. He knows what it is about. Therefore, I am looking for a...

Public Bodies Bill [HL]: Consideration of Commons Amendments (23 Nov 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, I am still going quietly, I shall say at the outset, but not, I will say to my noble friend Lady Fookes, on the basis that I am too old to be a rebel.

Public Bodies Bill [HL]: Consideration of Commons Amendments (23 Nov 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, I am going quietly on Amendment 54, but not on Amendment 53. I will go more loudly, but briefly, on this. I congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Finlay, on her success. I thank the Government for giving her that success, even though she is showing some signs of looking the gift horse in the mouth. I have one very small point that is not about appeals, but about suicides. I declare...

Public Bodies Bill [HL]: Consideration of Commons Amendments (23 Nov 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, I do not intend to move Amendment 51A. I thought that it was worth a try, given the narrowness of the defeat on the first vote. However, I know when I am beat, and I am not going to grumble any further. I will go quietly-at least for this evening. Amendment 51A not moved. Motion agreed. Motion on Amendment 52 Moved by Lord Wallace of Saltaire That the House do agree with the...

Public Bodies Bill [HL]: Consideration of Commons Amendments (23 Nov 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, I started off slightly plaintive and have ended up more than slightly depressed. I can assure the Minister that I do not wish to become personal non-chums with him. Actually, I rather sympathise with him having to trot out all this stuff for the third or fourth time. He said he thought that the arguments were as sound now as they were at the beginning. From my point of view, they...

Public Bodies Bill [HL]: Consideration of Commons Amendments (23 Nov 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, I am as delighted as anybody by what has happened on the previous amendment. I am also pleased that a concession has been offered to the noble Baroness, Lady Finlay, though I do not yet know what her reaction to it will be. I bound to say that that leaves me feeling slightly plaintive as the only one to whose modest concerns the Government appear to be unwilling to make any move at...

Public Bodies Bill [HL]: Consideration of Commons Amendments (23 Nov 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: I am sorry. Because of the complexities of this process, on which I had taken advice earlier, that is certainly right. I am not moving Amendment 49A, a point on which I had given the Minister notice earlier. I intend to move Amendment 49C. Amendment 49A not moved. Amendment 49C (to the Motion on Amendment 49) Moved by Lord Newton of Braintree As an amendment to the Motion that this House do...

Public Bodies Bill [HL]: Consideration of Commons Amendments (23 Nov 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, I beg to move Amendment 49C, with which I also wish to speak to Amendments 50A, 51A and 54A, which are related to the other amendments in what I regard as a group. These amendments are designed to preserve some amendments inserted into the Bill by this House on an amendment of mine at Report-an amendment on which I had strong support from various parts of the House, including my...

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill — Second Reading (21 Nov 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, before I say anything else, I should make one prefatory remark of apology to the House and the Minister. It will not surprise those who have observed me in recent times to learn that my stamina is not quite what it was. I hope it will be understood that I shall not feel able to stay for the winding-up speeches later on. I am sorry for not complying fully with the conventions of the...

Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures Bill: Report (15 Nov 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: I have three prefatory remarks. First, I apologise to one of my noble friends, to whom I had given the impression that I might simply pack up my tent and go away. Actually, I got so interested that I am still here-and from that she will know that I may not be as totally supportive as she would like. Secondly, I would just like to say what a joy it is that the noble Baroness, Lady Hayman, is...

Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures Bill: Report (15 Nov 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, having stuck my neck out first one way and then the other in the earlier part of our proceedings, I had decided to keep my head down on this one. I want to say to my noble and learned friend, given the views I expressed in the House earlier in the day, that he has made me feel better. It may be respectable to keep my head down, so I shall continue to keep it down.

Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures Bill: Report (15 Nov 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, before I say anything else I had better warn my noble friends on the Front Bench that-to their surprise-I am about to support them, along with the noble Lord, Lord Pannick. However, that is in the context of having voted against them on the previous amendment and having agreed with every word that the noble Lord, Lord Judd, said, which built on what my noble friend Lord Phillips...

Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures Bill: Report (15 Nov 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, on this occasion I have not actually been tempted. I had hoped to come in anyway, although I was a little late getting here, and I apologise for that. I would like to say to the noble Baroness, Lady Hayman, that I much appreciate the remarks she has just made. I well remember the experience we had together and the hugely valuable contribution that she made to that Committee. I can...

Health and Social Care Bill: Committee (4th Day) (9 Nov 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, I wonder whether I may contribute. It is perhaps rather rash of me as it will be obvious that I have not been here all of the time, partly because I had not anticipated that we would have such a lengthy debate after the agreement that I thought we had reached on Clauses 1 and 4. It is perhaps appropriate that I should intervene, not least because I am the third former Conservative...

Procedure of the House (Proposal 9) — Motion to Resolve (8 Nov 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, it may surprise people who have heard me speak on one or two other things to know that I am a complete reactionary on this, but for a reason that may also surprise them. The Order Paper says: "Members may also use the term 'my noble friend' to refer to fellow members of a political party". Where does this leave me with my Liberal Democrat friends?

Health and Social Care Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (7 Nov 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, perhaps I may intervene briefly in support of the general thrust of the amendments without necessarily saying that I agree with every dot and comma. I also agree, not least, with the remarks of the noble Baroness, Lady Hollins. The noble Lord, Lord Rix, and I have known each other for quite a long while in the field of learning disabilities and, indeed, through my role many years...

Health and Social Care Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (2 Nov 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: I am sorry but I am really quite slow in standing up, as noble Lords will observe. I do not want to take a huge amount of time. I am not a member of the Alderdice-Patel-Hollins club and I will therefore not attempt to go down their professional path. I am, however, for the moment at least, a member of another club in that I chair a mental health trust-the Suffolk Mental Health Partnership NHS...


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