Results 101–120 of 284 for speaker:Lord Newton of Braintree

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

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, I take it that the answer to my question is that CCGs do have a duty to plan for everyone in their area. However, along the way, the Minister indicated that some of the information that will enable them to do this will come from health and well-being boards and their assessment of the needs of the population. The fact is that the health and well-being boards do not cover the same...

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

Lord Newton of Braintree: I am sorry to press the Minister further. I want to ask one further question and then I will shut up-I promise. Health and well-being boards, and possibly CCGs, will cover widely differing kinds of area: urban populations where there may be many more homes and people, asylum seekers and the like; conurbations of one kind or another; and a rural periphery. Let us make this oversimple. Do the...

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

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, your Lordships will have realised by now that I am basically a simple-minded soul. I am struggling to discover what this issue is but it seems to come down to one specific point: do clinical commissioning groups have the same responsibilities as primary care trusts for planning services for all the people that they think live in their area? That is the core question. Do they have an...

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

Lord Newton of Braintree: I am sorry to interrupt, and this may be another question for the noble Baroness, Lady Finlay, but what is a primary care trust if it is not concerned with the population of the area as that primary care trust is defined? This all seems to me like gobbledegook.

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

Lord Newton of Braintree: The noble Baroness said that this was the first time that we had had area-based planning, but a primary care trust is an area-based entity, planning for the population of an area.

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

Lord Newton of Braintree: Will the noble Lord explain what he actually wants, because I am now thoroughly confused? First, he seeks the reincarnation of a section of the 2006 Act, which, if I remember rightly, was a consolidation Act-in other words, merely a record of what had already happened in history. He then goes on to say that he does not want to ossify-although he did not use that word-the service; he wants...

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

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, I say gently to the noble Baroness that I had understood that the whole purpose of the proposal made this afternoon by the noble Baroness, Lady Williams, was to give us a chance to look at all the practical issues in the Bill before returning to this umbrella of principles. I can see that one could argue it either way. I have no more right to speak on behalf of my Benches than my...

Community Legal Service (Funding) (Amendment No. 2) Order 2011 — Motion to Annul (26 Oct 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, we live and learn. I apologise to my noble friend on the Front Bench for my slowness in getting up and, possibly, for what I am going to say. We live and learn: I always knew that I was more liberal than the previous Labour Government; I now know that I am more liberal than the Liberal Democrats, at least as represented in the House tonight. I hope that my noble friends on the Front...

Health and Social Care Bill: Committee (1st Day) (25 Oct 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, before the noble Lord sits down, to use the classic formula, perhaps I may take the opportunity to say that in a series of debates in which he and I have not always seen eye to eye, I agree with pretty much every word he has just said. In particular, I do not think that we should return to this until we have been through the rest of the Bill and seen where we are on things such as...

Health and Social Care Bill: Committee (1st Day) (25 Oct 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: I am sorry, I was distracted.

Health and Social Care Bill: Committee (1st Day) (25 Oct 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: Monitor has extended responsibilities-and, importantly, a much clearer remit to be concerned with the quality of patient services-beyond what it had when its overwhelming focus was on financial matters. I regard that as an improvement. The Secretary of State under the Bill has more powers over Monitor than it had under the original proposals introduced and passed by the Labour Government. I...

Health and Social Care Bill: Committee (1st Day) (25 Oct 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, I am once again tempted, in this case by the noble Lord, Lord Warner, with whose views I almost entirely agree. Indeed, I find myself on an alarming number of occasions having quite a lot of fellow feeling with him. I will return to one or two of those points briefly. Being a singularly modest character, these debates are beginning to induce in me a feeling of considerable...

Health and Social Care Bill: Committee (1st Day) (25 Oct 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: I strongly supported and continue to support that, which is very reflective in ensuring that we do rest on the original foundations. I never thought I would be a natural Bevanite, but it appears that I have become one, together with a number of others. That was not quite the point-we were then talking about a preamble. We are now talking about a slightly different provision. I would be...

Health and Social Care Bill: Committee (1st Day) (25 Oct 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: I hope that noble Lords will forgive me for not sitting down, but it may be obvious to the House that one of my more strenuous activities is moving from the sedentary position to a standing one. I prefer not to do it unnecessarily frequently. I do not agree with that, but I have also made it clear that I have no objection to this being made a little clearer than it is thought to be in the...

Health and Social Care Bill: Committee (1st Day) (25 Oct 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, I begin a very brief set of remarks by apologising to the House, and especially to my noble friend Lady Williams and to the noble Lord, Lord Hennessy, for not having been here at the beginning of the debate. The reason is perhaps apposite and might help to calm down the noble Lord, Lord Peston; I was at an NHS clinic in Braintree at lunchtime. On the basis of this debate and looking...

Health: Cardiology — Question (24 Oct 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: Am I not right in thinking that this process of review is currently the subject of judicial review initiated by the Royal Brompton? What will the Minister do if the process is found to be flawed?

Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures Bill: Committee (1st Day) (19 Oct 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, having acknowledged on a number of occasions recently my capacity to fall to temptation whenever I am in the Chamber and make some remarks, I am even more tempted on this occasion because I am able to make a remark that, for most of the past six months, my noble friends on the Front Bench thought they would never hear: I support the Government.

Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures Bill: Committee (1st Day) (19 Oct 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, having vigorously indicated to the noble Lord that I wanted him to speak before me, I am left rather regretting it because I now find myself caught in the crossfire between Members on the Liberal Democrat Benches and Members on the Cross Benches. I have the deepest regard for both groups. I ought to say, if no one has said it before, that the noble Lord, Lord Carlile, deserves a...

Localism Bill — Report (7th Day) (17 Oct 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, I cannot resist the temptation, so clearly I am going to have to go shortly. Meanwhile, I have been tempted. Perhaps I may ask a possibly elementary and perhaps even naïve question. How does all this relate to the fact that, in my understanding, and certainly in my neck of the woods, the concept of parish is basically an ecclesiastical one? Indeed I am slightly surprised to find...

Localism Bill — Report (7th Day) (17 Oct 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, I had hoped to be here the other night when I thought that we would reach my noble friend's amendment. I was sorry that I was not able to be present, but then the amendment was not reached. We have now reached it and I am per contra glad to be here to add my support for what my noble friend has proposed. However, I am very conscious that the word on the street is that everybody...


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