Results 121–140 of 284 for speaker:Lord Newton of Braintree

First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) Fees Order 2011: Motion to Approve (12 Oct 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, perhaps I may intervene briefly with a few things that will not surprise my noble friend on the Front Bench at all. The first is that, having made a speech in support of the Government in a rather different atmosphere in the House earlier on, I now wish to revert to type. The second is that I was around in 2009 when there was consultation on some earlier proposals. I think that I...

Localism Bill — Report (6th Day) (Continued) (12 Oct 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, being from Essex, albeit from Braintree and not Basildon, I am a bit hesitant, as my noble friend will probably understand, to follow him down the path of the issue that he has raised. I have to say that it was a brave speech and I have considerable sympathy with the approach that appeared to underlie it. I want to come in on a different aspect of this, which is emboldened by the...

Localism Bill — Report (6th Day) (Continued) (12 Oct 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, I congratulate my noble friend on showing signs of becoming the second free radical on the Government Benches in these matters. He is a better informed free radical than I am but I welcome his addition to the ranks. Secondly, I confirm, having connections with both counties, that Essex and Suffolk do not always do things in the same way. I will not judge which is best because I...

Health and Social Care Bill — Second Reading (2nd Day) (12 Oct 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, somewhat unexpectedly, I find myself seeking the leave of the House to speak in the gap. I have a string of interests to declare including being chair of a health trust and a long history of being chair of health trusts and in other ways for something like 25 years. Am I a supporter of the Bill? Yes, in general. Can it be improved? Yes, for certain. That is what we should be...

Armed Forces Bill: Third Reading (10 Oct 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, before my noble friend sits down, I hope he will be pleased if I simply say that I, at any rate, in what I acknowledge is an extremely difficult area, found his reply entirely acceptable, bearing in mind the pressures that he will exert for a review and the fact that he will come back to us before the end of the year.

Armed Forces Bill: Third Reading (10 Oct 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, I declare an interest in that I chair one of the honours committees within the mainline honours system, although happily it has nothing to do with this. However, because of my familiarity with that system and some of the problems that can arise between us and Commonwealth countries, I feel at least entitled to express the view that I cannot see a single good reason for allowing...

Armed Forces Bill: Report (4 Oct 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, I rise in this case not to seek solidarity with the episcopate, though I would be very happy to have that, but in a spirit of camaraderie with my noble friend-as I think I shall call her on this occasion-another former Leader of another place. She made some very important points, building on what the noble and gallant Lord had said, about the effect of the amendment, or something...

Armed Forces Bill: Report (4 Oct 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: Would the Minister consider a very brief question as being in order at this stage? I note what he says about the Localism Bill and will reflect on it. However, is he aware that the Parliamentary Ombudsman cannot consider complaints from servicemen or families because the ombudsman is subject to what is called the MP filter? He or she will take references only from an MP.

Armed Forces Bill: Report (4 Oct 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, I can hardly claim to be an aficionado of this legislation or an expert on military matters, so I had better confess that I am performing my now familiar role as a free radical on the government Benches. I pricked up my ears at the reference made by the noble Lord who spoke to Amendment 11 to the possible role of ombudsmen in relation to servicemen's grievances and the fact that...

Localism Bill — Report (4th Day) (14 Sep 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, I intervene briefly in support of and in the same spirit as the noble Lord, Lord Filkin, with whom I have worked closely on this. I, too, have some reservations. I just want to put them on the table-not for an answer now and not to pre-empt discussions, but because it is probably helpful to the Minister if I do so. My perception is that all of this talk about criminal sanctions is...

Localism Bill — Report (4th Day) (14 Sep 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, I have two possible speeches, upon which I thought I might seek the opinion of the House. One is the two-hour, scripted version and the other is the two-minute, unscripted version. I do not think that I need to seek the opinion of the House before I know which they would prefer, and it will be the shorter one. My name is on this amendment and not by accident. I feel quite strongly...

Localism Bill: Report (2nd Day) (7 Sep 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: Before the noble Lord withdraws the amendment, as I presume he will, I will express the hope that the House will go along with this. We got into a mess earlier over the vote because of the separation of these issues, which could have been linked. We now have an opportunity to take up the Minister's offer of discussion. I think that we should, and I hope that neither she nor we will dig in out...

Localism Bill: Report (2nd Day) (7 Sep 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, I cannot resist it, especially since I am well known to be classified as unsuitable by my Front Bench. I have some sympathy with the argument that has just been advanced. It is quite difficult to see what is not included in "unable" or "unfit" that is then covered by "unsuitable" that ought not to be covered. It depends on matters of judgment that could include political or personal...

Localism Bill: Report (2nd Day) (7 Sep 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, I ought to declare a string of interests. I am an ex-MP; my wife is a district councillor; I was chairman of the Administrative Justice and Tribunals Council, which had a close relationship with the British and Irish Ombudsman Association; and I know Mike Biles, the Housing Ombudsman, quite well. I should also apologise to the noble Baroness for not having added my name to her...

Localism Bill — Report (1st Day) (5 Sep 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, perhaps I may briefly comment on the back of that. It was extremely helpful. Incidentally, I note that the noble Lord opened the Hanover Housing Association development in what was my constituency and is now part of my wife's patch: she was then in charge of social housing, so I declare that interest. A lot of councils and housing associations do not want to go down this path. I...

Localism Bill — Report (1st Day) (5 Sep 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, I had not intended to intervene, either. I do not want to go too far down the same line as my noble friend Lord Waddington. Obviously, immigration-the number of people coming in as against the number going out-has some effect on the housing market. It must do. However, a lot of other trends, including the growth in the number of single-parent families and the huge increase in the...

Localism Bill — Committee (10th Day) (20 Jul 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: If nobody else wants to say anything, I do. However, I only want to say it once otherwise I suspect I will have the Chief Whip charging in here to tell me to shut up. I am prompted by the speech of the noble Lord, Lord Best, but more particularly-although I am ashamed to say I did not hear the debate but noticed it on the screen while I was otherwise preoccupied-by the amendments of the noble...

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Third Reading (20 Jul 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, my noble friends on the Front Bench will be relieved to hear that I do not rise to support Amendment 3, particularly in the light of the wise words of the noble Lord, Lord Dear. Even as the person in this House who probably has more experience of business management than any other noble Lord, I do not have an answer to the question asked by the noble Lord, Lord Harris of Haringey....

Localism Bill — Committee (9th Day) (19 Jul 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, unusually, because I nearly always agree with almost everyone who has spoken, I want to express a note of scepticism which I even dare to hope might be helpful to my noble friend on the Front Bench, if she is looking for that. I am a bit sceptical about this because what is now regarded as dreadful 1950s/1960s stuff was regarded as good design at the time. This is totally subjective...

Localism Bill — Committee (9th Day) (19 Jul 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: That is a slightly separate question of what they feel about their area at the time, which clearly ought to be taken into account. It is not necessarily the same as good design.


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