Results 161–180 of 284 for speaker:Lord Newton of Braintree

Localism Bill — Committee (4th Day) (30 Jun 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, declaring once again my wife's interest as a councillor and, I suppose, my interest in my wife, I speak with some diffidence in a House awash with experts with experience of local government in one way or another. I am one of the few without that. All that I want is to ask a question for clarification, which picks up on the questions raised by my noble friend Lord Greaves. It is...

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Report (1st Day) (29 Jun 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: I was wondering whether one was allowed to take part in the debate if one was not a former chief constable or Home Secretary, but I have decided to take the risk, having listened rather carefully. I only want to add a few sentences. I thought that the speech made by the noble Lord, Lord Harris, was one of the most persuasive that I have ever heard-that is, until I heard the speech of my noble...

Localism Bill — Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (28 Jun 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My noble friend has been very reassuring on general retrospection and I think I understand the point about existing directives, but in respect of an existing directive, would the potential fine apply only from the date of the designation under an amendment along the lines that he appears to be discussing, because if it applies backwards it remains retrospective?

Localism Bill — Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (28 Jun 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: I had actually decided not to intervene, because it seemed almost unfair. There is nothing more certain, I would judge, than that if the UK Government approach the Scottish Government-I do not know about the Welsh-and say, "We have this policy and if we get a fine that applies either north of the border or across the border, will you pay your share?", they will tell us to get stuffed.

Localism Bill — Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (28 Jun 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, it is probably rash of me to intervene in a debate that has so far been dominated largely by great gurus of local government, another of whom is yet to speak. However, it must have become obvious, at least to my Front Bench, that I am one of those who become more rash, rather than more cautious, as the years advance. I have endlessly declared my wife as an interest, in respect of...

Localism Bill — Committee (2nd Day) (23 Jun 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, I am so encouraged and enthused by being described as helpful by my noble friend on the Front Bench-for the first time in a long time, perhaps even uniquely-that I feel the need to intervene again. I agree to some extent with what the noble Lord has just said, but my concern is that, in all honesty, I feel as though I have strayed into wonderland or into a bit of my philosophy...

Localism Bill — Committee (2nd Day) (23 Jun 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: I understand that, but reference was made to Mr Justice Andrew Collins, a great and good man. However, I would not want to be the judge who had to distinguish between predisposition and predetermination in circumstances where the person involved denied predetermination. You would have to be a mind reader, so it is not sensible.

Localism Bill — Committee (2nd Day) (23 Jun 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, I rise to do something which my noble friend on the Front Bench will regard as unusual, if not unique. In the absence of an opportunity to speak on whether the clause should stand part, I state that, although I am interested in the answers to the ingenious questions that my noble friend Lord Greaves has asked, I am principally concerned to declare my undying support for this clause,...

Localism Bill — Committee (2nd Day) (23 Jun 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: I am made nervous by the intervention of the noble Lord because he knows much more about local government than I do, except in the indirect way that I have described. However, these are decisions of the local authority. I think I am right in saying that ultimately planning decisions could go to the whole council, although they are normally dealt with by the planning committee. Am I wrong on...

Localism Bill: Committee (1st Day) (20 Jun 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, having already declared my wife as an interest, I will not repeat that. However, in view of the contents of Amendment 14, I should mention that I am in possession of a disabled person's blue badge and that I chair a mental health trust. I wanted to join in on this debate partly because of puzzlement and partly because I thought that the noble Lord, Lord Beecham, moved his...

Localism Bill: Committee (1st Day) (20 Jun 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, before I say anything else, I should probably declare an interest, which I hope that I do not have to declare every time, which is that my wife is a former chairman of Braintree District Council and currently the cabinet member for planning and strategy. I hasten to add that, on this subject, we have not considered our views together, and I am not expressing her opinions-as I do on...

Fixed-term Parliaments Bill: Report (2nd Day) (Continued) (16 May 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, having rashly intervened on the spur of the moment earlier I decided that I had better stay until the end of debate in line with the conventions. I am very glad that I did because, in an old-fashioned phrase, it has been worth a guinea a minute. I shall associate myself later with some of the latter speeches but, first, I should say to the noble Lord, Lord Grocott-who thought that I...

Fixed-term Parliaments Bill: Report (2nd Day) (Continued) (16 May 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: I can hardly believe what I am hearing. In the referendum, the Labour Party was split. I am not sure whether it was split down the middle or at some other juncture, but it was clearly severely split, with its leader going one way and a lot of other people, including the noble Lord, another. Can he tell us what his Front Bench would have said had there been a statement?

Communities — Debate (12 May 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: I intervene with hesitation but I will be brief. There seems to be a certain amount of time. My noble friend has listed many of the down-side factors, which are difficult in comparison with when we-probably I rather more than he-were young. There have been a lot of changes. My mum had to give up work when she married in 1936. She put a lot of energy into being a pillar of the local Red Cross,...

Public Bodies Bill [HL]: Third Reading (9 May 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, I hope that it will be in the spirit of the debate-

Public Bodies Bill [HL]: Third Reading (9 May 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: I am tempted to sit down in view of that rebuke but I shall not do so. I only wanted to say, in a modest kind of way, that I know I have been a lot of trouble to my noble friends. I know that my noble friend Lord Taylor of Holbeach has been incredibly patient and understanding with me and I say to the Chief Whip that I really did not want to do anything more than be nice to him. Is that...

Public Bodies Bill [HL]: Third Reading (9 May 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, I wonder whether I might start by expressing my warm thanks to my noble friend Lady Bottomley for intervening in this debate. I had been dithering about whether to do so because for reasons I cannot understand my Front Bench regard me as a bit of a troublemaker on this Bill. Since no one could possibly accuse my noble friend Lady Bottomley of being a troublemaker, she has leant me a...

Justice: Civil Litigation Reform — Statement (29 Mar 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, I apologise. I was thinking it was a debate.

Justice: Civil Litigation Reform — Statement (29 Mar 2011)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, first, in the light of what has been said, I declare an interest as the chair of a health trust. I have a good deal of sympathy with what has been said both on that front and about mediation. Secondly, I declare my solidarity with those on both Front Benches as they seem to agree that the underlying issue is access to justice. That means looking at the small print alongside the...

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

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, first, I hasten to assure my Front Bench that this is my day of virtue and goodness-


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