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European Union (Amendment) Bill (11 Jun 2008)

Lord Bruce-Lockhart: My Lords, the vast number of people I speak to all say exactly the same thing: they voted for a European Economic Community. Since then, there has been huge change. Little by little, stealth by stealth, we have given away sovereign powers over many areas, including judicial, legal and environmental matters, fishing, employment, human rights and business. Sovereign powers have been given away,...

European Union (Amendment) Bill (11 Jun 2008)

Lord Bruce-Lockhart: My Lords—

European Union (Amendment) Bill (11 Jun 2008)

Lord Bruce-Lockhart: My Lords, thank you very much. I apologise to the House for having been unable to take part in the debate earlier. I apologise in particular because it is such an immensely important debate. On the referendum and the manifesto commitment, I agree with the noble Lord, Lord Ramsbotham. It is an issue of trust, but also simply of honourable government. You cannot make a major manifesto...

Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Bill (25 Jul 2007)

Lord Bruce-Lockhart: I thank the noble Baroness for her reply. I am grateful that she shares my objectives and motives, and I hope that we can continue to discuss this matter. I was not sure that I agreed with her when she said that equity means that we have to have a national system. One problem with a national system is that it tends to be a Whitehall, one-size-fits-all, top-down system. We need systems to be...

Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Bill (25 Jul 2007)

Lord Bruce-Lockhart: I am grateful for the responses. Perhaps I did not explain that, as in Australia, the base increase in grant is always set by the Government. That is the Government's job. It is simply the distribution, equalisation, population, demographic changes and the cost of new legislation which goes to the commission. Sir Michael Lyons was careful in his suggestions and if the amendment's objectives...

Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Bill (25 Jul 2007)

Lord Bruce-Lockhart: moved Amendment No. 246CB: After Clause 238, insert the following new Clause— "Community strategies to promote well-being ( ) In section 4 of the Local Government Act 2000 (c. 22) (strategies for promoting well-being), after subsection (1) insert— "(1A) A community strategy prepared under subsection (1) or modified under subsection (2) may contain a scheme to allow the local authority to...

Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Bill (25 Jul 2007)

Lord Bruce-Lockhart: As the Minister knows, I feel strongly about this amendment. It inserts a new clause to allow local authorities to take full responsibility and have full powers for the issues of worklessness and welfare dependency. I have spoken in your Lordships' House about this before. It is one of the most serious issues facing our country. I have said previously that it is, I think in everyone's view,...

Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Bill (25 Jul 2007)

Lord Bruce-Lockhart: I also support the amendment. Democracy simply does not work without information, so this is an important amendment. We have heard a great deal, quite rightly, from the Government about the importance of strong leadership—indeed, it is a theme throughout the Bill. You cannot have strong leadership and people setting out clear visions and making hard decisions unless they can do so in the...

Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Bill (25 Jul 2007)

Lord Bruce-Lockhart: moved Amendment No. 246CA: After Clause 238, insert the following new Clause— "Independent Commission for Local Government Finance for England (1) There is to be a body corporate called the Independent Commission for Local Government Finance for England. (2) Schedule (The Independent Commission for Local Government Finance for England) (which makes provision for the Commission) has effect.

Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Bill (25 Jul 2007)

Lord Bruce-Lockhart: This amendment proposes an independent commission for local government finance. We have not heard very much in Committee about the Lyons inquiry. The Minister will remember that in April there was an opposition debate and that Sir Michael Lyons has said that the present local government finance system for council tax was not broken but that it was discredited. We start with the problem that...

Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Bill (25 Jul 2007)

Lord Bruce-Lockhart: moved Amendment No. 246A: After Clause 238, insert the following new Clause— "Secretary of State to report on local government targets and plans (1) The Secretary of State must prepare an annual report on progress during the previous 12 months to reduce the administrative burden for local government of compliance with duties under Part 5 of this Act and section 4 of the Local Government Act...

Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Bill (25 Jul 2007)

Lord Bruce-Lockhart: Amendment No. 246A seeks to insert a new clause in order to support deregulation, and to add parliamentary accountability. It requires the Secretary of State to report on local government targets and plans, and to prepare an annual plan to report that to Parliament in order to reduce the administrative burden. All sides of your Lordships' House have, in the past, supported the reduction in...

Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Bill (25 Jul 2007)

Lord Bruce-Lockhart: I thank the Minister for that. The noble Lord, Lord Graham, put his finger on it by saying that there is not a common understanding here, which is why we need a reporting mechanism. Central government thinks that the burden of bureaucracy is getting less and local government feels that it is getting more. The whole point of doing an annual report is to clarify that, so that we do not argue...

Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Bill (23 Jul 2007)

Lord Bruce-Lockhart: I add my support to this group of amendments, particularly Amendment No. 238KG, on, "supporting members of local involvement networks to obtain", their experiences. I wish to add to my noble friend Lord Howe's search for clarity on the purpose of LINks. Perhaps I may use an example from my local authority in Kent. Three years ago it wanted to support the patient forums by establishing an...

Housing (23 Jul 2007)

Lord Bruce-Lockhart: My Lords, does the Minister agree that often it is simply the lack of infrastructure funding, particularly for transport, not the issue of targets, that has held back the delivery? Today we are completing some 40 per cent fewer houses a year than we were in the 1970s. To give an example of why targets are not the problem, in my own local authority area in Kent we have a nine-year land bank...

Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Bill (19 Jul 2007)

Lord Bruce-Lockhart: Perhaps I may respond to that. My own view and, I believe, that of the Local Government Association, which is shared by my noble friend Lord Hanningfield, is that joint waste authorities would be extremely helpful. The first part of Clause 206 is entirely clear. I understood, and supported the fact, that this was not just about authorities coming together voluntarily to consider what they...

Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Bill (19 Jul 2007)

Lord Bruce-Lockhart: I am confused. Clause 206(2) states: "A proposal under this section may be made by (and only by) all the local authorities". Does that not imply that it has to be made by the district and the county authority—all the authorities within the area? That does not refer just to collection or disposal.

Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Bill (19 Jul 2007)

Lord Bruce-Lockhart: I have trouble accepting that the noble Baroness is saying that "all" might mean "any" in this phrase: "A proposal under this section may be made by (and only by) all". "All" cannot possibly mean "any". "All" can only mean "all". I am grateful that the noble Baroness might write on that.

Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Bill (19 Jul 2007)

Lord Bruce-Lockhart: I am troubled by this clause of the Bill. I support the amendment and what my noble friend Lady Hanham said about a person's private life not being included. I am not entirely clear what this clause is trying to achieve. What do we think is the problem? As I have gone around the country in the past three years visiting local authorities, I have been immensely impressed by their standards of...

Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Bill (19 Jul 2007)

Lord Bruce-Lockhart: I was not talking about Kent County Council either; I was talking about my experience across the country. While I agree that there are differences in some cases in the quality of councillors and the effectiveness of service provision, the standards of integrity are universally high across England. I have been enormously impressed. What are we trying to achieve here? Has the national Standards...


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