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Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill — Commons Reasons and Amendments (28 Jan 2014)

Lord Horam: My Lords, I will answer directly the point made by the noble and right reverend Lord, Lord Harries, and the noble Baroness, Lady Mallalieu, on the question of regulation: the degree of regulation and degree of bureaucracy. That was the main burden of both their comments. I declare once again that I am a member of the Electoral Commission. I do not speak on behalf of the Electoral Commission;...

Scotland: Independence Referendum — Motion to Take Note (30 Jan 2014)

Lord Horam: My Lords, in her excellent short book, Acts of Union and Disunion, the historian, Linda Colley, points out that nationalist sentiment in the UK has always increased during periods of peace. Thus, during the long Victorian peace, we had the Irish issue and home rule; in the inter-war period, Plaid Cymru and the SNP were founded; and now we have an SNP Government in Scotland and a referendum on...

Scotland: Independence Referendum — Motion to Take Note (30 Jan 2014)

Lord Horam: My noble friend Lord Cormack and I have to disagree. We agreed the other night on that terrible Bill of which we have finally disposed but we have to disagree on this. I note that he lives outside London and perhaps has some interest in the north-south dimension. None the less, the noble Lord, Lord Lang, made the pertinent point that it would be wrong to discuss the possibility of an English...

Schools: Pupil Premium — Question (3 Feb 2014)

Lord Horam: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to increase the Pupil Premium for the most disadvantaged primary school children.

Schools: Pupil Premium — Question (3 Feb 2014)

Lord Horam: My Lords, this is a very important educational programme and I am pleased that it is going to have a further boost above what it already has. What advice is available to schools on how best to use the money they receive? What means does the Minister have to check that they are using the money wisely?

Economy: Inflation — Question (11 Mar 2014)

Lord Horam: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the latest report of the Office for National Statistics on the consumer prices index and its impact on household budgets.

Economy: Inflation — Question (11 Mar 2014)

Lord Horam: I wonder whether my noble friend saw the excellent speech by the chairman of the Engineering Employers’ Federation last week in which he said that he thought now was a good time for employers to give a good wage increase to their employees to make up for the restraint they had exercised during the years of Labour’s great recession. Does he agree with this sentiment? Does he further agree...

Budget Statement — Motion to Take Note (27 Mar 2014)

Lord Horam: My Lords, I heard the speech of the noble Lord, Lord Desai, last year, and I greatly enjoyed it as he always talks with such wisdom. I enjoyed it even more this year. If one had to conduct a Desai test before Budgets, this one would definitely pass by comparison with some of the others. During his long career in politics and economics, the noble Lord, Lord Desai, founded the Centre for the...

Care Bill [HL]: Commons Amendments (7 May 2014)

Lord Horam: My Lords, we owe a debt of gratitude to the noble Baroness, Lady Finlay, for tabling an amendment to this Motion. I was present at the meeting yesterday, along with the noble Lord, Lord Hunt of Kings Heath, when we had a fruitful discussion on these issues. When I was the Member of Parliament for Orpington these matters were the bane of my life. The South London Hospitals Trust was a huge...

Queen’s Speech — Debate (2nd Day) (5 Jun 2014)

Lord Horam: My Lords, I pay great respect to the campaigning zeal of the noble Baroness, Lady Jones, on climate change and the environment. If I may say so, I share her concern for the environment. I was for six years the chairman of the Environmental Audit Committee in the other place. I hope that we managed to push climate change a little bit up the media agenda during that time. As it happens, I was...

Economy: Manufacturing — Motion to Take Note (3 Jul 2014)

Lord Horam: My Lords, I do not want to intervene in this controversy. I will carry on with what I intended to say. It is often said that in Bill Clinton’s campaign manager’s office there was a sign: “It’s the economy, stupid”. I often think that government Ministers—and, indeed, shadow Ministers—ought to have a sign in their office: “How are we going to earn our living?” It was forecast...

Economy: Manufacturing — Motion to Take Note (3 Jul 2014)

Lord Horam: I was not being entirely serious in my remarks about Oxford and Cambridge.

Criminal Justice and Courts Bill — Committee (4th Day) (28 Jul 2014)

Lord Horam: My Lords—

Criminal Justice and Courts Bill — Committee (4th Day) (28 Jul 2014)

Lord Horam: I do not think that anyone on this side has spoken yet. Everyone who has spoken so far has been a lawyer, with the exception of the noble Baroness, Lady Lister. I am not a lawyer; I am an economist, but perhaps I introduce a rather separate vein of thinking into this debate, which is extremely interesting and very important for the conduct of government. The issue that concerns me as an...

Troubled Families Programme — Question (27 Oct 2014)

Lord Horam: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress is being made with the Troubled Families programme.

Troubled Families Programme — Question (27 Oct 2014)

Lord Horam: My Lords, this is an important programme because it affects the most disadvantaged families in the country. Does my noble friend think that the co-ordination between the Department for Work and Pensions and his own department which has been criticised in the past is now good? I see from his figures that the programme has been expanded since it started. What are the financial implications of that?

Criminal Justice and Courts Bill: Report (3rd Day) (27 Oct 2014)

Lord Horam: My Lords, the noble Lord, Lord Pannick, said in his introduction to this group of amendments that he could see no good reason why the Government have brought in these changes. However, he will recall that these changes in this Bill, and in the Infrastructure Bill, were first mentioned by the Prime Minister in his speech to the CBI in 2013. That was the genesis of this group. The noble Lord is...

Scotland: Devolution — Motion to Take Note (29 Oct 2014)

Lord Horam: It is probably appropriate in the context of this debate that an Englishman should follow a Welshman and a Welshman should follow a Scotsman. If only we had someone from Northern Ireland, we would have the whole of the United Kingdom encapsulated in the Chamber in one moment. One of the central points and problems of this debate was raised by the noble Lord, Lord Birt: that 84% of the total...

Legal Aid — Question (4 Dec 2014)

Lord Horam: My Lords—


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