Results 101–120 of 169 for speaker:Lord Horam

Bus Services Bill [HL] - Committee (2nd Day) (4 Jul 2016)

Lord Horam: My Lords, I agree that there is no distinction, really, in accountability terms between a mayor and a councillor who is considering these matters. I strongly agreed with the remarks of the noble Baroness, Lady Jones, about London and London franchising. I live in London and I can certainly attest that what she said about that is entirely correct. London buses are, frankly, marvellous. Whether...

Bus Services Bill [HL] - Committee (2nd Day) (4 Jul 2016)

Lord Horam: It is not just that the Explanatory Notes, which should explain what each clause does, do not explain why this does what it does; the overview, which we also get, does not explain it either.

Bus Services Bill [HL] - Report (1st Day) (12 Oct 2016)

Lord Horam: My Lords, I am a very strong supporter of the Bill and, like the previous speaker, I do not see why its benefits should be confined to mayoral combined authorities—why other authorities such as county councils cannot automatically invoke a franchise in the same way as mayoral combined authorities. That argument, which was stated at some length in Committee, has only been added to in the...

Brexit: Domestic and International - Motion to Take Note (27 Oct 2016)

Lord Horam: My Lords, I do not always listen to the Whips, but I will endeavour to do so on this occasion. I thank my noble friend Lord Leigh for this debate. As an economist, I certainly appreciate an economic debate, although I do not think “It’s the economy, stupid” all the time. None the less, I think we are glad to have an economic discussion. I also congratulate my noble friend Lord Gadhia on...

Housing - Motion to Take Note (3 Nov 2016)

Lord Horam: My Lords, we are all grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Griffiths of Burry Port, for introducing his debate on housing, which we all know is a central issue of our times. He did so with all the fluency one would expect of a minister of the Church without it ever quite sounding like a sermon. He was right to pinpoint the issue of the obligation of our generation and perhaps the generation after...

Housing - Motion to Take Note (3 Nov 2016)

Lord Horam: I think we are all glad that, at least in the House of Lords, the Labour Party still owes more to Methodism than to Marx.

Bus Services Bill [HL] - Third Reading (23 Nov 2016)

Lord Horam: My Lords, the noble Baroness who proposed the amendment has the gift of coming up with interesting and appealing ideas, and this is one of them. I think that obviously we are all sympathetic to the issue of safety on buses; some instances recently, even in London, have been a matter of concern. I think also of the cycling situation in London, which is a problem. However, on this occasion I...

Autumn Statement: Economy - Motion to Take Note (29 Nov 2016)

Lord Horam: My Lords, this has been an interesting debate, thoughtfully started by my noble friend Lord Young of Cookham. He declared that he was a reformed character. Not too much reformed, I am glad to say—as we saw, he still retains his sense of humour and his remarkable stamina. He has sat throughout this entire debate and has already listened to 19 speakers, with another 20-odd to come. That is a...

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Affordable Housing: Capital Investment (30 Nov 2016)

Lord Horam: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of increasing the ways in which public funding may be obtained under the Shared Ownership and Affordable Homes Programme, particularly with regard to (1) the number of additional new homes that could be built, (2) the speed of delivery of new homes, and (3) the ability of housing associations to innovate and...

Building More Homes (Economic Affairs Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (2 Mar 2017)

Lord Horam: My Lords, I add to the plaudits raining down on the noble Lord, Lord Hollick, and his colleagues on the committee. It was forensic in its analysis and commonsensical in its conclusions, and the report was remarkably well written by the standard of such reports. It also received in this debate today the ultimate accolade: the noble Lord, Lord Kerslake, said that he could not find a single...

Brexit: Options for Trade (EUC Report) - Motion to Take Note (2 Mar 2017)

Lord Horam: My Lords, the noble Lord, Lord German, had great fun with the lexicon of the terminology to which Ministers are clinging like a life raft. I think one recognises here all the subtle skills of a Sir Humphrey in collating the incompatible. To be absolutely fair to the Government, they have come up with a clear plan in the shape of the White Paper which we are all familiar with, but I remind the...

Budget Statement - Motion to Take Note (14 Mar 2017)

Lord Horam: My Lords, having been granted the enormous privilege, at least according to the Whips, of being the last speaker from the Back Benches, having dodged in and out during the course of the day I have enjoyed the debate enormously. It has been distinctly more objective and certainly more knowledgeable than the debates I used to take part in along with other noble Lords further down the corridor....

Role of the Lord Speaker - Question for Short Debate (30 Mar 2017)

Lord Horam: My Lords, coming after the “Lord Foulkes show” is a bit like coming after the Lord Mayor’s show. This was inevitably going to be a good-natured—indeed, humorous—debate, and I am glad that it is. However, few could compare it with the debate on the recently issued White Paper. That debate was rather fractious, people were shouting and some found it difficult to intervene. Indeed, two...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Sanctions (20 Apr 2017)

Lord Horam: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by the Foreign Secretary on 28 March (HC Deb, col 117), whether the forthcoming White Paper will concern (1) their policy approach to sanctions co-operation with the EU after Brexit, (2) the implementation of such measures, or (3) both; and when that White Paper will be published.

Queen’s Speech - Debate (5th Day) (28 Jun 2017)

Lord Horam: My Lords, as they review their tactics in the negotiations with the European Union after what, it must be said, has been a rather inauspicious start, the Government could do worse than thumb through The Art of the Deal, written or perhaps ghost written by President Trump. A central point he makes is this: never take anything off the table unless you absolutely have to. Unfortunately, in her...

Brexit: Trade in Goods (EUC Report) - Motion to Take Note (18 Jul 2017)

Lord Horam: My Lords, there is great logic in what the noble Lord has just said about the future and the possibility of a second referendum. I agree with him that there is an absolutely logical case for that. As a member of the sub-committee which produced this report, I first agree with my noble friend Lady Verma on what an excellent job the staff did in bringing together a huge amount of information...

Housing: Availability and Affordability - Motion to Take Note (12 Oct 2017)

Lord Horam: My Lords, many noble Lords may recall the name Lord Harmar-Nicholls, now sadly no longer with us. I remember him when we were both Members of Parliament along the corridor, when he was the MP for Peterborough. He famously retained the seat with a majority of 12, on one occasion, and subsequently with a majority of three. He always said that his ambition was to double his majority. I mention...

Housing: Availability and Affordability - Motion to Take Note (12 Oct 2017)

Lord Horam: I have tried that. It was a big mistake.

EU: Transition Deal - Question for Short Debate (19 Oct 2017)

Lord Horam: My Lords, I am glad to hear of the semi-conversion of the noble Baroness, Lady Jones, to something like what I regard as common sense. There always seemed to me to be three elements in the negotiations between the UK and the European Union. First, there is the dosh—the money. It has been obvious for months that Germany would be very unhappy about there being a big hole in the European...

Budget Statement - Motion to Take Note (Continued) (4 Dec 2017)

Lord Horam: My Lords, it is always a pleasure to follow the noble Lord, Lord Bilimoria. He may be interested to know that, when I first became a Member of Parliament along the Corridor, the Prime Minister was Ted Heath—that rather gives away my age. He had a Secretary of State for Trade and Industry called John Davies, who had been chief at the CBI. John Davies had a very tough policy on lame ducks. As...

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