Results 41–60 of 170 for speaker:Lord Horam

Legal Aid — Question (4 Dec 2014)

Lord Horam: My Lords—

Legal Aid — Question (4 Dec 2014)

Lord Horam: My Lords, would it not be better if more lawyers in the legal aid field followed the example of Michael Mansfield QC, who closed his chambers but has reopened a new set of chambers on a lower cost base? Would the lawyers not be better advised to pursue that route, which many others in the public and private sectors have had to do at great cost over the last few years? We could then get a...

Autumn Statement — Motion to Take Note: 12 45 pm (4 Dec 2014)

Lord Horam: My Lords, I congratulate my noble friend Lord Rose of Monewden—I hope I have pronounced that correctly—on his maiden speech. We will all be interested to hear from him on business matters. I understand that he also has experience of turning round failing hospitals. As a former health Minister I shall be very interested to hear about that as well. As this is the last Autumn Statement...

Sport: Governance — Motion to Take Note (4 Dec 2014)

Lord Horam: My Lords, first, I congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Brady, on her very successful maiden speech. She is now bringing her magic touch from West Ham United, so this is a golden moment for her and I hope she enjoys it. We will certainly enjoy her presence in this House. I am delighted that my noble friend Lord Moynihan has secured this debate because we spend too little time talking about...

Criminal Justice and Courts Bill — Commons Reasons and Amendments (9 Dec 2014)

Lord Horam: My Lords, perhaps I may add an element of balance to this debate, although balance may not be exactly the right word since I probably am the only person who is going to speak in support of my noble friend the Minister in order that the debate may be not wholly, completely 100% unbalanced but a little bit balanced. I want to explain to noble Lords what worries us. I am not a lawyer so I cannot...

Criminal Justice and Courts Bill — Commons Reasons and Amendments (9 Dec 2014)

Lord Horam: Indeed, but the point about judicial review is that it is a technical discussion about the process of law-making. Have the Government behaved illegally? Have they consulted properly? That is what judicial review is about. If you want to have an argument about HS2 it should take place in the Chamber quite openly. There are quite clearly profound differences of opinion about the process of HS2...

Criminal Justice and Courts Bill — Commons Reasons and Amendments (9 Dec 2014)

Lord Horam: I am personally aware from my experience in this House and as the former Member of Parliament for Orpington of cases affecting Travellers and the green belt. My constituents were concerned about Travellers camping on green belt land. Ultimately, Bromley Council, which was the council in question—

Criminal Justice and Courts Bill — Commons Reasons and Amendments (9 Dec 2014)

Lord Horam: No. What I am saying is that the judicial reviews raised by Travellers in Bromley were ultimately found to be completely meritless. They were meritless because Bromley Council, which has more Travellers than any other council in the country, had plans on how to deal with Traveller sites. Therefore, it was an argument about the nature of the problem of dealing with Travellers. It was not...

Criminal Justice and Courts Bill — Commons Reasons and Amendments (9 Dec 2014)

Lord Horam: I cannot comment on a churlish Government interfering more and more in the minutiae of daily life. That is something the Government would have to answer. None the less, the fact remains that the use of judicial review, where people are really arguing about the merits of a project, case or change in the NHS, in education or whatever, is fairly extensive. Indeed, I am told by friends and...

Criminal Justice and Courts Bill — Commons Reasons and Amendments (9 Dec 2014)

Lord Horam: That is precisely why, as I understand it, my noble friend is introducing in a later amendment a de minimis clause precisely designed to exempt small communities. When there is a project and neighbours perhaps contribute £100 or £150 each to object to it, that would be entirely legitimate and I would be wholly in favour of it. That would not be stopped by this precisely because the...

Criminal Justice and Courts Bill — Commons Reasons and Amendments (9 Dec 2014)

Lord Horam: I totally agree. I said on a later clause. Here, we are dealing with a situation where the actual result would be highly unlikely to make any difference. The noble Lord’s point would not occur because obviously they would hope to win their case. Here we are dealing with cases where it would be highly unlikely to make any difference at all and therefore the point made by the noble and...

National Health Service — Motion to Take Note (8 Jan 2015)

Lord Horam: My Lords, I think we are all very grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Turnberg, for initiating this debate. Obviously, it could not be more timely. He may recall that he and I first met when he was president of the Royal College of Physicians and I was a Minister at the Department of Health. Even then, we had the same post-Christmas problems—we may also be taking the same pills, for all I...

Criminal Justice and Courts Bill — Commons Amendments (21 Jan 2015)

Lord Horam: I would like to comment on the remarks of the noble Lord, Lord Pannick. He said that this has been something of a saga. It has indeed been a saga, albeit, as I think he would agree, a highly intelligent and rationally argued one on all sides. The reason it has been a saga is that there is a real issue here: on the one hand we value the role of judicial review, which, as he rightly says, is a...

Broadcast General Election Debates (Communications Committee Report) — Motion to Take Note (21 Jan 2015)

Lord Horam: My Lords, the noble Lord, Lord Dubs, in his very interesting and reflective speech, raised the question of whether the large, public political meeting was at an end. Certainly, I have been at a few very large public political meetings in my time. I remember as a cub reporter on the Financial Times going to Kelvin Hall in Glasgow and Alec Douglas-Home, no less, being able to fill the entire...

National Infrastructure — Motion to Take Note (22 Jan 2015)

Lord Horam: My Lords, as others have done, I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Adonis, on introducing this debate. We all respect his great record in transport and education. Equally, I am glad that my noble friend Lord Deighton is answering for the Government because he is the great implementer, as the noble Lord, Lord Adonis, admitted in his remarks. Indeed, with the two of them together, the House of...

Ukraine — Question (10 Feb 2015)

Lord Horam: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are taking to enhance international support for the government of Ukraine.

Ukraine — Question (10 Feb 2015)

Lord Horam: I am grateful to my noble friend for her Answer. Does she not agree that, whatever does or does not happen in Minsk tomorrow, we still need a formidable economic package, given the financial state of Ukraine? That must be given priority and I am glad to hear that it is being worked on. Does she also not agree—again, whatever does or does not happen in Minsk—that we need to keep firmly on...

Modern Slavery Bill — Report (2nd Day) (25 Feb 2015)

Lord Horam: My Lords, I support much of what has been said on all sides. It is clear that this is a matter which will not go away and which the House wishes to be resolved. I came across it repeatedly during my 18 years as a London MP—I probably had similar experiences to those of my noble friend Lady Hanham. It is clear that situations which are simply appalling are happening today in London and they...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (6th Day) (4 Jun 2015)

Lord Horam: My Lords, I add my warm welcome to the two maiden speakers, the noble Lords, Lord O’Neill and Lord King. Both are economists, as am I. I tend to think that economists ought to run the country, but I doubt that I would carry the House with that thought. None the less, the noble Lords are very welcome, particularly since we are having an economic debate. Perhaps we could leave it that...

Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill [HL] — Second Reading (Continued) (8 Jun 2015)

Lord Horam: My Lords, since the Bill includes some provision for local elections, before I make my brief remarks I should declare that I am an electoral commissioner, the Electoral Commission being the regulator for all elections and referenda in this country, although I am glad to say that it had nothing to do with the way in which the new mayor of Manchester emerged in some sort of puff of smoke from a...


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