Results 121–140 of 170 for speaker:Lord Horam

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...

Trade and Customs Policy - Motion to Take Note (5 Dec 2017)

Lord Horam: My Lords, I welcome the noble Baroness, Lady Fairhead, to her post. Like me, she is a northerner who went to St Catherine’s College, Cambridge, and ended up working for the Financial Times, so her pedigree is—I assure you—immaculate. The noble Lord, Lord Liddle, said that my noble friend’s new post was a bed of nails. He ought to know, since he is a northerner as well, that...

House of Lords: Lord Speaker’s Committee Report - Motion to Take Note (Continued) (19 Dec 2017)

Lord Horam: My Lords, it is my habit when looking at questions of this kind to look across what is done in other countries. I am afraid that in this particular case it was rather chastening. In Italy, for example, the second Chamber numbers 325 members, while in France it is 321 and in Germany it is 69. In Canada, the second Chamber numbers 104; in the USA it is, of course, 100—and in Australia,...

Industrial Strategy - Motion to Take Note (Continued) (8 Jan 2018)

Lord Horam: My Lords, my first experience of a debate on industrial strategy was rather dramatic. In the early 1960s, I was a young reporter with the Financial Times, and in that capacity I was sent up to Scarborough for the Labour Party conference. Jim Callaghan was Chancellor of the Exchequer and made his big Chancellor’s speech. Half way through, Hugh Scanlon—a name to conjure with then but...

Industrial Strategy - Motion to Take Note (Continued) (8 Jan 2018)

Lord Horam: Splendid. I hope the Education Secretary makes technical education a top priority. For far too long we have given priority to academic education; we now need to help the non-academic children in our society. Finally, as a Cambridge economist, I agree with the point made by the noble Lord, Lord Eatwell, about the trade gap. The fact is that this has been bad, it is bad and it is getting...

Housebuilders - Motion to Take Note (11 Jan 2018)

Lord Horam: My Lords, it is indeed shocking that three directors of Persimmon should trouser £250 million in bonuses and salaries in one year. I wonder what they will do with all that money—buy a bigger house? It should also not go without mention that Persimmon—according to the information that I have from people who know a great deal more about the housing it provides than I do—is among the...

Palace of Westminster: Restoration and Renewal - Motion to Approve (6 Feb 2018)

Lord Horam: My Lords, in her very interesting speech, the noble Baroness, Lady McIntosh of Hudnall, made a point about the problems that were caused in the original building of the Houses of Parliament by everyone wanting to have their say. Members of Parliament and Peers always had to get their word in, as one would expect. There is general approbation for the point that it would be extremely damaging...

Brexit and the Labour Market (Economic Affairs Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (8 Feb 2018)

Lord Horam: My Lords, I too congratulate the Economic Affairs Committee on another good report. It is crisp, logical and even eminently readable. It is, therefore, rather the reverse of most government papers we have had in recent times, which have been remarkable for their impenetrability. In the case of Brexit, that may have been deliberate, for all I know. The report starts by reviewing the...

Brexit: Sanctions Policy (European Union Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (3 May 2018)

Lord Horam: My Lords, the Minister will now be aware from the long list of questions that my noble friend Lady Verma listed that she did a sterling job as chair of the committee, of which I was a member. As she did, I first thank the clerks and advisers to the committee. We are sadly losing Eva George, who was the clerk to the committee. She is going to the International Affairs Committee. She was a...

Operation Sophia: A Failed Mission (EUC Report) - Motion to Take Note (13 Jun 2018)

Lord Horam: My Lords, I apologise to the House for the fact that I may not be able to stay until the end of the debate because of a previous and inescapable commitment, about which I have told my noble friend on the Front Bench. I thank my noble friend Lady Verma and the staff of the committee for their usual extremely effective and thoughtful work. I agree with the remark made by the noble Lord, Lord...

Trade Bill - Second Reading (11 Sep 2018)

Lord Horam: My Lords, my knowledge of European politics and institutions is obviously much less extensive than that of the noble Lord, Lord Kerr of Kinlochard, but I remember that, when I was Science Minister in the Major Government in the 1990s, I went to a meeting of European Science Ministers to hear presentations from eastern European countries—they were not then part of the European Union, of...

Affordable Housing - Motion to Take Note (25 Oct 2018)

Lord Horam: My Lords, thank heavens there are not even more Liberal Democrats wanting to speak on this subject, but we are grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Shipley, for introducing it and I agree with much of his remarks. We are at a hopeful moment in tackling the serious problem of providing affordable housing. As the noble Lord said, the Prime Minister takes a keen personal interest in housing, and I...

Economy: Budget Statement - Motion to Take Note (13 Nov 2018)

Lord Horam: My Lords, I hope that the noble Lord, Lord Haskel, will forgive me but I am not familiar with Table B.1 on page 89 of the Red Book. I am afraid I have not got quite that far into the detail of the Budget but I want to make a couple of other points, which he might agree with. First, the central objective of economic policy should always be to keep economic growth going at the maximum...

Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill - Second Reading (23 Nov 2018)

Lord Horam: My Lords, we are all grateful to my noble friend Lord Best for piloting this limited but important Bill through the House of Lords. As he said, we are also particularly grateful for what he rightly described as the heroic efforts of Karen Buck, the Labour MP for Westminster North, for conceiving of this Bill and taking it through the other place highly successfully. I had 31 years in the...

Brexit: Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration - Motion to Take Note (2nd Day) (6 Dec 2018)

Lord Horam: My Lords, that was a delightful and humorous speech from the noble Lord, Lord Russell. I think it proved that he is not a politician. His view of politics was highly idealistic. I am extremely grateful, as tail-end Charlie to this debate, that everyone has been so self-disciplined—a remarkable achievement for the House—perhaps with the exception of the noble Lord, Lord Kerr, who spoke for...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Affordable Housing: Construction (13 Dec 2018)

Lord Horam: To ask Her Majesty's Government what impact permitted development rights have had on the number of affordable homes built.

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Affordable Housing: Construction (13 Dec 2018)

Lord Horam: To ask Her Majesty's Government what information they hold about the housing tenure being delivered through permitted development rights.

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Housing: Construction (13 Dec 2018)

Lord Horam: To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure local support for homes built through permitted development rights.

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Housing: Construction (13 Dec 2018)

Lord Horam: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of opposition to developments built through permitted development rights.

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Housing: Construction (19 Dec 2018)

Lord Horam: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of how communities could engage with the planning of developments built by an expansion of permitted development rights to include demolitions.


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