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Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill: Second Reading (22 Oct 2013)

Lord Horam: My Lords, I rise to make my maiden speech in this House. First, I thank the staff of all departments of the House of Lords for their unfailing helpfulness and kindness over the past few days. Secondly, I thank all those Members who have welcomed me here in the Chamber and outside, including the noble Baroness, Lady Hayter of Kentish Town, and the noble and right reverend Lord, Lord Harries of...

Families: Cost of Living — Motion to Take Note (31 Oct 2013)

Lord Horam: I, too, congratulate the noble Baroness on having brought about this debate. She made a thoughtful speech because she acknowledged in her introduction that these are global trends. Whether you look at America, Canada or this side of the Atlantic in Germany, France or Britain, inequality has increased over the past 10 years. People on low incomes and middle incomes have been squeezed and in...

Energy — Statement (31 Oct 2013)

Lord Horam: I have a further question about the security of supply. Along with the noble Lord, Lord Teverson, I very much welcome the strength of the Statement when it comes to security of supply. It is a very important issue, which people are concerned about. If there is any possibility of—to use the rather dramatic phrase—the lights being turned off, do I understand the Minister to be saying that...

Apprenticeships — Question (12 Dec 2013)

Lord Horam: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the current number of people starting apprenticeships each year; how that compares with 2009–10; and what measures are being taken to improve the quality and number of apprenticeship schemes.

Apprenticeships — Question (12 Dec 2013)

Lord Horam: My Lords, historically, and to our cost, Britain has not been good on technical education. Therefore, the information that my noble friend has just given on the number of apprenticeships represents a real success story and a real breakthrough. It is also good that we are involving employers in the design of schemes. Will my noble friend ensure that small and medium sized companies get a good...

Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill — Committee (3rd Day) (16 Dec 2013)

Lord Horam: My Lords, I declare an interest as a member of the Electoral Commission. However, I am speaking for myself on this occasion and any further remarks I make in this debate are not from the Electoral Commission. The burden of the point of the noble Lord, Lord Rooker, which I take very seriously, is that civic society plays a special role in Northern Ireland because of the nature of the political...

Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill — Committee (3rd Day) (16 Dec 2013)

Lord Horam: My Lords, I add my voice in paying tribute to the commission chaired by the noble and right reverend Lord, Lord Harries, who very generously pointed out that it was a team effort. I am sure that it was, but it is remarkable that his report has been produced in only five weeks. In the particular area that we are discussing on these amendments, it shows how, if the Government listen to the...

Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill — Committee (3rd Day) (16 Dec 2013)

Lord Horam: There is clearly a difference there, and I think that it probably should be reflected in the Bill. The fact is that the two situations are quite different. The other issue is translation. Our noble friends from Wales put it very eloquently. It is almost an abuse to call this a translation, as though Welsh were a foreign language. This applies to other languages too. Then there is the question...

Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill — Committee (4th Day) (18 Dec 2013)

Lord Horam: I intervene briefly to support the Government and oppose the amendments put forward from the Cross Benches because the overall argument about undue influence is important here. As the noble Lord, Lord Tyler, has just said in his intervention, it is not only a question of the total amount of money spent but of the way in which it is deployed in any geographical area, whether it is in one...

Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill — Committee (4th Day) (18 Dec 2013)

Lord Horam: I would not want its work to be hindered but there should not be undue influence in any particular set of constituencies or a constituency. That is what concerns me. If the noble and right reverend Lord says that this campaign was across the whole country, then clearly there was not an undue influence. None the less, if a campaign is focused on particular areas there may be undue influence.

Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill — Committee (4th Day) (18 Dec 2013)

Lord Horam: My Lords, I agree with the noble Baroness about the way in which this clause has been written. I thoroughly applauded her speech at Second Reading in which she drew out the extent to which this is incredibly complicated, even for someone with some arithmetical skills, which I do not possess, let alone any understanding of law by a non-lawyer. Nonetheless there is a supremely important...

Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill — Committee (4th Day) (18 Dec 2013)

Lord Horam: I understand what the noble and right reverend Lord is saying and I accept that. None the less, I want him to understand that, in running a proper democracy, at a constituency level this is a very important issue.

Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill — Committee (4th Day) (18 Dec 2013)

Lord Horam: I hear what my noble friend says and I think he will also recognise that the Electoral Commission made the point of practicality—whether this really is a practical way forward. Whether it is workable in practice has to be the test. As the noble and right reverend Lord, Lord Harries, knows, I have supported quite a few of the recommendations of his commission, which was a very thoughtful and...

Families: Troubled Families — Question (7 Jan 2014)

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

Families: Troubled Families — Question (7 Jan 2014)

Lord Horam: That is very good news from a very important social programme. Can my noble friend tell me whether she is getting enough mentors on this programme? These are one-to-one relationships—that is the programme’s strength—and we need very good-quality mentors to do that. Secondly, is she getting enough co-operation from local authorities, which are in the driving seat on this?

Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (15 Jan 2014)

Lord Horam: My Lords, first, I thank the noble and right reverend Lord, Lord Harries, for welcoming the amendments made by the Government. He was characteristically generous about that and he gave quite a long list. Secondly, I thank my noble friends for what they have done, despite being incapacitated for a period, in bringing amendments of the scope that there has been in this case. Certainly, I, as a...

Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (15 Jan 2014)

Lord Horam: My Lords, the noble Lord, Lord Hodgson, certainly raises a very important point, which I am glad we are discussing, even though it is rather a late hour to do so. We should have some reassurance from the horse’s mouth: he mentioned that the Government have made various points, he has made various points and he has talked to the Charity Commission—presumably the Charity Commission for...

Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill — Third Reading (21 Jan 2014)

Lord Horam: My Lords, I remind the House that I am a member of the Electoral Commission. This new clause gives the Government the power to deal with any consequences of the Bill that turn out to be radically different from those intended. Such consequences may indeed include the workload and the efficacy of the Electoral Commission, which has been greatly commented on today and in previous debates. The...


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