Results 41–60 of 169 for speaker:Lord Horam

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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

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

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...

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...

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...

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.

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...


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