Results 121–140 of 169 for speaker:Lord Horam

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...

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...

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...

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...

Scotland: Devolution — Motion to Take Note (29 Oct 2014)

Lord Horam: It is probably appropriate in the context of this debate that an Englishman should follow a Welshman and a Welshman should follow a Scotsman. If only we had someone from Northern Ireland, we would have the whole of the United Kingdom encapsulated in the Chamber in one moment. One of the central points and problems of this debate was raised by the noble Lord, Lord Birt: that 84% of the total...

Criminal Justice and Courts Bill: Report (3rd Day) (27 Oct 2014)

Lord Horam: My Lords, the noble Lord, Lord Pannick, said in his introduction to this group of amendments that he could see no good reason why the Government have brought in these changes. However, he will recall that these changes in this Bill, and in the Infrastructure Bill, were first mentioned by the Prime Minister in his speech to the CBI in 2013. That was the genesis of this group. The noble Lord is...

Troubled Families Programme — Question (27 Oct 2014)

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

Troubled Families Programme — Question (27 Oct 2014)

Lord Horam: My Lords, this is an important programme because it affects the most disadvantaged families in the country. Does my noble friend think that the co-ordination between the Department for Work and Pensions and his own department which has been criticised in the past is now good? I see from his figures that the programme has been expanded since it started. What are the financial implications of that?

Criminal Justice and Courts Bill — Committee (4th Day) (28 Jul 2014)

Lord Horam: My Lords—

Criminal Justice and Courts Bill — Committee (4th Day) (28 Jul 2014)

Lord Horam: I do not think that anyone on this side has spoken yet. Everyone who has spoken so far has been a lawyer, with the exception of the noble Baroness, Lady Lister. I am not a lawyer; I am an economist, but perhaps I introduce a rather separate vein of thinking into this debate, which is extremely interesting and very important for the conduct of government. The issue that concerns me as an...

Economy: Manufacturing — Motion to Take Note (3 Jul 2014)

Lord Horam: My Lords, I do not want to intervene in this controversy. I will carry on with what I intended to say. It is often said that in Bill Clinton’s campaign manager’s office there was a sign: “It’s the economy, stupid”. I often think that government Ministers—and, indeed, shadow Ministers—ought to have a sign in their office: “How are we going to earn our living?” It was forecast...

Economy: Manufacturing — Motion to Take Note (3 Jul 2014)

Lord Horam: I was not being entirely serious in my remarks about Oxford and Cambridge.

Queen’s Speech — Debate (2nd Day) (5 Jun 2014)

Lord Horam: My Lords, I pay great respect to the campaigning zeal of the noble Baroness, Lady Jones, on climate change and the environment. If I may say so, I share her concern for the environment. I was for six years the chairman of the Environmental Audit Committee in the other place. I hope that we managed to push climate change a little bit up the media agenda during that time. As it happens, I was...

Care Bill [HL]: Commons Amendments (7 May 2014)

Lord Horam: My Lords, we owe a debt of gratitude to the noble Baroness, Lady Finlay, for tabling an amendment to this Motion. I was present at the meeting yesterday, along with the noble Lord, Lord Hunt of Kings Heath, when we had a fruitful discussion on these issues. When I was the Member of Parliament for Orpington these matters were the bane of my life. The South London Hospitals Trust was a huge...

Budget Statement — Motion to Take Note (27 Mar 2014)

Lord Horam: My Lords, I heard the speech of the noble Lord, Lord Desai, last year, and I greatly enjoyed it as he always talks with such wisdom. I enjoyed it even more this year. If one had to conduct a Desai test before Budgets, this one would definitely pass by comparison with some of the others. During his long career in politics and economics, the noble Lord, Lord Desai, founded the Centre for the...


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