Results 141–160 of 169 for speaker:Lord Horam

Economy: Inflation — Question (11 Mar 2014)

Lord Horam: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the latest report of the Office for National Statistics on the consumer prices index and its impact on household budgets.

Economy: Inflation — Question (11 Mar 2014)

Lord Horam: I wonder whether my noble friend saw the excellent speech by the chairman of the Engineering Employers’ Federation last week in which he said that he thought now was a good time for employers to give a good wage increase to their employees to make up for the restraint they had exercised during the years of Labour’s great recession. Does he agree with this sentiment? Does he further agree...

Schools: Pupil Premium — Question (3 Feb 2014)

Lord Horam: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to increase the Pupil Premium for the most disadvantaged primary school children.

Schools: Pupil Premium — Question (3 Feb 2014)

Lord Horam: My Lords, this is a very important educational programme and I am pleased that it is going to have a further boost above what it already has. What advice is available to schools on how best to use the money they receive? What means does the Minister have to check that they are using the money wisely?

Scotland: Independence Referendum — Motion to Take Note (30 Jan 2014)

Lord Horam: My Lords, in her excellent short book, Acts of Union and Disunion, the historian, Linda Colley, points out that nationalist sentiment in the UK has always increased during periods of peace. Thus, during the long Victorian peace, we had the Irish issue and home rule; in the inter-war period, Plaid Cymru and the SNP were founded; and now we have an SNP Government in Scotland and a referendum on...

Scotland: Independence Referendum — Motion to Take Note (30 Jan 2014)

Lord Horam: My noble friend Lord Cormack and I have to disagree. We agreed the other night on that terrible Bill of which we have finally disposed but we have to disagree on this. I note that he lives outside London and perhaps has some interest in the north-south dimension. None the less, the noble Lord, Lord Lang, made the pertinent point that it would be wrong to discuss the possibility of an English...

Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill — Commons Reasons and Amendments (28 Jan 2014)

Lord Horam: My Lords, I will answer directly the point made by the noble and right reverend Lord, Lord Harries, and the noble Baroness, Lady Mallalieu, on the question of regulation: the degree of regulation and degree of bureaucracy. That was the main burden of both their comments. I declare once again that I am a member of the Electoral Commission. I do not speak on behalf of the Electoral Commission;...

Housing: Affordability — Question for Short Debate (22 Jan 2014)

Lord Horam: My Lords, we are all very grateful to the noble Baroness, Lady Ford, for introducing this debate on what is clearly a very important public subject. I am by no means an expert on housing, but I have a long-standing interest to the extent that, in the 1970s, I was the first chairman of the Circle 33 housing association, which is now part of Circle Anglia. I remember the noble Lord, Lord Best,...

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...

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: 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...

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 (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...

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.


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