Results 1–20 of 34 for speaker:Lord Fairfax of Cameron

Strategic Defence and Security Review — Motion to Take Note (3 Dec 2015)

Lord Fairfax of Cameron: My Lords, unlike the four admirable maiden speeches that we have heard today, this is not my maiden speech, because I made that 36 years ago when I was 23. However, this is the first time that I have spoken in your Lordships’ House for several years following a short involuntary absence since 1999. I am very honoured to be back and thank those of my noble friends on this side of the House...

European Union Referendum (Date of Referendum etc.) Regulations 2016 — Motion to Approve (2 Mar 2016)

Lord Fairfax of Cameron: My Lords, in view of what I am about to say, I would like to make one point clear at the start. I am no cake-filled, misery-laden little Englander—or whatever phrase it was that a citizen of this country disparagingly made about this country recently. I happen to speak four European languages with varying degrees of competence and have spent a large part of my life working and living, on...

Technology and People: Deloitte Report - Question for Short Debate (13 Apr 2016)

Lord Fairfax of Cameron: My Lords, unlike some Members in other contexts, I would like to declare an interest today. It is the interest that I have had in this subject for 35 years, including when I first spoke on it when I was in this place before, in the early 1980s. When I was at Cambridge, I had a great and very close friend who worked in the Sanger lab at the MRC. He was a very distinguished young scientist, and...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (3rd Day) (23 May 2016)

Lord Fairfax of Cameron: My Lords, like many others, I congratulate my noble friend Lady Perry on her valedictory speech. On a personal note, I thank her for encouraging me to throw my hat in the ring to be elected here a few months ago. I also congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Jowell, on a thoughtful and attractive maiden speech. There are 23 working days until the referendum so in the very short time available...

Public Institutions - Motion to Take Note (30 Jun 2016)

Lord Fairfax of Cameron: My Lords, it is an obvious truth that openness and transparency are desirable attributes of public institutions. As far as this House is concerned, one of the places that is recognised is in paragraph 10 of the Code of Conduct, which sets out the general obligations of a Member to register and declare their interests and then goes on to say: “The test of relevant interest is whether the...

Public Institutions - Motion to Take Note (30 Jun 2016)

Lord Fairfax of Cameron: Anyone who listened to that question will realise that I cannot say that there has been but, as the noble Lord heard, in the Code of Conduct the question is whether a reasonable member of the public might think that such was the case if they knew the facts.

Public Institutions - Motion to Take Note (30 Jun 2016)

Lord Fairfax of Cameron: As I was saying, I, as a new Member of this House—albeit the second time round—was genuinely surprised when I received the letter of rejection from the committee, because I honestly thought that the arguments we had set out in our letter in this day and age were frankly unanswerable, and there are further reasons for so saying. This is of course now 2016, after the expenses scandal and...

Public Institutions - Motion to Take Note (30 Jun 2016)

Lord Fairfax of Cameron: If I heard that correctly, I think that this is a matter of public interest and I am simply ventilating a decision made by the committee.

Public Institutions - Motion to Take Note (30 Jun 2016)

Lord Fairfax of Cameron: Yes. I am obviously not casting personal aspersions. I think that the court of public opinion will judge this matter.

Public Institutions - Motion to Take Note (30 Jun 2016)

Lord Fairfax of Cameron: I had not alerted those people on all sides of the House who might be caught by this, but my comments are not directed at them; they are directed at the decisions of the committee. Notwithstanding what the noble Baroness has just said and what other Members of this House who are listening may feel, I believe that this is a matter on which the court of public opinion will draw its own...

Public Institutions - Motion to Take Note (30 Jun 2016)

Lord Fairfax of Cameron: In my submission, this situation is different because of the provision about forfeitability. That is the key point because, as I understand it, there is an exemption for most other pensions. The key point here is that any member of the public who was listening would not know that one of the noble Lords taking part in the debate was in receipt of a pension that they were not obliged to...

Public Institutions - Motion to Take Note (30 Jun 2016)

Lord Fairfax of Cameron: I thank all noble Lords who spoke in this debate for their varied contributions and the Minister for her comprehensive reply. Although I admittedly majored on one aspect of transparency in this House, I am glad also to have stimulated a wider debate on this important topic. I am sure we will return to it in the future. I beg to move. Motion agreed. House adjourned at 3.28 pm.

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - Second Reading (2nd Day) (Continued) (21 Feb 2017)

Lord Fairfax of Cameron: My Lords, speaking at number 145 in this debate, it was inevitable, and I expected, that some previous speakers would have eaten my lunch. But I did not know that the noble Lord, Lord Grocott, would have eaten my lunch, plate, knife and fork and even the table—and more amusingly, perhaps, than I can. As Russia has been mentioned at least once, I must first declare an interest, which is in...

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - Second Reading (2nd Day) (Continued) (21 Feb 2017)

Lord Fairfax of Cameron: But there should be no rerunning of the referendum, despite the EU’s form in that regard. Let us pass the Bill without delay and unamended, as the elected House of Commons has done. The majority of the country is expecting nothing less.

Assisted Dying - Question for Short Debate (6 Mar 2017)

Lord Fairfax of Cameron: My Lords, I am in favour of this change in the law proposed by the noble Baroness, Lady Jay, and others, because, as we have heard from noble and right reverend Lord, Lord Carey, it is the civilised and right thing to do. Allowing people to make their own end-of-life decisions is supported by more than 80% of the population polled here and is seemingly the preferred route of the Supreme...

UK and EU Relations - Motion to Take Note (Continued) (12 Sep 2017)

Lord Fairfax of Cameron: My Lords, I too would like to congratulate the Government in publishing their recent position papers; it is also good to hear from the Minister about the concrete progress made in negotiations on many items of substance, which is contrary to the impression given in certain quarters. This of course is to be contrasted with the Opposition, which sadly often snipes unconvincingly and...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Report (4th Day) (30 Apr 2018)

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European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Report (4th Day) (30 Apr 2018)

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European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Report (4th Day) (30 Apr 2018)

Lord Fairfax of Cameron: I am grateful, but I am not surprised by the reception because this House is of course a cosy cabal of remain. As your Lordships have heard from my noble friends Lord Lamont and Howard this is a wrecking amendment, designed to delay, frustrate and ultimately block Brexit. For all the protestations of my noble friend Lord Hailsham and others, it is a wrecking amendment in substance. Those...


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