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Dental Health: Children - Question ( 7 Jun 2016)

Lord Maxton: My Lords, will the Minister agree that the quickest, easiest and cheapest way to ensure that children do not get and suffer as much from tooth decay is to ensure that all water supplies have the right levels of fluoride in them?

BBC Charter Review (Communications Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (21 Apr 2016)

Lord Maxton: My Lords, I am last but, I hope, not least. I thank the noble Lord, Lord Best, for the excellent way in which he introduced his report, and for the report itself, which is very good, although there are criticisms that I will make of it as we go along. For a start, the report does not mention the fact that the BBC ought to be established by an Act of Parliament, not by royal charter. That...

BBC Royal Charter - Question (19 Apr 2016)

Lord Maxton: My Lords, is it not the case that the only people who represent the licence-fee payers are in fact elected to the other House along the corridor? Should they not therefore have the right to decide what is in the royal charter for the BBC and the power to amend it if they think fit to do so?

Identity Documentation — Motion to Take Note (14 Jan 2016)

Lord Maxton: Will the Minister make clear exactly what the Government are doing about identity numbers, or whatever they might be, in relation to the provision of services by the Government?

Identity Documentation — Motion to Take Note (14 Jan 2016)

Lord Maxton: My Lords, I, too, thank my noble friend Lord Campbell-Savours for obtaining this debate and for the excellent way he introduced it. I hope the noble Lord, Lord Marlesford, will not mind if I do not follow him directly down that route, but I can inform him that I believe his suggestion is very close to what the Government intend to propose at some point in the near future. I will take this...

Scotland Bill: Committee (1st Day) (Continued) ( 8 Dec 2015)

Lord Maxton: My Lords, I remember that “Monty Python” always finished with the words, “And now for something completely different”. It used to throw my late father-in-law into a paroxysm because he could not stand “Money Python”, but we all insisted on watching it. He would think it was the end and give a great big sigh of relief, and then they would go, “And now for something completely...

Scotland Bill: Committee (1st Day) (Continued) ( 8 Dec 2015)

Lord Maxton: That is a very good point. I look forward to my noble friend Lady Adams tabling an amendment to my noble friend’s amendment on Report. It is an interesting question: why should you have the same numbers in the Scottish Parliament if you have a senate as well? I support what my noble friend is proposing but we have to look very carefully at it. I hope to be able to move amendments on Report.

Scotland Bill: Committee (1st Day) (Continued) ( 8 Dec 2015)

Lord Maxton: I have to ask the Lord whether he actually believed in being a politician, democratically elected by his constituents. At the end of the day, that is what a politician is: a democratically elected representative of the people. I would not say that more is always better, but it does not necessarily follow that more is necessarily bad.

Scotland Bill: Committee (1st Day) ( 8 Dec 2015)

Lord Maxton: I am trying to follow the noble Lord’s arguments carefully but it seems that, even with the new powers that we should be or are giving under this legislation, there will still be matters for instance in transport where we might pass legislation that will affect Scotland. I travel on a train from Euston up to Glasgow every week and back down every Monday. That is partly covered by transport...

Scotland Bill: Committee (1st Day) ( 8 Dec 2015)

Lord Maxton: On that point, all the political parties went into that Smith commission and all of them signed the report. However, the Scottish National Party immediately came out of the Smith commission, John Swinney among them having signed the report, and rejected it.

Scotland Bill: Committee (1st Day) ( 8 Dec 2015)

Lord Maxton: My Lords, I shall be brief. I spent 17 years in opposition along the corridor, and there are present at least four or five former Ministers in the Government at the time who were always telling me, whenever I moved an amendment to a Bill, that we cannot bind a future Parliament with laws we pass in this Parliament. That is a basic rule. In fact I was even taught that in constitutional history...

Scotland Bill: Committee (1st Day) ( 8 Dec 2015)

Lord Maxton: The fact is that we have a written constitution; we do not have a codified constitution.

Superfast Broadband — Question (26 Nov 2015)

Lord Maxton: My Lords, what exactly does BT charge to put in a telephone line, which is essential before you have superfast broadband? You must have some form of glass fibre link into the house. What is its charge in remote areas?

Scotland Bill — Second Reading (24 Nov 2015)

Lord Maxton: My Lords, it is a pleasure to follow the noble Earl, Lord Dundee. Before he became an earl, he was actually the Tory candidate in the famous Hamilton by-election in 1978. Of course, he bears a very famous name in that, in 1924 or 1925 I believe, one of his distant ancestors—standing as a prohibitionist —defeated Winston Churchill in Dundee. I too congratulate the two maiden speakers, the...

Scotland Bill — Second Reading (24 Nov 2015)

Lord Maxton: I entirely agree with what the noble Baroness has said. Will she make it quite clear that the SNP is interested only in an independent Scotland, not in devolution in any form whatever?

Scotland Bill — Second Reading (24 Nov 2015)

Lord Maxton: Is the Minister saying that the vow was the way in which the referendum was won? My view is that the vow was not necessary; the no vote would have won anyway.

Northern Powerhouse — Question (24 Nov 2015)

Lord Maxton: My Lords, could the Minister explain the strange anomaly that seems to have arisen where her Tory Government grant devolution to local authorities, the northern powerhouse et cetera, while the devolved Scottish Government are taking power away from local authorities in Scotland?

BBC: Finance and Independence — Motion to Take Note (10 Sep 2015)

Lord Maxton: My Lords, first, I thank my noble friend Lady Bakewell for obtaining this debate and congratulate her on the excellent manner in which she introduced it. I did not agree with everything she said—in fact, I agree with the noble Lord opposite who has on occasion raised the issue of legislation for the BBC. I agree with him wholeheartedly on that matter. Yes, the BBC belongs to the licence fee...

Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill [HL] — Committee (1st Day) (22 Jun 2015)

Lord Maxton: My Lords, I rise to speak very reluctantly, because I live in Scotland, not down here, and therefore the local authorities that I am concerned with are those in Scotland. But I think that there are lessons to be learned, not for this Bill, oddly enough, but for Scotland from this Bill and the amendments that we have tabled. The fact is that what we have in Scotland, where the first example of...

Electoral Registration — Question ( 3 Mar 2015)

Lord Maxton: My Lords, does the Minister agree that the best way of ensuring that we have full registration is a compulsory ID card with a biological identifier, which would then allow all people to be registered from the word go and to then vote electronically as well with that card? That would ensure the fullest participation in registration and in the election.


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