Results 81–100 of 2692 for speaker:Lord Maxton

Scotland Act 1998 (Modification of Schedules 4 and 5 and Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) Order 2015 — Motion to Approve (26 Feb 2015)

Lord Maxton: I wondered whether the Minister voted by post before the vow, like the noble Lord, Lord Forsyth, and I did.

Scotland Act 1998 (Modification of Schedules 4 and 5 and Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) Order 2015 — Motion to Approve (26 Feb 2015)

Lord Maxton: My Lords, can we assume that the noble Lord is agreeing with the idea of having a constitutional commission and convention that would look at the whole of the British constitution before deciding any of these issues?

Recall of MPs Bill: Report (10 Feb 2015)

Lord Maxton: You know more than most.

Scotland: Draft Legislation — Statement (22 Jan 2015)

Lord Maxton: My Lords, unlike the noble Lord, Lord Forsyth, I am a supporter of devolution and have been for a very long time. I also want to make it clear that, like the noble Lord, Lord Forsyth, I voted by post; I voted before the vow; and I did not vote necessarily for further change or devolution to Scotland. I voted no to the simple question of whether Scotland should be an independent country? That...

National Infrastructure — Motion to Take Note (22 Jan 2015)

Lord Maxton: My Lords, I join in thanking my noble friend both for obtaining this debate and for the very eloquent way in which he introduced it. Rather like my noble friend Lord Liddle, I will take a slightly different course by saying that we live in a world that is changing very fast indeed. That must be taken into account when we look at the investment and planning of our infrastructure. A friend from...

National Infrastructure — Motion to Take Note (22 Jan 2015)

Lord Maxton: I am elderly, but not in that category. Some people think that I am quite an expert on computers in this place, but I consider myself to be a one-eyed man in the kingdom of the blind. There is some element of truth in that. The fact is that the elderly often lose out because they do not have computers, and if they do, they do not know how to use them. Even mobile phones can be a bit baffling....

Business of the House — Timing of Debates (22 Jan 2015)

Lord Maxton: My Lords, I agree with the noble Lord, Lord Forsyth. Can the Minister tell us whether the delay in producing today’s speakers list was down to the debate that was taking place between the two Front Benches? To be told only at five to 11 when you are to speak in a debate is quite ridiculous.

Recall of MPs Bill — Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (14 Jan 2015)

Lord Maxton: It is the link between politics and the public—the media—which is the cause of the problem, not the public itself. People can only go with what they receive from the media.

Recall of MPs Bill — Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (14 Jan 2015)

Lord Maxton: My Lords, I agree entirely. Perhaps I may make one very important point—I had a conversation in the corridor not that long ago with a very distinguished Member of this House, whose name I shall not mention, to this effect: we must always remember that denigration of politics is a denigration of democracy. Democracy and politics are hand in hand; they are opposite sides of the same coin...

Recall of MPs Bill — Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (14 Jan 2015)

Lord Maxton: I agree with the most of that, but the commissioner’s report makes a recommendation on sentence as well. In most cases—not all of them—the committee will agree with that report. However, I accept that, given the circumstances that we are now in—which is why I support the amendments—that might change and the commissioner’s report would not necessarily be upheld in the circumstances...

Recall of MPs Bill: Committee (1st Day) (14 Jan 2015)

Lord Maxton: The fact is that Jimmy Maxton would not have required, and would not have got, Ramsay MacDonald’s signature on any candidature; he was selected by the ILP in Bridgeton to be the candidate.

Recall of MPs Bill: Committee (1st Day) (14 Jan 2015)

Lord Maxton: My Lords, I am reluctant to speak in this debate. I did not take part in the Second Reading debate and I have not even read it, unlike the noble Lord. I am not clear about this amendment. There are two types of misconduct in the House of Commons. There is a very small number MPs who, for whatever reason, fiddle their expenses and who quite rightly should be done for that. Equally, there are...

Recall of MPs Bill: Committee (1st Day) (14 Jan 2015)

Lord Maxton: He soon got back: I accept that. My uncle would have been elected. It was he who coined the phrase: “Why should we bother counting my votes? Let’s just weigh them, because I know I am going to win”.

Recall of MPs Bill: Committee (1st Day) (14 Jan 2015)

Lord Maxton: I shall finish by saying that I thoroughly agree with that.

Recall of MPs Bill: Committee (1st Day) (14 Jan 2015)

Lord Maxton: Within my own party, the Member of Parliament would have to go through a process before he stood before the constituency: he would have to be reselected by his own party as the candidate.

House of Lords — Motion to Take Note ( 6 Jan 2015)

Lord Maxton: My Lords, I thank my noble friend Lord Williams of Elvel for introducing this debate. During the Recess, I read that his stepson, the most reverend Primate the Archbishop of Canterbury, had contracted pneumonia. I hope that he is now well on the road to recovery. I shall make two points, one of which is in relation to the transport problems of my noble friends Lady Taylor and Lord Foulkes. I...

House of Lords — Motion to Take Note ( 6 Jan 2015)

Lord Maxton: I was born in Oxford of an academic. Therefore, like the noble Lord, I probably would have the same qualification, although I spent all my career in education in Scotland. The fact is that we are living in a political world that is changing very rapidly. We are also living in a high-tech world that is changing very rapidly, not just in terms of this country but in terms of the world more...

House of Lords — Motion to Take Note ( 6 Jan 2015)

Lord Maxton: Equally, each state has its own senate, with its own members. Therefore, if one takes the totality of senators across the United States, there are probably considerably more than us.

House of Lords — Motion to Take Note ( 6 Jan 2015)

Lord Maxton: Will the noble Lord give way? The Scottish National Party has been offered peerages again and again, but it has refused to take them. That is why there are no members of the SNP in this House.

Houses of Parliament: World Heritage Site — Question for Short Debate (26 Nov 2014)

Lord Maxton: My Lords, first, I congratulate the noble Baroness—at one time I would have called her my noble friend—


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