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

Lord Maxton: I still can; I thank her very much. She sat in the Commons with me on the Labour Benches and was my noble friend then. I also congratulate her on the very eloquent way in which she put her point of view today. I agree wholeheartedly with her that we must preserve this building and make sure that it fits within the context of the London that we all admire and want to see. Where I disagree with...

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

Lord Maxton: The costs of the Members of the House of Lords and Members of Parliament are relatively small in comparison to the total cost of the preservation of this building. I do not intend to go into detail, because my time is up, but I dispute the noble Lord’s solution. I think we ought to cut the numbers in this place, yes, and I assume that the Liberal Democrats will be doing so after the next...

Consumer Rights Bill — Report (3rd Day) (26 Nov 2014)

Lord Maxton: My Lords, I am looking for one small piece of clarification on this. I fully support these amendments, as someone who suffers from cold calling. Despite having set up a service that is supposed to stop it, I still suffer from it, both on my mobile phone and on my landline at home. However, there is a particular issue with this place. When someone phones out from here, it comes up as an...

Scotland: Independence — Motion to Take Note (24 Jun 2014)

Lord Maxton: My Lords, at this stage of the evening there is always a temptation to start debating rather than delivering a speech, particularly if you have been at the other end of the Corridor, where Members debate much more than they do here. However, I wish to give the noble Lord, Lord Purvis of Tweed, a collective noun—perhaps a “prickle” of thistles might be appropriate. Along with many...

House of Lords: Labour Peers’ Working Group Report — Motion to Take Note (19 Jun 2014)

Lord Maxton: Very few MPs spend their whole lives as Members of Parliament. I was a teacher before I became an MP. Others I knew were doctors, lawyers, miners et cetera. The range of experience in the House of Commons is wider than the noble Lord suggested.

House of Lords: Labour Peers’ Working Group Report — Motion to Take Note (19 Jun 2014)

Lord Maxton: My Lords, first, I thank my genuinely noble friend Lady Taylor for the way in which she introduced the report, and for the report itself. It is also a great pity that we do not have her joint chairman, Lord Grenfell, with us. I might not have agreed with his contribution, but it would have been well worth hearing—and as my noble friend says, extremely eloquent. I have a slightly different...

House of Lords: Labour Peers’ Working Group Report — Motion to Take Note (19 Jun 2014)

Lord Maxton: My noble friend says “Hear, hear”, but he is younger than me, and I know how to use those things. We have to keep pace with our younger people in society, moving our constitution forward in a way that allows our young people to say, “That is how we ought to be operating. It’s part and parcel of our life—why isn’t it part of parcel of their lives?”. That is also to do with the...

House of Lords: Labour Peers’ Working Group Report — Motion to Take Note (19 Jun 2014)

Lord Maxton: Will my noble friend include a third option, which is not elected, nor appointed, but abolished?

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

Lord Maxton: My Lords, I start by thanking the noble Lord, Lord Lang, for introducing this debate. I go back far enough with the noble Lord. He was the Scottish Whip and I was the opposition Scottish Whip at the same time. That was way back in the 1980s. I also congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Goldie, or Annabel as many of us would prefer to call her, on her maiden speech and the very good way in...

Public Services: Economic and Climatic Challenges — Motion to Take Note (23 Jan 2014)

Lord Maxton: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord for being slightly briefer than the time he was allowed. I also congratulate and thank my noble friend Lord Rooker for getting this debate, and for speaking so forcibly on it. Some of us, with not longer memories than that of the noble Lord, Lord Brooke, but with perhaps a more selective memory, of course remember the Rooker-Wise amendment back in the 1970s....

Public Services: Economic and Climatic Challenges — Motion to Take Note (23 Jan 2014)

Lord Maxton: Well, not the debate; the debate is broad but the content so far has been limited. I am not going to talk about floods because, to be honest, I spent the period of the floods in Scotland where, although there were some floods, we did not suffer anything like as much. I spent the new year period on the Isle of Arran, where we have had worse new years than that. We live in a society that is...

Electoral Registration — Question (22 Jan 2014)

Lord Maxton: My Lords, while it is too late for this for the next general election, surely the Government have to wake up to the fact that we need electronic registration, done with ID cards, and that, by 2020, the general election will be held not only with a register based on ID cards but will be electronic itself.

Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill — Committee (6th Day) ( 4 Dec 2013)

Lord Maxton: On that point, I noticed that the title of the new clause says “new”, but that word does not appear anywhere else in the amendment. Does the title therefore take precedence over everything else?

Glasgow Helicopter Crash — Statement ( 2 Dec 2013)

Lord Maxton: My Lords, as an ex-Member of Parliament for one of the Glasgow seats, I take this opportunity to say both that I mourn for the people of Glasgow today and that I am proud of them for the way in which they have reacted to this tragedy. First, it is a compliment in these modern times that there is no photograph of the tragedy because everybody went to help rather than taking out their iPhones...

Atheists and Humanists: Contribution to Society — Motion to Take Note (25 Jul 2013)

Lord Maxton: My Lords, first, I thank my noble friend Lord Harrison for introducing this debate and for the very temperate way in which he did so. I am an atheist despite once receiving a birthday card from a sister-in-law which said, “I used to be an atheist until I realised I was God”. I do not even believe that. I am an atheist and a humanist, but I am now going to be slightly more divisive than...

First World War: Centenary — Question for Short Debate ( 4 Mar 2013)

Lord Maxton: My Lords, I thank my noble friend Lord Clark-and I call him my noble friend quite literally-for introducing the debate and for making a speech that was balanced, thoughtful and powerful. I come from a slightly different tradition from those who have spoken so far. My family did not fight in the First World War. In fact, my family opposed the First World War. My uncle, of course, was Jimmy...

Electoral Registration and Administration Bill: Report (23 Jan 2013)

Lord Maxton: My Lords, I intervene only to make a rather mundane point. The register is a great historical document as well as being useful for electoral purposes. Perhaps my question is for the noble Lord, Lord Norton, rather than for the Minister, but is there a timescale for this? Is there a point at which the full register would become available to those who wish to study this particular period in history?

Electoral Registration and Administration Bill: Report (23 Jan 2013)

Lord Maxton: My Lords, I shall be very brief, except to say that sometimes I sit here, as I have today, wondering what world it is that we think that we live in. The world around us is changing a lot faster than we are prepared to change the electoral system, apparently. As I have said before and will say only briefly again, what we really need is a national register based on every individual getting...

Electoral Register: Young People — Question (17 Jan 2013)

Lord Maxton: My Lords, given the advances in smartcard technology in recent years, is it not time that we looked again at the idea of compulsory registration of all children from the age of nought, to ensure that everyone is automatically on the register from the age of 18 without filling in forms or anything else?

Electoral Registration and Administration Bill — Committee (1st Day) (29 Oct 2012)

Lord Maxton: My Lords, first, I take the opportunity, if I may, to say to my noble and learned friend on the Front Bench that I was not suggesting that we should vote in the same way as on "Strictly Come Dancing". I was suggesting that we are still voting in a very conservative and old-fashioned way, whereas in other forms of national life, we do it differently. I am a little concerned that there has been...


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