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

Lord Maxton: As someone who is of the age where they have to renew their driving licence every three years, I can inform the noble Lord that when I do so, all I have to give is my passport number. The photograph that is used on my passport is then automatically used on my driving licence as well.

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

Lord Maxton: Surely the point about data matching and so on ought to be that people go on the register rather than the other way round. Rather than checking whether or not someone is accurate, there ought to be a way of putting people on to a register and then saying to them, "Are you the person who the register says you are?".

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

Lord Maxton: What the noble Lord is saying agrees with exactly what I have said. It seems that the identity card solves both the problems he is talking about. It ensures both accuracy and that the person who is registered is the person who is registered and not somebody else. It eliminates fraud.

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

Lord Maxton: My Lords, I begin by apologising to the Committee because like the noble Lord, Lord Forsyth, and the noble Baroness, Lady Jay, I did not speak on Second Reading. I had a specific reason for not doing so. I was on the list to speak but unfortunately I was in the Information Committee. I thought that the business would go on longer but I suddenly realised that I could not make it into the...

Broadband: 4G Mobile — Question (21 Jun 2012)

Lord Maxton: Will the Minister give an absolute assurance right now that, whatever problems might arise from this, there will be no further delay in the implementation of the 4G rollout? We in this country are already too far behind other countries in rolling it out.

Scotland Bill: Third Reading (24 Apr 2012)

Lord Maxton: My Lords, it was not my intention to speak on this. Briefly, it was with great pleasure that I listened to the noble Lord, Lord Forsyth, use the term "poll tax" instead of "community charge". He actually proved the point that the Minister-who has done an excellent job, I have to say-made in the very first debate this afternoon, that if something becomes the common parlance, it should be used...

Scotland Bill: Third Reading (24 Apr 2012)

Lord Maxton: That may or may not be the case. It will be shown in both the independence referendum and in future elections after that. The fact is that separate Scottish legislation was passed through this Parliament without the mandate of the people in Scotland for that legislation. If it had been part of the same United Kingdom, there may have been a case for it but it was not. It was for separate...

Scotland Bill: Committee (4th Day) (15 Mar 2012)

Lord Maxton: The noble Lord said "late lamented"-Wendy is still very much alive.

Scotland Bill: Committee (4th Day) (15 Mar 2012)

Lord Maxton: As the noble Lord understands it, would the reverse be true? If, say, Mr Alex Salmond decides that he has a project that he knows the Scottish people will support and he puts up the income tax to pay for it-for example, a free new hospital or something like that, on which he knows that the Scottish people will support him-will the block grant be cut accordingly to compensate for the fact that...

Scotland Bill: Committee (4th Day) (15 Mar 2012)

Lord Maxton: When the noble Lord talks about voting, someone moving from Scotland to England would be able to move their vote. They would not be able to move their tax apparently, but they would be able to take themselves off the register in one place and put themselves on the register somewhere else.

Scotland Bill: Committee (4th Day) (15 Mar 2012)

Lord Maxton: I am rather confused by this. After listening to the question of the noble Lord from Northern Ireland, I can see a situation arising in which a soldier could be posted to, say, Edinburgh, and could rightly show that his family, wife and children live elsewhere in the United Kingdom-in Northern Ireland-whereas a single soldier in the next room would be resident in Scotland, and therefore on a...

Scotland Bill: Committee (4th Day) (15 Mar 2012)

Lord Maxton: My Lords, quite properly everyone has been raising the issue of those people who live and work across borders, work on ships and trains, or are lorry drivers. My concern to some extent is those people-I could be one of them-who live in Scotland but whose sole income is a pension from the other place, and whose tax office is Cardiff and not East Kilbride or anywhere in Scotland. I am still not...

Scotland Bill: Committee (4th Day) (15 Mar 2012)

Lord Maxton: Oddly enough, I am in the unfortunate position at one level but fortunate in another that about five years ago, if not longer, I got my last letter from the Inland Revenue. It said, "Please do not send us any more tax returns because we know what your income is. It has been the same for the last 10 years so don't bother any more". If I moved house, I am not sure that anyone would know where I...

Scotland Bill: Committee (4th Day) (15 Mar 2012)

Lord Maxton: Why change the habits of a lifetime?

Scotland Bill: Committee (4th Day) (15 Mar 2012)

Lord Maxton: There are, of course, people who live in Scotland, who even work in Scotland, but who are paid from England or elsewhere in the United Kingdom. They, too, create a problem because, as far as I am aware, the PAYE system does not depend on where you live but where you work or who you are employed by.

Freedom of Information Act 2000 — Question (15 Mar 2012)

Lord Maxton: My Lords, given that the BBC is an entirely publicly funded body and a very important part of our democratic system, and that it quite rightly suggests that we should all be accountable publicly and openly, is it not right that all aspects of the BBC should now be covered by the Freedom of Information Act?

Scotland Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (28 Feb 2012)

Lord Maxton: However, the damage to the Labour Party in Scotland-

Scotland Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (28 Feb 2012)

Lord Maxton: It was partially self-inflicted, as my noble friend beside me says. However, that damage is also a short-term phenomenon and we will recover. Certainly, we will recover once we have had the referendum on independence. I do not understand why Mr Alex Salmond does not want that referendum immediately, because this is his best chance of winning it. The longer he leaves it, in my view, the less...

Scotland Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (28 Feb 2012)

Lord Maxton: That is very much so and it was quite interesting, as I listened to the debate earlier on taxation, that the Scottish Government, led by Alex Salmond over the past-what is it now?-three or four years, have not allowed local authorities to increase their council tax. They have put a cap on it, so they have in fact restrained taxation at a local level. My noble friend is quite right. They have...

Scotland Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (28 Feb 2012)

Lord Maxton: My Lords, I rise as somebody else who supported devolution. There have been one or two occasions during this evening when I have had my doubts, I must say-but in the main I have supported it, because in my view it is about democracy. That is what distinguishes it from independence, which almost certainly under the SNP would be democratic but does not have to be. It is not a prerequisite of an...


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