Results 1–20 of 333 for speaker:Lord Howe of Aberavon

Gurkhas — Question (24 Feb 2015)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: I endorse absolutely the decision of the Government in this respect. Will my noble friend take account of the fact that on my visit to Pakistan about 25 years ago—the first visit from a Secretary of State of this country—I was welcomed by President Ghulam Ishaq Khan who told me that I should be able to find that country peopled with the noble ghosts of Britain’s past.

Iraq — Motion to Take Note (26 Sep 2014)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, one feature emerges throughout today’s debate: that nobody lightly entertains the prospect of going to war, especially in a potentially open-ended conflict of the sort that may now conceivably be before us. Nobody can be relaxed when the enemy is less a conventional state, whose dimensions and contours we know, than a complex, fast-moving and hydra-headed “network of death”....

Consumer Rights Bill: Second Reading ( 1 Jul 2014)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, I am glad to take this opportunity to say something that I said quite recently and identify an important aspect of consumer rights. The debate on this subject gives me great excuse to return to something I referred to the other day: namely, our total failure to change our system of measurements to a system which we had for a period, when we took account of the metric possibility....

Consumer Rights Bill: Second Reading ( 1 Jul 2014)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: Four minutes? I have five seconds left. Disregard the Government’s rejection of my argument in the last debate; listen to it again, this time more effectively; and this time agree with me, not disagree with me.

Queen’s Speech — Debate (4th Day) (10 Jun 2014)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, I follow the noble Lord, Lord Haskel, with a similar approach to the problems we are all trying to face. He started off by saying that there was no agenda. I would add something that is almost more serious, where, for our society and for our economy in particular, there is no forum or framework and where we have a double shambles. I have a particular emphasis on the absence of any...

Ukraine — Question (25 Mar 2014)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords—

Ukraine — Question (25 Mar 2014)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, I acknowledge some commitment in this area, having had the privilege of spending some seven years during the last decade of the previous century as a member of the Advisory Council to the Presidium of the Supreme Rada of Ukraine. In that context, I am able to acknowledge what is certainly true: it not a wholly qualified organisation, judged by some standards. My own assessment is...

European Union: Turkish Accession — Question ( 5 Mar 2014)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, there is one substantial piece of history which I think the House would like to hear: that is, the simple fact that Turkey has been for a long time a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the British Foreign Secretary, not just for alphabetical reasons, finds himself sitting for the United Kingdom alongside Turkey’s equivalent at all the regular meetings of that...

Ukraine, Syria and Iran — Statement (24 Feb 2014)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: I wish to say only a few words and to concentrate on Ukraine in this context, because it is an unusual subject for us to be considering and it is in a very serious condition. I am glad also to be here in the presence of the noble Baroness, Lady Williams of Crosby, as very shortly after Ukraine began emerging from the regional history the two of us were invited to form part of a multinational...

Gibraltar — Question (20 Jan 2014)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, the Question put by the noble Lord, Lord Hoyle, is entirely the most important in this context. Is the Minister aware of the observations by the UK Overseas Territories Conservation Forum—a body with which I have not been very familiar—which has come to the conclusion that policy issues relating to Gibraltar are relevant, but not strongly relevant, to numerous UK Government...

European Union (Referendum) Bill — Second Reading (10 Jan 2014)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, I contemplated making a comment on what the noble Lord, Lord Thomas, raised just now but on further reflection I think my comment would be a diversion. I had better restrain myself and allow the House to proceed without any further ado.

China: Exports — Question (11 Dec 2013)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: No doubt my noble friend is aware that during the past year, the China Investment Corporation—a sovereign wealth fund—has taken a 9% stake in Thames Water and a 10% stake in Heathrow. This year, another Chinese corporation, Advanced Business Park, has said that it will undertake a £1 billion redevelopment of the Royal Albert Dock. Is it not clear that we are looking not at a single...

Nelson Mandela — Tributes: 2 .45 pm ( 9 Dec 2013)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, very briefly, perhaps I may add to the impressive tributes that have been paid by noble Lords on all sides of the House and reflect on the period, almost 30 years ago, when the Commonwealth was taking action as widely as it could to try to secure improvements in conditions in South Africa. It commissioned a group of wise men, who were sent out there to see what could be done at a...

Education: Proficiency Levels — Question ( 3 Dec 2013)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, is the performance of our children not to be admired because of their achievement in mathematics? That subject is far more difficult that it should ever have been allowed to become, granted the fact that Magna Carta specifically requires the establishment of single, uniform system of mathematics and measurements, such as has been achieved in many other former British colonies, such...

Gibraltar and Spain — Question (20 Nov 2013)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, it is good to be reminded that Britain played a significant part some years ago in helping to secure for Spain membership of both NATO and the European Community. When that was taking place, I was able, with the assistance of my opposite Spanish number, Fernando Moran, to secure a foundational solution to the long-existing Gibraltar dispute. There was a signature on agreement for...

United Kingdom and China — Motion to Take Note ( 7 Nov 2013)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, although my name does not appear on the speakers list, I hope that I may be allowed to intervene briefly as almost the last speaker in this debate. I do so because China has been an institution in my life for a very long time. I go back to 1949 when, together with my academic friend, the noble Lord, Lord Jenkin, I sold Conservatism in the Labour valleys of south Wales. The two of...

Commonwealth and Commonwealth Charter — Motion to Take Note ( 7 Mar 2013)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, there may be some surprise when I commence by saying that this has been one of my interests for more than 75 years. I long cherished the card that was given to me through the Carmel Sunday school in Aberavon, which was issued by King George V on his Silver Jubilee. The card said: "I ask you to remember that in days to come you will be citizens of a great Empire". I am glad to...

EU: Prime Minister's Speech — Motion to Take Note (31 Jan 2013)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, there seems to be an irony at the heart of the Prime Minister's speech on the issue of sovereignty. He asserts that it is, "national parliaments, which are, and will remain, the true source of real democratic legitimacy and accountability in the EU". At the same time, he does not appear to trust our own national Parliament at Westminster to judge what kind of relationship we should...

China: Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament — Motion to Take Note (22 Nov 2012)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, as is the case perhaps too often when I speak in the House, I find myself reverting to the ancient past in my own recollections. I will try to avoid it, but there is no doubt that on the subject brought before us by the noble Lord, Lord Browne of Ladyton, on which the two subsequent speakers emphasised the importance of the threatening weaponry concerned and of multilateral...

China: Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament — Motion to Take Note (22 Nov 2012)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: Indeed, of course I do, and I would add that I have shed Hong Kong behind me because of the extent to which it has been established. We can all take from that some comfort about the nature of the People's Republic of China as well. It is that satisfaction which has enabled me to go on other missions to China to discuss matters of common interest, including that which we are discussing today....

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