Results 181–200 of 333 for speaker:Lord Howe of Aberavon

Commonwealth (17 Nov 2005)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, before the Minister sits down, as there are a few moments left I endorse absolutely her closing remarks and the tribute to the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth and his staff. Perhaps I may ask one question. I appreciate very much her understanding response to the points I raised about the Commonwealth Institute. In view of her identification of the possible difficulties for a...

Commonwealth (17 Nov 2005)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, I join those who have spoken in thanking my noble friend Lord Freeman for giving us this opportunity. I decline, if I may, the opportunity to answer the question just posed by the noble Lord, Lord Hunt of Chesterton, but I follow his example with a little reminiscence about one's own associations with the Commonwealth. Mine go back, I am afraid, to when I was nine years old. Like...

British Summer Time ( 7 Nov 2005)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords—

British Summer Time ( 7 Nov 2005)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, cannot the problems that the Minister rightly states would be suffered by relative minorities be met by those minority communities adjusting their lifestyles to the conditions prevailing? Is that not demonstrated by China, which has one time zone extending from Shanghai practically to Samarkand and is able to cope with the situation? The central European time zone extends from...

Parliament and the Public ( 3 Nov 2005)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, it is a privilege to follow the noble Lord in the debate that he has initiated. I am sure that the whole House will want to congratulate him on the production of the report and on the initiation of this debate—and on choosing a Labour Party day for what is essentially a Cross Bench and cross-party topic. The main focus of the report is, understandably, how the public see and learn...

Parliament and the Public ( 3 Nov 2005)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, the message that should be put across about this House is important in light of the changes that have taken place over the past five years. People should be told, for example, that no longer is there an army of hereditaries waiting in the hills to descend on us. Instead, there is a very narrow, hard pressed and hard working group of parliamentary Stakhanovites who work harder,...

Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Director for the Americas ( 2 Nov 2005)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, as ever, the noble Lord is showing his skill in putting his best face on a pretty dismal brief. Does he not acknowledge that it is very strange to compare the dire straits with which he is struggling with the fact that, since 1999, the total number of people employed by DfID has risen from 1,930 to 2,917—an increase of about 50 per cent? Over roughly the same period, the resources...

International Students: Visa Charges (17 Oct 2005)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords—

International Students: Visa Charges (17 Oct 2005)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, granted that there has been a significant drop in the number of applications flowing from China, that China produces more students for this country than any other in the world—which is of enormous value academically, economically and politically—and, as the Minister conceded in his previous answer, that the visa regime is designed by no means primarily to deal with student...

Finance Bill (19 Jul 2005)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, I join those who have welcomed the contribution made to this debate in the maiden speech of my noble friend Lord Hamilton of Epsom. He may just remember that, almost exactly 27 years ago, I had the privilege of speaking at one of the meetings in his first election campaign to succeed my noble and learned friend Lord Rawlinson of Ewell. We welcome him in his new role here. I am also...

Finance Bill (19 Jul 2005)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, I say that in total defiance of my noble friend Lady Wilcox. Nor need one ingratiate oneself with one's constituents, since one does not have any. It is that which liberates us from the tribalism which permeates so much that happens in the other place. Last year, in the Finance Bill debate, I seem to recollect that I made a rather sharply controversial speech which was actually...

European Union Developments (21 Jun 2005)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, it is a great responsibility to take part in this debate following immediately on from the speeches to which we have just been listening. It is a remarkable contrast between the voices outside this House, as they reacted to the events of the collapse of the summit meeting—stridently and rancorously, as the noble Lord, Lord Thomson of Monifieth, said—and the extraordinary bond of...

European Union Developments (21 Jun 2005)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, I expected that reaction. I hope that I may still say that the broad agreement within this Chamber that we should be maintaining a position within the European Union and addressing the important agenda items that have been set out is one on which we have to concentrate. That view can be very well distilled out of the contributions that have been made in this debate. Britain...

EU Constitutional Treaty ( 6 Jun 2005)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords—

EU Constitutional Treaty ( 6 Jun 2005)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords—

EU Constitutional Treaty ( 6 Jun 2005)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Lord. Is the Minister aware that I am probably not the only Member of this House who has some admiration for the moderate and balanced way in which he has been presenting the matters he has been dealing with this afternoon? Many of us share the anxiety about the triumphalist note, which was referred to by the noble Lord, Lord Morris, in the opening...

International Students: Visa Charges (23 May 2005)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, I declare an interest as a trustee of the Cambridge University Commonwealth and Overseas Trust. I accept the legitimacy of trying to achieve a regime that covers the cost of operating but does the noble Lord recall that one of the principal points in the regulatory impact assessment document to which he referred is that: "Any fee increase must not have the effect of deterring...

Income Tax (Trading and Other Income) Bill (23 Mar 2005)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, perhaps the Minister will allow me to interrupt on that point. I failed to express thanks to the Parliamentary Counsel Office for the work that goes on regarding this, with particular reference to that kind of situation. In their words, such emergency drafting really is like tackling a moving coalface. It cannot be improved beyond a certain point. Yet everyone needs to go on trying...

Income Tax (Trading and Other Income) Bill (23 Mar 2005)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, I creep into the gap with an apology for failing to record my interest in the Bill. For this biannual tryst between the noble Lord, Lord McIntosh, and myself to take place without my taking part would be like summer without sunshine. Perhaps I overstate it but it would be something pretty near. Although I have only four minutes in which to speak, perhaps there may be a degree of...

Constitutional Reform Bill [HL] (21 Mar 2005)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, I had not intended to intervene yet again on this topic, but I feel compelled to do so, driven logically by a phrase used by the noble Lord, Lord Barnett, when he said that we should be careful to allow the Commons to have the casting voice on such an amendment. I have been thinking about what kind of amendment this is. If one looks at it in the context of the Bill as a whole, the...


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