Results 321–333 of 333 for speaker:Lord Howe of Aberavon

Taxation and Public Spending (14 Mar 2001)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, I am prepared to acknowledge, as we must, that the Chancellor is entitled to a modest degree of self-satisfaction for the most immediate outlook. He is, indeed, probably the first Labour Chancellor ever to have been in the position of introducing a pre-election Budget in which modest short-term generosity was compatible with responsible economic guidelines. I believe that no other...

Capital Allowances Bill (26 Feb 2001)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, I wonder whether the noble Lord will allow me to make a slightly egocentric intervention. Is he aware that enterprise zones were the joint invention of the late Nicholas Ridley and myself, supported by a former secretary of the Fabian Society, Professor Peter Hall? When we proposed them, they were denounced by the noble Lord's party as the creation of capitalist Valhallas. However,...

Capital Allowances Bill (26 Feb 2001)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, it goes without saying that I am most grateful to both previous speakers for their tributes to myself in this connection. For me, this is the end of a long road that started when I gave an address to the Addington Society in 1977 calling for a wide-ranging upheaval and reform of our tax-registration machinery. I suppose a quarter of a century is not too bad by British constitutional...

Lord Chancellor's Role (21 Feb 2001)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, does the Lord Chancellor not recognise that there is a distinction between the perfectly proper political campaigning undertaken by the predecessors whom he cited--the noble and learned Lord, Lord Hailsham, Lord Kilmuir, and the noble and learned Lord, Lord Mackay--and the process of fundraising? Does not the Lord Chancellor's manifest willingness now to consider favourably a rule...

Parliament and Government (14 Feb 2001)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, I certainly do not differ from what the noble Lord, Lord Dahrendorf, has just said about the value, quality and importance of our Parliament. Nor do I differ from him and other noble Lords who have spoken in extending my thanks to my noble friend Lord Norton of Louth for introducing the debate and for the formidable quality of his commission's report. I do not differ on the emphasis...

("References to documents used in legal proceedings (24 Oct 2000)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: I want to speak in support of both amendments. To some extent, each has its own merits, which have been well canvassed. Perhaps I may start from the point made by the noble Lord, Lord Tomlinson. The existing provisions have not been used by 3 million people; they have been used by a much smaller number. It is not as though out system is about to be overwhelmed by hoards of quasi-aliens,...

("References to documents used in legal proceedings (24 Oct 2000)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: I wish to make one comment on behalf of another comparable organisation which next year will have been founded 50 years ago to, "combat the influence of the Fabian Society"; namely, the Bow Group. It is characteristic of an organisation drawn from every wing of the scattered Conservative Party and makes contributions to a wider debate in exactly the same way as the Fabian Society has done. I...

Single European Currency (18 Oct 2000)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, I begin by joining the noble Lord in looking forward to the speech that is to be made by his noble friend Lord Fyfe. I go on to congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Harrison, on initiating this debate and on packing as much material into 10 minutes as I have ever heard in my life--everything from the Roman Empire to British Rail, to the Olympic games and the euro too! I should like to...

Inter-Governmental Conference: European Union Committee Report (29 Sep 2000)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord for giving way. He must have misunderstood my position, or I failed to make it clear. I do not wish to see any change in that position. Indeed, it is my anxiety that inadvertently the Conservative Party proposals would allow selective opt-outs from future changes and might diminish our influence in the overall role, even in the area to which the noble Lord...

Inter-Governmental Conference: European Union Committee Report (29 Sep 2000)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, I suspect I am not the only Member of the House to have a sense of deja vu about more than one of the topics before us today. Another Danish referendum, for example, and I shall say something as to that later. I shall also speak to the items on the agenda of the IGC. The first substantial IGC took place in 1985, when I and my noble friend Lady Thatcher, accompanied by the noble...

Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill ( 3 Apr 2000)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, I hope that I may be forgiven if, not for the first time this Session, I beg absence from the end of the debate, because I have a longstanding commitment to entertain the Minister for Justice of the People's Republic of China on his arrival in this country. I daresay that our discussion will not touch upon items of the kind before the House in this legislation. I speak with great...

European Union (Implications of Withdrawal) Bill [H.L.] (17 Mar 2000)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, I hope that I shall be forgiven if I start by apologising for the probability that I shall be unable to stay for the end of the debate, which seems likely to run for some time. I have to be on the Any Questions programme in Birmingham this evening, but I shall stay as long as I can. It is a pleasure for me also to be speaking alongside my noble friend Lady Thatcher on an issue on...

The International Situation (12 Jan 2000)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, it is my privilege to follow the noble Lord in expressing our pleasure at the appearance in the House this afternoon of the noble Lord, Lord Fellowes. From these Benches, I congratulate him on the quality of his speech. We know of his career of discreet but distinguished service to our head of state, the head of the Commonwealth, as he reminded us. The speech which he made drew...


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