Results 21–40 of 333 for speaker:Lord Howe of Aberavon

Schools: Parenthood Education — Question (13 Nov 2012)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, would my noble friend agree that the objective in the mind of the noble Lord, Lord Northbourne, is even more likely to be fulfilled if school governing bodies included at least some members who are parents of pupils in the school?

Piracy — Question for Short Debate (24 Oct 2012)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, it is a privilege to follow my noble friend, who has opened this debate with characteristic clarity. He certainly indentifies a situation that clearly calls for positive consideration in the context of UK foreign policy. We certainly have a substantial interest. We also have a significant capacity to try to help. We need to follow, if we can, the advice that I so often quote: "Give...

Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme 2012: Motion to Approve (25 Jul 2012)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, I rise to make perhaps a selfish contribution and not to invite the House one way or the other on the issue that has just been raised with some vigour. I speak because of an egocentric pleasure in the existence of the scheme and in the fact that it exists at all. It takes my mind back almost exactly half a century to the annual conference of the Conservative Party at Brighton in...

House of Lords Reform Bill — Statement (27 Jun 2012)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, my noble friend will surely remember that it is only a few years ago that the Public Administration Select Committee of the House of Commons concluded that the principal cause of today's widespread public disillusionment with our political system is the virtually untrammelled control by the Executive of the elected House of Commons. The committee reached important conclusions....

Queen's Speech — Debate (4th Day) (15 May 2012)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, the topic which I propose to discuss certainly was not touched on in the gracious Speech, but it could and should have been raised at any time. It is a very simple proposition, which may surprise the House: British weights and measures are in a mess. We have litres for petrol and fizzy drinks but pints for beer and milk. We have metres and kilometres for athletics and the Ordnance...

Arrangement of Business (26 Apr 2012)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: Does not my noble friend recognise the impact of this performance on his reputation? We all have huge respect for the way in which he conducts himself and it would be very distressing if this example of uncharacteristic obstinacy was to prevail against the wishes of the House as a whole.

EU: Recent Developments — Motion to Take Note (16 Feb 2012)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, I have to say a rather surprising thing: my intended observations are insufficiently organised for exposure today. The House will have to wait for another opportunity. I seek forgiveness for my modesty.

EU: Fiscal Compact Treaty — Question ( 7 Feb 2012)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: Will my noble friend take the opportunity of advising our right honourable friend the Prime Minister that in practical terms this is a setting in which the Prime Minister might be well judged to pay a little more respect to the advice of the Chancellor of the Exchequer than to that of the Foreign Secretary?

House of Lords: Reform — Question (21 Dec 2011)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, is it not possible that including such provisions in the Bill would make lucid and clear the increased risk of conflict between the two Houses and the disastrous consequences of the creation of a new structure? Will my noble friend tell the House whether that is the explanation, and is it the consequence of idle carelessness or deliberate deceit?

European Council — Statement (12 Dec 2011)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, if I may strike a slightly more optimistic note, is my noble friend aware that our achievement in getting major headway on the Single European Act at the Luxembourg summit followed immediately after the Milan summit, in which our agenda scarcely received any attention at all? That is another rather surprising matter that went ahead without us having much enthusiasm for it. Is my...

Food: Prices — Question (14 Nov 2011)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: I dare say that my noble friend will not recall that my first appearance in the Cabinet was on Guy Fawkes Day 1972, when I was appointed Britain's first Minister for Consumer Affairs-a role described by Sir Edward Heath as the Minister for Keeping Down Prices. Does my noble friend recollect that that task was then taken on by the noble Baroness, Lady Williams of Crosby, and that the most...

Legislation — Question (10 Nov 2011)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, my noble friend should not feel unduly exposed in this because the problem is of great antiquity. Does he know that Tacitus said in silver Rome that whereas formerly we suffered from crimes, today we suffer from laws. Dean Swift began trying to find a solution when he said that in Brobdingnag: "No laws of that country must exceed in words the number of letters in their alphabet; but...

House of Lords Reform Bill [HL]: Committee (21 Oct 2011)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, I declare a special interest, at the age of 84, although a number of others no doubt share that antiquity with me. Those who have emphasised the importance of a sensible approach to this question pose their premise on their declared recognition of the wisdom of the House. If we are as wise as some colleagues have already said we are, we would surely be profoundly unwise to take a...

House of Lords Reform Bill [HL]: Committee (21 Oct 2011)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, one very short reason for refraining from supporting this proposition is the fact that the Welsh Assembly is known as Senedd, which has been adopted because it is the original meaning of the word senate. Senedd in Welsh means a "law-making Assembly". If we were to become an English law-making Assembly, it does not seem to me suitable. Senedd and senate would be capable of confusion...

Statues — Question ( 4 Oct 2011)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: Is my noble friend aware of the importance of the point made in the Question for a wider appraisal of the location of such statues? In particular, does she recall that the statue of the French war leader, de Gaulle, is rather surprisingly but historically well located outside the headquarters of the French resistance movement in Carlton Gardens and that the statue of the Welsh war leader,...

Commonwealth Parliamentary Association — Debate ( 8 Sep 2011)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, I welcome the debate on this subject. The Commonwealth is one of the few large, multinational organisations that have a very important position in the world in so many ways. This may be a surprising observation from me, as I am regarded-unjustly-as a eurofanatic and as caring very little about these things. In fact, as a Welshman, I go back to my days in the Sunday school at Carmel...

Devolution (Time) Bill [HL] — Second Reading ( 1 Jul 2011)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: I commence by immediately congratulating the noble Lord, Lord Tanlaw, on the tenacity with which he has pursued for so long the cause that is at the heart of this Bill, although it is not directly covered by it. I fully understand that this Bill is a more sophisticated sub-clause of his main case. I do not share his pride in being Scottish. I am a quarter Scottish, a quarter Cornish and half...

Republic of Ireland and the Commonwealth — Question (30 Jun 2011)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: In encouraging movement in the direction suggested by the noble Lord, Lord Rana, may I remind my noble friend of the very different example of the great success with which the former communist Portuguese colony of Mozambique has become a fully fledged member of the Commonwealth, with great benefit to the Commonwealth as well as to Mozambique?

House of Lords: Reform — Motion to Take Note (Continued) (21 Jun 2011)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, the tone with which the noble Lord has just concluded his most interesting address reflects an observation made by our Prime Minister, before he achieved that office, when speaking to the entire party of both halves of this building. He said, "We keep what is good and we change what needs to be changed". That strikes me as a sensible foundation on which to address this matter. Our...

European Union Bill — Report (3rd Day) (15 Jun 2011)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, I rise with some hesitation for the second time on the Bill, partly because I do not have with me the actual 1972 Act-nobody else has quoted it. That quite clearly provides for the incorporation, as the noble Lord has just said. I am being offered a copy of it. It speaks for itself as follows, under the title, "General implementation of Treaties": "All such rights, powers,...

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