Results 41–60 of 333 for speaker:Lord Howe of Aberavon

European Union Bill: Report (2nd Day) (13 Jun 2011)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: Not at this point, in the middle of a sentence, although I have often given way to my noble friend in circumstances like this. The news that we were joining the system reached me in rather a remarkable way. In my role as Leader of the Commons, on that day it was my job to go to Balmoral with a number of ministerial colleagues for a formal meeting for which I was Lord President of the Council....

European Union Bill: Report (2nd Day) (13 Jun 2011)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: With great respect to my noble friend, who always has a more ruthless and intellectual analysis of these questions than I do, it is broadly speaking the same thing. It was important, while that was the question, whether or not we joined the monetary exchange system; it is even more important whether we join the euro. Either way, we have reached the point where there has been a general...

European Union Bill: Report (2nd Day) (13 Jun 2011)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: Since my name stands on the Marshalled List below that of the noble Lord, Lord Kerr, it is right that I should intervene at this point. There is a certain diffidence about my approach, because I am in the presence of two propositions with which I have been closely familiar for a very long time indeed. I refer personally to the noble Lord. As he has already hinted, our relationship with each...

European Union Bill: Report (1st Day) ( 8 Jun 2011)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, I can add very little to the lucid presentation made by my noble friend Lord Williamson. I start from premises which I have described to the House before. My first premise is to regard referenda as unreliable things. The more complex the subject, the less reliable they become. I have said many times that the referenda which I have always been enthusiastic about were those which I...

European Union Bill: Committee (8th Day) (25 May 2011)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, I notice that my name is attached to one of the amendments on the Marshalled List. I rise with rather a heavy heart to say anything at all. The kind of discussion that is now taking place-I rebuke nobody for it-and which has been launched by the Bill and beforehand, casts a shadow over an enterprise which deserves to have been given more wholehearted support from a much earlier...

British Summer Time — Question (25 May 2011)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: Is my noble friend the Minister aware that the People's Republic of China, large as it is, is able to work successfully with a single time zone throughout the entire country? Is it not quite sensible, therefore, that all our European neighbours-with the exception of Portugal-do the same? Would not joining the Central European Time zone be much the most sensible thing for us to do?

European Union Bill: Committee (7th Day) (Continued) (23 May 2011)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: Perhaps the noble Lord will allow me to intervene. I ought to have been more courteous in my portrayal of our partnership in a form that he would prefer to support. The reason that I was impelled in the Scottish direction was in order to underline the importance of the 1972 Act. The noble Lord, Lord Armstrong, is right to argue that we do not need the clause. However, it can do no harm to...

European Union Bill: Committee (7th Day) (Continued) (23 May 2011)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, as I rise to support this debate, I sense a curious parallel of feelings. Quite recently I received in an e-mail, in the magic way that one does, a photograph of our eldest daughter holding in her arms her grandchild. That means that the noble Baroness, Lady Howe of Idlicote, and I have simultaneously become great-grandparents, and it is with that sort of sense that I now look back...

House of Lords Reform Bill — Statement (17 May 2011)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, my noble friend has dealt with one matter very clearly in his answer to the noble Lord, Lord Howarth. The transformation by increasing the electoral component here will certainly not lead to an improvement in the ability of this House to do the functions that it has done so well for many years. He has also conceded without any hesitation that movement in that direction would...

Government Departments: Soft Power — Debate (28 Apr 2011)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, like others who have already spoken, I thank the noble Baroness, Lady Taylor, for starting off the debate. I also extend special thanks to my noble friend and neighbour here Lord Alderdice for the extent to which he underlined the necessity for us to have confidence in the value of the soft power which we have all been discussing. It has been echoed by many others. I do not feel,...

Fixed-term Parliaments Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (29 Mar 2011)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: With great respect to my noble and learned friend, he said we are trying to set up a situation in which, with fixed-term Parliaments, we can trigger an early election. That seems to be something that we are all groping for. We already have a fixed-term structure in the sense that there is a maximum term with the existing pattern of being able to trigger it for different reasons. I emphasise...

Fixed-term Parliaments Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (29 Mar 2011)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, I have listened to the discussions today-and indeed on this subject-with anything but joy in my heart. I have been struck by the contribution that this Bill is making to the pile of legislation that this coalition Government have already brought to Parliament and which we are still ploughing through. The Attlee Government at one time had the record for the number of Bill pages the...

Public Bodies Bill [HL]: Report (2nd Day) (28 Mar 2011)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: I do not rise for brownie points, which I probably deserve in no circumstances whatever. I am rather alarmed that my contribution to this discussion, in support of what my noble friend said, is founded on my experience almost exactly half a century ago. I make no apology for that. It takes me back to the second half of the 1960s, when the electors of Bebington decided to give me four years...

European Union Bill: Second Reading (22 Mar 2011)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, it is ironic that I am speaking in this debate, which was opened by my noble friend Lord Howell. Many years have passed since we first addressed this question, at a time when he was handing over to me, or rather vice versa, the editorship of Crossbowin 1968. That distinguished journal is still with us. It published a 20-page supplement on the Rome treaty and the law, written by...

Libya — Statement (21 Mar 2011)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, this episode, if I may call it that, which has given rise to discussion today, is characteristic of the unpredictability of foreign affairs and it indicates the way in which something very alarming has to be addressed urgently. I hope that the House will join me in welcoming the caution, comprehensiveness, clarity and courage with which this problem has been addressed, as well as...

Public Bodies Bill [HL]: Committee (9th Day) ( 9 Mar 2011)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: I wonder if my noble friend would allow me to intervene for a second? I understand that she may be making a very good point about the need for financial readjustment, but I should have thought that any sensitive Chancellor of the Exchequer or Treasury Minister, without needing to be Welsh, would recognise that relying on legislation of this nuclear kind to address the issues that she is...

Public Bodies Bill [HL]: Committee (9th Day) ( 9 Mar 2011)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, despite my Welsh ancestry and, indeed, my part-Welsh title, the House will have noticed that I do not frequently take part in debates on this subject. That perhaps uncharacteristic diffidence is because I do not speak Welsh. It does not mean to say that I have failed to take account of the language. I can add to the satisfaction of my noble friend Lord St John by saying that in my...

Public Bodies Bill [HL]: Committee (9th Day) ( 9 Mar 2011)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: I am not sure whether that learned classical intervention is designed to undermine the case that I am making or to demoralise me as I am an old man. Considering my Welsh origin, I have not contributed a great deal to the structure and politics of the Principality. Tom Hooson was the cousin of the noble Lord, Lord Hooson, who, alas, is not with us and is unwell-we send him our best wishes. Tom...

Bribery Act 2010 — Question ( 2 Mar 2011)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, is my noble friend aware that on boards of British companies that include American directors, British directors have long been embarrassed by the great enthusiasm with which their American colleagues cite the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, well ahead of anything we have had alongside it for a very long time? Despite what my noble friend has said, is it not the case that it is...

Fixed-term Parliaments Bill: Second Reading ( 1 Mar 2011)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, this is the first time for many years that I rise to my feet recalling that I am formally to be described as "noble and learned". I find myself following two gentlemen who are equally qualified for the second epithet but infinitely more competent in demonstrating their ability to cherish it. I find that the issues so ably presented by my noble and learned friend Lord Wallace of...


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