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BBC World Service — Statement (26 Jan 2011)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords-

BBC World Service — Statement (26 Jan 2011)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, my noble friend is entirely right to identify the changes that are necessary as a result of the old-fashioned quality of short-wave radio. It makes me grieve that I can no longer get the BBC World Service while carrying around my little short-wave radio set. The other important point, which is common ground, is the extent to which the BBC World Service plays, as the Foreign...

House of Lords Reform Bill [HL]: Second Reading ( 3 Dec 2010)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, the House has had the privilege of hearing my noble friend Lord Steel proposing, supporting and explaining this Bill on a number of occasions. On each occasion, the case becomes clearer. I pay tribute, as I am sure many colleagues do, to the energy, intelligence, integrity and determination with which he has continued to present this case. It has formidable support in this House,...

Public Bodies Bill [HL]: Committee (2nd Day) (29 Nov 2010)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, I am the final person who has their name down in support of the amendment, and I support all the points made so far by noble Lords on all sides of the House. I confess that when my noble friend the Minister first presented this set of propositions upstairs to a collection of us from all sides of the House, I was reckless enough to describe the prospect as a potential tsunami of...

North Korea — Question (25 Nov 2010)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: Given the gravity of the present situation, my intervention may seem slightly starry-eyed. However, does my noble friend recall the formula put forward by that distinguished Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping for handling the Anglo-Chinese problems over Hong Kong: the forward proposition of one country, two systems? He may recall that but does he know that, quite apart from that, Deng Xiaoping more...

Parliament: Elected House of Lords — Question for Short Debate (10 Nov 2010)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, three questions ought to be answered in light of the prospect of the arrival of elected Members in this House. First, will any fault be corrected thereby? Secondly, will any improvement be achieved thereby? Both those questions have so far secured only absolutely void answers. On the contrary, virtually all the judgments on the performance of this House have been strongly positive....

Public Bodies Bill [HL]: Second Reading ( 9 Nov 2010)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, it is curious for me to reflect on one body, listed in Schedule 5, which I played some part in creating some 37 years ago-that is, the Office of Fair Trading, of which the noble Lord, Lord Borrie, became the second chairman. He is no longer in his place. The extent of the attention paid to the creation of that body at that time, when we were moving in a deliberate and thoughtful...

Comprehensive Spending Review — Statement (20 Oct 2010)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, I have to confess an interest in this subject, although it is rather a reminiscent one. As I listened to the noble Lord, Lord Eatwell, my mind went back about 30 years to when I introduced my third Budget to deal with the economic legacy of the Labour Government whom we had displaced. Today, the noble Lord, Lord Eatwell, has not begun to offer anything by way of alternative policy...

Comprehensive Spending Review — Statement (20 Oct 2010)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, my question is: will it not remain essential for months and indeed years ahead to have a similar economic discipline to that being imposed so far in this comprehensive spending review? Also, given the many features with which the Chancellor has dealt today, is not this review absolutely inescapable? It is not merely a comprehensive spending review but a continuous spending review,...

Education: Marshall Scholarships — Question (18 Oct 2010)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords-

Education: Marshall Scholarships — Question (18 Oct 2010)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, I declare an interest as a trustee of the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust and of the Cambridge Overseas Trust. I seek to reinforce the point already made that the sum that my noble friend the Minister has mentioned is not large-it is a little more than £2 million. One consequence of such scholarships is to encourage the scholars subsequently to make contributions of importance to our...

Israel and Palestine: West Bank — Question ( 7 Oct 2010)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: Will the Minister confirm that one important provision of the Balfour Declaration was the need for the Jewish settlements to take full account of the presence and rights of the Palestinian population? The difficulty of achieving that has been enhanced by the scale of persecution by Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union, but does it not follow from that that respect for the settlement freeze is of...

House of Lords: Working Practices — Motion to Take Note (12 Jul 2010)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, it is for me personally a real pleasure to follow the noble Lord, Lord Luce, in this debate. We have been in partnership together more than once; he was for a long time my parliamentary private secretary and a ministerial colleague. His own career has been so diverse and distinguished that he is in himself one of the best advertisements for this House. He served in the colonial...

House of Lords: Working Practices — Motion to Take Note (12 Jul 2010)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: If my noble friend will forgive me, I am just making a point. I may find a slot where I can make way for him. The point that I am making is that it is important to have both Houses represented in this joint parliamentary body if we are to make the Lords' talent as available as it should be, and if we are to encourage the Commons' talent to work together. I have one last point but I am curious...

House of Lords: Working Practices — Motion to Take Note (12 Jul 2010)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: I am not quite sure that I follow the nature of my noble friend's question, to be honest. It must be either so penetrating that I am overwhelmed or so obscure that I am completely innocent. Let me come to my final point. The anxiety of the other place at seeing us becoming involved in the joint study of this question is that that would in some way encroach on its legitimate and important...

House of Lords: Working Practices — Motion to Take Note (12 Jul 2010)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: I am delighted that I have inadvertently answered my noble friend's question as well as asserted my principles. Great care has been taken to prevent such fear of encroachment. Some years ago, this House established a Finance Bill Sub-Committee of its Economic Affairs Committee. There was anxiety in the other place then that the fact that this House was studying finance at all, even with an...

Political and Constitutional Reform — Statement ( 5 Jul 2010)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, what is most notable about my noble friend's presentation is that in the last paragraph he emphasises that these are profound changes-"big, fundamental reforms" which will require immense and careful scrutiny. Does it begin to make sense for the whole range of solutions to these wide-ranging problems to be presented in this way at this time? Is he aware that the first book I...

Foreign Policy — Debate ( 1 Jul 2010)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, I rise with some strength of feeling that I might be allowed to say a little more than one normally might at the end of a debate of this kind. The note of determination and optimism that has dominated the discussion deserves the tribute of a sentence or two. I do so also rather conceitedly because, to some extent, the entire debate has been like a slice of the television programme...

Foreign Policy — Debate ( 1 Jul 2010)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, I have to confess that when I decided to draw attention in the Motion to changing hazards and opportunities, I owed a good deal to some extremely useful work undertaken by Chatham House in recent months under the twin titles of Playing to its Strengths:Rethinking the UK's Role in a Changing World and Organizing for Influence:United Kingdom Foreign Policy in an Age of Uncertainty....

House of Lords Reform — Motion to Take Note (29 Jun 2010)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, it is a great privilege to follow the most reverend Primate in a debate of this importance, particularly because each of the three noble Lords who have spoken before me have taken us one step further towards clarifying the issues. The noble Baroness, Lady Royall, gave a clear insight into the fundamental importance of the central issue, which, put simply, is: is this House likely to...


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