Results 81–100 of 333 for speaker:Lord Howe of Aberavon

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

Lord Howe of Aberavon: Before the noble Lord speaks, it is not customary to give way in a speech of this kind. I fell into the habit on the Front Bench in the other House of yielding too often to interrogative bodies. I would like to have freedom from that on this occasion in this House. I draw attention to the total lack of evidence that can justify a change of this kind on this scale. It is interesting to look at...

Daylight Saving Time — Question (24 Jun 2010)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords-

Daylight Saving Time — Question (24 Jun 2010)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: Does my noble friend recognise that the central European time zone extends very widely from Berlin to Madrid; that the People's Republic of China has one time zone that stretches from east to west in its entirety; that the people of Wales and Haverfordwest can live in a time zone stretching from Greenwich to Haverfordwest; and that it should not be impossible for us all to live in a time zone...

Parliamentary Constituencies: Boundaries — Question (15 Jun 2010)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: Is my noble friend aware that many people are confused, sometimes to the point even of failing to vote, by the frequency with which constituency names are changed? Is he further aware that, remarkably, the constituency of Aberavon has borne the same name over at least the 42 years for which it was represented by the noble and learned Lord, Lord Morris of Aberavon, after he had defeated me in...

China: EU Committee Report: Motion to Take Note ( 9 Jun 2010)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, it is a pleasure to welcome the speech just made by my noble friend and the report of the sub-committee under his chairmanship. As his presentation made clear, it produced a comprehensive, clear and constructive report containing some plain and important messages both for the United Kingdom and the European Union, as well as the People's Republic of China. The central message is...

Queen's Speech — Debate (3rd Day) (27 May 2010)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, I am happy to say that I do not feel any embarrassment at speaking in support of the partnership which now exists to support this Government. I am also happy to say that not all that long ago, in 1945, when I was moving from school uniform to military uniform, I had the pleasure of canvassing vigorously for the general election of that year in the constituency of Exeter for a...

Constitutional Reform and Governance Bill: Second Reading (24 Mar 2010)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, I endorse immediately the closing sentence of the noble Lord, Lord Howarth. The question of wash-up or not has come up a number of times. It is inconceivable that legislation in this state should be dealt with by wash-up. It is ironic to reflect that the Lord Chancellor, opening the debate on the Bill in the other place, said: "In 1997, the Government embarked upon an unprecedented...

Ordnance Survey — Question (24 Mar 2010)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, it is well known that the Ordnance Survey is a world-class national mapping organisation and national treasure. It has so far been able to maintain its financial independence by having the freedom to license and to sell for itself the data it has available. With the data being freely distributed, as has just been announced, will it retain the vitality of being a self-financing...

NHS: Metric Units — Question (25 Feb 2010)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords-

NHS: Metric Units — Question (25 Feb 2010)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords-and my lady-I must begin by declaring two interests: as long ago as 1972, I started two years as the Minister for metrication in Edward Heath's Government, and for many years I have been a patron of the UK Metric Association. Is the Minister aware that on 7 December 2008 her noble colleague, the noble Lord, Lord Drayson, when he was the Minister of science, wrote to the chairman of...

West Bank and East Jerusalem — Question ( 4 Feb 2010)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords-

West Bank and East Jerusalem — Question ( 4 Feb 2010)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: Does the Minister recollect that the Balfour Declaration made nearly 100 years ago by Her Majesty's Government expressly provides that it is, "clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil ... rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine"? Granted that those are the words of Her Majesty's Government, should we not be even more enthusiastic than the...

Nuclear Disarmament — Debate (21 Jan 2010)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, I have to confess that I come to this scene with so many more cumulative recollections of the years when we were confronting the Cold War and all that went with it, and I find myself impressed beyond my own capability by the compact and skilled way in which the noble Lord, Lord Hannay, presented his summary of the present situation. I glance back for a moment, as did the noble Lord,...

Foreign and Commonwealth Office — Question (20 Jan 2010)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: Is the Minister aware that, historically, Foreign Ministers of other countries have always been ready to declare the effectiveness of our Foreign Office and the distinguished quality thereof, which they always acknowledge, particularly the French, as being second only to their own? Is it not a fact that the management of major programmes such as the DfID programme and others referred to...

Public Finances — Question (15 Dec 2009)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: Does the noble Lord not perceive that it would be insufficient to restrain only the Chancellor of the Exchequer? It would be essential as well to restrain the First Lord of the Treasury.

House of Lords: Financial Support for Members — Motion to Approve (14 Dec 2009)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, I am not often accompanied by a kind of Red Indian greeting. I shall take advantage of the opportunity. I wish to follow in the recent steps of the noble Lords, Lord Nickson and Lord Barnett. It is desirable that we identify a path which, for the reasons aired in the debate so far, some of them deeply moving and highly persuasive-for example, the speeches made by my noble friend...

House of Lords: Financial Support for Members — Motion to Approve (14 Dec 2009)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords-

Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (References to Financial Investigators) (Amendment) Order 2009 — Motion to Resolve ( 7 Dec 2009)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, it is now some 40 years since I was entitled to put the word "learned" before my name, so it is with some hesitation that I rise to my feet on this important issue raised by my noble friend Lord Onslow. The scale of the extension of powers, the random lack of definition of the extension of powers and the bland way in which they have been commended and accepted thus far startled me...

Queen's Speech — Debate (3rd Day) (Continued) (23 Nov 2009)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, it is a great pleasure to follow what the noble Lord has just said because it fits in with my own approach to this subject, and I think that we should return to examine his suggestions in some detail. I agree, too, with the note struck by the right reverend Prelate in his contribution. One thing that characterises the atmosphere at the moment is that, in many respects, we have been...

House Committee: Parliamentary Passes — Motion to Agree (10 Nov 2009)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, I got the impression that the way in which the Chairman of Committees explained this matter was largely sympathetic to the point being made by the noble Lord, Lord Tomlinson. I have an antique interest in the proposition because when I was Leader of the House in another place, the noble Lord, Lord Cunningham, who is not in his place, and I introduced access rights for Members of the...


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