Results 101–120 of 333 for speaker:Lord Howe of Aberavon

Parliamentary Standards Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (16 Jul 2009)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: As my noble friend Lord Jenkin has drawn my name into the discussion, I ought to make a modest contribution. The relationship in 1971-72 between the law of this country and the European law to which we were attaching ourselves was quite different from that which exists today. I hesitate to confirm the central meaning of the passage that my noble friend quoted. My impression is that it...

Parliamentary Standards Bill: Second Reading ( 8 Jul 2009)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, I, like my noble friend Lord MacGregor, must acknowledge that for a short time—just one year compared with his two—I was Leader of the House of Commons and chairman of the Privileges Committee, as we then called it without blushing. I agree absolutely with all that has been said both by my noble friend Lord MacGregor and by the noble Lord, Lord Goodlad. We are faced with a...

Police: Funding — Question (17 Jun 2009)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, is the noble Lord aware that the amount per head proceeding from the Government in the present year at some £93 is well below the average for police authorities as a whole of £132, and that the Surrey figure has been reduced by 39 per cent in real terms over the past 10 years? Will he take account of my own experience when I was Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Member of...

Financial Services Authority — Question (31 Mar 2009)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, does the noble Lord recall the purpose-built Building Societies Commission established in 1986? Does he further recall—this is a non-partisan question—that the Building Societies Commission was merged with the Financial Services Authority in 1997? The purpose-built commission was required by law, "to promote the protection by each building society of the investments of its...

House of Lords Bill [HL]: Committee (1st Day) (19 Mar 2009)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My noble friend may want an escape hatch at this point. We were being treated to fanciful speculations on his part, way detached from the great majority of his supporters in this House and roaming into the future. Then he was suddenly challenged by the noble Lord, Lord McNally, with his Gladstonian recollections, so there was a competition in fancifulness. Can we not address the substance of...

EU: Security and Defence Policy — Question (12 Mar 2009)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, does the Minister recognise that the points put to him by the noble Lords, Lord Wallace and Lord Hannay, are profoundly wise advice, that the opportunity created by yesterday's decision by the President of France underlines its importance and that, moreover, if he were to act on all that advice, he would be moving towards achieving an objective first set out very clearly by my noble...

House of Lords Bill [HL]: Second Reading (27 Feb 2009)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, I apologise for intervening at this stage of the Minister's speech. Nobody questions the value, the power or the significance of democracy, but the three questions that I posed in my speech must still be answered by any advocate. If we have a structure whereby we enjoy the benefits of the eccentricity, if you like, of this House alongside the benefits of democracy and, in the last...

House of Lords Bill [HL]: Second Reading (27 Feb 2009)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, for many reasons it is a pleasure to follow the brief but important speech by the noble Baroness, Lady Jay. I will follow her example and speak for six minutes. Although I may appear to sit on a Front Bench, we are both essentially Back-Benchers, so six minutes should be enough. I second her proposition that we should enthusiastically support the Bill introduced by the noble Lord,...

Foreign Policy — Debate (26 Feb 2009)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, like my predecessors, I congratulate my noble friend Lord Marlesford on a quite remarkable speech introducing this debate—a three-dimensional tour d'horizon, which covered almost every topic with great consistency. I follow that by congratulating the noble Baroness, Lady D'Souza, on a compact presentation of an expert insight into an important subject. For my part, I intend to...

Iran — Question ( 5 Feb 2009)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, I should perhaps declare an interest in this topic. I re-established relations with Iran in 1986 after an interval of many years only to have those relations broken off two weeks later, on Valentine's Day, by the issuing of the fatwa about the book published at that time. That indicates that the matter should be approached with considerable precaution. I remember a 1920s railway...

Gaza — Statement (12 Jan 2009)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords—

Gaza — Statement (12 Jan 2009)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords—

Gaza — Statement (12 Jan 2009)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, I apologise that I was not present at the outset of these proceedings—all the more so because of my present intervention. I congratulate—if that is not too strong a word—the Minister on the way in which he has skilfully reflected the near unanimity from all corners of this House, from Front Bench and Back Bench alike. Many noble colleagues must have been put in mind of an...

Queen's Speech — Debate (2nd Day) (Continued) ( 4 Dec 2008)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, it gives me pleasure to be able to follow the noble Baroness in two respects immediately: first, by seconding the motion of gratitude to the right reverend Prelate that she proposed, as he is entitled to not just a proposer but a seconder; and, on her last point, she put powerfully and eloquently a view shared, I am sure, by many in this House that the once uniquely dominant quality...

Economy ( 3 Nov 2008)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, I feel rather disturbed by the fact that people say to me from time to time that, as a former Chancellor of the Exchequer, I must have the answers to all these difficult questions. It is particularly disturbing when I am in the company of two of my successors, both young striplings for whom the memories are still quite recent. It is worth reminding your Lordships that I was first...

Energy Bill (28 Oct 2008)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, this is an unusual topic for me to intervene on, but I support all the arguments already put by noble Lords on all sides of the House. I want to address the objection often raised that, if we were to follow the advice underlying the proposal to establish SDST—single/double summer time—so well advocated by the noble Lord a moment ago, it would hugely inconvenience a massive...

Iraq: Refugees ( 9 Oct 2008)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, does the Minister not recognise that there remains a very wide gap between the briefing to which he has twice referred and the illustrative case cited by my noble friend Lord Fowler?

House of Lords: Reform (14 Jul 2008)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords—

Banks ( 9 Jul 2008)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, does not the fact that the Minister was unable to give anything like a precise answer to the very precise question posed by his noble friend Lord Barnett indicate that we are starting a period of highly undesirable uncertainty in a very important area of the economy?

International Organisations: Democracies (24 Jun 2008)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, does the Minister agree that there are several organisations—not just one—founded on democracy and that both the Commonwealth and the European Union have that same objective? The world already has sufficient organisations to shrink back from the idea that the Minister advanced that we want to see a thousand flowers grow. Would it not be better to continue nurturing and...


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