Results 121–140 of 333 for speaker:Lord Howe of Aberavon

EU: Lisbon Treaty (16 Jun 2008)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, was the noble Baroness as astonished as I was to hear the tone used by the noble Lord, Lord McNally, to denounce my party for our deep affection for referenda, as though we are leading the chase in this? It was his own party, certainly at the outset, that was the most enthusiastic in its pursuit of that solution, one which I regard as unacceptable? But to hear him denouncing my...

European Union (Amendment) Bill (11 Jun 2008)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, I proceed with some hesitation and anxiety. It is not the first time in my career that I find myself speaking from the Back Benches out of line with the Front Bench, and it is something that I hesitate to do even on this occasion. I do so because I am above all concerned with what is likely to be the least damaging outcome of this long series of transactions for British interests in...

European Union (Amendment) Bill (11 Jun 2008)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, I am not going to become a prophet, but it is going to be doubly difficult to have confidence in the decision that the people might return at such a referendum. I do not disguise my own belief that we ought to retain our position as an increasingly effective member of the European Union. Moreover, I am glad that that is the objective of all the political parties represented in this...

European Union (Amendment) Bill (11 Jun 2008)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, perhaps not all my arguments are as sound as each other. There may not be much strength in that argument, but I feel some unease about this allegedly disreputable, non-elected crowd daring to intervene in the betrayal of the election by the electees. That, however, may be too sophisticated an argument. On the referendum, I am not predicting the answer because I do not like it. I...

Income Tax (13 May 2008)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, it is an astonishing thing to hear the noble Lord holding forth about general economic problems—oil prices, oil revenue and everything else—when he only occasionally refers to the proposition that he is talking now about remedying the consequences of a grotesque misjudgment which ought never to have taken place. All the rest of it is irrelevant to the changes being made and...

Africa: FCO and DfID Expenditure ( 6 May 2008)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, does the Minister recall that the first speech made by the present Foreign Secretary described the Foreign Office as a "unique global asset", and that the Foreign Secretary said in his most recent speech that: "The traditional roles of the foreign office are still needed"? Given those premises, is the Minister not a little disturbed by the fact that we have no diplomatic...

House of Lords: Public Information ( 1 May 2008)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, does the noble Lord agree that the quality of information about the history of the nation conveyed to visitors to this House by the diligent guides is formidable and impressive? I have learnt a lot from them. Would it not be desirable if that could be supplemented or even replaced by more information from the guides about the work that we do here and how we do it? That would be a...

European Union (Amendment) Bill ( 1 Apr 2008)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, it must be about a quarter of a century or more since the noble Lord, Lord Kinnock, first began making an impact on my perception of him. At that stage, I knew that we shared only one view; that we were both proud to be Welshmen. Hearkening to his tremendously enthusiastic presentation of the case for Europe as it is today, I have to say that he has come a long way in the past...

Constitution (25 Mar 2008)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, the fact that the Minister is able to say with a serious face that the proceedings of the cross-party working group are progressing well can lead one to only one conclusion—that the working group is manifestly unrepresentative of the diversity of opinion that exists on this topic. That statement brings to mind the clock that strikes 13 times and casts doubt on the reliability of...

Constitution (25 Mar 2008)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, I am bound by convention to comply with what the noble Baroness says. Does not the Minister—and indeed the Government—realise that this overambitious agenda is likely to lead us into ill-considered and ill-thought-out conclusions on a range of matters which deserve immensely detailed and careful consideration? Does he not agree that the agenda taken here exceeds in huge...

Foreign and Commonwealth Office (13 Mar 2008)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, following that doom-laden piece of advice from the Front Bench, I begin by extending my thanks to the noble Lord, Lord Wallace, for having introduced this debate. I agree with every word that he said—indeed, I agree with every word spoken by the noble Lord, Lord Anderson, as well. The noble Lord, Lord Wallace, has been applying himself to this topic with tenacity, with speeches in...

Armed Forces: US Missile Defence ( 3 Mar 2008)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, did not Presidents Bush and Putin agree as long ago as 2002 in Moscow on the case for consultation on this between those two countries? Have not former Secretaries of State George Shultz and Henry Kissinger repeatedly expressed their view that such multilateral, co-operative discussions on ballistic missile defence systems should include agreement on plans for countering missile...

House of Lords Bill [HL] (17 Jan 2008)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: Can I take the great risk, as a really non-procedural character within the House, of recalling that a feature of which we are most proud is that we are a self-regulating House? I think that what the noble Lord, Lord Steel, is really saying is that he cannot challenge the fact that the amendments are all there. They are within the connected purposes, and the Clerks have allowed them to be...

House of Lords Bill [HL] (17 Jan 2008)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: Given what the noble Lord, Lord Hunt, was just saying about his search for the widest consensus possible, can he reaffirm what he said a moment or two ago, that the working group is considering this matter in the light of the votes of both Houses? Will he give some kind of assurance that the votes of this House, not wholly represented by the leadership serving on the committee, will be taken...

House of Lords Bill [HL] (17 Jan 2008)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: I—

House of Lords Bill [HL] (17 Jan 2008)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: I think that probably inclined in my direction. The interesting contribution made by the noble Viscount, Lord Montgomery, adds yet another piece of timber to the increasingly complicated pile that is now before us. I think that we should go back to the approach made by the noble Lord, Lord Steel, fortified as it now is by his colleague the noble Lord, Lord Tyler. It has grieved me a great...

British Council: Russia (17 Jan 2008)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords—

British Council: Russia (17 Jan 2008)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, I am sure that I am not the only member of your Lordships' House whose memory goes as far back as 1944. I recollect the energy and enthusiasm with which my mother, in particular, set about managing events for Anglo-Soviet friendship. I remember seeing on display the Stalingrad sword in Winchester Cathedral as a tribute by our people to the courage of the Russian people. I can...

European Council: 14 December 2007 (17 Dec 2007)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, I should acknowledge that I signed the treaty for the accession of Spain and Portugal to the European Union in Madrid and Lisbon. I regard that—perhaps the Minister will agree—along with the other treaties mentioned by the noble Lord, Lord Hannay, and the one signed last week, as one of the less than elegant but essentially necessary components in progress towards the coherent...

European Council: 13-14 December 2007 ( 5 Dec 2007)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, I should like to comment on the intervention by my noble friend Lord Stevas.


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