Results 141–160 of 333 for speaker:Lord Howe of Aberavon

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

Lord Howe of Aberavon: St John of Fawsley, I am so sorry, my Lords. My political career started with a gesture on his part. When he was going down from Cambridge in order to go up to Oxford, I was one of the college representatives raising membership for the Cambridge University Conservative Association under his leadership. When he departed, he wrote me a letter of thanks and appreciation for my work in that...

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

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, I think that is enough badinage—I could not resist it. I have long since lost count of the number of speeches and pronouncements I have made on the European Community. I have often recalled in this House my first one. In the Jean Monnet era, in July 1950, I wrote a letter to a school friend just five years after we had left school. I wrote, "Active British leadership of some more...

House of Lords Bill [HL] (30 Nov 2007)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, the striking feature about the work of the so-called "cross-party" group has from the outset been a search for consensus. "Consensus" is defined in any dictionary as "general agreement" or "comprehensive agreement". Against that background, we have heard many times from the noble and learned Lord, Lord Falconer, that the search is not just for consensus between the two parties, but...

Debate on the Address ( 7 Nov 2007)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, it is a pleasure for several reasons to follow the noble Lord, Lord Williamson. It is now more than 18 years, I think, since he and I worked in partnership on these matters. Certainly, it is more than 18 years since, in the kind, euphemistic words of an American chairman the other day, I "relinquished" my position at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. I have some hesitation in...

Diplomats (24 Oct 2007)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, is the Minister aware that the Prime Minister, during his 10 years as Chancellor of the Exchequer, made a habit of virtually never staying at a British embassy but instead staying at hotels? Does the noble Lord agree that that pattern of behaviour not only increases public expenditure but, more seriously, cuts the Minister concerned off from the resources, advice and expertise...

House of Lords Bill [HL] (20 Jul 2007)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, since the Minister presses the necessity for cross-party agreement, will he answer two questions? Should that cross-party agreement not include respect, in these circumstances, for the views of this House? Should it not be accompanied by at least one sentence from him describing how movement in the direction of an elected House would improve the functioning—the functioning—of...

House of Lords Bill [HL] (20 Jul 2007)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, I take pleasure in echoing precisely the case just made by the noble Lord, Lord Tomlinson. It is important that we focus on the consequences of the Statement made yesterday, underlining as it does the contents of the Green Paper, because that is the task on which apparently our leaders are engaged. As the noble Lord has pointed out, it is not a task for which there is support, nor...

House of Lords: Reform (19 Jul 2007)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, will the Minister accept from me that the voices of the choir leaders on the Front Benches to my right are by no means supported by a chorus of welcome of the kind that he was so grateful for? As far as I can see, only three words in the Statement that he repeated deserve some welcome. Referring to the future of the hereditary Peers, he said "when and if" they are to go. The...

Supreme Court ( 4 Jul 2007)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, I am delighted to have the opportunity to follow the noble and learned Lord's presentation of this case and to make the point that, quite apart from the extravagance involved, which he described so well, the more one looks at it, the more one realises that the theoretical purpose underlying this change has no foundation whatever and that the consequences of it will be damaging to...

Constitution ( 3 Jul 2007)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, I do not want to sound unduly churlish, particularly in the light of the magnificent way in which the noble Baroness has handled her presentation of this brief this afternoon, but does this not proffer a mammoth menu of measures, many of which have a genuinely modish appeal to them but risk being a case of Utopian overindulgence? Is it not likely that no institution in the country...

Hong Kong (27 Jun 2007)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, does the noble Lord recall that when Donald Tsang was in Beijing in April this year for installation as chief executive, President Hu Jintao himself affirmed the extent to which the people of Hong Kong looked forward to gradual and orderly progress towards universal suffrage—an objective therefore acknowledged on both sides as part of the agreement?

EU: UK Membership (14 Jun 2007)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord McNally, for initiating this debate, while refraining from claiming that I am at least as antique as he is in my support for the European cause. I join the noble Lord, Lord Clinton-Davis, in his tribute to the noble Lord, Lord Williamson, and the late Lord Cockfield. It is common knowledge that my noble friend Lady Thatcher and I do not always see eye to...

Government: Civil Service and Judiciary (24 May 2007)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, I thank all those colleagues who have been so kind about my initiation of this most interesting debate. I particularly thank my noble friend Lord Cope for not having discouraged me when the thought was in my mind. I am tempted to answer the question with which the noble and learned Lord the Lord Chancellor closed his speech by disclosing the fact that, when I sat in my room in the...

Government: Civil Service and Judiciary (24 May 2007)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: rose to call attention to the conduct of the machinery of government and to the role of an independent Civil Service and judiciary; and to move for Papers. My Lords, I confess that I cannot resist the temptation to begin by quoting an article that appeared last Friday in the Financial Times by one of its most distinguished correspondents, Martin Wolf. He stated: "Good government ... is a...

Home Office: Restructuring (29 Mar 2007)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, the very scale of the transformation taking place—the noble and learned Lord described it as "an important milestone" and the noble Lord, Lord Lester, acknowledged the history behind it—leaves me disturbed despite the Statement by the noble and learned Lord that it is always done this way. I am disturbed, and the whole House must be disturbed, by the announcement of such...

House of Lords: Reform (12 Mar 2007)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, in this debate, which has gone on for a decade or so, certain factors have emerged as common ground. The noble Lord who has just spoken does not seem to acknowledge my next point, but everyone else has acknowledged that this House in its present form performs a vital role in the legislature, and does so almost impeccably. I refer to the praise heaped on this House in the very first...

Iraq (22 Feb 2007)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, I begin with pleasure by endorsing the tribute quite rightly paid by the noble Baroness to the maiden speech of the noble and gallant Lord, Lord Walker of Aldringham. I join others in thanking my noble friend Lord Hurd for having introduced this debate today with such a measured and powerful speech. Equally, I thank the noble Baroness, Lady Ramsay of Cartvale, for the way in which...

House of Lords: Reform ( 7 Feb 2007)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, will the noble and learned Lord the Lord Chancellor accept that not one sentence of the Statement or the White Paper suggests that the introduction of elected Members of this House will do anything to improve or enhance the performance of this House, to which he once again paid tribute in the Statement today? Will he also accept that any attempt to force through legislation on the...

Supreme Court (23 Jan 2007)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, is the noble and learned Lord aware that in the most recent accounts of the House, the costs recorded of the judicial activities in the House, excluding Law Lords' salaries, were less than £200,000 for the year and that the interest costs, let alone the capital costs, for the Middlesex Guildhall will be 12 or 15 times higher than that? Are not the costs of this House, as the report...

Conventions: Joint Committee Report (16 Jan 2007)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: My Lords, does the noble and learned Lord recognise that codification in the tax field is simply an endeavour to transform a jungle of unintelligibility into an area of comparative lucidity without making changes, whereas the codification of conventions in fact has the opposite effect?


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