Results 21–40 of 115 for speaker:Lord Hooson

Russia (EUC Report) (16 May 2003)

Lord Hooson: My Lords, as I was not a member of the sub-committee, the first thing that I must do is congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Jopling, and his fellow members of the sub-committee on producing a valuable report on an important subject that is likely to grow in importance, as the years go by. The foundations that we lay down in the next decade will be of vital importance to the future well-being...

Convention on the Future of Europe ( 2 Apr 2003)

Lord Hooson: My Lords, I agree with much of what the noble and learned Lord, Lord Howe of Aberavon, said. He reminded me that my late cousin and he had decided to hold a referendum on the opening of public houses in Wales. I am sure that my late cousin would never have accepted it as a general principle that one should be in favour of referendums. I do not think that we should go along with the idea of a...

European Council: Iraq (24 Mar 2003)

Lord Hooson: My Lords—

European Council: Iraq (24 Mar 2003)

Lord Hooson: My Lords, does the noble and learned Lord recollect—

Licensing Bill [HL] (11 Mar 2003)

Lord Hooson: My Lords, as I already indicated to my colleagues last week, I have considerable sympathy for the amendment proposed by the noble Lord, Lord Peyton. I kept an open mind about the matter until I heard the debate today, and now I am convinced that I should support him. I have no experience of licensing at the present time, but in my early days at the Bar I did a great deal of licensing work. I...

Middle East (25 Feb 2003)

Lord Hooson: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether it is their view that the United Nations, the European Union and others should take an even-handed approach to the Middle East conflict, and what would be their definition of the basic requirements of such an approach in present circumstances.

Middle East (25 Feb 2003)

Lord Hooson: My Lords, the noble Baroness has referred to the Government's present policy, as I understand it. However, she will have recognised the words that I used in my Question as emanating directly from the Prime Minister. That policy referred to other states. The Prime Minister has undoubted influence on President Bush. Has he drawn to his attention the need for the United States, in particular, to...

Declaration of War: Parliamentary Approval (19 Feb 2003)

Lord Hooson: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether it would be constitutional and lawful for a declaration of war to be made by the United Kingdom without the prior approval of Parliament.

Declaration of War: Parliamentary Approval (19 Feb 2003)

Lord Hooson: My Lords, I thank the noble and learned Lord for that reply, which was rather a relief to hear. Does he agree that Royal prerogatives are archaic? They belong to an era when there was an absolute monarchy and depended on the doctrine of the divine right of kings. In the modern age, is it not absolutely essential—in the unhappy event of a declaration of war being required—that the...

Investors: Leave to Enter UK (11 Feb 2003)

Lord Hooson: asked Her Majesty's Government: How many persons in the past five years have been granted leave to enter the United Kingdom as investors under the Immigration Rules; and what checks they make on the source of the £1 million which has to be under the applicant's control in order to meet the requirements for leave to enter with his or her dependants.

Investors: Leave to Enter UK (11 Feb 2003)

Lord Hooson: My Lords, I thank the Minister for that statement. Is it not correct that the rules enable anybody who is ostensibly rich to enter this country and have a right of abode here provided they have at least £1 million and undertake to invest £750,000, and provided they can satisfy the authorities that neither they nor their dependants will depend on jobs in this country or on the resources of...

Health (Wales) Bill ( 6 Feb 2003)

Lord Hooson: My Lords, the first thing that I would like to say is how I much I welcome the noble Lord, Lord Evans, to the Government Front Bench. No one has yet touched on his Welsh connection. The export of the Welsh family of Evans from Wales to East Anglia was of great benefit to East Anglia. His father, George Ewart Evans, was a famous oral historian who wrote almost exclusively about rural areas in...

Iraq (27 Jan 2003)

Lord Hooson: My Lords, while Saddam Hussein is head of state he is immune from prosecution, but would the noble and learned Lord tell us whether, if he were displaced, he would be liable for offences that he might have committed while head of state? Surely he would be.

Courts Bill [HL] ( 9 Dec 2002)

Lord Hooson: My Lords, I entirely agree that the courts' administrative provision and arrangements—from the High Court to the magistrates' courts—should come under one umbrella, but only if adequate provision is made for the extremely important local dimension in relation to magistrates' courts, Crown Courts, county courts and so on. In all the briefing papers I received on this matter, the one point...

Sex Offenders (19 Nov 2002)

Lord Hooson: My Lords, as the purpose of the criminal law system is to convict the guilty and to protect the innocent, and as both are equally important, does the noble and learned Lord not agree that there is a great deal to be said for looking at our laws of evidence? Over the years I have suggested to two successive Lord Chancellors—not to the present one—that we should do so. As regards rape, for...

Parole (19 Nov 2002)

Lord Hooson: My Lords, is it not correct that when the Parole Board takes a judgment in such matters, the assumption is made that the man was guilty of the offence. In coming to that conclusion, does it also consider the fact that he has never apologised or in any way expressed any regret for the act that he is alleged to have committed? So when the Minister states that the matter is not considered,...

Chinook ZD576: Select Committee Report ( 5 Nov 2002)

Lord Hooson: My Lords, I apologise for getting up to speak in the gap. I had withdrawn my name from the list for personal reasons that are known to the powers that be. However, on returning via the House of Lords, I discovered that your Lordships were still discussing the matter. As the fifth member of the Committee, I should say how much I appreciated my four colleagues and the thought and the care that...

Euro: Economic Tests for UK Entry (30 Oct 2002)

Lord Hooson: My Lords, does the Minister—

Euro: Economic Tests for UK Entry (30 Oct 2002)

Lord Hooson: My Lords, does not the Minister agree that there is a great deal of hypocrisy about this discussion because this country, certainly in the short term, could live comfortably inside the euro-zone or outside it? The decision on whether or not we join in the end is a political one—and surely the country needs leadership on that.

Animal Health Functions: Devolution to Wales (29 Oct 2002)

Lord Hooson: My Lords, is the Minister aware that there is a clear impression in Wales and in the UK generally, I think, that the foot and mouth disease was dealt with more effectively and efficiently in Scotland than it was in Wales. That was due largely to much greater use of local knowledge and local decision making. Is there any reason why the Welsh Assembly should not have the same powers in that...


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