Results 81–100 of 115 for speaker:Lord Hooson

Streetworks: Charges ( 6 Mar 2001)

Lord Hooson: My Lords, does the noble Lord agree that roadworks are a contributory cause of road rage? As I understand it, the regulations to introduce charges have not been brought in as yet. As those charges will depend on the length of occupation, is it not important that they are introduced as soon as possible?

Children's Commissioner for Wales Bill (19 Feb 2001)

Lord Hooson: My Lords, what everyone has in mind is not that the children's commissioner should go on an inspection tour, but occasionally that he has a spot check.

Children's Commissioner for Wales Bill (19 Feb 2001)

Lord Hooson: My Lords, I had not intended to speak in the debate but, having heard what has been said, I want to reflect on one issue. I warned the noble Baroness, Lady Farrington, of my decision to speak. Throughout the debate, Members on all sides have expressed the desire to have an effective children's commissioner for Wales. The worst thing that we could have is an ineffective commissioner, because...

Prison Sentences (15 Feb 2001)

Lord Hooson: asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the recent lecture by the Lord Chief Justice to the Prison Reform Trust on ways to reduce the number of people sent to prison.

Prison Sentences (15 Feb 2001)

Lord Hooson: My Lords, although I thank the Minister for that Answer, does he appreciate that that is an inadequate way to deal with a lecture by this country's foremost criminal judge, who has particular knowledge of prison conditions following his Strangeways inquiry 10 years ago? Is the Minister inviting a considered and careful response from the Home Secretary? Is it not important to do so from the...

Prison Conditions (14 Feb 2001)

Lord Hooson: My Lords, is it not inevitable that prison conditions will get worse while we try to put more prisoners into prisons than those prisons can accommodate? Is not the Home Secretary following the example of his predecessor, Mr Michael Howard, by going down what might be described as the American road on penal policy? Is the noble Lord aware that, as I speak, nearly 2 million people are...

The Euro: EUC Report ( 5 Feb 2001)

Lord Hooson: My Lords, I agree with the noble Lord, Lord Lea of Crondall, who disagreed with the noble Lord, Lord Peston, over the idea that the European Central Bank should publish the minutes, and therefore the voting pattern, of its members. I never thought I should live to see the day when I should accuse the noble Lord, Lord Peston, of being naive. But if ever there were a recipe for disagreement in...

London Stock Exchange (19 Dec 2000)

Lord Hooson: My Lords, is the Minister aware that there is little room on the Right of the Labour Party? However, does the attitude he has expressed today mean that the Government would regard with equanimity the taking over almost entirely of control and ownership of our service and manufacturing industries without any sign of government intervention?

Census Forms: Welsh Ethnicity (27 Sep 2000)

Lord Hooson: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they approve of the decision of the Office for National Statistics to send out next year's census forms with provision for the Irish and Scots to indicate their ethnic origins but with no provision for the Welsh to do so.

Census Forms: Welsh Ethnicity (27 Sep 2000)

Lord Hooson: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord for that reply. However, does he appreciate that this appears to be a form of racial discrimination? Bearing in mind that it is alleged in some quarters that there are now as many Welsh people, and almost as many Welsh speakers, in England as there are in Wales, would it not be wise for the Government to discover the true statistics by means of the census?

House of Lords: Application for Membership (26 Jul 2000)

Lord Hooson: My Lords, can the Minister confirm whether it is correct that the members of the commission chaired by the noble Lord, Lord Stevenson, were themselves appointed after the Government had utilised the services of a firm of headhunters? If that is the case, do the Government intend to extend that system of selection? Might they not even extend it to the appointment of the Prime Minister?

MOTION MOVED ON CONSIDERATION OF COMMONS AMENDMENT No. 377 (24 Jul 2000)

Lord Hooson: My Lords, I agree with the noble Lord, Lord Mishcon, that it is a great pity that this is a political debate. As my colleagues on these Benches know, I thoroughly disapprove of the fact that there is a three-line Whip on a matter that should be discussed quite apart from political pressures. I agree with my noble friend Lord Russell that if the amendment of the noble Baroness, Lady Young, is...

Motion Moved on Consideration of Commons Amendment No. 10 (24 Jul 2000)

Lord Hooson: My Lords, I am no authority on local government and my sole purpose in intervening is to seek clarification. As I understand it, the amendment of my noble friend Lady Hamwee clearly spells out the matter. It limits the powers of a council with a population of under 85,000 to seek relief under Clause 28. I want to ask for clarification of the position of a council in Wales--my own council,...

House of Lords' Offices: Select Committee Report (21 Jun 2000)

Lord Hooson: My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Lord for giving way and I am sorry to interrupt him. It would be extremely helpful if he could tell us what experience Mr Braithwaite has of management problems in legislative assemblies.

Crohn's Disease (19 Jun 2000)

Lord Hooson: My Lords, I have always believed that one of the most valuable provisions of your Lordships' House is the Unstarred Question which allows a debate for an hour on a subject such as this. I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Greenway, on bringing this important subject to the attention of the House and of the public. I have no qualifications to speak on the subject. My interest has been aroused...

Globalisation (19 Apr 2000)

Lord Hooson: My Lords, I should like, first, to congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Borrie, on introducing this debate, and on his timing of it. We have memories of the battle of Seattle last year and the demonstrations in Washington very recently, and it is right that we should have an opportunity to address, however briefly, the legitimate concerns expressed about the economic, social, cultural and...

Scottish Parliament: Devolved Functions (10 Apr 2000)

Lord Hooson: My Lords, if this line of questioning is pursued, is there not a danger that the Scottish Parliament may demand powers to monitor the effectiveness of the House of Lords?

Iraq: UN Sanctions (21 Mar 2000)

Lord Hooson: asked Her Majesty's Government: What benefits accrue to the people of Iraq from United Nations sanctions; and whether they will take steps to get the sanctions lifted.

Iraq: UN Sanctions (21 Mar 2000)

Lord Hooson: My Lords, I thank the Minister for that reply. Does she and do the Government appreciate that there is great public concern about a policy which seems to inflict an enormous amount of hardship on the common people of Iraq, particularly the children, and which at the same time seems to have entrenched Saddam Hussein and his entourage in power and prosperity? Surely, those cannot have been the...

European Union (Implications of Withdrawal) Bill [H.L.] (17 Mar 2000)

Lord Hooson: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord for giving way. How does he reconcile his view with that of the president of the National Farmers Union, who said recently that membership of the EU is vital to the interests of British farmers?


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