Results 101–115 of 115 for speaker:Lord Hooson

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

Lord Hooson: My Lords, in the second half of the 20th century the concept of sovereignty needed more adjustment and amendment than at any other time in history. We are now in the next century--the next millennium--and Europe is more settled, more prosperous and more secure than at any other time in the past two centuries. We have to consider how we arrived at this state. When there is reference to the...

Welsh Assembly ( 1 Mar 2000)

Lord Hooson: My Lords, does the Minister agree that experience has taught us that the less interference there is from London in the affairs of Cardiff as regards the Welsh Assembly and its leadership, the better--and that goes for the Government and everyone else? Does she also agree that the noble Lord, Lord Roberts of Conwy, might benefit and have a more joyous St David's Day if he reminded himself of...

Wales: Devolution (21 Feb 2000)

Lord Hooson: My Lords, writing in The Times last week the very distinguished Welsh writer, Jan Morris, said, "It must be patent to all that the crisis in the Welsh Assembly had at its root the inadequate degree of devolution it enjoys". I agree that there is an inadequate degree of devolution. But the greatest mistake that we could make would be to follow her advice and, as it were, be merely a party of...

North Wales Child Abuse Report (15 Feb 2000)

Lord Hooson: My Lords, although the report is largely a matter for the Welsh Assembly as it was commissioned within Wales, nevertheless its implications are great and the subject is of importance to everyone. Will the Minister bring all her influence to bear on the Leader of the House and on the Chief Whip to enable an early debate to be held on this subject? I have a summary of the document which is...

North Wales Child Abuse Report (15 Feb 2000)

Lord Hooson: My Lords, there is reference to a report commissioned by Clwyd County Council. Will the House have an opportunity to see the report?

Local Government Bill [H.L.] ( 7 Feb 2000)

Lord Hooson: I make clear from these Benches that I am in a minority among my colleagues in having been uncertain about the right course to pursue. The more I have listened to this extremely interesting debate, the more I have appreciated how much there is to consider. It is one thing to have sex education; it is another to have the promotion of sexual behaviour, whether that is homosexual or heterosexual...

Local Government Bill [H.L.] ( 7 Feb 2000)

Lord Hooson: Over the years I have been here, the noble Lord could have fooled me. It seems to me that the issue which now arises is whether we should get rid of Section 28 or whether it should be replaced by something else. Attractive amendments have been tabled. Some of those we can appreciate fully now and some we shall appreciate more fully as the debate develops. The noble Lord, Lord Whitty, was...

Local Government Bill [H.L.] ( 7 Feb 2000)

Lord Hooson: Were we not encouraged to discuss more than one amendment? The Minister who spoke earlier referred to the amendment in the name of the noble and learned Lord, Lord Brightman, as being an amendment also to consider. I should have thought that at this stage it would be as well broadly to discuss all the amendments because I understand that the Government Front Bench are encouraging not a vote...

Tharcisse Muvunyi ( 2 Feb 2000)

Lord Hooson: My Lords, can the Minister explain further why he states that it is inappropriate for him to answer those questions? Whether or not this man is an asylum seeker is a simple question which deserves a factual answer. The House deserves that.

Wales: EU Objective One ( 1 Feb 2000)

Lord Hooson: My Lords, with regard to the question put by the noble Viscount, Lord Cranborne, will the noble Baroness agree that Germany--a larger net contributor to European Union funds than the UK--also has to provide match funding for every grant that it receives under this heading? In the larger context, will the noble Baroness draw the attention of her colleagues in government to the importance of...

European Defence Initiative (26 Jan 2000)

Lord Hooson: My Lords, does not the noble Baroness agree--but perhaps she is too young to remember this--that the late President Kennedy often spoke of the two pillars of NATO: the North American pillar and the European pillar? Is it not correct that until now we have singularly failed in Europe to build that pillar? Is not this new initiative long overdue?

NHS Waiting Lists (17 Jan 2000)

Lord Hooson: My Lords, will the Minister tell us on whom the Treasury is dependent, as he said that funding depends on the Treasury? Furthermore, is it not inevitable that there should have been a crisis in the National Health Service once the Government had accepted the spending limits of the previous government?

The Salisbury Convention (15 Dec 1999)

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The Salisbury Convention (15 Dec 1999)

Lord Hooson: My Lords, does not the noble Baroness the Leader of the House agree that the Salisbury convention is not so much a matter of principle as of expediency and convenience for the business of Parliament, and that the conditions which necessitated that convention coming into being still exist at present and will continue until we know what the permanent constitution of the second House is likely to be?

Non-departmental Public Bodies ( 8 Dec 1999)

Lord Hooson: My Lords, what proportion of the quangos in existence when the Government came into power still exist? Were the figures which the noble and learned Lord gave directed to the whole of the United Kingdom, or England and Wales together, or England and Wales separately? Does the Minister not agree that the Government fought the last election on the basis that one of the justifications for the...

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