Results 181–200 of 1744 for speaker:Lord Skelmersdale

Afghanistan — Question (21 Jan 2010)

Lord Skelmersdale: My Lords, I have asked this several times of various Ministers over the past two years. Can the Minister please tell me what replacement crop there is for poppy that is suitable for conditions in Afghanistan?

Iraq: Visas — Question (19 Jan 2010)

Lord Skelmersdale: My Lords, given that Baghdad and Erbil operate a limited biometric capture facility for specified categories of applicant, are the Government able to collect biometric information for visas for Iraqi businessmen? Surely this would speed things up dramatically.

Video Recordings Bill: Second Reading (18 Jan 2010)

Lord Skelmersdale: I apologise for not having intervened earlier, although I have listened to the entire debate. As I understand it, the reason for notification to the Commission is to give time for other countries to comment on legislation. However, this legislation appears to waive that procedure, in that it is intended to come into operation immediately after it has been passed by both Houses. Can the...

Powers of Entry etc. Bill [HL]: Second Reading (15 Jan 2010)

Lord Skelmersdale: I was not saying that previous Governments were not to blame in having inserted various powers of entry into various Acts of Parliament. I was suggesting that the situation has become more serious in the past 12 years and that these powers of entry have come thicker and faster.

Powers of Entry etc. Bill [HL]: Second Reading (15 Jan 2010)

Lord Skelmersdale: My Lords, this has been a very interesting debate, kicked off by the long-running attack of my noble friend Lord Selsdon. Listening to his opening speech, I recalled the final lines of a Noel Coward song: "say 'thank God', we've got no cause to complain, Alice is at it again!". Clearly, when I say that, I mean it in no disparaging way. He is absolutely right in pursuing a matter which...

Pre-Budget Report 2009 — Motion to Take Note (16 Dec 2009)

Lord Skelmersdale: My Lords, I was struck at the beginning of this debate by the attitude of the noble Lord, Lord Myners, who produced his speech in what I can only describe as a remarkably sotto voce manner. He has obviously cheered up; perhaps that was because of the speech by my noble friend Lord James, or because of others. However, when I listened to his speech I wondered whether his sombre manner...

Visas: Non-EU Visitors — Question (15 Dec 2009)

Lord Skelmersdale: My Lords, I do not know whether anybody else in the House has been confused by the Minister this afternoon as much as I have. Earlier on, he talked about a fast-track system where people could get their visas at ports of entry-airports, the port of Southampton and so on. Just now, in answer to a question from behind me, he said that one of the reasons for denying a visa in such cases would be...

Health: Dementia — Question (14 Dec 2009)

Lord Skelmersdale: My Lords, under the Government's current plans for healthcare in the community, many more nurses will have to be peripatetic. How many does the Minister expect to move out of the hospitals and into the communities?

Climate Change — Question ( 8 Dec 2009)

Lord Skelmersdale: My Lords-

Money-laundering and the Financing of Terrorism: EUC Report: Motion to Take Note ( 7 Dec 2009)

Lord Skelmersdale: My Lords, before the Minister leaves that point, terrorism happens in every continent in the world, bar Antarctica. Has anybody been looking at pan-African terrorism, which I would have thought was inevitably going on?

Money-laundering and the Financing of Terrorism: EUC Report: Motion to Take Note ( 7 Dec 2009)

Lord Skelmersdale: My Lords, there is a certain synergy between this debate and the debate with which we started today's business. I hope that I am able to resist the temptation to repeat myself, not least on the potential for mission creep mentioned by my noble friend Lord Jopling, aided and abetted in much greater detail by my noble friend Lord Hodgson. I start by congratulating my noble friend on chairing...

Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (References to Financial Investigators) (Amendment) Order 2009 — Motion to Resolve ( 7 Dec 2009)

Lord Skelmersdale: Why does that paragraph about the apparent possibility of extending these powers to private firms appear in the Explanatory Memorandum? Why is it worth saying, except to raise alarms such as those that I mentioned?

Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (References to Financial Investigators) (Amendment) Order 2009 — Motion to Resolve ( 7 Dec 2009)

Lord Skelmersdale: My Lords, I congratulate my noble friend Lord Onslow on tabling this Motion. As he rightly said in his introduction, this order is not an innocuous piece of secondary legislation but one which raises issues of considerable importance about the powers of the state and the way that the Government choose to legislate. I can tell the noble Countess, Lady Mar, that the words "mission creep"...

Railways: National Express — Question ( 3 Dec 2009)

Lord Skelmersdale: My Lords, the Secretary of State jokingly referred to solving problems overnight, but he earlier referred to the fact that the new franchises would start on 1 April 2011. Why is it taking so long?

Health: Epilepsy — Question ( 3 Dec 2009)

Lord Skelmersdale: My Lords, I must declare an interest as a member of my family suffers from epilepsy. Further to the question of my noble friend Lady Gardner of Parkes, are there any geographical gaps in the provision of these specialist nurses?

Roads: Markings and Signs — Question (26 Nov 2009)

Lord Skelmersdale: My Lords, is the consultation to which the Minister has just referred broad enough to consider left-hand filters at traffic lights? Those would ease the flow of traffic considerably

Welfare Reform Bill: Commons Amendments (12 Nov 2009)

Lord Skelmersdale: My Lords, I remind both the Minister and the noble Baroness, Lady Hollis, that, in a debate of this sort, leave can only be given to speak again on a material point in my noble friend's speech. He did not mention childcare tax credits at all.

Policing and Crime Bill: Third Reading (11 Nov 2009)

Lord Skelmersdale: My Lords, it would be churlish of me not to thank the Minister for this amendment, even though I have a concern about it. I note that the Minister used the words "both Houses of Parliament" when speaking to the amendment, whereas the amendment refers only to Parliament, which could in certain circumstances mean one House or the other. Even at this late stage in the parliamentary Session, it...

Policing and Crime Bill: Third Reading (11 Nov 2009)

Lord Skelmersdale: My Lords, it is always a problem when the Government drip-feed amendments through the last stages of a Bill. I rather hope that I have understood what this composite group of amendments, tabled today and on Report, means. I understand that, on Royal Assent, local authorities will be able to choose whether to implement the new regime. If a local authority implements the new regime, the people...

Policing and Crime Bill: Report (2nd Day) ( 5 Nov 2009)

Lord Skelmersdale: My Lords, I am glad that the noble Lord, Lord Bradshaw, has approached the amendment in the way that he has, because I must admit that I was somewhat surprised to see it on the Marshalled List given the detail into which the Minister went in Committee. I am now satisfied that, as drafted, the arrangements are sufficiently flexible to allow the British Transport Police to be a member of the...


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