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Welfare Reform Bill — Third Reading (Continued) (31 Jan 2012)

Lord Skelmersdale: Perhaps the noble Baroness, Lady Hollis, could turn over to page 34 of the Bill. New Section 6J(7)(c) talks about, "the termination or suspension of a reduction under this section". That sounds like exactly the sort of principle that the noble Baroness, Lady Hayter, has enunciated in moving this amendment. I that hope my noble friend will be able to confirm that.

Welfare Reform Bill: Report (6th Day) (25 Jan 2012)

Lord Skelmersdale: My Lords, the key to this amendment-I go a long way with my noble friend Lord Newton on what he has just said-is the settlement letter. What I think the House will need to know is what happens when the local government organisation in question does not abide by the settlement letter. On the answer to that, I suspect, will depend the decision of the noble Baroness on whether or not to call a...

Niger — Question (25 Jan 2012)

Lord Skelmersdale: My Lords, that is all very well, but will the noble Baroness tell me what is being done to extract and preserve water, on which all agriculture and horticulture depend?

Welfare Reform Bill — Report (5th Day) (Continued) (23 Jan 2012)

Lord Skelmersdale: My Lords, would the noble Baroness, Lady Drake, accept that she is talking about are those who have been earning more than cap and fallen on hard times rather than those with whom much of the legislation is involved: that is, those who in employment have been earning under the cap?

Welfare Reform Bill — Second Reading (13 Sep 2011)

Lord Skelmersdale: My Lords, I am rather tempted to start my speech with that part of his speech that the noble Lord, Lord Kirkwood, left out. Be that as it may, many noble Lords have made the point that this Bill starts the greatest single reform to the social security system since 1942. I note that the Minister and indeed Barnardo's, in its excellent brief, called it "radical". I would call it revolutionary....

Live Music Bill [HL]: Committee (15 Jul 2011)

Lord Skelmersdale: I am not sure whether anyone else among your Lordships is as confused as I am. Although I well understand that, "dancing and live music in certain small premises", is a very wide term, the words in the Bill and in Amendment 1 seem to be so restrictive that they would not include singing, which I would have thought was certainly a part of live music.

NHS: Reform — Question ( 6 Jun 2011)

Lord Skelmersdale: My Lords, would my noble friend care to cast any light on the fact that I have received criticisms of the Bill from virtually every health professional body but not one from a patient?

Courts: Super-injunctions — Question (19 May 2011)

Lord Skelmersdale: My Lords-

Broadcasting: Product Placement — Question (16 May 2011)

Lord Skelmersdale: My Lords, what clout does Ofcom have against transgressors in this particular area?

Postal Services Bill: Report (1st Day) ( 4 May 2011)

Lord Skelmersdale: If the amendment is agreed, I cannot call Amendment 5, by reason of pre-emption.

Oak Processionary Moth — Question (27 Apr 2011)

Lord Skelmersdale: My Lords, my noble friend in his last supplementary answer said that the Government do not know where this moth originated from. Does he know whether the moth affects oaks in other countries more seriously than it does here?

Postal Services Bill: Committee (4th Day) ( 6 Apr 2011)

Lord Skelmersdale: My Lords, I readily understand why the noble Lord, Lord Laird, seeks to protect local post offices, not only in Northern Ireland but in the other far flung parts of the United Kingdom. The trouble is that, with this amendment, he has cast the agreement between Royal Mail and Post Office Ltd in what I would call a leaden block. Not only is 15 years very long term but it means that, when Royal...

Postal Services Bill — Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (16 Mar 2011)

Lord Skelmersdale: The noble Lord is of course absolutely right. As the director of an SME myself, I sympathise exactly with the words he has just enunciated. It therefore occurs to me to ask my noble friend why Clause 11(3)(c) only refers to small businesses. It seems illogical.

Postal Services Bill — Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (16 Mar 2011)

Lord Skelmersdale: My Lords, does that mean that my noble friend is, for the second time, going to take this away and look at it rather more favourably than some of the other things we have heard over the past couple of days?

Postal Services Bill — Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (16 Mar 2011)

Lord Skelmersdale: I am rather surprised that the noble Lord did not seek to group this amendment with the amendments that have just been discussed because, to a great extent, he is covering the same point, although I noticed that he brought the inter-business agreement into his comments towards the end. On that basis, I rather hope that the Minister will to a great extent repeat the answer that she gave to the...

Postal Services Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) (14 Mar 2011)

Lord Skelmersdale: You are speaking to it.

Postal Services Bill — Committee (2nd Day) (14 Mar 2011)

Lord Skelmersdale: My Lords, I tend to agree with my noble friend Lady Kramer on this. Although what comes out of the discussion on this amendment will be valuable to our future discussions, as it is it rather puts the cart before the horse. As far as the noble Baroness, Lady Drake, is concerned I will ask my noble friend one question, if she will deign to answer it. Quite clearly, from what she said on our...

Postal Services Bill — Committee (2nd Day) (14 Mar 2011)

Lord Skelmersdale: My Lords, perhaps I may briefly interrupt my noble friend. Does that mean that the original purchaser of Royal Mail will be bound by the UPS?

Postal Services Bill — Committee (2nd Day) (14 Mar 2011)

Lord Skelmersdale: My Lords, as the Committee knows, I look at the Bill from a totally different perspective from that of the noble Lord, Lord Clarke of Hampstead. I look at it from the perspective of a user of Royal Mail and of the universal postal service that is contained within that contract. Wrapped up in the Second Reading speech that we have just heard, the noble Lord, Lord Clarke, makes a very valuable...

House of Lords: Use of Electronic Devices (AWC Report): Motion to Agree (10 Mar 2011)

Lord Skelmersdale: My Lords, before the Chairman of Committees answers that point, I want to make a similar point quickly. Paragraph 16, the conclusion, says: "If the House agrees this report"- I have no doubt that it will- "the Procedure Committee will be invited to amend the Companion when it is next updated". Can I have an assurance from someone, please, that the Procedure Committee will take account of this...


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