Results 181–200 of 369 for speaker:Lord Williamson of Horton

Mental Health Bill [HL] ( 8 Jan 2007)

Lord Williamson of Horton: I support the amendment. I am among those of your Lordships who would like to welcome back the noble Lord, Lord Hunt of Kings Heath. I have agreed with his views on a whole range of issues over many years, and it only remains for him to agree with me for us to arrive at a satisfactory solution. I have it in mind that by the time the Bill becomes law and is implemented it will be about a...

Adjournment (19 Dec 2006)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, at Christmas my family works on the principle that the best things come last, and so it is on this occasion that we leave behind a few issues that are not terribly interesting and come to the last and best part of our work in the Chamber; the well deserved thanks to the staff. When I spoke last year, I made clear the great appreciation that the Cross-Bench Peers have for the work of...

Tributes: Lord Carter (19 Dec 2006)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, it is always a sad occasion when we come together on the death of a long-serving Member of this House, but Denis Carter was very special, with a very special wife. He was indeed one of the best loved and most admired Members of this House. On behalf of all the Cross-Bench Members, I pay warm tribute to him. He was one of the first Peers I met on entering the House. I was immediately...

European Council: 14-15 December 2006 (18 Dec 2006)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, first, I welcome the non-reference in this Statement to any constitutional treaty. There is no need to bore the British public with that; it is, after all, the season to be merry. Secondly, I welcome very much the emphasis put on the strategic importance of enlargement, not just the individual issues in relation to one or another country. Overall, enlargement is a vital part of what...

Debate on the Address (23 Nov 2006)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, I believe that most speakers in the debate today will concentrate on the important issues of home and legal affairs, which is understandable because the list of Bills for the Session includes Bills on asylum, immigration, counter-terrorism, organised crime, offender management, criminal justice tribunals, courts and enforcement and legal services. It is crime with a big "C", and I...

Children and Young People: Care ( 9 Oct 2006)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, I would like from these Benches to support the Green Paper. Many of us believe that it is overdue, but it is a good paper and I support it. The Minister placed great emphasis on improving educational achievements among people in care, which is very important. I would like the Government to stress two points that are mentioned in the Green Paper. The first is that no one should end...

Lord Speaker ( 4 Jul 2006)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, the choice by the House of the noble Baroness, Lady Hayman, as our new and first elected Speaker will be very widely welcomed in Parliament and, on behalf of almost 200 Cross-Benchers, I very warmly join in that welcome. The noble Baroness is more than qualified by her long experience in committee work, as a former MP and as a Minister in three testing jobs, in health, transport and...

Rural Payments Agency (22 Jun 2006)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, I very much welcome the fact that, at last, the Minister has a grip on what is a very bad situation and the fact that there will be some interest payments, not only because of the money but because farmers will see that as a recognition that there is a real problem and that something practical is being done about it. I understand that the priority is to give money to people who have...

Conventions: Joint Committee (25 Apr 2006)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, I thought I should make the preliminary point that I recall being pleased by the noble Baroness, Lady Scotland of Asthal, but never threatened. Although the Motion is a procedural one about the appointment of a Joint Committee of both Houses, it opens up issues, as both speakers have already made clear, which are extremely important for our relations and the operation of Parliament...

Her Majesty the Queen: 80th Birthday (20 Apr 2006)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, it is a privilege and a pleasure to support the Motion and have the opportunity to congratulate Her Majesty the Queen on her 80th birthday on behalf of the Cross-Bench Peers; to thank her warmly for her service to our nation over very many years; and to wish her every continuing happiness. Some people may think that in the House of Lords we are rather expert and indeed experienced...

Terrorism Bill (22 Mar 2006)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, I say from the Cross Benches how much we appreciated Lord Ackner as a Cross-Bencher and for his defence of the judicial system and the interests of the individual. Sometimes we thought that he was a law unto himself, but he was actually a spokesman for fair and just law in this country. I spoke to his daughter this morning, and she told me that when he was in hospital yesterday,...

Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Bill ( 7 Feb 2006)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, I shall support Amendment No. 1 when it is moved, but like the noble Lord, Lord Lea of Crondall, I have looked back at the Second Reading debate on 6 December, and in particular at the speech of Lord Chan, to which reference has been made. In his modest but forceful way, Lord Chan—whose recent and sudden death we all, in particular his friends among the Cross Benchers, so greatly...

Speakership of the House (31 Jan 2006)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, I have spoken in the House most recently, on 12 July, about the Speakership, and I gave evidence to the Select Committee which is fully recorded in its report. Once again, I should indicate that there are differences of view among the Cross-Benchers, as among others, but I hope that what I say will be helpful to the House. There are three reasons why we should come to some...

Afghanistan (26 Jan 2006)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, this is indeed a substantial package and effort, with 5,000 troops at maximum and helicopters. I have complete confidence in the judgment of our professional advisers on what we need—and I thank the Minister for explaining that. But could he say some more about the "enemy", as the British public are interested in what we are facing? I know that he cannot go into detail, but are we...

EU: Commissioners (16 Jan 2006)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, is not this a question of, as they say in the Foreign Office, déjà vu? It has, as far as I am aware, been part of UK government policy for many years, and many intergovernmental conferences, that it would be preferable on grounds of efficiency and good allocation of portfolios to have a smaller Commission, but other member states have not accepted that. It is difficult to see the...

Adjournment (20 Dec 2005)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, another year has gone by in which the Cross-Benchers have nothing but praise for the service provided for us by the staff of the House. It is a pleasure as Convenor formally to express our appreciation of their work, their efficiency, their good humour and their service to us. I refer this year, as others have done, to the staff of the Refreshment Department in particular. Meals...

European Council: 15–16 December 2005 (19 Dec 2005)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, the results of EU negotiations, as they cross the Channel, usually arrive in a light mist—or, in the case of the Official Opposition, a red mist. I would like the Leader of the House to clarify three points which I think are important for the public, although they may be self-evident to experts. First, the issue here has been the financial perspectives which form the budget...

Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation ( 8 Dec 2005)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, will the Minister bear in mind that after we have finally brought this system into effect, it will be important to give assurances about its continuation for a reasonably long period? Many people apart from the Government have to be involved in planning for the scheme. If we do not have an assurance about a reasonable time period, we could run into further difficulties.

Tributes to the late Lord Belstead ( 5 Dec 2005)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, on the behalf of the Cross Bench Peers, I should like to join in the tributes to the late Lord Belstead. The Cross Bench Peers have always appreciated the role of the Leader of the House, which transcends a political role and represents also a voice for the House as a whole. Lord Belstead fulfilled this role with distinction, both as Deputy Leader for four years and as Leader of the...

Common Agricultural Policy (23 Nov 2005)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, while I strongly support the need to move forward on agricultural reform, does the Minister agree that the enormous changes in the use of the EU budget away from intervention measures towards direct payments to farmers, linked to environmental and similar objectives, are well under way, and that the Government are to be congratulated on that? The Government should not hide their...


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