Results 21–40 of 369 for speaker:Lord Williamson of Horton

Queen's Speech — Debate (6th Day) (17 May 2012)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, I would like to make some comments and pose some questions to the Minister about European affairs. As I always do, I declare an interest in that I spent the greater part of my career in the United Kingdom Civil Service on European affairs and a smaller part in the European Commission, as I have pensions from my work. I begin by noting that in the gracious Speech, the Government will...

Draft House of Lords Reform Bill: Motion to Take Note (30 Apr 2012)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, I join other Members in thanking the noble Lord, Lord Richard, and the Joint Committee for their report. It seems to deal well with the issues directly covered in the draft Bill, as was the role of the committee, and to avoid becoming too deeply enmeshed in questions that are not covered in the Bill and which are clearly not subject to any consensus. I also thank the members of the...

Scotland Bill — Committee (5th Day) (21 Mar 2012)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, I have sat through the three and a half hours of this debate. Fortunately, Hansard records our words but not our accents. If it did, it would have to have a little asterisk against mine because, apart from a very brief intervention by my noble friend Lord Neill, I am the only person with a non-Scottish accent who has participated in the debate. I shall make one point, but it will be...

European Council — Statement ( 5 Mar 2012)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, I, too, welcome the Government's Statement, and in particular the front-line role given to the statement that the biggest challenge for Europe's long-term future is to secure sustainable growth and jobs. I note that in its conclusions, the European Council states that it will concentrate on the implementation of reforms and pay particular attention to measures that have a short-term...

Health and Social Care Bill: Report (4th Day) (29 Feb 2012)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, the amendment deals with the distressing and serious problem of addiction to certain prescription drugs and, as is specified in the text, the problem of withdrawal from those drugs, because when such efforts are made, on many occasions they unfortunately fail and result in other difficulties for the patient in question. Without going into detail about what may happen to the...

Scotland Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (28 Feb 2012)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, as I attended 108 meetings of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council I must just very briefly intervene. Of course, it was very common in the council that a Minister from the Scottish Office-a Scottish member of the UK Government-led for the United Kingdom. This was quite right, because of the huge fishing interest of Scotland. That was perfectly reasonable. I do not remember any...

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill — Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) (10 Jan 2012)

Lord Williamson of Horton: It is covered by the Bill, in subsection (5). The directions have to be published. Whether they should be in the Bill at all is another matter; but if they are in the Bill, they have to be published.

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill: Committee (1st Day) (20 Dec 2011)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, on an amendment such as this it is important that we look first at the substance. This is an important and substantive amendment, and in general I think it is a very good one. However, it is also important to look at the text. I have one point on the text which, if I may, I shall put via the Minister to the mover. The reason I do so is that the coverage is very wide; that is to say,...

Subsidiarity Assessment: Food Distribution (EUC Report) — Motion to Take Note (28 Nov 2011)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, it was of course only in November last year that the House took the view that a proposal from the European Commission on the distribution of food products to the most deprived persons in the Union did not comply with the principle of subsidiarity, and we sent a reasoned opinion to that effect to the Presidents of the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission in accordance...

Legislation — Question (10 Nov 2011)

Lord Williamson of Horton: Does the noble Lord agree that this epidemic of legislative obesity has produced on average 3,165 pages of government Acts each year for the past three years, compared with 1,325 pages a year under the Attlee Government in 1945 to 1947, when really important legislation was being enacted? This extends to secondary legislation; in the last yearly statistics-we are right up to date-there were...

Procedure of the House (Proposal 2) — Motion to Resolve ( 8 Nov 2011)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, this amendment was originally put forward by the noble Lord, Lord Low of Dalston, but as he is unable to be present today, I have put it forward in my name. I should like first to stress that I am strongly in favour of the proposal on the Order Paper today to make permanent an arrangement by which Secretaries of State answer questions in this House. The only issue raised by my...

Health and Social Care Bill: Committee (2nd Day) ( 2 Nov 2011)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, briefly but warmly, I support Amendment 11, which seems to me to be desirably explicit and logical in the structure of the opening clauses of the Bill. It is desirably explicit because, while I am sure that the Minister actually wants continuous improvement in the quality of service in connection with the prevention, diagnosis or treatment of physical and mental health, those words...

Health and Social Care Bill: Committee (1st Day) (25 Oct 2011)

Lord Williamson of Horton: I thought it would be nice to hear another voice, having been here since 3 pm or earlier. I should like to come back to these points and follow on directly from the intervention by the noble Baroness, Lady Jay. The word "provide" has not been used by the Secretary of State in the past; none the less it is there in the long history of this way of handling the operation of the National Health...

Localism Bill — Report (6th Day) (Continued) (12 Oct 2011)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, I am sympathetic to this amendment, an amendment directed to the essential issue of having a really reliable assessment based on the best possible numbers about the needs for housing in the various districts-this of course relates to Clause 99, on local development schemes. That is important because it underlies the whole question about the proper provision of affordable housing in...

Health and Social Care Bill — Second Reading (Continued) (11 Oct 2011)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, we all have a profound interest in our national universal health service, which in my view is one of our national treasures. This interest is demonstrated today by the very large number of letters that we have received and by the number of speeches in the debate. I shall try to restrict my comments to a limited number of points because evidently this package of 720 pages-that is to...

Localism Bill — Report (1st Day) ( 5 Sep 2011)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, we are now coming to the vital questions of homelessness and overcrowding, but this amendment is a little different. It is a general amendment dealing with housing strategy. It does not deal only with the problems of homelessness and getting on the housing ladder: it deals with the whole structure in a local area of what is happening in the housing domain. I see a lot of merit in...

European Union Bill: Commons Amendments and Reasons (13 Jul 2011)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, we have not proposed any amendment to Motion A, which has been moved by the noble Lord, Lord Howell of Guildford. Accordingly, we accept the decision of the House of Commons to refuse any role for Parliament in the event-a perhaps rather unlikely event-of a referendum with a small or even derisory turnout. It is regrettable that, not just in relation to this Bill but in relation to...

Draft House of Lords Reform Bill — Membership Motion ( 6 Jul 2011)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, I welcome the selection of members for the Joint Committee, and I wish the noble Lord, Lord Richard, and his colleagues godspeed-but of course not too much speed-in the completion of their report. The Joint Committee's remit is very wide because the draft Bill itself has a very wide scope, covering composition, functions and the efficiency of the House. However, I suggest that in...

European Union Bill — Third Reading (23 Jun 2011)

Lord Williamson of Horton: I did not intervene earlier because I got the impression that this was not only Third Reading but probably fourth, fifth and sixth reading, given the many points that were made that did not appear to relate in any way to Clause 18. I shall be extremely brief in saying that it is correct that the Bill that now goes to the House of Commons is different because we have fully considered it and...

House of Lords: Reform — Motion to Take Note (2nd Day) (22 Jun 2011)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, a large number of Members, perhaps even 100 or so, in this longest day of the year debate, have commented-or will comment directly-on the merits of an appointed or a largely elected House. But as we have on the table a draft Bill that would abolish this House of Lords and, over a period of 15 years, replace it with a differently composed House, I would like to target my short speech...


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