Results 41–60 of 369 for speaker:Lord Williamson of Horton

European Union Bill — Report (3rd Day) (15 Jun 2011)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, we have had quite a bit of experience recently of sunset clauses, or proposals for sunset clauses-we may keep that to the back of our minds. This amendment would bring Part 1 and Schedule 1 to the Bill, if enacted, to an end at the end of this Parliament. That gives the Secretary of State the power to provide by order, subject to approval of both Houses of Parliament, that the...

European Union Bill — Report (3rd Day) (15 Jun 2011)

Lord Williamson of Horton: It seems a long time since we discussed Clause 18 at Second Reading and in Committee. I would recall that it is only tenuously linked to the referendum lock clauses. It has been described as the parliamentary sovereignty clause, but it is perhaps best described, as in the words of the Bill, as a clause on the "status of EU law". It is a declaratory provision which confirms-it does not...

European Union Bill — Report (3rd Day) (15 Jun 2011)

Lord Williamson of Horton: I do not agree with that. I think that the point is fully covered by the declaratory provision that the Government have put forward and the possible amendment of it.

European Union Bill: Report (1st Day) ( 8 Jun 2011)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, it is traditional to say we have had a wide-ranging debate. On this occasion it is true. When I put the amendment forward, I hoped I would get a measure of support from different parts of the House. I have done that, but of course there has been a good measure of disagreement as well. I have also succeeded in doing something I did not set out to do: I have clearly split the...

European Union Bill: Report (1st Day) ( 8 Jun 2011)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, Amendment 5, and the similar Amendment 8 that is grouped with it, are both in my name. Although these amendments are relevant to the European Union Bill, they are not about European Union policy. They are about the way in which we deal with referendums in this country and the role of Parliament, if any, in relation to referendums. Perhaps this might have the unique result that, when...

European Union Bill: Committee (8th Day) (25 May 2011)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, the grouping includes quite different proposals relating to a possible sunset clause. Amendments 61 and 63 propose an unqualified sunset clause by which the Act would fall on the Dissolution of Parliament. Amendment 62 is the so-called sunset-sunrise clause, because the Act would fall but could be immediately-I stress that point-revived by a simple resolution of both Houses of...

European Union Bill: Committee (7th Day) (Continued) (23 May 2011)

Lord Williamson of Horton: When I read Clause 18, I took the view that it corresponds to what is our practice in this country, as explained by the noble and learned Lord, Lord Mackay. That approach has been confirmed in at least two judgments in the courts, as well as in our general practice and how we describe the question of the status of EU law. Why is it here? I understand that clearly. There has been considerable...

European Union Bill — Committee (6th Day) (17 May 2011)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, I have waited rather a long time to come into this debate. Having spent 16 years extremely closely involved in the European Union, more so than any other Member of the House, I thought I might come in briefly on this point in particular. We have had a presentation by the noble Lord, Lord Goodhart, which is quite specific to the proposal-a unique experience in some days of this...

House of Lords Reform Bill — Statement (17 May 2011)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, obviously what we are dealing with is an important constitutional issue. That is what we need to concentrate on. I want to put two specific points to the Leader of the House, because while I do not care too much about the new elected Members, I care about my friends who are here now. My first point is that, when we come to the first election, the draft Bill proposes in Schedule 6...

European Union Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) ( 3 May 2011)

Lord Williamson of Horton: I pose a question to the Minister and not just to join side 1 or side 2, which is a feature of Committee. We are dealing with Clause 4, which is headed, "Cases where treaty or Article 48(6) decision attracts a referendum". The purpose of the amendment is to remove some elements from that requirement. We will soon discuss a whole series of amendments-Amendments 23B to 23M-which relate to...

European Union Bill — Committee (1st Day) (Continued) ( 5 Apr 2011)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, I want to make one or two brief comments on this long debate. When you have been here for two hours and seven minutes, it is quite difficult to remember what you proposed, but I think that I can still do it. There were two separate proposals. First, I put forward the general proposal in Amendment 5 that we should move to an advisory referendum. I think that the House should consider...

European Union Bill — Committee (1st Day) (Continued) ( 5 Apr 2011)

Lord Williamson of Horton: Amendment 5 would establish an advisory referendum in all cases and not only in the case where there was the 40 per cent threshold. The distinction made by the noble Lord, Lord Stoddart, was quite intelligible and clear. Amendment 6 would establish the advisory nature of the referendum when the turnout was below 40 per cent. The noble Lord, Lord Kerr, will be glad to hear, because he...

European Union Bill — Committee (1st Day) (Continued) ( 5 Apr 2011)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, I declared an interest at Second Reading and I now rise for the first time in Committee to speak also to Amendments 6, 13 and 14, which are in my name, and to similar amendments in the name of the noble Baroness, Lady Symons of Vernham Dean. So far today, I have been in the minority: that is to say, the minority that did not interrupt the Minister, the noble Lord, Lord Pearson of...

Fixed-term Parliaments Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (29 Mar 2011)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, we have heard outstanding speeches from two former Speakers of the House of Commons. I must say that I am a little timid about getting up to say a word when I am the only non-former-Speaker on these two Benches. The speeches from my noble friends Lady Boothroyd and Lord Martin have fully covered the key elements about the defence of Parliament, which is a vital element underlying...

European Union Bill — Second Reading (Continued) (22 Mar 2011)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, I declare an interest, as I spent a good part of my career in the United Kingdom public service dealing with European affairs and some part of it as an official of the European Commission. This Bill is quite unlike the EU legislation with which we have been dealing over many years, principally that relating to the treaties of Maastricht, Amsterdam, Nice and Lisbon. Under those...

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill: Report (3rd Day) ( 9 Feb 2011)

Lord Williamson of Horton: In this case, as in many others, timing-in particular, the timing of this review-is the principal question. That is apparent from the amendments tabled by the noble and learned Lord, Lord Falconer. I sometimes think that it would have been instructive if, when we started the whole of this great debate on the Bill, we had installed a couple of clocks on the wall of the Chamber-not clocks to...

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill: Report (3rd Day) ( 9 Feb 2011)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, the noble Lord, Lord Teverson, referred to the human factor, and I think that I am actually the human factor, so on this occasion I wish to intervene. I carry a heavy load of family history in relation to Cornwall. My grandfather was the vicar of Padstow on the north coast, the vicar of Falmouth on the south coast, the archdeacon of Bodmin in the middle, and the canon of Truro,...

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill: Report (3rd Day) ( 9 Feb 2011)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, my name is also on the amendment, so ably presented by my noble friend in moving it, and I rise to support it. The amendment is of course a compromise, but it is perhaps all the better for that, because I think that some noble Lords think that compromises have not been very frequent during the long passage of the Bill. There are two, very strong reasons for noble Lords to support...

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill — Committee (15th Day) (Continued) (31 Jan 2011)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, I would like to comment briefly on the point which the Leader of the House made about the link. I said when I spoke first that I did not actually believe that it broke the link because all the work is going to go forward; and, of course, Parliament controls the result at the end because only the affirmative procedure brings it into effect. The noble Lord's reply implies considerable...

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill — Committee (15th Day) (Continued) (31 Jan 2011)

Lord Williamson of Horton: This amendment relates to the date of the coming into force of Clause 11, which will be Section 11 if and when the Bill is passed. Noble Lords will know only too well from our very long discussions so far that Clause 11 is the important clause which deals with the reviews by the Boundary Commissions, the number of parliamentary constituencies and the equalisation subject to a small margin of...


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