Results 61–80 of 369 for speaker:Lord Williamson of Horton

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill: Committee (14th Day) (26 Jan 2011)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, it is many years since I represented North Wales at cricket, but I assure the noble Lord, Lord Touhig, that I shall follow these discussions with considerable interest. I hope that he will allow me to make one brief intervention, which relates to Clause 11 as a whole. Thereafter, of course, the tour of Wales will continue. I have today tabled an amendment, to which we shall come...

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill: Committee (12th Day) (24 Jan 2011)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, some of us are very keen to see the possibility of some approach that would lead to a solution to the evident difficulties in the passage of the Bill through the House. Since we have dealt with the amendments to Part 1 of the Bill, it would seem reasonable to foresee that this part of the Bill should go through with a view to the referendum taking place on 5 May. However, the...

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill: Committee (10th Day) (18 Jan 2011)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, I hope to establish a precedent by posing a direct question to the Minister. That would be a good idea, having sat through all these hours. An occasional question may elicit some response from the Minister which may help all of us. I have a question on this amendment because there is a big difference in principle between the amendment we are now discussing and those on which we...

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill: Committee (6th Day) (20 Dec 2010)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, it was very late when we last discussed this matter in Committee and some people were wilting. In reality, the amendment relating to a threshold of those eligible to vote, as featured in the amendment put forward by the noble Baroness, Lady Hayter of Kentish Town, which I supported, and the remaining amendments in the same vein were discussed and are no longer on the Marshalled...

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill — Committee (5th Day) (Continued) (15 Dec 2010)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, noble Lords cannot imagine how pleased I am to see the noble Baroness, Lady Hayter of Kentish Town, moving this amendment. That is so for two reasons: first, because I am interested in the amendment and I support it; and, secondly, because I have sat through almost five days of discussion in the Committee and have heard a large number of extremely important interventions. Some of...

EU: Budgets — Question ( 2 Dec 2010)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, this is a good report. Does the Minister agree that, in relation to all the administrative expenditure of all the EU institutions, the court concludes without qualification that transactions were free from material error and that the supervisory and control systems complied with the financial regulation? Does he also agree that, in relation to other policies, the court rightly...

Common Agricultural Policy — Debate (18 Nov 2010)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, I declare an interest as I spent many happy years in the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and some years also in the European Commission. Some of what I say will be of historical interest, but it is important to know how we came to where we are if we are to consider what changes and improvements we might seek. The noble Lord, Lord Greaves, is right to refer to the reform...

Subsidiarity Assessment: Food Distribution (EUC Report): Motion to Take Note ( 3 Nov 2010)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, I, too, support the Motions of the noble Lord, Lord Roper, on the issue of subsidiarity arising on the amended Commission proposal on the distribution of food products to the most deprived persons in the Union. As in a similar case that we debated on 20 October, I consider that our EU committee has done well to examine the question of subsidiarity and to bring it to the attention...

European Council — Statement ( 2 Nov 2010)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, on the EU budget for 2011, I thank the noble Lord the Leader of the House for making it clear in the Statement not only that the European Council will not accept more than 2.9 per cent but that if the Parliament and the Council do not agree, there will be no increase at all. I think that would apply not only to EU policies but to the expense rates, travel allowances and things of...

EU: Economic Governance — Statement (27 Oct 2010)

Lord Williamson of Horton: Since the Statement refers not only to governance but, briefly, to the budget, and since media and other comment on the budget also refers frequently to the risk to the United Kingdom rebate, will the Minister confirm that there is no possibility of a change to the UK rebate, except with the agreement of the United Kingdom Government, because it is subject to unanimity?

Education: Special Educational Needs — Debate (21 Oct 2010)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, the Minister will recall that the Academies Bill, which I believe was his baptism, was one of the first Bills of the coalition Government to go through this House. There was concern that it did not make specific provision for special educational needs pupils in the new academies. The Government rightly responded to that omission during the passage of the Bill, but that demonstrated...

Subsidiarity Assessment: Seasonal Workers (EUC Report): Motion to Take Note (20 Oct 2010)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, I am truly being spoilt today, as I find myself on the speakers list sandwiched-if that is the word-between the noble Lords, Lord Stoddart of Swindon and Lord Pearson of Rannoch. I am sure that the moderation and content of my remarks will satisfy both of them, which is not always the case. I intervene briefly to support the European Union Committee's first report of this Session,...

Agriculture: Dairy Industry — Question (26 Jul 2010)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, as a former head of the milk division in the Ministry of Agriculture and the owner of a milk churn presented to me by dairy farmers, may I invite the Minister to agree that we have excellent dairy farmers here and excellent natural conditions in the United Kingdom for the production of milk from grass? In order that we can all have the benefit of these advantages, can we make a...

House of Lords: Allowances — Motion to Approve (20 Jul 2010)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, I was a member of the ad hoc group appointed to consider and consult on issues in the SSRB report and to advise on their implementation. Although there were moments when I felt that membership of the group was a cruel and unnatural punishment, on the whole, I concluded that the work was well worth while and contributed to the improvement of the arrangements for the financial support...

Health: Prostate Cancer — Question (19 Jul 2010)

Lord Williamson of Horton: Will the noble Earl say whether there has been any progress in the development of a test that is more accurate than the PSA test that is currently used?

Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill — Statement (14 Jun 2010)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, perhaps I may take the Minister back to day one for a moment. The cause of this accident was the failure of the blow-out preventer. Do we know whether it was a failure of the equipment, which was owned and provided by Transocean and was therefore the responsibility of that company, or whether it was a failure of the fitting of the blow-out preventer, which I understand was done by...

Queen's Speech — Debate (5th Day) (continued) ( 3 Jun 2010)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, I am still here and I intend to speak today on health and, in particular, on mental health. I welcome the noble Earl, Lord Howe, to the Government and recall that we had amiable and effective co-operation on mental health issues during the previous Parliament-we often agreed-so I am hopeful today. Although there were no specific legislative proposals on mental health in the gracious...

Constitutional Reform and Governance Bill: Second Reading (24 Mar 2010)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, when we receive a Bill containing a part specifically entitled, "The House of Lords", we might expect a slight shiver to run through the calm environment of your Lordships' House. Having sat here for many hours since the debate began I think that I will withdraw the word "shiver" and insert "a deep frost" in this case-at least in relation to the Government's presentation, handling,...

House Committee: Third Report: Motion to Agree (22 Mar 2010)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, I am a member of the ad hoc group chaired by the noble Lord, Lord Wakeham. Most of the House knows that, as I have the impression that practically all Members of the House have made representations to us either formally or, at least, frequently in the Bishops' Bar. I strongly support the Motion to adopt a strict definition for principal residence. It is necessary and overdue. The...

Bribery Bill [HL]: Report ( 2 Feb 2010)

Lord Williamson of Horton: Amendment 19-bravo! Amendment 20 would leave out any function of the intelligence services and limit the possibility to functions relating to national security and the prevention of serious crime. I drew attention to the words "any function" when the matter was discussed in Grand Committee. It is an important point and, as we are likely to have a vote on it, it would be very helpful if the...


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