Results 81–100 of 369 for speaker:Lord Williamson of Horton

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

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, I support the amendments. It is easy to forget that at an earlier stage, while there was a wide measure of agreement that we needed guidance, there was not an agreement on the Government's part that such guidance would be provided for in the Bill. However, many people wanted such a requirement in the Bill and it is now in the Bill. For the reasons advanced by the noble Lord on the...

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

Lord Williamson of Horton: In the Joint Committee I supported the Government's position, as did the Joint Committee itself, that we should include these facilitation payments within the scope of bribery. Like others, I had some hesitation, but the reason for it is that we are introducing a ground-breaking Bill and we want to maximise its impact on bribery and its prevention. We also want to avoid exceptions as far as...

Equality Bill: Second Reading (Continued) (15 Dec 2009)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, with the agreement of the House and at the request of the noble Baroness, Lady Campbell, I continue her speech. The current disability equality duty is clear and much more directional. It says that public bodies must meet disabled people's different needs even where this involves more favourable treatment. Only by restoring this fundamental provision can we be assured that...

Bribery Bill [HL]: Second Reading ( 9 Dec 2009)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, I was a member of the Joint Committee under the able chairmanship of the noble Viscount, Lord Colville of Culross, which made a very thorough examination of the draft Bill, heard many witnesses and published its report in July this year. In consequence, I come to the Bill now before us with some knowledge of the past legislation and the current proposals. I say to the Minister at...

Economy: Modern Languages — Debate ( 3 Dec 2009)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, I thank my noble friend Lady Coussins for launching this debate. It is a very necessary topic for discussion. Of course, it is indeed desirable to favour greater language skills and to be keen on a wider use of the English language. I give special thanks to the memory of the Indian princess, Pocahontas, who saved the first English-speaking settlement in North America. She is...

House of Lords: Code of Conduct: Motion to Take Note (30 Nov 2009)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, I support the Leader of the House in her Motion that the House should adopt the revised code of conduct-it is included in full on the Order Paper-resulting from the thorough inquiry by the Leader's Group. I also support the view of the Leader's Group that we need the code of conduct and a guide to the rules of conduct, the text of which is in Part 3 of the report of the Leader's...

Queen's Speech — Debate (3rd Day) (Continued) (23 Nov 2009)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, I break with my personal tradition by not speaking on European affairs in the debate on the Address this year. I shall speak on constitutional affairs, although I shall make one exception under a legal heading and congratulate the Government on the introduction of the Bribery Bill. As the noble and learned Lord, Lord Lyell of Markyate, indicated, it is a difficult, but necessary,...

House Committee: Parliamentary Passes — Motion to Agree (10 Nov 2009)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, the decision of the House of Commons not to make parliamentary passes available to British Members of the European Parliament prejudiced the recommendation of our House Committee and the House Committee has followed the House of Commons. This is easily understandable, but, like all those who have spoken, I could support the relatively mild amendment to refer the issue back to the...

Coroners and Justice Bill: Third Reading ( 5 Nov 2009)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, I, too, thank the Government for the amendment. We took this point very seriously. The Bill as a whole, and this particular amendment, have helped considerably with the problem of delays. This was an important point. Amendment 1 agreed. Clause 14 : Investigation in Scotland Amendment 2 Moved by Lord Tunnicliffe 2: Clause 14, page 7, line 35, leave out subsection (6)

Health: Side Effects of Medication — Question ( 3 Nov 2009)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, I declare an interest as a patron of Rethink, the mental health charity, which does excellent work. There is also the medication helpline of the Maudsley Hospital. Will the Minister consider whether there could be improvements in the information available to those who suffer from mental health problems as the result of withdrawal from prescription drugs? There may be a gap there...

House of Lords: Code of Conduct — Announcement (29 Oct 2009)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, the noble Baroness, Lady D'Souza, regrets that she could not be present in the House, but we also thank the noble and right reverend Lord, Lord Eames, for both the substance and the clarity of the report. At the current time, when we have so much speculation about parliamentary business, I think the clarity will be very much welcomed in this House, especially on the issue of paid...

Coroners and Justice Bill: Report (3rd Day) (28 Oct 2009)

Lord Williamson of Horton: After that Ciceronian speech by the noble Lord, Lord Ramsbotham, if he wishes to test the opinion of the House I would vote with him, but perhaps not with the usual enthusiasm with which I pass through the voting Lobbies. My own view has been consistent for a long time—that all prisoners should have the vote. I know that that view is not shared and that a lot of people do not believe that,...

Coroners and Justice Bill: Report (1st Day) (21 Oct 2009)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, I support this amendment but shall not speak at length. I think we sometimes underestimate the importance that bereaved families attach not only to the results of the inquest but to the fact that it represents closure that enables them to put their life ahead on an even keel. We probably will not have another coroners Bill for 25 years, so it is right that we should take the...

Coroners and Justice Bill: Committee (6th Day) ( 9 Jul 2009)

Lord Williamson of Horton: I support the proposal of the noble Lord, Lord Waddington. I shall be very brief in view of the hour, but I shall make three points. First, we are not discussing the basic protection that the law rightly provides for our citizens against harassment, danger or stirring up hatred on grounds of race, religion or sexual preference. That is right and is unchanged. We are discussing the...

Parliamentary Standards Bill: Second Reading ( 8 Jul 2009)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, to me, as the 21st speaker in this debate, it seems a long time since we heard the first presentation by the noble Baroness the Leader of the House. However, before I comment briefly on the Bill and pose some questions, I thank her for her presentation of the real situation in which we find ourselves and of why, as she says, the House of Commons needs this Bill. I understand the...

Coroners and Justice Bill — Committee (4th Day) (Continued) (30 Jun 2009)

Lord Williamson of Horton: I insinuate myself briefly among the lawyers, since all the preceding speakers on this amendment were lawyers. I took note of that. I strongly support this amendment. We have had a huge amount of discussion over a lot of time about the extent to which extenuating circumstances should play a role in the judge's decisions on sentences for murder, contrary to the existing mandatory life...

Political Parties and Elections Bill: Report (1st Day) (Continued) (15 Jun 2009)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, I agree with the purpose of the amendment. Over 10 years, I have taken very great care not to criticise on the Floor of this House the legislative procedures in the other place. I say only that I am depressed that an amendment on this question, which was tabled for Report in the other House in the names of 216 or, possibly, 218 Members of Parliament was never discussed because of...

Coroners and Justice Bill: Committee (1st Day) ( 9 Jun 2009)

Lord Williamson of Horton: I support these amendments. In this part of the Bill we are concentrating on the substance of coroners' inquiries, the skill and experience of coroners, and so on. However, it is right that we should be attentive to the timeliness of inquests. If we are going to have a Chief Coroner, it seems appropriate that he should have the role of monitoring cases that go on for a considerable amount of...

Business Rate Supplements Bill: Report (2nd Day) ( 9 Jun 2009)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, I support the amendment. It comprises a single sentence in plain English, which is quite a change from some of the discussion on the Bill. It is quite evident that it is desirable to put it into the Bill because of the history referred to by the noble Lords, Lord Bates and Lord Tope. I was present in the discussion when the noble Earl, Lord Attlee, raised this point before and I was...

EU: UK Membership — Question (30 Mar 2009)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, does the Minister agree that, as these are not budget figures but estimates of the costs of regulations that we have either initiated or agreed to in an EU context, it is particularly important to take account of the benefits as well as the costs? Is it not particularly appropriate at a time when we are in a recession that is noted for insufficient regulation of the banks—a...


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