Results 101–120 of 369 for speaker:Lord Williamson of Horton

House of Lords Bill [HL]: Committee (1st Day) (19 Mar 2009)

Lord Williamson of Horton: The cascade of amendments before us, including Amendment 1A, are almost all intended to change or add substantially to the Bill. For myself, I do not believe that the Bill will carry the weight of the amendments; and I do not think that it is intended to do so. That is my basic position. Amendment A1, the basic amendment that we are discussing an amendment to, is intended to identify very...

Civil Service Bill — Question (27 Jan 2009)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, I am sure that the noble Baroness is aware that the constitutional renewal Bill is a fully formed and lusty baby after its long gestation and that there are many who think that the Civil Service is important enough to deserve a Bill of its own. Will she consider with her colleagues whether that baby might be delivered on its own?

Drugs — Debate (22 Jan 2009)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, I, too, thank the noble Baroness, Lady Meacher, for initiating this debate and for raising the specific issue of the forthcoming 10-year review of the United Nations declaration on countering the world drug problem, which will take place in Vienna in March. I will stick, so far as possible, to the issues relating to the review because that is the immediate issue; we may in the end...

Queen's Speech — Debate (4th Day) ( 9 Dec 2008)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, the subject matter of our debate today is extremely wide. Some part of it is obviously of immediate concern and anxiety among many citizens, in so far as it deals with the efforts of the state to control and reduce crime, to control our borders and to avoid reoffending by those convicted of criminal behaviour. Another part of our subject, constitutional affairs and possible changes...

Planning Bill (10 Nov 2008)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, the noble Lord, Lord Howarth, has shown admirable persistence in seeking to persuade the Government to accept this provision on the regard that should be given to the national heritage within the new planning structure that the Bill introduces. I know that the Minister has accepted a number of requests for additional provisions within the Bill—for example, on the attention to be...

Planning Bill ( 6 Nov 2008)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, I gave a silent welcome to some of the Government's earlier amendments, such as Amendments Nos. 23 and 25, but I now step up a gear and give a spoken welcome to Amendment No. 32, which brings the national parks authorities and the Broads Authority in from the cold. We asked for this and we certainly welcome it very much.

Planning Bill ( 6 Nov 2008)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, as I indicated in relation to Amendment No. 1, I attach a great deal of importance to the role of the Secretary of State and the parliamentary requirements for the national policy statements. The Bill requires the Secretary of State to lay these statements before Parliament and either House can pass a resolution that must be replied to. The Minister has tabled Amendment No. 36,...

Planning Bill ( 6 Nov 2008)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, the amendment goes to the heart of the role of the Infrastructure Planning Commission which will be set up by the Bill, and hence to the heart of the new arrangements for handling the planning of nationally significant infrastructure projects as proposed in the Bill. It is a very important amendment. Subject to a number of smaller points—for example, on attention to good design...

Mental Health: Children and Young People (29 Oct 2008)

Lord Williamson of Horton: asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress has been made in providing age-appropriate accommodation and care for children and young people in mental health hospitals in line with the Mental Health Act 2007.

Mental Health: Children and Young People (29 Oct 2008)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, I thank the noble Baroness for that reply, and in particular for the factual information. The noble Baroness knows that a very large number of noble Lords voted to put into the Mental Health Act 2007 the requirement that the environment for children and young adults in mental hospitals should be suitable, having regard to their age. That was to correct a most unsatisfactory...

Mental Health Act 2007 (Consequential Amendments) Order 2008 (27 Oct 2008)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, I am a Member of your Lordships' House who lived life to the full through the whole passage of the Mental Health Act 2007 and the various consultations and pre-legislative discussion that preceded it. Your Lordships will recall that at one stage it was expected that there would be a completely new and self-contained mental health Act but, in the end, the Government opted for an Act...

Planning Bill (14 Oct 2008)

Lord Williamson of Horton: I support this general collection of amendments, as the noble Lord, Lord Greaves described it. The motivation is similar in almost all of them. In the Bill, we are engaged in a process of accelerating and improving the planning procedures for massive projects that will affect an enormous number of people. I am in favour of that. However, when the public fully comprehend what we are doing,...

Planning Bill ( 8 Oct 2008)

Lord Williamson of Horton: When I intervened prematurely a while ago, I said that I thought that Amendment No. 37 was wonderful. In the 50 minutes since I made that statement I have not changed my mind. It is a very important amendment for this reason: we are moving to a policy where we shall make it possible for new and important development projects, which may affect many more people than in the past, to go through...

Planning Bill ( 8 Oct 2008)

Lord Williamson of Horton: I support my noble friend Lord Cameron's amendment. I intervene at this stage as we have a group of amendments here that are—shall we say?—lightly connected, and I have a feeling that in further discussion on the group noble Lords will be intervening on other amendments which deal with issues such as environmental assessment, the landscape convention, and so on. I intervene on the...

Planning Bill ( 6 Oct 2008)

Lord Williamson of Horton: I am encouraged by the fact that we have moved from page 1 to page 140-something, but that is a false dawn as we have reached Schedule 1 only. However, I should like to follow up the point raised by my noble friend Lord Cameron. What we have in the text at the moment is the composition of the body, which comprises the chairman, the deputy chairmen and "other Commissioners" who, if the phrase...

Iraq (22 Jul 2008)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, can the noble Baroness give the House information on the current value and volume of oil exports from Iraq? What is the forecast for the following year? Iraq is an oil-rich state and the volume of resources available from oil determines the Government's capacity to achieve an improvement in infrastructure and the standard of living. If she cannot answer today, perhaps she could do...

European Union (Amendment) Bill (20 May 2008)

Lord Williamson of Horton: As I am a Cross-Bench Peer, I am privileged not to have to intervene in the matter of the party policies on Europe, which have existed since time immemorial and continue to exist in one form or another, according to what I have heard from those on the Benches on the other side of the Chamber. I just wish to make a couple of points, which I make because they have been raised in the debate, and...

European Union (Amendment) Bill (20 May 2008)

Lord Williamson of Horton: I suggest that the noble Lord looks at Hansard. He will see that the noble Lord, Lord Stoddart—and I was trying not to mention him by name, because I wanted to make my point in general—made that point. He referred very disparagingly to the internal market by comparison with the other markets. As I say, they are not inconsistent; it is perfectly possible to trade worldwide from the United...

European Union (Amendment) Bill (19 May 2008)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, I agree with the noble Lord, Lord Howell of Guildford, that these are important provisions on the footbridges, which your francophone Lordships continue to refer to as passerelles. Footbridges are important because they enable you to cross the line. In this Bill, they are important because we are dealing with clauses which have been inserted by the Government that are additional to...

European Union (Amendment) Bill (19 May 2008)

Lord Williamson of Horton: I recall that I made a declaration of interest at the beginning of the Committee stage. I intervene briefly on Amendment No. 129 on xenophobia. I think that I have always been very careful and courteous in my interventions during this long Committee stage, but I am inclined to say that this amendment verges a little on the bizarre. The suggestion here that an offence will be created does not...


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