Results 141–160 of 369 for speaker:Lord Williamson of Horton

Clerk of the Parliaments (29 Oct 2007)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, I am pleased on behalf of the Cross-Benchers to join with those who have paid these well deserved tributes to Sir Paul on his retirement as Clerk of the Parliaments after 43 years here—I think I was a bit older than four at the time when he started—and for his four years, since 2003, as Clerk of the Parliaments. For me and my Cross-Bench colleagues, Paul has been the fixed star...

House of Lords Bill [HL] (20 Jul 2007)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, I shall speak very briefly. Do not blink, or you may miss it. After all, there are 12 Cross-Bench speakers, who will speak in a moderately co-ordinated manner. In the light of all the discussion on the composition of the House, this is obviously a partial Bill. We accept that, but it is none the less very welcome in tackling the related issues, such as the future of the Appointments...

House of Lords: Members' Interests (19 Jul 2007)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, perhaps I may also intervene. This fundamental point was made by the noble Lord, Lord Waddington, on the previous occasion so I refer to it only once: the obligations apply to the commissioners while they are in office and are undertaking certain duties. The obligations do not apply in general after they cease to undertake those duties, and in particular they do not apply under any...

House of Lords: Members' Interests (19 Jul 2007)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, as this short debate concerns specifically European Union pensions, it is certainly appropriate to declare that I have a pension from the European Commission and I do so now. I wish to make a few brief points which run in the opposite direction to those put forward by the noble Lord, Lord Pearson. Over the past seven years, I have spent much time trying not to quarrel with him and I...

House of Lords: Reform (19 Jul 2007)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, the Statement follows on from the Prime Minister's announcement when he introduced the Government's proposed constitutional reform that there would be a further Statement before the Recess. I welcome the fact that the Statement is of an interim nature and does not prejudge any of the further discussions that will continue in the group chaired by the Lord Chancellor, any further...

Government: Legislative Programme (11 Jul 2007)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, at least in relation to the timing, this is a completely new approach to the announcement of legislation proposed for the next Session of Parliament. Unlike in recent years, we shall have a period from now of a form of pre-legislative scrutiny as the proposals can now be the subject of widespread and informed public consultation; and later, of course, we shall have some days of...

Constitution ( 3 Jul 2007)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, yesterday I welcomed the noble Baroness, Lady Ashton, to her new post but I did not then know how short the honeymoon would be. We have here a substantial and major Statement, on which a large amount of work will be needed over a long time. I cannot speak for 205 independent Cross-Benchers and, in any event, I have only had a short time to look at this important Statement, but I...

Mental Health Bill [HL] ( 2 Jul 2007)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, in this group of 69 amendments, I wish to comment on only two. I comment on those because they are important amendments. Amendments Nos. 29 and 30 deal with advocacy and age-appropriate accommodation and facilities for children under 18. Let me make it clear that I agree with those amendments and welcome them, but I should like to make one or two comments. First, on advocacy, the...

House of Lords: New Leader ( 2 Jul 2007)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, on behalf of the Cross-Benchers, I thank the noble Baroness, Lady Amos, very warmly for her work as Leader of the House. We are very conscious that she has always acted in the interests of the House, and that is particularly important for the Cross-Benchers. On a personal note, I have greatly enjoyed working with her, and we have never had a cross word. From her past work in...

EU: UK Membership (14 Jun 2007)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, as this is a European Union debate, I declare that I spent a part of my career in United Kingdom public service dealing with the European Union and another part of it in the European Commission. If that is a declaration of interest, I still have it and I make that declaration now. I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord McNally, on initiating this debate and especially on drawing it so...

Tributes: Lord Weatherill ( 8 May 2007)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, the death of Bernard Weatherill—always Jack Weatherill to his friends here—is a sad occasion for the whole House. I express my sympathy, as others have, to Lyn and his children. Today is a particularly sad day for the Cross-Benchers, because Jack Weatherill was a most distinguished and respected member of the Cross-Bench group. Here in Parliament we think of him as a remarkable...

House of Lords: Reform (12 Mar 2007)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, this is a debate on the whole of the Government's White Paper, with a view to the House giving, on Wednesday, its opinion about its future composition. It is a debate not just about arithmetic. We could do quite a lot of it by looking at the votes in the other House and at recasting them in certain ways, but I am not talking about that. I want to stress that there are many other...

Mental Health Bill [HL] ( 6 Mar 2007)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his explanation of the amendment. When I saw it, my first thought was to adjourn to the Tea Room so that all of us could eat half a cake. On reflection, I decided that that was not a worthy thought and I welcome the amendment. I have two reasons for saying that: first, it is explicit in the Bill that the code exists in a form that is broadly what we want;...

EU: Financial Management and Fraud (EUC Report) ( 5 Mar 2007)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, I very much welcome this thorough and wide-ranging report from the European Union Committee, which resulted from the inquiry by its Sub-Committee A, and I congratulate its chairman and members. As is customary, I declare an interest in that, although I spent a greater part of my career in the British public service, I was also for some time an official of the European Commission....

Mental Health Bill [HL] (26 Feb 2007)

Lord Williamson of Horton: moved Amendment No. 57: After Clause 28 , insert the following new Clause— "Assessment of need for health and social care services After section 1 of the 1983 Act, insert the following Part— "PART 1A Assessment of needs for health and social care services 1A Assessment of needs for health and social care services (1) Where— (a) it appears to a local authority or a health authority that...

Mental Health Bill [HL] (26 Feb 2007)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, this amendment, which relates to the assessment of need for health and social care services, derives from the mental health organisation, Rethink, of which I have been for a long time a supporter. Without prejudice to the question of whether this should be in the Bill, which is a key point, it is rather bizarre not to have an assessment of the need for services of a person with a...

Mental Health Bill [HL] (26 Feb 2007)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his reply. The issue is important and I am strengthened by the convincing arguments presented by my noble friend Lady Meacher, which I thought were very much to the point. I am grateful for the Minister's acknowledgement of the importance of the issue and his determination to build on the progress that we have already made. Since he has promised us hard...

Mental Health Bill [HL] (26 Feb 2007)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, I thank the Minister for that encouraging reply. I said at the beginning that this was a mini-amendment, and we always hope that the Government will make a mini-effort to accept it. We recognise, however, that the Government have gone quite a long way in following up their proposal at an earlier stage to consider the best ways to make advocacy services available. We note that their...

Mental Health Bill [HL] (26 Feb 2007)

Lord Williamson of Horton: moved Amendment No. 32: After Clause 25, insert the following new Clause— "Independent mental health advocacy: young persons After section 125 of the 1983 Act insert— "125C Independent mental health advocacy: young persons (1) The appropriate authority must arrange, to such extent as it considers necessary to meet all reasonable requirements, for help from persons to be known as...

Mental Health Bill [HL] (26 Feb 2007)

Lord Williamson of Horton: My Lords, this amendment was tabled in Committee by the noble Baroness, Lady Howells of St Davids, whose name is again attached to it, and spoken to by the noble Baroness, Lady Massey, who has now moved on to even greater things. I draw the Minister's attention to the fact that this is what I described on the last occasion as the mini-amendment; that is, it deals with advocacy for children...


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