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Neighbourhood Planning Bill - Second Reading (17 Jan 2017)

Lord Greaves: ...system. It is not surprising that there are problems and difficulties in that. As I say, neighbourhood planning has been successful. Volunteers, particularly parish councils, can get involved in it. That is a model for the future. I was going to say that the Government should “let a thousand flowers flourish”, but that may be the wrong analogy and, like other people, I could be...

Higher Education and Research Bill - Second Reading (6 Dec 2016)

Lord Liddle: ...universities that it will not be a centralising, controlling body. Secondly, we must be much clearer about protecting the balanced funding principle for research. Quality-related funding is a way of letting a thousand flowers bloom in the sector, and again avoids the top-down centralisation of which the noble Lord, Lord Waldegrave, warned. We must be sure that this will be properly...

Public Bill Committee: Neighbourhood Planning Bill: Changes to neighbourhood areas etc (20 Oct 2016)

Gavin Barwell: ...be other creative ways of thinking and bringing people together. I very much share the hon. Gentleman’s view, which is that we should not prescribe in legislation the maximum or minimum size of the unit. We should let a thousand flowers bloom and see what people think of the appropriate units. Earlier, I asked the hon. Member for City of Durham for examples of neighbourhood areas...

Public Bill Committee: Higher Education and Research Bill: The Office for Students (13 Sep 2016)

Gordon Marsden: .... If someone was said to be transparent it meant they were trying to conceal something—or one might say “His arguments are transparent.” Now the English language takes it to mean, “Let a thousand flowers of information bloom.” That is an interesting development in the language. Today the specific focus is on the office for students as a new organisation. We...

Policing and Crime Bill - Second Reading (Continued) (18 Jul 2016)

Lord Harris of Haringey: ...under the control of a PCC, some under an executive mayor—who may or may not have policing responsibilities—and the rest under an old-style fire authority? What will that patchwork quilt do to improve the fire service? If the intention of the noble and learned Lord is to let a thousand flowers—or at least 40-odd of them—bloom in some sort of sub-Maoist approach to...

Children and Social Work Bill [HL] - Second Reading (14 Jun 2016)

Lord McNally: ...the new regional authorities is entirely commendable but also a cause for concern. We will have to examine Clause 15 very closely in Committee. Clause 15(2), which reads very much as a deregulation clause, may indeed allow a thousand flowers to bloom, but it may also enable authorities to ignore responsibilities which hitherto have been underpinned by statute. A number of noble Lords have...

West Midlands Combined Authority Order 2016 - Motion to Approve (6 Jun 2016)

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: ...going on all these deals. We can see what is happening in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and we are seeing different agreements in different parts of the country. I understand the point about letting a thousand flowers bloom, and obviously the logic of what is happening here is to respond to the proposals that are being put forward locally—I get that. But at some point there...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (5th Day) (25 May 2016)

Baroness Scott of Bybrook: .... I look forward to seeing our other great cities getting similar freedoms and flexibilities in future. But surely we need also to be looking at the future of local government in the rest of England. Allowing a thousand flowers to bloom in different forms of devolution is confusing for our residents, partners and businesses. They want—and I have asked the question of them many times...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (4th Day) (24 May 2016)

Lord McNally: ...exciting prospect for youth justice, although, if I may borrow a piece of advice given to me by the noble Lord, Lord Ramsbotham, there will still be a need for some central oversight about the “what”, even if a thousand flowers are allowed to bloom regionally about the “how”. The task before us is to ensure that we manage the changes being proposed in a way that...

Trade Union Bill - Report (2nd Day) (19 Apr 2016)

Baroness Prosser: ...in my previous amendment nor in this amendment would or could restrict ways in which employee engagement can take place. Indeed, the thinking behind the amendment is to encourage involvement, participation and voice, and for a thousand flowers to bloom. The amendment asks that employers are encouraged, “to have due regard to … mechanisms”— in other words, to...

Public Bill Committee: Housing and Planning Bill: Clause 79 - Payment by local authority of increased income to Secretary of State (3 Dec 2015)

Richard Bacon: ...going to quote Mao Tse Tung earlier, but I gather that it is a sensitive point in the Labour party at the moment—although the hon. Member for City of Durham, who is not in her place, referred to a thousand flowers blooming, so she has already quoted him. Just to reassure the hon. Gentleman, the Housing and Planning Minister will be in my constituency tomorrow to visit a self-build...

Public Bill Committee: Housing and Planning Bill: Clause 76 - Information about income (3 Dec 2015)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: That is an interesting point of view, but it is rather at odds with what we often hear from the Government about localism, letting a thousand flowers bloom and letting local authorities get on with the job of managing things. In fact, it probably runs counter to the whole devolution agenda, so the next time the Secretary of State gets up to expound the many benefits of devolution—I...

Business without Debate: Scotland and Malawi Relations (30 Nov 2015)

Patrick Grady: ...inter-cultural exchanges and innovative approaches that such small projects engender are hallmarks of the interventions that have happened in Malawi, especially over the past 10 years under the formal Scotland Malawi Partnership. It has allowed a thousand flowers to bloom, as it were, and there are many lessons to be learned. The second project is the Chesney Trust, which was founded by...

House Business Committee (14 Oct 2015)

Graham Allen: ...it and cheer: from afar, no doubt—the Government will accept that building an effective, honest and open partnership with Parliament is a better way to govern a democracy that to do what they do now, which is often to impose and to control. Let a thousand flowers bloom. Let a debate take place. Perhaps a House Business Committee—minor though that may be, and technical and dry...

Constitution: Gracious Speech — Motion to Take Note (25 Jun 2015)

Lord Bridges of Headley: ...package of reforms that we have set out and scrutinise them vigorously, as a number of noble Lords have said. If others wish to look at these issues in a broader context, either here in Parliament or elsewhere, or even to set up their own convention, they are more than welcome to do so. Let a thousand flowers bloom, I say; knowing that your Lordships are not shrinking violets, I am sure...

Public Bill Committee: Pension Schemes Bill: Clause 19 - Introduction and definition (28 Oct 2014)

Nigel Mills: ...when they have to cash in their pension scheme. The scheme could take a longer-term view of the investment risk, and that has to be an attractive way forward. I agree with the Minister that we want to let a thousand flowers bloom and see what grows up in this market. At some point, however, we have to plant some seeds in the right place if we want to see certain sorts of flower bloom. I...

Public Bill Committee: Pension Schemes Bill: Schedule 3 - Early leavers: transfer values (28 Oct 2014)

Steve Webb: As the hon. Gentleman observed earlier, this is permissive legislation. I hesitate to use the cliché of letting a thousand flowers bloom; but, if in doubt, one reaches for cliché. The point is that we do not know what models people will come up with. It is fairly obvious, if we have a kind of vanilla DB scheme, what  the right transfer arrangements should be to mirror the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Workplace Skills (27 Oct 2014)

Nicholas Boles: ...and any group of people who want to set one up, as we are for free schools and new university technical colleges. We do not have a prescriptive, one-size-fits-all policy: we believe in letting a thousand flowers bloom, and studio schools are an important part of that.

Public Bill Committee: Pension Schemes Bill: Examination of Witness (23 Oct 2014)

...CDC decumulation, because again you want risk pooling. You can see lots of different ways in which the different models could feature different types of employer and so on. Very much the purpose of the legislation is to let a thousand flowers bloom and to make sure that we have thought it through carefully. I am confident—I strongly suspect—that many of these schemes will be...

Bill Presented: Civil Service Reform (3 Apr 2014)

Bernard Jenkin: ...against the Civil Service Commission. Every argument in praise of GovernUp and the work it is doing is an argument in favour of the Civil Service Commission in Parliament. How can we let one thousand flowers bloom, as the right hon. Member for Barking (Margaret Hodge) said—my right hon. Friend the Member for Arundel and South Downs (Nick Herbert) endorsed that—if we stamp on...


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