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Results 41–60 of 2100 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton

Local Government Bill [H.L.] (25 Jan 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: We shall be delighted to write to the noble Baroness.

Local Government Bill [H.L.] (25 Jan 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: There is no limit on what local authorities can spend under the well-being power, but the point of the power is to give them discretion. In answer to the noble Baroness, Lady Hamwee, the proposals are neutral; all we are saying is that authorities may not use the power itself to raise money. The noble Lord, Lord Dixon-Smith, raised the question of whether this was a kind of "anti-power". It...

Local Government Bill [H.L.] (25 Jan 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: I feared for a moment that the noble Lord was going to look at me and in all innocence say, "Set a thief to catch a thief".

Local Government Bill [H.L.] (25 Jan 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: I informed the Committee earlier that the Government hoped to bring forward proposals in the summer.

Local Government Bill [H.L.] (25 Jan 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: I understand the desire of the noble Lord, Lord Dixon-Smith, to ensure that all relevant local government bodies are consulted on any draft guidance on the use of the well-being power and the production of community strategies. There has never been any suggestion that the Government would do otherwise. Indeed, our memorandum to the Select Committee on Delegated Powers and Deregulation made...

Local Government Bill [H.L.] (25 Jan 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: I am shocked that the noble Baroness, Lady Miller of Chilthorne Domer, does not read piled-up strategies late at night!

Local Government Bill [H.L.] (25 Jan 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: Perhaps I should set the record straight and say that for relaxation very late at night I prefer the books of my noble friend Lady Rendell rather than community strategies. Amendment No. 35 would turn the power of community planning into a duty. We do not believe that such a duty would lead to better community planning. It would raise questions about how exactly that function was to be...

Local Government Bill [H.L.] (25 Jan 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: I entirely agree with the intention behind Amendment No. 38. Many times the Government have said that effective community planning depends on engaging local people in an assessment of local needs and bringing together local authorities, other public sector bodies and the private and voluntary sectors, to determine what needs to be done to secure the economic, social and environmental...

Local Government Bill [H.L.] (25 Jan 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: Clause 8 provides for the procedures to be followed by the Secretary of State in making orders under Clauses 5 and 6. Those powers are very wide-ranging and it is right that Parliament should properly scrutinise their use. The procedures to be followed are designed to ensure that Parliament is provided with sufficient information about the purpose of the orders and the reaction of those who...

Local Government Bill [H.L.] (25 Jan 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: I am afraid that the Government cannot support Amendments Nos. 71A, 72 or 73. When I explain the reasoning, it is possible that the noble Baroness, Lady Hamwee, will understand our position more clearly. I should explain that the Government do not have any particular form of executive in mind based on the provisions of Clause 10(6). It is there to ensure the widest scope for forms of...

Local Government Bill [H.L.] (25 Jan 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: I am happy to write to the noble Baroness. My understanding is that part of her proposal deletes some of the variety of options. However, it may be more satisfactory for me to write to her, place a copy in the Library and send a copy to the noble Lord, Lord Dixon-Smith.

Local Government Bill [H.L.] (25 Jan 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: This takes me back. Indeed, very many years ago I remember a television programme that included Ernest the Policeman and, if my memory serves me correctly, Larry and Mr Mayor. We already have this position with regard to London. We debated the point at great length in that respect. Looking carefully round the Committee to see which Members are present, I should like to refer to the time when...

Local Government Bill [H.L.] (25 Jan 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: In responding to Amendment No. 77 I shall speak also to Amendments 78 to 81, which are grouped with it. As the noble Baroness, Lady Hamwee, said, the joint effect of Amendments Nos. 77 and 80 is to place a firm minimum on the size of cabinet--that is to say, the number of members--but to allow flexibility in either direction on the maximum number of members possible. In practice, the latter...

Local Government Bill [H.L.] (25 Jan 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: I hope that, on reflection, the noble Earl, Lord Carnarvon, will feel that the earlier reply I gave to the noble Baroness, Lady Hamwee, covers the points that he has raised. However, I should like to make the point that the size of the executive is not directly and proportionately related to the number of elected members on the authority. The point that the noble Earl made did not envisage...

Local Government Bill [H.L.] (25 Jan 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: I beg to move that the House do now resume.

Wales: EU Objective One (1 Feb 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, progress to date is in accordance with the timetable set out in the European Structural Funds Regulations which apply to all member states.

Wales: EU Objective One (1 Feb 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, it gives me great pleasure to dispel the gloom of the noble Lord, Lord Roberts of Conwy. With regard to the application to the Commission, I can assure the noble Lord that the reports and rumours that he has heard are merely part of the normal negotiations. All member states submit a plan and a proposal, followed by a period of months during which discussion takes place at official...

Wales: EU Objective One (1 Feb 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: Yes, my Lords. Some of the press reports about alleged problems in funding may be related to an issue that will be resolved in Ceredigion on Thursday.

Wales: EU Objective One (1 Feb 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, the Government and the Welsh Assembly are fully confident that, for the first year, funds are available in the budget stream in the normal way. For example, as the noble Lord, Lord Roberts of Conwy, will remember, within the funds available to the Welsh Office there was always the necessary money to meet particular needs identified with regard to European funds, etc. However, noble...

Wales: EU Objective One (1 Feb 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, it depends on whether the value to the country as a whole, including Wales, of membership of the European Union is considered to be a benefit. Within the CBI, for example, and other groups there are large numbers of people who believe that the benefits far outweigh any of the disadvantages identified by the noble Viscount and possibly the noble Lord who sought to speak before him....


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