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Results 61–80 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

Wales: EU Objective One (1 Feb 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, I can assure the noble Lord that at every stage the money that is available as a result of the success of my right honourable friends the Prime Minister and the Chancellor will meet the criteria set down by the Commission in terms of the appropriate matching of funds, whether public or private.

Local Government Bill [H.L.] (1 Feb 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: Amendment No. 171 replaces a requirement on authorities to send their proposals to the Secretary of State with a requirement that authorities should deliver value for money and quality standards of service. The Government have no problem with the localist sentiment behind the amendment of the noble Lord, nor with the laudable objectives of value for money and quality standards of service...

Local Government Bill [H.L.] (1 Feb 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: I beg to move that the House do now resume. In moving this Motion, I suggest that the Committee stage on this Bill begin again not before 8.35 p.m. I draw the attention of noble Lords taking part in the dinner hour debate to the inaccuracy in the timing originally given. In order to keep within the time limit, the noble Lord, Lord Skidelsky, in opening the debate, may speak for 10 minutes. My...

Local Government Bill [H.L.] (1 Feb 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: I thank the noble Baroness, Lady Hamwee, for the issues that she has raised on these amendments. We do not believe that Amendments Nos. 246A and 247A are necessary because the Government already propose powers in the Bill to make such regulations. Clause 29 already proposes to enable the making of regulations about the conduct of elections by applying or incorporating previous enactments with...

Local Government Bill [H.L.] (1 Feb 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: We have not yet come to a firm view on whether the nomination requirements for mayoral candidates should differ from those for other councillors. We would like to give the matter further consideration. Perhaps it will be helpful if I point out that regulations under Clause 29 will be subject to the draft affirmative procedure and, as I have already indicated, subject to consultation with the...

Local Government Bill [H.L.] (1 Feb 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: As currently drafted, subsection (4) of Clause 29 provides that mayoral elections may be challenged only by election petitions under regulations which apply the provisions of Part III of the Representation of the People Act 1983. This deals with the procedure for questioning local elections. Amendment No. 247B would replace that with wording which seeks to apply automatically the...

Local Government Bill [H.L.] (1 Feb 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: As the noble Lord acknowledged, we discussed last week the issues surrounding the title of "mayor" in relation to Amendment No. 75, tabled by the noble Baroness, Lady Hamwee. The amendment would preserve the title of "mayor" for chairmen, or chairs, of London boroughs. The Government are strongly of the view that there should be clarity about who is the directly elected mayor where councils...

Local Government Bill [H.L.] (1 Feb 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: I somewhat cautiously put the alternative use of the title "chair" or "chairman", having looked carefully around the Chamber to see which noble Lords and noble Baronesses were in their places. Where a London borough, or a district council with borough status does not opt for that model and does not have an elected mayor, it will be able to continue as before. We recognise that, in some cases...

Local Government Bill [H.L.] (1 Feb 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: As the noble Baroness, Lady Hamwee, said, adoption of the amendment would mean the Bill being amended in order that information regarding the adoption of a code of conduct would be published in a newspaper published by the authority alone. While we would certainly encourage local authorities to circulate their code of conduct through their own publications--the Bill as drafted would not...

Local Government Bill [H.L.] (1 Feb 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: moved Amendment No. 281: Page 20, line 38, at beginning insert ("Subject to subsection (1A),").

Local Government Bill [H.L.] (1 Feb 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: In moving Amendment No. 281, I shall speak to the other amendments in the group. We want to ensure that the same high standards of conduct apply to all local authority members. Local people must be able to trust their councils to serve them properly. A consistent conduct framework that applies to all levels of local government is vital to achieving this. Clause 34 lists the relevant...

Local Government Bill [H.L.] (1 Feb 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: I assure the noble Baroness that the Home Office has been consulted. However, I guarantee and undertake to consider carefully the points that she raised. Amendment No. 282 and the consequential amendments extend the requirements to establish standards committees and, as the noble Baroness says, include the police authorities. Following the consultation that took place, we believe the setting...

Local Government Bill [H.L.] (1 Feb 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: In response to the final point raised by the noble Baroness, Lady Miller of Chilthorne Domer, it is my understanding that not all parish councils are in membership of the county branches within a particular county area. There can be a very large number of councils within a county area. That would therefore make the task of a committee quite onerous at county council level. I appreciate the...

Local Government Bill [H.L.] (1 Feb 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: moved Amendments Nos. 282 to 287: Page 20, line 38, leave out ("local") and insert ("relevant"). Page 20, line 40, leave out ("section 39") and insert ("this Part"). Page 20, line 40, at end insert-- ("(1A) Subsection (1) does not apply to a parish council or community council."). Page 20, line 41, leave out ("local") and insert ("relevant"). Page 20, line 43, leave out ("subsection (5)(a))")...

Local Government Bill [H.L.] (1 Feb 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: I can assure the noble Baroness, Lady Byford, that we are even more concerned by the rumours in such papers as the Sunday Express, to which she referred, knowing them to be false and knowing that the Government have absolutely no such plans. The fact that during the course of legislation parish councils have been treated differently with regard to standards committees is a recognition that...

Local Government Bill [H.L.] (1 Feb 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: moved Amendment No. 330A: Page 24, line 14, at end insert-- ("(2A) An ethical standards officer to whom an investigation under section 42 is assigned may-- (a) cease the investigation at any stage before its completion, and (b) refer the matters which are the subject of the investigation to the monitoring officer of the relevant authority concerned.").

Local Government Bill [H.L.] (1 Feb 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: Amendments Nos. 330A and 344C concern the referral of cases from the ethical standards officer (ESO) of the standards board to the monitoring officer of the local authority and the action that a local authority may take on them. As Members of the Committee know, we agree with many of the recommendations made by the noble and learned Lord, Lord Nolan, in his report--the third report of the...

Local Government Bill [H.L.] (1 Feb 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: moved Amendment No. 338: Page 28, line 18, leave out ("or on their behalf").

Local Government Bill [H.L.] (1 Feb 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: Amendment No. 338 is a technical amendment to achieve our intention that ethical standards officers--ESOs--should have full responsibility for the conduct of investigations into allegations of councillor misconduct. In order to ensure that the function of conducting the investigation, and therefore responsibility for it, remains with the ESO, the Government are advised that it is necessary to...

Local Government Bill [H.L.] (1 Feb 2000)

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


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