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Results 121–140 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

Northern Ireland Arms Decommissioning Act 1997 (Amnesty Period) Order 2000 (21 Feb 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: rose to move, That the draft order laid before the House on 1st February be approved [9th Report from the Joint Committee].

Northern Ireland Arms Decommissioning Act 1997 (Amnesty Period) Order 2000 (21 Feb 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, the order appoints 23rd May 2000 as the date before which the amnesty period identified in a non-statutory decommissioning scheme must end. The amnesty period is the time during which firearms, ammunition and explosives can be decommissioned in accordance with the scheme, thereby attracting both the amnesty and prohibitions on evidential use and forensic testing of decommissioned...

Northern Ireland Arms Decommissioning Act 1997 (Amnesty Period) Order 2000 (21 Feb 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, the noble Lord, Lord Molyneaux, has raised the very important issue of normalisation and security. I repeat the assurance that I gave noble Lords last Thursday that my right honourable friend the Secretary of State will take decisions on security measures following full consultation with the Chief Constable and the GOC. The paramount concern is safety. The Chief Constable has stated...

Wales: Devolution (21 Feb 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, I begin by thanking the noble Lord, Lord Carlile, for giving the House the opportunity to debate this matter tonight. I am delighted to have the opportunity to respond to the noble Lord's Unstarred Question and to most of the points raised in the debate. It is clear from the contributions of all noble Lords who have spoken that there is wide-ranging support and goodwill to make...

Local Government Bill [H.L.] (28 Feb 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, as my noble friend Lord Whitty said in Committee, we have sympathy with the intentions that lie behind Amendment No. 3. The success of both community planning and action taken under the well-being power depends on local authorities, including different tiers of authority, working together for the common good of their communities. The noble Baroness, Lady Carnegy of Lour, drew our...

Local Government Bill [H.L.] (28 Feb 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, I am afraid that we must oppose Amendments Nos. 5 and 10. There is a good deal of unnecessary confusion, both inside and outside the House, about the effect of the well-being provisions on the ability of local authorities to engage in trading activities. Therefore it may be helpful to set the record straight. At present, authorities' ability to trade in goods and services is...

Local Government Bill [H.L.] (28 Feb 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, I apologise to the noble Baroness if she interpreted what I intended as a light remark put slightly ironically as being in any way an attempt to dissuade her from taking part in the debate. Her contribution is welcome.

Local Government Bill [H.L.] (28 Feb 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, again I apologise to the noble Baroness, Lady Carnegy of Lour. I learnt early on that irony is often misunderstood. I am in the unusual position of being able to agree in part and in philosophy with the noble Lord, Lord Dixon-Smith, and all noble Lords who have taken part in the debate, because, in using the Clause 2 power, local authorities may spend any amount of money they wish...

Local Government Bill [H.L.] (28 Feb 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, perhaps it would help the House if I were to say that the repeal of Section 137 is in Clause 7 of the Bill.

Local Government Bill [H.L.] (28 Feb 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, I wish to place on record explicitly the Government's position because I still do not think it is clear to the House. The effect that any spending might have on a council tax increase is a matter for the local authority. Before authorities increased the council tax we would expect them to look at whether they could raise money more effectively or efficiently--that will not surprise...

Local Government Bill [H.L.] (28 Feb 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, I beg to move that further consideration on Report be now adjourned. In moving this Motion, I suggest that the Report stage begins again not before 10 minutes before nine o'clock.

Local Government Bill [H.L.] (28 Feb 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, perhaps it would be helpful if I begin with the issue relating to the role of Ministers on the Government Front Bench. Although there may have been occasions when the combination of noble Lords' interests in this Bill and on potential aspects of the Learning and Skills Bill led to a degree of repetition, as a member of the executive neither the Minister, the noble Lord, Lord Whitty,...

Local Government Bill [H.L.] (28 Feb 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, is the noble Baroness aware that it is open to the executive to invite anyone to speak at its meetings? The noble Lord, Lord Tope, were he to be unaware of the Conservative or Labour Party policy on any issue, would be able to invite someone to come along and speak, but he or she would not be a member.

Local Government Bill [H.L.] (28 Feb 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: I understand the concerns of the noble Baroness, Lady Miller of Chilthorne Domer, which these amendments seek to probe. However, I am afraid that on this matter we have a difference of opinion and are unable to accept the amendments. The fundamental principle which underpins the proposals in Part II of the Bill is that of transparency and accountability. Local people and all others who have...

Local Government Bill [H.L.] (28 Feb 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, my consideration of this matter is that it depends on what the money is spent. It may be helpful for me to write to the noble Baroness. If I were to await further inspiration from the depths of my memory, I might detain noble Lords for too long.

Local Government Bill [H.L.] (28 Feb 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, I give the noble Baroness the assurance that we shall consider extremely carefully the points that she raised.

Local Government Bill [H.L.] (28 Feb 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, we are unable to support Amendments Nos. 30 and 31 because, as the noble Baroness and the noble Lord have acknowledged, both would delay the implementation of decisions by the executive. The amendment of the noble Baroness, Lady Hamwee, would delay implementation by five days unless a decision was certified as urgent by the monitoring officer, presumably to allow the overview and...

Local Government Bill [H.L.] (28 Feb 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, in the normal course of events it would quite clearly be a matter of judgment for a professional officer in a social services department. However, there could be exceptional circumstances in which a decision had to be taken because something was unforeseeably outwith the normal policy guidance and the normal terms of reference.

Local Government Bill [H.L.] (28 Feb 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, it may be helpful if I give the noble Baroness an example without going into enough detail for anyone to be able to identify the individual concerned. Prior to the previous administration taking office and constraining the roles of chairs of committees, a chair of a committee could be approached as regards a particular policy which was generally opposed to that of the authority. I...

Local Government Bill [H.L.] (28 Feb 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, I am still not clear why the noble Baroness, Lady Hamwee, wants to place this requirement on the face of the Bill. We leave it to councils to decide how chairs of committees should be selected and we do not see any case for acting differently here. We believe that the precise arrangements should be left to local choice. In our guidance we point out that councils might consider it...


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