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Results 141–160 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.] (28 Feb 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, for the benefit of noble Lords, because the amendments are grouped, it may be helpful if the noble Lord, Lord Dixon-Smith, were now to speak to his amendment to Amendment No. 42.

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.

Welsh Assembly (1 Mar 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, the Government have no such plans. The Assembly has very many powers to control and influence matters of great importance to the people of Wales. We believe that this gives the Assembly genuine scope to make a real difference in Wales. The new First Secretary has said that he shares this view.

Welsh Assembly (1 Mar 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, I join the noble Lord in wishing all noble Lords a happy St David's Day. His suggestion of a JMC meeting will be given great consideration. It may not be the most appropriate way to begin to raise the important issue he has raised. The most appropriate way may be to seek to have a meeting including non-Assembly or non-Government Members to examine the process followed with regard to...

Welsh Assembly (1 Mar 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, I thank my noble friend for that question. My experience of those involved in Welsh public life, in particular Welsh politicians, is that they always strive to achieve perfection as quickly as possible.

Welsh Assembly (1 Mar 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, the noble Lord, Lord Hooson, was right in much of what he said. My recollection is that I complimented both the noble Lords, Lord Griffiths and Lord Roberts, on their contributions to the debate to which he referred. Perhaps I may gently suggest that at the beginning of that debate one of his noble friends sought to pass judgment on decisions and matters that are better left to the...

Welsh Assembly (1 Mar 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: Yes, my Lords, I believe that there is. The Assembly has, for example, issued a draft document for consultation, Better Wales, and the budget agreed by all parties for next year includes additional spending on health and education. Policy is being developed by the Assembly on matters such as the serious issues arising from the Waterhouse report, with consideration of its recommendations,...

Welsh Assembly (1 Mar 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, in achieving devolution in Wales, as in Scotland and, of course, Northern Ireland, which we hope will return as quickly as possible, the Government have sought to ensure that matters are devolved to all three countries in a context which will encourage a consensus approach towards the development of policy. I share my noble friend's concern about the low turn-out. I can assure him...

Welsh Assembly (1 Mar 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, the noble Baroness, Lady Buscombe, is, I know, fully aware that the histories of Scotland and Wales are different. Their legislative histories are different, with separate Scottish legislation as opposed to the relationship between Welsh legislation and that of Westminster. Perhaps I may hope that the noble Baroness is signalling that the Conservative Party now not only fully...

Welsh Assembly (1 Mar 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, I shall have to check whether a national holiday for Wales is a matter that has been devolved to the Assembly. I shall write to the noble Lord. However, I am quite sure that people will feel that it is a holiday on Saturday when, we all hope, Wales will be successful.

Local Government Bill [H.L.] (2 Mar 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, I shall endeavour not to appear steely to the noble Lord, Lord Laming. The Government strongly believe that the new forms of constitution available in Part II of the Bill will lead to more efficient, transparent and accountable local government, and that they will reinforce the best value regime in the Local Government Act 1999--I endorse the view of the noble Lord--for delivering...

Local Government Bill [H.L.] (2 Mar 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, the Government do not feel able to support Amendment No. 57. As we said in Committee, we have not yet reached a firm view on whether the nomination requirements for mayoral candidates should differ from those which apply to councillors generally. We recognise that this is an important issue which affects the political process and that there may be a number of differing views about...

Local Government Bill [H.L.] (2 Mar 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, this has been an interesting and somewhat novel entrance to debate. I reassure the noble Lord, Lord Dixon-Smith, that we do not intend to incorporate the idea into another local government Bill. I believe that the noble Baroness, Lady Hamwee, should overcome her diffidence and embarrassment about talking on electoral politics. I had not noticed such embarrassment and reticence...

Local Government Bill [H.L.] (2 Mar 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, this amendment proposes that the Bill be amended so that a local authority may, with the approval of the standards board in England or Wales, publish information regarding the adoption of a code of conduct in a newspaper published by the authority. We would certainly encourage local authorities to publicise the adoption of a code of conduct through their own publications. Indeed,...

Local Government Bill [H.L.] (2 Mar 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, in moving his amendment, the noble Lord, Lord Dixon-Smith, has made clear his fears about the potential that he sees for an individual to be victimised in some way. The general principles underlying the code of conduct will be subject to extensive consultation, followed by debate under the affirmative resolution procedure in this House and the other place. The model code of conduct...

Local Government Bill [H.L.] (2 Mar 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Dixon-Smith, for drawing our attention to this matter and for his helpful comments. We will look at ways of putting it beyond doubt that former members and co-opted members are included in all references to members in relation to investigations and case tribunals. We shall need to return to the House at a later stage with proposals. I hope that the noble...

Local Government Bill [H.L.] (2 Mar 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, we cannot accept that the current provisions of the Bill are deficient. Clause 54(4) provides that an ESO cannot conduct an investigation in relation to a member of another authority if within the past five years he had been an officer or member. In addition, Clause 54(5) provides that: "An ethical standards officer who is directly or indirectly interested in any matter"--...

Local Government Bill [H.L.] (2 Mar 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, the noble Baroness has identified the fact that the existing rules on registration and declaration of interest and the corresponding general dispensations are rather complex. They are made up of a varied collection of guidance, regulations and statutory instruments and are potentially confusing for councillors. The issue needs addressing so that the rules can be clarified and...

Local Government Bill [H.L.] (2 Mar 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, the amendment moved by the noble Baroness would help to overcome any uncertainty as to whether the powers that she seeks already exist. We are aware that the amendment has the full support of the LGA and the Local Government Ombudsman. The Government support the efforts that have been made to encourage the local resolution of complaints. Ideally, complaints should be capable of...

Local Government Bill [H.L.] (2 Mar 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, with the leave of the House, perhaps I may be permitted to correct an error of omission in my response to Amendment No. 77. In referring to legal advice I should have said that legal advisers had raised a point about whether such an amendment would be deemed by the Officers of the House to be within the scope of the Bill.


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