Results 41–60 of 1528 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Lord Arbuthnot of Edrom

New Clause 1 — Information to the public (27 Feb 2015)

James Arbuthnot: My right hon. Friend has got me there, so I will subside. The Bill would give a complainant to the ombudsman a statement of explanation if there was a delay. That seems a very small suggestion, but the humanisation that such a statement would bring to a process that would inevitably be a little intimidating for complainants, however well the health service ombudsman does her work, may well...

Isil: Russian-made Military Aircraft: Argentina (23 Feb 2015)

James Arbuthnot: Does my right hon. Friend accept that the defence of the Falkland Islands would be made much more difficult if we failed to spend 2%, at least, of our gross domestic product on defence? If we encouraged all parties, including Labour, to do that—

Isil: Russian-made Military Aircraft: Argentina (23 Feb 2015)

James Arbuthnot: And ours, indeed. Then we would be standing by the encouragement and the commitments that we made at the NATO summit only six months ago.

Armed Forces (Service Complaints and Financial Assistance) Bill (2 Feb 2015)

James Arbuthnot: I cannot remember hearing a victory such as that announced in the Chamber, so I congratulate the hon. Member for Bridgend (Mrs Moon) who has been pursuing this matter for many years. I should also point out the value of having a lawyer in a ministerial role.

Armed Forces (Service Complaints and Financial Assistance) Bill (2 Feb 2015)

James Arbuthnot: This is probably the last defence debate in which I shall speak. It is good that the subject is the introduction of a service complaints ombudsman, because the Defence Committee has been making points about that issue steadily since before I became a member in 2005. As far as I know, the only person who has been a member of the Committee since the beginning of the campaign for the...

Armed Forces (Service Complaints and Financial Assistance) Bill (2 Feb 2015)

James Arbuthnot: I spoke earlier of my diffidence. I think I should move into full retreat and just carry on with my speech because my hon. Friend already knows far more about that than I do, and I pay tribute to him again. I want to change the subject slightly. I have only a page and a half left of my notes. I hope that I can have a little indulgence. Dr Susan Atkins stood up for the men and women of our...

Armed Forces (Service Complaints and Financial Assistance) Bill (2 Feb 2015)

James Arbuthnot: My hon. Friend is right, if ambitious, but who could argue that the world is a safer place now than in the cold war years? I think it is far less safe because we live in a multi-polar world. Mutually assured destruction brought us, curiously, some stability.

Armed Forces (Service Complaints and Financial Assistance) Bill (2 Feb 2015)

James Arbuthnot: In order to reassure you, Madam Deputy Speaker, I can say that it is one and a half sentences, and my one and a half sentences relate to the 0.7% statutory commitment that we seem to be moving towards on international development. I approve of international development—I think it does us good, as well as the countries that benefit from improved education—but to have a statutory...

Armed Forces (Service Complaints and Financial Assistance) Bill (2 Feb 2015)

James Arbuthnot: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for trailing her coat in such an attractive way. Might I ask why she is so set against thematic reports to be produced by the ombudsman, which was recommended by the wonderful Dr Susan Atkins?

Clause 2 — Procedure for investigations by Local Government Ombudsman (23 Jan 2015)

James Arbuthnot: None of us is against health; none of us is against safety. As my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister wrote, as the first sentence of his foreword to Lord Young’s report: “Good health and safety is vitally important.” Now, I confess that if I had been my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister, I might have been tempted to write, “Good health and safety are vitally...

Clause 2 — Procedure for investigations by Local Government Ombudsman (23 Jan 2015)

James Arbuthnot: In view of those helpful assurances, I beg to ask leave to withdraw the amendment. Amendment, by leave, withdrawn. Third Reading

Clause 1 — Decision invoking health or safety: notification, reasons and review (23 Jan 2015)

James Arbuthnot: We could consider cost and compensation issues when we come to discuss, immediately after this debate, the other couple of amendments I have tabled. The Minister might be able to help then.

Clause 1 — Decision invoking health or safety: notification, reasons and review (23 Jan 2015)

James Arbuthnot: I beg to ask leave to withdraw the amendment. Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Clause 2 — Procedure for investigations by Local Government Ombudsman (23 Jan 2015)

James Arbuthnot: I beg to move amendment 2, page 2, line 43, at end insert— ‘( ) For the purposes of this Act the Local Commissioner shall have power to instruct the authority to pay compensation for any costs or inconvenience caused by the authority’s having unreasonably attempted to restrict or block an event. ( ) Any compensation payable under subsection () above in relation to...

Clause 2 — Procedure for investigations by Local Government Ombudsman (23 Jan 2015)

James Arbuthnot: Amendment 2 would allow the local government ombudsman to award compensation in cases covered by the Bill. Under existing legislation, the decisions of the ombudsman on cases of maladministration are not binding on local authorities. The ombudsman can recommend that a council should give compensation, but ultimately it is up to the council to decide whether to do so. When that happens, it is...

Clause 1 — Decision invoking health or safety: notification, reasons and review (23 Jan 2015)

James Arbuthnot: I beg to move amendment 1, page 2, line 2, at end insert— “( ) The authority must ensure that any such decision as is referred to in subsection (1) above is made as soon as reasonably practicable, and the authority shall not unreasonably or unnecessarily delay a decision in a way which has the effect of preventing or rendering impracticable a review taking...

[Mr Speaker in the Chair] (23 Jan 2015)

James Arbuthnot: Further to that point of order, Mr Speaker. My right hon. and learned Friend the Member for Beaconsfield (Mr Grieve) has made an entirely sensible point. I have tabled one or two amendments to the first Bill, but I very much hope that they will not take up too much time and that my right hon. and learned Friend will have ample time in which to discuss the important matters that he wishes to...

Clause 5 — Commencement, extent and short title (16 Jan 2015)

James Arbuthnot: I accept my hon. Friend’s point, but if he thinks it is sufficient to give notice to the police, the Government ought to consider dropping the point that if the person detaining the horse knows the person to whom the horse belongs, notice should be given to that person as well. If notifying the police is sufficient, that subsection should be dropped.

Clause 5 — Commencement, extent and short title (16 Jan 2015)

James Arbuthnot: With those wonderful explanations, I beg to ask leave to withdraw the amendment. Amendment, by leave, withdrawn. Third Reading


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