Results 101–120 of 1300 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 Maples

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Intergovernmental Conference (Lisbon) (22 Oct 2007)

John Maples: There is considerable concern that protocol 7 is not sufficient to prevent the European Court of Justice from using the charter of fundamental rights in future to create new, individual legal rights in the United Kingdom. Presumably, the Government have taken legal advice on that. I should be grateful if the Prime Minister told me whether that legal advice is absolutely 100 per cent....

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Iran (9 Oct 2007)

John Maples: Have there been any discussions at any level between the British Government and the United States Administration about the possibility of taking military action against Iran?

Flooding (23 Jul 2007)

John Maples: In the cost-benefit analysis of flood defence work, one of the crucial factors is, quite rightly, the probability of a flood taking place. In my constituency we have had two "one-in-30-years" floods in the past nine years, and that is common, certainly in the west midlands. I wonder whether the Secretary of State can assure us that in his review, that formula will be reconsidered, because...

Opposition Day — [14th Allotted Day]: Iraq Inquiry (11 Jun 2007)

John Maples: The right hon. Member for Oldham, West and Royton (Mr. Meacher) has posed some of the questions that an inquiry should look into. I want to return to the question of whether we should have an inquiry, rather than discussing the question of what it might do or what findings it might come up with. I want to deal with two specific issues. First, I want to nail the idea that the time is wrong for...

Opposition Day — [14th Allotted Day]: Iraq Inquiry (11 Jun 2007)

John Maples: I do believe that. Certainly we were not able to get to the bottom of the situation. The dossier of September 2002 was full of holes, and we picked up quite a lot of them. I think that the intelligence information was misrepresented, to put it at its most neutral. I suspect that, as someone suggested earlier, the decision was made six or nine months earlier, and the document was used merely...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: G8 Summit (11 Jun 2007)

John Maples: It seems to me that President Bush injected a welcome note of realism and was very constructive in pointing out to the G8 that there was no point in their talking to each other about climate change if the United States and the fast-developing economies of China and India were not involved in the process. The Prime Minister seems to recognise that, and he seems to see that it is in our...

Business of the House: Counter-Terrorism (7 Jun 2007)

John Maples: One of the great gaps in our counter-terrorism strategy is our inability to detain or deport dangerous foreign terrorists. That is the result partly of decisions of our own courts, partly of a European Court decision and partly of the European convention on human rights. Has the Home Secretary come to any conclusions about whether we can resolve the issue through domestic legislation, in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Solicitor-General: Control Orders (Absconders) (24 May 2007)

John Maples: I think that we all acknowledge that the Government are in a very difficult position. It is ridiculous that we cannot either deport foreigners or detain them. I understand that one of those decisions, the one about deportation, results from the Chahal case—which, incidentally, concerned India, not Algeria or Libya—and that the decision about detention results from the Human Rights Act...

Oral Answers to Questions — Public Accounts Commission: Planning White Paper (21 May 2007)

John Maples: The Secretary of State says in her statement that she wants to strengthen the role of local government and devolve further decision making to local communities. May I suggest one area in which doing so would receive widespread approval in the House: the impact of PPG3 and the density to which builders are allowed to build? I do not know whether it is happening in her constituency, but in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (2 May 2007)

John Maples: Recent court decisions have left us in the extraordinary position that the Government can neither deport nor detain dangerous foreign terrorists. These decisions flow directly from the Human Rights Act 1998. As it is within the power of this House to amend the Act and within the power of the Government to file a derogation from the European convention, why does the Prime Minister not...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Iranian Seizure of Royal Navy Personnel (28 Mar 2007)

John Maples: As our forces in the Gulf are operating under a United Nations Security Council resolution, Iran's action is a breach not only of international maritime law but of that resolution. I do not understand why the Government's first action was not to go straight back to the Security Council and secure a resolution ordering Iran to return our personnel whom it captured.

Bill Presented: House of Lords Reform (6 Mar 2007)

John Maples: I hope that the hon. Member for Sunderland, North (Bill Etherington) will forgive me if I do not go down the same route as him, as I do not agree with his point about 100 per cent. election. We could have an interesting debate about the future of the monarchy, but that would complicate the already extraordinarily complicated number of options before us. I agree, however, with the right hon....

Bill Presented: House of Lords Reform (6 Mar 2007)

John Maples: The second Chamber does not have any power. If it had power, of course it should be elected, but all that it can do at the moment is say to the Government, "Think again" and, in extremis—this power is very rarely exercised—make the Government introduce the legislation again in a different Session. I agree with the right hon. Member for Swansea, West that the second Chamber will accrue...

Bill Presented: House of Lords Reform (6 Mar 2007)

John Maples: I should like to complete my point. The second Chamber will accrue more powers and, at some point, it may challenge the Parliament Acts. Those Acts are not set in stone, and the statute could be changed. The trail of toxic waste may eventually lead to a change in the Parliament Acts. The democratic legitimacy argument is a double-edged sword, so people should be careful about using it. The...

Bill Presented: House of Lords Reform (6 Mar 2007)

John Maples: No, I should like to make progress. I have given way once, and I will probably not do so again. The proposal that the second Chamber should be is 20, 30, 60 or 80 per cent. elected is nonsense. Either it is elected, or it is not. I would prefer that it remained a 100 per cent. appointed Chamber, but if that is not possible, it should be 100 per cent. elected. We do not want two classes of...

Bill Presented: House of Lords Reform (6 Mar 2007)

John Maples: I was going to say that the sort of people who will run for election to the House of Lords, the Senate or whatever it is called will be people who cannot enter the Commons. I say this with modesty and as much graciousness as I can: the standards of intelligence, talent and ability needed to get into this House are not superhuman or of Olympian proportions. So if the other House consists of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Afghanistan (Force Levels) (26 Feb 2007)

John Maples: Is not one of our problems in Afghanistan the fact that we have conflicting objectives? We seek to support the Government and defeat the Taliban militarily on the one hand, but, on the other, we seek to destroy the poppy crop. May I suggest that we will never get the local political support that we need to defeat the Taliban while we continue to try to destroy what is virtually people's only...

Deferred Divisions: Legislative Process (1 Nov 2006)

John Maples: I think that those who discussed the sub judice question during the debate agreed that we would like to see how the system works from now on and whether it will be necessary to revisit it. Can the Leader of the House devise a way for him to be kept informed when questions or issues in Select Committees or elsewhere are ruled out of order as sub judice? Perhaps in a year's time we could look...

Business of the House: Legislative Process (1 Nov 2006)

John Maples: That is the most extraordinary speech that I have heard in the House. The hon. Member for Hendon (Mr. Dismore) protests far too much. What appears to be the wholesale abuse of the postage allowance by some Members is wrong. I have been here for some time, and my understanding—perhaps it is incorrect—has always been that we are not allowed to use the franked postage system to send out...

Business of the House: Legislative Process (1 Nov 2006)

John Maples: Well, the hon. Gentleman worked out that people who were spending £25,000 a year on postage were sending out 600 letters a day. I cannot believe that all those letters were individually signed, and if they were not, they were circulars. It is expenses more than anything else that brings us into public disrepute, which is a reason why the communications allowance should be stopped quickly....


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