Results 181–200 of 1102 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 Harris of Haringey

Panama Papers - Statement (11 Apr 2016)

Lord Harris of Haringey: My Lords, the Prime Minister has set a precedent by publishing his tax arrangements. I gather that others have followed suit, including the Chancellor of the Exchequer and my right honourable friend the leader of the Opposition. Does the noble Baroness the Leader of this House think that this is a precedent that should extend to Members of your Lordships’ House, as it is clearly going...

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (9th Day) (Continued) (23 Mar 2016)

Lord Harris of Haringey: My Lords, I think I have moved that the House do now resume. Can I just clarify before I decide whether to press that to a vote whether we have now heard the Chief Whip’s Statement or whether he intends to make his Statement at the conclusion of the next group? Have we now got a procedure for going forward or has he now amended it?

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (9th Day) (Continued) (23 Mar 2016)

Lord Harris of Haringey: My Lords, I know that the noble Lord, Lord Tope, will be surprised at this, but I support his amendment. If you believe in the concept of a strong mayor—whether a strong Mayor of London or a strong mayor in combined authorities—what is proposed in these amendments is absolutely right. And if you believe in a localist agenda, which I understand that the Government purport to do,...

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (9th Day) (Continued) (23 Mar 2016)

Lord Harris of Haringey: My Lords, before the noble Lord, Lord Tope, decides whether or not to withdraw his amendment, can we have a little more clarity as to why the Government believe that Amendments 112 and 113 would add significantly to the time taken to dispose of assets? This is simply giving the Mayor of London or the mayor of a combined authority an opportunity to consider whether to acquire or to refuse to...

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (9th Day) (Continued) (23 Mar 2016)

Lord Harris of Haringey: My Lords, I see the Chief Whip hovering and unless he is coming to the Dispatch Box now, I will beg to move that the House do now resume.

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (9th Day) (Continued) (23 Mar 2016)

Lord Harris of Haringey: My Lords, I want to speak to this group of amendments because I think they are very important. Earlier on in the Committee today, I specifically raised the importance, in terms of planning, of looking at the concept of what is the community that you are trying to create—and making sure that the community is sustainable and has all the benefits you would hope for. Over the past 20 or 30...

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (9th Day) (Continued) (23 Mar 2016)

Lord Harris of Haringey: My Lords, the Government Chief Whip briefly appeared in the Chamber. I now see that the Leader and Deputy Leader of the House are here. I am minded to move that the House do now resume, unless we are about to get a Statement.

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (9th Day) (Continued) (23 Mar 2016)

Lord Harris of Haringey: I am sure that this will be helpful. It is clearly progress and we all want to get on with this. But it would be useful for the House to know what the intention of the Government is as far as the progress of this Bill is concerned. So, unless we are going to be given more information, I will again put a Motion that the House do now resume.

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (9th Day) (Continued) (23 Mar 2016)

Lord Harris of Haringey: My Lords, I am sure that that is the case, but I am not a member of the usual channels. There are Members sitting in this Committee who are interested in this Bill or in particular clauses or aspects of it. We have a right to know the intention in terms of the remaining groups on this Bill. That is why I therefore move that the House do now resume.

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (9th Day) (Continued) (23 Mar 2016)

Lord Harris of Haringey: My Lords, if it helps the House, given the assurance from my noble friend that these discussions will take place and that we will get a report, I beg leave to withdraw my Motion that the House will be now resumed—but I may come back to it if there is no sign of progress. Motion withdrawn. Amendment 103 Moved by Lord McKenzie of Luton 103: After Clause 151, insert the following new...

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (9th Day) (Continued) (23 Mar 2016)

Lord Harris of Haringey: My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Greaves, for putting this unexpected discussion before the Committee. I am conscious that there are 11 more groups, which, in the course of a normal Thursday, would need to be discussed in the next hour and seven minutes. Perhaps I can abuse the fact that I am now standing up to say that it would be very helpful if we could have a statement from...

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (9th Day) (Continued) (23 Mar 2016)

Lord Harris of Haringey: My Lords, given that the Government Chief Whip has not yet arrived in the Chamber to explain what the intention is—although we may be about to get a message from him—to expedite matters, in order to see exactly what the Government’s intentions are, I beg to move that the House do now resume.

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (9th Day) (Continued) (23 Mar 2016)

Lord Harris of Haringey: On the basis of that assurance that the Government Chief Whip will be joining us in about 10 minutes, I will not press my Motion to a vote at this stage. Motion withdrawn. Amendments 102DD to 102EA not moved. Clause 145 agreed. Amendment 102F Moved by Lord Greaves 102F: After Clause 145, insert the following new Clause— “Review of the plan-making process (1) Not less than six...

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (9th Day) (23 Mar 2016)

Lord Harris of Haringey: My Lords, I think the main concern that many of us had was that the noble Lord was going to sing it. I want to intervene briefly on this group because quite an important set of principles is involved here. Making communities work in the context of new developments is quite a skill, which local authorities develop over time. For example, there is a difference in nature between student...

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (8th Day) (22 Mar 2016)

Lord Harris of Haringey: My Lords, this is in danger of appearing to be a sort of “all our yesterdays” discussion as regards London boroughs. I was deeply tempted by the amendment in the name of the noble Lord, Lord True, when he told me that it might render the Bill hybrid, which of course would consign all the other ridiculous provisions within it to some long drawn out and time-consuming purpose....

Schools: Funding — Question (22 Mar 2016)

Lord Harris of Haringey: My Lords, need and deprivation—I think that that is what the noble Baroness meant—are going to be at the core of the new system. Will the Minister give us an assurance now that in, say, four years’ time, when we look back at how this new formula has been applied, it will not simply have benefited Conservative-controlled areas?

Gambling: B2 Gaming Machines — Question (15 Mar 2016)

Lord Harris of Haringey: My Lords, the Minister told us that his honourable friend was keeping a close eye on the question of the triennial review. How then can it be a triennial review? Are the Government not breaching the obligations set for them in terms of holding such a triennial review?

Prison Reform — Question (15 Mar 2016)

Lord Harris of Haringey: My Lords, does not that answer indicate precisely why the Government have a problem? If those are the reoffending figures, why is that happening? Is it not true that there are simply insufficient staff in our prisons to escort prisoners to, for example, needed mental health appointments, to the classes for which they are booked or indeed to the exercise and other facilities that would enable...

Severn Crossings: Tolls — Question (14 Mar 2016)

Lord Harris of Haringey: My Lords, does the fact that the M6 toll road is so successful demonstrate that people are prepared to pay good money not to go to Birmingham?

Airports: Expansion — Question (10 Mar 2016)

Lord Harris of Haringey: My Lords, we all enjoy the Minister scurrying around in the long grass on this issue, but could he give a clear definition on behalf of the Government of what period “summer” covers?


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