Results 1081–1100 of 1126 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

Health and Social Care Bill (15 Mar 2001)

Lord Harris of Haringey: I wish to speak to Amendment No. 3, which the noble Lord, Lord Clement-Jones, has introduced. I am not sure what response my noble friend the Minister will give, but there are two possibilities. My noble friend may say that it is unnecessary because it is already enshrined in guidance, or he may say that unfortunately it brings within its ambit all sorts of other things that were not intended...

Health and Social Care Bill (26 Feb 2001)

Lord Harris of Haringey: My Lords, I declare an interest as a former director of the Association of Community Health Councils for England and Wales and as a current member of the Greater London Assembly, of the London ambulance trust board and of the executive of the Local Government Association. I begin by making it clear that I am a keen supporter of the Bill. The NHS Plan has been widely welcomed in the House. It...

London Underground: Financing Structure (1 Feb 2001)

Lord Harris of Haringey: My Lords, does my noble friend agree with the views of the Labour group on the Greater London Assembly--I declare an interest as its leader--that any scheme for the funding of the Tube should deliver money quickly to deal with the under-investment over many years but should also be capable of external validation as to safety and value for money for Londoners? Does he also share the widespread...

Address in Reply to Her Majesty's Most Gracious Speech (13 Dec 2000)

Lord Harris of Haringey: My Lords, I am delighted to contribute in today's debate as two of my particular interests in your Lordships' House are coupled neatly together in terms of health and home affairs. I want to endorse also the remarks made by my noble friend Lord Hunt of Kings Heath about the legislation to be brought forward in respect of the health service. Clearly, legislation which will modernise the NHS in...

Millennium Dome (29 Nov 2000)

Lord Harris of Haringey: My Lords, I believe that I speak more or less at the mid-point of this debate. Therefore, I intend to be brief, which will no doubt be a relief to all noble Lords. As my noble friend Lady Gibson pointed out, it has been fashionable throughout this year to run down the Millennium Dome. I believe that that is part of a wider disease in this country, which means that we are dismissive of...

Millennium Dome (29 Nov 2000)

Lord Harris of Haringey: But that does not mean that London is threatened by Birmingham's success; indeed, quite the contrary. I should also make the point that this is not so much a criticism of Birmingham but perhaps of a number of places slightly further north. This jealousy of London which has so undermined the Dome is very damaging. It rests on the incorrect view that London has received and continues to receive...

National Health Service (26 Oct 2000)

Lord Harris of Haringey: rose to ask Her Majesty's Government what arrangements will be made to ensure that, if community health councils are abolished as is envisaged in the National Health Service plan, the new arrangements for empowering National Health Service users and the new patient advocate and liaison service will be independent, and will be perceived as independent, of the local National Health Service...

National Health Service (12 Jun 2000)

Lord Harris of Haringey: rose to ask Her Majesty's Government what response they have to the issues raised and recommendations made by the Commission on the National Health Service, chaired by Mr Will Hutton, and published as New Life for Health in April 2000. My Lords, perhaps I may, first, say how nice it is to see what I assume to be a select team of noble Lords in your Lordships' House this evening, given the...

Mayor of London: Election Process (10 May 2000)

Lord Harris of Haringey: My Lords, the noble Lord, Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish, rightly raised the question of spoiled ballot papers. In one electoral division in which I took a particular interest, there were, I believe, 12,494 spoiled ballot papers in relation to the assembly election. That represented a figure approximately 3.5 times the size of the majority of the winning candidate--I make that comment with some...

Greater London Authority: Council Tax (29 Mar 2000)

Lord Harris of Haringey: My Lords, is my noble friend the Minister aware that many people will regard it as an anomaly verging on the bizarre that one government department has levied council tax benefit subsidy limitation on a precept decided by the Home Office in its capacity as the current Metropolitan Police Authority for London? In future years is he satisfied that the new Greater London Assembly will have...

Southall Rail Accident Inquiry Report (23 Mar 2000)

Lord Harris of Haringey: My Lords, I am grateful to the Minister for referring to those signals which have been passed at danger on repeated occasions. For example, I am aware of the signal at Harrow & Wealdstone, which was also the site of the worst rail disaster of the last century. Can we be told whether specific steps are being taken with regard to signals which are passed repeatedly and whether measures have...

Local Government Bill [H.L.] (9 Mar 2000)

Lord Harris of Haringey: My Lords, I have listened with great interest to some of the contributions made in this debate. I realise that it is a tradition of this House that everyone speaks in tones of sweet reason, even though their arguments might not be entirely reasonable in themselves. However, I have noticed a number of contradictions in what has been said. The noble Lord, Lord Dixon-Smith, seemed to argue that...

Local Government Bill [H.L.] (9 Mar 2000)

Lord Harris of Haringey: My Lords, I do not accept that. Who is responsible for the decision will be absolutely fundamentally clear to the electorate. It will be clear where that decision has been made. A whole series of requirements will be set down in the statute regarding how it may be scrutinised and, if need be, called in by the full council. Therefore, I believe that the provision will aid clarity rather than...

Local Government Bill [H.L.] (9 Mar 2000)

Lord Harris of Haringey: My Lords, I gave a great deal of thought to the noble Baroness's Amendment No. 13 because I thought that might be the opportunity to address the concerns which had been raised by noble Lords on the Cross Benches. But I do not believe that it achieves that. I would hope that in every case, people will put forward proposals which will enhance decision-making; which will meet the principles of...

Police Numbers (8 Mar 2000)

Lord Harris of Haringey: My Lords--

Conditional Fee Agreements (2 Mar 2000)

Lord Harris of Haringey: My Lord, what steps are being taken to ensure that the new scheme of CFAs is fair as between the interests of claimants and defendants?

Representation of the People Bill (29 Feb 2000)

Lord Harris of Haringey: My Lords, I am grateful for that reassurance which I am sure will reassure the whole House.

Representation of the People Bill (29 Feb 2000)

Lord Harris of Haringey: My Lords, all the Labour voters to whom I spoke were, indeed, deeply encouraged by the advice that they received from the Prime Minister. But in one or two instances other factors had upset them. But the other issue which must be addressed is the question of frivolous candidates. I know that that gets brushed aside and that the specific example which I cited in your Lordships' House last...

Representation of the People Bill (29 Feb 2000)

Lord Harris of Haringey: My Lords, perhaps I may begin, as I did last week, by declaring an interest, having been selected by my party as a prospective candidate for the Greater London Assembly. I am also chair of the Association of London Government. That association held an all-party view that there should be some system of freepost, and I listened with great interest to the point made by the noble Earl, Lord...

Greater London Authority (Election Expenses) Order 2000 (22 Feb 2000)

Lord Harris of Haringey: My Lords, I declare an interest in that I have been selected by my party as a prospective candidate for the Greater London Assembly. There has been a good deal of discussion within the Association of London Government, which I chair, about the issue and the principle of freepost. All of the parties represented on that association have taken the view that freepost would be appropriate for this...


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