Results 181–200 of 290 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 Blackwell

Constitution for Europe (Referendum) Bill [HL] (10 Sep 2004)

Lord Blackwell: My Lords, I shall not detain your Lordships long but I would like to thank all those who have spoken in the Second Reading debate this morning and in particular, as others have done, congratulate the excellent maiden speakers, the noble Lord, Lord Laidlaw, and the noble Baroness, Lady Bonham-Carter. I would also like to thank the Minister for her response and for being here on a Friday...

Constitution for Europe (Referendum) Bill [HL] (10 Sep 2004)

Lord Blackwell: My Lords, I did not consult the Electoral Commission. I may be wrong—I ask the noble Baroness for guidance on the matter—but my understanding of the relevant Act is that Section 104 states that when, "a Bill is introduced into Parliament which . . . provides for the holding of a poll that would be a referendum . . . and . . . specifies the wording of the referendum question . . . The...

Constitution for Europe (Referendum) Bill [HL] (10 Sep 2004)

Lord Blackwell: My Lords, I beg to move that this Bill be now read a second time. I am grateful for the time of the House this morning and I would like to thank in advance all those who are participating. I look forward in particular to the maiden speeches of the noble Lord, Lord Laidlaw, and the noble Baroness, Lady Bonham-Carter of Yarnbury. The purpose of this Bill is to be helpful to the Government in...

Constitution for Europe (Referendum) Bill [HL] (8 Jul 2004)

Lord Blackwell: My Lords, I beg to introduce a Bill to make provision for a referendum on the treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe; and for connected purposes. I beg to move that this Bill be now read a first time. Moved, That the Bill be now read a first time.—(Lord Blackwell.) On Question, Bill read a first time, and ordered to be printed.

Children Bill [HL] (5 Jul 2004)

Lord Blackwell: My Lords, I am conscious that the House will not want a long debate on these amendments, but I think it is important that a voice is raised to oppose all the amendments, as I do. We have heard some noble and distinguished arguments on the legal distinctions between the various amendments. However, the simple view that I take is that we, in Parliament, cannot pass a law that we do not expect...

City Academies (9 Jun 2004)

Lord Blackwell: My Lords, can the Minister confirm that the Government are relatively satisfied with the performance of city academies? Can she confirm that, as the Government see it, a large part of that performance is due to their relative freedom to innovate not only in construction and design but in academic areas, free of state and LEA controls?

Children Bill [HL] (20 May 2004)

Lord Blackwell: I ask noble Lords to forgive me for intervening on this amendment without having spoken on the Bill previously. There are very different views in this Chamber and in the country at large about what is and is not "reasonable chastisement". No one would disagree at all with the proposition that the law should do everything that it can to protect children from violence of a form that would...

European Union Constitutional Treaty (11 May 2004)

Lord Blackwell: My Lords, I am delighted that I am able to make my contribution to this debate without having to spend most of it making the argument for a referendum. Instead, like other noble Lords, I can move on to the substance regarding the consequences of the UK saying yes or no to what is proposed. I predict that when the Prime Minister comes out of the IGC in June he will make two arguments regarding...

European Union Constitutional Treaty (11 May 2004)

Lord Blackwell: My Lords, does the noble Lord accept that the question is not simply whether we prefer it but whether the British people should have the right to choose which economy they prefer at this time and at a point in the future rather than having it bound into a constitution?

Multiculturalism (27 Apr 2004)

Lord Blackwell: My Lords, does it follow from what the Minister said that the Government support the concept of a strong sense of nationhood as underpinning a stable and confident society? Would she therefore accept that nothing should be done in the name of multiculturalism to suppress that sense of national pride, however much we accept and take pride in different cultures?

Home Equity Release Schemes (9 Mar 2004)

Lord Blackwell: My Lords, I declare an interest and ask whether the Minister accepts that, if operated within proper standards, equity release schemes can be an important way of allowing older people in particular to benefit from savings by translating them into income? Therefore the objective of regulation should be to create confidence so that the market can develop rather than to create conditions which...

Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy (2 Mar 2004)

Lord Blackwell: My Lords, does the Minister accept that, although the welfare of children must obviously come first, there is widespread concern in the country at large about the ability of designated experts to take decisions that affect children and parents, with little power for ordinary people to appeal in a sensible manner? Will he consider introducing an appeal process that involves lay people taking a...

European Union Membership (11 Feb 2004)

Lord Blackwell: My Lords, I join other noble Lords in welcoming the Motion moved by my noble friend. As the noble Lord, Lord Stoddart, said, few more important questions face us at this time. The reason for that is that, week by week and year by year, we face a huge number of decisions on how we participate in Europe, including, later this year, the issue of the constitution itself, which other noble Lords...

Trademarks and Origin Marking (21 Jan 2004)

Lord Blackwell: My Lords, just for clarity, can the Minister confirm, on the basis of what he said, that British Government representatives will be instructed to oppose the proposal if it is advanced?

Science and Technology (3 Dec 2003)

Lord Blackwell: My Lords, like several previous speakers, I wish to address that part of the gracious Speech dealing with the European constitution. Rather than comment at this stage on the details of that text, I wish to remark on the wider canvas and in the context of the effect of the proposed constitution on Britain's and Europe's place in the wider world. We should be clear that there are two very...

"General (6 Nov 2003)

Lord Blackwell: My Lords, I support both amendments in this group, although I realise that procedurally that is difficult. On Amendment No. 196, I believe that the Government is becoming caught by the mantra of zero-sum game in believing that there is only a fixed amount of resource to share out. I would certainly welcome an NHS in which money followed the patient and in which every patient effectively had...

Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill (6 Nov 2003)

Lord Blackwell: My Lords, like the right reverend Prelate—and, I suspect, many others in the House—I face a real dilemma over the Bill and the clause, a dilemma that was not helped by our discussion in Committee. I am not one of those who opposes the concept of foundation hospitals in principle; to the contrary, in concept it is a welcome first step in dismantling what, it is generally recognised, has...

Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill (13 Oct 2003)

Lord Blackwell: It is difficult to oppose the principle of consultation, but I would like the Minister to explain whether, if the amendments were made, the requirement to consult would have the implication that foundation trusts and the Secretary of State would be bound by the results of that consultation. It is one thing to consult; it is another thing to be clear about what one does with the results. If...

Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill (13 Oct 2003)

Lord Blackwell: I particularly support proposed paragraph (a), which refers to regulation being, "targeted only at cases where action is needed". We had an interesting intervention earlier from the noble Lord, Lord Hunt, about the movement from managed to regulated activities. The important thing about regulation as opposed to management is that regulation only addresses situations in which we move away from...

Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill (13 Oct 2003)

Lord Blackwell: My noble friend's amendment goes to the heart of a question which has been puzzling me throughout the passage of the Bill. If the Secretary of State were to declare a target in future—for example, a waiting time target in respect of certain operations—would the fact that he had declared that target automatically have any impact or effect on foundation trusts? If the Bill were not amended,...


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