Results 161–180 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

EU: Regulation (12 Dec 2006)

Lord Blackwell: My Lords, alongside gold-plating, does the Minister accept that one problem with EU regulation is that the Commission tends to maximise its opportunity to legislate within its competences rather than adopt a light touch? Given that, will he therefore assure us that when the constitution comes back on the agenda the Government will not accept an extension of competences by QMV?

Taxation: Green Taxes (20 Nov 2006)

Lord Blackwell: My Lords, if the Chancellor, at some point in the future, sees fit to introduce green taxes, will the noble Lord undertake to ask the Treasury to provide a corresponding list of non-green taxes that have been reduced to keep the fiscal balance?

Water Supply: Ofwat (28 Jun 2006)

Lord Blackwell: My Lords, has the Minister seen the Thames Water advertisement stating that, although the reservoirs were replenished by the rains in May, it is applying for drought orders just in case we have a long, dry summer? If so, does that reflect the Government's advice to the water companies?

EU Constitutional Treaty (18 May 2006)

Lord Blackwell: My Lords, we are almost out of time, so I will not go back over all the conclusions, but I will thank all noble Lords who have contributed to this debate in what I think, despite our differences, has been a very honest and heartfelt way from everyone in the spirit of this House. I think that we agree at least on one thing, which is that this is an issue that it is important to debate and on...

EU Constitutional Treaty (18 May 2006)

Lord Blackwell: rose to call attention to the future of the treaty establishing a constitution for Europe; and to move for Papers. My Lords, I am grateful to those noble Lords who have put their names down to contribute to the debate—it is a distinguished list. The Motion is intended to reopen the debate about the future of the European constitution and the position that our Government will take towards...

EU: Budget Reform (9 Jan 2006)

Lord Blackwell: My Lords, will the Minister confirm that until December the policy of the Government was to seek to redistribute structural funds from the richer countries to the poorer countries rather than to increase the budget and increase contributions? Is that still the case and is the Minister satisfied with the December outcome?

EU: Charter of Fundamental Rights (14 Dec 2005)

Lord Blackwell: My Lords, does the noble and learned Lord agree that the reason the Government originally opposed the charter was that it includes a wide range of social rights as well as civil rights? Against that background, does he agree with the comment in the report of the House of Lords European Union Committee on human rights proofing EU legislation, that: "The Community courts will, in practice, have...

Taxation (7 Dec 2005)

Lord Blackwell: My Lords—

Identity Cards Bill (23 Nov 2005)

Lord Blackwell: I apologise to the House for not having been able to speak on the Second Reading of this Bill, but there is a question coming out of the debate on this Clause. Clause 1 is about the setting up of the national register of information. I am not clear whether the list of information that we have been debating that is meant to be recorded in this national register is there solely for the purpose...

Road Safety Bill [HL] (27 Jun 2005)

Lord Blackwell: The Minister cites the police as having said that they are satisfied with their powers. What policeman is satisfied with his powers? Who is he citing?

European Union Developments (21 Jun 2005)

Lord Blackwell: My Lords, this is a historic debate. All the tremendous speeches that we have heard have reflected the significant changes and new reality in Europe. This is an important time to have such a serious exchange. I am someone who believes that the referendum results and the Council meeting that followed them mark a defining moment in the history of Europe. I welcome what I see as a long-needed...

Address in Reply to Her Majesty's Most Gracious Speech (25 May 2005)

Lord Blackwell: My Lords, in addition to welcoming the Minister, the noble Lord, Lord Adonis, I join my noble friend Lady Buscombe in giving a guarded welcome to the objectives set out in the gracious Speech as they relate to education and health. In particular, I welcome the direction of reform that the proposals represent, which is a clear shift in direction from the more centralist approach taken by the...

Working Hours: European Parliament Vote (25 May 2005)

Lord Blackwell: My Lords, if the Government do not gain a majority in the Council of Ministers, do they have a plan B to protect the opt-out and other legislation that might follow in its path?

EU Constitutional Treaty: Explanatory Documents (7 Mar 2005)

Lord Blackwell: asked Her Majesty's Government: How they will ensure that factual information on the European Union, distributed to the public from public funds in advance of the referendum on the European constitution, is unbiased.

EU Constitutional Treaty: Explanatory Documents (7 Mar 2005)

Lord Blackwell: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord for his response but confess that I am not fully satisfied. Does he accept that, even given the trust we have in our civil servants, this is an area where it is very difficult for people to produce a purely factual explanation of the European Constitution without portraying some of their views in the document? Given that, will the noble Lord consider that...

Prevention of Terrorism Bill (3 Mar 2005)

Lord Blackwell: Before the noble and learned Lord responds to this debate, perhaps I may raise just one question which I hope he will address. As a non-lawyer, I hesitate to trespass in this tricky territory. However, having read the Bill and listened to this debate, I believe that the one thing that is missing is clarity about what opportunity individuals subject to a control order will have to understand...

Low-tax Economy (12 Jan 2005)

Lord Blackwell: My Lords, I shall not detain the House for long, but I thank all noble Lords who have spoken and to pay tribute to the outstanding maiden speech of the noble Lord, Lord Howard of Rising.

Low-tax Economy (12 Jan 2005)

Lord Blackwell: My Lords, not at all. I was also about to thank the Minister for his reply. I shall not pick up all the points that he made. Although I am sure that he will seek to interpret it in other ways, I repeat that it is not necessary to argue for reducing public expenditure to reduce taxes, it is simply necessary to argue for public expenditure that grows a little less fast than the economy. That is...

Low-tax Economy (12 Jan 2005)

Lord Blackwell: rose to call attention to the case for a low-tax economy; and to move for Papers. My Lords, the size and power of the state, and the proportion of the economy that it appropriates through taxation, is perhaps the crucial dividing issue in politics. Although the issue has been at the heart of political debate for centuries, it is particularly relevant now because it is clear that we have a...

Regulatory State (2 Dec 2004)

Lord Blackwell: My Lords, like other noble Lords I welcome this excellent report and pay tribute to its author and the members of the committee. I bring to the debate a range of experience and, I should add, the associated conflict from being a director of a number of regulated businesses and a board member of a regulator. I therefore stress that my views are my own and not those of other organisations. I...


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