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Armed Forces — Debate (30 Apr 2009)

Lord Selsdon: My Lords, events in life can give rise to great emotions, and this is one of those days. As I stood with my wife this morning watching the services in Basra I felt that welling-up of sadness that almost leads to a tear in the eye. That, like the "Last Post", is a sad moment. Then there is another welling-up, which is when the pride takes over. As I look around at this country I see that there...

Sport: British Formula 1 Grand Prix — Question for Short Debate (23 Apr 2009)

Lord Selsdon: My Lords, I had just stood up when a ghost passed over my grave. I am not quite sure why, but I am going to say something slightly different from what I had planned to say, because the noble Lord, Lord Rooker, has done that. Motor racing and motor sport are part of British culture. We are embedded in them, as was your Lordships' House historically. I go back perhaps 60 years to when I was...

House of Lords Bill [HL]: Committee (1st Day) (19 Mar 2009)

Lord Selsdon: I feel terribly confused. I have never in my life before come across an Amendment A1A. I never intended that this should be a great debate. I was just seeking to tell the truth; that if those amendments had been agreed, the House would effectively be an appointed House. It did not matter whether they felt that they were appointed. I also know that no one wanted to leave. My proposal, very...

House of Lords Bill [HL]: Committee (1st Day) (19 Mar 2009)

Lord Selsdon: This morning, I suddenly saw a range of manuscript amendments and I thought that there was dirty work afoot or that something dastardly was in the air. I recalled, back in my family history, Glencoe, when we were invited to dinner by the wicked Campbells, who henceforth had to have a yellow stripe in their tartan. I wondered why the Liberals had chosen yellow. Last week I wore a yellow tie,...

House of Lords (Members' Taxation Status) Bill [HL]: Committee (12 Mar 2009)

Lord Selsdon: I intervened only because the noble Lord—I have forgotten his name—actually called me an Earl. That was why I intervened quietly, just to say I was not an Earl. I have been concerned and I should like the noble Lord, Lord Oakeshott, to respond to my first questions. Did he make those statements that appeared in the newspapers, or did he not? Who was he accusing? There is a bit of...

House of Lords (Members' Taxation Status) Bill [HL]: Committee (12 Mar 2009)

Lord Selsdon: The question was also in the Telegraph the other way round, because I do not approve of the accusation relating to the question of who funds political parties, and find it rather distasteful and distressful and that it lets down the whole House. That is why I have added the code of conduct to the Bill of the noble Lord, Lord Steel. I do not know whether there is any support for this...

House of Lords (Members' Taxation Status) Bill [HL]: Committee (12 Mar 2009)

Lord Selsdon: I would not have done this had I not consulted, for a considerable period of time, with the Public Bill Office and with others. They insisted that the word "taxation" should be placed here. Subsection (1) reads: "Any Member introduced into the House of Lords after the passing of this Act shall be a British citizen for taxation purposes". I think that is absolutely correct. If I am wrong, I...

House of Lords (Members' Taxation Status) Bill [HL]: Committee (12 Mar 2009)

Lord Selsdon: It should be HMRC. Those territories have seen the stories flashing round in the press and feel pretty insecure. The taxation situation for them is an individual one. Any Member of the House of Lords who has been here for more than 90 days after midnight—I have forgotten the latest form—will automatically be deemed to be a British resident for tax purposes. I was trying to find a...

House of Lords (Members' Taxation Status) Bill [HL]: Committee (12 Mar 2009)

Lord Selsdon: I was about to get to the third lot, which is of course Anguilla, Bermuda, British Antarctic Territory and British Indian Ocean Territory. As your Lordships will know, the noble Lord, Lord Avebury, introduced a proposal a few days ago that someone from Oeno, or I have forgotten what island, should be treated as a British citizen, because in the Indian Ocean other islands are occupied. The...

House of Lords (Members' Taxation Status) Bill [HL]: Committee (12 Mar 2009)

Lord Selsdon: This is a perfectly reasonable statement to make. This is not a long speech; this is a long amendment, which covers a whole range of countries. I will not repeat what I said last time. My point is that, if you are a British citizen, you should be allowed to be a British citizen. Everything that I have down here is correct; it has been checked again and again. The suggestion is that any...

House of Lords (Members' Taxation Status) Bill [HL]: Committee (12 Mar 2009)

Lord Selsdon: I find myself in an extraordinary position of considerable nervousness, having recently with the noble Lord, Lord Oakeshott, done a "windy p". I find myself sitting where I started in the House behind the Liberal Democrats. Therefore, today I wear a yellow tie with a little bit of blue in the form of an aster and a little bit of red. I begin here for a historic reason which goes back to my...

House of Lords (Members' Taxation Status) Bill [HL]: Committee (12 Mar 2009)

Lord Selsdon: I am most grateful to the noble Lord. Of course, before I do these things I consult the Leader's office and everyone else. I may have the ability to string some words together but in writing I am not quite so good; it is difficult. My point was that £43 billion is being spent on I know not what. I turn to the amendment. We want to say who should be a Member of this House. Frankly, I do...

House of Lords (Members' Taxation Status) Bill [HL]: Committee (12 Mar 2009)

Lord Selsdon: I am most grateful to the noble Lord. That is exactly what I hoped someone would say. Noble Lords would not expect me not to have consulted widely or to have had considerable discussions in this House and with my accountants, who—not regrettably—are very strong Liberal Democrat supporters. Therefore, I provided the Public Bill Office with the advice that was given independently by...

House of Lords (Members' Taxation Status) Bill [HL]: Committee (12 Mar 2009)

Lord Selsdon: Today, I noticed sitting on the Benches a well known member of the Labour Party who, like me, was wearing a yellow tie, but no one is on this side. I fully accept the noble Lord's point and I will come on to the Labour Party in a moment. I am saying, first and foremost, that anyone who is appointed to this House should be a British citizen or have the right to be a British citizen. That is...

House of Lords Bill [HL]: Second Reading (27 Feb 2009)

Lord Selsdon: My Lords, I am rather enjoying myself. This is exactly the sort of debate that I would expect to get from a mutual admiration society interested in self-preservation—light touches, nothing serious and nothing of any merit at all. I have been here only since 1963 and therefore have spent 47 years of, I could say, wasted time. In that time, I began part of my career in the research world,...

House of Lords Bill [HL]: Second Reading (27 Feb 2009)

Lord Selsdon: It probably would be, my Lords. So it is not the money. Actually, a high proportion of the cost of your Lordships' House goes on maintaining this great establishment, a historic building that no hereditary Peer would ever wish to have inherited. Of the actual costs, 15 per cent are staff costs and 15 per cent are the costs of us. That is pretty low. Money is not the argument. What is it...

House of Lords Bill [HL]: Second Reading (27 Feb 2009)

Lord Selsdon: It is a fantastic document, my Lords, and says everything that you could wish to have in it, except possibly something about conduct unbecoming a gentleman. So that document is already there. It is strange how the old rules have changed. In fact, we had higher attendance in the House in 1999 than we do today. The interesting thing about those days was that, when you spoke, you stayed...

House of Lords Bill [HL]: Second Reading (27 Feb 2009)

Lord Selsdon: My Lords, it is much better than having a general purpose debate. I get terribly hurt by being called one of the hereds. We are hereditary Peers who were elected under an Act of Parliament. We are technically exempted under the 1999 Act and then elected. Whether the election process is correct or not, it was not of our making and should be accepted. We are elected hereditary Peers. We...

Gaza — Motion to Take Note (6 Feb 2009)

Lord Selsdon: My Lords, the longer I am in your Lordships' House, the more I realise that I am probably regarded as something of the runt of the Conservative litter, because I am always put on to speak at the end, when everything that I would want to say has already been said, but I always believe that we should declare interests. I found it difficult that interests were not declared in this debate today....

Health Bill [HL]: Second Reading (4 Feb 2009)

Lord Selsdon: My Lords, it is extraordinarily difficult for me to know where to begin, so I think I will begin with the noble Lord, Lord Darzi. He is a mister. If he were not a noble Lord and you were to write to him, would you put an "Esq" on the back, because he is "of Denham"? I will begin with Denham. I must declare an interest because if you do not these days you may get into trouble—people will...


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