Lord Mackay of Clashfern

Former Conservative Peer

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10th June 2020 onwards

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Recent appearances

  • Seafarers’ Wages Bill [HL] - Second Reading 20 Jul 2022

    My Lords, as I rise to address your Lordships for the last time, I am standing immediately behind the place from where I made my maiden speech in 1979, moving an amendment in a Scottish criminal justice Bill—which, I am glad to say, was accepted. A short distance may make a big difference in status, as your Lordships have noticed. I thought, if your Lordships will permit me, it might be of...
  • European Convention on Human Rights - Question 18 Jul 2022

    My Lords, it is right to look at the draft put forward by the Lord Chancellor, which makes it absolutely plain that the intention of the Government in that document is that we stay in the European Convention on Human Rights. The preciousness of that is absolutely clear, and I feel certain that a Conservative Government—and, I believe, a Labour Government—are unlikely to move away from it.
  • Schools Bill [HL] - Report (1st Day): Amendment 1 12 Jul 2022

    My Lords, it is time that we made some progress. The noble Lord, Lord Knight, proposed that the Bill should go forward on Report, and the Labour Chief Whip agreed. But we are getting into doing that without having passed a Motion, so I would like it to be made clear that we will now consider the Bill on Report and deal with whatever difficulties there are as that goes on.

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Former Conservative Peer

Entered the House of Lords in 1979

Left the House of Lords on 22 July 2022

Other offices held in the past

  • Member, Draft Care and Support Bill Committee (22 Nov 2012 to 6 Mar 2013)
  • Member, Draft Human Tissue and Embryos Bill (Joint Committee) (9 May 2007 to 8 Aug 2007)
  • Member, Committee on the Assisted Dying for the terminally ill Bill (30 Nov 2004 to 7 Apr 2005)
  • Member, Committee for Privileges and Conduct (Lords) (23 Nov 1999 to 28 Aug 2019)
  • Lord Chancellor (28 Oct 1987 to 3 May 1997)
  • Member, Procedure and Privileges Committee (21 Nov 1985 to 11 Nov 1999)
  • Member, House of Lords Offices Committee (21 Nov 1985 to 8 Apr 1997)
  • Member, Consolidation, &c., Bills (Joint Committee) (12 Nov 1985 to 15 May 1987)

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