Results 21–40 of 124 for speaker:Lord Lisvane

United Kingdom: The Union - Motion to Take Note (23 Jun 2022)

Lord Lisvane: My Lords, I am grateful for the opportunity to raise once again the issue of the integrity of the union of the United Kingdom and its resilience against increasing stresses. I am afraid I cannot emulate the wonderful brevity of my noble friend Lord Morse in introducing the first debate this morning, but I do not intend to take up the whole of the very generous allocation of time I have been...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Ministers: Codes of Practice (21 Jun 2022)

Lord Lisvane: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in the introduction to the latest edition of the Ministerial Code, they will amend the Prime Minister's reference to "my Ministers" to "Her Majesty's Ministers".

Civil Servants: Reduction of Numbers - Question (24 Mar 2022)

Lord Lisvane: My Lords, if the Government wish the central Civil Service to be as effective as possible, whatever size it is, might they give a higher priority to reducing churn through appointments and postings, perhaps leading to greater stability, a retention of expertise and a greater and more effective corporate memory?

Dissolution and Calling of Parliament Bill - Committee: Amendment 2 (25 Jan 2022)

Lord Lisvane: My Lords, I had added my name to Amendment 2 in the name of noble Lord, Lord Wallace of Saltaire, but unfortunately it has not made it on to the Marshalled List that I have. I hope that is not an expression of editorial disapproval. I congratulate the noble Lord on his ingenuity in bringing Prorogation within the scope of our discussions. As the Minister will know, I was a little sceptical...

Conduct Committee - Membership Motion: Amendment to the Motion (19 Jan 2022)

Lord Lisvane: My Lords, I hope your Lordships will indulge me just for a couple of minutes. The Senior Deputy Speaker has my sympathy because, as he acknowledged a moment ago, these are Motions of nomination. They do not go to the orders of reference of the committees concerned. Freedom of speech in Parliament, as the noble Lord, Lord Cormack, has said, underpinned by Article 9 of the Bill of Rights, is of...

Legislation: Skeleton Bills and Delegated Powers - Motion to Take Note ( 6 Jan 2022)

Lord Lisvane: My Lords, I congratulate my noble friend on securing this debate, her excellent article in the Financial Times and her outstanding speech to move the Motion. I speak as a former member of the Delegated Powers Committee and as a current member of the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee. I think, as has been generally agreed this afternoon, both committees have done an excellent job in...

Dissolution and Calling of Parliament Bill - Second Reading (30 Nov 2021)

Lord Lisvane: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord McLoughlin, on his chairing of the Joint Committee and the magisterial report that it produced. It was a pleasure to give oral evidence to that committee, and also, with my noble friend Lord Butler of Brockwell, to the Constitution Committee and the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee in the House of Commons. The Bill now...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (3rd Day) (13 May 2021)

Lord Lisvane: My Lords, I add my warm congratulations to those of others and welcome the noble Baroness, Lady Fraser of Craigmaddie, and the noble Baroness, Lady Merron, who I was very glad to know in a previous life. The Covid-19 pandemic has had a serious effect on the legislative process in terms of quantity of proposals, shortness of notice, difficulty of scrutiny and, insidiously, the confusion of...

United Kingdom Internal Market Bill - Second Reading: Amendment to the Motion (19 Oct 2020)

Lord Lisvane: There is so much wrong with this Bill that it is hard to know where to start—apart from, of course, warmly congratulating and welcoming today’s maiden speakers, the noble Baroness, Lady Hayman of Ullock, and the noble Lord, Lord Sarfraz. I will make three points. First, on the use—or, I should say, abuse—of delegated powers, the Delegated Powers Committee has done its usual excellent...

Constitution, Democracy and Rights Commission - Question (29 Jan 2020)

Lord Lisvane: To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect the Constitution, Democracy and Rights Commission to be established.

Constitution, Democracy and Rights Commission - Question (29 Jan 2020)

Lord Lisvane: My Lords, I know that I speak for the whole House in wishing the noble Earl many happy returns for his birthday. On a similarly positive note, I hope that he will be able to give us assurances about the authority and independence of the commission, to be demonstrated by its membership, and, above all, an assurance that the commission will not have its card marked by the Government.

Queen’s Speech - Debate (3rd Day) ( 8 Jan 2020)

Lord Lisvane: My Lords, your Lordships will recall that, over the centuries, Parliaments have been given nicknames to reflect their character. In 1388, there was the Wonder-Working Parliament—if only. In 1404, the Dunces’ Parliament was so called because—this will please my noble and learned friends—upon the instructions of King Henry IV it contained no lawyers. So what shall we call the 2017...

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 6) Bill - Committee: Amendment 2 ( 6 Sep 2019)

Lord Lisvane: My Lords, on a slightly more pedantic level, I will try to assist the noble Viscount, Lord Trenchard, with his earlier question. I think he thought that Lords sitting days had not been statutorily defined. They are actually defined in Section 13(16)—

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 6) Bill - Committee: Amendment 2 ( 6 Sep 2019)

Lord Lisvane: I promised pedantry. They are defined in Section 13(16) of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018.

Parliament: Freedom of Speech and the Rule of Law - Motion to Take Note (23 May 2019)

Lord Lisvane: My Lords, I start from the premise that there should be a comity between the courts and Parliament and that both should be, in the words of Lord Browne-Wilkinson in Prebble v Television New Zealand, “astute to recognise their respective constitutional roles”. There are two means of, as it were, keeping the tanks off each other’s lawns. One is article IX of the Bill of Rights, which says...

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 5) Bill - Committee: Amendment 7 ( 8 Apr 2019)

Lord Lisvane: My Lords, I speak as a member of the Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee. The chairman of the committee, the noble Lord, Lord Blencathra, is unable to be here today because is absent on parliamentary business. No doubt noble Lords have a copy of the 51st report of the Delegated Powers Committee. The argument set out by the committee is brief, concise and telling. I will not...

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 5) Bill - Committee: Amendment 7 ( 8 Apr 2019)

Lord Lisvane: It is indeed; the noble Lord is correctly quoting from the final bullet point of paragraph 5. I did not want to delay your Lordships further, but that is a helpful, additional piece of information set out in the report.

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 5) Bill - Committee: Amendment 7 ( 8 Apr 2019)

Lord Lisvane: I should be happy to do so. The Convenor of the Cross Benches, the noble and learned Lord, Lord Hope of Craighead, has helpfully drawn attention to the possible uncertainty that might arise were the negative procedure to be kept in place and were there to be a successful Motion for annulment of the instrument that was made under that provision. I suggest that that is an additional argument...

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 5) Bill - Committee: Amendment 4 ( 8 Apr 2019)

Lord Lisvane: My Lords, I rise purely in a spirit of helpfulness. Perhaps the noble Viscount could keep in mind the difference between a money Bill and a Bill that requires a money resolution. It is quite a profound difference.


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