Results 1–20 of 4658 for speaker:Lord Morris of Aberavon

Terrorism Act 2000 (Proscribed Organisations) (Amendment) Order 2021 - Motion to Approve (22 Apr 2021)

Lord Morris of Aberavon: My Lords, my comments will be brief. As a law officer, I had to take an interest and advise on many aspects of terrorism matters. We are debating a very narrow order, otherwise I would have raised questions following the Joint Committee on Human Rights’ report as far back as 2009-10 on special advocates, who I appointed for the first time. I chose them very carefully. The Joint Committee...

Prisons (Substance Testing) Bill - Second Reading (16 Apr 2021)

Lord Morris of Aberavon: My Lords, I support the Bill and congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Pidding, on taking it over and moving this Second Reading so eloquently. I, too, pay tribute to Dame Cheryl Gillan, with whom, when she was Welsh Secretary, I spent a pleasant hour discussing Welsh affairs in her office, which I had occupied for six years. We should all take an interest in what happens in our prisons....

Crown Courts: Outstanding Cases - Question (15 Apr 2021)

Lord Morris of Aberavon: My Lords, justice delayed is justice denied. Is not the root cause of the delays the reduced finance that the Justice Department too speedily agreed to long before the pandemic? Have the Government given up on the alternatives that I have canvassed to speed up trials—for example, a reduction in the size of juries or trials of less serious offences decided by judges alone, with the consent...

Undercover Policing Inquiry - Question (14 Apr 2021)

Lord Morris of Aberavon: What is the cost of the inquiry to date and what is the target date for its report? It is acquiring the aura of the Saville inquiry. How many immunities have been granted by the Attorney-General? Since it has been said that the legitimacy of the inquiry is bound up with the full co-operation of its participants, is it diminishing?

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill - Report: Amendment 3 (13 Apr 2021)

Lord Morris of Aberavon: My Lords, we have heard some very distinguished speeches this afternoon and the passionate speech from the noble Lord, Lord Campbell of Pittenweem, destroyed any case that the Government might have. As an old soldier—a national serviceman—and a Defence Minister many years ago, I yield to no one in my concern to protect the armed services from vexatious investigations and prosecutions. As...

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill - Report: Amendment 1 (13 Apr 2021)

Lord Morris of Aberavon: My Lords, I speak briefly in support of Amendments 1 and 6. There is little I need to add to the words of my noble friend who moved Amendment 1 and the particularly forceful speech of the noble Lord, Lord Thomas of Gresford. As a criminal law practitioner all my professional life, I spell out my concern that, whatever the circumstances, there must be a fair trial in accordance with the...

His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh - Motion for an Humble Address (12 Apr 2021)

Lord Morris of Aberavon: My Lords, as Secretary of State for Wales for six years, it was my duty and pleasure to be a Minister in attendance on Her Majesty the Queen, whose deep loss we mourn, and His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, on every occasion they visited Wales in my time in office. Two events stand out in my memory. The first was supervising the arrangements for Her Majesty’s Silver...

Police: Sarah Everard Vigils - Question (17 Mar 2021)

Lord Morris of Aberavon: My Lords, as the day wears on, many protests give rise to excesses all round. My family tells me that, this Sunday afternoon, the police were courteous but firm. Was it the Government’s purpose in their regulations to ban all protests? If so, will they now regulate to preserve the right of protest, so that both police and the public are able to return to normality?

Domestic Abuse Bill - Report (3rd Day): Amendment 66C (15 Mar 2021)

Lord Morris of Aberavon: My Lords, I shall intervene briefly on Amendments 66C and 71, which I support. I have been involved as a beneficiary all my professional life with legal aid. Its roots go back to the Labour Governments of 1945 and 1951. When I began practising at the Bar in 1959, it was just about being given new life, and what a blessing it has been to people with limited or no means. My noble friend Lord...

Budget Statement - Motion to Take Note (12 Mar 2021)

Lord Morris of Aberavon: My Lords, I shall not dwell on the gross disservice now proposed for nurses’ pay—a pay cut, given the inflation estimates. I believe the Government will be forced to do a U-turn, and the sooner the better, before it goes to the review board. Where are the whizz kids who should have anticipated this uproar—another pasty tax or, perhaps, Gordon Brown’s few pence for the pensioners? I...

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 22 (11 Mar 2021)

Lord Morris of Aberavon: My Lords, I have little to add to the brief but very pertinent analysis in the most persuasive speech by the noble Lord, Lord Thomas of Gresford. I support Amendment 22 in particular as one of a series of amendments that change the relevant date from which the longstop starts to run to account for explicable delays commonly experienced by bringing claims under the HRA arising out of overseas...

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 1 (9 Mar 2021)

Lord Morris of Aberavon: My Lords, I support Amendments 1 and 2. As I did not take part at Second Reading, I must resist the temptation to cover a whole range of subjects in my contribution to this debate. As an old Defence Minister, and, indeed, an old soldier who served in Germany as an infantry subaltern and was involved in courts martial there, I broadly welcome the aims of the Bill to introduce a measure of...

Domestic Abuse Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 2 (8 Mar 2021)

Lord Morris of Aberavon: My Lords, it is a pleasure to say it is beyond argument that this is an important Bill. In my professional career, I dealt with many cases of child abuse. I practised at the criminal Bar, not the family Bar. Fortunately, sitting as a recorder, I did not have to try or sentence anyone convicted of child abuse. It is important to get the legislation right. At my first reading, I thought the...

Police and Crime Commissioner Elections (Welsh Forms) Order 2021 - Motion to Approve (4 Mar 2021)

Lord Morris of Aberavon: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his explanation of the orders. Having said that, we must never forget the years it took us all to get the Government to bring in satisfactory parity for the Welsh language. As a very young MP, I was entrusted by the Welsh parliamentary group to draw up a document—a review—so that we could persuade HMG of the need for parity. This was adopted word for...

Wales: Replacement Funding - Question (3 Mar 2021)

Lord Morris of Aberavon: My Lords, will the Minister confirm that the Government are committed to “at least matching current EU receipts for Wales”? Since farming is an important way of life for so many in Wales and agriculture is a devolved matter, will the Minister give a specific assurance that funding decisions will be decided solely by the Welsh Government in this field?

Ministerial and other Maternity Allowances Bill - Committee (and remaining stages): Amendment 1 (25 Feb 2021)

Lord Morris of Aberavon: My Lords, it is right both that we get the wording in legislation right and that no offence is caused. The problem is that what was acceptable yesterday is not necessarily acceptable today. I very much welcome the helpful stance taken so early in the debate by the noble Lord, Lord True, on behalf of the Government, and I hope that will relieve anxiety. I once caused offence to a colleague in...

Judicial Pensions (Fee-Paid Judges) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 - Motion to Approve (23 Feb 2021)

Lord Morris of Aberavon: My Lords, I am grateful for the Minister’s explanation of the regulations. I am fortunate that in my political and professional career I never had to grapple with the problems of state pensions in any form other than the problems of constituents. I well remember as a young MP listening to Jim Griffiths, a former Secretary of State for Social Security and one of the architects of the...

Ministerial and other Maternity Allowances Bill - Second Reading: Amendment to the Motion (22 Feb 2021)

Lord Morris of Aberavon: My Lords, given the number of speakers, I shall take very little of your Lordships’ time. I welcome the Bill to allow Ministers to take paid maternity leave while remaining in Government. The catalyst for the Bill, as we have been told, is the pregnancy of the Attorney-General, and I join other noble Lords in wishing her well. The office of Attorney-General, which I had the privilege of...

Armed Forces Act (Continuation) Order 2021 - Motion to Approve (11 Feb 2021)

Lord Morris of Aberavon: My Lords, this order is what remains of what used to be an annual Army Act to legalise our Armed Forces—an important relic to reinforce our repugnance of military rule by Cromwell. Indeed, my first speech on the Front Bench was on the Army Act and the estimates. Looking across the world, particularly at Myanmar, one can see that nothing has changed and the patterns are still the same. Today...

Counter-Terrorism and Sentencing Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 20 (9 Feb 2021)

Lord Morris of Aberavon: My Lords, I support this amendment in the name of my noble and learned friend Lord Falconer, who has asked some very important questions. I say immediately that I valued very much the teach-in that I attended on Microsoft Teams on the working of the polygraph, and I thank the Minister for arranging it. We are in a new field in this context, and an issue of this kind, when it is embedded on...


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