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Results 41–60 of 4264 for speaker:Lord Murphy of Torfaen

Mental Health (Northern Ireland) (Amendment) Order 2018 - Motion to Approve (28 Nov 2018)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: I very much agree with the noble Baroness, Lady Harris, on the issues surrounding the current position in Northern Ireland. We obviously support the Government in this change to put right the legislative anomaly that has led to the SI. The problem, of course, is that there is no Assembly or Executive in Northern Ireland to deal with these matters. I am glad the Government consulted...

Armistice Day: Centenary - Motion to Take Note (5 Nov 2018)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: My Lords, 100 years after the Armistice was signed, it is an interesting commentary on the diversity of this Chamber as well as on the unanimity in what I am sure we will say in the coming few hours that I, the grandson of a south Wales miner, should be following the grandson of Lord Haig. I want to reflect on the impact of the sacrifice in the First World War on the eastern valley of Gwent,...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation and Exercise of Functions) Bill - Committee (30 Oct 2018)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: My Lords, I think that there is a case for putting this on the table as a matter for discussion in the forthcoming negotiations. Obviously the Good Friday agreement is a structure that means that all sorts of different organisations have to operate at the same time. You have to have an Assembly, an Executive, a north/south ministerial body and a British intergovernmental conference with the...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation and Exercise of Functions) Bill - Committee (30 Oct 2018)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: My Lords, it has been a very interesting short debate. I think that it has to be dealt with in the context that this is a temporary arrangement. The issue at the end of the day is that if we have anything like an elaborate panel set up, it will give permanence to this totally unsatisfactory system where a part of our country is run by civil servants who are unaccountable in any way to the...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation and Exercise of Functions) Bill - Committee (30 Oct 2018)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: I will intervene for a few seconds. The issue is that because the “talks” and “negotiations” have been notoriously unsuccessful over the last couple of years, there has to be some form of structure—although I agree with the noble Lord, Lord Empey, that it has to be on a very restricted number of issues, otherwise you go back to a Good Friday agreement mark 2, and we do not want...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation and Exercise of Functions) Bill - Second Reading (30 Oct 2018)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: My Lords, it is always a great pleasure to follow the noble Lord, Lord Kilclooney, particularly because of the important role that he played 20 years ago at the time of the Good Friday agreement. The Opposition will not of course oppose the Bill. It is very important in clarifying the position of civil servants and allowing important and urgent decisions to be made, but it imposes on them...

Good Friday Agreement: Impact of Brexit - Motion to Take Note (11 Oct 2018)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: It is always a great pleasure to follow the noble Lord, Lord Alderdice. He, like the noble Lord, Lord Trimble, myself and my noble friend Lord Dubs, who successfully opened this debate, were all members of the class of 10 April 1998—as of course was the noble Lord, Lord Bew, and the noble and right reverend Lord, Lord Eames. It has been a fascinating but difficult debate, because these are...

Northern Ireland Executive: Update - Statement (6 Sep 2018)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: My Lords, obviously we welcome the Statement by the Minister indicating that there is going to be a fresh attempt to restore devolution in Northern Ireland. I remind the House that those in Northern Ireland who resist being part of a devolved Executive and Assembly go against the fundamental principles of the Good Friday agreement. The people of Northern Ireland voted in favour of the...

Northern Ireland: Legacy of the Troubles - Question for Short Debate (5 Sep 2018)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: My Lords, I of course pay tribute to the Armed Forces and all their work over 30 years. I also understand the feelings of victims across the board in this matter but, after spending seven years of my public life as either a Minister, shadow Minister or Secretary of State in Northern Ireland, I have now come to the conclusion, like the noble Lord, Lord Evans, and my noble friend Lord Hain,...

Northern Ireland: Devolved Government - Question (4 Sep 2018)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: My Lords, Northern Ireland has been without a Government longer than Belgium was. Is it not now time for fresh thinking on how we can deal with the situation? Despite the fact that she has a lot on her plate, should the Prime Minister—and the Taoiseach—spend more time there? Should we not have proper, intensive, all-party talks involving everybody in Northern Ireland? Should we not be...

Northern Ireland Budget (No. 2) Bill - Second Reading (and remaining stages) (18 Jul 2018)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: My Lords, it has been an interesting, short and fascinating debate. I add my tribute to my noble friend Lady Blood, who is due to retire in the next week. I have known her for just over 21 years. She played an enormous role in the Good Friday agreement as a leading member of the Women’s Coalition, but since then as well. I know no one who is less prejudiced than May Blood and I wish her...

The NHS - Motion to Take Note (5 Jul 2018)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: My Lords, I was born in 1948, five months after the maternity unit in which I was born was taken over by the National Health Service—that was 70 years ago today and we are debating that anniversary. Yesterday, in the House of Commons, my successor as Member of Parliament for Torfaen, Nick Thomas-Symonds, gave a lecture on Nye Bevan—on whom he has written a wonderful biography—and the...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Commons Reasons and Amendments (18 Jun 2018)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: You can please some of the people some of the time, but never all of the people all of the time. Like my noble friend Lord Hain, I should like to have seen more reference in the amendment to the customs union that has to be in some way adopted to ensure that there is no very hard border. I also agree, however, with the noble Lord, Lord Cormack: the fact that this amendment is before us at all...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisons: Ministers of Religion (24 May 2018)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Keen of Elie on 4 January (HL4280), what meetings they have had about the development of the assurace and compliance process for the future delivery of chaplaincies in prisons; and which faith leaders have been involved in any such discussions.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisons: Ministers of Religion (24 May 2018)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the current requirement for a prisoner to receive a pastoral visit from a chaplain within 24 hours of requesting one will be carried into any future policy framework.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Pupils: Travellers (23 May 2018)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: To ask Her Majesty's Government what strategies are in place to improve school attainment performance of Gypsy, Traveller and Roma pupils from early years onwards.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Pupils: Travellers (23 May 2018)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: To ask Her Majesty's Government what strategies are in place to improve access for Gypsy, Traveller and Roma young people to (1) further education, (2) higher education, and (3) apprenticeships.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Schools: Governing Bodies (23 May 2018)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: To ask Her Majesty's Government what information, if any, they hold on the (1) ethnicity, and (2) religious beliefs, of school governors in England.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Schools (23 May 2018)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: To ask Her Majesty's Government what research they have conducted on school twinning programmes and their progress in improving community cohesion and religious understanding.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Church Schools (23 May 2018)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the contribution of church schools to community cohesion.


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