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Results 61–80 of 4264 for speaker:Lord Murphy of Torfaen

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

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to agreeing a new model church supplemental agreement.

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

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have held with church representatives regarding a new model church supplemental agreement by denomination.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisons (22 May 2018)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: To ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to publish further details about plans to cancel all prison service instructions and replace them with a national policy framework.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Construction Labour Market in the UK Review (17 May 2018)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in implementing the recommendations of the Farmer Review of the UK construction labour model.

Belhaj and Boudchar: Litigation Update - Statement (10 May 2018)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: My Lords, about a decade ago, I had the privilege of chairing the Intelligence and Security Committee, which produced a report on rendition. I assume, therefore, that all of the information that the Minister has given us today in this Chamber, and which the security services and the Government have given to the ISC, comes under a different regime. The committee now has more powers of greater...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Report (5th Day) (2 May 2018)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: My Lords, it has been a fascinating debate. I am the 20th speaker in it. The first speaker, the noble Lord, Lord Patten, made a wonderful speech—if he really wants to be viceroy of Ireland he has my unqualified support and vote. It is 20 years since the Good Friday agreement was signed. A number of us in this Chamber were present three weeks ago in Belfast when we commemorated and...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Report (5th Day) (2 May 2018)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: My noble friend is absolutely right: it was a huge development, and of course all this was voted on in a referendum, north and south. In both Northern Ireland and in the Republic of Ireland, there were big majorities for precisely that. But Brexit does affect where we are in Ireland and affects the principles of the Good Friday agreement to a certain extent. In the first place, Ireland, of...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Report (5th Day) (2 May 2018)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: No, no; I do not think for one second that this amendment refers to or is about joint authority. What it is about is the recognition that both the British Government and the Irish Government are joint guarantors in international law of the Good Friday agreement. That is what it is about. Also, the agreement itself set up the British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference, which meets from time to...

Northern Ireland (Regional Rates and Energy) Bill - Second Reading (and remaining stages) (27 Mar 2018)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: My Lords, it has been a fascinating if short debate. It has been a timely one, too, because this is the last occasion we will debate this issue in either House of Parliament before we celebrate or commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday or Belfast agreement in two or three weeks’ time. Looking around the Chamber, I see Members of your Lordships’ House who played a huge part in...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (9th Day): Amendment 261 (21 Mar 2018)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: My Lords, I very much support the points made by my noble friend Lady Lister with regard to human rights issues. Before I speak about those, however, I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Patten, on an outstanding and powerful speech this morning. We discussed much of this last week: the relationship between the Good Friday agreement and the European Union and how the membership of both Ireland...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (7th Day) (Continued) (14 Mar 2018)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: My Lords, I support the amendment so eloquently spoken to by my noble friend Lord Hain. I remind the House that we are three weeks away from the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday agreement. Those two decades ago it was my privilege, as the political development Minister at the time, to chair a good part of those negotiations—but in 1997 I had been appointed by the Prime Minister to be the...

Northern Ireland Finances - Statement (13 Mar 2018)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: My Lords, I thank the Minister for the Statement, and agree with him on the need to restore the devolved institutions in Northern Ireland, especially as it is about four weeks away from the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Good Friday agreement. The commitment of the Government to the underlying principles of that agreement is very much to be welcomed. I understand the need to set a...

Transparency of Donations and Loans etc. (Northern Ireland Political Parties) Order 2018 - Motion to Approve (27 Feb 2018)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: My Lords, this has been a fascinating if rather short debate on an important subject. I recall that about 21 years ago, the Chief Electoral Officer for Northern Ireland visited me in my ministerial office with a suitcase. In the suitcase were about 300 to 400 fraudulent ballot papers. I suddenly realised that things were a bit different in Northern Ireland from my constituency in south...

Investigatory Powers (Codes of Practice) Regulations 2018 - Motions to Approve (1 Feb 2018)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: My Lords, I am happy to support the Minister in everything she has said about these regulations. A few years ago I had the privilege of chairing the Joint Select Committee on the draft of the Investigatory Powers Bill. The committee made around 80 recommendations which were all accepted by the Government, and I think that few Bills in the past couple of Sessions have been subject to as much...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisons: Ministers of Religion (4 Jan 2018)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will ensure that overcrowding does not restrict prisoners' access to chaplaincy services; and whether they intend to include such access in future performance measures.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisons: Ministers of Religion (4 Jan 2018)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to guarantee the continued provision of quality assured chaplaincy services to every prison in England and Wales by continuing the guidelines Faith and Pastoral Care for Prisoners (PSI 05/2016) and including those guidelines in any future prison policy frameworks.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisoners: Self-harm and Suicide (4 Jan 2018)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to implement a systematic and quality assured communications gateway to enable prison staff to work with families to reduce self-harm and suicide.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisoners: Families (4 Jan 2018)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to introduce performance measures on family contact covering every stage of a prisoner's sentence.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisoners' Release (29 Dec 2017)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to improve access to release on temporary licence.

House of Lords: Lord Speaker’s Committee Report - Motion to Take Note (Continued) (19 Dec 2017)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: My Lords, it is a great pleasure to follow the noble Lord, even if it is as the 82nd speaker in today’s rather long but important debate. In all my years in Parliament, I have never been persuaded of the need for an elected second Chamber. I agree with elections—since 1973 I have fought 11, one every four years—but I do not think an elected Upper House will be anything other than a...


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