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Results 121–140 of 4264 for speaker:Lord Murphy of Torfaen

Written Answers — Department for Education: Church Schools (21 Dec 2016)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the progress made by disadvantaged pupils in Church schools.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Church Schools (16 Dec 2016)

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

Wales Bill - Report (1st Day) (Continued) (14 Dec 2016)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: My Lords, I support the amendments. The noble and learned Lord, Lord Judge, referred to Henry V as a Welshman; indeed, he was a Monmouthshire man like myself. Of course, Henry VIII was a Welshman too, and he was less benign to Wales than the other Henry, just as the situation described by noble Lords is not benign. Over the past 20 years, the way in which legislation has been made in Wales...

Wales Bill - Committee (4th Day) (23 Nov 2016)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: I am grateful to my noble friend. I want in particular to support my noble friend Lord Hain and his two amendments. For the whole of the Labour Government—from 1999 onwards, anyway—he and I held the position of Secretary of State for Wales between us. Two things emerged which were themes in that job—he has already touched on this. One was ensuring that there were good relations between...

Wales Bill - Committee (4th Day) (23 Nov 2016)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: My Lords, I support my noble friend Lord Rowlands on his tidy amendment, which comes from a tidy friend. I have had the great pleasure of knowing my noble friend for 46 years; in fact, I was still in the sixth form when he first became a Welsh Member of Parliament. I know that the Minister has been hugely constructive during proceedings on the Bill. I hope that he will listen carefully to the...

Wales Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (15 Nov 2016)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: I agree very much with the noble Baroness, Lady Randerson. Over the past three days in Committee, the Minister has been very helpful. He knows his stuff. He probably knows devolution better than any other Minister in the current Government. I rather suspect that he might not agree with us on this but I hope he can. I think this debate is about Bristol, not air passenger duty. As the noble...

Wales Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (15 Nov 2016)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: My Lords, on more than one occasion, I probably rode to the rescue of S4C myself, and I very much agree with the noble Baroness, Lady Randerson, about the financial dangers unless we have guarantees. At the moment, the Welsh language is rightly devolved to the Welsh Assembly, so it would seem logical—would it not?—that Welsh-language broadcasting should be also. There are two issues that...

Wales Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (15 Nov 2016)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: My Lords, I support the points made by my noble friends Lord Hain and the noble Lord, Lord Elystan-Morgan. I, too, spoke during the passage of the then Trade Union Bill. I hope the Minister will reply to the debate with greater knowledge of the devolution settlement than his colleague did. Inevitably, his ministerial colleague looked at it from the point of view of employment throughout the...

Wales Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) (7 Nov 2016)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: My Lords, I yield to no one in my admiration for my noble friend Lord Elystan-Morgan, but although I agree fundamentally with one of his amendments, I disagree fundamentally with the first. Dominion status is about the shedding of British governance. The 1931 statute of Westminster gave the dominions power over their own affairs, effectively making them semi-independent. I do not want to give...

Wales Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) (7 Nov 2016)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: I support this amendment, the first of a series dealing with individual areas where the British Government do not want certain things devolved to the Welsh Government. I understand why that should be the case in some areas but the onus is squarely on the United Kingdom Government to explain why it should not be the case in others. I am not convinced that Milford Haven should be any different...

Wales Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (7 Nov 2016)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: I had not quite finished my remarks—I thought the noble Lord was intervening on me. The issue is about the principle of a referendum. Right from 1997, the people of Wales agreed on a devolution settlement. In 1979, my noble friend Lord Kinnock and I disagreed with the idea of a Welsh Assembly. Twenty years later, we agreed with it—and, as the Minister himself said, in 2011 there was a...

Wales Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (7 Nov 2016)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: Obviously, I shall not oppose the clause standing part, but I shall make two points in response to the debate. First, I have never felt particularly deprived as a Welsh taxpayer and citizen by not having extra income tax for Wales. In the 30 years that I represented a Welsh constituency, not a single representation was made to me about this issue. In the five years when I was Secretary of...

Wales Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (7 Nov 2016)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: My Lords, I beg to move that Clause 17 does not stand part of the Bill and in so doing apologise for the absence of my noble friend Lord Hain, who is unable to be with us today. I am glad to say that my noble friend Lord Kinnock, who has also signed this Motion, is with us this afternoon. It is just over 20 years ago now that the people of Wales voted in the referendum to establish a Welsh...

Wales Bill - Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (31 Oct 2016)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: My Lords, I agreed to put my name to the amendment of my noble friend Lord Hain because it is both timely and relevant as the Wales Bill passes through this House. It is not all about Neil Hamilton but it is a bit about him in the sense that he is, as far as I am aware, the very first Member of the National Assembly for Wales who has not lived in Wales. Not only has he not lived in Wales but...

Wales Bill - Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (31 Oct 2016)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: I think that can be addressed if, in dealing with this amendment, the Government look at what happens in local government. You can be a member of a local authority and live within, I think, three or four miles of the boundary of the local council, and I suppose that could happen with the Welsh situation. Thus, if you lived within a mile or two of the border but felt very much part of a town...

Wales Bill - Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (31 Oct 2016)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: If I had my way I would change the whole system—probably not to what the noble Lord, Lord Wigley, wants, but to the alternative vote system, for example. The point I am making is that the people in that part of Wales did not get the opportunity to say, “I don’t want that person because they do not live in Wales”. They were voting for a party instead of an individual. I cannot see any...

Wales Bill - Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (31 Oct 2016)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: My Lords, I understand what the noble Baroness said about the charitable status of Welsh universities, and it is important that the Minister goes back and examines whether it is put at risk by this part of the Bill. I cannot for the life of me understand Amendment 14, which excludes the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales from the Welsh public authorities list. It is not a university;...

Wales Bill - Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (31 Oct 2016)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: My Lords, I support both the noble Lord and my noble friend in their remarks. My noble friend Lady Morgan has outlined very well what “devolved matters” means in the Bill, and the noble Lord, Lord Wigley, quite rightly spoke about the sloppiness of the term “normally”. I think that it opens up huge possibilities for rift between Cardiff and Westminster unless there is a proper...

Investigatory Powers Bill - Third Reading (31 Oct 2016)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: My Lords, I disagree with the noble Baroness, Lady Jones. She played an important role in the course of this Bill in reminding your Lordships of the need to deal with the liberty of the citizen. But the greatest threat to the liberty of the citizen is the threat to life. This Bill, which is now in its final stage, is extremely important in ensuring that in future our citizens are protected...

Investigatory Powers Bill - Report (3rd Day) (19 Oct 2016)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: My Lords, I shall add some points to what my noble friend has just said. During our rather long deliberations this evening and afternoon, I went to the Library to look up the definition of “draconian”. It seems to me to be very harsh, very severe. Apparently, it goes back to ancient Greece, where Draco was the statesman who decided that every single crime would be dealt with by a death...


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