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Results 141–160 of 4264 for speaker:Lord Murphy of Torfaen

Investigatory Powers Bill - Report (2nd Day) (Continued) (17 Oct 2016)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: My Lords, I add my voice to what my noble friend just said. Initially, in the list of government amendments the Minister seemed to be saying that it was no longer a requirement for the First Minister and Deputy First Minister in Northern Ireland to be consulted on the appointments of the IPC and the judicial commissioners. That is a retrograde step and I hope that the Government will rethink...

Wales Bill - Second Reading (Continued) (10 Oct 2016)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: My Lords, it is a great pleasure to follow the noble Baroness, Lady Finn, and to congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Bloomfield, on her very fine maiden speech, which we all enjoyed. As an addition to the Welsh Members of the House of Lords, she is indeed most welcome. I also pay tribute to the Minister, the noble Lord, Lord Bourne, who I know is deeply committed to the business of Wales...

Investigatory Powers Bill - Committee (6th Day) (12 Sep 2016)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: The purpose of the Liberal Democrats’ amendment seems to be that there is a speedier review of the legislation than was agreed in the passage of the Bill in the other place and was actually in the Bill. During the proceedings of the Joint Committee, a number of witnesses, including the Information Commissioner, argued for a sunset clause to be put into the Bill. The committee considered...

Investigatory Powers Bill - Committee (5th Day) (7 Sep 2016)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: My Lords, I support my noble friend’s amendment, which he very ably moved. As he said, it is the only amendment recommended by David Anderson QC with regard to his latest report. The issue of bulk powers is enormously important and this is the first time that the Committee has had an opportunity to discuss the report on the whole question. It was discussed at some length by the Joint...

Investigatory Powers Bill - Committee (4th Day) (Continued) (5 Sep 2016)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: My Lords, I also support the two amendments in this group, the first from the Government and the second on behalf of the Intelligence and Security Committee. The amendments are very sensible. It does not seem to me at all right that the IPC should not say why an investigation should not be pursued. Let me say very briefly how important it is that the role of the Intelligence and Security...

Investigatory Powers Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (19 Jul 2016)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: My Lords, I do not support the amendment, I fear. I entirely agree with the noble Baroness with regard to the correspondence of Members of Parliament. But the Joint Committee looked at whether Members of Parliament should be under surveillance and it agreed with the recommendations before it; that is, that there should be a double lock at that stage. That is consistent with the whole Bill: it...

Investigatory Powers Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (19 Jul 2016)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: My Lords, the noble Lord, Lord King, touched on the issue of the Joint Committee. It may be useful for your Lordships to hear what it said about ICRs. The noble Lord, Lord King, was quite right in that regard. The Joint Committee said: “While we recognise that ICRs could prove a desirable tool for law enforcement agencies, the Government must address the significant concerns outlined by our...

Investigatory Powers Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (13 Jul 2016)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: My Lords, this part of the Bill concerning Members of Parliament is a hugely important and grave issue, but I think it is probably about right now. As the House and the Minister will know, when the legislation went through the other place, there was a change. Instead of the Prime Minister being informed about a Member of Parliament or of this House having a warrant against them, now the Prime...

Investigatory Powers Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (13 Jul 2016)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: The whole purpose of this legislation, whether we agree with it or not, is that there should be a double lock. When I was signing warrants for intercept, it was left to me entirely as Secretary of State. There was no involvement of the judiciary or anybody else, other than the security services providing you with a great deal of information on why you should take a particular decision. The...

Investigatory Powers Bill - Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (11 Jul 2016)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: My Lords, the Joint Committee on the Bill—four Members other than myself, who chaired the committee, are present this evening—met journalists in evidence sessions. The Society of Editors and the National Union of Journalists met with the committee on 14 December last year, and of course many strong representations were made in writing to the Joint Committee on this very subject. The...

Investigatory Powers Bill - Second Reading (Continued) (27 Jun 2016)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: My Lords, it is a pleasure to follow the noble Marquess. His political path and mine have crossed on a number of occasions over the years, particularly when I had the great privilege of chairing the ISC, of which he was then a member—and still is, of course. A number of noble Lords have said during the course of the debate—and will continue so to say—that we live in a much more...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (2nd Day) (19 May 2016)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: I rise as a Welsh Peer. If I were still a Member of the other place, as a Welsh MP, I could not vote on education matters but I could speak on them. Happily, I am regarded as a full Member of this House of Parliament and I can do both. The first issue I want to raise with the Minister, who will undoubtedly refer to it in her winding-up speech, is higher education. I know that the Bill applies...

Northern Ireland (Stormont Agreement and Implementation Plan) Bill - Committee (21 Apr 2016)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: My Lords, again, I express a lot of sympathy with what the noble Lord, Lord Empey, and other noble Lords have said with regard to this amendment. There is no doubt that, if you have a pledge of office, there is not much point in having one unless you can enforce it. Your Lordships will recall that, during the course of the talks which led up to the Good Friday agreement, both Sinn Fein and a...

Northern Ireland (Stormont Agreement and Implementation Plan) Bill - Committee (21 Apr 2016)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: My Lords, when I was asked to help out this afternoon, I reflected that it is 22 years, I think, since I last spoke from a Dispatch Box on Northern Ireland matters. It is 20 years since the noble Lord, Lord Empey, and I, and many others in the Chamber today, worked on the Good Friday agreement. I have a great deal of time for the noble Lord and for what he said about equivalence, which was...

Trade Union Bill - Report (2nd Day) (19 Apr 2016)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: My Lords, I support my noble friend Lord Hain and other noble Lords who have spoken on this amendment. I urge the Ministers, who appear to be in a very gracious mood this afternoon, to extend this graciousness to this particular aspect of the Bill. Otherwise, it seems to me that what we are doing is actually legislating for future conflict between the devolved Administrations, in this case...

Northern Ireland (Stormont Agreement and Implementation Plan) Bill - Second Reading (12 Apr 2016)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: My Lords, I support the Bill, which is very important, but before I comment on some of its clauses, as I look around your Lordships’ Chamber I see almost an action replay of 1998. So many Members of your Lordships’ House were with me and others when we discussed the Good Friday agreement back in the spring of 1998. We are all 20 or so years older, and I suppose we never thought that we...

Access to Medical Treatments (Innovation) Bill: Second Reading (26 Feb 2016)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: My Lords, I support the Bill and congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Saatchi, on introducing it in your Lordships’ House. I want to refer particularly to those parts of the Bill that relate to the use of off-patent drugs: Clause 1, which refers to promoting access to, “the off-label use of medicines”, and Clause 3, which refers to a medicinal product being used, “for a purpose other...

Armed Forces Bill: Second Reading (11 Feb 2016)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: (Maiden Speech) My Lords, for the last two and a half months I have had the privilege of chairing the Joint Committee on the Investigatory Powers Bill. It reported four and a half hours ago and it has meant, as my noble friend Lord Hart will tell us, a great deal of work. This has meant that I have been unable to make a maiden speech. I am delighted to do so this afternoon and I thank my...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Defence Equipment (17 Mar 2015)

Paul Murphy: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many invoices and to what value were paid by Defence Equipment and Supply after the statutory 30 days as required under the EU Directive 2011/7/EU in the last 12 months.


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