Results 1–20 of 6000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Lord Falconer of Thoroton

EU Withdrawal - Motion to Take Note (13 Feb 2019)

Lord Falconer of Thoroton: It is a pleasure to follow the noble Baroness, Lady Wheatcroft. I have never heard her make a bad speech: every speech I have heard her make has been brave, powerful and funny and that was no exception. I am also glad to be in quite a small band in this Chamber tonight of people who have not made a contribution to this European Union debate before. I am in the company of the noble Lord, Lord...

Privileges and Conduct Committee - Motion to Agree (17 Dec 2018)

Lord Falconer of Thoroton: Is it appropriate to undermine somebody who does not have a chance to answer? I invite the noble Lord to stop this now.

Privileges and Conduct Committee - Motion to Agree (17 Dec 2018)

Lord Falconer of Thoroton: My Lords, I make three short points. First, I adopt in full the speech made by the noble and learned Lord, Lord Mackay of Clashfern, in the first debate. He pointed out that we all promised to abide by this procedure, that the complainant in this case made a complaint in accordance with that procedure, nobody doubted that the procedure was followed and then, at the very end of the process,...

Privileges and Conduct Committee - Motion to Agree (17 Dec 2018)

Lord Falconer of Thoroton: My Lords—

Privileges and Conduct - Motion to Agree (15 Nov 2018)

Lord Falconer of Thoroton: Would the noble Lord not be content with the inquisitor asking the questions, as she said she did?

Data Protection Bill [HL] - Commons Amendments (21 May 2018)

Lord Falconer of Thoroton: I am very reassured by what the noble and learned Lord, Lord Keen of Elie, said about the power. I took him to mean that it cannot be used pre publication, and will be available post publication. I apologise to him for being such a poor pupil in failing to understand that, but it is important that he said it. The noble Lord, Lord McNally, is absolutely right not to press Motion A1, because it...

Data Protection Bill [HL] - Commons Amendments (21 May 2018)

Lord Falconer of Thoroton: My Lords, Amendment A3 in my name is an amendment to Motion A. I will speak to it now although it will be formally moved later. I want to make two points, the first of which is to explain the purpose of my Amendment A3. Before I do so, however, I want to take up what the noble Lord, Lord, Cormack, said. He begged the noble Lord, Lord McNally, to withdraw his amendment, a point which the...

Data Protection Bill [HL] - Commons Amendments (14 May 2018)

Lord Falconer of Thoroton: My statement was that no front-page apology of equal prominence has been made mandated. Am I wrong about that?

Data Protection Bill [HL] - Commons Amendments (14 May 2018)

Lord Falconer of Thoroton: The amendment includes the words, “to investigate the dissemination of information and news, including false news stories”. It would have said “fake news” but the draftspeople said that that would not be the right way to term it. Therefore, I think it covers the sorts of things that the noble Lord thinks it should, or am I wrong?

Data Protection Bill [HL] - Commons Amendments (14 May 2018)

Lord Falconer of Thoroton: My Lords, I strongly support the amendment. I declare an interest: I understand that Mr John Ford has alleged that 15 years ago he went through my rubbish on a regular basis at the request of the Sunday Times. I find it impossible to believe that anyone would find my rubbish interesting. That has had no effect whatever on my opinions with regard to this issue, and I supported the continuation...

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

Lord Falconer of Thoroton: Am I not right in saying that the Government have taken power to extend the exit day beyond the date in the Article 50 notice? That is contained in Clause 14(4). Why did they take that power if they were determined, as the Minister is saying, never to change the date?

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

Lord Falconer of Thoroton: My Lords, a final answer to the question by the noble Lord, Lord Forsyth, would be that we do not just leave automatically. There is a whole range of choices that have to be made and those choices involve the Government negotiating an agreement and then, I would respectfully submit, Parliament deciding whether it approves of the deal that has been done. As the noble Baroness, Lady Altmann,...

United Kingdom-European Union Future Economic Partnership - Statement (5 Mar 2018)

Lord Falconer of Thoroton: I express my gratitude to the noble Baroness the Leader of the House for repeating the Statement. The prosperity of the nation is one of the principles that the Prime Minister referred to in both her Mansion House speech and her Statement to the Commons today. I assume, and I would be grateful if the noble Baroness could confirm this, that some economic assessment was made of what the impact...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (28 Feb 2018)

Lord Falconer of Thoroton: My Lords, three pretty clear themes are emerging around the House. First, you should be able to use the subordinate legislation to change EU retained law only where it is necessary to make EU retained law work. Secondly, it should affect only technical matters; and thirdly, it should not take away any individual’s rights. So there are three requirements: it must be necessary to make it...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (28 Feb 2018)

Lord Falconer of Thoroton: I express my gratitude and admiration for the way that the noble and learned Lords, Lord Mackay of Clashfern and Lord Keen of Elie, are bringing lustre to the Scottish Bar in the way that they are answering all these questions so brilliantly and with such trouble. My inquiry relates to a directive requiring implementation that has not been implemented, where there are certain rights that...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Second Reading (Continued) (30 Jan 2018)

Lord Falconer of Thoroton: My Lords, it is an honour to follow the noble Lord, Lord Bridges of Headley. Far from seeming like seven years, it seemed like about six minutes; that was such a good speech. Thank you to the usual channels for making it possible for me to speak in the debate. I do not think it is for this House to thwart, or seek to thwart, Brexit because we would have preferred a different outcome. There...

NHS: Cancer Treatments - Question for Short Debate (25 Jan 2018)

Lord Falconer of Thoroton: My Lords, there is a lot of skulduggery in politics. Tessa said that this was not about party politics. It is not about party politics, but it is so much about politics. Looking to my left and to my right, I see every Labour Peer I have ever met—and a large number I have never met. Looking further to my left, I see innumerable Members of Parliament and, looking to the Public Gallery, I have...

Data Protection Bill [HL] - Report (3rd Day) (10 Jan 2018)

Lord Falconer of Thoroton: I have two comments to make in response. First, the Leveson 2 inquiry was promised. As I understand the position of the noble Lord, Lord Pannick, now, he is saying that maybe wrongdoing is going on and it is the same as was expected before, but promising Leveson 2 was a mistake. Secondly and separately, Sir Brian Leveson found in his report that the remedies of the law, the remedies to which...

Data Protection Bill [HL] - Report (3rd Day) (10 Jan 2018)

Lord Falconer of Thoroton: My Lords, I came intending to support the amendment of the noble Baroness, Lady Hollins, asking in effect for Leveson 2, and the amendment of the noble Earl, Lord Attlee, in effect introducing Section 40 for data protection. The more I have listened to the debate, the more I am absolutely convinced that both those amendments are correct. I have found it appalling to listen to the smug...

Data Protection Bill [HL] - Report (3rd Day) (10 Jan 2018)

Lord Falconer of Thoroton: I disagree with what the noble Viscount, Lord Hailsham, says—namely, that the facts are already known—because the apologists are saying that everything is okay now; I do not include him as an apologist because he has a slightly different position. I point to the case of the Bowles family, which indicates that things were not okay when the first Leveson inquiry was going on. The basis on...


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