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Queen’s Speech - Debate (5th Day) (21 Oct 2019)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, it is arguable that Brexit is not primarily about Europe. It was about other things: austerity, inequality and immigration. To a degree, it is also about the constitution. The distaste for and dissatisfaction with the constitution that emerged from about the 1970s onwards, particularly in Scotland, has been made far worse by the atmosphere of poisonous nationalism released during...

Commonwealth: Decriminalising Homosexuality - Question (23 Jul 2019)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, is not one of the reasons for this very harsh treatment of this community in Commonwealth countries the attitude of the churches, which in a country such as Uganda are very reactionary? The representatives of the churches in this House are civilised and enlightened people. Could one perhaps request them to use their influence in this direction?

Universities: Racism - Question (10 Jul 2019)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, when I was a vice-chancellor, there were clear regulations about how to handle allegations of racial discrimination or abuse of some kind. One knew exactly what one had to do: procedures would be set up, which I myself would chair. Perhaps these serious allegations that my noble friend has alluded to arise from the fact that vice-chancellors may be turning their attentions to other...

Soil Health - Question (8 Jul 2019)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, the Minister has not mentioned devolution in this connection. Can he make some observations about its importance for the Government’s plans?

Sexual Offences: Anonymity - Question (3 Jul 2019)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, does not the noble Lord raise a very important point about the frail basis that the police rely in arriving at the facts in these matters and how it is desperately necessary to have an independent view? In the case of Sir Edward Heath, the police said that the evidence was compelling and true; we now know that it was essentially made up. Is it not deplorable that in cases such as...

Northern Ireland: Inter-party Talks - Question (20 Jun 2019)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, are the Government not in a hopelessly impossible dilemma? On one hand, they are supposed to be keeping the ring at a time when Northern Ireland does not have a Government. On the other, they are propped up by a small group of pro-Brexit Ulster unionists, even though Northern Ireland voted strongly to remain. Therefore, is the loss of unity of the United Kingdom one of the many...

Amritsar Massacre: Centenary - Question for Short Debate (19 Feb 2019)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, in the catalogue of crimes which featured in the defence of empire, from the suppression of the so-called Indian mutiny onwards, the Amritsar massacre is just about the worst. The conscience of the world was horrified by the events that other noble Lords have described so well. Britain in 1919 was a hard, nationalist country; very prominent were the die-hards, the so-called...

Healthcare (International Arrangements) Bill - Second Reading (5 Feb 2019)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, I do not intend to speak for very long but I begin by thanking the House and the Front Bench for allowing me to speak at all. I am afraid that I was wrongly advised about the timing of Motions today. I particularly apologise to the Minister; I was anxious to hear her maiden speech, which obviously was very successful, and I was particularly anxious to hear someone identified with...

Operation Conifer: Sir Edward Heath - Question (12 Nov 2018)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, an American political scientist once said that the curse of public life in this country is the curse of secrecy. Is this not a classic example of it? The Government are, in effect, colluding with the police and refusing to divulge evidence. The real victims—if you think about it—are the police, whose spokesman so far has been a tittle-tattling chief constable and not someone who...

Housing: Prefabricated Council Houses - Question (1 Nov 2018)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, I agree very much with the previous question. In the 1940s, that great man Aneurin Bevan was not merely launching the National Health Service but running a very forward-looking and successful housing programme. Bevan insisted that council housing should have very much the same high qualities, referred to by the noble Lord, Lord Thomas. The Minister is a forward-looking man, and I...

Historical Allegations:Operation Conifer - Question (18 Oct 2018)

Lord Morgan: The House will appreciate the tone of the Minister’s reply, which seemed very fair, but the excellent Question from the noble Lord, Lord Armstrong, refers to historical allegations. These are not, of course, allegations by historians. We have a tradition in politics in this country of allowing these accusations to fester over decades, with the result that it is very difficult to form a...

House of Lords (Hereditary Peers) (Abolition of By-Elections) Bill [HL] - Committed to Committee (12 Sep 2018)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, can we not move on? We are hearing against this Bill precisely the arguments that were made against the Reform Act 1832. Can we please progress? Motion agreed.

Gambling Advertising - Question (12 Sep 2018)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, is it not deplorable that television companies, such as Sky, actively encourage and pressure betting companies to maximise their adverts on television? Incidentally, these companies made profits of £162 million through this last year. Is it not appalling that they also use presenters of sports programmes to present these gambling adverts, as though they were one and the same, as...

Buses: Wheelchair Users - Question (15 May 2018)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, as the noble Baroness, Lady Deech, will know, the Oxford Tube bus service has an infallible and excellent system for dealing with wheelchair users, and it operates with complete efficiency. Why cannot other bus companies emulate that service?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (10th Day) (26 Mar 2018)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, I respond with considerable enthusiasm to what my noble friend Lord Liddle just said—and, if I may say so, with considerable pride, because a long time ago I once had the privilege of teaching him. Everything he said about introducing possible discord is profoundly true. I just make two points. This is trying to impose a static uniformity on a United Kingdom whose pluralism has...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (10th Day) (26 Mar 2018)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, I agree entirely with what the noble Lord, Lord Wigley, said. This might appear to introduce a somewhat belligerent note in the discussions between the devolved Assemblies and the Westminster Parliament, but it has been forced upon the devolved legislatures. They have been so excluded while these debates have been going on that it is essential for them to have a failsafe mechanism...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (10th Day) (26 Mar 2018)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, this is one of a number of issues where it seems that the Government have created extraordinary difficulties for themselves—a quite unnecessary threat to the cohesion of the union in the long term—as well as the other problems introduced by this legislation. I am a member of the Constitution Committee; the chairman of that distinguished body is sitting behind me. I am not...

Commonwealth Summit - Question (20 Feb 2018)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, is not one of the important aspects of the Commonwealth relationship that of higher education? I have taken part in two conferences on that in two citadels of learning, New Delhi and Aberystwyth, both of which are very successful. Can the Minister tell us anything about the degree of prominence that this might have at the Commonwealth summit?

Brexit: Cultural and Educational Programmes - Question (30 Nov 2017)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, I am afraid that the Minister does not appear to appreciate what a tragedy this is for higher education in this country. Erasmus was absolutely central to my own experience when I was a vice-chancellor for several years in the 1990s. It is central to the links that are being created—still—between British and continental universities. I was able to create one myself last month...

Social Mobility - Question (22 Nov 2017)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, would the Minister like to comment on the relationship between a growing economy and the dynamics of social change? In the light of that, would he also like to comment on the effect that a policy of austerity has had on social mobility?


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