Results 1–20 of 291 for speaker:Lord Morgan

Address in Reply to Her Majesty's Most Gracious Speech. (11 Dec 2000)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, I call for the traditional indulgence of the House for a maiden speaker. All maiden speakers recognise this as a moment of unbridled terror for all novices, as it was for Disraeli, whose maiden speech, Greville told us, "degenerated into ludicrous absurdity". It is worse still for one who is not only no Disraeli, but a total political novice. My last vaguely political speech was...

Children's Commissioner for Wales Bill (19 Feb 2001)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, like other speakers, I greatly welcome the Bill. I congratulate the National Assembly for Wales on its progressive and inclusive approach. I welcome the Government's framing of the Care Standards Act, and their swift action in bringing this historic piece of Welsh primary legislation forward for debate as quickly as possible. The Children's Commissioner for Wales will provide a...

Devolution: England (21 Mar 2001)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, we must be grateful to the right reverend Prelate not only for introducing the topic but for persuading us to take it seriously. All too often, English regionalism is treated in a frivolous or facetious way, with references to the Anglo-Saxon heptarchy or to English nationalism, manifested by supporters of West Ham United. This is a serious topic whose time is coming, if it has not...

Universities (21 Mar 2001)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, I hope that it is in order to speak. I spoke in the previous debate and hope that I am not taxing the tolerance of the House too much. The debates on English regional government and this debate on universities raise exactly the same themes. They both concern the impact of centralisation on the regions and, in this case, on free and supposedly autonomous institutions. I listened with...

Universities (21 Mar 2001)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, I am grateful to the Minister for his explanation. He has described very clearly the reduction in bureaucracy within individual reviews. Surely a greater reduction would come from fewer reviews. Another problem is that not only are there lots and lots of reviews but that the system is rather like ripping up a road for water, electricity and gas repairs at different times. Could the...

Address in Reply to Her Majesty's Most Gracious Speech (21 Jun 2001)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, I hope that noble Lords will forgive me if I begin my speech less entertainingly than was the case with the speech from the noble Earl that we have just heard. I declare an interest as a member of the Select Committee on the Constitution chaired by my friend and academic colleague, the noble Lord, Lord Norton. The remit, in part, of that committee is to comment on the constitutional...

Student Finance (25 Oct 2001)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, I thank the noble Earl, Lord Russell, for introducing the debate. I also thank him for his extraordinarily warm tribute to the Department of International Politics at Aberystwyth. It is deeply gratifying. It was the first such department in the world. It has produced many brilliant students, including, as it happens, my immediate neighbour, the noble Baroness, Lady Andrews. I am...

Barnett Formula (7 Nov 2001)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, the name of my noble friend Lord Barnett has been compared to that of Goschen. While Lord Randolph Churchill famously forgot Goschen, none of us will ever forget Barnett. The Barnett formula was valuable in its time; it provided a rough-and-ready formula based on population that helped to ensure that the passage of devolution was not impaired or handicapped by conflict between...

Liver Disease (12 Dec 2001)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, I declare an interest because my late wife died of liver disease at the age of 42. She died as the result of a university visitation to South-East Asia where, I gather, this type of disease is very prevalent. I wonder what warnings are given to intending visitors to that part of the world.

Wales (13 Feb 2002)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, it is fitting that this Motion was introduced by my friend, the noble Lord, Lord Griffiths of Fforestfach. He is, as it were, a good deed in a naughty world. He is that rara avis, a Conservative who I believe spoke and voted in this House for Welsh devolution. He again spoke with enormous effect in supporting his view. It seems to me that his party has now, as it were, caught up...

Export Control Bill (4 Mar 2002)

Lord Morgan: I follow my noble friend Lord Hunt and the noble Baroness, Lady Warwick, in expressing my deep disquiet about this aspect of the Bill, which otherwise I am perfectly happy to support. The principle underlying it is the political vetting of research. Academics will be second-guessed by bureaucrats or politicians who will say that their research is or is not "in the national interest". Unless...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Golden Jubilee: Civic Honours (14 Mar 2002)

Lord Morgan: asked Her Majesty's Government: When they intend to announce the results of the civic honours competitions held to mark Her Majesty the Queen's Golden Jubilee.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Senior Salaries Review Body (18 Mar 2002)

Lord Morgan: asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have regarding the chair of the Senior Salaries Review Body.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Water Industry (20 Mar 2002)

Lord Morgan: asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress they are making with their review of competition in the water industry in England and Wales.

Multi-ethnicity and Multi-culturalism (20 Mar 2002)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, like other speakers, I should like to thank very much the noble Lord, Lord Parekh, both for his speech and for his wonderful report. In both he drew attention to the fact that the British, like Nelson Mandela's South Africa, have always been a rainbow people. We have been multi-ethnic and multi-national since the dawn of our history. Britain has gone through many changes. The word...

Multi-ethnicity and Multi-culturalism (20 Mar 2002)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, there are also other supporters including, I believe, the most reverend Primate the Archbishop of Canterbury and Osama bin Laden—make of that what one will. Arsenal Football Club is a team of almost entirely black players except the goalkeeper. But they play before white supporters, not because the club practises discrimination, but because black people simply cannot afford the...

Multi-ethnicity and Multi-culturalism (20 Mar 2002)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, that is a very interesting. I do not object at all to the fact that they are Roman Catholic. My worry—intensified by what I know of Northern Ireland—is what a mono-cultural, mono-religious background can produce. That is increasing. I believe that the important thing is to bring children together at the youngest possible age to get them to know each other in terms of culture and...

Multi-ethnicity and Multi-culturalism (20 Mar 2002)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, as one who comes from Wales where the kirk has been happily disestablished, perhaps I may ask the right reverend Prelate a question. In his account of disestablishment, the right reverend Prelate quoted the views, as I am sure he rightly saw them, of the various faiths, who number 19 per cent of the population. Eighty-one per cent of the population would not have been included in...

Higher Education (1 May 2002)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, the document from Universities UK tells a powerful and moving story. It made me feel proud to be a university teacher; I have been one all my working life. The report covers an enormous range of institutions, some research orientated and some situated in the inner cities. However, what all those institutions are trying to do is to assess the potential of their students. In my view,...

Higher Education (1 May 2002)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, they participated before. The charges are totally untrue.


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