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Civil Service Bill — Question (27 Jan 2009)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, the constitutional renewal Bill was a miscellaneous measure. Could not the Civil Service Bill be brought in as an individual measure as it is so strongly supported? Could it not be said also that the Government cannot be accused of undue haste, as this was proposed in 1854 by the Northcote-Trevelyan report?

Saving Gateway Accounts Bill — Second Reading (17 Mar 2009)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, this is a modest seeming Bill that embodies important, progressive principles. It dispels the commonly held illusion that poorer people do not save, do not want to save and cannot save, and it confirms what the Institute for Fiscal Studies and others have shown: that matching payments of this kind can provide people on poor incomes with an effective incentive to save. It can make a...

Postal Services Bill [HL] — Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (24 Mar 2009)

Lord Morgan: I shall speak also to Amendments 7 and 8. If it is permissible, I would like to degroup Amendment 13, which is contingent on the previous three. I hope that that is all right. These amendments are intended to be helpful, not hostile. They start from the premise that the Government are correct in seeking to promote constructive change within the postal service. There has been a great deal of...

Postal Services Bill [HL] — Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (24 Mar 2009)

Lord Morgan: We have had an interesting debate and I am grateful to all those who have participated, and I thank my noble friends Lord Hoyle, Lady Turner, Lord Clarke and Lord Lea for their support. I notice that the Liberal Democrat spokesman has disappeared from his place. He might as well have disappeared earlier because his comments were totally vapid. He simply made jokes about private grief and did...

Postal Services Bill [HL] — Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (24 Mar 2009)

Lord Morgan: I have already detained the Committee a great deal today. I shall take, at most, one minute now. I have two small points to make in support of my noble friend Lord Lea's amendment. The first is that it indicates that those of us who have taken a critical view of some aspects of the Bill are not Luddites; our minds have moved on since the Tolpuddle martyrs, and we see this as an opportunity...

Police: Protests — Question (2 Jun 2009)

Lord Morgan: My Lords—

Police: Protests — Question (2 Jun 2009)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, is it not worrying that we are talking about individuals who have committed no crime and who are not even suspected of having committed a crime? Nevertheless, their data will be stored on criminal evidence databases for an indefinite period. Is that not profoundly unsatisfactory and a major reason why civil libertarians all over the country are disillusioned by our Labour Government?

Civil Service: Damian McBride — Question (8 Jun 2009)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, is the answer to this question for the Government to disinter proposals in its Constitutional Reform Bill and create an independent Civil Service, which would be on a statutory basis and would not be tarnished by such appointments?

Saving Gateway Accounts Bill: Report (10 Jun 2009)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, there is a good deal of weight behind this amendment. First, the suggestion that the Treasury should issue this report is appropriate, given the origins of this Bill and the wide context in which the Treasury placed its initial proposals. I wonder also whether, if this idea finds any favour, we could consider not merely communicating this to Parliament but also providing the bare...

Saving Gateway Accounts Bill: Report (10 Jun 2009)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, I support my noble friend's amendment, which, in general, seems to be important and sound in substance. I also think that there are important points in the amendment tabled by the noble Baroness. I hope that we can somehow disinter her first point about financial information and advice. I do not see why that is not put specifically in the Bill. As I said earlier, the educative...

Iraq — Statement (15 Jun 2009)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, I welcome, as many on these Benches will, that we are going to have this inquiry. I was also one of those who took part in the march against the war. I wrote against it in the press. I thought then and I think now that it is a deeply shameful episode which brought discredit on the Prime Minister of the day and also on the Conservative Party of the day, from David Cameron downwards,...

Universities: Bursaries (29 Jan 2008)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, does my noble friend agree that the access report showed that some universities have done very well, notably—and I declare an interest—Oxford, but also the LSE, Imperial College London and the University of Sheffield? All of them have 100 per cent uptake from the money that they have allocated for these bursaries—£2 million in the case of Oxford. So it is perfectly possible...

War Powers and Treaties (31 Jan 2008)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, about 50 years ago I heard, in the examination schools in Oxford, Alan Taylor give his Ford lectures on The Trouble Makers: Dissent over Foreign Policy, 1792-1939, from Fox to the Left Book Club. The underlying theme of his lectures was the belief that ultimately the dissenters were always right and their views were ultimately confirmed. So it was to prove, I believe, over Suez and...

Devolution: Wales (1 Mar 2005)

Lord Morgan: My Lords—

Devolution: Wales (1 Mar 2005)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, does my noble friend recall that the Richard commission observed that the present legislative process for Wales is very unsatisfactory, with Welsh legislation depending on the whim of Ministers and civil servants in London? Would he also agree that the Welsh people have shown enormous gratitude to the Government for giving devolution to Wales, in contrast to the Tory Party in Wales,...

Constitutional Reform Bill [HL] (15 Mar 2005)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, I would like to speak strongly in support of what my noble and learned friend the Lord Chancellor said. I do so with the confidence of a non-lawyer, who tend to be unrepresented in these discussions. Many of the arguments that we have heard, which were powerfully put and which I respect, are based on the way things have been; that is the way it has been for generation after...

Constitutional Reform Bill [HL] (15 Mar 2005)

Lord Morgan: I meant billion, my Lords—forgive me. I am not numerate, but £3 billion was what I meant to say. That is a very large budget, with lots of noughts at the end—too many for me. It clearly should be defended and justified by an accountable Minister in the House of Commons. It is very important that somebody like the Lord Chancellor should be an open forum, accountable to Members of...

Constitutional Reform Bill [HL] (15 Mar 2005)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, is it not in fact a principle that we observe in other areas of life? In academic life, for example, and no doubt in other professional areas, you seek to strike a balance between people who have the ability to do the job and other kinds of circumstances, including the social background, the context and the needs. It is not necessarily so unique a problem.

Constitutional Reform Bill [HL] (21 Mar 2005)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, I want briefly to support, as I did last week, what the noble and learned Lord the Lord Chancellor has said, and I hope that your Lordships' House will not insist on its amendments. It was quite different in the case of the Prevention of Terrorism Bill. Then, a very large majority against the Bill was drawn from all our Benches, including myself, and I think that it was appropriate...

Constitutional Reform Bill [HL] (21 Mar 2005)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, I am not familiar with what I am sure is the noble Viscount's extremely distinguished legal background, but it has been said repeatedly in this debate that the Lord Chancellor should be someone at the end of his career. That is the point that I was addressing, and I think appropriately so. Further, it has been said that, because there are very few lawyers in the House of...


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