Results 121–140 of 292 for speaker:Lord Morgan

Dictionary of National Biography (10 Sep 2004)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, just to clear that up. I think that I am correct in saying that the Government provided £3 million and the noble Lord, Lord Quirk, said that the British Academy supplied the extra £1 million from other sources.

Constitution (15 Sep 2004)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, in the allocated three minutes, I shall endeavour to make three points. I shall do so briefly because I believe that other noble Lords, particularly on the Liberal Democrat Benches, will raise them. First, the Government's admirable constitutional reforms nevertheless call for a further move towards written safeguards. I shall mention briefly devolution. The Constitution Committee,...

Commons Amendment (10 Nov 2004)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, I hope that something may be said from these Benches. I shall speak very briefly, because this is a topic that generates many speeches. I am concerned, as someone who sits on these Benches, at the surrenders made in the House of Commons which have significantly weakened aspects of the Bill, particularly the role of the commissioner. I wish to make two points. First, I think that the...

Commons Amendment (10 Nov 2004)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, no.

Commons Amendment (10 Nov 2004)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, we all want to get this Bill on to the statute book in good time and I am anxious to help it on its way. But I agree very much with the sentiments put forward by the noble Lord, Lord Thomas. If I recall correctly, I think that we spoke in somewhat similar terms in the debate on the Children's Commissioner for Wales three or so years ago. This is another example of the Government...

Extradition to US (6 Dec 2004)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, my noble friend says frequently that it is a tradition of this country that we should have confidentiality and secrecy in discussing these matters. We have also heard that we are awaiting a full public discussion in the United States. Why should this country be so extraordinarily supine in having a public discussion about an international treaty? Is that not a major feature of the...

Higher Education — Statement (3 Nov 2009)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, I must declare great enthusiasm for what my noble friend said. Some of us tried to run universities under the previous regime and this is a pleasant improvement. It is worth pointing out that some of the Government's other policies have also assisted higher education. I am thinking particularly of devolution and our higher links with Europe, bearing in mind what my noble friend said...

Queen's Speech — Debate (3rd Day) (Continued) (23 Nov 2009)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, Sherlock Holmes famously referred to the dog that did not bark. The dog that did not give much of a bark in the gracious Speech was constitutional reform. By general account, the Government have participated in winding up the old British constitution based on Parliament and a central Executive headed by a Prime Minister who rules through majority power. The old revered constitution...

Constitutional Reform — Debate (28 Jan 2010)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, like other speakers, I congratulate the noble and learned Lord, Lord Carswell, on his maiden speech, especially on uttering the sacred names of Barry John and Gareth Edwards, which I never thought I would hear spoken in this House. It was very heart-warming. I shall address this welcome and admirable Motion from the standpoint of an academic and, more particularly, from that of a...

Universities: Higher Education Framework — Question (9 Feb 2010)

Lord Morgan: My Lords-

Universities: Higher Education Framework — Question (9 Feb 2010)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, are not the problems that we see at the LSE an example of the difficulties that can be created? In particular, is it not worrying that emphasis in the changed criteria for research on the economic impact is necessarily disadvantageous to the humanities and the social sciences? Are we not putting at risk one of the glories of our educational system?

NHS: Staff — Question (2 Mar 2010)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, does my noble friend have any information on the impact of the working time directive on such matters as patient deaths, the length of stay or readmittance to hospitals?

Government Records: 30-year Rule — Question (9 Mar 2010)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, to get back to the Question asked, is it not the case that the 30-year rule is now impossible to defend because it is routinely bypassed or ignored in prime ministerial, ministerial and Civil Service memoirs, which are frequently self-serving and highly remunerated? Is not the rule now simply an obstacle to serious historical scholarship? Does it not run counter to the Government's...

Barnett Formula — Motion to Take Note (11 Mar 2010)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, I think there are only two advantages to the Barnett formula. One is that it has given my noble friend Lord Barnett cause for everlasting fame. People forgot Goschen, but they will not forget the noble Lord, Lord Barnett. That is a good thing. The Barnett formula has also produced for 30 years, I suppose, a stable and seemingly simple way of adjusting expenditure throughout the...

National Assembly for Wales: Referendum — Question (17 Jun 2010)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, will the Minister acknowledge that the lack of urgency in his Answer is deeply disappointing to many of us? Peter Hain, the previous Secretary of State for Wales, endorsed a referendum in the autumn. It has been endorsed by every political party in Wales and the Jones Parry report made an unanswerable case for it. Why are the Government dragging their feet? Is this yet another fault...

Child Trust Funds (Amendment No. 3) Regulations 2010: Motion to Approve (19 Jul 2010)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, I will make one simple point. This country is deeply unequal. Inequality has extended and expanded during both Conservative and Labour Administrations. It expresses itself in many ways, including in the differing abilities of people to save and in whether saving as a concept means anything to them. There are plenty of possibilities for saving. We heard a paean of praise for them...

Parliament — Question (13 Dec 2010)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, is not parliamentary governance and accountability a total fiction at present? To have parliamentary accountability, you need, first, a Government with a clear mandate. This Government do not have a mandate. They were not elected by the people; they were elected by six people in a closed room without consultation of the electorate. Nor do they have an agreed programme. There is no...

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill — Committee (9th Day) (Continued) (17 Jan 2011)

Lord Morgan: Does my noble friend not agree that it is very puzzling that this completely arbitrary figure has been given for Members of the legislature but that no figure has been given for the size of the Executive, even though many civil servants have made such proposals? Perhaps, in the course of his fascinating remarks, he will be able to draw out from the Leader of the House an explanation as to why...

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill — Committee (9th Day) (Continued) (17 Jan 2011)

Lord Morgan: I think the difference is between a conference convened by the party leaders, which they ask the Speaker to chair, and a conference that the Speaker is a dynamic element in arranging.

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