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

Lord Morgan: My Lords, I support the amendment admirably moved by my noble friend. This is my first intervention in discussing this measure. I do so partly because late at night one has an opportunity to make a speech without being shouted down by mass of numbers and because the constitutional issues raised are so enormously important. The proposal for a Speaker's Conference is very serious and admirable...

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

Lord Morgan: I am most indebted for that very interesting intervention by my noble friend. Very often those who claim to be localisers are actually centralisers. No Government rolled forward the frontiers of the state more than that of the noble Baroness, Lady Thatcher, in the 1980s. Hers was one of the most centralist Governments in our history. The present Government claim to advocate localism. Mr...

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

Lord Morgan: First, I am grateful to the noble Baroness for her great kindness. Secondly, I was endeavouring to say that the Speaker's Conference and any rational detached look at the electoral system would introduce the issue of localities. That is what I was trying to say and, if I did not say it very clearly, I apologise. It is essential to segregate local and national identities. Edmund Burke said it...

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

Lord Morgan: The answer is clearly yes. If you look at the material of the Army Bureau of Current Affairs in 1944, you find that, when people were asked why they were fighting, they said that they were fighting for Parliament and the Crown in Parliament. That was in the literature. It spelt out, among other things, the imperishable doctrines of the Levellers, who were seen as pioneers of a democratic...

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

Lord Morgan: I have enormous sympathy with the spirit of what my noble friend is saying, but the point is that a Speaker's Conference would only recommend; it would not decide. The decision would be taken by people very similar to those whom my noble friend discussed.

Coalition Government — Debate (continued) (20 Jan 2011)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, that great man Benjamin Disraeli is renowned for two famous observations, both of which are being confirmed by the present Government. The first is that this country is divided into two nations, the rich and the poor-we have seen that confirmed-and the second is that England does not love coalitions, which is a view that has been confirmed in recent opinion polls, not to mention by...

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill: Committee (14th Day) (26 Jan 2011)

Lord Morgan: I lend my support to this amendment, which has been so admirably moved; there have been a number of excellent speeches. I see that I do so in the presence of the noble Lord, Lord Wigley, who, among other things, represents the powerful traditions of David Lloyd George, whose spirit hovers over this debate. I think that the proposals to reduce Welsh representation in this way are deeply unfair...

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill: Report (3rd Day) (9 Feb 2011)

Lord Morgan: I add my support to both amendments because of the extreme unfairness and inequity with which Wales has been treated. I begin with a reflection of what the United Kingdom is. It is a very special kind of polity. It is not a federal state. It is a union state in which different nations are brought together and, through the mediation of all political parties over 100 years, a union state in...

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill: Report (3rd Day) (9 Feb 2011)

Lord Morgan: I apologise for interrupting the Minister, but may I point out that every single argument that he has used is simply mathematical? He has considered no other aspect of Wales at all, culturally, politically or socially, and he has based that on a very selective reading of the British Academy report.

Universities: Student Immigration System — Question (15 Feb 2011)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, has not this been seen by Universities UK as a deeply harmful policy to our universities that threatens both their global reputation and perhaps £2 billion of their income? Is not the Government's policy founded on the fallacy that students are considered as migrants-in other words, as permanent rather than temporary residents of this country? Given the Government's policy on...

France: Bilateral Defence Co-operation — Question (16 Feb 2011)

Lord Morgan: Although my noble friend makes an excellent point, as of course does the Minister, on defence matters, and although I yield to none in this House in my francophilia, not least because my wife is French, I hope that we shall be very selective in our international collaboration with the Sarkozy Government. A catastrophic record in Maghreb was associated with the discredited departed regimes in...

Fixed-term Parliaments Bill: Second Reading (Continued) (1 Mar 2011)

Lord Morgan: This has been a very enjoyable debate, notable for the criticism from eminent Conservatives: the noble and learned Lord, Lord Howe, and the noble Lord, Lord Brooke, who are not in their places, and most certainly the noble Lord, Lord Cormack, in his splendid maiden speech. The noble Lord, Lord Norton, shredded the Bill entirely and left it just a pile of ruins. I particularly wish to say how...

Fixed-term Parliaments Bill — Report (1st Day) (10 May 2011)

Lord Morgan: I listened with great fascination to the entertaining speech we just heard, which included the argument, "Why should we change? The present system works perfectly well". That seems to be an interesting litany on the entire programme of constitutional reforms, which have been introduced on very thin intellectual foundations time and again. I am, however, glad to hear a voice for continuity on...

Fixed-term Parliaments Bill — Report (1st Day) (10 May 2011)

Lord Morgan: Is that not a totally false distinction? Do not a Government necessarily equate their party interest with the national interest? Is that not precisely what the Liberal Democrats have done by serving in this Government?

Fixed-term Parliaments Bill: Report (2nd Day) (16 May 2011)

Lord Morgan: On the Baldwin point, it is quite important to know that in 1924 there was, as it were, an understood majority in waiting. It was not a random resignation by Baldwin. Therefore, it was clear what the outcome would be.

Parliament Act 1911: Centenary — Question (28 Jun 2011)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, is the noble Lord aware that in 1911 Lloyd George and many other Liberals were totally opposed to an elected House of Lords on the grounds that it would be much more reactionary on social reform by including, as he put it, people like glorified grocers? Apologies if there are any noble Lords who fulfil that description. Therefore, is not the Government's proposed legislation on the...

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Report (5th Day)(Continued) (14 Jul 2011)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, I will speak briefly. I certainly support the amendment. It is extremely clear, giving a clear chain of command to deal with these matters. My complaint is not that these demonstrations are visually offensive. People who demonstrate against the established order are not likely to be immaculate in their appearance or even, with all respect, in their conception. My problem is that...

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Report (5th Day)(Continued) (14 Jul 2011)

Lord Morgan: The noble Lord constantly says, "We on this side believe". I do not recognise his views as at all representative of me. I have been a member of the Labour Party since 1955 and I see no relation between my long-held opinions and what are supposed to be the views of our Front Bench. I think that our Front Bench should cover itself with a fig leaf of modesty.

Scotland Bill: Second Reading (6 Sep 2011)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, I rise with a good deal of apprehension as the first non-Scot to speak and one of three non-Scots altogether on the speakers list, but, as several noble Lords have said, the Bill raises some very important general issues. I also venture to take comfort from the fact that I once wrote a book on Keir Hardie, who I am absolutely certain would have been in favour of this Bill-so, I may...


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