Results 181–200 of 286 for speaker:Lord Morgan

Child Protection (24 Oct 2007)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, I am sorry; but I hope that we are having a full debate and I apologise for breaking the rules of the House.

Iraq (8 Oct 2007)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, does my noble friend accept that those of us on these Benches join in rejecting the unsustainable political accusations made about the Prime Minister? However, on these Benches, we look forward to a line being drawn as rapidly as possible under the catastrophic and criminal policy that Gordon Brown has inherited. There was one great gap and weakness in the Statement that my noble...

Constitution (3 Jul 2007)

Lord Morgan: My Lords—

Constitution (3 Jul 2007)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, I can assure my noble friend that the Statement will be greeted with enormous enthusiasm by all parties who care about the quality of democracy in this country, particularly because it focuses on the often-ignored concept of citizenship. It defines and hardens the notion of our people as citizens and not simply as subjects. First, although it is rightly said that we do not have a...

Regional Assemblies (14 Dec 2006)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, is not the Government's case for strong regional bodies getting stronger all the time, given, as my noble friend said, the growing economic disparities between regions and the growing powers and success of devolution in Wales? Whatever uncertainties there may be in the ancestral history of the Liberal Democrats on this matter, is it not the case that, since the time of RH Tawney,...

Police and Justice Bill (1 Nov 2006)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, I agree with the broad principles of what the noble Lord, Lord Kingsland, said very moderately and reasonably. What worries me is not so much observing legal safeguards, but erecting new barriers. It seems that things will be more difficult and agreement will be less possible. At a time when crime is very complicated, to erect higher barriers against solving it will make matters worse.

Police and Justice Bill (1 Nov 2006)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, I am not a lawyer. I think that I am the only person to speak who has no legal training, but, as they say, law is too important a matter to be left to lawyers and this matter has social, philosophical and economic aspects that involve us all. I supported the Government in the initial vote. I think that the noble Baroness will confirm that I was a lone voice—perhaps a rather...

House of Lords: Reform (22 Jun 2006)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, would not the case for criticising the Government be stronger if our procedures did not allow for so much extraordinary repetition of the same point made under different headings, which is often a substitute for debate rather than a reinforcement of it?

Terrorism: Extradition (16 May 2006)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, is it not the case that the problems of deportation have arisen through maladministration in the Home Office, and are not at all the responsibility of the Human Rights Act, which is one of the glories of this country and something that has made it truly civilised?

Law Officers (15 Dec 2005)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, I begin with the proposition that this has been a great reforming and progressive Government in constitutional affairs. I regret the departure of my noble and learned friend Lord Irvine who has been an extraordinary figure in our constitutional history. One of the principles the Government have embodied and put across is the independence of the representatives of the law, the...

Law Officers (15 Dec 2005)

Lord Morgan: There is not much time.

Law Officers (15 Dec 2005)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, I agree. I am sorry, I am afraid I did not mention it given the brevity of the time. I must ask for an extra 30 seconds. In discussing the question of accountability, of course, Lord Silkin was exonerated. But my point is that the circumstances in which the decision was not taken were not ventilated in the same way and therefore, in a sense, the wrong point was being discussed—at...

Olympic Games 2012: National Lottery (6 Dec 2005)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, does my noble friend agree that these criticisms are short-termist and misconceived because, as he said, the bid included a very strong cultural and heritage dimension? There will be a cultural Olympiad as well as a sporting Olympiad. In any case, surely culture and heritage will benefit enormously from the £2 billion-plus that will come in. Are not these criticisms wholly out of place?

Public Bodies (30 Nov 2005)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, does my noble friend agree that the Government have in part dealt with the problem of quangos through democracy; that is, dealing with a vast array of quangos in Scotland and Wales through devolution—which was so misguidedly opposed by the party opposite, whose rescue is now apparently coming from Mr Cameron?

Equality Bill [HL] (9 Nov 2005)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, I support the amendment and I have three reasons for doing so. First, the Children's Commissioner for England does not have a specific remit on human rights, as he or she should. They are circumscribed in their powers, which rest on the Secretary of State, and in their philosophy because human rights are not brought in. We found some difficulties in this area when we discussed the...

Equality Bill [HL] (9 Nov 2005)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, the Minister has cited the opinion of parliamentary counsel, saying that if one put "children" in this part of the Bill it would have to be written in elsewhere. Why can it not be done more generally? I do not see the obstacle, intellectually.

Tributes to the late Lord Callaghan of Cardiff (4 Apr 2005)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, I should briefly like to say a few words, because I had the privilege of writing Lord Callaghan's autobiography—

Tributes to the late Lord Callaghan of Cardiff (4 Apr 2005)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, I should have said, biography. It occupied some eight years of my life, and it was the most interesting thing that I have ever done. It was a biography, not an autobiography. He was a strong man to talk to and a tough man. If someone has written their autobiography, which is, no doubt, what I had in my mind, you have to jolt or unsettle them in some way and that could be quite...

Higher Education (Northern Ireland) Order 2005 (22 Mar 2005)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, I know nothing of Northern Ireland and we have had an authoritative statement from the noble Lord, Lord Smith of Clifton, about the circumstances there. My only reason for intervening is that we are veering into the general issue of whether top-up fees are helpful or disastrous for universities. In the rest of the United Kingdom, Scotland is still considering them, but Wales is...

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...


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