Results 101–120 of 286 for speaker:Lord Morgan

Draft House of Lords Reform Bill: Motion to Take Note (30 Apr 2012)

Lord Morgan: Will the noble Lord kindly explain to the House why Lloyd George was against an elected House of Lords?

Migration: University-sponsored Students — Question (30 Apr 2012)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, is this policy not the result of a basic intellectual confusion that has very serious and harmful effects? First, it distorts the statistics on immigration, which causes concern. Secondly, as we have heard, it is extremely harmful to universities and deters many would-be bona fide students from overseas countries, with a great loss of revenue. Thirdly, it seriously imperils...

Universities: Fees — Question (28 Mar 2012)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, why are university vice-chancellors thought to be so passive in this matter? We were told the other evening that they had no alternative, and that the lawyers had explained this to them. We were told that they could not revise their financial calculations. University vice-chancellors are supposed to be chief executive officers capable of responding quickly to sudden changes. Why can...

Scotland Bill: Report (1st Day) (26 Mar 2012)

Lord Morgan: That was not my experience as vice-chancellor, and I reject that argument. The situation is divisive and is more extreme than in Wales. I regret what has happened there, but at least Welsh-origin students have to pay something. In a sense, they all suffer because there is top-slicing of the grant for higher education. In that sense, the situation in Scotland is more extreme than in Wales. The...

Scotland Bill: Report (1st Day) (26 Mar 2012)

Lord Morgan: I intervene very briefly, not as a member of the Labour Party but as a former vice-chancellor. The present situation is deeply harmful to the very concept of a university. Universities are founded on the ethic of equality, whereby all students should be treated the same. We have legislation to deal with some of the more harmful aspects of discrimination-with regard to racial matters, for...

Her Majesty the Queen's Diamond Jubilee: Commonwealth — Question (20 Mar 2012)

Lord Morgan: One of the Commonwealth's truly important and precious links with this country is through higher education. Is it not the case that many Commonwealth countries-for example Malaysia, and also India-find immigration restrictions extremely difficult for them in terms of bona fide students coming to this country? Do they not also resent bona fide students being categorised under immigration...

Health: Pneumoconiosis — Question (29 Feb 2012)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, perhaps in common with other noble Lords I have members of my family who worked in the slate quarries and died as a result of their employment. When the Act was passed by the Callaghan Government in 1979, Members of the Commons were assured that there would be an equality of authority for workers in the slate quarrying industry-a small, fragmented, rural industry-and those in more...

Scotland Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (28 Feb 2012)

Lord Morgan: I am sorry to interrupt the entertaining remarks of my noble friend. I am glad that he made the point that we do not have that kind of bitter Anglophobia, but there is a danger of throwing out the nationalism of the SNP with the national sentiment of Keir Hardie and the founders of our party. We are the pluralist party, and that is very important.

Scotland Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (28 Feb 2012)

Lord Morgan: Temperance.

Scotland Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (28 Feb 2012)

Lord Morgan: I will make one or two remarks as a non-Scottish person, although the purpose of this amendment in part appears to be to give the Scottish National Party a good kicking. That is a very desirable objective in many ways. Coming from Wales, I am very glad that we do not have a party with the bitter Anglophobia that is frequently revealed by the Scottish National Party. In Wales, we concentrate...

Welfare Reform Bill: Commons Reasons and Amendment (14 Feb 2012)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, I will just say that I am afraid I do not agree with my noble friend Lord Tyler on this.

Welfare Reform Bill: Commons Reasons and Amendment (14 Feb 2012)

Lord Morgan: Well, sometimes he is-but the view that we heard is historically flawed. The idea that there has been a seamless web since 1671 is quite unsound. As we know, the Parliament Act defined money Bills very precisely. It did so in the spirit of the resolutions of the 1670s. Distinctions were drawn between where the money came from, which was spelt out very clearly, the intended objective and the...

Citizenship Education — Question (14 Feb 2012)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, is the underlying problem here not the general lack of discussion of citizenship as an idea in this country? Citizenship as a concept is absent from our standard textbooks on the constitution. This is very different from the republics of the United States and France. Is this not a serious matter?

Police: Custody — Question (29 Nov 2011)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, the Minister has frequently referred to the need for more in-depth analysis and more research. However, we have had masses of it. The Runnymede Trust in the 1980s spelt out precisely this issue-the disproportionate amount of sentencing of people of Afro-Caribbean background. When on earth will the authorities take any action?

Wales: Council Tax — Question (27 Oct 2011)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, at a time when we are debating the Scotland Bill, which gives greater autonomy and freedom to the Scottish legislature to decide its own spending priorities, would it not be paradoxical for us to be restrictive and prescriptive in the case of Wales?

Schools: History — Debate (20 Oct 2011)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, history needs defence in Parliament. It has been ill served by parliamentarians in recent years. One of the many reasons why I am grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Luke, for an excellent Motion is that it enables us to make amends. New Labour served history ill. It was unaware of the historical dimension. The essential quality of New Labour was that it was new-therefore. the past...

Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures Bill: Committee (1st Day) (19 Oct 2011)

Lord Morgan: Is my noble friend aware that the view he has expressed is totally contrary to those of such figures as Attlee and Aneurin Bevan, who were among the founders of the National Council for Civil Liberty, which discussed the rights of working men, including the right to demonstrate and the right to speak? He is taking a contrary view, which is very sad.

Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures Bill: Committee (1st Day) (19 Oct 2011)

Lord Morgan: I do not propose to review the noble Lord's review of my version of history, but I think it worth pointing out that the ignorance of the evidence against them is precisely one of the problems in this case. The noble Lord rightly says that there is intercept evidence, but it is evidence denied to the person. I agree that the person is not incarcerated but he is seriously restricted.

Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures Bill: Committee (1st Day) (19 Oct 2011)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, I have attached my name to the amendments and shall speak briefly about them. I am not a lawyer; there are distinguished and learned lawyers in this House. To me it is a simple matter of justice. That is why I support the amendments. That is why I am in the Labour Party. The Labour Party I thought of believes in justice. That is why I am still a member of it, and I look forward to...

Universities: Impact of Government Policy — Debate (13 Oct 2011)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, I will bear that injunction in mind. It is a great pleasure to follow my noble friend Lord Smith. We first met when we were part of the thin red line of vice-chancellors about 15 years ago. Higher education has been one of the great success stories of modern British history-and God knows there have not been very many. We have heard from the noble Lord, Lord Giddens, how this is...

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