Results 121–140 of 287 for speaker:Lord Morgan

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...

International Year for People of African Descent — Question (13 Oct 2011)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, is it not rather sad that, on the previous occasion when international recognition was given to the situation of people of African descent, it was in connection with the abolition of slavery, where people of African descent appeared to be the passive victims of an historic process? Does not my noble friend's excellent Question suggest a more positive way of looking at the role of...

Human Rights Act 1998 — Question (12 Oct 2011)

Lord Morgan: My Lords-

Armed Forces Bill: Third Reading (10 Oct 2011)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, does my noble friend not think that we should also point to how these actions will be seen in Malaysia, which is a very important country that is deeply attached to ours? We have very strong links in higher education and business. It seems to me needlessly insulting of the people of Malaysia to do this.

Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures Bill: Second Reading (5 Oct 2011)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, like all other speakers I congratulate the Minister on his new responsibility. I hope that the fact that I am the 23rd speaker in an almost empty House does not in any way impugn the sincerity of what I have to say. The Minister takes office on the basis or against the background of a very unhappy period of British history for civil liberties. We have seen a very dark chapter of our...

Remploy — Question (5 Oct 2011)

Lord Morgan: My Lords-

Remploy — Question (5 Oct 2011)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, we have been considering this properly from the point of view of the workers in Remploy. The other side, of course, is the advantages to business and productive industry. I have in mind industries, particularly printing and the industries connected with publishing, where Remploy workers have unique skills. Should we not seek to retain them?

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...

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.

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...

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...

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.

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 (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: 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...

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...

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...

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.

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: 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...


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