Results 161–180 of 286 for speaker:Lord Morgan

Iraq — Statement (15 Jun 2009)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, I welcome, as many on these Benches will, that we are going to have this inquiry. I was also one of those who took part in the march against the war. I wrote against it in the press. I thought then and I think now that it is a deeply shameful episode which brought discredit on the Prime Minister of the day and also on the Conservative Party of the day, from David Cameron downwards,...

Saving Gateway Accounts Bill: Report (10 Jun 2009)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, I support my noble friend's amendment, which, in general, seems to be important and sound in substance. I also think that there are important points in the amendment tabled by the noble Baroness. I hope that we can somehow disinter her first point about financial information and advice. I do not see why that is not put specifically in the Bill. As I said earlier, the educative...

Saving Gateway Accounts Bill: Report (10 Jun 2009)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, there is a good deal of weight behind this amendment. First, the suggestion that the Treasury should issue this report is appropriate, given the origins of this Bill and the wide context in which the Treasury placed its initial proposals. I wonder also whether, if this idea finds any favour, we could consider not merely communicating this to Parliament but also providing the bare...

Civil Service: Damian McBride — Question (8 Jun 2009)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, is the answer to this question for the Government to disinter proposals in its Constitutional Reform Bill and create an independent Civil Service, which would be on a statutory basis and would not be tarnished by such appointments?

Police: Protests — Question (2 Jun 2009)

Lord Morgan: My Lords—

Police: Protests — Question (2 Jun 2009)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, is it not worrying that we are talking about individuals who have committed no crime and who are not even suspected of having committed a crime? Nevertheless, their data will be stored on criminal evidence databases for an indefinite period. Is that not profoundly unsatisfactory and a major reason why civil libertarians all over the country are disillusioned by our Labour Government?

Postal Services Bill [HL] — Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (24 Mar 2009)

Lord Morgan: I have already detained the Committee a great deal today. I shall take, at most, one minute now. I have two small points to make in support of my noble friend Lord Lea's amendment. The first is that it indicates that those of us who have taken a critical view of some aspects of the Bill are not Luddites; our minds have moved on since the Tolpuddle martyrs, and we see this as an opportunity...

Postal Services Bill [HL] — Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (24 Mar 2009)

Lord Morgan: We have had an interesting debate and I am grateful to all those who have participated, and I thank my noble friends Lord Hoyle, Lady Turner, Lord Clarke and Lord Lea for their support. I notice that the Liberal Democrat spokesman has disappeared from his place. He might as well have disappeared earlier because his comments were totally vapid. He simply made jokes about private grief and did...

Postal Services Bill [HL] — Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (24 Mar 2009)

Lord Morgan: I shall speak also to Amendments 7 and 8. If it is permissible, I would like to degroup Amendment 13, which is contingent on the previous three. I hope that that is all right. These amendments are intended to be helpful, not hostile. They start from the premise that the Government are correct in seeking to promote constructive change within the postal service. There has been a great deal of...

Saving Gateway Accounts Bill — Second Reading (17 Mar 2009)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, this is a modest seeming Bill that embodies important, progressive principles. It dispels the commonly held illusion that poorer people do not save, do not want to save and cannot save, and it confirms what the Institute for Fiscal Studies and others have shown: that matching payments of this kind can provide people on poor incomes with an effective incentive to save. It can make a...

Civil Service Bill — Question (27 Jan 2009)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, the constitutional renewal Bill was a miscellaneous measure. Could not the Civil Service Bill be brought in as an individual measure as it is so strongly supported? Could it not be said also that the Government cannot be accused of undue haste, as this was proposed in 1854 by the Northcote-Trevelyan report?

War Powers and Treaties (31 Jan 2008)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, about 50 years ago I heard, in the examination schools in Oxford, Alan Taylor give his Ford lectures on The Trouble Makers: Dissent over Foreign Policy, 1792-1939, from Fox to the Left Book Club. The underlying theme of his lectures was the belief that ultimately the dissenters were always right and their views were ultimately confirmed. So it was to prove, I believe, over Suez and...

Universities: Bursaries (29 Jan 2008)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, does my noble friend agree that the access report showed that some universities have done very well, notably—and I declare an interest—Oxford, but also the LSE, Imperial College London and the University of Sheffield? All of them have 100 per cent uptake from the money that they have allocated for these bursaries—£2 million in the case of Oxford. So it is perfectly possible...

Higher Education: Adult Students (4 Dec 2007)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, my noble friend will know that in relation to part-time higher education we on these Benches take a particular pride in the Open University, one of the great achievements of any Labour Government, comparable to the National Health Service. I think that my noble friend will acknowledge that the proposed policy on ELQs will cause problems for the Open University, so may I ask him in...

Education: Adult Learners (3 Dec 2007)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, the Government have championed many admirable principles in higher education and I fear that this policy on ELQs runs counter to almost all of them. As we have heard, it weakens the commitment to life-long learning and it weakens the commitment to the upgrading and refreshment of knowledge and skills. Somehow, there is no realisation that this occurs at various times throughout a...

EU: Reform Treaty (22 Nov 2007)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, is there not something quite illogical in the Opposition's position whereby they complain that powers are being taken away from our Parliament by Brussels, yet they themselves want to substitute government by Parliament with government by referendum?

Debate on the Address (12 Nov 2007)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, I am flattered by having this panoply of attention from the noble Lord. I said exactly that. I made remarks about Achilles heels and so on, which possibly slipped the attention of the noble Lord.

Debate on the Address (12 Nov 2007)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, the process of constitutional reform was the most radical and innovative part of what was generally a workmanlike and constructive Queen's Speech. Indeed, constitutional reform has been perhaps the most radical and distinguished part of the Government's programme since 1997, so I welcome the fact that this has been continued, particularly under a Prime Minister who has a serious...

Government: Collective Responsibility (25 Oct 2007)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, was not David Lloyd George, that great man, correct in 1918 when he observed that a government were like an Army: that they might have individual detachments, but the important thing was unity of command? Do this Government have such a quality?

Child Protection (24 Oct 2007)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, I apologise for interrupting my noble friend. I am glad to hear that there will be an opportunity for questions, but I hope that there will be an opportunity for much more than that. Before we had the pleasure of welcoming my noble friend to the House, we had concerning and worrying debates on the chastisement of children. It emerged that this country lags far behind others in the...


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