All 14 results for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Lord Cullen of Whitekirk

Devolution (Constitution Committee Reports) - Motion to Take Note (Continued) (9 Oct 2017)

Lord Cullen of Whitekirk: My Lords, in its report The Union and Devolution the Constitution Committee, of which I was a member, made this as one of its recommendations: “There is a strong case for creating a flexible framework, based on appropriate principles, as a guide for future action within which any further demands for devolution can be considered in a coherent manner”. The committee found that in the past...

Prisons: Overcrowding - Motion to Take Note (7 Sep 2017)

Lord Cullen of Whitekirk: My Lords, I wish to say something about the position in Scotland, which has had its own national prison system since the middle of the 19th century. After steadily increasing over a number of decades, the total prison population in Scotland is showing signs of stabilising. Indeed, the average daily prison population in Scotland has been decreasing. In 2011-12, it was 8,179, whereas five years...

House of Lords Bill [HL] - Second Reading (21 Oct 2016)

Lord Cullen of Whitekirk: My Lords, the quality of the work of this House and its committees depends on the range and depth of the knowledge, experience and expertise possessed by its Members. It is surely essential that whatever is done to reduce the size of the House should not impair those resources. The proposal in this Bill that for each successive Parliament there should be an election of a limited number of...

Office of Lord Chancellor (Constitution Committee Report) — Motion to Take Note (7 Jul 2015)

Lord Cullen of Whitekirk: My Lords, like the noble Lord, Lord Lexden, I was a member of the committee that produced the report. With regard to the duty of the Lord Chancellor in respect of the rule of law, the committee concluded that that duty extends beyond his or her dealings with the justice system and, in its words in paragraph 50, “requires him or her to seek to ensure that the rule of law is upheld within...

Inquiries Act 2005 (Select Committee Report) — Motion to Take Note (19 Mar 2015)

Lord Cullen of Whitekirk: My Lords, the committee’s report is sound, thorough and constructive. I have an interest in the subject matter of the report in the sense that I have chaired a number of public inquiries, the first being the inquiry into the Piper Alpha disaster, and I gave evidence to the committee. I welcome the Government’s acceptance of the committee’s recommendation that the Inquiries Act should be...

Scotland: Independence — Motion to Take Note (24 Jun 2014)

Lord Cullen of Whitekirk: My Lords, one of the subjects that the Constitution Committee, of which I am a member, had to consider was an aspect of the governance of Scotland between the referendum and the day on which Scotland would become independent, assuming a yes vote. That would be a period of indeterminate length. Evidence given to the committee by the Secretary of State for Scotland—statements that were not...

Scotland: Independence Referendum — Motion to Take Note (30 Jan 2014)

Lord Cullen of Whitekirk: My Lords, I, too, thank the noble Lord, Lord Lang, for instigating this debate and for speaking so well in it. I wish to address a specific subject: namely, the funding of research in the context of independence. I do so with an interest in this matter as chancellor of a Scottish university. It is clear that research is an area in which Scotland punches above its weight. Recently, in the...

Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill — Report (4th Day) (22 Jan 2014)

Lord Cullen of Whitekirk: My Lords, I shall say something briefly about the reasons put forward by the Government in the past for the amendment to the law which is sought to be effected by Clause 161. In fact, as far as I can see, they have put forward two different explanations for this change in the law. The first is that there is said to be a doubt as to how the category of cases recognised in Adams should be...

Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill — Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (12 Nov 2013)

Lord Cullen of Whitekirk: My Lords, the noble Lord, Lord Beecham, has correctly drawn attention to the ostensible reasons given by the Government for including Clause 151 in the Bill. I noted that at Second Reading the noble Lord, Lord Taylor of Holbeach, referred to the clause as the “new test”, which would be in aid of clarity and “much-needed certainty”. He added, “we want to reduce the number of complex,...

Scotland Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) (2 Feb 2012)

Lord Cullen of Whitekirk: My Lords, the review group under the noble and learned Lord, Lord McCluskey, is to be complimented on the work that it has done so enthusiastically but I have considerable reservations about the proposal that there should be certification for access to the Supreme Court. Of course, I speak with an interest in this matter as a former Lord Justice General. As matters stand, an appellant who...

Inquiries Bill [HL] (7 Feb 2005)

Lord Cullen of Whitekirk: My Lords, whatever once upon a time was the position, it is nowadays common for judges to be asked to conduct public inquiries. However, it cannot simply be taken for granted that there is a ready availability of judges. Taking a judge away from his normal work for a public inquiry has important implications for his work as a judge and for the work of the court of which he is a member. This...

Constitutional Reform Bill [HL] (13 Jul 2004)

Lord Cullen of Whitekirk: I wonder whether I may make a few comments on Clause 1 as affected by Amendments Nos. 4 and 14. I am grateful to the noble and learned Lord the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for pursuing the objective to which the amendments are directed. It is clear that, even if one proceeds on the basis of the opinion expressed by the Select Committee report that it should be left to the Scottish...

Constitutional Reform Bill [HL] (8 Mar 2004)

Lord Cullen of Whitekirk: My Lords, I would like to make some comments from a Scottish point of view on the implications of what is proposed as a Supreme Court for the United Kingdom. As has often been remarked, the legal systems of England and Scotland are not only different, but they are separate from each other as if they related to two foreign countries. Thus, as the final court of appeal in civil cases the House...

Supreme Court and Judicial Reforms (12 Feb 2004)

Lord Cullen of Whitekirk: My Lords, perhaps I may refer, first, to the proposals in regard to the appointment of judges. They were announced on 26 January and they form part of a concordat between the noble and learned Lord the Secretary of State and Lord Chancellor and the noble and learned Lord the Lord Chief Justice. I speak with some diffidence on this subject, not merely because this is the first occasion on...


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