All 13 results for speaker:Lord Walker of Gestingthorpe

Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill [HL] - Committee (Continued): Amendment 7 (3 Mar 2020)

Lord Walker of Gestingthorpe: My Lords, the noble Baroness, Lady Deech, has spoken so fully and clearly on her amendment that it is difficult to find much to say in support of it without repetition. However, three points are entitled to a bit of expansion or repetition: first, prenuptial agreements; secondly, the extraordinary flexibility—or, one might say, disarray—of the reasons the court has to take into account at...

Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill [HL] - Second Reading (5 Feb 2020)

Lord Walker of Gestingthorpe: My Lords, I warmly welcome the Bill as the final step in the long and arduous process of getting away from the concept of the matrimonial offence, or, as the Minister put it, the blame game. This problem has occupied law reformers and Parliament for well over a century and a half—to be precise, the 163 years since the Matrimonial Causes Act 1857. It would be a wearisome task indeed to go...

Divorce (Financial Provision) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (11 May 2018)

Lord Walker of Gestingthorpe: My Lords, I speak in support of the Bill. I will be reasonably brief because it has been described so thoroughly by the noble Baroness, Lady Deech. She has shown great determination and perseverance with it. In fact, it is virtually identical to a Bill that passed through all its stages in this House in the last Parliament but, sadly, did not have time to make any progress in the other place....

Data Protection Bill [HL] - Report (2nd Day) (13 Dec 2017)

Lord Walker of Gestingthorpe: I have added my name to the amendment proposed by my noble friend Lord Pannick, and I shall say a few words in support of it. I do not want to repeat any of the points my noble friend has made, but I shall say a little bit about the practicalities of the documents that are likely to be the subject of data access requests by a disappointed beneficiary who wants to circumvent by the use of...

Divorce (Financial Provision) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (27 Jan 2017)

Lord Walker of Gestingthorpe: My Lords, I strongly support the Bill. I shall be brief partly because time is limited but also because the noble Baroness, Lady Deech, has explained so clearly and cogently the case for her Bill. Having said that, I cannot resist making one comment on the interesting speech of the noble Lord, Lord Kirkhope of Harrogate. The Bill that became the Matrimonial Causes Act 1857 was opposed in the...

Armed Forces Bill: Second Reading (11 Feb 2016)

Lord Walker of Gestingthorpe: My Lords, I ask the House’s indulgence to say a few words in the gap. As one who has spent all my working life in the law except for two years’ military service in Germany with the Royal Artillery, I share the concern and disgust expressed in many corners of the House at the sort of ambulance-chasing activities which have been referred to—the “lawfare” trouble that affects us all....

Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism Bill — Report (15 Dec 2014)

Lord Walker of Gestingthorpe: My Lords, I support the amendment which my noble and learned friend Lord Lloyd of Berwick has indicated that he is likely to withdraw. I wish to address briefly the amendment proposed by the Minister and draw attention to the use of language in both Clause 4 and throughout the Bill. I am genuinely shocked by the low standard of draftsmanship in the Bill—presumably it was prepared by...

Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism Bill — Report (15 Dec 2014)

Lord Walker of Gestingthorpe: My Lords, in speaking in support of this amendment, I draw attention to a matter which I believe to be of general importance and relevance to all the contentious amendments before the House this afternoon, but which has not, I believe, been referred to at all in previous debates on this Bill either in this House or the other place—namely, that the Law Commission has had no input at all into...

Divorce (Financial Provision) Bill [HL]: Committee (21 Nov 2014)

Lord Walker of Gestingthorpe: My Lords, I will speak to Amendments 6 and 15A. As the noble Baroness, Lady Deech, said, Amendment 6 is one of the main pillars of the Bill. The revised proposed new clause embodied in Amendment 6 lays down the general principle that matrimonial property is to be divided equally in normal circumstances. That is the easy bit. The more difficult bit is defining with reasonable precision what...

Divorce (Financial Provision) Bill [HL]: Committee (21 Nov 2014)

Lord Walker of Gestingthorpe: My Lords, this amendment, as the noble Baroness said, introduces a definition of a new expression, “relevant financial order”. The most significant feature of the new definition is that it does not include an order for periodical payments, but to leave it there would perhaps be a rather meagre explanation. In the long run, it might be helpful to considering some later amendments if I...

Legal Systems: Rule of Law — Motion to Take Note (10 Jul 2014)

Lord Walker of Gestingthorpe: My Lords, as a footnote to several of the eloquent speeches your Lordships have heard, may I mention one aspect of our legal arrangements which is not perhaps well known but makes a significant contribution to the rule of law and, incidentally, to the standing of this country? It is the participation by the Bar of England and Wales, and to a limited extent the judiciary, in the training of...

Children and Families Bill — Report (2nd Day) (17 Dec 2013)

Lord Walker of Gestingthorpe: My Lords, the spectacle of a succession of retired senior judges re-arguing the law in your Lordships’ House may be a relatively novel and possibly relatively unwelcome experience for those noble Lords who are not versed in the technicalities, but I nevertheless rise very reluctantly to oppose the amendment. No one could be fuller of admiration and respect for my noble and learned friend,...

Intellectual Property Bill [HL]: Second Reading (22 May 2013)

Lord Walker of Gestingthorpe: My Lords, coming back to your Lordships’ House as I have, after three and a half years’ hard labour in the Supreme Court on the other side of Parliament Square, I have been touched by the friendliness and helpfulness of so many of your Lordships and the officers and staff of the House, whether or not they had any acquaintance with me in my earlier incarnation as a Law Lord. When I was a...


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