Results 1–20 of 23 for speaker:Lord Mackay of Drumadoon

Scotland Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (19 Jan 2016)

Lord Mackay of Drumadoon: As my name can be found in some proximity to the amendments that are being discussed in this opening round of speeches, I do not intend to go into any great detail about what we have heard. I am, however, struck by the fact that people are talking as if the best way forward will involve a significant measure of respect and agreement and will not give any excuse for a deterioration in the...

Scotland Bill: Committee (1st Day) ( 8 Dec 2015)

Lord Mackay of Drumadoon: My Lords, perhaps I may do my best to introduce a little reality to what has happened in this case because, to quote the well-known words, I was there. I was in your Lordships’ House on 21 July 1998 during a debate on an amendment which I had moved concerning Clause 2 of the then Scotland Bill of that year. I have before me a helpful summary of the history of that event, which may assist...

Queen’s Speech — Debate (3rd Day) (Continued) ( 1 Jun 2015)

Lord Mackay of Drumadoon: My Lords, I rise to make a short contribution to this important debate on the Motion that an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty. I begin by congratulating the noble Lord, Lord Dunlop, on an outstanding maiden speech which will be remembered throughout the legislation which is to follow in the light of the lodging of the Bill in the other place last week. I have reached the view that,...

Consumer Rights Bill: Report (2nd Day) (24 Nov 2014)

Lord Mackay of Drumadoon: My Lords, Amendment 41CA is in the same group as the amendment moved by my noble and learned friend Lord Hope of Craighead. It should be understood that I agree with everything that my noble and learned friend has said in support of his amendment. The amendment in my name is a much shorter form of that. It sets out an addition to Schedule 2 to the Enterprise Act 2002: “A judge of the High...

Serious Crime Bill [HL] — Report (1st Day) (14 Oct 2014)

Lord Mackay of Drumadoon: I am very grateful to the Minister for her clear and helpful response to my question on the reasons for the Government’s position. In the light of that position and in the absence of any support from anyone else in your Lordships’ House, these four amendments are coming to a rather abrupt end. Speaking more seriously about it, I have little doubt that what the Minister has said today will...

Serious Crime Bill [HL] — Report (1st Day) (14 Oct 2014)

Lord Mackay of Drumadoon: My Lords, I intend to speak also to other amendments in my name, namely Amendments 26, 27 and 28. Amendment 25 is directed at paragraph 2(2) of Schedule 1. It seeks to replace “involved in” with “convicted of”, so that new Section 1(1A) would read: “The appropriate court in Scotland may make an order if … it is satisfied that a person has been convicted of serious crime (whether...

Deregulation Bill: Second Reading ( 7 Jul 2014)

Lord Mackay of Drumadoon: My Lords, the two clauses in the Bill that I want to touch on briefly, Clauses 18 and 61, have caused the Law Society of Scotland some concern over their possible implication and consequences. It wishes these concerns to be raised at this stage of the Bill, but it may be necessary or appropriate to return to them in Committee. Clause 18 seeks to alter the regime for insolvency practitioners...

Immigration Bill — Committee (2nd Day) ( 5 Mar 2014)

Lord Mackay of Drumadoon: I am grateful to noble Lords who spoke in support of my amendment. I am also very grateful to the noble and learned Lord not only for his very detailed response to my submissions and remarks on the present amendment but for some of his earlier responses, which will be of great interest to a number of people. In these circumstances, I seek leave to withdraw the amendment. Amendment 34...

Immigration Bill — Committee (2nd Day) ( 5 Mar 2014)

Lord Mackay of Drumadoon: My Lords, in speaking to Amendment 34, I shall also refer to Amendments 35 to 37, all of which are in my name on the Marshalled List. These amendments seek to amend Clause 14 and arise from points raised with me by the Law Society of Scotland when it considered the terms of the Bill as it was introduced to your Lordships’ House. I should confess that, having listened to the Minister...

Financial Services (Banking Reform) Bill — Report (1st Day) (26 Nov 2013)

Lord Mackay of Drumadoon: My Lords, I am grateful to the Minister for giving a very clear and detailed explanation of the Government’s position in regard to these very complicated statutory provisions. I always think that when you start running out of enough section numbers so that you have to add letters to them, it makes the construction of the contents of those sections much more complicated than it might...

Financial Services (Banking Reform) Bill — Report (1st Day) (26 Nov 2013)

Lord Mackay of Drumadoon: My Lords, the amendment seeks to amend Clause 15, and I will speak to Amendment 49, which seeks to amend Clause 22. When those clauses were introduced into the Bill in Committee they provoked a measure of interest and concern on the part of the Law Society of Scotland, which suggested amendments to be introduced on Report. For that reason, it is necessary that I declare an interest as having...

Courts Bill [HL] (11 Feb 2003)

Lord Mackay of Drumadoon: Would the Minister care to comment on one practical consequence of the noble and learned Lord's amendment? In the Law Reports, judges at first instance are referred to "J". In the Court of Appeal, they are referred to "LJ". One would therefore have "Hale J" or "Hale LJ". How would Jane Brenda Hale be referred to were she a Court of Appeal judge known as a "Justice of Appeal"? One would need...

Representation of the People Bill (29 Feb 2000)

Lord Mackay of Drumadoon: My Lords, I too wish to support my noble friend's amendment. It seems to me that there are three simple reasons why this is a sensible route to follow. First, a report of a successful experiment will be the factual basis for possibly triggering the exercise of Clause 11 powers. It is correct to have as full and as independent a report as possible. My noble friend Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish...

Representation of the People Bill (29 Feb 2000)

Lord Mackay of Drumadoon: My Lords, before the Minister replies, I raise two questions of competency which may lie behind the amendment moved by the noble Lord, Lord McNally. Would it be competent for the registrar when making up his register to record people's e-mail addresses--their Internet addresses--in the register? If that is the case, is there anything in Clause 10(2) that would make it incompetent to have a...

Armed Forces Discipline Bill [H.L.] (16 Dec 1999)

Lord Mackay of Drumadoon: I wish to make a short contribution on one of the issues touched on by my noble friend Lord Burnham; namely, the question of the independence of the judicial officer. I seek from the Minister either today, or later in writing, some indication of the terms of appointment and the security of tenure which such officers would have. I raise similar questions about judge advocates themselves. I do...

ECHR Judgment: Thompson and Venables (16 Dec 1999)

Lord Mackay of Drumadoon: My Lords, perhaps I can raise a point on the issue of reporting this decision which was raised by the noble Lord, Lord McNally. Before coming into the Chamber this afternoon I had a look at the tapes. They report one of the solicitors for one of the defendants saying that he was "pleased" with the decision. He went on to say, "It is a very sad case but I think the decision is correct". The...

Armed Forces Discipline Bill [H.L.] (16 Dec 1999)

Lord Mackay of Drumadoon: My Lords, before the Minister sits down, will she indicate whether she is prepared to undertake to look at the issue that I raised about the field general courts-martial? In reply to the debate on the amendment tabled by my noble friend, she said that one could not have one procedure working in one set of circumstances and another procedure in another set of circumstances. With respect, that...

Armed Forces Discipline Bill [H.L.] (16 Dec 1999)

Lord Mackay of Drumadoon: Having heard what the noble and gallant Lords, Lord Carver and Lord Bramall, said, many noble Lords will be of the view that some solution must be found to the problem they identified; namely, that in its present form the Bill can create difficulty when troops are engaged on active service. Very wisely, they do not go as far as to say that it will always create difficulty but, based on their...

Armed Forces Discipline Bill [H.L.] (16 Dec 1999)

Lord Mackay of Drumadoon: I, too, wish to support the amendment of my noble friend Lord Peyton. He referred to the principle that legislation should not be too easily understood. As a practising lawyer, I have some sympathy with that proposition. Therefore, to some extent it is with mixed emotions that I offer my support to my noble friend. However, it is undoubtedly true that when one studies the Bill and searches...

Part-time Judiciary: Appointments (29 Nov 1999)

Lord Mackay of Drumadoon: My Lords, can the noble and learned Lord the Lord Chancellor confirm that the wide-ranging review to which he referred will proceed on the basis that the case of Starrs v. Procurator Fiscal, Linlithgow was correctly decided?


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