Results 21–40 of 71 for speaker:Lord Hardie

Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill — Report (1st Day) (13 Jan 2014)

Lord Hardie: My Lords, in moving this amendment, I declare an interest. As I explained in Committee, I am a member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Taiwan and have received hospitality from that Government in the form of social events. Several years ago, I visited Taiwan on two occasions as a guest: the first was as part of a judicial delegation from Scotland and the second was as a lecturer at an...

Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill — Report (1st Day) (13 Jan 2014)

Lord Hardie: I am grateful to the noble and learned Lord for putting those remarks on the record and, in the circumstances, I seek leave to withdraw the amendment. Amendment 7 withdrawn. Amendments 8 and 9 Moved by Lord Wallace of Tankerness 8: Schedule 1, page 53, line 16, at end insert— “3A An individual does not carry on the business of consultant lobbying by reason of making communications as an...

Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill — Report (1st Day) (13 Jan 2014)

Lord Hardie: I am grateful to the noble and learned Lord. The point that I am seeking to make in this amendment is that one has to go back to the definition in Clause 2. In the terms of that definition, it is people who fall within the category of persons carrying on the business of consultant lobbying who have to register under Clause 1. Clause 2(1)(a) states that they are required to register if, in...

Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill — Report (1st Day) (13 Jan 2014)

Lord Hardie: I am grateful to noble Lords on all sides of the House for their support for the amendment. I realise that the noble Lords, Lord Tyler and Lord Turnbull, suggest that the matter should be confined to special advisers. However, as I said in Committee, when I was in practice at the Scottish Bar I was standing junior counsel to the City of Edinburgh district council, and then, latterly, senior...

Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill — Report (1st Day) (13 Jan 2014)

Lord Hardie: My Lords, this amendment reflects a similar amendment to that which was debated in Committee, along with other amendments, including an amendment proposed by the noble Lord, Lord Campbell-Savours. The Bill regulates lobbying activities only where the object of the lobbying is a Minister of the Crown, a Permanent Secretary, a Second Permanent Secretary or a person serving in the government...

Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill — Report (1st Day) (13 Jan 2014)

Lord Hardie: I am grateful to noble Lords for their contributions to this short debate and to those who have spoken in support of the amendment. As regards the noble and learned Lord’s criticism that the amendment does not include a definition of professional lobbyists, I would say two things. First, is not that definition self-evident from the words “professional lobbyists”? Is it not a similar...

Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill — Report (1st Day) (13 Jan 2014)

Lord Hardie: I take the noble and learned Lord’s point but it is not an alternative: it is not either disclosure by the Minister or registration. The transparency arises from the combination of the disclosure by the Minister and the registration, and the ability of the public to cross-reference the two to see precisely on whose behalf the lobbyist is speaking. The noble and learned Lord also mentioned...

Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill — Report (1st Day) (13 Jan 2014)

Lord Hardie: Can the Minister help me in the following regard? He relies upon the fact that a system of recording meetings has been introduced. That is, of course, very welcome. He gave the example of a meeting with Mr Clancy of the Law Society of Scotland—and I am sure that he and his officials are very diligent in recording such meetings. However, what if we have a Minister or officials who are not as...

Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill — Report (1st Day) (13 Jan 2014)

Lord Hardie: My Lords, this amendment seeks to extend the legislation requirements introduced by Clause 1 to all lobbyists who are engaged in that activity on a professional basis. If the amendment is agreed, incidental amendments will be required, but these can be included at Third Reading. I do not intend to rehearse my observations at Second Reading or in Committee but will set out my reasons for this...

Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill — Committee (4th Day) (Continued) (18 Dec 2013)

Lord Hardie: I have certainly found the debate helpful. I thank the noble Lord, Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts, and the noble Baroness, Lady Royall of Blaisdon, for their contributions. I should say to the noble Baroness that, as a lawyer who has benefited in the past from gaps in legislation, it may seem a bit churlish of me to deprive the modern generation of that. However, I agree with her that we in...

Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill — Committee (4th Day) (Continued) (18 Dec 2013)

Lord Hardie: Can I just clarify the noble Lord’s comments about the Electoral Commission, as I did not fully understand them. The criticism of the commission for not identifying this problem—was that it ought to have identified it before the 2000 Act or between the Act and now? It was set up, as I understand it, by the 2000 Act so it could not have done it in anticipation of that.

Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill — Committee (4th Day) (Continued) (18 Dec 2013)

Lord Hardie: My Lords, I will speak also to Amendment 170K. Both amendments introduce new clauses into the Bill. Amendment 170J introduces a requirement on the Electoral Commission to publish guidelines for the assistance of third parties to ensure that they comply with the provisions of the Bill, when it is enacted. I understand that it would be normal for the commission to provide such guidance, but...

Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill — Committee (4th Day) (18 Dec 2013)

Lord Hardie: I did not say that. I was not anticipating 650 enforcement officers. I was suggesting that if there was to be contemporaneous enforcement of this provision, it would be necessary to monitor each of the 650 constituencies, and for the appropriate enforcement officer, who might be covering several constituencies, to take action.

Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill — Committee (4th Day) (18 Dec 2013)

Lord Hardie: My Lords, I rise as a fairly junior judge, and I also have pious hopes about the future of the Bill. My name is among those who oppose Clause 28 standing part of the Bill. I associate myself with the remarks of the noble Baroness, Lady Mallalieu, and my noble and right reverend friend Lord Harries of Pentregarth and my noble friend Lord Ramsbotham. I will not repeat what they have said. Much...

Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill — Committee (4th Day) (18 Dec 2013)

Lord Hardie: I am grateful to noble Lords on all sides of the Committee for participating in the debate. I hear what the Minister has said about what the effect of these limits would have been had they been applied to the last election and I want to reflect on that. I note also that the noble Lord, Lord Hodgson, referred to the experience of the last general election. I think that the noble and learned...

Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill — Committee (4th Day) (18 Dec 2013)

Lord Hardie: My Lords, Amendment 169B also stands in my name. The issues here are similar to those raised in the previous group of amendments, except that they apply to the total control of expenditure that may be incurred by a recognised third party in the various constituent countries of the United Kingdom. The current limits are contained in paragraph 3(2) of Schedule 10 to the Political Parties,...

Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill — Committee (4th Day) (18 Dec 2013)

Lord Hardie: My Lords, I am grateful to noble Lords in all parts of the House for speaking in this debate. The noble Lord, Lord Tyler, suggested that the 2011 report was the more appropriate one. I went back to the 1998 report because that was the one which founded the 2000 Act, which set out the limits that we are discussing. On that basis, I went back to that report to find the justification for the...

Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill — Committee (4th Day) (18 Dec 2013)

Lord Hardie: My Lords, in moving Amendment 166, I wish to speak also to Amendment 166B. At Second Reading, a number of noble Lords expressed concern about the changes to the existing limits on controlled expenditure that Clause 27 seeks to introduce. Justification for such a change is obviously necessary. The Explanatory Notes provide no assistance in understanding the rationale for this change. In his...

Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill — Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (16 Dec 2013)

Lord Hardie: My Lords, I seek clarification from the noble Lord, who is recognised as an expert in the field of charitable law. One concern that has been expressed to me is that, if charities are exempt from these provisions, there may be a means for others to use charities to avoid the measures. Could the noble Lord address that concern, which others may have? If people could be reassured on that matter,...

Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill — Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (16 Dec 2013)

Lord Hardie: Simply, a concern has been expressed. As the noble Lord has observed, it is referred to in the report. The noble Lord may wish to have time to reflect on the matter and come back. To my mind, if that concern could be answered, I would be reassured.


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