Results 1–20 of 32 for speaker:Lord Hart of Chilton

BBC Charter Review (Communications Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (21 Apr 2016)

Lord Hart of Chilton: My Lords, I have the very great pleasure to serve on the Select Committee on Communications, under the distinguished chairmanship of the noble Lord, Lord Best. I also pay tribute to our assistants, clerks and special adviser, to whom he referred. The BBC played a very important part in my life, both in my childhood and after. I must declare that interest straight away. Each day at 5 pm, while...

Trade Union Political Funds and Political Party Funding — Motion to Take Note (9 Mar 2016)

Lord Hart of Chilton: My Lords, like every other Member of your Lordships’ House, it seems, I am an enthusiastic member of the Lord Burns fan club. I shall make a very short contribution because I was a member of the committee only briefly. I took the place of my noble friend Lord Richard, who had been taken ill. I am pleased to report that he has recovered and has returned to the House, although I expect that...

Criminal Justice and Courts Bill — Committee (4th Day) (28 Jul 2014)

Lord Hart of Chilton: My Lords, I want to speak briefly. I was going to save myself until Report, but this afternoon I was provoked into speaking by the reference by the noble and learned Lord, Lord Woolf, to Andrew Congreve. Andrew Congreve is a partner of mine at Herbert Smith. We both went to the post office to get our TV licences when we heard that the fee was going to be increased. Andrew Congreve was...

Criminal Justice and Courts Bill — Second Reading (Continued) (30 Jun 2014)

Lord Hart of Chilton: My Lords, for some inexplicable reason my name was omitted from the list of speakers for this afternoon. However, instead of commencing judicial proceedings for a review against the list-maker, I have accepted an invitation to speak in the gap, against an assurance that the Government Front Bench will not harass me if I stray slightly over four minutes. I must disclose three interests. First,...

Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill: Second Reading (22 Oct 2013)

Lord Hart of Chilton: My Lords, there will be many echoes and repetitions this afternoon and evening, and I make no excuse for joining in because the issues are so important. As has been mentioned, I am a member of your Lordships’ Select Committee on the Constitution, whose report was published last Friday. On the same day, the Joint Committee on Human Rights published its report and prior to that on 5...

Electoral Registration and Administration Bill — Third Reading (23 Jan 2013)

Lord Hart of Chilton: My Lords, this amendment and those grouped with it make a number of changes to Clause 6, which was inserted by this House in Committee. They are in my name and those of the noble Lords, Lord Rennard, Lord Kerr of Kinlochard and Lord Wigley. The Government have assisted with the drafting of these amendments to ensure that the meaning and effect of the new clause is entirely clear and...

Electoral Registration and Administration Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (14 Jan 2013)

Lord Hart of Chilton: My Lords, I have listened carefully to all the arguments put in this debate. I am afraid that I do not accept what the noble Lord has just said. I wish to test the opinion of the House and, in doing so, I repeat that there is no disrespect to the clerks. This is a genuine difference of opinion, for which this House must take the decision.

Electoral Registration and Administration Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (14 Jan 2013)

Lord Hart of Chilton: Well, I shall. The relevance comes as a result of the Boundary Commission's work deciding numbers and constituencies upon the raw data from the electoral register. As I have said, if the electoral register is wrong and produces wrong data then the Boundary Commission and its findings in terms of constituencies and numbers will also be wrong. That is the relevance.

Electoral Registration and Administration Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (14 Jan 2013)

Lord Hart of Chilton: I explained, I hope, a moment ago why what I am saying is relevant to the particular proposals of the Bill. It is for the House to decide its procedure. In the sense that I have found it completely compelling that it is relevant, it is for the House to decide, in due course, what the outcome of the debate should be. If the view of the House is that what I have said is irrelevant, out of...

Electoral Registration and Administration Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (14 Jan 2013)

Lord Hart of Chilton: My Lords, I should like to make one preliminary point which is to repeat that, in intending moving this amendment, as I do, I intend no disrespect to the clerks, for whom I have great admiration. Of course, I have written to tell them that. However, there is a serious, genuine difference of opinion about admissibility, which I believe should be subject to the view of this self-regulating...

Crime and Courts Bill [HL]: Committee (4th Day) (27 Jun 2012)

Lord Hart of Chilton: I support the amendment for the reasons given by the noble Lord, Lord Pannick. I must declare two interests. First, I was a member of the Constitution Committee and heard the evidence and, secondly, some of my best friends are between the ages of 70 and 75. The evidence showed that there was a real risk that we were losing substantial talent from the Supreme Court. There was one particular...

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill: Commons Reasons and Amendments (23 Apr 2012)

Lord Hart of Chilton: My Lords, I have supported the noble Lord, Lord Pannick, throughout the process of this Bill. I do so again and I will not take up time to enlarge on anything that has been said thus far in support of the amendment. I simply risk causing the Minister convulsions by drawing his attention to the clock and indicating that we are well on our way to doubling the amount of time that the Commons...

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill — Third Reading (27 Mar 2012)

Lord Hart of Chilton: I support the amendment, which is also in my name. Interested bodies such as Citizens Advice, Justice for All and the Law Society have all pointed out that the Government's exceptional funding safety net does not stretch wide enough for the reasons so clearly given by the noble Lord, Lord Pannick. I emphasise that the amendment of itself imposes no extra financial burden on the Lord...

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill — Report (1st Day) (Continued) (5 Mar 2012)

Lord Hart of Chilton: My Lords, I accept the undertaking from the Minister.

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill: Report (1st Day) (5 Mar 2012)

Lord Hart of Chilton: I thank the Minister for that charming and beguiling presentation of the arguments that he seeks to address. I am afraid that it does not really address the central issue. Everybody agrees that this individual will be independent but the Government appear unable or unwilling expressly to say so. Every noble Lord who spoke in the debate wanted there to be some unequivocal statement in the Bill...

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill: Report (1st Day) (5 Mar 2012)

Lord Hart of Chilton: My Lords, this amendment is in my name and those of the noble Lords, Lord Pannick and Lord Faulks, and the noble and learned Lord, Lord Woolf. It arises out of concern expressed by your Lordships' Constitution Committee, of which the noble Lord, Lord Pannick, and I are members. The Bill will transfer responsibility for the allocation of legal aid from the Legal Services Commission to the Lord...

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill: Report (1st Day) (5 Mar 2012)

Lord Hart of Chilton: My Lords, my name is on this amendment. I support it for the reasons so admirably given by the noble Lord, Lord Pannick. Like him, I am a member of your Lordships' Select Committee on the Constitution, which identified the importance of a statement of constitutional principle relating to access to justice. As the noble Lord, Lord Pannick, has pointed out, the wording of the amendment is...

Localism Bill: Third Reading (31 Oct 2011)

Lord Hart of Chilton: My Lords, my name is associated with this amendment and I support it for the following reasons. I believe it is common ground that councillors should not be prevented from or penalised for speaking their minds on the hustings. I do not accept the anecdotal evidence that if councillors speak out on an issue then they are banned from voting at a committee. If they are being given that advice...

Planning — Debate (13 Oct 2011)

Lord Hart of Chilton: My Lords, I thank my noble friend Lord Rooker for introducing this debate and for enabling us to make representations direct to the Minister without having to fill in a consultation form. It is not surprising that the draft national policy framework has caused controversy. Planning decisions necessarily involve balancing competing objectives-policy and politics, legal issues, public and...

Localism Bill — Committee (2nd Day) (23 Jun 2011)

Lord Hart of Chilton: I want to make just one contribution to this fascinating debate. The arguments alleging bias are few and far between and almost invariably fail, for the reason that the noble Lord, Lord Newton, gave; that is, it is almost impossible to get to the bottom of whether somebody is biased. The issue here, however, is that, in relation to a planning application, councillors are charged with giving...


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