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Coroners and Justice Bill: Committee (6th Day)(Continued) (9 Jul 2009)

Lord Kingsland: I am most grateful to the Minister. That would be extremely helpful.

Coroners and Justice Bill: Committee (6th Day)(Continued) (9 Jul 2009)

Lord Kingsland: I suppose that, in principle, I should welcome what the Minister has just said, since a great deal of legislation has been introduced in recent years that has not yet been implemented. In any case, I am most grateful for his reply. It would be useful for the Opposition if, over the summer, the Minister, not in any elaborate way but in a way that indicated the direction in which his mind was...

Coroners and Justice Bill: Committee (6th Day)(Continued) (9 Jul 2009)

Lord Kingsland: The noble Baroness is confident that she has identified loopholes in the law that allow people to be exploited in ways that amount to slavery or forced labour, and she has spoken movingly and eloquently about the consequences. The campaign group Liberty has produced a brief in support of her contentions and has obtained an opinion from Matrix Chambers, as we have learnt, which indicates that...

Coroners and Justice Bill: Committee (6th Day)(Continued) (9 Jul 2009)

Lord Kingsland: I find myself in agreeable consonance with the noble Lord, Lord Lester of Herne Hill, and the noble Baroness, Lady D'Souza. I have been influenced in reaching this view by reading the Law Commission's reports on both these matters: the offences of seditious libel and criminal libel. It is worth reminding the Committee that the offence of seditious libel is a common law offence and, in so far...

Coroners and Justice Bill: Committee (6th Day) (9 Jul 2009)

Lord Kingsland: I am so sorry to interrupt, but I simply make the point that this is not an amendment by the noble Lord, Lord Waddington. It is about whether or not Clause 61 should stand part of the Bill. That is a not unimportant point when—if the noble Lord, Lord Waddington, so wishes—your Lordships vote.

Coroners and Justice Bill: Committee (6th Day) (9 Jul 2009)

Lord Kingsland: We on this side of the Committee have a free vote on this matter; so it would be inappropriate for me to wind up on behalf of the Opposition. I shall say only that I shall be supporting my noble friend Lord Waddington in voting that Clause 61 should not stand part of the Bill. There is one other observation that I want to make about the circumstances in which we find ourselves this afternoon....

Coroners and Justice Bill: Committee (6th Day) (9 Jul 2009)

Lord Kingsland: I am most grateful to the noble Lord for giving way. The fact that the Government had certain constraints at the time was entirely their decision; there was no obligation on Parliament to pass the Bill by early May. The Government had other priorities; that was why they wanted to move quickly. It is quite clear that, by not opposing this matter, the Government accepted the decision of...

Parliamentary Standards Bill: Second Reading (8 Jul 2009)

Lord Kingsland: My Lords, my noble and learned friend Lord Mayhew of Twysden, with his characteristic felicity of expression, referred to the deft footwork of the noble Baroness in her opening speech. How right he was. Indeed, it reminded me of a phrase in that memorable wartime song, "A nightingale sang in Berkeley Square": "the nimble tread of the feet of Fred Astaire". My noble friend Lord MacGregor set a...

Parliamentary Standards Bill: Second Reading (8 Jul 2009)

Lord Kingsland: My Lords, the noble Earl can ask as much as he likes. I have found, when I have responded to similar questions from him in previous debates, that I have rarely satisfied him. However, I will put the questions to the noble Baroness at a later stage in my remarks. I hope that that will suffice. I will say something about constitutional issues. The best way to do this is to draw your Lordships'...

Parliamentary Standards Bill: Second Reading (8 Jul 2009)

Lord Kingsland: My Lords, we have tabled an amendment to the effect that the word "recommend" should be replaced by the word "report". The Government have indicated that they are considering it. I had not understood that they had accepted it.

Parliamentary Standards Bill: Second Reading (8 Jul 2009)

Lord Kingsland: My Lords, if that is an undertaking—

Parliamentary Standards Bill: Second Reading (8 Jul 2009)

Lord Kingsland: My Lords, we are in danger of getting into a Committee debate here, so I will reply to the noble Lord as succinctly as I can. My understanding is that the investigation process is plainly judicially reviewable, and if it falls below the standards of the Human Rights convention, a court will say so and the procedures will have to change.

Parliamentary Standards Bill: Second Reading (8 Jul 2009)

Lord Kingsland: My Lords, I completely agree with the noble Lord. The issue is whether Section 6 is human rights compliant. I was addressing a different issue: what happens if IPSA makes a recommendation to the Committee on Standards and Privileges with respect to the possibility of the court judicially reviewing the committee? Now that the noble Baroness has underlined that she has made that concession, I...

Parliamentary Standards Bill: Second Reading (8 Jul 2009)

Lord Kingsland: My Lords, it is now possible to do that, and indeed I believe that to be the more desirable approach.

Parliamentary Standards Bill: Second Reading (8 Jul 2009)

Lord Kingsland: My Lords, removing Clause 8 would have no effect on the application of the criminal law. The remaining offences come under Clause 8(2), which refers to failures with respect to the financial register. This is a completely counterproductive defence. You cannot have an offence under Clause 8(2) until the financial rules have been legislated for. Who legislates for the financial rules? IPSA...

Parliamentary Standards Bill: Second Reading (8 Jul 2009)

Lord Kingsland: My Lords, we have tabled a two-year sunset clause to the Bill. My noble friends have heard the speech of the noble Lord, Lord Norton, and will make up their own minds about what to do, having also heard the noble Baroness's speech. The noble Baroness also knows that a number of Members have urged her, through the usual channels, to find more days between now and 21 July to deal with this...

Parliamentary Standards Bill: Second Reading (8 Jul 2009)

Lord Kingsland: My Lords, on the amendment of the noble Lord, Lord Norton, I shall be in neither Lobby, and nor will my Front-Benchers. I have just made that quite clear to the noble Baroness. We are bound by the decision of the usual channels.

Parliamentary Standards Bill: Second Reading (8 Jul 2009)

Lord Kingsland: My Lords, I am most grateful to the noble Lord for giving way. I can assure him that the Opposition have not been nobbled in the way that he suggests.

Parliamentary Standards Bill: Second Reading (8 Jul 2009)

Lord Kingsland: My Lords, once again, the noble Lord is very kind in giving way. The fundamental difficulty about the Bill is that it tries to do two separate things, one of which is wholly laudable and that is to deal with the immediate problem of expenses and how they are dealt with. The other is the quite separate question of financial interests; an extremely complicated matter involving the privileges of...

Coroners and Justice Bill — Committee (5th Day) (Continued) (7 Jul 2009)

Lord Kingsland: I, too, thank and congratulate the Government for the statement made this afternoon, and the signatories of the amendment for provoking it. The date of 1 January 1991 is eminently sensible and defensible, for all the reasons that the noble Lord, Lord Hannay, gave to your Lordships. I suspect that, when the Minister sits down, the outstanding issue will be the grey area between "residence"...


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