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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.

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...

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)(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)(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 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: I am most grateful to the Minister. That would be extremely helpful.

Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill (22 Jan 2008)

Lord Kingsland: My Lords, in a characteristically graphic and entertaining simile, my noble and learned friend Lord Mayhew of Twysden, compared the contents of this Bill to those of an ironmonger's shop. I think that he might have been slightly unfair to the profession of ironmongery. It seems to me, rather, that the Bill as it has arrived at your Lordships' House is a vast exercise in political...

War Powers and Treaties (31 Jan 2008)

Lord Kingsland: My Lords, I congratulate the noble and gallant Lord, Lord Guthrie, on initiating this debate and on making a characteristically thoughtful and authoritative contribution to it. I share the delight of all of your Lordships in the sagacious and—equally importantly—perfectly timed speech of the noble Lord, Lord Janvrin. I look forward greatly to hearing many more in the future. Of course,...

Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill (5 Feb 2008)

Lord Kingsland: I think that all your Lordships are agreed that a statutory basis for this post is crucial; but it has to be the right statutory basis. When Lord Gardiner, the then Lord Chancellor spoke in 1967 to your Lordships' House about the establishment of the Parliamentary Ombudsman, he stressed two matters. The first was the ability of the new post to enhance Parliament's capacity to scrutinise the...

Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill (5 Feb 2008)

Lord Kingsland: I rise to respond to the amendment so brilliantly introduced, as the noble Baroness, Lady Howe of Idlicote, said, by the noble Baroness, Lady Stern. I do not think that anyone in the Committee, least of all the Minister, would dissent from any of these three principles. As the noble Lord, Lord Elystan-Morgan, said, that the best interests of the child should be the paramount consideration has...

Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill (5 Feb 2008)

Lord Kingsland: I am always extremely tempted by the idea of getting together with the noble Baroness, Lady Stern, and I would certainly be delighted to talk to her about this amendment. But I was feeding her with a thought on which she might like to capitalise later. The issue is about the detail of the Bill. Courts need enough clear water to apply those principles properly and they do not have that. It is...

Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill (5 Feb 2008)

Lord Kingsland: moved Amendment No. 2: Clause 1, page 2, line 17, at end insert— "( ) a reparation requirement (see paragraph 24A of that Schedule),"

Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill (5 Feb 2008)

Lord Kingsland: In moving Amendment No. 2, I shall also speak to Amendments Nos. 22 and 64. It is quite clear to all Members of the Committee that the philosophy that lies behind the youth rehabilitation order is to establish a generic order. The Joint Committee on Human Rights welcomed in principle the idea of a generic community sentence, which, it says, "has the potential to enhance the legal protection...

Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill (5 Feb 2008)

Lord Kingsland: I thank the Minister for his reply. He suggested that one of the influences on the Government in taking this step was advice that had been proffered from outside. However, the Government will have had advice also from the magistrates, who have suggested that it would have been much better if reparation had been expressly included in Clause 1(1), as I have argued. The Minister, like the right...

Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill (5 Feb 2008)

Lord Kingsland: had given notice of his intention to move Amendment No. 3: Clause 1, page 2, line 17, at end insert— "( ) an alcohol treatment requirement (see paragraph 24B of that Schedule),"

Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill (5 Feb 2008)

Lord Kingsland: The amendment is grouped with Amendments Nos. 23 and 63. Your Lordships may have observed that we will come in a little while to similar amendments tabled by the noble Lord, Lord Avebury, which I have studied carefully and concluded are better drafted than mine—as I have frequently done in the past. In those circumstances, I shall speak to the matter as a humble hewer of wood and drawer of...


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