Results 121–140 of 3194 for speaker:Lord Kingsland

Counter-Terrorism Bill (11 Nov 2008)

Lord Kingsland: My Lords, I understand that the Government share our view that, where possible, potential controlees should be prosecuted rather than made subject to control orders. Such an approach not only accords with principles of justice—restraint should be imposed on individuals as a consequence of what they have done in the past, not as a result of an assessment of the risk that they might do...

Counter-Terrorism Bill (11 Nov 2008)

Lord Kingsland: My Lords, I rise from the Opposition Benches to support the amendment tabled by the noble Baronesses, Lady Miller and Lady Stern. Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights places a duty on the state to investigate any death in custody by means of an inquiry which is capable of enabling those responsible to be identified and, if necessary, punished. I trust that that is...

Counter-Terrorism Bill (21 Oct 2008)

Lord Kingsland: I congratulate the Minister on his astonishing legislative stamina. I had thought that we had heard all the components of the various speeches he had prepared in response to a number of amendments. I, for one, would be perfectly happy to read the rest in written form rather than listen to the noble Lord—not that he does not have a sonorous mode of delivery. I wholly endorse what the noble...

Counter-Terrorism Bill (21 Oct 2008)

Lord Kingsland: The noble Lord, Lord Lester of Herne Hill, has moved Amendment No. 131 and spoken to all the amendments in the next four groups, which is a perfectly logical approach for him to have taken, given that the substance of what he said forms part of a jurisprudence spread over three cases earlier in the year. I hope that the Minister will forgive me if I follow the noble Lord, Lord Lester, in my...

Counter-Terrorism Bill (21 Oct 2008)

Lord Kingsland: As I understand it, Clause 80 refers to inquiries.

Counter-Terrorism Bill (21 Oct 2008)

Lord Kingsland: I may have misunderstood the noble Baroness, but my understanding was that the matter to which the noble and learned Lord, Lord Lloyd, has just spoken was on Clause 80, which relates to inquiries. Rather confusingly, it comes in the middle of clauses on inquests, but is not related to them.

Counter-Terrorism Bill (21 Oct 2008)

Lord Kingsland: I have put my name to the four clause stand part entries on the Marshalled List. I thank the Government for reflecting on this matter and deciding to hold their fire until the coroners Bill begins its journey, as I imagine it will, in the next legislative Session. I share many of the hesitations expressed by the noble Baroness, Lady Miller, and the noble Lord, Lord Lester, about the clauses....

Counter-Terrorism Bill (21 Oct 2008)

Lord Kingsland: As I understand it, the provisions currently in the Bill are to ensure that sensitive information used in the making of a UN terrorism order can be considered during an appeal. These amendments extend those provisions to cover Part 2 of the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001, which allows asset freezing in the case of detriment to the United Kingdom economy or to a UK national or...

Counter-Terrorism Bill (21 Oct 2008)

Lord Kingsland: Section 4 of Part 2 of the Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001 was recently used, as the noble Baroness indicated, to freeze the assets of an Icelandic bank. On the face of it, this does not appear to be appropriate legislation to use against a friendly state. However, I should make it absolutely clear that we, the Opposition, supported the Government's move. There is no doubt that...

European Parliament (House of Lords Disqualification) Regulations 2008 (14 Oct 2008)

Lord Kingsland: My Lords, I am sure that the noble Lord has this matter in mind as he speaks, but can I remind him that none of those strictures applies to constitutional conventions?

European Parliament (House of Lords Disqualification) Regulations 2008 (14 Oct 2008)

Lord Kingsland: My Lords, I wonder whether the Minister will give way as I should like to respond to the noble Lord, Lord Lester. He is right that a constitutional convention is not a law, but nevertheless without constitutional conventions we could not be a member of the European Community as we would not be a democracy. Standing Orders at least, on the terms put forward by the noble Lord, Lord Lester, have...

European Parliament (House of Lords Disqualification) Regulations 2008 (14 Oct 2008)

Lord Kingsland: My Lords, I congratulate my noble friend Lord Trefgarne on bringing this important matter to your Lordships' attention in his characteristic style. My noble friend rightly drew your Lordships' attention to the 24th report of the Merits of Statutory Instruments Committee, HL Paper 136, dated 3 July 2008. It makes some extremely adverse observations on the regulations. It is the regulations...

European Parliament (House of Lords Disqualification) Regulations 2008 (14 Oct 2008)

Lord Kingsland: My Lords, that was a completely unrehearsed intervention by my noble friend. There is a simple solution to this problem. All that your Lordships need to do is alter our Standing Orders, whereby any of your Lordships, whether in origin life or in origin hereditary, could stand down for five years. That would have exactly the effect that the regulations have but would at the same time...

European Parliament (House of Lords Disqualification) Regulations 2008 (14 Oct 2008)

Lord Kingsland: My Lords, I concede to the noble Lord that that is true; but I was not asking him the question, I was asking the Government.

European Parliament (House of Lords Disqualification) Regulations 2008 (14 Oct 2008)

Lord Kingsland: Not at all, my Lords. I have always been extremely relaxed about the European convention, although I have had my moments of drama regarding the Act. Finally, my noble friend Lord Forsyth made an observation about the noble Lord, Lord Mandelson, and the European Commission. I quote the diplomatic correspondent of the Times, Bronwen Maddox, from her article on 9 October 2008. She wrote:...

Terrorism Act 2000 (Proscribed Organisations) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2008 (17 Jul 2008)

Lord Kingsland: My Lords, Part 2 of the Terrorism Act 2000 contains a procedure for proscribing organisations that the Secretary of State believes to be "concerned in terrorism". As the Minister stated, this covers any organisation which, "commits or participates in acts of terrorism, prepares for terrorism, promotes or encourages terrorism, or is otherwise concerned in terrorism". The list of proscribed...

Pre-legislative Scrutiny (16 Jul 2008)

Lord Kingsland: My Lords, I am grateful to the Minister for giving way with his customary kindness. He has just said that the Government support the use of pre-legislative scrutiny where appropriate. My understanding was that the Government had accepted the principle of exercising the pre-legislative scrutiny procedure in the case of most Bills; and that what held the Government back were factors such as the...

Pre-legislative Scrutiny (16 Jul 2008)

Lord Kingsland: My Lords, does not this go to the heart of the debate and in particular the speech made by my noble friend Lord Norton of Louth? He suggested that the Government were going backwards in this matter. I suspect that the Minister would not be prepared to accept that allegation. It seems to me, from the noble Lord's reaction to my first intervention, that the Government do not know what their...

Pre-legislative Scrutiny (16 Jul 2008)

Lord Kingsland: My Lords, I congratulate my noble friend Lord Goodlad on bringing his report to your Lordships' House and on explaining it with his customary incisiveness. Generally speaking, pre-legislative scrutiny is a desirable constitutional development. The members of a scrutiny committee have a real opportunity to influence the Government's thinking. Moreover, the existence of the committee, sitting...

Criminal Evidence (Witness Anonymity) Bill (15 Jul 2008)

Lord Kingsland: I am most grateful to the Minister for his response, and to other noble Lords who have participated in this debate. I was particularly happy to receive the support of the noble Lord, Lord Richard. I remember him telling me that, the day after he came back to London after his very distinguished four-year service as a European Commissioner in Brussels, he was met at the door of his chambers by...


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