Results 1–20 of 113 for speaker:Lord Elis-Thomas

Nuclear Energy: Small Modular Reactors - Question (24 Apr 2017)

Lord Elis-Thomas: My Lords—

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - Second Reading (1st Day) (20 Feb 2017)

Lord Elis-Thomas: My Lords, it is always a privilege to follow my former colleague from down the Corridor and to hear him speak so eloquently on human rights issues, on which I fully agree with him. I will not engage with his comments on the internal affairs of Scotland but I will speak about the consequences of this Bill in relation to the internal structure of the United Kingdom and the relationships between...

Wales Bill - Third Reading (18 Jan 2017)

Lord Elis-Thomas: My Lords, I add my thanks to the Minister, who is an old colleague of mine—sorry, not an old colleague but a former colleague—in the National Assembly. His great achievement then, which I have alluded to before, even in this place perhaps, was converting the Welsh Conservative Party into a Welsh Conservative Party and a pro-devolution Conservative Party, as we saw most firmly yesterday in...

Wales Bill - Third Reading (18 Jan 2017)

Lord Elis-Thomas: I think that it is a curate’s egg. I am a Welsh Anglican; I know these things.

Wales Bill - Report (2nd Day) (10 Jan 2017)

Lord Elis-Thomas: I appreciate being given the authority of Professor Dicey but the real situation is that these issues will be resolved through the public political debate that will continue about the constitution of Wales and all other constitutions, because that is the sign of a vibrant democracy. It is therefore not an appropriate subject for a working group, led by a Secretary of State or whomever—and I...

Wales Bill - Report (2nd Day) (10 Jan 2017)

Lord Elis-Thomas: My Lords, I will make clear my strong support for Amendment 90, for the reasons that have been made clear on both sides of this debate, and from my own experience as a trade union member and a manager in the public sector in Wales at different periods of my life. I will confine myself, as I have during the course of the Bill, to the constitutional principles—if I may use the term...

Wales Bill - Report (1st Day) (14 Dec 2016)

Lord Elis-Thomas: May I pursue the point that the Minister just made about the non-statutory proposal for this commission between the legislatures and the Governments of the United Kingdom and Wales? Would he like to reflect further on the nature of that proposal? When we come to Third Reading, he might be able to tell us a little more. Does he intend to publish a report from the working group in time for us...

Wales Bill - Report (1st Day) (14 Dec 2016)

Lord Elis-Thomas: My Lords, perhaps I may respond positively to the amendment introduced in response to the discussion that we had during our first day in Committee on the notion of so-called Welsh law. I commend the Government on their simplicity as well as their inclusiveness by invoking the terms of the law that applies in Wales and pointing to the various bodies of law that apply in Wales, which include...

Wales Bill - Committee (4th Day) (23 Nov 2016)

Lord Elis-Thomas: I do not think that it does. There is a difference between a legislature which is developing new legislation within the framework previously laid down by this Parliament because there is no other legislative framework, and making provision—which therefore distinguishes itself from the rest of the United Kingdom—and what a United Kingdom Parliament might seek to do, and for what reason, to...

Wales Bill - Committee (4th Day) (23 Nov 2016)

Lord Elis-Thomas: My Lords, I understand that the committee is about to begin consideration.

Wales Bill - Committee (4th Day) (23 Nov 2016)

Lord Elis-Thomas: May I extend to the noble Lord the courtesy of responding to his question relating to the amendment standing in my name? In the absence of an effective form of co-legislating between this House and the National Assembly for Wales, what I have sought to do in the process of Committee is to present to this House under my name—because there was no other way of doing it—a series of amendments...

Wales Bill - Committee (4th Day) (23 Nov 2016)

Lord Elis-Thomas: I am sure that my noble friend will want to explain to the Committee that this happened with the full consent of the holder of the office of Secretary of State, and that our relationship was always one of positive development.

Wales Bill - Committee (4th Day) (23 Nov 2016)

Lord Elis-Thomas: My Lords, it is a delight to follow my noble friend Lord Rowlands, whom I first met as an extremely enthusiastic Welsh Office Housing Minister in 1974. He is as enthusiastic as ever, and his enthusiasm for devolution and for protecting and developing it and everything to do with Welsh administration has not waned since that time. As is often the case with our parliamentary Bills, the...

Wales Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (15 Nov 2016)

Lord Elis-Thomas: My Lords, as we have heard, we currently have substantial change in the structure of broadcasting. The BBC is going through major changes. The BBC Trust is moving out as a way of managing the BBC; personally, I welcome that. Ofcom is now playing a far stronger role in the whole question of content at the BBC. As part of the BBC structure, there will be from now on not only a director for...

Wales Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (15 Nov 2016)

Lord Elis-Thomas: The Minister will recollect that we worked together in the National Assembly. I looked at this issue at the time and I can reassure him and the House that the way in which he described the current position in planning and environmental law is indeed the position. But of course that does not mean that we cannot strengthen it by making indications about the intervention powers of the Secretary...

Wales Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (15 Nov 2016)

Lord Elis-Thomas: I am grateful to the noble Baroness, Lady Morgan, for moving this amendment. Her description of what happened with the history of substantial onshore wind projects in Wales was absolutely correct. For much of that period I had responsibility as chair of the environment committee of the National Assembly, which produced a substantial report on energy and planning. My difficulty is the...

Wales Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (15 Nov 2016)

Lord Elis-Thomas: I am excited not just by the environmental and political aspects of this but by the constitutional implications. Can the Minister help us by indicating whether establishing a protocol in relation to powers between the Assembly and this Parliament, and indeed between the Welsh Government and the UK Government, is something that he would consider in other areas of policy in the Bill?

Wales Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (15 Nov 2016)

Lord Elis-Thomas: The temptation to intervene was too much.

Wales Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (15 Nov 2016)

Lord Elis-Thomas: The Minister will remember of course that before 2006 Wales did not even have a sea.

Wales Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (15 Nov 2016)

Lord Elis-Thomas: My Lords, I support this amendment from my noble friend Lady Morgan. It is in line with a more general issue that I raised earlier about the relationship between the executive competence of Welsh Ministers and the parallel competence, where it currently applies, of UK Ministers, and the competence of the Assembly itself and its ability to legislate and scrutinise. This is a fundamental issue...


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