Results 21–40 of 133 for speaker:Lord Fraser of Carmyllie

Prevention of Terrorism Bill (7 Mar 2005)

Lord Fraser of Carmyllie: Is not my noble friend Lord Kingsland absolutely right about this? As I am sure the noble and learned Lord will recollect, when the Scotland Act 1998 was brought into force, one of the provisions in that statute was that the European Convention on Human Rights should be brought into force with immediate effect. The fact of the matter was that it was brought into effect in Scotland a year...

Prevention of Terrorism Bill (7 Mar 2005)

Lord Fraser of Carmyllie: My noble friend Lord Forsyth must be right about that. If the noble and learned Lord the Lord Chancellor is prepared to give the concession that any rules this side of the Border are to be considered by the Lord Chief Justice, it must follow as a matter of law that a similar consultation is undertaken with the Lord President of the Court of Session.

Inquiries Bill [HL] (7 Feb 2005)

Lord Fraser of Carmyllie: My Lords, in the Grand Committee I supported a comparable amendment. At that time, I knew the views of neither of the noble and learned Lords, Lord Cullen and Lord Woolf, or whether they would agree to the desirability of their consent being obtained. I once again wish to support the amendment. Like the noble and learned Lord, Lord Woolf, I am not particularly bothered which amendment is...

Inquiries Bill [HL] (7 Feb 2005)

Lord Fraser of Carmyllie: My Lords, I support my noble friend's proposal. I hope that the Government think that it is a useful provision because, although there is often a terrific demand out there for inquiries into this or that, possibly enthusiasm for such inquiries would be modified if people appreciated that it would cost them a significant sum and that public funds might be better spent elsewhere. Of course my...

Inquiries Bill [HL] (9 Dec 2004)

Lord Fraser of Carmyllie: My Lords, while I share some of the reservations which my noble and learned friend Lord Howe has expressed, it would be churlish of me not to say that I welcome this Bill. If I have a grumble about it, I would have preferred it to have been in place some years ago, when I had cause to want to have some of the powers that are included in it. That the public have preferred discretionary...

Supreme Court (9 Feb 2004)

Lord Fraser of Carmyllie: My Lords, as I understand it, when the Scotland Act passed through the House the decision that devolution matters should go to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council was quite deliberate because it would allow, on occasion, for distinguished New Zealand and Australian judges, or others who are Privy Counsellors, to join in the deliberations on such matters. If I understand correctly what...

Georgia (13 Jan 2004)

Lord Fraser of Carmyllie: My Lords—

Courts Bill [HL] (12 May 2003)

Lord Fraser of Carmyllie: My Lords, I rise to support my noble friend Lord Hunt. I say to the noble Lord, Lord Clinton-Davis, that it seems to me that his parallel with the law of contempt is apt. It will be our common experience that from time to time judges, be they magistrates or others, will suffer the problem of the red mist coming over their thinking when confronted by activity that they regard as contemptuous...

Energy White Paper (24 Feb 2003)

Lord Fraser of Carmyllie: My Lords, the Minister accused my noble friend of failing to understand what should be encompassed in an energy policy, and then set out what he believes is appropriate to be in such an energy policy. Is my noble friend alone or have I misread the foreword by the Prime Minister? In the foreword, he seems to be promising us something positive and concrete in the substance of the report, but...

Courts Bill [HL] (4 Feb 2003)

Lord Fraser of Carmyllie: I had not anticipated that this small amendment would lead to such a fascinating debate. I am not mightily persuaded by what the Minister says. We offered her an opportunity to correct an erroneous impression of the Lord Chancellor's Department outside this Chamber. I believe that there is a concern that the Lord Chancellor's Department is becoming all-powerful and overweaning in its...

Courts Bill [HL] (4 Feb 2003)

Lord Fraser of Carmyllie: The example I gave seemed to me to be the simplest one in the circumstance where a council thought that its area might be extended. My noble and learned friend Lord Mackay, with his long experience in office, has brought forward an unanswerable point. Let me give the example of an area council on either side of the M6 going into England. It was my common experience as Lord Advocate in...

Courts Bill [HL] (4 Feb 2003)

Lord Fraser of Carmyllie: moved Amendment No. 24A: Page 3, line 23, leave out "in" and insert "with particular reference to"

Courts Bill [HL] (4 Feb 2003)

Lord Fraser of Carmyllie: The amendment also stands in the name of my noble friend Lord Kingsland. Very appropriately, it has been grouped with Amendment No. 27. I readily acknowledge that, if Amendment No. 27 is unsuccessful and subsection (3) is not deleted, my amendment will not make much sense. There is a transparent contradiction between the two. In response to various amendments on Clause 4, the Minister, not...

Courts Bill [HL] (4 Feb 2003)

Lord Fraser of Carmyllie: That is why I was careful to indicate that I thought that the general duty imposed on the Lord Chancellor of the day should be maintained. I can understand readily why the Lord Chancellor of the day, if faced with an opinion from one court administration council that relates to the area of another council, should weigh in the balance the value of what is being said. I cannot see what is...

Courts Bill [HL] (28 Jan 2003)

Lord Fraser of Carmyllie: The noble Lord's quality of offensiveness is such that he almost persuaded me not to make this brief speech. At the risk of attracting death stares from my noble friends on the Front Bench and from the noble Lord, Lord Phillips, I have some sympathy with the Government's position. If the issue had been restricted to that of the magistracy, I would have had complete sympathy with the...

Courts Bill [HL] (28 Jan 2003)

Lord Fraser of Carmyllie: One of the oddities of the opposition to the change is that, in replying to the argument, the Minister seemed to address himself to the "may" found in Clause 3(2) rather than the "may" which is the subject of the amendment—leave out "may" and insert "shall"—at page 2, line 18. It is perfectly appropriate that the Lord Chancellor should be under a duty in subsection (1), but when it comes...

Food Labelling (8 Jan 2003)

Lord Fraser of Carmyllie: My Lords, the noble Lord, Lord Graham of Edmonton, is, of course, correct. The mislabelling of food is wrong. There is no party political divide on that. If there is a mislabelling, the Government would be right to crack down on it as hard and vigorously as they could. I appreciate the contribution made by the noble Lord, Lord Morris of Manchester, in introducing this brief debate. I did not...

Regulatory Reform (Removal of 20 Member Limit in Partnerships etc.) Order 2002 (19 Dec 2002)

Lord Fraser of Carmyllie: My Lords, I join my noble friend on the Front Bench in welcoming this broadly deregulatory measure. I also acknowledge that he appreciated the existence of the separate legal persona of a partnership in Scotland. Many of the difficulties that have been set out probably do not exist north of the Border. There may be problems with ever-larger partnerships south of the Border. I have never seen...

Scottish Parliament (18 Dec 2002)

Lord Fraser of Carmyllie: My Lords, I am sorry if I misunderstood that the purpose of these occasions was to make speeches and not to ask questions of the Minister about the Statement. When he concluded the repeated Statement the Minister said that the Scottish Parliament was an effective institution. In preparing for repeating the Statement, is the Minister aware that the Scottish Executive, on its own figures, has...

NHS Trusts: Complaints Procedure (30 Jan 2002)

Lord Fraser of Carmyllie: My Lords, if we are getting facts on the record, why was a named patient—

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