Results 1–20 of 37 for speaker:Lord Mance

Assisted Dying Bill [HL] - Second Reading: Amendment to the Motion (22 Oct 2021)

Lord Mance: My Lords, in my former judicial capacity in the Supreme Court in the case of Nicklinson, which the noble Baroness, Lady Bakewell, has mentioned, I was one of the clear seven-to-two majority who said that this was not a matter for judges but for Parliament to decide. In my current legislative capacity, I welcome the opportunity to join in this debate. Suicide is decriminalised, yet assisting...

Conduct - Motion to Agree: Motion (20 Jul 2021)

Lord Mance: I beg to move. Ayes 315, Noes 86.

Conduct - Motion to Agree (20 Jul 2021)

Lord Mance: My Lords, I beg to move that the third report of the Conduct Committee be agreed to. As your Lordships are aware, and as has just been said, the House, by Standing Order 68, has decided that such a report is decided without debate, so I will confine myself to a brief introduction. On 3 November last year, the House agreed to a recommendation from the Conduct Committee, consistent with the...

Conduct - Motion to Agree ( 6 Jul 2021)

Lord Mance: Well, my Lords, if your Lordships feel that, you will vote against the Motion and we will bring it back on the next occasion. But I think I must press it, in the sense that it is a carefully considered set of proposals that I do not accept are fundamental changes and which, on the matters that the noble Lord mentioned, reflect the existing position—so I beg to move. Ayes 300, Noes 70.

Conduct - Motion to Agree ( 6 Jul 2021)

Lord Mance: My Lords, this report seeks the agreement of the House to a variety of what I hope will be understood as relatively minor improvements to the Code of the Conduct and the guide to the code, which have been agreed by the Conduct Committee over a number of months. The rationale for each change is set out in the report, and the necessary changes to the text of the code and guide are set out in...

Conduct - Motion to Agree ( 6 Jul 2021)

Lord Mance: My Lords, I am grateful for those comments. The observations from the noble Lord, Lord Cormack, were not directly related to the matter before the House. He focused, as he has done before, on Valuing Everyone training. I have of course done it myself; I was one of the first. I think that we can learn about our own behaviour and how to react and observe when others are not being properly...

House of Lords Commissioners for Standards - Motion to Approve (26 May 2021)

Lord Mance: My Lords, I am grateful for the debate, which I listened to intently. The fundamental principle with which we are concerned is the Nolan principle of accountability, which carries with it considerations of independence and objectivity. The present system was carefully devised as a result of decisions of this House before I took over the Conduct Committee, and I will refer in a moment to the...

House of Lords Commissioners for Standards - Motion to Approve (26 May 2021)

Lord Mance: My Lords, the Motion standing in my name invites the House to appoint two new Commissioners for Standards. It does not relate to membership of the Conduct Committee, a subject that was recently raised by several noble Lords. I have written to them separately to address those points. Today’s Motion concerns only the appointment of two new Commissioners for Standards. The office of an...

Conduct Committee: 11th Report - Motion to Agree (29 Apr 2021)

Lord Mance: My Lords, I am grateful for the support this report has received. The comments on Valuing Everyone training will be taken back to the Conduct Committee at our next meeting. Not all of them were made for the first time. We have had some concerns expressed about the nature of the training and have relayed them, and there have been alterations. As the Conduct Committee we are not responsible for...

Conduct Committee: 11th Report - Motion to Agree (29 Apr 2021)

Lord Mance: I am much obliged. I therefore ask the House to accept the report. Motion agreed. Sitting suspended.

Conduct Committee: 11th Report - Motion to Agree (29 Apr 2021)

Lord Mance: My Lords, this report proposes a change to the rules governing the interests of the three officeholders of the House of Lords—that is, the Lord Speaker, the Senior Deputy Speaker and the Principal Deputy Chairman of Committees. The rules at present state that officeholders must give up most financial interests. The rationale is of course to ensure that they have the time to do the job...

Conduct Committee Report - Motion to Agree ( 7 Dec 2020)

Lord Mance: I draw the House’s attention to Standing Order 68A, which states that Motions on the report resulting from an investigation under the Code of Conduct must be decided without debate because reports are highly sensitive and often involve vulnerable people. The House has established a system of decision-making and appeals on which, I hope noble Lords agree, it can rely. Therefore, the...

Private International Law (Implementation of Agreements) Bill [HL] - Commons Amendments: Amendment 1C (as an amendment to Amendment 1A) (19 Nov 2020)

Lord Mance: My Lords, I declare an interest as a practitioner in the field of private international law and as joint chair of the Lord Chancellor’s advisory committee on private international law, to which reference has been made. I do not, of course, speak in that capacity and, as I mentioned on a previous occasion, that committee was not consulted about this Bill before its original introduction,...

Conduct Committee Report - Motion to Agree (19 Nov 2020)

Lord Mance: My Lords, as the chair of the Conduct Committee, first, I draw the House’s attention to Standing Order 68A, which states that Motions on reports resulting from investigations under the Code of Conduct are decided without debate. This is therefore not an occasion on which I can, or will, take questions. The reasons for Standing Order 68A are not only that reports such as this one can be...

Conduct Committee - Motion to Agree ( 3 Nov 2020)

Lord Mance: I am grateful for the points made by noble Lords, and I will, of course, take those back to the Conduct Committee, as the House would wish me to do. I shall take the points in turn. I am grateful for the support from my noble friend Lord McConnell, in particular, but others, too. The restriction of services, which lies within the commissioner’s jurisdiction as a result of an amendment to...

Conduct Committee - Motion to Agree ( 3 Nov 2020)

Lord Mance: My Lords, the fifth report of the Conduct Committee is short and focuses on two issues: first, Valuing Everyone training and, secondly, the investigation of Members of one House for behaviour that took place while they were a Member of the other. As to the first, our recommendation is that attendance at the Valuing Everyone training course should become a requirement of the code of conduct,...

Conduct Committee - Motion to Agree ( 8 Jul 2020)

Lord Mance: My Lords, as chair of the Conduct Committee I beg to move the committee’s third report. I start by drawing noble Lords’ attention to three particular areas where the report concerns foreign Governments: paragraphs 14 to 15, paragraph 10 and paragraph 11. I will come back to these. As a matter of major caution and not because I myself feel that my own contacts with foreign Governments...


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