Results 61–80 of 1229 for speaker:Lord Clinton-Davis

Criminal Justice and Courts Bill — Report (1st Day) (20 Oct 2014)

Lord Clinton-Davis: My Lords, I fully support the argument adduced by the noble and learned Lord, Lord Lloyd. It goes without saying that we are entitled to remove a stain—and I say that advisedly—on our legal system. I will not detain the House for long, but I fully support what the noble and learned Lord, Lord Lloyd, has said, which has been supported by so many other Peers.

Qatar: Migrant Workers — Question (24 Jul 2014)

Lord Clinton-Davis: Does the Minister agree that the views of Her Majesty’s Government can be very influential in this matter? Does he further agree that presenting views officially and not being silent would serve an immensely positive purpose?

Assisted Dying Bill [HL]: Second Reading (18 Jul 2014)

Lord Clinton-Davis: Like many noble Lords, I have received a torrent of letters urging me to vote for the Second Reading. Passionate views are held on both sides of the debate, as has been notably evident today. But eventually one has to support or oppose the Bill. Unhesitatingly, I favour the plea made by the noble and learned Lord, Lord Falconer, for this Bill to become law. There are deficiencies. They will...

Poverty and Social Exclusion — Question (17 Jul 2014)

Lord Clinton-Davis: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the recent findings by the Poverty and Social Exclusion in the United Kingdom research group.

Poverty and Social Exclusion — Question (17 Jul 2014)

Lord Clinton-Davis: It is not only the Poverty and Exclusion research group that has highlighted what certainly was a catastrophic increase in the percentage of households that fall below society’s minimum standard of living. Does the Minister understand that the concern expressed by that organisation has also been expressed by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Barnado’s, and many others, and that it still...

Child Abuse — Statement (7 Jul 2014)

Lord Clinton-Davis: If any doubt affecting complete public confidence arises in the future, will Parliament be informed immediately? That is most important.

European Commission: Portfolios — Question (2 Jul 2014)

Lord Clinton-Davis: Would it not be appropriate for the Prime Minister to be rather less abrasive and rather more constructive as regards the EU institutions? Insults get us nowhere at all, particularly when significant jobs are being sought for incumbent or future Commissioners. Is that not the most important issue facing the Government at the moment?

Criminal Justice and Courts Bill — Second Reading (30 Jun 2014)

Lord Clinton-Davis: Is it not evident that judicial review will be enormously affected by this and that it will be beyond the scope of people to pay? In other words, it will become the province of the rich and not of the poor.

EU: Youth Unemployment (EUC Report): Motion to Take Note (17 Jun 2014)

Lord Clinton-Davis: My Lords, one of the tasks that we set ourselves was to dispel, as far as we could, some of the hopelessness which affects young people today. We cannot possibly succeed in doing that entirely, but we can make a contribution, which is what we tried to do. I wish that I could have gone along with my colleagues to Birmingham, Liverpool and so on, but unfortunately my health did not permit it....

Queen’s Speech — Debate (3rd Day) (Continued) (9 Jun 2014)

Lord Clinton-Davis: My Lords, I am much obliged. I do not know whether the noble Lord is going to deal with legal aid, but can he indicate in any event how much the Government propose to save through the amendments that they are introducing to legal aid?

Queen’s Speech — Debate (3rd Day) (Continued) (9 Jun 2014)

Lord Clinton-Davis: It is widely rumoured that Secretary of State Grayling will be Britain’s candidate for the presidency of the European Commission. I am not entirely convinced that he is cut out to do that job but there is one decisive advantage—he would no longer be the Secretary of State. As the noble and learned Lord, Lord Scott of Foscote, has pointed out, law and justice should be inseparable. I...

Civil Legal Aid (Remuneration) (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2014 — Motion of Regret (7 May 2014)

Lord Clinton-Davis: I support the Motion. I am deeply impressed by the noble Lord, Lord Pannick, and the whole House will be indebted to him and the noble Lord, Lord Lester. Together they have adduced a withering criticism of the notions, buttressed by the noble Lord, Lord Lester. The Government are entirely mistaken in what they intend to do. They are determined to whittle away the availability of legal aid....

Airports: Heathrow — Question (31 Mar 2014)

Lord Clinton-Davis: The Minister is complacent. Does she realise that while we delay, Frankfurt, Schiphol and Paris are all thriving and expanding? Meanwhile, the main sufferers will be British Airways and British aviation. Is it not time for an altered Heathrow to provide the obvious choice for expansion? In that way, British airlines will expand with it.

Alexander Litvinenko — Question (24 Mar 2014)

Lord Clinton-Davis: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to reconsider their decision not to hold a public inquiry into the murder of Alexander Litvinenko, following the judgment by the Court of Appeal on 11 February.

Alexander Litvinenko — Question (24 Mar 2014)

Lord Clinton-Davis: I thank the noble Lord for his somewhat implausible Answer. The fact is that three eminent judges have concluded that the coroner was absolutely right, that the Government’s case was unconvincing and that a special inquiry was needed. As we have heard, the Government have not appealed against that. Why do the Government concede that a special inquiry might be adopted, not now but in the...

Immigration Bill — Second Reading (10 Feb 2014)

Lord Clinton-Davis: If the Bill is so perfect, why do so many organisations concerned with immigration oppose it, and oppose it with vigour?

Police: Private Prosecutions — Question (4 Feb 2014)

Lord Clinton-Davis: My Lords, did not the Lord Chief Justice urge police chiefs to give urgent—I stress that word—consideration to a practice that undermined the reputation of the police for independence? He was deeply concerned about it. Those are serious observations; they come from an impeccable source, do they not?

Legal Aid — Question (8 Jan 2014)

Lord Clinton-Davis: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the protests by lawyers on 6 January concerning further cuts to legal aid.

Legal Aid — Question (8 Jan 2014)

Lord Clinton-Davis: I thank the Minister for that uninformative Answer. Does he recognise that the Justice Alliance, representing a large number of people and organisations and many senior judges, has expressed its concern about these proposals? Is it not the case that these cuts will lead to more, not less, expenditure, that cases will be bound to last much longer when people are unrepresented, that there will...

Press Regulation — Question (5 Dec 2013)

Lord Clinton-Davis: People have questioned whether the Government are very serious about the issue at all. It is imperative that action is taken very quickly. There is no adequate reason for not doing so.


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