Results 1–20 of 367 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Lord Saatchi

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Second Reading (2nd Day) (Continued) (31 Jan 2018)

Lord Saatchi: My Lords, it is an honour to follow the noble Lord. I would like to dedicate my speech, if this is within the conventions of your Lordships’ House, to another Member of the House—the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Leeds—for exactly the same reason as the noble Lord, Lord O’Donnell, mentioned him. The right reverend Prelate reminded us that there is more to life...

Access to Medical Treatments (Innovation) Bill — Order of Commitment Discharged (11 Mar 2016)

Lord Saatchi: My Lords, I understand that no amendments have been set down to this Bill and that no noble Lord has indicated a wish to move a manuscript amendment or to speak in Committee. Unless, therefore, any noble Lord objects, I beg to move that the order of commitment be discharged. Motion agreed.

Access to Medical Treatments (Innovation) Bill: Second Reading (26 Feb 2016)

Lord Saatchi: My Lords, I thank all noble Lords who have spoken in this debate and earlier debates. As last time, I hope that all noble Lords who have been involved in this Bill and the predecessor Bill take pride in the ability of your Lordships’ House and, as it perhaps surprisingly turned out in the House of Commons, of both Houses of Parliament to avoid tribal party warfare and work together, at...

Access to Medical Treatments (Innovation) Bill: Second Reading (26 Feb 2016)

Lord Saatchi: My Lords, I beg to move that this Bill be now read a second time. These days, the parliamentarians in another place are often an abused minority who receive very little praise. What they usually get is offhand criticism from people who question their motives and behaviour. However, to those who have eyes to see and ears to hear, the Hansard reports on the well-mannered and illuminating...

Medical Innovation Bill [HL]: Third Reading (23 Jan 2015)

Lord Saatchi: My Lords, I shall not delay the House, as it is late, but I want to express my enormous gratitude to my noble friend the Minister and to his team at the Department of Health, who have been unfailingly courteous and professional in the most admirable way. One hears that this is a scrutinising House and that it is its particular skill to look in detail, line by line, at legislation in a careful...

Medical Innovation Bill [HL]: Third Reading (23 Jan 2015)

Lord Saatchi: My Lords, I am so grateful to all noble Lords who have spoken on this amendment. I will not in any way detain your Lordships by reciting again what has been brilliantly and articulately expressed by other noble Lords. I will say only one thing about this amendment, which is to pay tribute to Oxford University, whose original concept it was—I refer to Professors Alastair Buchan and...

Medical Innovation Bill [HL]: Third Reading (23 Jan 2015)

Lord Saatchi: I thank noble Lords who have addressed this amendment. I happily added my name to the amendment of the noble Lord, Lord Winston, because I believe that it provides helpful additional clarity for Peers and those outside the House about the intention and effect of the Bill. Your Lordships will be aware that on a number of occasions I have tried to stress that the intention and effect of Clauses...

Medical Innovation Bill [HL] — Report (12 Dec 2014)

Lord Saatchi: I am going to put my notes to one side, probably to the horror of parliamentary counsel. On this amendment I find myself in complete agreement with every word that has been said by every Peer who has spoken on the subject. The reason is that it has been my fundamental position on the Bill from the beginning that, without a register that records both positive and negative results of...

Medical Innovation Bill [HL] — Report (12 Dec 2014)

Lord Saatchi: That is an important point and many have made it. The discussion that has to be had is whether this can be achieved by regulation, as I think my noble friend the Minister believes, or by GMC guidance. It is possible that there are other ways to achieve what is in effect compulsion without putting it in the statute.

Medical Innovation Bill [HL] — Report (12 Dec 2014)

Lord Saatchi: My Lords, this amendment in the names of the noble Baronesses, Lady Masham, Lady Gale and Lady Wheeler, would add a proposition to the provision that requires innovating doctors to ensure that they obtain all the necessary consents required by law. The amendment would add a qualification to ensure that the patient’s consent must, in particular, have been based on a process in the course...

Medical Innovation Bill [HL] — Report (12 Dec 2014)

Lord Saatchi: My Lords, in speaking to Amendment 2 in the name of the noble Lord, Lord Winston, I will also speak to Amendment 3 in the name of the noble Lord, Lord Turnberg, to my Amendment 7, and to Amendment 13 in the name of the noble Lord, Lord Winston. I am therefore starting with Amendment 2. To say that it was touching to hear what the noble Lord, Lord Winston, said, would be a considerable...

Medical Innovation Bill [HL] — Report (12 Dec 2014)

Lord Saatchi: I am sure that that will be done. I will return to Amendment 13 when I respond to a later group. Amendment 14 relates to the preservation of the Bolam test, an extremely important point. The amendment is in my name and deals with the fact that concern was expressed in Committee about whether in emergency situations, as we discussed earlier, doctors will realise that they are not expected to...

Medical Innovation Bill [HL] — Report (12 Dec 2014)

Lord Saatchi: My Lords, on behalf of our team and, I am sure, that of my noble friend and the Department of Health, I greatly welcome and would appreciate the opportunity to discuss the points that he has made between now and Third Reading. Amendment 1 withdrawn. Amendment 2 Moved by Lord Winston 2: Clause 1, page 1, line 5, at end insert— “( ) This Act shall not apply where the body of...

Medical Innovation Bill [HL] — Report (12 Dec 2014)

Lord Saatchi: My Lords, in speaking to Amendment 1, in the name of the noble Lord, Lord Winston, I will speak also to his Amendments 6, 11, 12 and—I am advised—13, and my own Amendments 8, 9, 14, and 15. Before I start, I will take a moment to echo what the noble and learned Lord, Lord Woolf, said. He described the discussions about the Bill at all its stages as being your Lordships’...

Medical Innovation Bill [HL]: Committee (24 Oct 2014)

Lord Saatchi: My Lords, perhaps we could add this point to the discussions that we are going to have before Report. My noble friend the Minister expresses a modest view of what the Government should and should not do and wants to leave it to the regulatory bodies to make this happen. I refer once again to anecdote. The noble Lord, Lord Turnberg, said to me at an early stage in this process, in which he has...

Medical Innovation Bill [HL]: Committee (24 Oct 2014)

Lord Saatchi: My Lords, I also speak to Amendments 37 and 38 in my name and Amendment 36 in the name of the noble Lord, Lord Turnberg. Amendments 35, 37 and 38 amend Clause 2 of the Bill on commencement and provide for the Bill to be brought into force by the Secretary of State. I am content with this change proposed by my noble friend, on the basis that it will allow time for the Department of Health and...

Medical Innovation Bill [HL]: Committee (24 Oct 2014)

Lord Saatchi: I hope that this may help my noble friend Lord Kirkwood. What we have just heard from the former Lord Chief Justice and the Minister is completely clear to me. I will try to explain it in this way: if the doctor feels completely confident that the innovation he is about to attempt will be approved when the Bolam test is applied in a subsequent trial, he will go forward with his innovation. If...

Medical Innovation Bill [HL]: Committee (24 Oct 2014)

Lord Saatchi: My Lords, in moving Amendment 23 I will speak also to Amendment 29 in my name. Amendment 23 is a paving amendment. The substantive amendment in this group is Amendment 29, which inserts a new clause into the Bill after Clause 1, expanding the existing provision that states that the Bolam test is unaffected by the Bill. It is for the innovating doctor to decide whether to take the steps set...

Medical Innovation Bill [HL]: Committee (24 Oct 2014)

Lord Saatchi: My Lords, as we have just heard, Amendment 6 attempts to make a definition of “innovation”. I myself think that that is quite difficult to do, even though the noble Lords, Lord Pannick and Lord Winston, made it clear that they are trying to provide a definition in order to assist the purposes of the Bill. I find it difficult to do for the reasons given by my noble and learned...

Medical Innovation Bill [HL]: Committee (24 Oct 2014)

Lord Saatchi: My Lords, I think that the Minister has answered this point, and I do not know what I can add. The Bill at the moment focuses on “responsible” and “irresponsible”, and it is very pleasing to hear that the noble Lord, Lord Pannick, might accept that the Bill concentrates on that distinction, and that to introduce a reference to “reasonableness” or...


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