Results 1–20 of 47 for speaker:Lord Wilson of Dinton

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - Second Reading: Amendment to the Motion (29 Jan 2024)

Lord Wilson of Dinton: My Lords, I begin with an anecdote that has some tangential connection with what the noble Baroness has just said. In 1988, when I was minuting Baroness Thatcher’s meetings, I minuted a meeting discussing the Immigration Act 1988, which required polygamous immigrants to choose which of their wives they wanted to have with them. She listened and nodded it through, and then said: “Why do we...

King’s Speech - Debate (6th Day) (15 Nov 2023)

Lord Wilson of Dinton: My Lords, I am glad to follow the noble Baroness and her wise words about universities, which one would expect from someone from Cyncoed, where I was born. I add my praise to the two maiden speeches. I look forward to learning the lessons of history from the noble Lord, Lord Roberts, and am delighted to have on our Benches my noble friend Lord Young, who has been an outstanding servant to...

Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill - Report (2nd Day): Amendment 64ZA (to Amendment 64) (17 May 2023)

Lord Wilson of Dinton: My Lords, as a former head of the Civil Service, I feel bound to say that the criticisms of the Civil Service which have been made are ill-judged and grossly unfair. The Civil Service will ride out these criticisms—it has a thick skin, it will put its head down and go on doing its duty—but there is a serious worry underneath this debate. It took us 10, 15 or 20 years to join the Common...

Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (Continued): Amendment 32 ( 2 Mar 2023)

Lord Wilson of Dinton: My Lords, as the former Permanent Secretary to the noble Lord, Lord Deben, I would like to tell your Lordships that that is how he was as Secretary of State. I am so proud of the speech that he made, because I agree with it all. I also agree very much with the noble and learned Lord’s amendment. I think the noble Lord, Lord Hamilton, should begin to be a little concerned that former civil...

Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 29 ( 2 Mar 2023)

Lord Wilson of Dinton: My Lords, I am not sure I am wise to rise and speak, but I feel as a matter of honesty I must, in response to my noble and learned friend Lord Thomas, who spoke brilliantly. Let me confess that I was Cabinet Secretary during devolution legislation and its implementation. I oversaw the implementation of devolution. I can confirm everything that my noble and learned friend said. It was messy...

Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 7 (28 Feb 2023)

Lord Wilson of Dinton: I have listened to this debate and some important points are still left in the air. I may be slow, but there is an awful lot that I still do not understand, which needs to be resolved. Would it not be better—I have said this before—for the Bill to be withdrawn and for the Government to do the work and then come back and tell us what they want to keep, abolish and amend? If they cannot...

Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 1 (23 Feb 2023)

Lord Wilson of Dinton: I support the wise and well-expressed advice and views of my noble friend Lady Meacher. I was not going to speak but I am deeply disturbed by this legislation. I said at Second Reading that I thought that this was bad government. I repeat that. Of course the noble Lord, Lord Hamilton, is right: we need to know what EU-derived laws the Government propose to keep, amend or abolish. But this is...

Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill - Second Reading: Amendment to the Motion ( 6 Feb 2023)

Lord Wilson of Dinton: My Lords, like previous speakers, I welcome the maiden speeches we are going to hear and say that this is a very friendly gathering, and they will find they enjoy taking part in it. I regret to say they have chosen to speak on what, in my view, is a bad Bill. There is no way you can get away from it. It is a bad Bill because it will create uncertainty in business and in our communities, and...

Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II - Tributes (Continued) (10 Sep 2022)

Lord Wilson of Dinton: My Lords, I am very grateful for this opportunity to pay tribute to the late Queen. I ask myself why I was so moved and so saddened when I heard the news on Thursday; there are two things that stand out for me. One is that, ever since I was a small boy in south Wales in the dark 1940s, the Royal Family has been for me a beacon of probity, leadership and something very magical; that has been...

Cathedrals Measure - Motion to Direct (22 Apr 2021)

Lord Wilson of Dinton: My Lords, I will contribute briefly to this debate in a positive spirit, very much in support of the Measure. First, I declare my own interest: I am chair of the council of Ely Cathedral, one of the bodies which, under Clause 2(3) of the Measure, is to cease to exist. This cancellation sounds rather dramatic, but I do not object to it in the least; I think it is the right thing to do. When I...

European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (Continued): Amendment 27 (15 Jan 2020)

Lord Wilson of Dinton: My Lords, I am pleased to follow my noble friend Lord Kerr. This is all about power. The Government are in powerful position at the moment. I say “at the moment”, because it will not last. We know that the pendulum swings, and that power is fluid and leaks away. The arguments for the amendment are good, but I am more concerned about good government. My experience is that Governments, when...

European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (Continued): Amendment 27 (15 Jan 2020)

Lord Wilson of Dinton: I am not arguing that. I am worried that the Government’s powerful position, and their glee and joy, which is understandable, will lead them to a certain arrogance and to ignore the role which Parliament can properly play. These amendments are a good reminder of the role that Parliament must play. I urge the Government to work with Parliament, with noble Lords and with influences that can...

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 6) Bill - Second Reading ( 5 Sep 2019)

Lord Wilson of Dinton: My Lords, I have listened to, I think, nine hours of debate, yesterday and today. I was not going to speak but I somehow think I have to. There are so many things I could say, but I want to make just three points. First, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Rooker, and those in the other place who have put together this Bill. It may be a very important example of cross-party working. It is 50 years...

Healthcare (International Arrangements) Bill - Report (12 Mar 2019)

Lord Wilson of Dinton: My Lords, I am glad to follow the last two speakers; they have eloquently made the case for supporting the noble Baroness’s amendment, as I do. This is not about supporting Brexit or wanting to remain; it is about the tension that exists between the Executive and Parliament, and the duty of this House, and of Parliament, to scrutinise the proposals of the Government to ensure that good...

Trade Bill - Report (1st Day) ( 6 Mar 2019)

Lord Wilson of Dinton: My Lords, I offer a footnote in support of noble and learned Lords and the points just made. It should be remembered that Explanatory Notes were for many years produced by officials to brief Ministers on what the Bill meant. They were usually classified—because we used to classify things. Occasionally, when Ministers were having real difficulty explaining a clause to either House, in a kind...

Healthcare (International Arrangements) Bill - Committee (1st Day) (19 Feb 2019)

Lord Wilson of Dinton: My Lords, I assure the Minister that my comments, which are very much in support of the noble and learned Lord, Lord Judge, the noble Lords, Lord Lisvane and Lord Cormack, and in fact all noble Lords except the noble Lord, Lord O’Shaughnessy, are in no way a criticism of her. I heard her maiden speech, which was memorable. I think we will all remember it, and we all know that she is not...

EU Withdrawal - Motion to Take Note (13 Feb 2019)

Lord Wilson of Dinton: My Lords, I regret that I will be unable to follow the noble Earl, because I still believe that leaving the EU is a bad mistake. Mr Tusk was right to say that the remain group—those who did not want to leave and those who want a second referendum—are in trouble because we lack leadership. We need a rallying point, but your Lordships will excuse me if I do not go over those arguments....

Brexit: Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration - Motion to Take Note (Continued) (3rd Day) (14 Jan 2019)

Lord Wilson of Dinton: My Lords, it is a pleasure to follow such a strong speech in favour of remaining. It is also a pleasure to follow the noble Lord, Lord Inglewood, who—to my disconcertion—has made my speech, almost verbatim in some respects, because what I wanted to offer the House was the thought that the task which the Prime Minister undertook two and a half years ago was probably impossible. She could...

Brexit: Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration - Motion to Take Note (1st Day) (Continued) ( 5 Dec 2018)

Lord Wilson of Dinton: My Lords, it is an honour to follow the noble Lord. I was particularly moved by his remarks about plebiscite. I will explain why. I want to say a few words about the young. I have spent the last two days interviewing candidates for admission to my college in Cambridge. These are 17 year- olds from diverse backgrounds, all hugely intelligent, sharp and well informed, who are under great...

Immigration - Statement (25 Oct 2018)

Lord Wilson of Dinton: My Lords, as a former Permanent Under-Secretary at the Home Office—25 years ago—I listened to the Statement with huge dismay and disquiet. When I took over there, I asked myself how we could be sure that officials were exercising power responsibly, fairly and in accordance with the law—because the Home Office has powers over the lives of individuals which are formidable and can destroy...


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