Results 81–100 of 123 for speaker:Lord Lisvane

Brexit: Stability of the Union - Motion to Take Note (17 Jan 2019)

Lord Lisvane: My Lords, I will not attempt to respond to or summarise the debate in any way, as that role has been so admirably performed by the Minister. I will just say two things. First, I thank all noble Lords who have taken part in what has been an excellent debate. Secondly, I say to the noble Lord, Lord Griffiths of Burry Port, that I think the hostelry in Lisvane he has in mind is the Black...

Brexit: Further Referendum - Question for Short Debate (17 Jan 2019)

Lord Lisvane: My Lords, I can be extremely brief, as perhaps I should be since noble Lords have heard quite enough from me this afternoon. I pay tribute to the noble Lord, Lord Tyler, for his expertise and leadership on these issues. It was Emerson who said: “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds”. I plead guilty to consistency, foolish or otherwise. Noble Lords may recall—indeed,...

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

Lord Lisvane: My Lords, it is a great pleasure to welcome the new noble Baroness to the Front Bench and I echo the welcome offered by other noble Lords. I am only sorry that the first task that has fallen to her is, as described by my noble and learned friend Lord Judge, a hospital pass. I prefer to see it as a sort of legislative grenade with the pin out. As my noble friend Lord Patel mentioned, I am a...

Trade Bill - Third Reading: Amendment 5 (20 Mar 2019)

Lord Lisvane: My Lords, I do not wish to detain your Lordships unnecessarily, but in a previous life I spent three years as the Clerk of Legislation at the north end of this building. One of the duties of the Clerk of Legislation is to read through the Explanatory Notes and approve them for every government Bill. A key part of that process is ensuring that there is no advocacy or advertising of the merits...

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 5) Bill - Committee: Amendment 4 ( 8 Apr 2019)

Lord Lisvane: My Lords, I rise purely in a spirit of helpfulness. Perhaps the noble Viscount could keep in mind the difference between a money Bill and a Bill that requires a money resolution. It is quite a profound difference.

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 5) Bill - Committee: Amendment 7 ( 8 Apr 2019)

Lord Lisvane: My Lords, I speak as a member of the Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee. The chairman of the committee, the noble Lord, Lord Blencathra, is unable to be here today because is absent on parliamentary business. No doubt noble Lords have a copy of the 51st report of the Delegated Powers Committee. The argument set out by the committee is brief, concise and telling. I will not...

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 5) Bill - Committee: Amendment 7 ( 8 Apr 2019)

Lord Lisvane: It is indeed; the noble Lord is correctly quoting from the final bullet point of paragraph 5. I did not want to delay your Lordships further, but that is a helpful, additional piece of information set out in the report.

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 5) Bill - Committee: Amendment 7 ( 8 Apr 2019)

Lord Lisvane: I should be happy to do so. The Convenor of the Cross Benches, the noble and learned Lord, Lord Hope of Craighead, has helpfully drawn attention to the possible uncertainty that might arise were the negative procedure to be kept in place and were there to be a successful Motion for annulment of the instrument that was made under that provision. I suggest that that is an additional argument...

Parliament: Freedom of Speech and the Rule of Law - Motion to Take Note (23 May 2019)

Lord Lisvane: My Lords, I start from the premise that there should be a comity between the courts and Parliament and that both should be, in the words of Lord Browne-Wilkinson in Prebble v Television New Zealand, “astute to recognise their respective constitutional roles”. There are two means of, as it were, keeping the tanks off each other’s lawns. One is article IX of the Bill of Rights, which says...

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 6) Bill - Committee: Amendment 2 ( 6 Sep 2019)

Lord Lisvane: My Lords, on a slightly more pedantic level, I will try to assist the noble Viscount, Lord Trenchard, with his earlier question. I think he thought that Lords sitting days had not been statutorily defined. They are actually defined in Section 13(16)—

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 6) Bill - Committee: Amendment 2 ( 6 Sep 2019)

Lord Lisvane: I promised pedantry. They are defined in Section 13(16) of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018.

Queen’s Speech - Debate (3rd Day) ( 8 Jan 2020)

Lord Lisvane: My Lords, your Lordships will recall that, over the centuries, Parliaments have been given nicknames to reflect their character. In 1388, there was the Wonder-Working Parliament—if only. In 1404, the Dunces’ Parliament was so called because—this will please my noble and learned friends—upon the instructions of King Henry IV it contained no lawyers. So what shall we call the 2017...

Constitution, Democracy and Rights Commission - Question (29 Jan 2020)

Lord Lisvane: To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect the Constitution, Democracy and Rights Commission to be established.

Constitution, Democracy and Rights Commission - Question (29 Jan 2020)

Lord Lisvane: My Lords, I know that I speak for the whole House in wishing the noble Earl many happy returns for his birthday. On a similarly positive note, I hope that he will be able to give us assurances about the authority and independence of the commission, to be demonstrated by its membership, and, above all, an assurance that the commission will not have its card marked by the Government.

United Kingdom Internal Market Bill - Second Reading: Amendment to the Motion (19 Oct 2020)

Lord Lisvane: There is so much wrong with this Bill that it is hard to know where to start—apart from, of course, warmly congratulating and welcoming today’s maiden speakers, the noble Baroness, Lady Hayman of Ullock, and the noble Lord, Lord Sarfraz. I will make three points. First, on the use—or, I should say, abuse—of delegated powers, the Delegated Powers Committee has done its usual excellent...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (3rd Day) (13 May 2021)

Lord Lisvane: My Lords, I add my warm congratulations to those of others and welcome the noble Baroness, Lady Fraser of Craigmaddie, and the noble Baroness, Lady Merron, who I was very glad to know in a previous life. The Covid-19 pandemic has had a serious effect on the legislative process in terms of quantity of proposals, shortness of notice, difficulty of scrutiny and, insidiously, the confusion of...

Dissolution and Calling of Parliament Bill - Second Reading (30 Nov 2021)

Lord Lisvane: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord McLoughlin, on his chairing of the Joint Committee and the magisterial report that it produced. It was a pleasure to give oral evidence to that committee, and also, with my noble friend Lord Butler of Brockwell, to the Constitution Committee and the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee in the House of Commons. The Bill now...

Legislation: Skeleton Bills and Delegated Powers - Motion to Take Note ( 6 Jan 2022)

Lord Lisvane: My Lords, I congratulate my noble friend on securing this debate, her excellent article in the Financial Times and her outstanding speech to move the Motion. I speak as a former member of the Delegated Powers Committee and as a current member of the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee. I think, as has been generally agreed this afternoon, both committees have done an excellent job in...

Conduct Committee - Membership Motion: Amendment to the Motion (19 Jan 2022)

Lord Lisvane: My Lords, I hope your Lordships will indulge me just for a couple of minutes. The Senior Deputy Speaker has my sympathy because, as he acknowledged a moment ago, these are Motions of nomination. They do not go to the orders of reference of the committees concerned. Freedom of speech in Parliament, as the noble Lord, Lord Cormack, has said, underpinned by Article 9 of the Bill of Rights, is of...

Dissolution and Calling of Parliament Bill - Committee: Amendment 2 (25 Jan 2022)

Lord Lisvane: My Lords, I had added my name to Amendment 2 in the name of noble Lord, Lord Wallace of Saltaire, but unfortunately it has not made it on to the Marshalled List that I have. I hope that is not an expression of editorial disapproval. I congratulate the noble Lord on his ingenuity in bringing Prorogation within the scope of our discussions. As the Minister will know, I was a little sceptical...


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