Results 41–60 of 11174 for speaker:Lord Clarke of Nottingham

Northern Ireland Protocol Bill - Second Reading: Amendment to the Motion (11 Oct 2022)

Lord Clarke of Nottingham: My Lords, by far the most important reason for opposing this Bill is the fact that it is a clear breach of international law and gives Ministers powers to free themselves from parliamentary supervision in future, on an unprecedented scale. This has already been eloquently and authoritatively set out by many speakers, so I do not propose to dwell on it. I agree entirely with everything that...

Northern Ireland Protocol Bill - Second Reading: Amendment to the Motion (11 Oct 2022)

Lord Clarke of Nottingham: I am extremely reassured to hear that but it is still “if the protocol is sorted out”. Who will decide whether the protocol is going to be sorted out? Who will determine the negotiating position of British Ministers in their discussions with the European Union? It will be the noble Lord, Lord Dodds, and his Democratic Unionist colleagues. The British Government will not—and, given the...

Abortion (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2022 - Motion to Approve: Amendment to the Motion (21 Jun 2022)

Lord Clarke of Nottingham: The availability of the service is much more restricted in Northern Ireland. If I said that the issue was the legality in Northern Ireland, that was a slip. There is no doubt that access to abortion is much more restricted in Northern Ireland than in the rest of the United Kingdom—that is the whole point of this debate.

Abortion (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2022 - Motion to Approve: Amendment to the Motion (21 Jun 2022)

Lord Clarke of Nottingham: My Lords, I did not think I would sit and listen to more than about 10 minutes of this debate, as I expected to hear a very familiar argument about the morality and legality of abortion, on which my views were long ago established. I have always been in favour of legalising abortion. Indeed, I am quite liberal and tend to go the liberal end of a woman’s right to choose. However, I have...

Nationality and Borders Bill - Commons Reasons: Motion A1 (as an amendment to Motion A) (27 Apr 2022)

Lord Clarke of Nottingham: My Lords, I attended throughout the debate on the Bill yesterday and remained completely silent, and I arrived today intending to follow that good advice again, because I was actually unable to attend the earlier stages of the Bill at any scale and thought it would be quite wrong for me to join so late. But this is an important issue, which I have listened to very carefully, and I would quite...

Russia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2022 - Motion to Approve ( 3 Mar 2022)

Lord Clarke of Nottingham: My Lords, I fully support these sanctions and I congratulate the Government on the packages brought forward. I look forward with interest to the replies to be given to several of the detailed points raised about exactly how firmly they will be enforced. I will look forward a little. The medium to long-term reality is that we are applying these sanctions against Russia, but Russia is almost...

Nationality and Borders Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 37 ( 1 Feb 2022)

Lord Clarke of Nottingham: Yes, as I am having various motives attributed to me. As I said, I came here with a dilemma. I do not think we will turn British public opinion round to the views I personally would like to support if I thought we could. I wait to be persuaded that the Government’s package will actually work and make the problem any easier. I reject the simplistic solution that all we have to do is provide...

Nationality and Borders Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 37 ( 1 Feb 2022)

Lord Clarke of Nottingham: I am not accustomed to the practices of this place; I am quite happy to see the debate alternate between different sides. I arrived at this debate—I regret that I have not got to the earlier debates on this difficult Bill—intending to listen but not to speak. I was hoping it would help to resolve the dilemma I face, which turns out to be exactly the same dilemma that has just been...

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill - Third Reading: Amendment 3 (25 Jan 2022)

Lord Clarke of Nottingham: My Lords, I feel very guilty that I was unable to arrange my diary to take any part in the Bill as it went through because this is the part of the Bill in which I would otherwise have taken an active part. I have already apologised to the noble Lord, Lord Blunkett, outside this House for the fact that in the end I was not able to offer him any assistance. I add only, as my noble and learned...

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill - Third Reading: Amendment 1 (25 Jan 2022)

Lord Clarke of Nottingham: My Lords, I apologise and feel rather guilty about the fact that I have neglected this Bill during its passage through the House because I was simply unable to attend and I decided not to participate. I came to listen to this debate to find out what was being put on the statute book, having followed it a little from a distance. This issue therefore took me completely by surprise. I have...

Skills and Post-16 Education Bill [HL] - Report (2nd Day) (Continued): Amendment 50 (21 Oct 2021)

Lord Clarke of Nottingham: My Lords, my noble friend kept thanking us all for introducing these amendments, which is very kind of her. I think we all thank her for the skill and courtesy with which she delivered her brief in attempting to reply. Faced as I am with a situation where, as far as I can see, her brief gives examples of things the Government are doing that are entirely compliant with our amendments but...

Skills and Post-16 Education Bill [HL] - Report (2nd Day) (Continued): Amendment 50 (21 Oct 2021)

Lord Clarke of Nottingham: I am sorry—I know that the point has been made—but I find this an extraordinary approach to legislation. Everything that the Minister has said so far has given examples of things that the Government are doing that are compatible with the amendments that we are discussing. She has not raised a single objection in principle to either of the amendments, but she has been given a brief saying...

Skills and Post-16 Education Bill [HL] - Report (2nd Day) (Continued): Amendment 50 (21 Oct 2021)

Lord Clarke of Nottingham: My Lords, this amendment was tabled by the noble Lord, Lord Layard, and myself. We discussed it in Committee, without much response from the Government. I travel more optimistically today and hope that we will get a more favourable reception. We probably should, because it is entirely consistent with the Government’s stated aims on skills and the need for skills development in this...

Tributes: Sir David Amess MP - Tributes (18 Oct 2021)

Lord Clarke of Nottingham: My Lords, I knew David Amess when he first came in because I was elected before him. For nearly 40 years, I was on good and friendly terms with him as a parliamentary colleague. I am as shocked as anybody in this House that such a man should come to such a terrible end. We are all saying the same things about him and the tributes that were paid publicly last week by various people repeated...

Skills and Post-16 Education Bill [HL] - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 76 (19 Jul 2021)

Lord Clarke of Nottingham: My Lords, I am grateful to my noble friend for her reply, and I realise the constraints a Minister has in replying to a debate of this kind in the Lords. She was obviously trying to be helpful. I was very grateful for the wide level of authoritative support that the amendment received. I hope that, before we return to this subject on Report, she will try to come back with a little more...

Skills and Post-16 Education Bill [HL] - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 76 (19 Jul 2021)

Lord Clarke of Nottingham: My Lords, I tabled Amendment 76 in collaboration with the noble Lord, Lord Layard, and I am glad to see that my old friend, the noble Lord, Lord Rooker, has added his name in support. In moving this amendment, I hope to get a reasonably sympathetic response from the Government—I am sure the Minister will endeavour to provide one—because it is very much in the spirit of the Government’s...

United Kingdom Internal Market Bill - Committee (5th Day) ( 9 Nov 2020)

Lord Clarke of Nottingham: My Lords, it is a rather remarkable experience, as quite a new Member of this place, to find myself taking part in such an extraordinary and unusual debate, loaded with such significance and ethical and legal issues. It was a pleasure at Second Reading to follow a debate in which the eloquence of the noble and learned Lord, Lord Judge, the noble Lord, Lord Howard, and many others was...

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

Lord Clarke of Nottingham: My Lords, I find it difficult to express how strongly I am amazed and deeply dismayed that any British Government of any complexion should produce before Parliament a Bill which contains the provisions of Part 5 of this Bill. I never expected in my parliamentary career, which has not been a short one, to find myself reading a Bill of this kind presented for parliamentary approval. It has...

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

Lord Clarke of Nottingham: I realise that I have only four minutes to talk on this matter. That is one of the bizarre arrangements in this Chamber that I am getting used to. No other parliament in the world would think that people could do justice to the contents of this Bill with people having four minutes to speak in the way that we are doing. However, I have added my voice and will oppose Part 5, in particular, in...

Coronavirus Act 2020: Temporary Provisions - Motion to Take Note (28 Sep 2020)

Lord Clarke of Nottingham: My Lords, for about 50 years now, I have been in the habit of making parliamentary speeches quite regularly. I retired from that when I left the other place in November last year. So I am particularly honoured to find that I can now resume this practice in this most illustrious setting with such distinguished colleagues on all sides, including many old friends. I trust I will not abuse the...


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