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Financial Services (Banking Reform) Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (15 Oct 2013)

Lord Phillips of Sudbury: My Lords, I, too, broadly support these two amendments. It is encouraging that every speaker so far has taken that broad point of view. As my noble friend Lord Sharkey said in opening this debate, the amendment in his name and that of the noble Lord, Lord Glasman, is a probing amendment. I hope that the noble Lord, Lord Eatwell, was advancing Amendment 102 in the same spirit. I very much hope...

Financial Services (Banking Reform) Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (15 Oct 2013)

Lord Phillips of Sudbury: I am sorry, it was my noble friend. That is a stunning statistic. The fact that some of the small German banks failed in the great crisis seems to reflect a strength and virtue as compared with the situation in this country where, but for the injection of in excess of £80 billion of taxpayers’ funds, as far as I can see the whole banking system would have failed. The big clearers would...

Financial Services (Banking Reform) Bill — Committee (1st Day) ( 8 Oct 2013)

Lord Phillips of Sudbury: My Lords, I entirely agree with what the most reverend Primate has just said. As a lawyer of far more years than I am willing to admit, I wonder whether sometimes the legislation that we pass in this place, with the very best of intentions, has in some strange and horrific way an almost contrary effect, for the reason given by the most reverend Primate—namely, that people look at the law...

Financial Services (Banking Reform) Bill — Committee (1st Day) ( 8 Oct 2013)

Lord Phillips of Sudbury: I have a lot of sympathy with what my noble friend has said. However, on my noble friend’s thesis, there is the problem that if you have a regulator of the regulator, you should have a regulator of the regulator of the regulator. At some point you have to put some trust in someone. As he has said, bankers are adept at getting around any set of regulations. Is there not a point at which you...

Financial Services (Banking Reform) Bill — Committee (1st Day) ( 8 Oct 2013)

Lord Phillips of Sudbury: My Lords, this must be the first time in parliamentary history for the amendments to a Bill to be more than three times the length of the Bill itself. Moreover, as others have said, the complexity of both the Bill and the amendments is quite barbaric. I must admit that when I put all the papers on my dining room table to try to make head or tail of them, they occupied 10 feet of space,...

Syria and the Use of Chemical Weapons — Motion to Take Note (29 Aug 2013)

Lord Phillips of Sudbury: My Lords, 10 years ago, several of us who are in the House today took part in the Iraq debate, for which there were 115 speakers. I remember in particular the contribution of the noble and gallant Lord, Lord Bramall. It has been reflected in today’s remarkable debate by the noble Lords, Lord West and Lord Dannatt. There is no doubt that our military heroes have a rooted practicality in...

Syria and the Use of Chemical Weapons — Motion to Take Note (29 Aug 2013)

Lord Phillips of Sudbury: I cannot resist just very briefly telling the noble Lord that I met Nick Robinson coming in and I did say to him, “How on earth did you get through that programme without mentioning that we were having a debate in the House of Lords as well?”.

Civil Procedure (Amendment No. 5) Rules 2013: Motion to Approve (29 Jul 2013)

Lord Phillips of Sudbury: My Lords, I will make one brief comment. I start by commending my noble friend the Minister for the way in which he has dealt with this extremely complex set of issues and for the way in which he opened the debate tonight. It is commonplace to observe that closed material procedures touch on matters as sensitive, in terms of the fundamentals of our system, as anyone can imagine. Having heard...

Retail: Portas-plus Package — Question (15 Jul 2013)

Lord Phillips of Sudbury: Will my noble friend please take into account, when considering improvements to this already useful package, the fact that we are, in our times, seeing a decrease in the cohesion of local communities? Independent shopkeepers give character to town centres but also, more importantly, very often support local community activities in a way that the supermarkets totally fail to do. Will the...

Iran — Question (10 Jul 2013)

Lord Phillips of Sudbury: My Lords, would my noble friend not accept that it is precisely because of the permanent history of Iran and its human rights infractions that we should support the president just elected? He showed considerable courage in his election campaign and would be immensely supported in his undoubted wish to move away from the dark side of Iranian life if we were to restore diplomatic relations...

Schools: National Curriculum — Statement ( 9 Jul 2013)

Lord Phillips of Sudbury: My Lords, I should declare an interest as the founder and president of the Citizenship Foundation. I, too, would like to congratulate the Government on the outcome of their consultation and a lot of hard work all round. To have 17,000 people respond to a consultation must be a high response compared to some that we have had recently and it reflects the intense concern of people across the...

Schools: National Curriculum — Statement ( 9 Jul 2013)

Lord Phillips of Sudbury: I would be grateful if my noble friend would consider extending the Ofsted inspection to cover citizenship education. If it is not within the compulsory Ofsted inspection, that lowers its status. That is certainly not needed. Finally, I do not see why this subject should not be as necessary, compulsory and essential for non-maintained schools as for maintained schools.

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill — Report (1st Day) ( 8 Jul 2013)

Lord Phillips of Sudbury: My Lords, I apologise to my noble and learned friend Lord Mackay of Clashfern. British Rail prevented me from being here when he opened this debate. However, I have had the advantage of long discussion with him concerning his reasons for putting forward the amendment and I support it. This is not an easy debate. I am sure that there are many in the House now who sway this way and that. The...

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill — Report (1st Day) ( 8 Jul 2013)

Lord Phillips of Sudbury: The noble Baroness raises an interesting point. The quadruple lock is important to people of religious faith. However, I am not talking just about people of religious faith. The current objection goes way beyond that category.

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill — Report (1st Day) ( 8 Jul 2013)

Lord Phillips of Sudbury: If I may answer briefly the noble Lord, Lord Winston—

Cultural and Community Distribution Deregulation Bill [HL] — Second Reading ( 5 Jul 2013)

Lord Phillips of Sudbury: I am sorry to interrupt my noble friend’s flow. If a number of small acts get together and put out a single leaflet, will they be charged separate licence fees or a single licence fee?

Education: Citizenship — Question for Short Debate (27 Jun 2013)

Lord Phillips of Sudbury: I am grateful to my noble friend for giving way. Will he say something about the impact on the status of citizenship education as a subject which is not inspectable because it has been put into the second tier and is no longer compulsorily part of an Ofsted inspection? Does he not think that that has severe consequences for the subject’s status and standing?

Education: Citizenship — Question for Short Debate (27 Jun 2013)

Lord Phillips of Sudbury: My Lords, I, too, thank my noble friend Lord Cormack for instituting this debate, which is of the greatest importance. I also thank the House of Lords staff for a very useful briefing, and Democratic Life, a coalition of about 40 charities that are interested in citizenship education. I declare a double interest: first, as founder of the Citizenship Foundation, which was established in the...

Legal Aid — Question (26 Jun 2013)

Lord Phillips of Sudbury: My Lords, my noble friend talked about economies of scale. Will he accept that there is an iron law in the legal profession: the bigger the firm, the bigger the fees? Will he have regard to local justice and the cost to somebody accused of a crime of having to travel miles away in order to see his or her nominated lawyer?

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (24 Jun 2013)

Lord Phillips of Sudbury: My Lords—


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