Results 101–120 of 2452 for speaker:Lord Phillips of Sudbury

Social Welfare Law — Question for Short Debate (25 Feb 2014)

Lord Phillips of Sudbury: My Lords, I join others in congratulating the right reverend Prelate on his maiden speech, which, if I may say so, was wonderfully down-to-earth. I encourage him to go on doing God if he can relate the good Lord so closely to what I suspect most of us feel. I congratulate the Legal Action Group on instigating the Low commission. I should declare an interest as one of the founders and first...

Social Welfare Law — Question for Short Debate (25 Feb 2014)

Lord Phillips of Sudbury: My Lords—

Social Welfare Law — Question for Short Debate (25 Feb 2014)

Lord Phillips of Sudbury: So have I.

Social Welfare Law — Question for Short Debate (25 Feb 2014)

Lord Phillips of Sudbury: I gave my details in at 12 o’clock today.

Social Welfare Law — Question for Short Debate (25 Feb 2014)

Lord Phillips of Sudbury: I gave it in at 10 o’clock.

Legal Aid — Question (11 Feb 2014)

Lord Phillips of Sudbury: My Lords, can the Minister say whether any research has been done into the number of cases of citizens who would wish to make applications but are unable to find anybody to help them in making those applications?

Standards in Public Life — Question for Short Debate ( 4 Feb 2014)

Lord Phillips of Sudbury: My Lords, I, too, thank the noble Lord, Lord Bew, and want to concentrate on the issue of the ignorance of our young citizens of this place and its workings and the impact of that. The report says: “One particular cause for concern from the research is the number of people, especially young people, who feel disconnected from the political system and political parties”. It says that the...

Electoral Registration: National Voter Registration Day — Question ( 4 Feb 2014)

Lord Phillips of Sudbury: My Lords, in light of the regime coming into effect in September, what will my noble friend the Minister do vis-à-vis free schools and academies, which do not have to teach citizenship at all? What will the Government do about the decline in teacher training in citizenship and the take-up of citizenship exams, given that this flies in the face of the ambitions of all of us that young people...

European Union (Referendum) Bill — Committee (1st Day) (24 Jan 2014)

Lord Phillips of Sudbury: My Lords, whatever our views about this potential referendum, I am sure that everyone in the House is united in the view that if there is to be a referendum, we must ensure that a success is made of it. Success does not mean yes or no, it means the number of our fellow countrymen who vote in that referendum. That will depend, first, upon the number who register under the new registration...

Electoral Registration — Question (22 Jan 2014)

Lord Phillips of Sudbury: My Lords, on the point that my noble friend has just made about creating an interest in and understanding of politics, will he please ensure that citizenship education of young people in schools is increased? At the moment, that is declining rapidly and it seems wholly counterproductive to his last remark that that should be so.

Costs in Criminal Cases (Legal Costs) (Exceptions) Regulations 2013 — Motion to Approve (20 Jan 2014)

Lord Phillips of Sudbury: Did the noble Lord intend to let the Government off the hook when he said at the beginning of his speech that the cost of these cases was one-half of 1%? Lawyers are not good at maths, but I think I am right in saying that it is not 0.5 of a per cent; it is 0.005 of a per cent. It is a tiny sliver of £2 billion. I just wanted to help the noble Lord, Lord Beecham.

Costs in Criminal Cases (Legal Costs) (Exceptions) Regulations 2013 — Motion to Approve (20 Jan 2014)

Lord Phillips of Sudbury: My Lords, I do not propose to go over the ground that has been so ably ploughed by the speakers thus far. I am afraid that I am not going to lend my noble friend the Minister any solace, because I fear that I, too, am strongly of the view that the measure that deals with borderline cases—the merits criteria statutory instrument—is flawed, and it is flawed in a profound cultural way. As...

Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (15 Jan 2014)

Lord Phillips of Sudbury: My Lords, I am grateful to my noble and learned friend the Minister for the way in which he summed up the debate. I am grateful to all those who have participated in discussing this important amendment. Given that Third Reading is on Tuesday, realistically there is not time to have the sorts of discussions that some noble Lords have looked for, particularly in terms of the speed at which the...

Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (15 Jan 2014)

Lord Phillips of Sudbury: I am grateful to the noble and right reverend Lord for giving way, but he really cannot get away with that. You cannot inadvertently satisfy the requirements of Clause 26 when it says that you “intend” to promote or procure electoral success. Intention is not the same as inadvertence at all, and it is a very strong test. The fact that there are other matters that you are trying to advance...

Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (15 Jan 2014)

Lord Phillips of Sudbury: My Lords, that is, on the face of it, a compelling argument. However, I am trying to put it to the House that the Charity Commission’s own advice here is faulty. It admitted as much in our conversation this morning and said that it would circulate a letter forthwith.

Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (15 Jan 2014)

Lord Phillips of Sudbury: Which, of course, it has not done. I suspect the reason is that when the person I was speaking to went back to the chief commissioner and the chief executive, they said, “My goodness, we can’t go into print admitting that we’ve made a mistake”.

Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (15 Jan 2014)

Lord Phillips of Sudbury: My Lords, I am in a cleft stick; I have indeed got 15 minutes on the Clock, but my noble friend will accept that I have been interrupted five times now, which takes a wee bit out of one’s available argument time. I will keep this as short as I can. It is unfortunate—let us put it that way—that we have a letter at the 59th minute of the 11th hour which is, at best, unclear. I know that a...

Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (15 Jan 2014)

Lord Phillips of Sudbury: I certainly will. I am grateful for that point, because I was going to say that a review of this will be essential in light of what happens at the next general election. Indeed, the noble Lord, Lord Hodgson, tabled an amendment that I think—

Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (15 Jan 2014)

Lord Phillips of Sudbury: It is now a government amendment, so we are going to get it—and that is vital because we will learn a great deal after that. I will just finish the point that volunteer trustees, perfectly understandably, are going to be cautious about this new legislation. The last thing in the world they will take a risk with is the prospect that things may get a bit out of hand or may not be perfectly...


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