Results 261–271 of 271 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Lord Brennan

Environmental Court (9 Oct 2000)

Lord Brennan: rose to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they propose to establish a specialist environmental court for England and Wales. My Lords, I rise to speak to the Question to Her Majesty's Government, "whether they propose to establish a specialist environmental court for England and Wales". I regret having phrased the Question in that form as those around me leave the Chamber. It is a matter of...

Criminal Justice and Court Services Bill (4 Oct 2000)

Lord Brennan: I speak to Amendment No. 157A on behalf of the noble Lord, Lord Hylton. Circumstances have conspired to raise a matter of considerable importance at a time which is not at all propitious to your Lordships' timetable. I propose to be brief but, nevertheless, direct about the importance of the matters with which I am now going to deal. Amendment No. 157A seeks to enlarge upon paragraph (4) of...

Criminal Justice and Court Services Bill (4 Oct 2000)

Lord Brennan: I am sure that I speak on behalf of all Members of the Committee in acknowledging the value to us, and to the community, of listening to the views of the noble and learned Lord the Lord Chief Justice on the matter of sentencing with which we are concerned tonight. We shall need carefully to consider what he said in relation to the structure of legislation about future sentencing because that...

Burma (2 Oct 2000)

Lord Brennan: My Lords, we are many who denounce genocide and the breach of human rights in Burma; they are few who are prepared to make the kind of sacrifice that James Mawdsley made. For those people who suffered that genocide and those breaches, entering Burma legally, passing out leaflets that said no more to the people around him than that they should stand up for democracy, he was arrested, quickly...

Criminal Justice (Mode of Trial) (No. 2) Bill (28 Sep 2000)

Lord Brennan: My Lords, an occasion for a debate such as this presents an almost irresistible opportunity to my barrister colleagues to make resounding jury speeches. I propose to decline that temptation because it has led some of them, in their forensic enthusiasm, to assign motives and strategies to the Government--and to the Home Office in particular--which I completely reject. This Government and the...

Vaccine Damage (28 Jun 2000)

Lord Brennan: My Lords, before the noble Lord sits down, perhaps I may invite him to agree that it is important in a debate such as this that unreasonably high hopes are not sent out to the affected parents. Is he really suggesting that the problem which we face should be dealt with by full compensation, which, on my calculation, would amount to between £1.5 billion and £2 billion? That is beyond the...

Vaccine Damage (28 Jun 2000)

Lord Brennan: My Lords, I speak in this debate as someone with personal experience of litigation involving those affected by vaccine damage; and I regret to say that it was a negative involvement. It is well known that I advised the Legal Aid Board a number of years ago that the medical science in this field did not show a definitive connection between the vaccine and its neurological effect, as alleged....

Peruvian Elections and Democracy (28 Jun 2000)

Lord Brennan: My Lords, I declare an interest as one of the patrons of the Peru Support Group. Is my noble friend aware of the particular concern of many people that a consequence of this election is a potential risk to the human rights situation in Peru? With that concern in mind, will she confirm two aspects of the Anglo-Peruvian agreement: first, that this Government will continue to give unremitting...

EU Charter of Fundamental Rights (16 Jun 2000)

Lord Brennan: My Lords, perhaps I may remind the noble Lord that a few moments ago he described how one could have a binding charter with accession later. I had the same view in mind. If I expressed it with a lack of felicity, I apologise, but there is no inconsistency.

EU Charter of Fundamental Rights (16 Jun 2000)

Lord Brennan: My Lords, I ask the forgiveness of the noble Baroness, Lady Billingham, and other Members of this House for having to listen to yet another barrister. But I want to reassure your Lordships that some of us earnestly wish to be regarded as ordinary human beings as well. I am a member of each of the Bar committees that put forward a paper to the Select Committee; however, I speak on my own...

Law and Order (17 May 2000)

Lord Brennan: My Lords, I declare an interest as a practising barrister. I make that declaration with pride, and I must add to it a disappointment for the noble Lord, Lord Tebbit: as chairman of the Bar last year, I was described by The Times as the "antithesis of establishment man". Although the contrast between what I am about to say (following the traditions of this House) and what has just been said...


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