Results 41–60 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

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

Lord Brennan: My Lords, the Parliament that we sit in, when it considers military intervention in another country, is undertaking one of its highest duties and one of its most anxious tasks. That we should be asked to consider intervention in a civil war in the Middle East with a religious background that has gone on for years and is likely to end only with the defeat of one side or through exhaustion...

Financial Services (Banking Reform) Bill — Second Reading (24 Jul 2013)

Lord Brennan: My Lords, I have a particular interest to declare as a director of NBNK, which was one of the two bidders for Lloyds’ 632 branches. It was the unsuccessful bidder; they went to the Co-op, and now to an IPO. I have also advised in the past on derivatives in relation to interest and inflation hedging. I shall speak to the importance of retail banking to our society and competition in that...

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

Lord Brennan: I am grateful to the Minister for giving way. In the absence of the detail of the guidance, can he give the House a general assurance that the government guidance will make it clear to those responsible for applying the Equality Act that to do so in a way that raises the concerns that we are dealing with would be to act irrationally?

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

Lord Brennan: My Lords, the purpose of the legislature in this particular legislation is to achieve clarity, in so far as it can, so that its application in public life in this country will not produce dissension or disturbance. Therefore, when we look at the provisions of the Act, we should have in mind a saying of the American Supreme Court: “It is not for the courts to protect the people from the...

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill — Second Reading (2nd Day) (4 Jun 2013)

Lord Brennan: My Lords, everything has been said on this subject already; or nearly everything. I am going to address the House on certain legal consequences of this legislation that I invite the House to consider very carefully. We have been fortunate in this debate to have heard remarkable and telling speeches about homosexual suffering in the past, and then liberation; about heterosexual culpability for...

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill — Third Reading (27 Mar 2012)

Lord Brennan: My Lords, the topic under debate appears to involve general agreement that this class of case is a proper one to be brought in the courts of this country. The critical question therefore is: is it financially possible to bring such a case under the proposed reforms in this Bill? These are long cases, which take years, and they are complex and very expensive. They involve defendants with...

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill: Report (4th Day) (14 Mar 2012)

Lord Brennan: The noble Lord is most gracious to give way. The points I was making were illustrated with cases. My principle point was that these cases are so expensive to run that you need a capital base which is not available to lawyers in this country. I should like the Minister to consider-if not now, later-in explaining to the House how it is that his advisers are telling him that lawyers in this...

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill: Report (4th Day) (14 Mar 2012)

Lord Brennan: My Lords, the arrival of globalisation as a world economic and human phenomenon, we hope, brings more benefits than disadvantages. However, reality tells us that globalisation produces serious adverse consequences from time to time, particularly in the developing world. It cannot be right that developed countries such as ours do not have a system of justice that provides remedies for those...

Crime and Security Bill: Second Reading (29 Mar 2010)

Lord Brennan: My Lords, when I first came to the Bar, I thought of practising in the Chancery Division until a practitioner in it said to me, "Intellect is favoured; audibility is frowned upon". I hope that this evening I can ask for your Lordships' patience while I muster such resources in my intellect as I can to outweigh my reduced audibility. Thus far, victims of terrorism abroad have not received...

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [HL] (3 Dec 2007)

Lord Brennan: I share your Lordships' sense of trepidation as I begin my remarks, but we must assuage it with the success of my recovery, which was due to the assistance given to me in this House by many noble friends, including the noble Lords, Lord Patel, Lord Walton and Lord Turnberg, by its staff—Stella Devadason gave me the earliest treatment—but in particular by the noble Lord, Lord Darzi....

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [HL] (19 Nov 2007)

Lord Brennan: My Lords, I propose for the consideration of the House now and in Committee the creation of a national bioethics commission in this country. The great physicist Niels Bohr said that it was dangerous to make predictions, especially about the future. He was right about his own scientific world. We are now at a stage where the speed of scientific advance is very fast indeed. It is outstripping...

Economic Sanctions: (EAC Report) (12 Oct 2007)

Lord Brennan: My Lords, I, too, thank the committee for this excellent report. I regret that, probably due to their other commitments, only three members of the committee felt able to contribute to this debate, because the topic deserves broad review. The essential feature of sanctions and international politics these days, following the UN charter and to which our country must significantly contribute, is...

Economic Sanctions: (EAC Report) (12 Oct 2007)

Lord Brennan: My Lords, I note what is said, but I do not agree. The ability of not just individuals but non-state or even state entities from a target country to operate internationally depends on the capacity to engage in international financial transactions. The case I mentioned—before I turn to my second point—involved sanctions being applied against several of the main banks of Iran worldwide....

Energy: White Paper (12 Jul 2007)

Lord Brennan: My Lords, this White Paper is to be welcomed, as is the manner in which it was presented to us by the Minister. He is well equipped, from his experience and abilities, to deal with a very complex problem. He will remember Harold Macmillan giving advice to colleagues, when dealing with something very complex that takes a long time: he said that the balance between delivering a cliché or...

Victims of Overseas Terrorism Bill [HL] (9 May 2007)

Lord Brennan: My Lords, I understand that no amendments have been set down to this Bill and that no noble Lord has indicated a wish to move a manuscript amendment or to speak in Committee. Therefore, unless any noble Lord objects, I beg to move that the order of commitment be discharged.

Victims of Overseas Terrorism Bill [HL] (20 Apr 2007)

Lord Brennan: My Lords, the Minister's closing words were that we are dealing with an issue that needs urgent action, and I welcome them. I agree. It would be most unwise of the Government, the leaders of other political parties and civil servants to assume that the people can be ignored on this issue because it is too complicated. We do not expect that kind of longer term debate about something that needs...

Victims of Overseas Terrorism Bill [HL] (20 Apr 2007)

Lord Brennan: My Lords, I beg to move that this Bill be now read a second time. The spirit of our nation includes a sense of wanting to help those in need and wanting to right an injustice. In both those characteristics of our national spirit, we are failing the victims of terrorism abroad. For them, there is no system of assistance, compensation or, in simple terms, justice. Wherever the grieving spouse...

Legal Services Bill [HL] (18 Apr 2007)

Lord Brennan: My Lords, this group of amendments deserves serious consideration by the Government. Here is a Bill to introduce a super-regulator, the Legal Services Board. They have said that it can be clothed and armed with heavyweight powers but that it will operate with a light touch. Such confidence in regulatory self-denial suggests inconsistency with ordinary human experience. I therefore invite the...

Legal Services Bill [HL] (16 Apr 2007)

Lord Brennan: My Lords, I declare an interest in that I was chairman of the Bar in 1999 during the passage of the Access to Justice Bill. That experience honed my capacity for objective thinking about my professional status in society and in its service. In the eight years that have passed since then, I suspect that this is the next major Bill to deal with the way that our legal services operate in this...

Fraud (Trials without a Jury) Bill (20 Mar 2007)

Lord Brennan: My Lords, the service of any one of us to sit on a jury, as is now required, is an act of citizenship. The jury trial most democratically embraces another aspect of citizenship—the right to be tried by your peers. The two—being a juror and being tried by a jury—therefore fulfil two basic elements of being a citizen: the duty to perform a duty and the responsibility that that entails,...


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