Results 61–80 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

House of Lords: Reform (13 Mar 2007)

Lord Brennan: My Lords, I propose to call on a thus far unmentioned quality of this House—its fortitude. As speaker number 60 in the speakers list today, I am reminded of a colleague of mine who came to the Court of Appeal from Manchester many years ago. He was last in the list and, after a very long day, the presiding judge said, "This had better be short, Mr Smith", to which he replied, pulling out his...

Law Reform: Murder (1 Mar 2007)

Lord Brennan: My Lords, the House should be grateful to the noble and learned Lord, Lord Lloyd, for introducing this debate. His criticism of the mandatory life sentence has two virtues: it has been relentless and it has been correct. We have now reached the stage where that which was the subject of earnest debate years ago is now, frankly, eccentric criminologically and socially mysterious. People simply...

Palliative Care Bill [HL] (23 Feb 2007)

Lord Brennan: My Lords, I agree with the right reverend Prelate about the importance of the Bill. I commend the noble Baroness, Lady Finlay, for introducing it to the House, because it provides a rare opportunity for us to note and act on the most unusual alignment of profound moral principle and serious political objectives. The Bill's title, "Palliative Care", should be foremost in our thinking, in...

Corruption (1 Feb 2007)

Lord Brennan: My Lords, the noble Baroness, Lady Williams, has raised a very broad and important question for our consideration: in what way does and should our country deal with international corruption? That is so important a topic that it would be a great disappointment if this turned into a debate based on personal criticism of the noble and learned Lord the Attorney-General and, through him, the...

Legal Services Bill [HL] (22 Jan 2007)

Lord Brennan: I will briefly add to what has just been said. The "adverse impact" test to trigger intervention is a very loose phrase. It is far more important, as far as many on these Benches are concerned, to have that test properly defined as against the kind of phrase that featured in the last group of amendments. What about "substantial"? It was not generally welcomed on Second Reading, but I remind...

Legal Services Bill [HL] (22 Jan 2007)

Lord Brennan: The first four parts of the Bill deal with two important features relating to the independence of the legal profession. The first is appointment to the Legal Services Board and its structure, and the second is the board's enforcement powers to intervene. We are concerned with the second of those features. I sympathise with the intent of this group of amendments, but I doubt their...

Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Bill (19 Dec 2006)

Lord Brennan: My Lords, to legislate on criminal liability for causing death is profoundly serious parliamentary business. That we should be doing so in the context of companies being held liable for causing death introduces novel concepts into our law. Those considerations of corporate manslaughter and their novelty led the Law Commission in 1996 to lay the foundations of the Bill. It produced its report...

Victims of Overseas Terrorism Bill [HL] (19 Dec 2006)

Lord Brennan: My Lords, I beg to introduce a Bill to make provision for advice and assistance to victims of acts of terrorism taking place outside the United Kingdom; for arrangements under which insurance is made available to individuals in respect of risks against injury resulting from acts of terrorism taking place outside the United Kingdom; and for connected purposes. I beg to move that this Bill be...

Legal Services Bill [HL] (6 Dec 2006)

Lord Brennan: My Lords, I declare the interest of having been a chairman of the Bar during the passage of the Access to Justice Bill and a practising barrister. However, I must reassure noble Lords that my years in your Lordships' House have nurtured a complete sense of objectivity about my profession, which I hope to display in my remarks. Regulation is not an end in itself; it is a means by which the...

Education and Inspections Bill (30 Oct 2006)

Lord Brennan: My Lords, at Third Reading the House must exercise legislative discipline and I propose to apply it to the amendment. It is fundamentally flawed. The amendment would give local authorities the power to impose quotas and give the Secretary of State the reserve power to ensure that exclusive schools do not come into existence. In neither case is there an appeal. These are strong powers to give...

Afghanistan (10 Oct 2006)

Lord Brennan: My Lords, I commend the Government's programme for Afghanistan, but I recommend that they pursue that programme, first, with a considered and flexible strategy, secondly with caution, and thirdly with the opportunity for regular review. Above all, the Government must strive to avoid a significant gap being created between their political aspirations and the capacity to execute those...

Fundamental Rights Agency (EUC Report) (8 Jun 2006)

Lord Brennan: My Lords, I congratulate the noble and learned Lord, Lord Brown of Eaton-under-Heywood, on his maiden speech. The clarity with which he presented the report shows that he will chair Sub-Committee E with the same distinction as that of his predecessors who listened to his speech. The noble and learned Lord has always been a person of perceptive judgment, and he said that he would not be...

London: Financial Centre (8 Jun 2006)

Lord Brennan: My Lords, the remarkable statistical analysis which the noble Lord, Lord Brooke, has just given us of the functioning of London as a financial centre amply justifies his conclusion that it is a critical part of our national and economic life. It is trite to say that Britain is a trading nation, but because it is we are eternally adaptable. The past 40 or 50 years have resulted in adaptation...

Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill Bill [HL] (12 May 2006)

Lord Brennan: My Lords, the Bill calls into question a serious issue of the law-making powers of this House. Dr Johnson put it clearly when he said that laws are not made for particular cases—they are made for all mankind. Let us keep those words in mind while I look at four reasons why the Bill fails that constitutional test. First, the Bill legalises assisted suicide. That is presently a crime because...

Latin America (4 May 2006)

Lord Brennan: My Lords, the Latin American world is undergoing a process that involves politics, poverty and economic advance, each one a tension with the others, to which we should pay great attention. The International Monetary Fund reviewed the Latin American economy last week, and the general picture is that it is doing better than expected in making political progress and economic advances and in...

World Trade Organisation (1 Dec 2005)

Lord Brennan: My Lords, I thank all noble Lords who contributed to this debate and, in particular, I thank my noble friend Lord Radice for his timely report. The main theme of our debate has reflected sensible realism rather than undue pessimism. In conclusion, there are three things that are significant for us as a trading country. The first is the development objective of Doha. The Chinese are not given...

World Trade Organisation (1 Dec 2005)

Lord Brennan: rose to call attention to the prospects of achieving a fair and positive outcome in the forthcoming World Trade Organisation round in Hong Kong; and to move for Papers My Lords, the development of international trade depends on a fair balance between national self-interest and global free trade. The WTO is the means by which that fair balance can be pursued. In 2001, at Doha, the WTO placed a...

Compensation Bill [HL] (28 Nov 2005)

Lord Brennan: My Lords, I take advantage of the gap for a few moments to make three short points. Will my noble friend the Minister please take into account on the code of practice, first, that claims representatives are essentially working on the basis of contingency fees; secondly, that professional people are not working on that basis; and, thirdly, that there should be control of the fee system by...

Terrorism Bill (21 Nov 2005)

Lord Brennan: My Lords, it has rightly been said in the debate that a primary duty of the state is to protect its citizens against death and injury from terrorism. That duty is no less when it comes to protecting those citizens who have been killed or injured by terrorism. The Bill seeks to implement in part the Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism. The preamble of that convention...

Interception of Communications (Admissibility of Evidence) Bill [HL] (18 Nov 2005)

Lord Brennan: My Lords, Parliament has a major role to play in the campaign against terrorism. There are those in this House who are neither totally for the Bill nor totally against it but wish Parliament to have the opportunity to examine whether this state of the law should prevail or be changed. In fulfilling that task, Parliament does no more than its duty, testing political integrity with public...


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