Results 161–180 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

Corporate Governance (12 Mar 2003)

Lord Brennan: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord for giving way. He was not concentrating sufficiently. When he looks at tomorrow's Hansard, he will find that they figure clearly in the list.

Corporate Governance (12 Mar 2003)

Lord Brennan: rose to call attention to the issues of corporate governance, following the recent reports on non-executive directors, auditing and accountancy; and to move for Papers. My Lords, in a capitalist system there is an inevitable tension between two aspects of human behaviour. One is greed; the other is trust. It is by the resolution of this tension that we control greed, and yet recreate trust...

Iraq (26 Feb 2003)

Lord Brennan: My Lords, war is the killing of people and the destruction of things. Let us remember that in the 20th century 160 million people were killed in war—the majority of them civilians. The failure of the League of Nations to prevent the first stage of that horror was followed by the creation of the United Nations after the Second World War, with the declared aim of ridding mankind of the...

Education Act 2002 (Modification of Provisions) (No. 2) (England) Regulations 2002 (27 Jan 2003)

Lord Brennan: My Lords, I confess that I still do not understand the comparison between a rich person who can pay for their child to get into a school and those who are not rich and need to approach a priest for a chit, as the noble Lord called it. The fact is that in times past entry to Catholic schools and other faith schools has worked with reasonable efficiency. I do not accept that the regulations are...

Education Act 2002 (Modification of Provisions) (No. 2) (England) Regulations 2002 (27 Jan 2003)

Lord Brennan: My Lords, the small group of my Labour colleagues who will speak tonight will enjoy two distinctions in the parliamentary history of this House. The first will be our unique numerical presence—small but powerful—and the second will be the fact that each of us, at different lengths, has something important to say. I speak as a volunteer, not a conscript, to make three points. Access to...

Education Act 2002 (Modification of Provisions) (No. 2) (England) Regulations 2002 (27 Jan 2003)

Lord Brennan: My Lords, to return to the point that I was making, I do not regard the regulations as some back-door opportunity to subvert the right of faith schools to regulate in decent proportion those numbers of children in their schools from their own faiths. If I am wrong, I invite the Minister so to state. If I am right in thinking that the regulations are not such a back door, I am sure that he...

Education Act 2002 (Modification of Provisions) (No. 2) (England) Regulations 2002 (27 Jan 2003)

Lord Brennan: My Lords, I heard the intervention, but I must confess that I did not entirely follow it. I understand that the present set of regulations seeks to allow a reasonable opportunity for parents to make application to the school of their choice. Irrelevant to that is the ability to pay or not, which I am afraid reflects the economic facts of life.

Convention on the Future of Europe (7 Jan 2003)

Lord Brennan: My Lords, the convention and governmental decisions to be made upon it represent a critical stage in the journey of the European Union. It is critical because the very existence of the convention is an acknowledgement that the present framework is inadequate. Clearly so, when in the past 50 years it has sought to deal with a divided Europe and, in the next 50 or more, it will seek to deal...

Stem Cell Research: Select Committee Report (5 Dec 2002)

Lord Brennan: My Lords, stem cell research is a matter of profound medical, legal and social significance. I must, therefore, begin with two very important cautions. First, the topic deserves to be debated with intellectual discipline and reliable reasoning; therefore, the message should not go out from this House today that stem cell research will produce cures for serious disease. It might. It is a...

Address in Reply to Her Majesty's Most Gracious Speech (14 Nov 2002)

Lord Brennan: My Lords, a week ago, the Foreign Secretary said of the situation with regard to Iraq that this was a critical moment for the world and for the integrity of our system of international law. He was right. It is a noble objective to seek world peace through world law, even if that occasionally means the use of force. However, that always means, does it not, a war within the law? I should like...

Chinook ZD576: Select Committee Report (5 Nov 2002)

Lord Brennan: My Lords, the Royal Air Force is the youngest of our services, but it quickly excited in all of us an admiration equal to that for the other services. The reason is clear, is it not? In peacetime or in war, air crew risk their lives in a particularly dramatic way. When things go wrong in an aeroplane, sudden death is often the outcome. Air crew, and pilots in particular, who run that risk and...

Chinook ZD576: Select Committee Report (5 Nov 2002)

Lord Brennan: My Lords, I hoped that it was by the exercise of common sense. The RAF board of inquiry spent weeks investigating witnesses, going to the site and investigating material. I imagine that our air marshals have many serious duties to perform and could not devote the same amount of time. It is, simply, a practical conclusion, not a critical comment.

Enterprise Bill (28 Oct 2002)

Lord Brennan: My Lords, I support the amendment. At the Report stage, which unfortunately I was unable to attend, a debate took place which the noble Lord, Lord Phillips, led on the balance to be struck between the interests of competition as an economic principle and the interests of the community to have quality of justice. The one should not be invoked at the cost of the other. During the debate, as I...

Zimbabwe (8 Oct 2002)

Lord Brennan: My Lords, in the spring of 2001 my noble and learned friend Lord Goldsmith, then a Back-Bencher, led a delegation of lawyers for the International Bar Association to Zimbabwe. They concluded that the rule of law in that country was in grave peril. A year later, sad to say, it has gone. I turn first to the judiciary. On 13th September last, 65 year-old Judge Blackie, who had previously made a...

Lords Amendment (23 Jul 2002)

Lord Brennan: My Lords, I again bring to the attention of the Minister the degree of concern felt on these Benches about the proper combination in such a Bill of national interest and of a moral commitment to sustainable development, especially in the developing world. There are those on these Benches who wish to be reassured, if there is a Division on the amendments, about the way in which the Government...

Enterprise Bill (16 Jul 2002)

Lord Brennan: At Second Reading, I think that I was the only Member of your Lordships' House to speak about this clause on the constitution and functioning of the competition appeal tribunal. The emphasis with which I sought to endow it was flexibility and informality. The flexibility will come from a broad spread of expertise among those who constitute the tribunal. I entirely agree with my noble friend...

Enterprise Bill (16 Jul 2002)

Lord Brennan: I hope that the noble Lord was not assuming, when I used the word "informality", such a superficial understanding of the word as he implied. I meant to suggest—I hope that this was clear—that expertise by lay members who know what they are talking about will enable the entire tribunal, including the chairman, to reach a much more informal solution to a problem, which will properly emerge...

Enterprise Bill (16 Jul 2002)

Lord Brennan: Perhaps I may raise two points. The first relates to the period of 12 months which Amendments Nos. 49 and 51 seek to introduce. That, it seems to me, would be an unduly onerous requirement on properly designated bodies. They would be spending the last three months of each year meeting a bureaucratic requirement to confirm that whatever standards that are thought necessary are being met. Much...

Enterprise Bill (16 Jul 2002)

Lord Brennan: I shall rise and complete my response without, I hope, falling. I start with the point raised by the noble Lord, Lord Kingsland. That which requires a Minister to be "satisfied" will be determined by the evidence available to him. That which "reasonably appears to him" is a lesser test, as I interpret it. That test favours the consumer organisation and disfavours the commercial entity....

Enterprise Bill (16 Jul 2002)

Lord Brennan: I hope that the House will forgive a moment of legal interpretation. We have here one extreme versus the other. The noble Lord, Lord Phillips of Sudbury, is concerned to protect the interests of consumer bodies. I realise that that is a matter of importance. On the other hand, the noble Lord, Lord Kingsland, is concerned to ensure that the industry or commercial entity can have a satisfactory...


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