Results 41–60 of 91 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 Boyd of Duncansby

Libya — Motion to Take Note (1 Apr 2011)

Lord Boyd of Duncansby: It did not. It said that there may have been a miscarriage of justice and referred it back to the Appeal Court. Had the appeal gone forward, it would have been the Appeal Court that ruled on that. For myself, I think it was unfortunate that that appeal was withdrawn, since the matter was then not dealt with. However, there now seems to be at least an acceptance that Libya was responsible for...

Marine Navigation Aids Bill [HL] — Second Reading (21 Jan 2011)

Lord Boyd of Duncansby: My Lords, I declare an interest as chairman of the Northern Lighthouse Heritage Trust and as a former commissioner of the Northern Lighthouse Board. As other speakers have recognised, we have been here before-the same Bill had its Second Reading less than a year ago-but, nevertheless, like my noble friend Lord Reid, I pay tribute to the tenacity of my noble friend Lord Berkeley in bringing...

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (8 Dec 2010)

Lord Boyd of Duncansby: My Lords, I just want to make one short point. This amendment would sit with the rest of the Bill, because under Clause 11, the rules for distribution of seats take out two constituencies: Orkney and Sheltand. I will not attempt to pronounce the Gaelic name of the Western Isles and the Western Isles Council. They are already there because recognition is being given to the Gaelic language. For...

Queen's Speech — Debate (3rd Day) (27 May 2010)

Lord Boyd of Duncansby: My Lords, I, too, welcome the new Ministers and congratulate them on their appointments. However, I wish to refer to the noble and learned Lord, Lord Wallace of Tankerness. He and I sat next to each other in Cabinet for five years in a coalition Government-although one of a different hue-in Scotland. I formed a very high regard for him during that time, for much of which he was Minister for...

Terrorist Asset-Freezing (Temporary Provisions) Bill — Committee (9 Feb 2010)

Lord Boyd of Duncansby: My Lords, perhaps I could ask the noble Lord about Amendment 7. The Bill extends to Scotland, but I do not see any reference to the jurisdiction of the Scottish courts. Perhaps the noble Lord can tell us what role, if any, the Scottish courts might play, and what happens to somebody in Scotland whose assets are frozen.

Marine Navigation Aids Bill [HL]: Second Reading (5 Feb 2010)

Lord Boyd of Duncansby: My Lords, I declare an interest as chairman of the Northern Lighthouse Heritage Trust, a body set up by the Northern Lighthouse Board to look after property that is no longer part of the General Lighthouse Fund. I was also a commissioner of the Northern Lighthouse Board for nearly 10 years. In 1998 I was present at the ceremony of the automation of the last manned lighthouse in the northern...

Cluster Munitions (Prohibitions) Bill [HL]: Second Reading (8 Dec 2009)

Lord Boyd of Duncansby: My Lords, the Convention on Cluster Munitions is a further welcome addition to international humanitarian law dealing with the protection of civilians. Some would argue that existing international law is sufficient to deal with the issue of cluster munitions, and it is certainly true that there are instruments which are designed to protect civilians in areas of warfare. For example, Part IV...

Afghanistan and Pakistan — Statement (30 Nov 2009)

Lord Boyd of Duncansby: My Lords, I welcome the Statement. Along with other Members of this House and Members of another place, I visited Afghanistan in February of this year. I think that all of us were enormously impressed by the professionalism, to say nothing of the courage, of our troops there. They have undoubtedly suffered deaths and, perhaps more worrying, sometimes horrific injuries for the benefit of all...

Libya — Statement (12 Oct 2009)

Lord Boyd of Duncansby: My Lords—

Libya — Statement (12 Oct 2009)

Lord Boyd of Duncansby: I have an interest, but go on.

Libya — Statement (12 Oct 2009)

Lord Boyd of Duncansby: My Lords, noble Lords will know that I was Solicitor-General for Scotland when the two accused were handed over in Libya for trial and I was Lord Advocate at the time of the prosecution. I appeared myself for parts of the prosecution and was responsible for it. I have been asked on many occasions for my view on the compassionate release of Mr Megrahi and have taken the view that it would not...

Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL]: Report (3rd Day) (19 May 2009)

Lord Boyd of Duncansby: My Lords, before the noble Lord sits down, is he aware that there is a very considerable programme of training and education for justices of the peace which was initiated when the noble Lord, Lord Wallace, was a Minister of Justice in Scotland? Does he agree with me that this programme, which was initiated by the noble Lord, means that justices of the peace are now much better trained than...

Planning Bill (18 Nov 2008)

Lord Boyd of Duncansby: My Lords, I did not support the Government in the Lobbies on the vote last week. Although I was in the building, I absented myself from the vote. That was because I am a member of the Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee, which had reached a clear view on what the proper procedure should be. For those reasons, I felt that I could not support the Government. I would certainly have...

Planning Bill (18 Nov 2008)

Lord Boyd of Duncansby: My Lords, I take that point; I was referring more to the point made by the noble Lord, Lord Goodhart. Nevertheless, this House took a decision last week, albeit by a small majority, on the way ahead. The second reason why I oppose this is that it seems to bring a new procedure into the legislature. I have been a member of this House for only two years, but I have never seen any procedure like...

Planning Bill (18 Nov 2008)

Lord Boyd of Duncansby: My Lords, the super-affirmative provision within the legislative reform procedure is there because we are dealing with primary legislation. This is not primary legislation; it is subordinate legislation.

Planning Bill (18 Nov 2008)

Lord Boyd of Duncansby: My Lords, I am not aware of that provision; the noble Lord has the advantage of me in that respect. It does seem, however, that this is a new procedure within primary legislation to deal with subordinate legislation. The third reason why I cannot support the amendment is that it seems to have flaws. The new procedure would provide that no subordinate legislation would be made by the House of...

Planning Bill (18 Nov 2008)

Lord Boyd of Duncansby: My Lords, I say with the greatest respect to the noble Lord that new subsection (3) says: "During the period of 60 days— (a) either House of Parliament may— (i) debate, or pass a resolution relating to, the regulations, or (ii) refer the regulations to any committee for a report". It seems to me that if, on the 59th day, the regulations are referred to any committee for a report, it is...

Planning Bill (18 Nov 2008)

Lord Boyd of Duncansby: My Lords, in one sense, that makes my point. If, towards the end of the 60 days within which it can refer the matter to a committee, the House refers it to a committee, that makes the whole thing pretty pointless. In my submission, this House has taken a decision on the correct way forward and has said that it is content that the House of Commons should exercise its privilege in financial...

Planning Bill (18 Nov 2008)

Lord Boyd of Duncansby: My Lords, I declare my interest and refer in particular to the fact that I am a solicitor in private practice advising on planning issues. I am also a member of the Commission on Scottish Devolution. The noble Duke, the Duke of Montrose, has moved an interesting amendment in relation to cross-border railways. He is right to say that the responsibility for cross-border railways lies with the...

Planning Bill (10 Nov 2008)

Lord Boyd of Duncansby: My Lords, I, too, support this amendment. I moved a similar amendment in Committee that related only to renewable energies, but this amendment better addresses the point that I sought to make. The point is well made in relation to wind energy, because we in this country have an objective to increase the amount of energy coming from renewable sources. Much wind energy will come from...


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