Canlyniadau 1–20 o 7406 ar gyfer speaker:Lord Beith

Post Office (Horizon System) Offences Bill - Report and Third Reading: Amendment 1 (23 Mai 2024)

Lord Beith: My Lords, we would not be considering an amendment like this on Report but for the foreshortening that the general election has imposed. But it is valuable that the point has been brought forward. A little earlier, the Minister gave us a pretty blood-curdling description of some of the offences that might have been covered or have secured convictions as a result of DWP prosecutions. However,...

Post Office (Horizon System) Offences Bill - Committee: Amendment 2 (23 Mai 2024)

Lord Beith: I am grateful for the help the Minister gave the Constitution Committee when we looked at this matter, although we have obviously been unable to report because of the timescale. Does he believe that the Criminal Cases Review Commission can, within its criteria, take account of important new evidence—namely, the failure to disclose what was known about the Horizon system, which is a...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Report (4th Day) (Continued): Amendments 162A and 162AA (21 Mai 2024)

Lord Beith: If Amendment 162B is agreed to, I cannot call Amendment 163 in the name of the noble Baroness, Lady Brinton, by reason of pre-emption.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Privy Council Office Judicial Committee (15 Mai 2024)

Lord Beith: To ask His Majesty's Government whether they intend to bring forward Orders in Council to allow judges from relevant overseas jurisdictions to be appointed to serve on the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (4th Day) (Continued): Amendment 33 (14 Mai 2024)

Lord Beith: As I say, it is the leader of the council who is being questioned as to why the council did not, in the event, agree to a boycott, although there were speeches in the chamber and maybe some votes cast supporting a boycott. What is he able to say that does not fall foul of the legislation as currently drafted? If he says, “The reason we are not going ahead with this is that it is against the...

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (4th Day) (Continued): Amendment 33 (14 Mai 2024)

Lord Beith: I apologise, but I think the Minister is trying to answer at the same time the points that I and the noble Lord, Lord Warner, made. His point was about the category of people referred to in Clause 1(7), I think. I am talking about a situation, directly following the example that I gave and she has used, in which the leader of the council seeks to explain why the council is not doing what at...

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (4th Day) (Continued): Amendment 33 (14 Mai 2024)

Lord Beith: My Lords, I support the amendment that we are discussing, which would remove Clause 4(1)(b), and will speak also to the clause stand part issue that is grouped with it. I declare that I am a member of the Constitution Committee, about which the noble Lord was so complimentary a moment ago. I have also had a long involvement with Liberal Democrat Friends of Israel, and I understand where the...

House of Lords: Reform - Question ( 1 Mai 2024)

Lord Beith: I thank the Minister for paying tribute to our dear colleague, Andrew Stunell, whom we have lost. Given that the Government have no time left in this Parliament for fundamental reform—I agree on that—why have they continued to appoint Peers at a rate that clearly prejudices any claim the House has to be generally representative? There have been 74 new Peers. Is the Government’s...

Angiolini Inquiry Report - Statement ( 5 Maw 2024)

Lord Beith: My Lords, the Minister referred to local accountability. Is he satisfied that the various assurances and procedures that he described will apply to the Civil Nuclear Constabulary and other forces that do not have local accountability?

Avanti Trains - Question (27 Chw 2024)

Lord Beith: My Lords, LNER generally performs significantly better than Avanti, but it is now proposing to reduce the hourly service from Berwick-upon-Tweed to a two-hourly service and lengthen journey times. How is that the improvement in passenger experience of which the Minister spoke?

Written Answers — Department for Science, Innovation and Technology: Telecommunications: Emergency Calls (12 Chw 2024)

Lord Beith: To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the withdrawal of copper wire land lines because of the roll out of full fibre does not leave some homes and schools without access to communication, emergency messages or 999 calls in the event of a power cut which disables both their home power and the power supply to local mobile phone masts.

Teesworks Joint Venture - Statement (30 Ion 2024)

Lord Beith: My Lords, I know that the Minister takes seriously the importance of this project for Teesside, but I do not recognise anything that she said about those parts of the report that are excoriating in their description of how public and private money has been handled. It states that “most decisions are vested in a small number of individuals. This together with the limited reporting means that...

East Coast Main Line - Question (24 Ion 2024)

Lord Beith: To ask His Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with train operators about changes to the East Coast Mainline timetable in December 2024.

East Coast Main Line - Question (24 Ion 2024)

Lord Beith: My Lords, Berwick-upon-Tweed station, serving the Scottish borders and north Northumberland, normally has a quite good hourly train service on the east coast main line. However, now LNER has resurrected the previous abandoned plan to slash that service by half from December, so that the trains will be only every two hours and with longer journey times. Is the Minister prepared to challenge...

Investigatory Powers (Amendment) Bill [HL] - Report: Amendment 39 (23 Ion 2024)

Lord Beith: If Amendment 39 is agreed to, I cannot call Amendment 40 by reason of pre-emption. Amendment 39 agreed. Amendment 40 not moved.

Parliamentary Democracy and Standards in Public Life - Motion to Take Note (11 Ion 2024)

Lord Beith: My Lords, my noble friend made a superb speech, which was not partisan and covered ground that is common to all parties. I will pick up first on her point about law-making by statutory instrument—by powers given to Ministers—with only very limited parliamentary scrutiny. On the only occasion during my time here when this House used that power effectively, the Government went ballistic and...

Levelling Up: North-east England - Question (14 Rha 2023)

Lord Beith: When the Prime Minister announced the cancellation of HS2, he made promises that there would be transport improvements for the north-east, affecting both rail capacity on the east coast main line and the dualling of the A1 north of Newcastle. Given the number of broken promises we have had over the last 50 years on these subjects, will they happen?

King’s Speech - Debate (2nd Day) ( 8 Tach 2023)

Lord Beith: My Lords, today is a personal anniversary for me because it is 50 years since I entered Parliament—I did 42 years in the Commons and have done eight in the Lords—after I won a by-election in 1973. During that time, I have always tried to stand up for parliamentary scrutiny and the need to get legislation properly in order. However, my efforts pale into insignificance beside those of the...


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