Canlyniadau 1–20 o 4377 ar gyfer speaker:Lord Murphy of Torfaen

Northern Ireland: Legacy of the Troubles - Question ( 7 Mai 2024)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: My Lords, it is not just the Irish Government who were opposed to the very controversial legacy legislation. Every single Northern Ireland political party opposed it. The Minister knows that you can move in Northern Ireland, eventually, only by consensus. It seems to me that there has to be more discussion with the Irish Government, who are a joint guarantor of the Good Friday agreement after...

Transport System: Failings - Motion to Take Note (25 Ebr 2024)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: My Lords, it is a great pleasure to follow the compelling contribution to our debate by the noble Lord, Lord Holmes. It was also a great pleasure, as always, to listen to my noble friend Lord Snape. He is a great expert on these matters. I will speak about railways. Like everybody else who wanted to speak about this, I was caught short this morning by my honourable friend Louise Haigh’s...

Northern Ireland - Motion for an Humble Address: Amendment to the Motion (27 Chw 2024)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: My Lords, it is always a great pleasure to follow the noble Baroness, Lady Suttie, on occasions such as this. She, like others, made reference to Lord Patrick Cormack. I want to put on record my thanks for his friendship over the years. I knew him for approximately 34 years, and the last major occasion I was with him was when he showed me around Lincoln Cathedral. As the noble and right...

Windsor Framework (Constitutional Status of Northern Ireland) Regulations 2024 - Motion to Approve (13 Chw 2024)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: My Lords, it has been a long night, but an important night. I hope there will be another debate in the not-too-distant future which will allow more Members of your Lordships’ House to take part on this important issue. The Opposition support the statutory instrument, as we support the deal done by the Government and the DUP. I add my own congratulations to the Minister personally, to his...

Northern Ireland Executive Formation - Statement ( 1 Chw 2024)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: My Lords, it was only last week that we debated the legislation deferring this decision and pondered whether we would arrive at a settlement. The Minister was very coy but, as the result of a great deal of negotiation, we have now arrived at a considerable and significant deal. I congratulate both the Secretary of State on the work that he has obviously done over the last number of months to...

Arts - Motion to Take Note ( 1 Chw 2024)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: My Lords, it is a great pleasure to take part in what has been a great debate. I particularly welcome my noble friend Lord Bragg’s powerful and penetratingly relevant speech on the arts today. He referred, quite rightly, to the chaos caused by the former Culture Secretary and Arts Council England to the English National Opera. I will refer to opera outside London, which has equally been...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill - Second Reading (24 Ion 2024)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: My Lords, we have been here before—quite a few times. Even though that is the case, I and the Opposition support the Government in bringing the legislation forward. It will avoid an election, which I do not think anybody wants, and, because of the shortness of the period that the extension is covering—just two weeks—perhaps we are allowed some hint of optimism that something might be...

Investigatory Powers (Amendment) Bill [HL] - Report: Amendment 1 (23 Ion 2024)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: My Lords, I rise very briefly to support my noble friend Lord West in his excellent speech regarding the Intelligence and Security Committee, which I had the honour of chairing for two years some years ago. I hope that the Government take great heed of my noble friend’s words. The ISC is probably the most important oversight committee in the world, and it is certainly held in great respect...

Intergovernmental Relations Within the United Kingdom - Motion to Take Note (18 Ion 2024)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: My Lords, I cannot recall intergovernmental relations ever being mentioned when the Cabinet committee considered devolution for Scotland and Wales in 1997. Indeed, after the elections to the Parliament and the Assembly, when I, as Welsh Secretary, had to deal with the Welsh Government, relations were very good. They were good, really, because of personal relationships. We had a Labour...

Investigatory Powers (Amendment) Bill [HL] - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 56 (13 Rha 2023)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: My Lords, when I started life in politics a long time ago—50 years or so ago—when the general public, or people who had political ideas, thought about the security services they were generally criticised because they were spying on people who should not be spied on, such as political activists and all the rest of it. By the time the noble Baroness, Lady Manningham-Buller, and myself...

Investigatory Powers (Amendment) Bill [HL] - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 43 (13 Rha 2023)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: My Lords, I support the points the noble Baroness, Lady Manningham-Buller, made about Amendment 50 regarding the revelation of whether someone who is in a legislature has been tapped. I do not think that is possible. I think it has all sorts of practical difficulties which she rightly outlined, and that situation is something that I could not in any way support. I want to come back to the...

Investigatory Powers (Amendment) Bill [HL] - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 1 (11 Rha 2023)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: My Lords, I support my noble friends Lord Coaker and Lord West with regard to the Intelligence and Security Committee amendments. In 2005, when I became the chair of the Intelligence and Security Committee, nearly two decades had passed since the committee originally started life, when people did not really understand what it was all about. It had not been accepted, particularly, by agencies...

Investigatory Powers (Amendment) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (20 Tach 2023)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: That was an interesting speech by the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of St Albans, because he put his finger on the dilemma of any legislation like this: the balance between liberty as a subject on the one hand and the security of our citizens on the other. That has become increasingly complicated as the years have gone by. As the noble Lord, Lord Anderson of Ipswich, has mentioned, I was...

Tata Steel: Port Talbot - Statement (19 Med 2023)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: My Lords, can I press the Minister on the point of process and communication that he has touched on? When I had the privilege of being the Secretary of State for Wales, I went to Port Talbot steelworks on many occasions. On those occasions, I saw a very close relationship with the trade unions and the representatives of the workforce. It seems to me that they have been completely left out of...

Northern Ireland Budget (No. 2) Bill - Second Reading (and remaining stages) (14 Med 2023)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: My Lords, it has been said by nearly everybody who has taken part in this debate that we should not be having it and that this should be decided by the representatives of the people of Northern Ireland at Stormont. But we are where we are, so we clearly need to support the Government so that Northern Ireland can have some money. Without the Bill, its public services will not function. The...

Northern Ireland Troubles (Legacy and Reconciliation) Bill - Commons Reason: Motion A (12 Med 2023)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: It has been a long time—well over a year, as the Minister said—and I continue to say that I do not blame the Government for one second for trying to resolve what is a hugely difficult issue. Of course they were right to do so, but they do not have the answer. My right honourable friend the new shadow Secretary for Northern Ireland, Hilary Benn—I welcome him to his post and,...

Northern Ireland Troubles (Legacy and Reconciliation) Bill - Commons Amendments: Motion B1 (as an amendment to Motion B) ( 5 Med 2023)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: My Lords, I beg leave to test the opinion of the House. Ayes 201, Noes 190.

Northern Ireland Troubles (Legacy and Reconciliation) Bill - Commons Amendments: Motion A1 (as an amendment to Motion A) ( 5 Med 2023)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: My Lords, I will speak to the complicated amendments in the Motion in my name on the Marshalled List. Like the Minister, I wish to pay tribute to his civil servants, who have worked very hard on this Bill during a very long 13 months. I also thank the Minister himself for the courtesy and diligence with which he has taken this dreadful Bill through this House. I do not believe for one second...

Police Service of Northern Ireland: Security and Data Protection Breach - Commons Urgent Question ( 5 Med 2023)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: My Lords, the breach of security in the PSNI was absolutely catastrophic for both the morale and the security of all the people who work for it, including civilians. Nearly 4,000 people —40% of police officers who work for the PSNI—have self-referred to its emergency threat management group. It has led to the resignation of the chief constable of Northern Ireland, whom we thank for the...


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