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Great Moments In Parliament #561

Lord Phillips of Sudbury: My Lords, I am sorry to interrupt the noble Lord. I am grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Swinfen, for raising a matter on which I myself pressed the Minister on the last occasion. He did say that he would write to me about it. I have told his officials that I have not received that letter and I am still unaware of it. I am also unaware of the authority that he refers to. Perhaps there is a problem in communication, but he is again asserting something which I am not aware is the case. But I take it that he has his facts right and I shall sit down.

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, I can recall signing the letter and I am told that it was handed to the noble Lord, Lord Phillips, on Monday this week. So I am somewhat puzzled that the noble Lord has not received it.

Lord Phillips of Sudbury: My Lords, it must have been the other Lord Phillips, the Lord Chief Justice.

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, we had better check on that, but I think not. The noble Lord, Lord Phillips, is far too well known for us to make such an error.

Lord Phillips of Sudbury: My Lords, I am sorry; I have just nodded to the Minister's officials in the Box. I now recollect that I was handed a letter, and I also recollect that I never read it. So I am altogether covered in confusion and I withdraw the point. [Hansard]


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Oct. 17th, 2005 08:47 am (UTC)
Is there some sort of LJ Hansard "feed" we can subscribe to? Or is this what you're setting up?

I have no idea how these sort of things work, as you well know. Does it require a computer?
Oct. 17th, 2005 11:31 am (UTC)
For those with broadband, there's the Parliament Live service, which broadcasts... what it says. This, however, is less than thrilling. They've just begun a new service that bungs Hansard up on the net within about three hours of us handing our stuff in (and if I could find any trace of the URL for that, you'd be looking at it), and if that floats your boat, good luck to you.
Oct. 17th, 2005 11:31 am (UTC)
Broadband? URL? I find myself covered in confusion.
Oct. 17th, 2005 11:48 am (UTC)
Here's Parliament Live; still can't find out about this "rolling Hansard" service.
Oct. 17th, 2005 11:48 am (UTC)
And you've still got some confusion on your collar.
Oct. 17th, 2005 12:03 pm (UTC)
This'll be on Sky soon - Blues v Reds.
Oct. 17th, 2005 01:17 pm (UTC)
Could we have it as a ticker accross the bottom of the screen?
Oct. 17th, 2005 02:29 pm (UTC)
Doing that live would mean all the initial typing errors were broadcast, though. Such as "this would be a radial change of policy", or "the abolition of schools in Tanzania has led to a 90% rise in applications to primary schools". Also, the transcriber who was convinced that Lord Kingsland was somehow talking about The Society of Ocean Lawyers, when, in his very plummy accent, he had actually said "The Society of Asian Lawyers"...
Oct. 17th, 2005 02:49 pm (UTC)
But it would brighten any lawyer's day, now that Hansard is legally admissable. A foreseeably protracted argument over the intention of parliament, playing with radial and radical could lead to some hopefully interesting judgements and a second home in St Tropez...
Oct. 17th, 2005 09:11 am (UTC)
Beautiful. That's, er, democracy.
Oct. 17th, 2005 11:09 am (UTC)
I read Hansard when I'm having a bad day. It never fails to pick me up.
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