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Criminal Defence Service (Very High Cost Cases) (Funding) Order 2013 — Motion to Annul (11 December 2013)

Lord Mayhew of Twysden: My Lords, I acknowledge that I have something to declare, which is that many years ago I used to conduct criminal cases as a member of the Bar. I recognise very well what the noble and learned Lord, Lord Woolf, was saying about the fee of two pounds four shillings and sixpence. The difference between the scenario that he described and my own was that he described people of the highest...

Syria and the Use of Chemical Weapons — Motion to Take Note (29 August 2013)

Lord Mayhew of Twysden: My Lords, it is a privilege to follow the noble Lord, Lord Kerr, and it is tantalising that he did not have longer to develop his themes, which were based on enormous experience. I particularly agree with him that the doctrine of punishment has no place in international law. We cannot intervene in order to punish. This might not be universally accepted, especially in the United States, but it...

Reserve Forces — Statement (3 July 2013)

Lord Mayhew of Twysden: My Lords, will my noble friend come back to the question of retention? If the reserve units are to be fully integrated into the Regular Forces, does it not follow that if their members do not step up to the plate when called on to do so, the Regular Forces concerned will be deficient in their capability? Can he think a little further as to whether what he says he has great confidence in ought...

Strengthened Statutory Procedures for the Scrutiny of Delegated Legislation: DPRRC Report — Motion to Take Note (5 March 2013)

Lord Mayhew of Twysden: My Lords, I warmly endorse the tribute that my noble friend has just made to the quality of our staff in the committee of which I hold the honour to be a member. I also warmly endorse the comments with which she concluded her remarks. I suspect that all Ministers would in their heart of hearts prefer to legislate for as much of their policy as possible by means of an order, rather than...

Employment: Rural Employment — Question (5 December 2012)

Lord Mayhew of Twysden: My Lords, is it not the case that in rural areas village shops provide a valuable social good for many people, especially those without motor cars? Perhaps we may hope for recognition that the supermarkets, more distant but very powerful as they are, simply cannot hope to provide that sort of service. May we hope that the Government's policies for rural areas will reflect the special value of...

Crime and Courts Bill [HL]: Report (2nd Day) (Continued) (4 December 2012)

Lord Mayhew of Twysden: It seems almost trite to make the point that wherever you have a chain of command within an organisation, that chain of command should be clear and not muddled or uncertain. If you find that those defects are present, you are bound to get trouble sooner or later-and it will probably be sooner. In the case of the United Kingdom Supreme Court, it seems to me to be very important that there...

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill: Committee (4th Day) (18 January 2012)

Lord Mayhew of Twysden: We quite understand the point that the noble and learned Lord is making: that the intention of Ministers is to restrict legal aid to serious cases and that that is the measure. Would he reflect on the position of someone whose liberty has been wrongfully denied and whether it would be any consolation to know that that resulted not from a deliberate act but from some oversight-a mistake, to...

Defence Transformation — Statement (18 July 2011)

Lord Mayhew of Twysden: My Lords, in the rebalancing of the Army into multi-role brigades, is any role to be retained for the main battle tank? If there is, where will the training for it be able to be done, one wonders, with the loss of the training grounds in Germany. If there is not to be any role for it, what consequential plans are there for those regiments at present equipped with or trained for the use of...

Justice: Reform of Punishment, Rehabilitation, Sentencing and Legal Aid — Statement (21 June 2011)

Lord Mayhew of Twysden: My Lords, the Statement refers with approval to some judicial consultation that has already taken place. Can my noble friend tell us whether judicial consultation has yet extended to the plan for a mandatory sentence for knife crime? If so, can he tell us the character of the judicial response?

European Convention on Human Rights — Debate (19 May 2011)

Lord Mayhew of Twysden: My Lords, I shall look forward to that intervention. I begin by expressing my gratitude to the noble and learned Lord for giving us the opportunity to debate this topical and extremely important subject. Unfashionable though it may be, I remain glad that our country has ratified the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. It is not often recalled-I was...

Public Bodies Bill [HL]: Committee (9th Day) (9 March 2011)

Lord Mayhew of Twysden: My Lords, I, too, am a member of the Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee. I support everything that my noble friend Lady Thomas has said and much of what the noble Baroness, Lady Andrews, has said. She will not expect me, as a loyal supporter of the coalition Government, to endorse every epithet that she used- certainly not the word "reckless", for which I might substitute the...

Armed Forces: Redundancy — Statement (2 March 2011)

Lord Mayhew of Twysden: My Lords, will my noble friend clear up an additional matter about redundancy? The Statement says: "The Army and RAF will give individuals notice that they will be made redundant on 1 September followed by the Navy on 30 September. The exact timing of further tranches has not yet been decided". Does this mean that in the Army and Navy, after 1 September and 30 September respectively,...

Sex Offenders Register — Statement (16 February 2011)

Lord Mayhew of Twysden: My Lords, I ask my noble friend to come back once again to the last sentence of this Statement and its rather combative tone, where it says that it is time to assert that it is Parliament that makes our laws, not the courts. Will she accept from me that I know of no case whatever in which a court has questioned, let alone rejected, that statement of constitutional functions; and that the...

Police: Protest Groups — Question (12 January 2011)

Lord Mayhew of Twysden: My Lords, is there a code of practice that describes the legitimate use of undercover police officers? Do not these officers, in going about their very important, difficult and often dangerous work, have to be very careful not to pressure, persuade or instigate the commission of an offence so as not to lead to their ultimate evidence being excluded by the trial judge on the grounds of unfair...

Rehabilitation and Sentencing — Statement (7 December 2010)

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Rehabilitation and Sentencing — Statement (7 December 2010)

Lord Mayhew of Twysden: My Lords, I apologise to the right reverend Prelate and to the House for being a little previous. Does not equipping prisoners to live a useful life when they are released remain the overriding objective at the head and forefront of the prison rules? If it be the case that today nearly 50 per cent of people who are in prison reoffend within one year of their being released, is it not...

Public Bodies Bill [HL]: Second Reading (9 November 2010)

Lord Mayhew of Twysden: My Lords, it is a great pleasure to follow my friend and fellow Middle Templar. Perhaps I may begin by declaring what may be thought to be an interest in that I am a member of your Lordships' Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee, which will be considering this Bill tomorrow. Since this is a rather torrid debate for my noble friend the Minister, I should like to begin by offering...

House of Lords Reform — Motion to Take Note (29 June 2010)

Lord Mayhew of Twysden: My Lords, it is a privilege to follow the noble Lord, Lord Rooker, and rather a surprise to follow the noble Lord, Lord Wright. I admire both of them. I admired the noble Lord, Lord Rooker, in the House of Commons for many years and admire him in this House. The difference is that I generally agree with him in this House, and I have agreed with him to a very great extent today. The noble...

Bribery Bill [HL]: Commons Amendments (8 April 2010)

Lord Mayhew of Twysden: My Lords, when introducing these amendments the Minister referred to the fact that we had grappled in Committee, and subsequently, with the difficult questions that this particular legislation throws up. To some extent, we have seen today that the grappling is not yet entirely over. I gratefully adopt what my noble and learned friend Lord Mackay of Clashfern said just now. I believe that what...

Bribery Bill [HL]: Commons Amendments (8 April 2010)

Lord Mayhew of Twysden: My Lords, the amendment, as described by the Minister, represents a skilful and adroit compromise, and a balancing of matters and considerations which occupied the scrutiny committee and subsequent investigations. I welcome it.

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