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Modern Slavery Bill: Report (1st Day) (23 February 2015)

Lord James of Blackheath: I thank the Minister for his response to my points, but may I just put two questions to him? I will wholly understand if he chooses to answer in writing afterwards. First, will he give consideration to a comment that appears in the great book in the Library, attributed to Herbert Morrison from early 1945, to the effect that in any case where an orphanage or local council alone authorised a...

Modern Slavery Bill: Report (1st Day) (23 February 2015)

Lord James of Blackheath: I am sorry, that was my first of two questions to the Minister. He stood up, so I thought he was going to answer me. The second question—

Modern Slavery Bill: Report (1st Day) (23 February 2015)

Lord James of Blackheath: I thank the noble Lord for that, but I must point out that they all had court orders last time. My second question is this—

Modern Slavery Bill: Report (1st Day) (23 February 2015)

Lord James of Blackheath: I apologise to the noble Lord if I caused offence, but I thought the situation was that you could reply to the answer you had had from a noble Lord.

Modern Slavery Bill: Report (1st Day) (23 February 2015)

Lord James of Blackheath: I can very easily move to the end. I quoted that last example because it indicates how, in the words of that fellow of 50, all migrant children are now regarded as the untouchables of Australian society. They have no place, no identity—nothing. When the Minister says that he does not think that we need to ban this once and for ever, I say that we do, because the reasons he gives for it...

Modern Slavery Bill: Report (1st Day) (23 February 2015)

Lord James of Blackheath: My Lords, my Amendment 6 is in the same group. I suspect that the followers of Amendment 5 are now well past number 11 and following on in the second innings, so I wonder if I could be forgiven for taking over to speak to my Amendment 6. It is the consequence of a long-running dialogue between the Minister and I, where we have failed to agree having had a long time together on the subject, so...

Modern Slavery Bill — Committee (4th Day) (10 December 2014)

Lord James of Blackheath: The Minister is aware that I have some continuing concerns since I withdrew my Amendment 29. Having listened to the debate on this amendment today, there is a word in the amendment that causes me great concern in the context of the story I recounted to the House. The word is “referral”. In the case of my story, referral would have come far too late: the children were in the middle...

Modern Slavery Bill — Committee (1st Day) (1 December 2014)

Lord James of Blackheath: I am prepared not to press my amendment provided that the Minister can confirm to me that he is satisfied—he may do it outside this meeting if he will—that the moral hazard of allowing any form of institution to sweep away the flotsam and jetsam by sending them abroad is outlawed by this Bill.

Modern Slavery Bill — Committee (1st Day) (1 December 2014)

Lord James of Blackheath: In view of that, I shall not press my amendment.

Modern Slavery Bill — Committee (1st Day) (1 December 2014)

Lord James of Blackheath: I shall speak to Amendment 29. First, I should declare my interests. I am the son of a couple who met as children in an orphanage, and my father was put to work as an unpaid kitchen boy for 11 years at Quaglino’s nightclub in London, in return for the orphanage being paid 1 a month for his services. That seems to me to fulfil a pretty good definition of slavery. But if he was...

Queen’s Speech — Debate (3rd Day) (Continued) (9 June 2014)

Lord James of Blackheath: My Lords, I have indicated previously the impact that forced migration has had upon my family. We had in the Queen’s Speech a Bill for dealing with the abuse of children and the intention to bring forward better controls over trafficking. Those are closely connected. This country has a terrible record in its handling of the migration of its own subjects. It has combined the most...

Budget Statement — Motion to Take Note (27 March 2014)

Lord James of Blackheath: My Lords, I shall deal with two separate points and will make a separate declaration of interest on each. First, I was for a significant period early in my career a member of Lloyds Bank. In that context, I want to address one point which arises in the Chancellor’s address on the Budget. It is probably the only sentence in the whole thing that does not deal with the Budget. He said:...

Banks: Payment Protection Insurance — Question (13 January 2014)

Lord James of Blackheath: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to require all banks which have refunded payment protection insurance (PPI) monies to customers to send each such customer a statement, without charge, setting out how much money has been refunded under each of the three separate elements comprising a PPI payout.

Banks: Payment Protection Insurance — Question (13 January 2014)

Lord James of Blackheath: I thank the noble Lord for that Answer, but will he take it into account that the banks got off on the wrong foot with the repayment programme by refusing to write a letter to everybody telling them that they owed them some money? It was left to customers to initiate their own claim and there is no certainty that many have not slipped through the net. The noble Lord’s Answer does not...

Financial Services (Banking Reform) Bill — Report (2nd Day) (27 November 2013)

Lord James of Blackheath: My Lords, I have a reputation for introducing sidetrack issues which distract the House. However, I have just listened very intently to the noble Lord, Lord Eatwell, and I think that I disagree with most of what he said. I would like to cite a case history and then invite him to say how what he said would relate to it. I was very concerned to read in recent weeks about the Royal Bank of...

Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill — Committee (3rd Day) (20 November 2013)

Lord James of Blackheath: My Lords, I support my noble friend Lord Marlesford on his amendment, but I wish also to make a small criticism of it—that it is lacking in focus. While it deals with the issues of litter very effectively, it does not go far enough in addressing the issues of offensive behaviour in cars and other moving vehicles, which is increasingly prevalent among young people. I cite the example of...

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

Lord James of Blackheath: My Lords, six and a half hours ago, my noble friend the Leader stood up to launch this debate and made a series of very interesting statements, of which four stuck in my memory at that time and have haunted me through the day. First, my noble friend said that there were 3,600 hospital cases after the attack and 350 dead, but he did not say whether the 3,600 were all injured by the same...

Mesothelioma Bill [HL] — Third Reading (22 July 2013)

Lord James of Blackheath: My Lords, I had not expected to rise at this stage of the debate but, having listened to the noble Lord, Lord Howarth, I feel compelled to do so on behalf of the insurance industry, as he has made a serious allegation of fundamental dishonesty within it. I remind the House that I myself have stood trial in the USA on a charge that would have got me 24 years in the slammer, and was acquitted....

Mesothelioma Bill [HL] — Third Reading (22 July 2013)

Lord James of Blackheath: I thank the noble Lord for that. I hope that he will appreciate that my concern was that I did not want to start the forthcoming Session by doing the perp walk down the middle of a 747 on an extradition order back to the USA.

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