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Queen’s Speech - Debate (4th Day) (24 May 2016)

Lord James of Blackheath: My Lords, I will talk entirely on the subject of LIBOR, but under separate headings. I am sorry that LIBOR was not in the gracious Speech, because there is an urgent matter which should get the close attention of your Lordships’ House. We are facing the prospect of an enormous smash-and-grab raid from the USA on our quite legitimate LIBOR interests. It falls to this House to take a very...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (4th Day) (24 May 2016)

Lord James of Blackheath: I will sum up and conclude. We have to resolve this in some way. We do not have the Supreme Court among us directly now but surely we can ask it to consider either reintroducing a proper appeal process or a retrial, either of which would lead us to some form of justice. Alternatively, why can we not pass this to the newly formed Criminal Cases Review Commission and ask it to get its teeth...

Gambling (Categorisation and Use of B2 Gaming Machines) Bill [HL]: Second Reading (11 Mar 2016)

Lord James of Blackheath: My Lords, I need to declare several interests that are set down in the register, one of which I have to say with some embarrassment is that I am probably the only Member of your Lordships’ House who has run a casino. That is almost as bad as admitting to having run a bordello—which I emphasise I have not. The consequence of my experience in the casino has given me some suggestions...

Online Safety Bill [HL] — Committee (11 Dec 2015)

Lord James of Blackheath: As a non-lawyer, may I intervene with a query? The phrase “adult” services is a colloquial euphemism. In my understanding, or non-understanding of the law, it is interpreted as to the literal use of the language. Would not it be unambiguous and better if it was just to say “pornographic”?

Strategic Defence and Security Review — Motion to Take Note (3 Dec 2015)

Lord James of Blackheath: My Lords, I fear that I may be flying under false colours in this debate, because the title makes direct reference to international security and stability but all my concerns are with the lack of any direct reference to our domestic internal security and stability, which I think should have been closely addressed in the report, and the lack of which I think is shameful. We are not going to be...

Syria: UK Military Action — Motion to Take Note (2 Dec 2015)

Lord James of Blackheath: My Lords, it has been an intermittently recurring theme today that some frustration has been expressed by noble Lords about the impact of Mr Putin’s apparent loyalty towards Mr Assad, to the extent that he would block and preclude any restructuring of Syria post this crisis. Yet nobody seems to know the nature of the connection between Mr Putin and Mr Assad. Without knowing that, I do...

Middle East and North Africa — Motion to Take Note (16 Sep 2015)

Lord James of Blackheath: My Lords, I come to this issue from a slightly different direction. I live in West Sussex and am looking at what is happening there as a result of all this. There is huge zeal and enthusiasm to be called upon to do something to help. In the absence of any direction or instruction from anyone, local people are trying to make it up as they go along. They are getting into a muddle and need some...

Modern Slavery Bill: Report (1st Day) (23 Feb 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 Feb 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 Feb 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 Feb 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 Feb 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 Feb 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 Dec 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 Dec 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 Dec 2014)

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

Modern Slavery Bill — Committee (1st Day) (1 Dec 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 Jun 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 Mar 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 Jan 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.


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