Amendment 156BA

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Report (4th Day) (Continued) – in the House of Lords at 10:00 pm on 21 May 2024.

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Earl Howe:

Moved by Earl Howe

156BA: Clause 58, page 58, line 33, leave out from “legislation” to end of line 36 and insert “(whenever passed or made)”Member’s explanatory statementThis amendment enables legislation passed or made after the current session of Parliament to be consequentially amended by regulations under Clause 58.

Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe Deputy Leader of the House of Lords

My Lords, I shall speak to Amendment 156BA and to the three further government amendments in this group. Yesterday’s publication of the infected blood inquiry’s final report has laid bare the devastating tragedy and suffering that far too many people have endured as a result of the infected blood scandal. I trust and hope that the House is assured of the Government’s commitment to compensate victims of this dreadful scandal, and to do so as quickly as possible. Noble Lords will have seen that I have withdrawn government Amendments 162 and 165, which would make early commencement provisions for the establishment of the infected blood compensation authority and interim payments to the estates of deceased infected people. Having done so, I am now proposing to replace those amendments with government Amendment 162AA, the effect of which is to ensure that all provisions under Part 3 will be available to government on Royal Assent. This will ensure what I know is the wish of all noble Lords: that there will be no unnecessary delay to implementation of the infected blood compensation scheme.

This group also contains further consequential amendments—government Amendments 157CB and 157CC—which allow for consequential amendments of other legislation to be made to ensure that the legislation operates as intended. I beg to move.

Photo of Baroness Brinton Baroness Brinton Liberal Democrat

My Lords, from these Benches, we are very grateful that the Government have agreed to move forward with these amendments. It is extremely important that things move at pace. Obviously, there is always a bit of concern about a regulation that can revoke primary legislation, but given the circumstances, it is completely understandable. Given the lateness of the hour, I will stop there.

Photo of Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede Shadow Spokesperson (Justice), Shadow Spokesperson (Home Affairs)

My Lords, I agree with the noble Baroness, Lady Brinton. We welcome these amendments.

Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe Deputy Leader of the House of Lords

I am grateful.

Amendment 156BA agreed.

Clause 59: Regulations