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My Lords, I will make a few remarks in support of the noble Lord, Lord Pannick, my noble friend Lord Beecham and the noble and learned Lord, Lord Woolf. In their consultation paper, which preceded the proposed changes, the Government acknowledged: “Judicial review is a critical check on the power of the State, providing an effective mechanism for challenging the decisions, acts or omissions...
My Lords, I, too, congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Deech, on having secured this timely debate. I will confine myself to the impact of the Lord Chancellor’s legal aid proposals on judicial review. The Constitutional Reform Act 2005 provides in Part 1 that the Act will not adversely affect, “the existing constitutional principle of the rule of law, or … the Lord Chancellor's...
While acknowledging the Minister's own commitment to the Human Rights Act, are there not at least double standards at work, or worse hypocrisy, when the Prime Minister and other members of the Cabinet preach the virtues of human rights and respect for the rule of law abroad while trashing these self-same virtues at home?
Entered the House of Lords in 1987
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