Results 1–20 of 1623 for speaker:Mr Gerry Bermingham

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Narey Reforms (1 Feb 2001)

Mr Gerry Bermingham: I declare an interest as a practising lawyer. Bearing in mind that part two of the Narey reforms is now coming into effect, will my hon. and learned Friend learn the lesson of the procedures that took place in Northampton and other places during the experimental period, where it was found that if the process went ahead too quickly, the case that finally came to trial was deficient from the...

Lockerbie (31 Jan 2001)

Mr Gerry Bermingham: The Foreign Secretary mentioned the possibility of an appeal. I do not seek to trespass into that field, but can he tell me who will hear the appeal and where it will be heard, bearing in mind the fact that the trial was heard in the Netherlands? Perhaps the Foreign Secretary will take this brilliant example of Scottish justice operating abroad as a method of persuading his opposite number in...

Orders of the Day — Tribunals of Inquiry (Evidence) Act 1921 (23 Jan 2001)

Mr Gerry Bermingham: Does my hon. Friend agree that the Director of Public Prosecutions has already said that there will be no prosecution in respect of the second batch because of the question of getting a fair trial? It seems logical that the DPP will reach the same conclusion about the 64 cases that Manchester police are now investigating.

Orders of the Day — Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Bill (22 Jan 2001)

Mr Gerry Bermingham: I begin by declaring a series of interests. I was for many years a smoker; I am not now. I took ill as a result of smoking, suffering a major heart attack three and a half years ago. I have for years represented in the courts smugglers, crooks and criminals who have smuggled, fiddled and defrauded—and been acquitted, usually owing to my efforts—in connection with cigarettes, alcohol and...

Orders of the Day — Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Bill (22 Jan 2001)

Mr Gerry Bermingham: Quite right. I have a track record about which I can be truly appalled. Tonight, I hope to try to bring some sanity and levity to what is not merely a serious argument but a deadly one: how do we stop people smoking? I stopped because I had a heart attack. Believe me, dying is not a pleasant experience—I know that only too well. Coming back is quite a frightening experience—the broken...

Orders of the Day — Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Bill (22 Jan 2001)

Mr Gerry Bermingham: That is precisely my point. If society were responsible, and it became known to those who make films that we would not tolerate smoking, they would not portray smokers in their films. If we make it obvious to them that that is what we demand, as a society and as a European market—a massive market—we will find the Americans rather quick on the uptake when it comes to brass. If they know...

Orders of the Day — Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Bill (22 Jan 2001)

Mr Gerry Bermingham: My hon. Friend makes a good point. I am not against Mr. and Mrs. Smith and baby Smith coming back with 200 fags for mum, 200 for dad, a few bottles of wine and the odd bottle of whisky. That is fine. I am against what is actually happening. There are two or three guys with a van loaded with 2,000 or 3,000 cans of beer, boxes of whisky and wine, and 4,000 or 5,000 fags. We all know what...

Orders of the Day — Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Bill (22 Jan 2001)

Mr Gerry Bermingham: I disagree, because people will then go back to asking what advertising is all about. Advertising makes a product known. When I was seven—well, I concede that there were not many advertisements then, as we were just coming out of a world war, although that is another story. As advertising was not prevalent then, I had better move on a few years to the time when I was a young man. In those...

Orders of the Day — Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Bill (22 Jan 2001)

Mr Gerry Bermingham: I will declare my interest later, Mr. Deputy Speaker, if I catch your eye. In the meantime, does the hon. Gentleman agree that it might be a start if we persuaded tobacco companies not to export British-made cigarettes with British-made health warnings to such places as Benidorm from where they promptly come back in the form of British cigarettes with a British health warning? If the health...

Orders of the Day — Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Bill (22 Jan 2001)

Mr Gerry Bermingham: First let me say that I have an interest, to which I shall refer later. Does my hon. Friend agree that the only reason why there is a market for smuggled tobacco is that there is a market for tobacco? Remove the market for tobacco and we remove the need to smuggle.

Orders of the Day — Freedom of Information Bill: General Right of Access to Information Held by Public Authorities (27 Nov 2000)

Mr Gerry Bermingham: On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. Would you not think it appropriate that, after 12 generations in the House, the hon. Member for Guildford (Mr. St. Aubyn) could at least have learned the rules?

Immigration Appeals (20 Nov 2000)

Mr Gerry Bermingham: I must declare an interest as one who from time to time gets involved in immigration matters. I am becoming increasingly concerned by what we mean by "appeal". Were an appeal to be held abroad, how would all the facts in respect of the sponsor be put before the adjudicator, who might have said no in the first place? Were an appeal to be held in this country, how would all the facts be put...

Immigration Appeals (20 Nov 2000)

Mr Gerry Bermingham: The cynic in me is beginning to grow. The more expensive we make the system, the less likely people are to appeal. We make the system prohibitively expensive so nobody will appeal and we get over the problem. Surely that cannot be right.

Orders of the Day — Criminal Justice and Court Services Bill: Definitions (14 Nov 2000)

Mr Gerry Bermingham: I have been listening carefully to the hon. Lady, and a thought has started to cross my mind. If we take the city of Birmingham and the next-door town of Wolverhampton, which are not in the same local government area, why should there be different needs in two adjacent towns? The hon. Lady's argument about the board meeting local needs has no great substance, so perhaps she will provide an...

Orders of the Day — Criminal Justice and Court Services Bill: Definitions (14 Nov 2000)

Mr Gerry Bermingham: Does my right hon. Friend agree that there is already a precedent for central, as it were, control with local leaders in the Crown Prosecution Service as now restructured, in that the Director of Public Prosecutions appoints the local chief prosecutors? I have reservations about the Bill, so will my right hon. Friend undertake to ensure that the mistake of underfunding the Crown Prosecution...

Orders of the Day — Criminal Justice and Court Services Bill: Definitions (14 Nov 2000)

Mr Gerry Bermingham: In asking that question, may I declare an interest as a member of the Bar? I forgot to mention it, but I think that everyone knows.

Criminal Justice (Mode of Trial) (No. 2)Bill (Allocation of Time) (25 Jul 2000)

Mr Gerry Bermingham: I apologise for intervening, because I have only recently come into the debate. However, as there is a wide variation in sentencing between different Crown court centres, will the hon. Gentleman tell us how on earth we will achieve, under this ridiculous new system, uniformity of appeal procedures as between Crown court centres?

Opposition Day: Prisoners (Early Release) (3 Jul 2000)

Mr Gerry Bermingham: I shall be brief, as I shall stick to the specific subject of the debate and refrain from going over all the things that have or have not gone wrong over the 30 years that I have been in the House. I declared my interest as a practising lawyer in my intervention in the speech by the right hon. Member for Maidstone and The Weald (Miss Widdecombe). I have many years of practical experience as a...

Opposition Day: Prisoners (Early Release) (3 Jul 2000)

Mr Gerry Bermingham: The right hon. Lady, from a sedentary position, throws her eyes to heaven and says "700 crimes". Did she, in her experience at the Home Office, ever look at the figures of crimes committed by those released on licence and on parole, or when they were under a suspended sentence? If those were totalled up, noughts would be added to that figure of 700. I concede, from the word go, that 700 is...


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