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Oral Answers to Questions — Advocate-General: Devolution (8 Apr 2003)

Dr Lynda Clark: Since 11 March, 31 devolution issue minutes were intimated to me. They concerned a variety of matters, including delay in court proceedings; challenges to confiscation orders; the requirement on the defence to lodge notice of intention to lead sexual history evidence in trials; and the fixing of punishment-part life licence hearings. In the civil sphere there was only one case, which...

Oral Answers to Questions — Advocate-General: Devolution (8 Apr 2003)

Dr Lynda Clark: As I have said time and again, I cannot advise on such matters in the abstract. If proposals are made by the Scottish Executive, and intimated to me in due course if they are to take the form of legislation, I shall do my usual job and look into them. The hon. Gentleman does not seem to understand that such matters are difficult; they must be seen in the context of the complicated structure...

Oral Answers to Questions — Advocate-General: Devolution (8 Apr 2003)

Dr Lynda Clark: I am surprised that the hon. Lady still does not understand the devolution structures. The Scottish Executive do not consult me as a Law Officer. I am not the Law Officer to the Scottish Executive; I am the Law Officer to the UK Government. The Scottish Executive can, if they wish, consult their own Law Officers—the Lord Advocate and the Solicitor-General. Those are the devolution...

Oral Answers to Questions — Advocate-General: Devolution (8 Apr 2003)

Dr Lynda Clark: My hon. Friend raises an interesting issue. As I have told the House, some hundreds of cases of delay have been intimated to me as devolution issues. Some quite complex legal problems have surrounded some of these issues, and we have taken a number of test cases. The most important of these was the case of R, which was dealt with in the Privy Council, and in which I appeared personally. That...

Oral Answers to Questions — Advocate-General: Devolution (8 Apr 2003)

Dr Lynda Clark: I refer the hon. Lady to the answer I gave some moments ago to the hon. Member for Argyll and Bute (Mr. Reid).

Oral Answers to Questions — Advocate-General: Devolution (8 Apr 2003)

Dr Lynda Clark: I am grateful to the hon. Lady for raising this interesting issue, which came up in debate on an amendment. As I explained, it came before me as part of the Bill, which has now been passed. The four-week period expires tomorrow. It is not my practice to advise on this, but I will write to the hon. Lady tomorrow, once the four-week period expires, to explain to her whether I have decided to...

Written Answers — Advocate-General: Devolution (8 Apr 2003)

Dr Lynda Clark: I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Argyll and Bute (Mr. Reid), Official Report, 8 April 2003, column 119.

Written Answers — Advocate-General: Human Rights (8 Apr 2003)

Dr Lynda Clark: I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Argyll and Bute (Mr. Reid), Official Report, 8 April 2003, column 119.

Written Answers — Advocate-General: Human Rights (8 Apr 2003)

Dr Lynda Clark: I have had no discussions with the Scottish Ministers regarding the proposed establishment of a Scottish Human Rights Commission.

Written Answers — Advocate-General: Overseas Trips (27 Mar 2003)

Dr Lynda Clark: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my hon. Friend, the Minister for the Cabinet Office, on 22 January, Official Report, column 334W.

Written Answers — Advocate-General: Agricultural Holdings (Scotland) Bill (19 Mar 2003)

Dr Lynda Clark: Since my oral answer of 11 March Official Report, column 151, Stage 3 of the Agricultural Holdings (Scotland) Bill took place on 12 March, and on that date the Bill was passed by the Scottish Parliament. The period of four weeks beginning with the passing of the Bill applies in terms of Section 33 of the Scotland Act 1998, and this is not affected by dissolution of the Scottish Parliament....

Oral Answers to Questions — Advocate-General: Human Rights (11 Mar 2003)

Dr Lynda Clark: Since 4 February, I have received intimation of 36 devolution issue minutes, all of which concerned human rights matters.

Oral Answers to Questions — Advocate-General: Human Rights (11 Mar 2003)

Dr Lynda Clark: The Government always give serious thought to human rights issues. That is why we introduced the Human Rights Act 1998. The Government are dealing with the position.

Oral Answers to Questions — Advocate-General: Devolution (11 Mar 2003)

Dr Lynda Clark: Since 4 February, I have examined devolution issues on a wide variety of topics including: challenges by life prisoners to fixing the punishment part of life licence hearings; the criminal liability of corporate bodies; pre-trial delay and whether the requirement on the defence to disclose that it plans to raise sexual history evidence breaches the accused's right to a fair trial.

Oral Answers to Questions — Advocate-General: Devolution (11 Mar 2003)

Dr Lynda Clark: Without specific notice of the amendment to which the hon. Lady refers, I cannot give her a chapter-and-verse answer. In general, the question whether a partnership issue is reserved or devolved depends on the way in which it is introduced. The Scottish Parliament can table any amendment that it wishes. However, I ultimately have four weeks in which to consider the Bill and decide whether it...

Oral Answers to Questions — Advocate-General: Human Rights (11 Mar 2003)

Dr Lynda Clark: I refer the hon. Gentleman to the reply I gave some moments ago to the hon. Member for Vale of York (Miss McIntosh).

Oral Answers to Questions — Advocate-General: Human Rights (11 Mar 2003)

Dr Lynda Clark: My parliamentary and statutory duties do not cover such matters. General policy issues on such a subject are a matter for my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Transport. It is up to the agency to observe its duties. It might become a devolution issue if anyone is dissatisfied and wants to challenge the way in which the agency does that.

Written Answers — Advocate-General for Scotland: Job Sharing (6 Feb 2003)

Dr Lynda Clark: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given today by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland.

Oral Answers to Questions — Advocate-General: Human Rights (4 Feb 2003)

Dr Lynda Clark: Since 7 January, 32 human rights issues have been intimated to me, all relating to criminal matters. They dealt with a wide variety of topics, including undue delay in criminal proceedings; refusal to release prisoners on life licence; the definition of the offences of shameless indecency and false accusation; the availability of essential witnesses for trial; and the use of CCTV evidence.

Oral Answers to Questions — Advocate-General: Human Rights (4 Feb 2003)

Dr Lynda Clark: I appreciate the hon. Gentleman's concern for his constituents, who were obviously caused great distress. I am sure that he understands that policy responsibility for such matters does not lie with me. UK Ministers are always concerned about such incidents, so I am sure that they will pay attention to the matter.


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