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Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - Commons Reasons: Motion B1 (as an amendment to Motion B) (20 Mar 2024)

Lord Howard of Lympne: Is it not the case that that legislation did not simply lack the controls advocated by the noble and learned Lord, Lord Hope? It did not have the controls that are in this Bill. There was no monitoring committee. It simply did not have these controls in that legislation.

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - Third Reading: Motion (12 Mar 2024)

Lord Howard of Lympne: My Lords, I wish to make a point which I hope may be taken into account by honourable Members in another place, though I fear it is unlikely to find favour with most of your Lordships. I cast no aspersions on the motivation which has led to the amendments your Lordships have passed. An undeniable consequence of most of these amendments would be delay in dealing with an issue which is regarded...

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - Report (2nd Day): Amendment 36 ( 6 Mar 2024)

Lord Howard of Lympne: I agree with the noble and learned Lord, Lord Hope—this is not the time to go back over the arguments we previously had. However, will the noble Lord and the noble Lord, Lord Alton, not accept that the one ground on which they cannot rely in support of their arguments is what Winston Churchill and the founding fathers of the convention said? They specifically considered whether the court...

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 1 ( 4 Mar 2024)

Lord Howard of Lympne: My Lords, I begin by associating myself with the remarks of my noble friend Lord Hailsham about the late Lord Cormack. I cannot add anything to what my noble friend said, but it is entirely true that Lord Cormack is a great loss and we shall all miss him tremendously. I am grateful to the noble Baroness, Lady Chakrabarti, and my noble friend for their references to my earlier intervention in...

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (Continued): Amendment 91 (19 Feb 2024)

Lord Howard of Lympne: My Lords, I am sorry to detain your Lordships at this late hour. I shall try to be very brief. This amendment, particularly proposed new subsection (6), is remarkably similar to an amendment put forward earlier in Committee by the noble Baroness, Lady Chakrabarti, which I characterised as outsourcing decision-making to the UNHCR. I had a little spat with the noble Lord, Lord Kerr, about that...

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (Continued): Amendment 57 (19 Feb 2024)

Lord Howard of Lympne: My Lords, the words that I am about to utter are largely not mine. They are the words of the noble and learned Lord, Lord Hoffmann, who I am delighted to see in his place, in the preface he wrote to a paper on Rule 39 written by Professor Richard Ekins, professor of law and constitutional government at Oxford, and published by Policy Exchange last year. The noble and learned Lord, Lord...

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 4 (12 Feb 2024)

Lord Howard of Lympne: These questions have ranged far and wide, but was not the one issue, as I understand it, on which the Supreme Court came to its decision the risk of refoulement? That is covered in the treaty, and anybody would be able to see and know whether anyone was refouled in breach of international law and the concern expressed by the Supreme Court.

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 4 (12 Feb 2024)

Lord Howard of Lympne: My Lords, I had not intended to speak on this group, but the noble and learned Lord, Lord Falconer, has just raised an extremely interesting point. He suggested that a decision by the Secretary of State, having considered the factors referred to by the noble Lord, Lord German, should be subject to judicial review. The principles of judicial review are clear: the court does not substitute its...

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 1 (12 Feb 2024)

Lord Howard of Lympne: Before the noble Baroness goes to the point where she disagrees with me, I thank her for her response to the first point I made. Of course, I do not speak for the Government, but no doubt we will consider the matter further when we get to Report.

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 1 (12 Feb 2024)

Lord Howard of Lympne: As I said in answer to the noble Lord, Lord Kerr, it is not simply a question of seeking advice from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. The amendments clearly state that, unless positive advice is obtained, no one can be removed to Rwanda. So the decision will no longer be the decision of the Secretary of State; it will be the decision of the United Nations High Commissioner...

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 1 (12 Feb 2024)

Lord Howard of Lympne: I think it is perfectly reasonable, if one wants to know the intention of the amendment, to look at the Member’s explanatory statement. That is, indeed, the purpose of the explanatory statement. I note with interest, but not with surprise, that none of these amendments is signed by any member of the Opposition Front Bench. I am not surprised because no party that aspires to government could...

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 1 (12 Feb 2024)

Lord Howard of Lympne: My Lords, I must begin by apologising for the fact that I was abroad at the time of Second Reading and was therefore not in my place at that time. Much was made at Second Reading of the notion that the Bill in some way contravenes our constitutional principles, is an affront to the separation of powers, and infringes on the power of the judiciary. Those allegations are thoroughly misconceived...

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 1 (12 Feb 2024)

Lord Howard of Lympne: I fear not. The easiest way of replying to the noble Lord is to read from the Member’s explanatory statement on the amendment: “The amendments require positive UNHCR advice on the safety of Rwanda to be laid before Parliament before claims for asylum in the UK may be processed in Rwanda”. If there is no positive advice from the UNHCR, those claims cannot be processed in Rwanda. I think...

Israel/Gaza - Motion to Take Note (24 Oct 2023)

Lord Howard of Lympne: My Lords, it is a privilege, albeit a rather chastening privilege, to follow the noble and right reverend Lord and all who have spoken so eloquently in this debate. I echo what has been said about the terrible events of 7 October. Over the last few days, I have been listening to the incredibly moving testimony of the families of some of those murdered and some of those taken hostage. I urge...

Israel and Gaza - Statement (16 Oct 2023)

Lord Howard of Lympne: My Lords, I have just been talking to the families of some of those who have been taken hostage in Gaza. The NGOs and the United Nations have understandably been vociferous in their concern for the civilian population of Gaza. However, those organisations have been working in Gaza for many years and so must have extensive contacts with Hamas and its leadership. Will His Majesty’s Government...

Illegal Migration Update - Statement ( 6 Sep 2023)

Lord Howard of Lympne: My Lords, has my noble friend seen the recent, extremely sensible suggestion that, since the boats which are used in such dangerous circumstances to cross the channel do not comply with the safety requirements of the European Union, France and other member states have the power—and, indeed, the responsibility—to confiscate those boats? What representations are His Majesty’s Government...

Illegal Migration Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 6 (28 Jun 2023)

Lord Howard of Lympne: My Lords—

Illegal Migration Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 6 (28 Jun 2023)

Lord Howard of Lympne: I am grateful to the noble Baroness for giving way. Does she not recognise that those who apply through the legal, safe processes, and whose applications are rejected, will not still try to get to this country and will not be able to pay the people smugglers to put them on boats that cross the channel?

Illegal Migration Bill - Second Reading: Amendment to the Motion (10 May 2023)

Lord Howard of Lympne: My Lords, it is indeed a privilege to follow the most reverend Primate. I am sure that the whole House will wish to congratulate him on the most distinguished part he played in the Coronation proceedings on Saturday. Notwithstanding the eloquence of those who have previously spoken in opposition to the Bill, I cannot agree with them. I support the Bill. It is the first duty of a Government to...

Public Order Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 2 (30 Jan 2023)

Lord Howard of Lympne: Will my noble friend give way?


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