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Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill — Committee (6th Day) (Continued) (30 Jan 2012)

Lord Martin of Springburn: My Lords, I support the amendment and the noble Lords who spoke. My thoughts turn to a lawyer, the late Frank Maguire, who died recently. He was a campaigning lawyer on behalf of asbestos sufferers north of the border. He took on very difficult cases. Many of them were test cases. The important thing for his clients was that he offered a no-win no-fee arrangement. We may be perhaps...

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill: Committee (6th Day) (30 Jan 2012)

Lord Martin of Springburn: My Lords, I support the noble Lord, Lord Bach. I listened with interest to the noble Lord, Lord Lester, and his comments about the rich and famous being able to take cases to court. This is what worries me about the lack of no-win no-fee. I am not concerned about the rich and famous, I am concerned about ordinary men and women, who maybe only once in their life have been defamed by a...

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill: Committee (6th Day) (30 Jan 2012)

Lord Martin of Springburn: I have not read the document, but now that the noble Lord has drawn it to my attention, I will. What I am talking about is the experiences that I have had of local newspapers. Of course, they are careful that they do not get involved in any litigation, in the same way as we-as people who have privilege in this Chamber-will be very careful about what we say out in the street, because we know...

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill: Committee (6th Day) (30 Jan 2012)

Lord Martin of Springburn: On the incentive to settle early-I am trying to put this in lay man's terms-is the noble and learned Lord saying that a claimant can, through his solicitor, put it to the defendant that it would be a reasonable settlement, for example, to pay X amount or to print something in a particular magazine that would help the defendant to get his reputation back? Is the noble and learned Lord saying...

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill: Committee (6th Day) (30 Jan 2012)

Lord Martin of Springburn: I apologise for being late for the Committee; I was travelling from Scotland. I am sure that the noble and learned Lord will acknowledge that cases that involve 100 per cent recovery are those that go to court. There are stages where settlements can be made. The defendant can make an offer that can be accepted. If it is done at an early stage there will not be the 100 per cent costs that we...

Small Businesses: Finance — Question (26 Jan 2012)

Lord Martin of Springburn: My Lords, it is deeply worrying when stories come from self-employed businesspeople running small companies-sometimes one-man companies-that the banks give verbal assurances that they will give them finance, but several weeks later when they come to sign up the banks withdraw the assurances? That is cruel and hard, and I hope that the Government will be able to do something about it.

UK: Union — Question (18 Jan 2012)

Lord Martin of Springburn: My Lords, as a Scot, I do not want separation. I feel strongly that there should be only one question in the referendum, and one question alone. I ask the Minister to give some advice to the Prime Minister: the best thing that he can do would be to stop appearing arrogant in his interventions. It does not help those of us who want to retain the United Kingdom.

Health and Social Care Bill: Committee (11th Day) (7 Dec 2011)

Lord Martin of Springburn: My Lords, I have listened carefully to what all noble Lords have said. I was interested in what the noble Lord, Lord Pannick, had to say. He often advises me on legal matters, so perhaps he can advise me further. If the information comes to us as an open House, it will be public information. Therefore, to say that it comes before noble Lords means that it becomes available to everyone.

Health and Social Care Bill: Committee (11th Day) (7 Dec 2011)

Lord Martin of Springburn: That is fine. I am learning every moment. The amendment states that, "this House regrets the Government's appeal against the Information Commissioner's ruling". It makes no criticism of the Minister; there is nothing personal here. I am a trade unionist but I was formerly a full-time trade union official and also a lay magistrate for a very short time. My training taught me not to worry about...

Phone Hacking — Question (6 Dec 2011)

Lord Martin of Springburn: My Lords, when the BBC acquires ex-directory phone numbers, does it have a responsibility to tell the subscribers of those numbers where it got the numbers from?

Employment Law: Unfair Dismissal — Question (24 Nov 2011)

Lord Martin of Springburn: Drawing on my own industrial background, I put it to the noble Baroness that two years is far too long. We have come a long way from the days when a worker who had a complaint was told, "If you don't like it, there's the door". We are in danger of going back to those days.

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill — Second Reading (21 Nov 2011)

Lord Martin of Springburn: My Lords, I have an interest to declare. Before entering this House I took up a complaint with the Times newspaper on a no-win no-fee basis and I was successful. Whether you are a long-standing politician or a showbiz personality, when you point out to a newspaper that it got the story wrong and ask it, in a civil manner, to rectify the matter, you are soon regarded as its enemy. The...

Unemployment: Young People — Question (16 Nov 2011)

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Unemployment: Young People — Question (16 Nov 2011)

Lord Martin of Springburn: My Lords, apprenticeships and the initiatives that the Government are embarking on are good news for young apprentices. However, will these apprenticeship schemes be spread evenly throughout the country?

Procedure of the House (Proposal 1) — Motion to Resolve (8 Nov 2011)

Lord Martin of Springburn: My Lords, when I came here two years ago, I looked forward to asking questions, because as a Speaker I was not able to. Of course, in politics, many of us do not go and read a big book as to how things are done-we watch and we listen. The noble Lord, Lord Rooker, mentioned the bully boys and those who get in more than others. I watched and listened, and the person that seemed to get in a...

Economy: Inflation and Unemployment — Question (27 Oct 2011)

Lord Martin of Springburn: My Lords, I must tell the Minister that I welcome the fact that the Government are keen to see as many apprenticeships as possible. In that case, will he urge the authorities of this House and the other place to take on more apprentices and trainees? We have a fine building and many highly skilled people, and it would be good if we showed a good example by employing more apprentices and...

Community Legal Service (Funding) (Amendment No. 2) Order 2011 — Motion to Annul (26 Oct 2011)

Lord Martin of Springburn: My Lords, I have enjoyed listening to the experts in law and legal aid. It is deeply unfair that a 10 per cent cut should be put on one section, and one section alone, of a service that is paid for by the taxpayer. The Law Society was here today to talk about the future legislation that will come before this House. I asked how much lawyers earn in the field of legal aid. I was told that young...

Industrial Tribunals: Fees — Question (19 Oct 2011)

Lord Martin of Springburn: My Lords, I can recall the days when there were no industrial tribunals. Decent men and women were sacked and could not take any legal action. Are we now introducing a blocking mechanism-that is, fees-for industrial tribunals when the industrial tribunal system has been excellent in resolving disputes?

Asylum Seekers — Question (11 Oct 2011)

Lord Martin of Springburn: My Lords, there were more asylum seekers in my previous constituency of Glasgow North East than in any other part of Scotland, with 90 per cent of the cases at my surgery being asylum seekers. They were made most welcome by some of the poorest communities in the United Kingdom, but should there not always be monitoring in these communities to ensure that enough resources are going in to help...

Apprenticeships: Dyslexia — Question (6 Oct 2011)

Lord Martin of Springburn: My Lords, would the noble Baroness consider the fact that when I was an apprentice those who were most helpful to the apprentices in the factory were normally the journeymen over the age of 50 who had more patience and tended to mentor the young people, not only in their trade but in their behaviour and other matters? A large number of men and women are unemployed and retired and could be...


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