Results 1–20 of 2000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Bridget Prentice

Bill Presented — Sustainability of Livestock Farming and Food Production (Strategy): Third Parties (Rights against Insurers) Bill [ Lords] (23 Mar 2010)

Bridget Prentice: With leave of the House, Mr. Deputy Speaker, I shall reply quickly to the hon. Members for North-West Norfolk (Mr. Bellingham) and for Somerton and Frome (Mr. Heath). First, I thank them very much indeed for their kind words, which are much appreciated. I put on record my thanks to both of them and their colleagues, who have served on a variety of Bills with me. They have always been...

Bill Presented — Sustainability of Livestock Farming and Food Production (Strategy): Third Parties (Rights against Insurers) Bill [ Lords] (23 Mar 2010)

Bridget Prentice: I beg to move, That the Bill be now read the Third time. It is a great pleasure to guide this Bill through its final stages, because it is a very good example of the valuable, expert work that the Law Commission has done to simplify difficult and technical areas of the law and to make them more accessible and more obviously relevant to ordinary people in ordinary situations. I thank the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Settlements out of Court (23 Mar 2010)

Bridget Prentice: Settlements are primarily matters between the parties to the case. It is a matter, therefore, for the claimant to decide whether to accept an offer at any stage, including, in some cases, before court proceedings have been formally issued. Therefore, we do not hold figures centrally to reflect the number of court cases that end as a result of a settlement out of court.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Settlements out of Court (23 Mar 2010)

Bridget Prentice: I understand my hon. Friend's concerns. Of course, any further investigation into allegations about phone-tapping is really a matter for the Crown Prosecution Service and the police. However, we are aware of the report by the Culture, Media and Sport Committee, and we are considering our response to that. It has made some very serious recommendations, and we will of course take those on board...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: FOI Request (23 Mar 2010)

Bridget Prentice: I sent a reply to the hon. Gentleman last week. I apologise to him and the House that, because of the depth of consideration required, we were unable to respond within the 20-day statutory period.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: FOI Request (23 Mar 2010)

Bridget Prentice: Our refusal of the hon. Gentleman's request is an entirely legitimate and normal use of the exemptions under the Freedom of Information Act. The correspondence to which he refers is a matter of public record and represents nothing new. We have already provided to the Hutton inquiry, by third parties, a clear expectation that its contents would remain confidential. I reiterate the commitment...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: FOI Request (23 Mar 2010)

Bridget Prentice: I suspect that that is not a matter for me.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Topical Questions (23 Mar 2010)

Bridget Prentice: It is the job of the Court of Protection to make that assessment under the Mental Capacity Act 2005. The court will look in detail at the individual concerned and take a holistic approach to them. If it so wishes, it may choose to involve experts from across the piece, if appropriate. The hon. Gentleman might be interested to know that my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Justice...

Rental Accommodation (Thermal Insulation Standards): New Clause 2 — Independent review (23 Feb 2010)

Bridget Prentice: One of the reasons why I am hesitant about the Opposition's new clause 2 is that part of it is superfluous. The pilots will have been completed long before the review takes place, so that evidence will already be in the public domain. I do not know whether that helps the hon. Gentleman.

Rental Accommodation (Thermal Insulation Standards): New Clause 2 — Independent review (23 Feb 2010)

Bridget Prentice: I am with the hon. Gentleman-I accept new clause 2.

Rental Accommodation (Thermal Insulation Standards): New Clause 2 — Independent review (23 Feb 2010)

Bridget Prentice: On one level, I have no objection to it in principle. There is much to be said for some of the things in it. However, I do not think that it is appropriate at this stage. I shall come to that point in a moment, but I want to finish talking about the review first. The review will not start until at least 18 months after the commencement of this legislation, to give the first set of changes...

Rental Accommodation (Thermal Insulation Standards): New Clause 2 — Independent review (23 Feb 2010)

Bridget Prentice: I am not prepared to accept it tonight because I think that our amendments satisfy the concerns that people have raised. I said to the hon. Member for North-West Norfolk that after this debate I would look further, if necessary, at whether other tweaks might be necessary in another place. At the moment I am not absolutely convinced that they are, but I am happy to consider the matter further...

Rental Accommodation (Thermal Insulation Standards): New Clause 2 — Independent review (23 Feb 2010)

Bridget Prentice: The hon. Gentleman makes a fair point, which is why I hesitate as I reply to him. I want to consider further whether the proposal should be in the Bill. I do not object to it in principle, but I want to think about whether it needs to be on the face of the Bill, or whether it would be more appropriate to leave it to take effect through other procedures. I appreciate what the hon. Gentleman is...

Rental Accommodation (Thermal Insulation Standards): New Clause 2 — Independent review (23 Feb 2010)

Bridget Prentice: I hope that, as I go into the detail of our amendment, that differentiation will become clear. However, let me say to the hon. Gentleman, as I have said before, that I am happy to look at some of these issues further to see if changes need to be made in the other place. I hope that he will forgive me if, for the moment, I stick to arguing my case as I have it before me. Those amendments seek...

Rental Accommodation (Thermal Insulation Standards): New Clause 2 — Independent review (23 Feb 2010)

Bridget Prentice: To some extent, I would say that they will be an integral part of that review. I shall go on to explain in more detail about how I think that that review might work, and I would expect it to take those pilots into consideration. It would consider the whole procedure of openness and transparency in the family courts, and the pilots would be included. We will review the pilots before then...

Rental Accommodation (Thermal Insulation Standards): New Clause 2 — Independent review (23 Feb 2010)

Bridget Prentice: I rise relatively early in this fairly short debate, partly to respond to the amendments tabled by the Opposition but partly to agree with both Opposition spokesmen that it is a matter of regret to us all that these matters were not debated in Committee. I sat through every Committee sitting, including the public evidence sessions, and I assure Members that it is pretty frustrating to sit...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Legal Aid (9 Feb 2010)

Bridget Prentice: Meetings are regularly held with the Legal Services Commission, at which a wide range of issues are discussed. One of the key current items on the agenda is the Public Accounts Committee report, which we welcome.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Legal Aid (9 Feb 2010)

Bridget Prentice: If I may just correct the hon. Gentleman, it will not be me who will be meeting the LSC; it will be my noble Friend Lord Bach. Having spoken to Lord Bach, I can assure the hon. Gentleman that he will be discussing the issue of overpayment. Since the NAO report came out, 10 per cent. has already been recovered. We are taking a very robust view on the way in which the whole thing has been dealt...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Topical Questions (9 Feb 2010)

Bridget Prentice: I fully sympathise with my hon. Friend and his constituent. If he wants to give me the details of that case, I will happily take it up not only within the Ministry of Justice but with colleagues in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, because I understand that small firms in particular that have become bankrupt or insolvent need immediate help. We have been doing a great deal...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Topical Questions (9 Feb 2010)

Bridget Prentice: I have not had any conversations with local authorities on this matter, but I shall be raising it with the Law Society and with other bodies that have a professional interest in it.


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