Results 1–20 of 151 for speaker:Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede

Probate Service - Question (27 Jul 2020)

Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede: My Lords, there has clearly been a lot of adverse press and we have heard from other noble Lords about personal experiences where the probate service has not performed as we would all wish. What confidence does the Minister have that the probate service is performing as well as he claims it is? What monitoring does he think is appropriate to put in place so that we can all have confidence...

Competition Appeal Tribunal (Coronavirus) (Recording and Broadcasting) Order 2020 - Motion to Approve (15 Jul 2020)

Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede: My Lords, the Coronavirus Act 2020 made provisions for the use of video and audio technology in courts and some tribunals. However, these do not apply to the Competition Appeal Tribunal. As a result, remote CAT hearings using videolink arrangements are effectively operating on a closed basis, with access available only by invitation to the parties and other persons who have been notified....

Royal Commission on Criminal Justice - Question (15 Jul 2020)

Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede: My Lords, does the Minister agree that there is a gross imbalance between rising levels of reported crime and a fall in prosecutions to a 50-year low, after a decade of cuts in the police, forensic services and the CPS? Can the Minister say whether the royal commission will consider the growing use of out-of-court disposals when it looks at the workings of the criminal justice system?

Northern Ireland Act 1998 (Section 75 — Designation of Public Authority) Order 2020 - Motion to Approve (8 Jul 2020)

Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede: My Lords, Labour supports this instrument, which designates the new Independent Monitoring Authority for the Citizens’ Rights Agreements as a public authority for the purposes of Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998. Section 75 of the Act is transformative. Its aim is to change the practices of government and public authorities so that equality of opportunity and good relations are...

Lammy Review - Commons Urgent Question (2 Jul 2020)

Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede: My Lords, the Minister in the other place spoke about the progress the Government had made in implementing the recommendations of the Lammy review. However, my right honourable friend David Lammy spoke of a lack of trust, which is exacerbated when the Government claim to have implemented some of his recommendations when in fact they have not been implemented. Does the Minister agree that the...

Prisoners (Disclosure of Information About Victims) Bill - Report: Amendment 17 (1 Jul 2020)

Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede: My Lords, I support the amendment and I support my noble friend Lady Kennedy of Cradley. She set out very clearly the reasons for the amendment, and the majority of speakers have supported her. I found the speech of the noble Baroness, Lady Newlove, particularly moving. She spoke from the heart, as always, and, sadly, she spoke from bitter experience. It was particularly interesting that she...

Prisoners (Disclosure of Information About Victims) Bill - Report: Amendment 3 (1 Jul 2020)

Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede: My Lords, this is an interesting group of amendments, and my party will abstain if a vote is called. I listened carefully to the argument from the noble Lord, Lord Thomas of Gresford, and the noble and learned Lords who have spoken in this debate. The noble and learned Lord, Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, summarised the situation clearly from my perspective: Newton hearings are, in any event, the...

Prisoners (Disclosure of Information About Victims) Bill - Report: Amendment 1 (1 Jul 2020)

Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede: My Lords, I thank the noble Baroness, Lady Bull, very much for moving her amendment. In Committee, I supported the amendments. I also echo the support of the noble Lord, Lord Bradley, who contacted me personally to say that he very much wishes he could have been here to support the noble Baroness’s amendment. It must be said that a number of extremely eminent lawyers have, in essence,...

Prison Sentences - Question (29 Jun 2020)

Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede: My Lords, does the Minister agree that the vast majority of short-term prison sentences are given to people who have been on community sentences, sometimes a number of times? How do the Government propose to make community sentences more robust, because surely the key is for the judiciary and the general public to have greater faith in them?

Probation Services - Statement (15 Jun 2020)

Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede: My Lords, I am speaking to reforms to the probation service in England and Wales—that is the Statement I am responding to. I thank the Deputy Speaker and the Minister for repeating the Statement made by the Secretary of State in the other place. We welcome the U-turn announced by the Government, which is something that the Labour Party and the trade unions have been pressing for over many...

Crown Court (Recording and Broadcasting) Order 2020 - Motion to Approve (8 Jun 2020)

Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede: My Lords, I too open by thanking the noble and learned Lord, Lord Keen, who introduced these draft orders in his customarily thorough way. The first draft Crown Court order would essentially update the proceedings of the Supreme Court, which have been broadcast since 2009; some TV broadcast of the Court of Appeal has been possible since 2013. This order extends broadcasting to the Crown...

Prisoners (Disclosure of Information About Victims) Bill - Second Reading (28 Apr 2020)

Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede: My Lords, this is a short Bill, with just three clauses, but it should not be underestimated because of its length. Unsurprisingly, today’s debate has been much more wide-ranging than the scope of the Bill itself. The Bill is the result of a campaign led on behalf of Helen McCourt; I was pleased and touched to hear about the engagement of the noble Baroness, Lady Barker, with Mrs McCourt....

Covid-19: Prisons and Offender Rehabilitation - Question for Short Debate (23 Apr 2020)

Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede: My Lords, I too thank the noble Lord, Lord German, who opened the debate extremely effectively. There has been a real sense of urgency and exasperation from all the Peers who have spoken in this important debate. Since 2010, thousands of prison officers have been axed by the Conservative Government. This has driven a crisis in our prisons, exacerbating the level of violence and affecting...

Criminal Justice System: Women - Motion to Take Note (25 Jul 2019)

Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede: My Lords, I, too, welcome this debate and the report of the noble Lord Farmer. It was a full and sensible report, with many practical recommendations for supporting female offenders as they pass through the criminal justice system. I remind the House that I sit as a magistrate in adult, youth and family jurisdictions, and it is a great pleasure to follow the noble Baroness, Lady Sater, as...

Feltham Young Offender Institution - Statement (24 Jul 2019)

Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede: My Lords, I visited Feltham just over a year ago. At that time, I was told by the prison officers who showed me around that the police unit based at Feltham had been withdrawn; as I understand it, the unit was looking at gangs within Feltham and how they relate to the wider community. Was what I was told correct? Was the police unit withdrawn, and might this have had an impact on the...

Courts and Tribunals (Online Procedure) Bill [HL] - Committee: Amendment 20 (10 Jun 2019)

Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede: My Lords, if I may say a word out of turn, I am grateful to the Minister for what he said about my Amendment 20 and for saying that he will consult about agreeing something along its lines. I also want to make a point about Amendment 15, which we have also passed, which is that magistrates are represented under statute, under the other rule-based committees.

Courts and Tribunals (Online Procedure) Bill [HL] - Committee: Amendment 2 (10 Jun 2019)

Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede: My Lords, I thank noble Lords who have spoken in this short debate. I understand the central point made by the Minister: that he does not want any statutory limitations on the relationship between the various committees. My Amendment 2 gave one model of a relationship between the two committees. I shall withdraw the amendment, but there is no statutory relationship between any of the...

Courts and Tribunals (Online Procedure) Bill [HL] - Committee: Amendment 1 (10 Jun 2019)

Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede: My Lords, I thank all noble Lords who took part in this short debate, which has covered quite a wide area. I understand the point made by the Minister about these being civil actions for relatively small amounts of money, and not having the discretion as regards initiating proceedings on paper if that were the case. Although this is the main focus of the Bill now, it has wider...

Courts and Tribunals (Online Procedure) Bill [HL] - Committee: Amendment 2 (10 Jun 2019)

Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede: My Lords, Amendment 2 addresses Schedule 2 on the Online Procedure Rule Committee, how it relates to proceedings under the standard civil, family and tribunal procedures rules, and when these do not apply. Although I appreciate the importance of a clear process indicating which rules govern proceedings—and giving precedence to one committee does achieve that—I am concerned that the result...

Courts and Tribunals (Online Procedure) Bill [HL] - Committee: Amendment 1 (10 Jun 2019)

Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede: My Lords, I shall speak also to Amendment 6, which is in the first grouping. On Amendment 1, HMCTS has acknowledged that its assisted digital programme will not be sufficient to support everybody to engage with online processes and has therefore made a commitment that digital services will not be mandated. In relation to the reform agenda, it has been stated that HMCTS will continue to make...


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