Results 1–20 of 33 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers

Offender Management and Treatment - Motion to Take Note (3 Oct 2019)

Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers: My Lords, the delay to this debate in the name of the noble Lord, Lord Ramsbotham, for which I join in thanking him, has made it all the more timely, because the Government have recently announced a programme of major reform of the treatment of offenders. The dominant theme of this reform can be summarised as, “putting more people in prison for longer”. Serious offenders will not be...

House of Lords: Lord Speaker’s Committee Report - Motion to Take Note (Continued) (19 Dec 2017)

Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers: My Lords, I put down my name to speak in this debate for one reason only: to put on record my enthusiastic support for this report. It is, if I may say so, a masterpiece of skill, wisdom and tact. The desirability of a reduction in our numbers is, I would suggest, obvious; indeed, it is more than desirable—it is imperative if this is to be a sensible institution. I hope that the response...

Bach Commission: The Right to Justice - Motion to Take Note (14 Dec 2017)

Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers: My Lords, the impressive report of the noble Lord, Lord Bach, to which Sir Henry Brooke so notably contributed, accurately depicts the lamentable effect that the withdrawal of legal aid by LASPO has had on access to justice in so many areas. It raises a fundamental question, which I propose to address: can this country still afford the adversarial system of justice? Since 1949, when legal aid...

Prisons: Overcrowding - Motion to Take Note (7 Sep 2017)

Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers: My Lords, we are dealing with a problem that successive Governments have failed to solve for over half a century. The cause of that problem is that we send far too many people to prison for far too long: far longer than is necessary for rehabilitation and far longer than is needed to provide an effective deterrent. How about punishment? That is a legitimate object of imprisonment. The man in...

Prisoners: Imprisonment for Public Protection Sentences - Question (20 Jul 2017)

Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers: My Lords, how many IPP prisoners have been refused release by the Parole Board because they have been unable to discharge the burden of proof upon them?

Criminal Finances Bill - Committee (1st Day) (28 Mar 2017)

Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers: My Lords, I support this amendment. I suggest that whistleblowers need to be both protected and rewarded in order to encourage them. The Mauritian legislation of which I spoke early makes provision for rewards to be paid to whistleblowers whose information leads to the confiscation of unexplained wealth. Indeed, the board that I chair has the function of making such awards. In my view this is...

Criminal Finances Bill - Committee (1st Day) (28 Mar 2017)

Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers: My Lords, I speak in harmony with the previous two speakers. I have some experience of this area, having wrestled in a judicial capacity with more than one appeal in relation to the Proceeds of Crime Act, and I have also recently taken the chair of the board which supervises more draconian legislation than the Bill for the confiscation of unexplained wealth in Mauritius. These unexplained...

Prisoners: Voting Rights - Question (16 Mar 2017)

Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers: My Lords, I served on the Joint Committee on the Draft Voting Eligibility (Prisoners) Bill and we made our recommendations over three years ago. They included this comment in relation to Parliamentary sovereignty: “We agree with the evidence of Lord Mackay of Clashfern, that the principle of parliamentary sovereignty is not an argument against giving effect to the judgment of the European...

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - Report (Continued) (7 Mar 2017)

Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers: My Lords—

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - Report (Continued) (7 Mar 2017)

Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers: My Lords, I have listened to this debate with a question that was unanswered at the beginning and, to me, is still unanswered. It is this. Subsections (3) and (4) of the proposed new clause read: “The prior approval of both Houses of Parliament shall also be required in relation to an agreement on the future relationship of the United Kingdom”, and: “The prior approval of both Houses of...

Courts: Resourcing and Staffing - Motion to Take Note (14 Jul 2016)

Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers: My Lords, I apologise for missing the first minute or two of this debate, due to bad timetabling. I am grateful to the noble and learned Lord, Lord Woolf, for securing this important debate and want to start by endorsing the comments that he made about the great appreciation of all the lawyers in this House, and indeed of the whole House, for the contribution made by the Minister to...

Investigatory Powers Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (13 Jul 2016)

Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers: My Lords, the example given by the noble and learned Lord, Lord Mackay, demonstrates why Amendment 48 is too narrow. If a villain were to seek advice on his will it would not be a criminal purpose but it might none the less be justifiable to listen to the conversation in the hope of finding out where he was.

Investigatory Powers Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (13 Jul 2016)

Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers: My Lords, that is precisely what this amendment is seeking to do.

Prison Reform — Question (15 Mar 2016)

Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers: My Lords, the Minister has recognised that we cannot hope to tackle prison overcrowding without improving rehabilitation and thereby reducing reoffending. But is it not the fact that we cannot hope to improve rehabilitation without reducing prison numbers? Can the Minister tell us how the Government will break this vicious circle?

Immigration Bill — Report (1st Day) (9 Mar 2016)

Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers: On that point, my Lords, I have had occasion under another statute to consider the phrase “without reasonable excuse” in a judicial capacity, and I found it impossibly imprecise.

Under-occupancy Charge — Statement (28 Jan 2016)

Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers: My Lords, is it not the case that each of these cases was given permission to go to the Court of Appeal specifically to enable them to go on to join the other cases in the Supreme Court? In those circumstances, is it not a little harsh to criticise the Government for accepting that invitation?

Prisons: Young People — Motion to Take Note (29 Oct 2015)

Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Harris of Haringey, and his panel on their most impressive and wide-ranging review. It makes harrowing reading, particularly the individual case studies. These are young people whom our society failed. There is evidence in the individual cases of failure to take steps that might have prevented their deaths and the review makes practical...

Prosecution of Offences Act 1985 (Criminal Courts Charge) Regulations 2015 — Motion to Regret (14 Oct 2015)

Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers: My Lords, in the days when one was allowed to use Latin in court, counsel and judges sometimes delighted in the phrase res ipsa loquitur: the facts speak for themselves, or, the answer is obvious. For the reasons given by every single person who has spoken thus far in this debate, that phrase applies to the motion. I shall not repeat the reasons, but I shall support the motion if I have the...

Office of Lord Chancellor (Constitution Committee Report) — Motion to Take Note (7 Jul 2015)

Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers: My Lords, I gave evidence to the Constitution Committee when it was considering the role of the Lord Chancellor, and I am grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Lang of Monkton, for the opportunity to comment on his committee’s report and on the response of the Government, as set out in the letter of Chris Grayling. The Government broadly welcomed the report but did not accept that any of its...

Calais: Border Management — Statement (24 Jun 2015)

Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers: My Lords, I was one of those trapped in a car just outside the terminal at Calais yesterday, together with a very large number of lorries and their drivers. The road was thick with would-be migrants to this country. I did not feel at all threatened by them—they seemed to be relatively benevolent. But I had great sympathy for the lorry drivers, who were faced with attempts to break into...


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