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Crime and Courts Bill [HL]: Committee (4th Day) (27 Jun 2012)

Baroness Prashar: I do not want to go into detail but, as the noble Lord knows, I had the privilege of being involved in some of these selection processes. When a selection panel is set up, there is a proper, transparent way of consulting at the appropriate time. There were no nudges and nods. In my initial submission, I said that I think that the present system works because, if there is a rejection or a...

Crime and Courts Bill [HL]: Committee (4th Day) (27 Jun 2012)

Baroness Prashar: To describe the question of rejection or reconsideration as "the nuclear option" is not really appropriate because it is part of the process. I would use the word influence. In fact, the Lord Chancellor has the opportunity to discuss the process, is consulted at appropriate times during the process and is able to give a view of the kind of person he or she would like. So it is not right to...

Crime and Courts Bill [HL]: Committee (4th Day) (27 Jun 2012)

Baroness Prashar: My Lords, I endorse the comments made by the noble Lord, Lord Pannick. I expressed my concerns about this provision in the Bill on Second Reading, so I will not repeat them this afternoon. However, following the Second Reading debate, the noble Lord, Lord McNally, very kindly copied me into the letter he sent to the noble Baroness, Lady Jay of Paddington, which explains in more detail the...

Crime and Courts Bill [HL] — Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (25 Jun 2012)

Baroness Prashar: Let me explain this by giving an analogy. When you make senior appointments, let us say to the High Court, you make a selection. It is like knowing that you want fruit: do you want apples, pears or whatever? That is the point at which you make a judgment. What the noble and learned Lord read from basically explains that you judge the candidate against those criteria. You will take all those...

Crime and Courts Bill [HL] — Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (25 Jun 2012)

Baroness Prashar: My Lords, perhaps I may help the Committee, having been the inaugural chairman of the Judicial Appointments Commission. My experience is the one that the noble and learned Lord, Lord Falconer, has described. Let us take two candidates about whom we can say that, although no two people are equal, there is merit. People are assessed against the criteria that have been set out. There may be two...

Crime and Courts Bill [HL] — Second Reading (28 May 2012)

Baroness Prashar: My Lords, I wish to speak about the part of the Bill which relates to judicial appointments. In so doing, I declare interest as the former inaugural chairman of the Judicial Appointments Commission, a post which I held from 2005 to 2010. I fully endorse the comments made by the noble Baronesses, Lady Jay and Lady Neuberger, and commend them both for the way that they have handled the issue of...

Minority Ethnic and Religious Communities: Cultural and Economic Contribution — Motion to Take Note (24 May 2012)

Baroness Prashar: My Lords, when I saw that the noble Lord, Lord Bilimoria, had secured this debate, I, too, was reminded of the story that he told about the Zoroastrians coming to the shores of India, and about milk and sugar. History has borne out the fact that wherever the Zoroastrians emigrated to, they sweetened the country. Here in the UK, diverse immigration has not only sweetened Britain but spiced it...

Her Majesty the Queen's Diamond Jubilee: Commonwealth — Question (20 Mar 2012)

Baroness Prashar: My Lords, Her Majesty the Queen said this morning that the strength of the Commonwealth is its people. How vibrant they are was only too evident at the Commonwealth People's Forum in Perth at the Heads of Government Meeting last year. Will the Minister please tell the House whether Her Majesty's Government are planning to support the non-governmental organisations that are working in this...

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill: Report (1st Day) (5 Mar 2012)

Baroness Prashar: My Lords, I support this amendment, which was so ably moved by the noble Lord, Lord Bach. He moved it in a very rational and considered manner. Therefore, there is not much that I wish to add, other than to say that the Government justified the cuts to legal aid in Part 1 on two grounds: savings to the public purse and the fact that these changes can be made without seriously damaging access...

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill: Committee (9th Day) (9 Feb 2012)

Baroness Prashar: My Lords, I support the amendment. As the former chairman of the Parole Board, I agree with most of the comments that have been made so far in the debate. The discretion should be with the Parole Board and there should be an automatic review after 30 years. The concepts of hope and incentive are very important. In my experience, the fact that cases would go before the Parole Board was an...

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill — Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) (10 Jan 2012)

Baroness Prashar: My Lords, I, too, support the amendments, particularly Amendment 15 in my name. I concur with all the comments that have been made so far because I am particularly concerned about the independence of the director of legal aid casework. Institutional pressure can work in very subtle ways. The director will be a civil servant and the new executive agency will be much more closely integrated...

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill: Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (20 Dec 2011)

Baroness Prashar: My Lords, I rise to support this amendment. I thank the noble Lord, Lord Bach, for introducing it in such a comprehensive way. I also thank the noble Baroness, Lady Grey-Thompson, for spelling out some of the broader implications of this matter. I will be brief as I want to underline just a couple of points. One is that I fear that the single mandatory telephone gateway will potentially...

Immigration — Question (7 Dec 2011)

Baroness Prashar: My Lords, does the Minister agree that overseas students are not immigrants and should therefore not be included in the net migration figures?

Prevent Strategy — Question for Short Debate (30 Nov 2011)

Baroness Prashar: My Lords, I, too, want to thank the noble Lord, Lord Noon, for initiating this debate. The new Prevent strategy states that a clear distinction between counterterrorism work and integration strategy is necessary if it is to succeed and that the two must not be confused but, as has already been said, there is a fundamental link between fighting home-grown terrorism and creating a more...

Immigration: Students — Question (15 Nov 2011)

Baroness Prashar: My Lords, does the Minister agree that the Government should introduce a transitional measure for those students already in the UK whose colleges closed either as a result of action taken by the UK Border Agency or because many private and public sector providers voluntarily relinquished their licence because the system became too burdensome? It is estimated that there are some 5,000 internal...

Legislation — Question (10 Nov 2011)

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Legislation — Question (10 Nov 2011)

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Legislation — Question (10 Nov 2011)

Baroness Prashar: My Lords, does the Minister agree that it is desirable to have an automatic review of legislation after three to five years, to measure its effectiveness?

Commonwealth Parliamentary Association — Debate (8 Sep 2011)

Baroness Prashar: My Lords, I, too, thank the noble Baroness, Lady Hooper, for initiating this timely debate. Over the past 100 years, the CPA has done sterling work and deserves our congratulations and gratitude for helping to promote the values of the Commonwealth. We look forward to another century of CPA's sustained and innovative work to make the aspirations of the Commonwealth a reality. We wish Sir Alan...

House of Lords: Working Practices — Motion to Take Note (27 Jun 2011)

Baroness Prashar: My Lords, the report on working practices is an excellent piece of work. The chairman and the members of the working group deserve our profound thanks and gratitude for their thoughtful and well considered report. I also pay tribute to the Leader of the House for setting up the group. I agree with the majority of the recommendations. Taken collectively, they will enable us to engage more...


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