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Victims and Prisoners Bill - Third Reading: Motion (23 May 2024)

Earl Howe: My Lords, mindful that this is somewhat exceptional procedure at this stage of a Bill’s passage, I shall first address the points and questions raised by the noble Baroness, Lady Brinton, to whom I am grateful for the opportunity to provide some clarity on various aspects of the infected blood compensation scheme. On Monday, as the House is aware, the infected blood inquiry published its...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Third Reading: Motion (23 May 2024)

Earl Howe: My Lords, certain noble Lords wish to speak to this Motion.

Infected Blood Inquiry: Compensation Scheme - Question (22 May 2024)

Earl Howe: My Lords, the Government’s priority is to deliver compensation as swiftly as possible and with the minimum possible delay, as advised by Sir Brian Langstaff and the inquiry. The infected blood compensation authority is up and running in shadow form already and will be formally established in law as soon as the Victims and Prisoners Bill receives Royal Assent.

Infected Blood Inquiry: Compensation Scheme - Question (22 May 2024)

Earl Howe: My Lords, I recognise the noble Baroness’s long-standing interest in this very vexed area during her time as a Minister in the Treasury and the Department of Health. On that particular category of claimant, there is a GOV.UK page where those who have not already received payments in an interim form can register their interest. We have also said that we will pay interim payments of £100,000...

Infected Blood Inquiry: Compensation Scheme - Question (22 May 2024)

Earl Howe: Yes, most certainly. That should not happen. We are determined that no eligible claimant should lose out as a result of the transition from the support payments to compensation payments; I am concerned to hear that different messages are being propounded on that. I announced yesterday the plans for the support scheme payments, but those who are legitimately in receipt of support payments...

Infected Blood Inquiry: Compensation Scheme - Question (22 May 2024)

Earl Howe: My Lords, I have no doubt that the same thought has occurred to many of your Lordships. The systemic moral failings exposed by Sir Brian Langstaff in relation to infected blood raise profound questions about the defensive culture of government and the public services at every level. The findings of this recent report undoubtedly have a resonance with a number of findings in other reports on...

Infected Blood Inquiry: Compensation Scheme - Question (22 May 2024)

Earl Howe: My Lords, I am sure that the noble Lord’s words will resonate with anyone in this Chamber who has had the privilege of ministerial responsibility. Having said that, I do not think we should necessarily point the finger solely at the Treasury when it comes to the responsibility that lies at every level of government in this terrible disaster.

Infected Blood Inquiry: Compensation Scheme - Question (22 May 2024)

Earl Howe: My Lords, I do not think it is for me as a Minister to opine on potential criminal liability. All I can say at this early stage is that the Government will make all relevant information available to those conducting any future criminal investigation.

Infected Blood Inquiry: Compensation Scheme - Question (22 May 2024)

Earl Howe: I am very grateful to the noble Lord. I am personally keen that we should have that opportunity. I am aware that discussions are ongoing with the usual channels to enable us to have a debate not too far from when we come back from the Recess. Clearly, it is important that these findings be given the most thorough consideration by government. They are very grave indeed. As I said yesterday,...

Infected Blood Inquiry: Compensation Scheme - Question (22 May 2024)

Earl Howe: Yes, indeed. I know that Sir Robert Francis, the interim chair of the shadow compensation authority, has this very much at the top of his agenda in his engagement with the infected blood community.

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Report (4th Day) (Continued): Amendment 156BA (21 May 2024)

Earl Howe: My Lords, I shall speak to Amendment 156BA and to the three further government amendments in this group. Yesterday’s publication of the infected blood inquiry’s final report has laid bare the devastating tragedy and suffering that far too many people have endured as a result of the infected blood scandal. I trust and hope that the House is assured of the Government’s commitment to...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Report (4th Day) (Continued): Amendment 156BA (21 May 2024)

Earl Howe: I am grateful. Amendment 156BA agreed. Clause 59: Regulations

Infected Blood - Statements (21 May 2024)

Earl Howe: I am, as ever, very grateful to the noble Baroness, Lady Meacher, for her kind words. I can assure her that it has been a privilege for me to be involved as a House of Lords Minister in working through these proposals and to be standing here today to announce them. I am more than ready to continue that work as we fashion the compensation scheme, together with Sir Robert Francis and those...

Infected Blood - Statements (21 May 2024)

Earl Howe: I am grateful to my noble friend and well remember the Statement that he refers to, which I repeated in this House in January 2011. He is exactly right. Both he and I were advised at the time that there was no comparability between the situations in the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom—that they were entirely different. That was not true, but it was the advice that we received. We...

Infected Blood - Statements (21 May 2024)

Earl Howe: My Lords, I very much identify with the remarks of the noble Baroness and extend my personal sympathy to her with regard to the death of her nephew. She referred to the duty of candour. It is perhaps not surprising that Sir Brian Langstaff has made such a recommendation. We need to think about it very carefully. As the noble Baroness will know, this House passed an amendment, proposed by the...

Infected Blood - Statements (21 May 2024)

Earl Howe: My Lords, I share my noble friend’s profound disquiet and shock at some of the facts that Sir Brian Langstaff has uncovered—not only as regards the actions of civil servants but also his exposé of moral failings on the part of individuals and institutions at every level of our system of government. These failings, and in some cases cover-ups, over decades raise profound questions about...

Infected Blood - Statements (21 May 2024)

Earl Howe: I am grateful to the noble Baroness for those remarks, and I associate myself with all that she said about the noble Baroness, Lady Campbell of Surbiton. She, of all our colleagues, has been personally affected by this awful scandal, and has lost a husband in the course of it. I am by no means alone in having enormous admiration for her. Although I well understand why she cannot be with us...

Infected Blood - Statements (21 May 2024)

Earl Howe: My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Collins, and noble Baroness, Lady Brinton, for their supportive comments. I agree with the noble Lord, Lord Collins, that if ever a cross-party approach was warranted, it is now. I have no doubt that, going forward, his party, as well as mine, will wish to see justice fully done in the way that we—I hope—are agreed on. Lessons must indeed be...

Infected Blood - Statements (21 May 2024)

Earl Howe: My Lords, with the leave of the House, I shall now repeat in succession two Statements delivered earlier in another place. The first was made yesterday by my right honourable friend the Prime Minister. The second was made earlier today by my right honourable friend the Minister for the Cabinet Office. The first Statement, by the Prime Minister, is as follows: “Mr Speaker, Sir Brian...


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