Results 41–60 of 890 for speaker:Baroness Ludford

State Pension Underpayments and Arrears for Women - Question (21 Feb 2022)

Baroness Ludford: My Lords, one of the points made in this very critical report last month by the Public Accounts Committee was that the DWP lacked any plan to contact the next of kin of deceased pensioners who were shamefully short-changed. Can the Minister tell me what is happening on that score? On the question from the noble Baroness, Lady Altmann, will the Government ensure that any sum ever paid—we...

Nationality and Borders Bill - Committee (5th Day) (Continued): Amendment 187 (10 Feb 2022)

Baroness Ludford: My Lords, I want to say a few sentences as my last words in Committee—thank goodness, at 11 o’clock at night. I agree with what my noble friend Lady Hamwee has said, and I applaud everything she has done over the years on immigration detention—and the noble Baroness, Lady Lister of Burtersett. Both are doughty champions of trying to constrain immigration detention and stop it being...

Nationality and Borders Bill - Committee (5th Day) (Continued): Amendment 182 (10 Feb 2022)

Baroness Ludford: Whether the amendment is a warning, surreal or whatever, surely if the Government believe their assertion that the Bill complies with the refugee convention, there can be no possible barrier to them accepting the amendment.

Nationality and Borders Bill - Committee (5th Day) (Continued): Amendment 180 (10 Feb 2022)

Baroness Ludford: I stress that these Benches as a whole support my noble friend Lord Oates’s amendment, as we consistently have. I applaud him for pursuing this issue relentlessly. It seems like one gigantic mess. The EEA citizens under the EU settlement scheme were used as guinea pigs for a digital-only system, although I understand that it is now being extended to everybody. My noble friend referred to a...

Nationality and Borders Bill - Committee (5th Day) (Continued): Amendment 179 (10 Feb 2022)

Baroness Ludford: I hope I am not being a bit of a cynic, but if the noble Lord intends that the Government respond to us on Report, that might make it a little difficult for us to prepare for the possibility of a vote. Can he secure a response? We were promised jam tomorrow—I think we wanted to hear some jam today. We should at least get the jam before Report, not on Report.

Nationality and Borders Bill - Committee (5th Day) (Continued): Amendment 175 (10 Feb 2022)

Baroness Ludford: My Lords, I will very briefly give support from these Benches to all three of these amendments. They all demonstrate the practical consequences of Brexit. I declare a bit of an interest on Amendment 175—not that I am neither British nor Irish but that I am both British and Irish. In fact, I have been Irish from birth without for a long time realising it, but I have now just got my...

Nationality and Borders Bill - Committee (5th Day) (Continued): Amendment 172B (10 Feb 2022)

Baroness Ludford: My Lords, I would like to lend our support from these Benches to both the amendments of the noble Lord, Lord Coaker. The subject of retained EU law is one on which it is easy to go down a rabbit hole. But at least this is being put in primary legislation instead of being done by the stroke of an executive pen, which is what the noble Lord, Lord Frost—who is, well, I had better not say—who...

Nationality and Borders Bill - Committee (5th Day): Amendment 169A (10 Feb 2022)

Baroness Ludford: My Lords, we have been quicker than I anticipated but what my noble friend said is true; I must admit that I am starving. I will speak to Amendments 171 and 172 from the JCHR, in the name of the noble Lord, Lord Dubs. They aim to remove the worst of Clause 64. Leave to remain is important for victims who are vulnerable to destitution and further exploitation without welfare benefits and other...

Nationality and Borders Bill - Committee (5th Day): Amendment 158 (10 Feb 2022)

Baroness Ludford: I am glad to hear that the Government want to comply with our international obligations—some of us feel that that is not entirely evident from the Bill—but I was asking about compatibility with the European convention against trafficking. Clause 61 allows “a competent authority” to remove someone even when a conclusive grounds decision is pending. I am sorry to repeat myself, but the...

Nationality and Borders Bill - Committee (5th Day): Amendment 158 (10 Feb 2022)

Baroness Ludford: I am sorry to interrupt the Minister, but I now realise that he has now moved on from Clause 61 and is talking about Clause 62. I was wondering whether he was going to answer my point about incompatibility with the ECHR memorandum. That says that “where the person’s previous conclusive grounds decision was negative, the Secretary of State will be required to make a new conclusive grounds...

Nationality and Borders Bill - Committee (5th Day): Amendment 158 (10 Feb 2022)

Baroness Ludford: My Lords, I want to speak to the JCHR amendments in this group in the name of the noble Lord, Lord Dubs. Those were very strong words from the noble Lord, Lord Coaker, and I found them extremely persuasive, including his remarks on one-nation conservatism. I see the noble Lords, Lord Fowler and Lord Deben, in their place, and I commend the speech of Sir John Major today, which I have followed...

Nationality and Borders Bill - Committee (5th Day): Amendment 156 (10 Feb 2022)

Baroness Ludford: Can I join the maskless crew? Surely international law, and certainly EU directives, are usually a minimum requirement, so if we wanted 45 days and a European instrument said 30, that is brilliant; it is better. It at least complies, so what is the problem?

Nationality and Borders Bill - Committee (5th Day): Amendment 151D (10 Feb 2022)

Baroness Ludford: My Lords, I will speak to Amendments 153 and 155 in the name of the noble Lord, Lord Dubs. Before I do so, I fully associate myself with the powerful words of the noble Lord, Lord Coaker, and the noble and learned Baroness, Lady Butler-Sloss. The only correction I will make to the noble Lord is that the Modern Slavery Act originated in the coalition Government, and we had a Liberal Democrat...

Northern Ireland - Private Notice Question (7 Feb 2022)

Baroness Ludford: My Lords, when will the Government prioritise getting a so-called SPS or veterinary agreement, which would remove a lot of the checks on food and agricultural products crossing from Great Britain into Northern Ireland? Are they not doing so because they want to keep open the option of allowing hormone-treated beef and chlorine-washed chickens into this country?

Highway Code - Question (7 Feb 2022)

Baroness Ludford: My Lords, it is reported that the Government are considering, as a so-called Brexit freedom, refusing to implement EU standards on better sight lines for buses and lorries so that they do not crush cyclists and pedestrians, and better braking for cars. Did taking back control mean more dangerous roads and less safe vehicles? This seems in direct contravention to the alleged purpose of the...

Nationality and Borders Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (Continued): Amendment 97 (3 Feb 2022)

Baroness Ludford: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord again for his detailed responses. On the first point, on Amendment 97, I just hope that we do not find ourselves back in litigation. He asserts that the Bill avoids the pitfalls that the Court of Appeal found in 2015 and that the Tribunal Procedure Committee found later. Let us hope so, because obviously, resorts to litigation will also be something that gums...

Nationality and Borders Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (Continued): Amendment 93 (3 Feb 2022)

Baroness Ludford: I am really sorry, I know we are looking at the clock, but if I have understood it, and I am sure the Minister is briefed to the hilt, the problem is that he who has, gets more, as it were. If you are already in the asylum system and then you get the notice, you will get even more legal aid—but what if you have not already made a protection claim? What about those people?

Nationality and Borders Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (Continued): Amendment 93 (3 Feb 2022)

Baroness Ludford: I appreciate the care with which the Minister has responded to these amendments. Although he started by saying that they were unnecessary, he conceded that there is a group of people who do not get legal aid. We might differ in our views on how meritorious they are in any claim for legal aid, but he said that they could find a solicitor and get legal aid that way—but that might not be the...

Nationality and Borders Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (Continued): Amendment 97 (3 Feb 2022)

Baroness Ludford: This clause is about accelerated detained appeals. In moving Amendment 97 I will also cover Amendment 99, both of which I have signed. As I have said, the noble Lord, Lord Dubs, is leading on these amendments, but he has had to leave. I support the deletion from the Bill of Clauses 26 and 27 in order that claimants should retain a meaningful right of appeal. The Government are trying to...

Nationality and Borders Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (Continued): Amendment 93 (3 Feb 2022)

Baroness Ludford: My Lords, as I said in an earlier group, the noble Lord, Lord Dubs, who is the lead signatory of these amendments, could not stay so I am moving our amendments in this and the last group. Clauses 65 and 66 amend LASPO—the Legal Aid, Sentencing and something Act—to allow for people already in receipt of legal aid for an immigration, asylum or human rights claim, under the exceptional case...


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