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Parliamentary Commissioner (Amendment) Bill [H.L.] (24 Nov 1999)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: My Lords, I beg leave to introduce a Bill to amend the Parliamentary Commissioner Act 1967 so as to enable the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration to investigate complaints received directly from members of the public. I beg to move that the Bill be now read a first time. Moved, That the Bill be now read a first time.--(Lord Lester of Herne Hill.) On Question, Bill read a first...

Race Relations (Amendment) Bill [H.L.] (14 Dec 1999)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: My Lords, I am grateful to the Minister for his generous remarks about my role 25 years ago when I was at the Home Office serving a Labour Government with the noble Lord, Lord Jenkins of Hillhead, as Home Secretary. Like other Members of the House, I much look forward to the maiden speech of the noble Baroness, Lady Howells of St Davids. We on these Benches welcome the Government's decision...

Race Relations (Amendment) Bill [H.L.] (14 Dec 1999)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Viscount for giving way. It must be my fault but I was confused when listening to his speech and comparing it with the speech made by the noble Lord, Lord Cope of Berkeley. Is it the position of the Conservative Front Bench that the Bill should extend the Race Relations Act 1976 to cover indirect discrimination in the public service? In answering that...

Race Relations (Amendment) Bill [H.L.] (14 Dec 1999)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: My Lords, I am grateful to the Minister for giving way. He is essentially repeating the argument he made in opening the debate. I wonder whether he can help me on two matters. First, if it is the case that a public authority is imposing a requirement or condition which hits disproportionately at members of a particular ethnic group, is to the detriment of an individual member of that group...

Race Relations (Amendment) Bill [H.L.] (14 Dec 1999)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: My Lords, I am grateful to the Minister for giving way. Perhaps he may be able to reflect on this in the light of what he has just said. The Human Rights Act definition of "public authority" is designed to ensure that every public authority, widely defined, complies with convention rights. One of those rights is the right not to be discriminated against in the enjoyment of other convention...

Race Relations (Amendment) Bill [H.L.] (14 Dec 1999)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: My Lords, I apologise for being like a jack-in-the-box this evening, but I hope it is helpful to probe a little and give the Minister time for reflection. Does he agree that it is in no sense the policy of the immigration and nationality department of the Home Office ever to discriminate against anyone on the basis of their ethnic or national origins? The example he gave was not about...

Statutory Instruments and Human Rights (10 Jan 2000)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: My Lords, I am most grateful to the noble Viscount for initiating this debate on the important subject of effective parliamentary scrutiny of delegated legislation and in particular in the context of the right to personal privacy. In my remarks I shall not focus on the right to personal privacy, for reasons that I can briefly explain. Obviously it is vital that powers of search, entry and...

Statutory Instruments and Human Rights (10 Jan 2000)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: My Lords, I do so with great pleasure because what I have said is true of every Bill. Every Bill has to have a statement of compatibility. Every Bill should be accompanied by or followed by reasons concerning compatibility. The same applies to the affirmative resolution procedure; and for the negative resolution procedure we need a proper committee system to look at selected delegated...

Statutory Instruments and Human Rights (10 Jan 2000)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Lord for giving way. I was simply pointing to the existence of a remedy for over-breadth, but I entirely agree that Parliament should not authorise excessive powers without safeguards against abuse. I was simply indicating that there are those safeguards, but it is not good enough to give blank cheques to public officials without the legislation itself...

Statutory Instruments and Human Rights (10 Jan 2000)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: My Lords, I am most grateful to the Minister for giving way. What he has not dealt with is the question whether the human rights committee to be set up shortly--I am not sure what "shortly" means in government terms--will have the power to review the compatibility of secondary legislation with convention rights. Nor has the noble Lord dealt with my point about the giving of reasons for...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Haemophiliacs: Factor 8 and Deaths from Hepatitis C (11 Jan 2000)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will publish documents relevant to the death of haemophiliacs from hepatitis C after being given Factor 8, referred to in the Observer on 21 November; and, if not, why not.

Race Relations (Amendment) Bill [H.L.] (11 Jan 2000)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: moved Amendment No. 1: Page 1, line 9, leave out from ("a") to ("to") in line 11 and insert ("public authority").

Race Relations (Amendment) Bill [H.L.] (11 Jan 2000)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: Before I speak to this amendment, I wish to have a mild grumble about the lack of information we will have from the Government to enable us to look at the amendments to the Bill. The position is that the Minister made the statement of compatibility with the European Convention on Human Rights on the face of the Bill, as is required by Section 19 of the Human Rights Act. From time to time, on...

Race Relations (Amendment) Bill [H.L.] (11 Jan 2000)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: I did not want to put on further pressure than I have already because I know that a member of the noble Lord's Private Office indicated just after lunch that he had misunderstood. There has been some kind of error inside the administration. That is perfectly understandable. As long as we get the information before Report stage, not at Report stage, we will be in a better position. So if I...

Race Relations (Amendment) Bill [H.L.] (11 Jan 2000)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: If I may help the noble Lord, Lord Peston, that is exactly right. At the moment we are dealing with how one defines which public authorities will be liable for the extended duty rather than the scope of the duty in substance and choosing between an inclusive and an exclusive definition.

Race Relations (Amendment) Bill [H.L.] (11 Jan 2000)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: I am most grateful to the noble Baroness for giving way. In the debate we are dealing with two separate issues. In due course I shall move an amendment which deals with indirect discrimination. Amendment No. 1 deals with the definition of "public authority". Although it is helpful to have the other points raised, which will save time later when we come to indirect discrimination, it may be...

Race Relations (Amendment) Bill [H.L.] (11 Jan 2000)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: We are grateful to the Minister for his reply, but I remain perplexed. Perhaps I may explain why and hope for further reflection. The starting point is the common law. Under the common law, any public authority which discriminates on grounds of race or sex is in breach of a fundamental common law principle. That was established a couple of years ago in the Privy Council. Therefore, the...

Race Relations (Amendment) Bill [H.L.] (11 Jan 2000)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: moved Amendment No. 2: Page 1, leave out lines 13 and 14.

Race Relations (Amendment) Bill [H.L.] (11 Jan 2000)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: Amendment No. 2 deals with indirect discrimination. It has already been spoken to most helpfully by the noble Baroness, Lady Howells of St Davids, whose name is attached to it. I believe that it is the most important amendment with which we shall deal in Committee today. What is at stake transcends any technical legal questions. What is at stake is the need for effective redress for the...

Race Relations (Amendment) Bill [H.L.] (11 Jan 2000)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: I am grateful to the Minister for giving way. I wish to ask a question because I do not understand the Government's position and would be grateful if he could answer it. Let us suppose that the police in one area were to refuse bail on the grounds that people had to be of fixed address or in continuous employment. The police were objecting to bail on that basis. Suppose that that hit...


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