Results 181–200 of 4235 for speaker:Lord Lester of Herne Hill

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

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: My Lords, I had not intended to speak until I had listened to the debate, especially what was said by the noble Lord, Lord Tebbit. During the 50-odd years that I have been at the Bar, one the great developments has been that of public law. When I began at the Bar, there was virtually no judicial interference in or control of ministerial decisions. One of the great developments brought about...

Caste-based Discrimination - Question for Short Debate (11 Jul 2016)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: My Lords, I took only three minutes for my speech and therefore I feel entitled to ask the Minister unequivocally to reply to my question, which she has not done. Am I right in interpreting what she said as being, “No, we do not intend to legislate”?

Caste-based Discrimination - Question for Short Debate (11 Jul 2016)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: My Lords, when I listened to the noble Lord, Lord Popat, it took me back to 1974, when I heard similar arguments against having legislation on sex or race equality. Over the past year I repeatedly asked Questions for Written Answer by Ministers. I have asked why the 2014 feasibility study on caste discrimination has not yet been published, when the Government plan to consider the case for...

Investigatory Powers Bill - Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (11 Jul 2016)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: I promise not to speak again on any amendments until we reach those covering legal professional privilege, as I do not intend to be even more of a human rights bore than I am at the moment. However, before the Minister sits down, since he has the great advantage of not being a lawyer, may I explain why the Government need to think again about the language that is being used currently? The...

Investigatory Powers Bill - Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (11 Jul 2016)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: I am grateful to the noble Earl. Those precedents do not amount to what is really needed, which is full compliance with Article 8 of the convention and the Human Rights Act. In my opinion—it is no more than my opinion—the words do not satisfy that, whatever the precedents relied on may be in amendments tabled in other Bills. It is no use saying “have regard to”; it is necessary to...

Investigatory Powers Bill - Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (11 Jul 2016)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: My Lords, I put my name to a couple of these amendments and I would like to speak to them. Under our constitutional arrangements, the Human Rights Act is the next best thing that we have to a constitutional guarantee of fundamental rights and freedoms. The noble Earl the Minister has rightly put his name on the front of the Bill, stating that in his opinion it is compatible with the...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: EU Withdrawal (11 Jul 2016)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will seek parliamentary approval before deciding whether to invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: EU Withdrawal (11 Jul 2016)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Scottish legislative consent is a necessary condition before Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty can be invoked on behalf of the UK.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Council of Europe (30 Jun 2016)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend the UK to continue to be a member of the Council of Europe and party to the European Convention on Human Rights.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe (28 Jun 2016)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 13 June (HL424), whether another country’s failure to recognise dual citizenship impedes the UK from offering consular assistance to an individual whose fundamental rights are being violated.

Investigatory Powers Bill - Second Reading (Continued) (27 Jun 2016)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: I am grateful for what the Minister has just said, but will the Government consider, as David Anderson has suggested, that there should be a commission endowed with the kind of powers that he has recommended?

Investigatory Powers Bill - Second Reading (Continued) (27 Jun 2016)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: I apologise to the noble Lord and the whole House for the hurt I have caused him by suggesting that I trust David Anderson more than anybody else. I trust the noble Lord, Lord Butler of Brockwell, almost as much.

Investigatory Powers Bill - Second Reading (Continued) (27 Jun 2016)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: I, too, like the noble Lord, Lord West of Spithead, and others, welcome this Bill as a significant step towards providing a much-needed clear and transparent basis for the investigatory powers used by the security and intelligence services and law enforcement authorities. I also welcome the safeguards that it contains, some of which need to be strengthened. We must await the expert assistance...

Outcome of the EU Referendum - Statement (27 Jun 2016)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: My Lords, we are a parliamentary democracy in which Parliament is meant to be supreme. The leave campaign focused on restoring the powers of Parliament as one of its aims. Can the Leader of the House tell the House whether, before triggering Article 50 of the treaty, the Government will seek the approval of both Houses? If not, what do the Government envisage to be the role of Parliament?...

Written Answers — Home Office: Islam (24 Jun 2016)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 3 June (HL311), whether one of the ideologies they are directly challenging is Wahhabism.

Written Answers — Home Office: Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre (16 Jun 2016)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many detainees have reportedly been sexually assaulted or raped inside Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre since Serco took over its operation.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe (13 Jun 2016)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will seek assurances from the government of Iran that Nazanin Ratcliffe will be granted access to a lawyer and due process rights.

Written Answers — Home Office: Female Genital Mutilation (7 Jun 2016)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to protect British girls in the Dawoodi Bohra community from female genital mutilation, in the light of the sermon by Supreme Leader Mufaddal Saifuddin on 25 April urging that all girls must undergo that procedure.

Written Answers — Home Office: Islam (3 Jun 2016)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have evaluated the possible risks to national security and social cohesion of the spread of the Wahhabi ideology.


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