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Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Employment: Racial Discrimination (9 Mar 2017)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 28 February (GC 207), what criteria will be used to monitor whether sufficient progress is made in giving effect to the recommendations by Baroness McGregor-Smith in her report Race in the workplace to eliminate racial discrimination in employment.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Employment: Racial Discrimination (9 Mar 2017)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they intend to take in response to the recommendations by Baroness McGregor-Smith in her report Race in the workplace to eliminate racial discrimination in the workplace.

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - Report (Continued) (7 Mar 2017)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: As I understand the noble and learned Lord’s speech, he is saying that, provided the primacy of the House of Commons is made clear, he would support the amendment. Is that right?

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - Report (Continued) (7 Mar 2017)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: My Lords—

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - Report (Continued) (7 Mar 2017)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: I am grateful. Does the noble Lord accept that at this stage the key question before the House is: who is to be master? Is it Ministers or Parliament?

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - Report (Continued) (7 Mar 2017)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: I am grateful to the noble Lord for giving way and wish him a happy birthday. Would I be right in thinking that the difference between what he is advocating and what some other noble Lords are advocating is the difference between parliamentary authority and the royal prerogative? Is he not doing exactly what the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom said in Gina Miller’s case, which he won?

Written Answers — Department for Exiting the European Union: EU Law (2 Mar 2017)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to publish the White Paper on the Great Repeal Bill.

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (1st Day) (27 Feb 2017)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: My Lords, when the Minister replies to this debate he has a choice. He can focus on the amendment and explain why it is unnecessary—which he can probably do fairly easily. If he does that, but does no more than that, the Government will be losing a very important opportunity, which is to reply to the remarkable speech of the noble Lord, Lord Hain, and seek to reassure the inhabitants of...

Abortion (Disability Equality) Bill [HL] - Report (24 Feb 2017)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: My Lords, it is a privilege to speak after the noble Lord, Lord Winston. He and I go back together a long time to when we both created life—I as lawyer and he as expert witness—in Diane Blood’s case. As a result of that case, she was able to create two boys using her dead husband’s sperm. I listened with care to his speech. We are privileged to have him, one of the greatest experts in...

Written Answers — Department for Exiting the European Union: EU Law (21 Feb 2017)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the remarks in the White Paper The United Kingdom's exit from and new partnership with the European Union, how the Great Repeal Bill will ensure that legislatures and Courts in the UK will be the final decision-makers in respect of UK cases.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: European Convention on Human Rights (21 Feb 2017)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to continue to honour the UK's commitments under the European Convention on Human Rights and to give effect to internationally binding judgments of the European Court of Human Rights in UK cases.

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - Second Reading (1st Day) (20 Feb 2017)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: My Lords, after attempting unconstitutionally to rush to the Article 50 exit without legislative authority, the Government have produced this simple Bill, which is no better than a Motion to approve in legislative clothing, and a White Paper that fails to explain the Government’s strategy or to answer the key political and legal questions. The Government interpret Article 50 as a trap that,...

Written Answers — Department for Exiting the European Union: EU Law (20 Feb 2017)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they plan to publish a White Paper on the Great Repeal Bill.

Written Answers — Department for Exiting the European Union: European Court of Justice (20 Feb 2017)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to seek to protect the rights of audience in the European Court of Justice for members of the UK legal professions following the UK's exit from the EU.

Digital Economy Bill - Committee (4th Day) (8 Feb 2017)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: As I listen to the noble Lord, the problem arises when he says, “That would be a matter for the Government of the day”. All this is very interesting and relevant, but none of it is binding. Effectively, the Minister is putting forward perfectly reasonable ideas for the future, but none of them has any bite. None of them is binding unless Parliament makes it so. I am afraid it is a...

Digital Economy Bill - Committee (4th Day) (8 Feb 2017)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: My Lords, I am very grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Best, for his amendment. I agree with the object, but not the means. In fact there are not three but four options open to the Minister. The first, and most pathetically moderate, is of course my original one in Amendment 219, where I borrowed from the way that we deal with judicial salaries and revenue by proposing in new subsections (9)...

Digital Economy Bill - Committee (4th Day) (8 Feb 2017)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: The Minister has twice said that the licence fee is a tax. What is the basis of that? I would have thought that the licence fee is a service charge for a service provided to those who pay the licence. That does not sound like a tax. It is not imposed by the Treasury. It is a service fee. When I watch television, because I am old I no longer have to pay, for some reason—that is another...

Digital Economy Bill - Committee (4th Day) (8 Feb 2017)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: I am grateful to the Minister for his reply. I am not at all surprised and I remain optimistic. What I shall now do is read very carefully all the points he has made, look at the amendments that we have been discussing, strip out anything which can reasonably be objected to in the opinion of the Government and those taking part in the debate, and come back to the matter on Report—

Digital Economy Bill - Committee (4th Day) (8 Feb 2017)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: What I am hoping will happen is that Lord Hall of Liverpool—the director-general—will meet Ministers himself. He has been quoted in particular ways now and I will not attribute any views to him, because that would jeopardise the independence of the BBC, but I very much hope that he will meet the Secretary of State and explain privately what he thinks about these issues. From my point of...


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