Results 141–160 of 4235 for speaker:Lord Lester of Herne Hill

Press Regulation (Communications Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (20 Dec 2016)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: My Lords, could the noble Baroness, on behalf of the Official Opposition, deal with the point that I have made—and that the noble Lord, Lord Pannick, has made in the past—that we, as independent lawyers, take the view that Section 40 is contrary to the European Human Rights Convention and the Human Rights Act because it is arbitrary, discriminatory, unfair and contrary to press freedom?

Press Regulation (Communications Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (20 Dec 2016)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: My Lords, it is a particular pleasure to follow the noble and learned Lord, Lord Brown of Eaton-under-Heywood, with whose speech I entirely agree. His speech and that of the noble Lord, Lord Lexden, make it much easier for me to follow, and I shall try not to repeat what has already been said. I want to say, first, to the noble Lord, Lord Best, that I congratulate him not only on his report...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Judiciary (14 Dec 2016)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Keen of Elie on 22 November (HL3029), where in the Cabinet Manual criteria or guidance are given about how the Lord Chancellor and other Ministers should perform their duty under section 3 of the Constitutional Reform Act 2005 to uphold the independence of the judiciary.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Criminal Proceedings: WiFi (14 Dec 2016)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the duty in the Equality Act 2010 to make reasonable adjustments, what assessment they have made of the benefits to hearing and visually impaired defendants of allowing the use of wi-fi in the criminal courts to enable them to input and receive relevant information.

Digital Economy Bill - Second Reading (13 Dec 2016)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: I am very grateful to the Minister as the hour is late. I am sure he appreciates that I made it clear that I did not favour undoing the deal that had already been done. However, I am looking to the future. Will he be able to address in some form, before Committee, the reasons why the Government reject any statutory underpinning—if that if their position?

Digital Economy Bill - Second Reading (13 Dec 2016)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: My Lords, in my opinion, which is widely supported across the House, we need to amend the Bill to provide statutory underpinning for the BBC’s royal charter. With support from across the House, we will table amendments in Committee. Those amendments will in no way delay the coming into effect of the draft charter and agreement but will protect the future independence and viability of the...

Policing and Crime Bill - Report (3rd Day) (12 Dec 2016)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: The Minister acknowledges that there is a problem and that there have been cases of monstrous injustice to individuals. Several of us have asked whether the Government will go forward, not backwards, with some alternative to either of these amendments. Can she tell us precisely what she proposes to do, with revised guidance, codes of practice or anything else, so that we can be satisfied that...

Policing and Crime Bill - Report (3rd Day) (12 Dec 2016)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: My Lords, like the noble Lord, Lord Pannick, I was not intending to take part in this debate. However, with his great skill as an advocate, he has persuaded me to support my noble friend Lord Paddick’s amendment. I want to try to explain why. The main reason is that the noble Lord, Lord Pannick, with his usual brilliant, destructive analytical skill, has explained objections to the...

Judicial Independence - Question (7 Dec 2016)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: My Lords, is the Minister aware that I have tried twice to find out from the Government whether there is guidance as to what Ministers should do in performance of their Section 3 duty to uphold judicial independence? On the last occasion, the noble and learned Lord, Lord Keen of Elie, directed me to the Cabinet Manual, but it gives no guidance except a reference to judicial independence. Will...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Judiciary (22 Nov 2016)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: To ask Her Majesty’s Government to what criteria or guidance they have regard in performing their duty under section 3 of the Constitutional Reform Act 2005 to uphold the independence of the judiciary.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Judiciary (21 Nov 2016)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps the Lord Chancellor intends to take, in relation to public attacks on the judiciary following the judgment of the High Court of Justice on 3 November, to uphold the rule of law and the independence of the judiciary.

Policing and Crime Bill - Committee (4th Day) (Continued) (9 Nov 2016)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: My Lords, during the Second World War, Archbishop William Temple once said: “Whenever I travel on the underground I always intend to buy a ticket, but the fact that there is a ticket collector at the other end just clinches it”. The reason why I strongly support Amendment 210, moved so powerfully already, is that it just clinches something that ought not to need an amendment of that kind....

Children and Social Work Bill [HL] - Report (2nd Day) (8 Nov 2016)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: Having heard the noble and learned Lord, Lord Hope of Craighead, does the Minister appreciate that there is a constitutional problem? The noble and learned Lord explained that even though the Convention on the Rights of the Child has not been made part of our law, the courts are still having regard to it and doing their best to comply with it. Would it not be much better if Parliament now...

Children and Social Work Bill [HL] - Report (2nd Day) (8 Nov 2016)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: My Lords, I shall speak briefly in support of Amendment 71, which is also in the name of my noble friend, as well as Amendment 69. I prefer Amendment 71 because it is much better drafted, it is brief, and it says the same thing in a way that even I can understand. I shall be interested to know what the Minister says by way of reply, because she surely cannot say that she disagrees with the...

Written Answers — Department for Culture, Media and Sport: BBC (3 Nov 2016)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the letter of 20 October by Lord Ashton of Hyde concerning the draft BBC Charter and Agreement which has been placed in the Library of the House, whether they intend to ensure that the BBC is able to operate independently from Ministers and other public authorities in the UK.

Written Answers — Department for Culture, Media and Sport: BBC (3 Nov 2016)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the letter of 20 October by Lord Ashton of Hyde concerning the draft BBC Charter and Agreement which has been placed in the Library of the House, whether they intend to make available to the BBC sufficient funds, through the licence fee, to enable the BBC to perform its functions and public purposes as a public service broadcaster.

Written Answers — Department for Culture, Media and Sport: BBC (3 Nov 2016)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the letter of 20 October by Lord Ashton of Hyde concerning the draft BBC Charter and Agreement which has been placed in the Library of the House, whether they intend to ensure that the licence fee is for the exclusive benefit and use by the BBC to fund the performance of the BBC's functions and public purposes.

Written Answers — Department for Culture, Media and Sport: BBC (3 Nov 2016)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the letter of 20 October by Lord Ashton of Hyde concerning the draft BBC Charter and Agreement which has been placed in the Library of the House, whether they intend to ensure that the regulatory powers conferred on OFCOM and the National Audit Office in relation to the BBC will be exercised in a way that is compatible with the principles of legal...

Cyprus - Question for Short Debate (27 Oct 2016)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: Before the noble Lord sits down—

Cyprus - Question for Short Debate (27 Oct 2016)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: Before the noble Lord sits down, perhaps he could address what I am about to say. I have to declare a professional interest because as counsel I have appeared for the Government of the Republic of Cyprus against Turkey in various cases in the European Court of Human Rights and, for that matter, in the Committee of Ministers—so from that point of view I am one-sided. The noble Lord has not...


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