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Offender Management Bill (17 Apr 2007)

Lord Filkin: My Lords, I made it explicitly clear that we had great confidence and belief in the public sector professionals in the Probation Service but that they needed to be liberated from a system that was not harnessing their talents.

Offender Management Bill (17 Apr 2007)

Lord Filkin: My Lords, I will address three issues—first, as touched on by my noble friend, why this matters as an issue and why the House will want to give it particular attention; secondly, why the status quo is not an option, and I hope that I will help the noble and learned Lord, Lord Woolf, in some small measure in that respect; and thirdly, I will make some suggestions for the elements of a reform...

Legislation: Post-legislative Scrutiny (10 Jan 2007)

Lord Filkin: My Lords—

Legislation: Post-legislative Scrutiny (10 Jan 2007)

Lord Filkin: My Lords, if it is not too self-serving this early in the year, does my noble friend agree that if we get a response from the Government shortly, this House should make a very strong case for its playing a prominent role in any process of post-legislative scrutiny?

Merits of Statutory Instruments Committee: Secondary Legislation (29 Nov 2006)

Lord Filkin: My Lords, I thank my noble friend for his response. He knows, as I do, that the trouble with being a government Whip is that you are expected to read out the stuff that they put before you. The most generous comment that I can make is that there has been a considerable consistency between the Government's written response and the response from the Dispatch Box. That has been...

Merits of Statutory Instruments Committee: Secondary Legislation (29 Nov 2006)

Lord Filkin: rose to move, That this House takes note of the report of the Merits of Statutory Instruments Committee on the Management of Secondary Legislation [29th Report, HL Paper 149, Session 2005-06].

Merits of Statutory Instruments Committee: Secondary Legislation (29 Nov 2006)

Lord Filkin: My Lords, I shall say a few words initially—because I know that is why noble Lords have come—about what the committee does and what we believe our purpose is. The committee was an innovation set up by the House in April 2004, built out of the concern that the vast volume of secondary legislation that passed through Parliament often received scant attention in the Chamber itself because of...

EU: Effective Regulation (EUC Report) (18 May 2006)

Lord Filkin: My Lords, I am very glad to take part in this debate and, in doing so, to pay tribute to the EU Committee under the chairmanship of the noble Lord, Lord Grenfell. The committee does the House and public policy a great service. I should like to address two issues in what I hope will be a short address to the House. The first involves some reflections on policy-making at the EU level and the...

Hazardous Substances: Pipe Organs (9 May 2006)

Lord Filkin: My Lords, the Institute of British Organ Building is glad that the DTI now recognises that there is a problem and is committed to sorting it out. We very much hope that it succeeds by 1 July, but it would be surprising if it can, given how difficult it is to get agreement in Europe. What will the department do to protect organ builders if the law has not been put in place safely by 1 July?

National Offender Management Service (12 Jan 2006)

Lord Filkin: My Lords, I thank my noble friend for initiating the debate, even though I am not going to agree with her. The noble Lord, Lord Ramsbotham, has set out clearly the central question and the Home Secretary has articulated that we have to make preventing re-offending the central aim of NOMS and the central focus of policy and practice. That clarity of political statement is enormously valuable...

First World War: Pardons (9 Jan 2006)

Lord Filkin: My Lords, my noble friend's response seems to be that we would do it if we could find a way to do it. If the New Zealanders have found a way to do it, why cannot we do so?

Prisons: Education and Health (8 Dec 2005)

Lord Filkin: My Lords, I am sure that the House is very grateful that the noble Lord, Lord Hurd, has promoted this debate. There is a great respect in this Chamber for the depth of his experience and commitment to these issues. I start by declaring two interests: first that my daughter is a prison governor; and secondly that I was once, for a short period, the Minister with responsibility in the DfES for...

Legal Aid (13 Jul 2005)

Lord Filkin: My Lords, will my noble and learned friend clarify whether criminal legal aid expenditure is a product of increased volume or an increase in average costs and, if so, why so?

Terrorism: Protection of Public Buildings (27 Jun 2005)

Lord Filkin: My Lords, is my noble friend aware that the security arrangements outside the Italian parliament building in Rome comprise concrete blocks which we know and love, but that theirs are filled with flowers which look beautiful? May I invite my noble friend to come on a trip of inspection with me to see what is possible?

Education Bill [HL] (7 Apr 2005)

Lord Filkin: My Lords, I beg to move that the Commons amendments be considered forthwith.

"Proposals relating to maintained special school (7 Apr 2005)

Lord Filkin: My Lords, with the leave of the House, I beg to move that the House do agree with the Commons in their Amendments Nos. 1 to 8. In speaking to these amendments, I will also speak to Amendments Nos. 10 to 13. We had an excellent process of scrutiny on this Bill. The amendments coming to us from the Commons are either technical amendments that are consequential on other previous amendments or,...

"Proposals relating to maintained special school (7 Apr 2005)

Lord Filkin: My Lords, I beg to move that the House do agree with the Commons in their Amendment No. 9, which is the privilege amendment. This may be the last opportunity I have to congratulate in public the noble Baroness, Lady Walmsley. I heard the news about five minutes ago. I am delighted for her and I am sure that the House wishes her much happiness. Moved, That the House do agree with the Commons...

"Protection of Children Act 1999 (c. 14) (7 Apr 2005)

Lord Filkin: My Lords, I beg to move that the House do agree with the Commons in their Amendments Nos. 10 to 13. I spoke to these amendments when moving Amendments Nos. 1 to 8. Moved, That the House do agree with the Commons in their Amendments Nos. 10 to 13.—(Lord Filkin.)

Written Answers — House of Lords: British Food Fortnight (7 Apr 2005)

Lord Filkin: The department welcomes the work of British Food Fortnight and wishes the organisation every success in building upon the achievements that our seedcorn funding over the past two years has helped to secure. The 20,000 resource packs produced for the 2004 event jointly by the department and British Food Fortnight have been widely requested by schools and distributed to them and other organisations.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Teacher Training (7 Apr 2005)

Lord Filkin: Some 37 per cent of teachers in service in the maintained schools sector in England in March 2003, who qualified after 1986, entered teaching via a bachelor of education degree. Information is not available for teachers who qualified in earlier years.


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