Results 1–20 of 62 for speaker:Lord Imbert

Freight Industry: Operation Stack — Question (9 Sep 2015)

Lord Imbert: Is this not an appropriate time to send our congratulations and thanks to the services—fire, police and ambulance—which kept the peace during Operation Stack? None of them complained about being put on night duty at 10 minutes’ notice. As a long-serving police officer, I know what it is like when you have arranged to take your child to a birthday outing the following day, your one day...

Police and Crime Commissioners — Question (3 Dec 2014)

Lord Imbert: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the success or failure of Police and Crime Commissioners, particularly in comparison to the cost, democratic accountability and competence of the Police Authorities they replaced.

Police and Crime Commissioners — Question (3 Dec 2014)

Lord Imbert: I thank the Minister for his Answer but he will be surprised that I and thousands of others do not share the enthusiasm for this system. Surely it cannot be right, or indeed safe, to introduce the evils of party politics into policing decisions and activity. Does the Minister agree that politics and policing should be worlds apart and that politics should have no influence on policing...

Metropolitan Police — Question (27 Mar 2014)

Lord Imbert: My Lords, perhaps I may preface my question with a reference to the Home Secretary’s Statement to Parliament made on 6 March on the Ellison report of the inept investigation into the murder of Stephen Lawrence and related matters such as the inappropriate use of undercover police officers. She said: “Stephen Lawrence was murdered more than 20 years ago and it is deplorable that his...

Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill — Committee (6th Day) (Continued) (4 Dec 2013)

Lord Imbert: My Lords, I support my noble friends Lord Blair and Lord Condon. As we know, they were both commissioners of the largest, most envied and most copied police service in the western world, the London Metropolitan Police, as was I for six years from 1987 to 1993. The amendment is about Section 126 of the anti-social—and, it seems, in some respects anti-police—Bill that is before us. No, I...

Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill — Committee (6th Day) (4 Dec 2013)

Lord Imbert: My Lords, as the only other former commissioner here, I feel that I should add my support to their concern about the date. I have often been told that the best way to catch a slippery officer—one who is corrupt, rude or has no integrity and lies—is to set an experienced, crafty detective chief superintendent, who is honest and full of integrity, to catch him. He knows the moves that that...

Police and Crime Panels — Question (12 Mar 2012)

Lord Imbert: In the light of those who have said that they will now put themselves forward as police and crime commissioners, are the Minister and the Government content that they will not bring party politics to bear on policing operational decisions?

Alcohol — Question (2 Feb 2012)

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Alcohol — Question (2 Feb 2012)

Lord Imbert: In the light of the 60,000 alcohol-related calls answered by the London Ambulance Service alone and the 18,500 alcohol-related crimes of violence in London alone in one year, does that not mean that we should introduce a compulsory alcohol sobriety testing scheme which magistrates can use to sentence in order to reduce this awful number of offences?

Policing Protocol Order 2012 — Motion to Regret (25 Jan 2012)

Lord Imbert: My Lords, you will be relieved to know that my contribution on the Motion will be very brief. I am grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Hunt of Kings Heath, for having secured the time for this debate. I will not go over the ground that he so ably and wisely covered. Suffice it to say that every effort must be made to maintain the global reputation of the British police for being the world's...

Public Disorder: Uninsured Claimants — Question (19 Dec 2011)

Lord Imbert: My Lords, does the Minister agree that the Riot (Damages) Act, which was passed in 1886 for a different society from the one that we have today, is anachronistic, outdated and unfair? The police service has had its budget cut by 20 per cent this year. How can it afford up to £200 million in compensation? The Act has the connotation of blame. If we are looking for blame for the riots, should...

Public Disorder: Uninsured Claimants — Question (19 Dec 2011)

Lord Imbert: What about the £200 million or so that the Government will spend on appointing political commissars in the police service next year?

Public Disorder: Restorative Justice — Question (26 Oct 2011)

Lord Imbert: My Lords, does the Minister agree that victim satisfaction, which is one of the cornerstones of restorative justice, is the most important factor in justice at any level?

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Commons Amendments (14 Sep 2011)

Lord Imbert: My Lords, I rise to support the amendment of my noble friend Lord Condon to delay the introduction of the elected police and crime commissioners until after the year of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, to be held in London and other parts of the country during the next 12 months. Like my noble friend Lord Condon, I declare an interest. I, too, am a life member of the Association of Chief...

Police: Funding — Question (14 Sep 2011)

Lord Imbert: My Lords, do Her Majesty's Government expect the British police service to lose its global reputation for being the most accountable, well governed and respected service in the world? If so, do they really care?

Public Disorder — Statement (11 Aug 2011)

Lord Imbert: My Lords, may I say how much I welcome the Prime Minister's Statement today? In particular, I welcome the fact that the leaders of the Opposition and the Government are united in condemning this thuggery and violence. A number of noble Lords have mentioned the reduction in police numbers next year and, as we have understood it, there is to be no change in that. The police know that they have...

Media: News Corporation — Motion to Take Note (15 Jul 2011)

Lord Imbert: I apologise to the noble Lord, Lord Fowler, and to those many honest journalists that we have in this country. It was unseemly of me to have made that comment, but I frankly just could not resist it. However, I apologise to those honest and determined journalists, many of whom I admire.

Media: News Corporation — Motion to Take Note (15 Jul 2011)

Lord Imbert: My Lords, like the noble Lord, Lord Birt, and the noble Baroness, Lady Kennedy of The Shaws, I, too, apologise to the noble Lord, Lord Fowler, and the two noble Baronesses who followed him for not being here at the opening of the debate. In my relative infancy as a Member of your Lordships' House, I took the advice that I was given by the same source as the noble Lord, Lord Birt, that the...

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Report (5th Day)(Continued) (14 Jul 2011)

Lord Imbert: My Lords, I must declare an interest before I begin in that 50 years ago, when on night duty as a new constable on the streets of London, I found that the following morning, for weeks on end, one was standing in court with a defendant who was accused of a crime that turned out to be alcohol-related. As the Committee would expect, I have conferred with my former colleagues and, yesterday...

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Committee (2nd Day): Moved by Lord Strathclyde (18 May 2011)

Lord Imbert: My Lords, I must admit that I am confused. Regrettably, I was unable to be here on 11 May for the first day of Committee. I received a telephone call in the rehabilitation centre where I was staying for a few days to say, "No worries, we won". Now I find that the debate is still centring on elected police commissioners. We have heard a lot about democracy. It seems that some people have the...


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