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Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill: Committee (9th Day) (9 Feb 2012)

Lord Clinton-Davis: My Lords, I welcome every word that has been said to justify this amendment. It is altogether impossible that 41 prisoners serving whole life sentences should be imprisoned in this way. What the noble and learned Lord has said is absolutely essential as far as having a civilised attitude where the criminal law is concerned. People serving whole life sentences will be able to look forward with...

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill: Committee (9th Day) (9 Feb 2012)

Lord Clinton-Davis: Is there any possibility of any action being taken after the judge has considered the point? In other words, would the prosecution be able to take the matter further?

Abu Qatada — Statement (7 Feb 2012)

Lord Clinton-Davis: Is it not clear that this man has made outrageous and bloodthirsty comments about a variety of circumstances, particularly concerning the Jewish community? Is there any evidence that those threats have been resiled from? If not, that is highly relevant in the circumstances which the Government have to consider.

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill: Committee (8th Day) (7 Feb 2012)

Lord Clinton-Davis: I rarely disagree with the noble Baroness, Lady Howe, but I do on this occasion. I do not think that there is any evidence that women prisoners are dealt with more harshly than men. That is a point which should not have been made because it is irrelevant. In my experience as an advocate, quite the reverse is true. On the amendments, I largely agree with what the noble Lord, Lord Wigley, has...

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill: Committee (8th Day) (7 Feb 2012)

Lord Clinton-Davis: Was that not put before the court? If not, why not?

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill: Committee (7th Day) (1 Feb 2012)

Lord Clinton-Davis: Does the noble Lord agree that it is common practice for one solicitor to transfer a case to a solicitor in another part of the country? Speaking from personal experience, I quite often had to deal with cases in London that were transferred from the north of England because it was more convenient to deal with the insurers in that way.

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill: Committee (7th Day) (1 Feb 2012)

Lord Clinton-Davis: Speaking from years of experience in this field, I know that the term "full and final settlement" is often used by insurers at the very beginning of proceedings and negotiations, but I do not think that it is adhered to. It is often possible to obtain a better settlement, so the term is ignored.

EU Council — Statement (31 Jan 2012)

Lord Clinton-Davis: My Lords-

Health: Stroke Care — Question for Short Debate (30 Jan 2012)

Lord Clinton-Davis: My Lords, I thank my noble friend for promoting this debate. I know only too well that a stroke can have devastating effects. Often, it kills. It can often lead to serious disability, mental and physical, and it can disrupt families. The commitment to long-term support is vital, as is the training of carers in suitable cases. The Government should indicate their unwavering support for the...

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill — Committee (5th Day) (Continued) (24 Jan 2012)

Lord Clinton-Davis: I have learned so much today. I did not know that the noble Baroness, Lady Mallalieu, had been at the Bar for 40 years. I always thought she was 40. The amendment is self-evidently sensible. I hope that the Government will realise that it is important for the public that the points made here are expressed. We are talking about, "a complex issue of law ... wider public interest ... some other...

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill — Committee (5th Day) (Continued) (24 Jan 2012)

Lord Clinton-Davis: I am rather frightened that too many people are going to find themselves without any remedy. That is bound to arise in many instances. I hope that the Minister will sympathise with them because having an effective remedy is vital. I am not talking about professional advice but about being able to take something to a tribunal and being heard-and being heard equitably. It is not simply that...

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill — Committee (5th Day) (Continued) (24 Jan 2012)

Lord Clinton-Davis: Take, for example, a person who feels aggrieved and is advised by a lawyer that he has no case or no chance of winning but still feels aggrieved. He therefore pursues his argument to the bitter end. That will take up much more time and money. Am I right?

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill — Committee (5th Day) (Continued) (24 Jan 2012)

Lord Clinton-Davis: Many of the people we are talking about are inarticulate. In my view, they have to have some sort of professional advice, but advice on the spot that is legally articulated on their behalf. No one else will do it. What does the Minister say to that?

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill — Committee (5th Day) (Continued) (24 Jan 2012)

Lord Clinton-Davis: Will merely advising people and preparation be enough? Is it not vital that those in this position should be able to put their case to the tribunal? They cannot always do that by themselves, can they? They need professional advice.

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill — Committee (5th Day) (Continued) (24 Jan 2012)

Lord Clinton-Davis: My noble friend has put his finger on the spot. The issues we are discussing are of prime importance, particularly for people who are not members of trade unions. I hope that they would be, but they are not, and we have to face up to the facts. We are talking about people who are particularly vulnerable, and I hope that the Liberal Democrats in this House are equally concerned about this...

Iran — Statement (24 Jan 2012)

Lord Clinton-Davis: Is it not obvious, as the Minister said, that doing nothing and saying nothing is not an option at the moment? Is it not vital that Britain's voice must be heard and that the Government are doing exactly that? Is there any indication of the Iranian Government acceding to the reasonable international pressure which is being employed at present? If not, is there any possibility of that in the...

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill: Committee (4th Day) (18 Jan 2012)

Lord Clinton-Davis: Did the Minister really say that in no circumstances would legal aid be available where the infringement immediately appeared to be minor? Does he not recognise that lawyers often come across cases that appear to be minor but later become rather more serious? What remedy is available in such an instance? Is the Minister really arguing that, once it is decreed that a situation is minimal,...

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill: Committee (4th Day) (18 Jan 2012)

Lord Clinton-Davis: I am talking about the solicitor who originally investigates a case being not very competent. He concludes that the case is minimal but he might be wrong. Why should legal aid not be available later?

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill: Committee (4th Day) (18 Jan 2012)

Lord Clinton-Davis: I am concerned about the position of the Official Solicitor. Would he not be inhibited from acting at all in certain instances? Therefore, the vulnerable person concerned would be exposed to increase vulnerability.

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill: Committee (4th Day) (18 Jan 2012)

Lord Clinton-Davis: Has the noble Lord made representations to this effect? If so, what has been the reply?


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