Results 101–120 of 916 for speaker:Baroness Falkner of Margravine

Prisons: Woodhill (4 Feb 2008)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, this is a Statement of some concern. The manner in which it has come out also causes concern. We have had a leak, clearly instigated by a whistleblower; the postal service, Royal Mail, is implicated in letters going missing; and, after some pressure since yesterday, we have now had this Statement in the House. It is a very brief Statement that is as sketchy as it could be to be any...

Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill (5 Feb 2008)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: We are in two minds on this. We broadly welcome the establishment of a review to rethink this area. In light of previous legislation, it is more important that we should rethink than go forward with something that is not entirely satisfactory and I appreciate the fact that the Minister has chosen to revisit the matter. However, we should like to put two or three things on the record, in light...

Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill (5 Feb 2008)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: In anticipating what the Minister might say in response to Amendment No. 6, I thought that I would get my retaliation in first. I want to say briefly why I think the Bill's current option will not help in reversing the increase in child custody that my noble friend Lady Linklater so eloquently pointed out. We know that without a clear restriction on custody, courts will wholly or largely...

Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill (5 Feb 2008)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: Before the Minister loses his train of thought on Amendment No. 6, I should like clarification on something he said that confused me. He suggested that Amendment No. 6 would rule out the ability to bypass the system on the sentencing of certain offences. Does he not accept that Sections 90 and 91 of the Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Act 2000, or "dangerous offender" sentences under...

Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill (5 Feb 2008)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: That argument is pernicious. Mr Edward Leigh was obviously pointing to a failure of the system, but the Minister seems to be attributing the flexibility in the system as the reason, which we all want to keep, when it is the system that does not work. I imagine that it is the Government's responsibility to make the system work, and not necessarily to use a sledgehammer to change the law to...

Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill (5 Feb 2008)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: The hour is late, and I do not want to take up too much time, but there is one aspect of what the Minister said that is not entirely clear to me. As we understand it, the Bill would prescribe the circumstances under which the responsible officer must issue warnings and initiate breach proceedings. Breach would therefore become a statutory duty with no scope for practitioner, manager or...

Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill (6 Feb 2008)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: I wholeheartedly endorse the comments that have been made across the Committee. It seems to me that there are two points that the Minister is not fleshing out as he might. If things need to be said in plain English, we should say them in plain English. First, the Minister seems to be suggesting that the age and emotional and intellectual maturity of children should be lumped together with...

Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill (6 Feb 2008)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: I will not speak about the amendments of the noble Lord, Lord Judd, on raising the age of the custody threshold to 21; I will speak only to those which have my name against them. Anticipating perhaps what the Government's resistance to this might be, I would argue that one of the problems here is the definition of "so serious". Section 152(2) of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 requires that:...

Criminal Justice: Women (7 Feb 2008)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I, too, warmly congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Corston, on her most excellent report. In the past couple of days during debates on the Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill, we have had a lot of talk about human rights and the Joint Committee on Human Rights. During that time, I have declined to associate myself with the usual gang of suspects, one of whom is here today in the...

Police: Flanagan Review (7 Feb 2008)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, from these Benches we, too, welcome the thrust of this report. We fully support the need to reduce bureaucracy, and of course we support neighbourhood policing and attempts to create an efficient and accountable police force. It is, however, a shame that it has taken some 11 years to get to where we are. Indeed, as the noble Baroness, Lady Hanham, mentioned, there have been many...

Prisons: Carter Review (18 Feb 2008)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, what evidence does the Minister have that housing prisoners further away from home, away from their families, does not defeat the purpose of rehabilitation? Only a few days ago he confirmed that women prisoners are now being housed almost 60 miles away from their communities. On what basis are these prisons being proposed other than one visit by the noble Lord, Lord Carter, to...

Legal Aid (19 Feb 2008)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, does the Minister recall that he wrote an article on 10 January in the Guardian, stating: "We are moving away from paying legal aid practitioners by the hour—which has contributed to escalating costs and encouraged inefficiency—and towards paying by the job done"? If that is the case, and if that principle is good enough for civil cases, how can he justify taking the position...

Citizenship (20 Feb 2008)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I concur with what the Minister said about border controls and counterterrorism. That will be an important step, I am sure. The Green Paper is rather ambiguous about non-EU nationals and the right of EU nationals to bring in third-country partners. What would the situation be if, hypothetically, a German national had permanent residency here but then wished to bring in a spouse or...

Terrorism: Rendition (21 Feb 2008)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I was sorry to hear the noble Lord say that this information had not come to light because of some imminent Washington Post article as far as he knew—I think that that is how he phrased it. If it comes to light that, because of a forthcoming Freedom of Information Act request or some other method, fuller information may soon emerge, will he accept that the doubts that we are...

Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill (27 Feb 2008)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: moved Amendment No. 103A: Clause 98, page 68, line 39, leave out "16 and 17" and insert "under 18 years"

Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill (27 Feb 2008)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: I shall speak also to Amendments Nos. 110 and 113. Amendment No. 103A would remove the restriction that the youth conditional caution would be available only for young people between 16 and 17 years of age by extending it to all those below the age of 18. The Government propose that youth conditional cautions should be available only for young people between 16 and 17 years old, who would...

Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill (27 Feb 2008)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: So that I can understand the Minister correctly, I assume from what he said about a staged approach that he will look at an earlier introduction for young people, perhaps from the age of 16 to 17 and then downwards. I am pleased with his comments in response to the amendment, and I beg leave to withdraw the amendment.

Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill (27 Feb 2008)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: moved Amendment No. 105: Schedule 18, page 243, leave out lines 22 and 23

Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill (27 Feb 2008)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: The amendment seeks to allow the imposition of youth conditional cautions in appropriate circumstances where the young person has a previous conviction. The adult conditional caution is available at any point in an offender's career; the Government's proposal for youth conditional cautions, however, precludes such a disposal where the young person has a previous conviction. We hold that such...

Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill (27 Feb 2008)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: I heard what the Minister said, and we will reflect upon this. However, at this stage, I beg leave to withdraw the amendment.


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