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Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill (27 Feb 2008)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: moved Amendment No. 114: Schedule 19, page 249, line 34, leave out from "(3))" to end of line 35 and insert— "(a) the period of three months from the date on which the conditional caution was given if the offender was aged 18 or over at the time the caution was delivered, or(b) six weeks from the date on which the caution was given if it was a youth conditional caution as defined in section...

Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill (27 Feb 2008)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: This amendment, too, was advocated by the Standing Committee for Youth Justice. It would introduce a distinction in rehabilitation periods associated with youth conditional cautions and conditional cautions for adults. The Bill proposes a specified rehabilitation period of three months for conditional cautions unless the person is subsequently prosecuted and convicted in respect of that...

Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill (27 Feb 2008)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: I beg leave to withdraw the amendment.

Courts: Rape Trials (28 Feb 2008)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, does the Minister accept that while what happens during the court process is very important, it is significant that large numbers of cases do not come to trial? Will he think about looking at what happens in New Zealand, where the number of cases that come to trial and the conviction rate are considerably higher?

Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill (3 Mar 2008)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: I, too, wish to speak to this group of amendments and, in doing so, I should like to make a couple of general points. The first concerns the attempt to regulate material which is becoming increasingly difficult to regulate because, as the Minister told us, most of it originates abroad. I did quite a lot of work on another area of extremism and the analogy comes to mind of similar issues...

Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill (5 Mar 2008)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: I really do not want to add to the noble Lord's woes and the hour is late, but—and there is always a "but"—what is really alarming about that example is the numbers that might potentially be involved. I wonder whether, in choosing that as something that might be illustrative of where these orders will apply, the Government have done any research on what their citizens get up to on a...

Crime: Honour-related Violence (10 Mar 2008)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, the Minister has been very clear in indicating that the softly-softly approach no longer works. Will he back that up with some measures to give teeth to what the solution is? I do not believe that he answered the question of my noble Lord, Lord Lester, about the guidance he is about to issue. Will he also tell the House about attempts to tighten extradition arrangements whereby the...

Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill (10 Mar 2008)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: I did not wish to interrupt the noble Lord half way through his sentence, but perhaps I may explain why we are being persistent about trying to get some clarity. One gets the idea that the noble Lord's reticence in explaining why we cannot have this in the Bill is because by issuing it as guidance there would be greater flexibility and, therefore, a trenching up of the areas in which it might...

Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill (12 Mar 2008)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: I want to clarify the Minister's remarks on Amendment No. 177. As I understood him, he said in response to our concerns about conditions that would be imposed on those people who were given the information that there would be no sanctions against those who breached the conditions on non-disclosure. Did the Minister intend to say that?

Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill (12 Mar 2008)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: moved Amendment No. 177ZA: Clause 191, page 135, line 22, at end insert— "( ) Where the responsible authority makes a disclosure about any child or young person below the age of 18 under this section— (a) the case must be referred to the local children's safeguarding board and the decision to disclose taken in conjunction with them, and(b) a management plan must be drawn up to include a...

Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill (12 Mar 2008)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: I would like to acknowledge that the amendment is supported by the NSPCC, Barnardo's, the Lucy Faithful Foundation and the NCH. It expresses our view that there are inadequate safeguards for those children who commit sexual offences against other children. Our concern is based on the inappropriateness of using adult-focused legislation that, in terms of disclosure, treats young people as...

Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill (12 Mar 2008)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: As the noble Lord recognised, our concern is to ensure that the safeguards are adequate. While we understand that the youth offending teams would bear in mind mitigating circumstances in making a decision about disclosure, we welcome the Minister's idea of considering this matter further and going into some examples that we might have of how the system would operate. On that basis, I beg...

Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill (26 Mar 2008)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, we support this amendment, as we did in Committee. As the noble Earl, Lord Onslow, pointed out, we went into considerable detail when we discussed it there, so I shall not repeat the arguments. I note that in their letter of 19 March, the Government's explanations for their amendments that are grouped with this amendment go some way towards raising the custody threshold, which is...

Prisons: Population (31 Mar 2008)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, the noble Lord will have seen the article in the Observer yesterday stating that the population of women prisoners has doubled between 1997 and 2006, with 90 per cent convicted for non-violent offences. All he has done is set up yet another review, an interdepartmental one on this occasion. Can he see why reformers such as the Howard League for Penal Reform call that response,...

Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill (2 Apr 2008)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: moved Amendment No. 45: After Clause 9, insert the following new Clause— "Restrictions on custodial sentences for offenders aged under 18 (1) This section applies where a person under the age of 18 is convicted of an offence punishable with a custodial sentence other than one— (a) fixed by law; or(b) falling to be imposed under section 51A(2) of the Firearms Act 1968 (c. 27) (minimum...

Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill (2 Apr 2008)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, we have arrived, by way of this amendment, at building safeguards yet again as pertains to custody for children. Noble Lords will be forgiven if they felt a sense of déjà vu or familiarity in many of the arguments as they related to Amendment No. 44. Amendment No. 45 would create a statutory custody threshold that must be met before any child is sentenced to custody to ensure that...

Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill (2 Apr 2008)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I am heartened by how many noble Lords have spoken to this amendment and I hear what they have said. The Minister is right that we have a fundamental difference of approach and he is right in interpreting my motivations in this area. We believe that there are still too many children—the emphasis is on children—going into custody who should not be incarcerated by the state. The...

Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill (21 Apr 2008)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, there has been some confusion about the case despite comments from the Benches on our left. I will, however, rise to the occasion. I was slightly distracted by the incredible pace of debate this afternoon. We have received the letter from the Minister, the noble Lord, Lord Hunt of Kings Heath, and are grateful that the Government have taken on board the philosophy behind what we...

Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill (21 Apr 2008)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: moved Amendment No. 80: After Clause 53, insert the following new Clause— "Treatment of 17 year-olds as children for remand purposes (1) Section 23 of the Children and Young Persons Act 1969 (c. 54) (remands and committals to local authority accommodation) is amended as follows. (2) In subsection (12), in the definition of "young person", for "seventeen" substitute "eighteen"."

Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill (21 Apr 2008)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, this amendment has come to us by way of the Standing Committee for Youth Justice. Its purpose is to treat under-18 year-olds as children and young people. During the final days in Committee, we debated the issue in several different guises. The argument is that the Bill fails to address the continued treatment of 17 year-olds as adults for the purposes of bail and remand. It means...


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