Lord Campbell of Alloway: My Lords-
Lord Campbell of Alloway: My Lords, this is a sad affair. Would the Government possibly have another look at it?
Lord Campbell of Alloway: Is it not the wish of the Government now to consult with America and China on how to deal with this situation? We cannot deal with it single-handed.
Lord Campbell of Alloway: My Lords, how do the Government intend to implement this proposal? As yet, that is not clear.
Lord Campbell of Alloway: My Lords, I support what my noble friend has said, having appeared before that court on more than one occasion and set up my own chambers in Brussels, and having had an interest there. However that interest was always in our country, which predominated over that of the interest of Europe.
Lord Campbell of Alloway: My Lords, I also thank my noble friend Lord Jenkin for spreading a breath of fresh air and confidence about our domestic arrangements. This debate also enables objective consideration to be given to how to resolve the eurozone crisis which inhibits growth of the economy, inward investment and exports to global markets. Last week there was a meeting at Brussels where something was proposed to...
Lord Campbell of Alloway: My Lords, I apologise to the House and to my noble friend Lord Howell because I had to attend to a puncture on my car while he was addressing the House. This will not be a very long speech. I am really concerned with the position that was taken on the origins of the gracious Speech, the debate on which is being concluded today. It created a torrent of dissent, not only in my party, but also...
Lord Campbell of Alloway: Thank you very much. I will make one short point. All your Lordships, wherever you may sit in this House, know perfectly well that if this Bill is delayed, urgent requisite reform cannot be used or done, to the detriment of the public. For that reason alone, I oppose this amendment.
Lord Campbell of Alloway: My Lords, I support what has been said by and large for this amendment in the name of my noble friend the Duke of Montrose. This is a highly complex problem and very difficult to understand. The question is whether it falls within devolution or not. It is understood that an arrangement has been made for members of the Privy Council to consider, if a question such as this arises, whether it is...
Lord Campbell of Alloway: I thank the noble Lord. His speech opened the gateway, for which I am grateful, to the face-to-face, one-by-one necessity which arises in a lot of desperate cases. Therefore, on that basis, I accept that the Government will do the right thing.
Lord Campbell of Alloway: My Lords, I will take very little time. I am very concerned about the situation, for all the reasons that were given-and that were put better than I could have put them. I ask only that consideration be given, and an assurance of further consideration, so that this proposal will not simply be cast away in some form of dismissal. That is all I ask for: an assurance that consideration will be given.
Lord Campbell of Alloway: My Lords, briefly, I congratulate the noble Baroness on her amendment, which has filled a gap in criminal law. I also congratulate the Government on giving an assurance that they will deal with its implementation, which they need to think of with care because it is not going to be so easy to implement.
Lord Campbell of Alloway: Is my noble friend aware that this is a very serious problem that arose more than 30 years ago as reported in the Law Reports? It has been raised in this House on more than one occasion over those 30 years and nothing has been done about it by any Government.
Lord Campbell of Alloway: My Lords, I would like to raise the matter of the process of putting in statute what in the ordinary course of events should be put in subordinate legislation by regulations or whatever. If you read the amendment carefully, it is a very wide command involving four assessments of individuals' needs. I am not at all criticising what is sought, but I ask for it to be considered that the...
Lord Campbell of Alloway: Perhaps I may ask my noble friend a question, as I am rather confused. To implement this question as put surely you need to have an elastic available resource-you need something that from time to time meets the circumstances. Is that not right? If you look at Clauses 2 and 4, you will see that they are all involved. It is all a question of legal aid and legal resources. I am not trying to be...
Lord Campbell of Alloway: My Lords, why is the Minister of Justice concerned with this? If there is concern, why is not the Lord Chancellor asked to deal with this? What is the difference between the one and the other now that we do not have the old-style Lord Chancellor or Minister of Justice?
Lord Campbell of Alloway: I very briefly take the point made about an apology for the mistake. I do this because when I was an advocate I appeared before the BMA for quite a lot of medical professionals. If your client says, "I am terribly sorry for my mistake", it puts one in a very difficult position; the advocate must show that the mistake had nothing to do with the result. I will not take up time, but say merely,...
Lord Campbell of Alloway: My Lords-
Lord Campbell of Alloway: May I ask a very simple question? Is it not rather curious to rely on a decision of a first court on argument in this House until it has been accepted by the Court of Appeal or the Supreme Court? The whole of my life has been dependent on decisions that have been rejected by both of them.
Lord Campbell of Alloway: Is this really a question of training? Is it not a question of making appropriate provision in these special circumstances?