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House of Lords: Peers' Car Park — Motion to Resolve (15 Mar 2012)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, I think that someone should say something from this side of the House. As one of the disabled people who has been inconvenienced by these arrangements and who, to be honest, was initially very stroppy about them, I have two things to say. The first is addressed to the noble Lord, Lord Peston. It is not a question of whether we are banned from talking about security: the plain fact...

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill: Report (4th Day) (14 Mar 2012)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, may I briefly split up the Cross-Benchers, albeit in support of everything that they and most others have said? I have a couple of prefatory remarks. I cannot quite share the enthusiasm of the Liberal Democrat and former Liberal Democrat Benches for the anniversary of my noble friend Lord Avebury, although not because I do not have the highest regard for him. However, I was in the...

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill: Report (4th Day) (14 Mar 2012)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, I acknowledge that point. I would also like to acknowledge that I inadvertently misquoted the briefing. I referred to community care but I also said that debt, discrimination and special educational needs were covered-I got that wrong. However, I come back to my basic point. What distinguishes the potential recipients of community care from the recipients of welfare benefits and a...

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill: Report (4th Day) (14 Mar 2012)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, perhaps I may intervene briefly once again in these debates, in complete support of the points that have been made, not least by the noble Baroness, Lady Grey-Thompson and my noble friend Lord Phillips of Sudbury but to a degree by everyone who has spoken. As it happens, I have other recent brief experience of this in my capacity as a trustee, along with the noble Lord, Lord Rooker,...

Health and Social Care Bill: Report (7th Day) (Continued) (13 Mar 2012)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, those who have been here will have realised by now that this is one of my "good boy" days. At the risk of seeming sycophantic, even beyond being a good boy, I support every word that my noble friend Lord Clement-Jones has just said. I will refer back in a moment to something the noble Baroness, Lady Thornton, said about former Ministers. This chunk of the Bill-Part 3-is largely...

Health and Social Care Bill: Report (7th Day) (Continued) (13 Mar 2012)

Lord Newton of Braintree: Having listened to the debate, I differ a bit from the noble Lord, Lord Wills. I have heard enough from the two distinguished lawyers who spoke beforehand to come to the view that my noble friend would be very unwise to rush down this path without more time than whatever there is-less than a week-before the intended Third Reading of the Bill to sort out the issue. As always, my head has been...

Health and Social Care Bill: Report (7th Day) (13 Mar 2012)

Lord Newton of Braintree: Will my noble friend give way just briefly? I was at the other end of the Chamber, but I have shifted ends. Leaving aside the point about tracking, on the point about whether there will be one or more register I am conscious that, in the area of ombudsmen, there is experience of rival ombudsmen. Frankly, especially since it is in the choice of the provider not the customer, the providers go...

Health and Social Care Bill: Report (7th Day) (13 Mar 2012)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, I wonder if I may be indulged again by the House by speaking from an unusual position. I speak against a background-dare I say to my noble friends on the Front Bench-that I have been suitably chastened on the way into the House by being told that yesterday was the first day on which Tory rebels outnumbered Liberal Democrat rebels. There was only one rebel: it was me. Here I stand...

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill: Report (3rd Day) (12 Mar 2012)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, will the Minister acknowledge that part of the reason for introducing the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner was the poor quality of the advice that people were getting at these tribunals from people who simply did not know what they were doing? The new service was designed to ensure that they would get proper advice, and we should think very carefully before going back...

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill: Report (3rd Day) (12 Mar 2012)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, perhaps I may intervene briefly and almost reluctantly, because, having been rather rebellious last week on the Bill, I have been struggling to find good reasons for not being rebellious this week. I have to say that it is very uphill work. Certainly, when I read all the briefing on this debate from various quarters-the Immigration Law Practitioners' Association, which in turn...

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill: Report (2nd Day) (7 Mar 2012)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, I wonder whether I might be allowed to intervene from this Front Bench position without people feeling that I have fallen victim to delusions of grandeur of one kind or another. I wish to make three points. First, I support the general thrust of the arguments that have been put forward by the noble and learned Lord, Lord Lloyd, the noble Baroness, Lady Grey-Thompson, and my noble...

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill: Report (2nd Day) (7 Mar 2012)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, my name is to the amendment, along with those of the noble Lords, Lord Pannick and Lord Bach. I intervene at this early stage partly for that reason and partly to support many of the points that my noble friend made without reiterating them. We need to bear in mind that this proposed change to legal aid does not take place in a vacuum. It takes place at a time of great actual or...

Health and Social Care Bill: Report (5th Day) (6 Mar 2012)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, perhaps I may intervene briefly, if only to avoid withdrawal symptoms from not having spoken on any day this week. I want to support my noble friend Lord Clement-Jones on the general proposition without wishing in any way to threaten mayhem if we do not get a satisfactory reply. The House is well aware, as I have referred to it on a number of occasions, that last year I went through...

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill: Report (1st Day) (5 Mar 2012)

Lord Newton of Braintree: I am sorry to interrupt the Minister but I have a number of questions at this stage along with a mounting sense of absurdity and unreality. Am I not right in thinking that in the ordinary course of events any civil servant has to be the servant of the Minister whom he serves? That is my general assumption. Secondly, if this civil servant is not to be in that position, does he not in effect...

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill: Report (1st Day) (5 Mar 2012)

Lord Newton of Braintree: I am sorry, but I cannot quite make it. I shall try again later.

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill: Report (1st Day) (5 Mar 2012)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, I apologise for my slowness. I start by saying that I am so far the only person who has spoken who is not a lawyer or bishop. I would claim with the right reverend Prelate to be a humble seeker after truth. I am not sure what I would claim with the lawyers. But I do know that I am racked with guilt about the noble Lord, Lord Pannick, because on the last occasion that he brought this...

Health and Social Care Bill: Report (4th Day) (29 Feb 2012)

Lord Newton of Braintree: Perhaps the noble Lord could comment on one specific point. In my experience, the biggest problem in respect of these rare diseases is not providing the services-although that can be a problem-but the fact that they are not identified in the first place because no doctor has ever seen one before. Identification is at least as big a problem as treatment but that is not addressed in this amendment.

Health and Social Care Bill: Report (4th Day) (29 Feb 2012)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, perhaps I may briefly intervene, although not in any way to differ from my noble friend Lady Williams of Crosby; I am much too diffident to dare to do that. In fact, I want to raise a few nitpicking points that occur to someone who has had a bit of ministerial experience over a fairly long period. They occur in relation to several of these amendments. First, it is far from clear, in...

Health and Social Care Bill — Report (3rd Day)Relevant documents: 18th and 22nd Reports from the Constitution Committee (27 Feb 2012)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, I support-with some trepidation-what my noble friend Lord Mawhinney has said, and I pick up the point about it taking two to tango. I yield to nobody in my support for integrated services. I heard what the noble Baroness, Lady Young-a person with whom I go back a long way-said about diabetes, and I do not disagree with it. I do not disagree with what the noble Baroness, Lady...

Health and Social Care Bill — Report (3rd Day)Relevant documents: 18th and 22nd Reports from the Constitution Committee (27 Feb 2012)

Lord Newton of Braintree: Perhaps I may respond to the noble Lord from a sedentary position. I was aware of that but, to be honest, I think that we need a coherent single approach.


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