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Motion to Approve (12 Jan 2009)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, declaring yet again my interest as current chair of the Administrative Justice and Tribunals Council and the chair of the former Council on Tribunals, I rise to intervene—I hope quite briefly—to express my support for the order in front of your Lordships' House. I am glad to note in passing that there appears to be less obvious sign of difficulty and controversy than on the...

Committee (1st Day) (13 Jan 2009)

Lord Newton of Braintree: I had not intended to intervene in this debate, but in view of the kindly remarks uttered by my noble friend from the Front Bench about the report of the committee that I chaired some five or six years ago—of whose membership at least one other, a very distinguished one, is in the Chamber—it is right that I thank her for raising those points and state that I, as did the entire committee,...

Corporation Tax Bill — Second Reading (25 Mar 2009)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, I trust that my noble friend will forgive me if, as chairman of the steering committee, I do not follow him too far down the path. While I shall look forward to the Minister's no doubt carefully phrased reply to the remarks that have just been made, as a former Minister myself—although not a Treasury Minister—I accept that there is a big difference between clarifying the...

Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions Bill [HL] (28 Apr 2008)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, I rise with some diffidence, not having taken part in earlier stages of these fairly extended proceedings. When I read the report of the last round—that is, Report stage on 31 March this year—I noted that the Minister accurately quoted the views of the Administrative Justice and Tribunals Council, formerly the Council on Tribunals, which I have the privilege of chairing, in...

Transfer of Tribunal Functions Order 2008 (23 Oct 2008)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, in intervening in this short debate I declare the interest already implied by the Minister; namely, that I am chair of the Administrative Justice and Tribunals Council, which, in its former guise as the Council on Tribunals, was involved with the oversight of tribunals for some 50 years. The Minister has also referred—and I thank him for that—to the fact that in my capacity as...

Prevention of Terrorism Bill (1 Mar 2005)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, as the former chairman of the Newton committee, to which some reference has been made in these proceedings, perhaps I may make a couple of preliminary points. First, although I speak from these Benches I shall, as always on these matters, seek to speak in a totally non-partisan way. Secondly, I need to make this clear, especially as at least one other member of the committee is in...

Prevention of Terrorism Bill (7 Mar 2005)

Lord Newton of Braintree: I want to speak only briefly, in the light of what I said at Second Reading, when I expressed a number of regrets, some of which have been echoed in slightly different ways during this debate. I regretted that there did not appear to have been more active consideration of alternatives to Part 4 in the wake of our report; that for the second time we were—I echoed what the noble Baroness,...

Palliative Care (7 Jul 2005)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, the House will have observed that my noble and learned friend Lord Lyell of Markyate is now here, but he has indicated to me that before addressing the House he wishes to pause and recover from his fortitude in getting here. I welcome him, and congratulate him on that fortitude, and, indeed, the noble Baroness, Lady Finlay of Llandaff, who I suspect also had some difficulty in...

Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Bill [HL] (29 Nov 2006)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, I had been going to start by declaring my rather direct and specific interest as chairman of the Council on Tribunals, but the noble and learned Lord the Lord Chancellor has very kindly already done that for me, and I am grateful to him. I certainly should declare that interest in opening my remarks. Unlike those of the noble and learned Lord the Lord Chancellor, my remarks will...

Consumers, Estate Agents and Redress Bill [HL] (30 Jan 2007)

Lord Newton of Braintree: moved Amendment No. 64A: Clause 46 , leave out Clause 46

Consumers, Estate Agents and Redress Bill [HL] (30 Jan 2007)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, although the amendment seeks to leave out Clause 46, I should say straightaway that—as I am sure the Minister's officials will have spotted—it is designed not to wreck the entire Bill but to enable me to raise again a point that I raised in Committee. For those who wish to be keen students of my earlier speech, it was reported in Hansard on 9 January at cols. 73 to 75. My point...

Consumers, Estate Agents and Redress Bill [HL] (30 Jan 2007)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, the Minister has probably spotted by now that I am not a natural born troublemaker, so I do not intend to seek the opinion of the House on this matter. I draw some encouragement from what he said. I cannot say that I found it wholly persuasive, when certain arguments that could have been adduced in other fields have certainly not been in the way that I touched on in my earlier...

Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Bill [HL] (31 Jan 2007)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, I am not quite sure whether I dare, as a non-lawyer, to intervene in these proceedings. I ought to declare my interest as chairman of the Council on Tribunals, although what I am about to say is entirely my view having listened to this debate. I can quite understand the force of the point that is made about a High Court judge, particularly in respect of the high-profile cases that...

Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Bill [HL] (31 Jan 2007)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, I am grateful for the generosity of my noble friend's remarks, which reveal that he has pursued the point I raised in direct response to the debate in Committee with greater assiduousness than I did. I was undoubtedly speaking for myself rather than the Council on Tribunals on that occasion, but I presume that it would support a proper balance between the interests of justice and...

Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Bill [HL] (31 Jan 2007)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, I rise briefly to support the general thrust of my noble friend's remarks. The background from my point of view is slightly ironic. I too had noticed this and discussed it with the Minister. I told her that I was minded to put down the clause from the draft Bill today only to be told that my noble friend had got in ahead of me. I am happy, as it were, to hitch my wagon to his, with...

Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Bill [HL] (31 Jan 2007)

Lord Newton of Braintree: I am nearly finished, my Lords, but I will give way.

Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Bill [HL] (31 Jan 2007)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, on that point I have a fairly clear-cut view. The policy background to the Bill is a very wide-ranging White Paper in which the Government rightly took the view that there were various needs in this area, one of which was to create a more coherent tribunal system. We now have that in the form of the Tribunals Service, which can be developed still further in some aspects with the...

Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Bill [HL] (31 Jan 2007)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, I share my noble friend's hope, not least because of the interest, which I have already indicated, that I am one of the people who could be dismissed in these circumstances. In Committee I indicated that I found it difficult to understand this phrase, which would be widely interpreted by persons who are not lawyers, or indeed by persons of any kind, as meaning "for no reason". That...

Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Bill [HL] (31 Jan 2007)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, I intervene on this part of the Bill with some trepidation, because I have not followed it with the care with which I have followed the earlier parts. I listened with considerable attention to my noble friend Lord Lucas. While I am simply not in a position to either associate myself with, or dissociate myself from, some parts of his overall argument, I noted his last point in...

Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Bill [HL] (31 Jan 2007)

Lord Newton of Braintree: My Lords, before the Minister sits down—which I believe is the right formulation—I wish to place on record, in order to ensure some clarity in Hansard, that when I referred earlier to Amendment No. 96, my memory had failed me and it was actually Amendment No. 93.


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