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Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill [HL] - Second Reading (1 Nov 2017)

Lord James of Blackheath: My Lords, my contribution to these proceedings will be to present my memories of two money-laundering activities that took place and see how they compare with what might happen today if they had to contend with the presence of this enacted Bill. The first case emanates from the northern shores of Africa and the other one relates to our old friends the IRA. They are very different, and I shall...

Children: Gambling Advertisements - Motion to Take Note (14 Sep 2017)

Lord James of Blackheath: My Lords, I am deeply grateful for the consent I have been given to speak briefly in the gap here. I should declare interests in that I have twice earned my living from gambling: once as the chairman, executive chairman and chief executive of a chain of casinos and the other time as the chairman of the Jockey Club’s 14 principal racecourses, the latter of which gave me all the evidence...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (3rd Day) (Continued) (26 Jun 2017)

Lord James of Blackheath: My Lords, before I start, I place on record that before speaking tonight I took counsel and guidance from the clerks—although from none of those who have been here tonight, so they can all relax—on whether there was any risk of me going sub judice on anything that I am about to say. They have assured me that there is not, for which I am grateful. My subject is LIBOR and a sequence...

Criminal Finances Bill - Second Reading (9 Mar 2017)

Lord James of Blackheath: My Lords, I am deeply grateful to be allowed four minutes in the gap to comment on this very important Bill. The Minister is already aware, from our correspondence, of the thrust of my main concern, which is that the Bill does not do anything adequately at this stage to encompass and force the disclosure of the vast amount of information that, for reasons of either negligence or complicity,...

Wales Bill - Report (1st Day) (14 Dec 2016)

Lord James of Blackheath: I believe that the noble Baroness, Lady Morgan, has been led astray by a very faulty piece of wording here on which I have written to the Minister. I think it is not a question of a minimum bet of £10. I believe you can nominate any value you want down to 20p on any machine. It is not a minimum bet; it is a minimum bank that you have to open to have the right to play on the machine. That...

Written Answers — Home Office: Terrorism: Finance (14 Nov 2016)

Lord James of Blackheath: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to criminalise the withholding of knowledge relating to the presence or movement of funds for terrorist use made available through the co-operation of British business.

Policing and Crime Bill - Committee (4th Day) (Continued) (9 Nov 2016)

Lord James of Blackheath: My Lords, in speaking to Amendment 214 I should declare two interests. First, I ran a chain of casinos in the Mediterranean at an earlier stage of my life, and I am therefore very familiar with the function of a roulette wheel. Secondly, I was chairman of the Jockey Club’s racing interests in the UK, so I was heavily dependent upon the profits coming from the bookmakers’ levy....

Grammar Schools - Motion to Take Note (13 Oct 2016)

Lord James of Blackheath: My Lords, I should start by declaring a particular interest. Until today, I thought that I was the only Member of your Lordships’ House who had failed the 11-plus. I now acknowledge that I am not and that I share that experience with another. I want to make a couple of points about failing the 11-plus because it brings lasting shame and humiliation on the life of those who suffer it in...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (4th Day) (24 May 2016)

Lord James of Blackheath: My Lords, I will talk entirely on the subject of LIBOR, but under separate headings. I am sorry that LIBOR was not in the gracious Speech, because there is an urgent matter which should get the close attention of your Lordships’ House. We are facing the prospect of an enormous smash-and-grab raid from the USA on our quite legitimate LIBOR interests. It falls to this House to take a very...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (4th Day) (24 May 2016)

Lord James of Blackheath: I will sum up and conclude. We have to resolve this in some way. We do not have the Supreme Court among us directly now but surely we can ask it to consider either reintroducing a proper appeal process or a retrial, either of which would lead us to some form of justice. Alternatively, why can we not pass this to the newly formed Criminal Cases Review Commission and ask it to get its teeth...

Gambling (Categorisation and Use of B2 Gaming Machines) Bill [HL]: Second Reading (11 Mar 2016)

Lord James of Blackheath: My Lords, I need to declare several interests that are set down in the register, one of which I have to say with some embarrassment is that I am probably the only Member of your Lordships’ House who has run a casino. That is almost as bad as admitting to having run a bordello—which I emphasise I have not. The consequence of my experience in the casino has given me some suggestions...

Online Safety Bill [HL] — Committee (11 Dec 2015)

Lord James of Blackheath: As a non-lawyer, may I intervene with a query? The phrase “adult” services is a colloquial euphemism. In my understanding, or non-understanding of the law, it is interpreted as to the literal use of the language. Would not it be unambiguous and better if it was just to say “pornographic”?

Strategic Defence and Security Review — Motion to Take Note (3 Dec 2015)

Lord James of Blackheath: My Lords, I fear that I may be flying under false colours in this debate, because the title makes direct reference to international security and stability but all my concerns are with the lack of any direct reference to our domestic internal security and stability, which I think should have been closely addressed in the report, and the lack of which I think is shameful. We are not going to be...

Syria: UK Military Action — Motion to Take Note (2 Dec 2015)

Lord James of Blackheath: My Lords, it has been an intermittently recurring theme today that some frustration has been expressed by noble Lords about the impact of Mr Putin’s apparent loyalty towards Mr Assad, to the extent that he would block and preclude any restructuring of Syria post this crisis. Yet nobody seems to know the nature of the connection between Mr Putin and Mr Assad. Without knowing that, I do...

Middle East and North Africa — Motion to Take Note (16 Sep 2015)

Lord James of Blackheath: My Lords, I come to this issue from a slightly different direction. I live in West Sussex and am looking at what is happening there as a result of all this. There is huge zeal and enthusiasm to be called upon to do something to help. In the absence of any direction or instruction from anyone, local people are trying to make it up as they go along. They are getting into a muddle and need some...

Modern Slavery Bill: Report (1st Day) (23 Feb 2015)

Lord James of Blackheath: I thank the Minister for his response to my points, but may I just put two questions to him? I will wholly understand if he chooses to answer in writing afterwards. First, will he give consideration to a comment that appears in the great book in the Library, attributed to Herbert Morrison from early 1945, to the effect that in any case where an orphanage or local council alone authorised a...

Modern Slavery Bill: Report (1st Day) (23 Feb 2015)

Lord James of Blackheath: I am sorry, that was my first of two questions to the Minister. He stood up, so I thought he was going to answer me. The second question—

Modern Slavery Bill: Report (1st Day) (23 Feb 2015)

Lord James of Blackheath: I thank the noble Lord for that, but I must point out that they all had court orders last time. My second question is this—

Modern Slavery Bill: Report (1st Day) (23 Feb 2015)

Lord James of Blackheath: I apologise to the noble Lord if I caused offence, but I thought the situation was that you could reply to the answer you had had from a noble Lord.

Modern Slavery Bill: Report (1st Day) (23 Feb 2015)

Lord James of Blackheath: I can very easily move to the end. I quoted that last example because it indicates how, in the words of that fellow of 50, all migrant children are now regarded as the untouchables of Australian society. They have no place, no identity—nothing. When the Minister says that he does not think that we need to ban this once and for ever, I say that we do, because the reasons he gives for it...

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