Results 1–20 of 200 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Lord Dear

Passport (Fees) Regulations 2018 - Motion to Approve (22 Mar 2018)

Lord Dear: The question is that this Motion be agreed to. I think that the Contents have it.

Passport (Fees) Regulations 2018 - Motion to Approve (22 Mar 2018)

Lord Dear: Not content!

Cannabis-based Medication - Question (21 Feb 2018)

Lord Dear: My Lords, can I move away from the sad case that we have heard about and those particular circumstances and move to a more general point on that issue? Does the Minister agree that the time has now come for a complete and urgent look at the situation? As many of us know, cannabis is currently included in Schedule 1 to the Misuse of Drugs Act as a drug with no medicinal value, yet that view...

Visit to Oman, UAE and Iran - Statement (11 Dec 2017)

Lord Dear: My Lords, at the conclusion of this short debate, may I change the focus to Oman and immediately declare an interest? Two or three weeks ago, I spent two weeks there as a guest of my son-in-law, who is the senior British Army officer in that theatre. With him, unofficially, I met a number of very high-ranking Omani officials, including some at ministerial level, and a lot of Omanis at what...

Criminal Finances Bill - Second Reading (9 Mar 2017)

Lord Dear: My Lords, coming in to bat as late as I am in a debate like this, almost everything I wanted to say has already been said. I shall try to be brief but my brevity does not signify any lack of sincerity or support for the Bill. I welcome it warmly, as I have made known before. In the 1990s I was HM Inspector of Constabulary, carrying at that time a special responsibility to satisfy the Home...

Equine Welfare Standards - Question for Short Debate (11 Jan 2017)

Lord Dear: My Lords, I, too, am very grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Higgins, for securing this debate and to the noble Baroness, Lady Chisholm of Owlpen, for so ably filling his slot. Horses, too, have formed a part of my life—hacking, hunting and riding ceremonially in London. I was proud to be a trustee of World Horse Welfare for a five-year period that concluded in 2015. I have spoken in your...

Policing and Crime Bill - Report (2nd Day) (7 Dec 2016)

Lord Dear: My Lords, I support the amendment. I remind the House that I tabled much the same amendment in Committee. I suggested then that the Minister might take the amendment back, consider it and bring it back on Report—which, of course, has been done. So I record my thanks to the Minister and the officials at the Home Office for their support. Some misgivings were expressed in Committee that face...

Policing and Crime Bill - Report (2nd Day) (7 Dec 2016)

Lord Dear: My Lords, I can be very brief and agree entirely with the last two speakers. The sentiment behind the amendment is admirable, but the way it plays out needs regulation. I too strongly support the Government taking this away and bringing it back with the coroner in pride of place.

Operation Midland - Private Notice Question (9 Nov 2016)

Lord Dear: My Lords, running throughout this report are two palpably obvious issues: the quality of officers at the top of any police service in this country and leadership. I spoke on this matter in Committee on the Policing and Crime Bill last week, as did the noble Lords, Lord Condon and Lord Blair, two former Commissioners of the Metropolitan Police. We raised very grave concerns that the...

Children and Social Work Bill [HL] - Report (2nd Day) (8 Nov 2016)

Lord Dear: My Lords, I draw noble Lords’ attention to four of the amendments in this grouping. If Amendment 57 is agreed, I cannot call Amendment 59 by reason of pre-emption. Similarly, if Amendment 61 is agreed, I cannot call Amendment 62 for reasons of pre-emption.

Policing and Crime Bill - Committee (3rd Day)(Continued) (2 Nov 2016)

Lord Dear: My Lords, it is with some trepidation that I drag your Lordships’ attention from the interesting subjects of tank transporters, pigeon post and emails. Amendment 201SA stands in my name and those of the noble Lords, Lord Donoughue and Lord Campbell of Pittenweem. The noble Lord, Lord Donoughue, has asked me to say that he is not able to speak to the amendment due to the lateness of the hour...

Policing and Crime Bill - Committee (3rd Day)(Continued) (2 Nov 2016)

Lord Dear: My Lords, can I just put on the record what Section 60AA(2) of the 1994 Act says? To the best of my knowledge, it has not raised any problems in law so far. It says: “This subsection confers power on any constable in uniform … to require any person to remove any item which the constable reasonably believes”— those words are a well-known test in law— “that person is wearing wholly...

Policing and Crime Bill - Committee (3rd Day)(Continued) (2 Nov 2016)

Lord Dear: My Lords, at this late hour I am grateful for the contributions that have been made. I am encouraged by and grateful to the Minister for what she has said, and I beg leave to withdraw the amendment. Amendment 201SA withdrawn. Amendment 201SB not moved.

Policing and Crime Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (2 Nov 2016)

Lord Dear: My Lords, I echo the words that we have just heard. I have considerable sympathy with the emotions and reasoning behind the amendment of the noble Baroness, Lady Walmsley. I make no comment about staffing in psychiatric wards—I have no knowledge of that—but as I speak against this amendment, we should remember that the Taser was introduced as an intermediate stage. It is intermediate...

Policing and Crime Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (2 Nov 2016)

Lord Dear: My Lords, I support what both noble Lords have said, the noble Lord, Lord Marlesford, in particular. I am sure I am right in saying that there is a growing sense of disquiet throughout society, which has swung away from the rampant interest that one saw in recent years in pursuing sex offenders, in particular—the Jimmy Savile case comes to mind immediately—towards beginning to say,...

Wales Bill - Committee (1st Day) (31 Oct 2016)

Lord Dear: At this stage, I should advise the Committee that if Amendment 2 is agreed to, I cannot call Amendments 3 and 4 by reason of pre-emption.

Policing and Crime Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) (26 Oct 2016)

Lord Dear: My Lords, I shall speak to Amendments 176, 177, 178 and, tangentially, 178A. I am pleased to support the noble Earl, Lord Attlee, in his amendments. I want to underpin much of what he has said and, to use his words again, to identify what I think is a growing law of unintended consequences that has flowed over the last five or six years in policing. To many of our minds, there is a growing...

Historical Child Sex Abuse - Motion to Take Note (30 Jun 2016)

Lord Dear: My Lords, it is a privilege to speak in support of the Motion proposed by the noble Lord, Lord Lexden, which, as noble Lords will already have concluded, identifies a number of serious fundamental failures in our current system. First, I turn to the case of Field Marshal Lord Bramall. All of us will remember him as a Member of this House until his retirement two years or so ago. I remained...

Hillsborough - Statement (27 Apr 2016)

Lord Dear: My Lords, my question concerns Lord Justice Peter Taylor, whom noble Lords may remember was later appointed Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales and who sadly died in office in 1992 or 1993. It was Peter Taylor who conducted the first inquiry into the Hillsborough disaster. He published his report only three and a half months after the disaster had taken place. Although he laid blame in a...

Criminal Justice: Anonymity — Question (17 Nov 2015)

Lord Dear: My Lords, the Minister mentioned apologies and the machinery for handling police complaints, but frankly, that does not go far enough. If I correctly sense the mood of your Lordships’ House, while all of us perhaps understand that there is some advantage on some occasions to publicising the identity of a person subject to inquiry, that is massively and frequently outweighed by the...


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