Results 1–20 of 41 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Simon Reevell

Petitions: Eligibility of Members to vote on certain issues in the House of Commons (24 Mar 2015)

Simon Reevell: I, too, rise to present a petition in the same terms on behalf of the people of Dewsbury. It is no more and no less than a request that such matters are dealt with fairly from the perspective of those of us who live in England, who want no more than that enjoyed by those who live elsewhere in the United Kingdom. The Petition of the residents of Dewsbury. [P001454]

Business of the House: Backbench Business — Defence Spending (12 Mar 2015)

Simon Reevell: In passing, may I point out that the quotes recently attributed to me were not in fact mine? Is the hon. Gentleman in any way embarrassed by the fact that, within the space of 10 minutes, he has turned what was a sensible debate into a party political broadcast?

Business of the House: Backbench Business — Defence Spending (12 Mar 2015)

Simon Reevell: This afternoon’s debate has been contributed to by a large number of people who put a belief in defence above party politics, and they have been objective in their criticism of both sides. That mood has changed since the hon. Gentleman got to his feet, and that is a shame.

Business of the House: Backbench Business — Defence Spending (12 Mar 2015)

Simon Reevell: This is party politics.

Business of the House: Backbench Business — Defence Spending (12 Mar 2015)

Simon Reevell: Last August, I was reminded of something that happened to me more than 25 years earlier. Back then, as a young infantry officer on a night-time exercise and navigating by the stars, I had to get my men through some woods. We eventually got to the edge of the trees and saw open ground ahead, but there was only a narrow point at which to exit the woods and the exit would be slow, so the gun...

Business of the House: Iraq: Coalition Against ISIL (26 Sep 2014)

Simon Reevell: I will significantly reduce what I was going to say to the content of an e-mail that I was sent by two constituents who live in a small village called Shelley. They had sat up and talked about the situation, because they realised the seriousness of the prospect of war. They had had on their minds the civilian casualties that may follow and the dire consequences for hostages if the country...

Bills Presented: Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill (15 Jul 2014)

Simon Reevell: I accept that the timing of the Bill is unfortunate. This is the second time in three years that a court case that was known about well in advance has produced a result that has caught the Government flat-footed and necessitated emergency legislation. It is also unfortunate that this is being done so quickly, because there is great cynicism about the state among the general public, and...

New Member: Criminal Justice and Courts Bill (24 Feb 2014)

Simon Reevell: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Kingston upon Hull East (Karl Turner). I declare an interest, in that I still practise at the Bar, so to a certain extent I comment on this Bill as someone who may have to make its provisions actually work. In that context, I think the Bill contains some very positive measures, especially on sentencing and cautions. I had not appreciated that...

New Member: Criminal Justice and Courts Bill (24 Feb 2014)

Simon Reevell: My recollection is that the hon. Gentleman was a member of my circuit, but I will have a think about that. Cautioning has been utterly corrosive, and even when people have been prosecuted the sentencing procedures that have been put in place have been difficult for lawyers, and impossible for non-lawyers, to understand. The point has been well made that the idea of someone serving no more...

New Member: Criminal Justice and Courts Bill (24 Feb 2014)

Simon Reevell: I do not disagree, and that is why the Bill provides for circumstances in which that can happen. However, in a large number of cases, expertise can be provided without intervention and representation being needed. As an aside, organisations that oppose this measure and that frequently appear as interveners should make it clear in their lobbying that they stand to be affected by the changes...

Business of the House: Trident Alternatives Review (17 Jul 2013)

Simon Reevell: I first stopped and thought seriously about nuclear weapons and the issues associated with them 30 years ago after I spent some time in the forest near a little town called Menden in West Germany. I was there with 50 Missile Regiment, which had battlefield nuclear weapons—we do not have those any more. The purpose of that regiment, come war time, was to fire its Lance missile into Soviet...

Legal Aid Reform (27 Jun 2013)

Simon Reevell: I declare an interest: I practise at the criminal Bar. I will make my observations on the criminal justice system and the implications for criminal justice legal aid. I will start by saying that there is no reason in principle why the Ministry of Justice should not be asked to look at reducing its departmental spending or why its expenditure on legal aid should not be part of that review. I...

Legal Aid Reform (27 Jun 2013)

Simon Reevell: My hon. Friend makes the same point very well. Secondly, as a Conservative, I do not like the removal of choice from the market. It does not really matter that the individual concerned happens to be a defendant in criminal proceedings; after all, at that stage he or she is presumed innocent until proven guilty—we do still have that. The removal of choice in the selection of representation...

Legal Aid Reform (27 Jun 2013)

Simon Reevell: The hon. Gentleman knows full well why that discussion has not taken place and that the prelude to it did not involve a method that was taught at the Bar school course that he did. I hope that those difficulties can be resolved.

Legal Aid Reform (27 Jun 2013)

Simon Reevell: No, the hon. Gentleman has had one go and that is quite enough. The consultation has a blunt instrument to deal with the expense of long trials which impacts on the majority of Crown court work, but there is a simpler solution—the abolition of very high-cost cases. Nobody needs them, nobody wants them, and they can be got rid of. That would save money at a stroke. Allowing choice but...

Tributes to Baroness Thatcher (10 Apr 2013)

Simon Reevell: I am grateful for the opportunity to make a few observations on this special occasion. I have been struck over the last few days by the number of times I have heard the word “divisive” being used on the television—as if every one of Margaret Thatcher’s policies created division, especially so in the north of England. That is not right. There are no complaints in Dewsbury about us...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Crime and Courts Bill [Lords] (14 Jan 2013)

Simon Reevell: I shall concentrate on one aspect of the Bill: clause 30, which deals with self-defence and which has been touched on already by my hon. Friend the Member for North West Cambridgeshire (Mr Vara). The clause introduces important practical changes, but I wonder whether it concentrates too much on where things are happening and not enough on what is taking place. The title of clause 30 is...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Crime and Courts Bill [Lords] (14 Jan 2013)

Simon Reevell: The point of the clause is to put in place the new test, but that test applies only in a dwelling. The clause gets even more bizarre when we consider proposed new subsection (8B), which deals with the corner shop with a flat above. A shop owner who comes downstairs from the flat and meets a burglar in the shop premises will be fine, because he will be covered by the new definition, but the...

Justice and Security Bill [Lords] (18 Dec 2012)

Simon Reevell: Does my hon. Friend accept that a good way to avoid having to make payouts to Libyan dissidents would be not to be involved in kidnapping them and shipping them and their families back to Libya to be tortured?

Justice and Security Bill [Lords] (18 Dec 2012)

Simon Reevell: One of the least attractive things I have seen in 20-odd years practising at the Bar is lawyers trying to persuade a judge that he should deal with evidence in private because the evidence had the potential to embarrass the then Government. It did have that potential. Employees of the Ministry of Defence on oath were giving evidence that six months before the invasion of Iraq, they had been...


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