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Prisons: Rehabilitation - Question (12 Mar 2019)

Lord German: My Lords, the evidence that one can find shows that short-term prison sentences, rather than tough community sentences, lead to far more reoffending. Our prisons are overcrowded and prisoners are often moved from one prison to another, thereby breaking the training programmes that they may be engaging in. Meanwhile, the third sector is being locked out of the vast amounts of money that have...

Animal Welfare (Service Animals) Bill - Second Reading (1 Mar 2019)

Lord German: My Lords, I rise briefly to tell noble Lords the story of the campaign run by Redhill Prep School in Haverfordwest in support of this Bill. It is a school in the western part of Wales. This debate gives me an opportunity to offer to all noble Lords a happy St David’s Day, especially in a week when our national pride was so enhanced last Saturday. The Redhill Prep School decided to support...

Prisons (Interference with Wireless Telegraphy) Bill - Second Reading (26 Oct 2018)

Lord German: Perhaps the Minister would allow me to reiterate the point that when you take out a broadband contract with the largest provider in this country, it gives you the option of allowing your wireless to be available to others. If you do that, clearly there are a large number of people operating through this system where you do not require permission, because that has already been given, nor do...

Prisons (Interference with Wireless Telegraphy) Bill - Second Reading (26 Oct 2018)

Lord German: My Lords, I thank the noble Baroness, Lady Pidding, for bringing the Bill before the House. I concur with many of her remarks, as I do with those of the noble Lord, Lord Ramsbotham, who, with his years of experience in this matter, should be listened to. The Bill meets a tight and limited objective: it intends to make our prisons safer and more secure by disrupting and halting communication...

Discontinuing Seasonal Changes of Time (EUC Report) - Motion to Take Note (24 Oct 2018)

Lord German: My Lords, I pay tribute to the staff and clerks of this House for drawing up this reasoned opinion, and also to the noble Lord, Lord Whitty, for chairing the sub-committee so well and presenting this reasoned opinion to the House. I do not intend to use this debate to promote the merits of retaining or abolishing daylight saving time. The House of Lords has debated this matter on several...

Prisoners: Purposeful Activity - Question (15 Oct 2018)

Lord German: My Lords, one of the principal barriers to meaningful activity in prison is the unnecessary movement of prisoners between one prison and another. Courses and training are disrupted and the receiving prison frequently does not have the appropriate vacancy or the necessary course. Does the Minister acknowledge that problem, which is primarily caused by overcrowding in prisons? People are moved...

Prisoners: Treatment and Conditions - Question (18 Jul 2018)

Lord German: My Lords, the report from the chief inspector is very disappointing indeed, not just for the increase in the number of recommendations year on year which are not being put into practice. In fact, the chief inspector says that this report, like others, may well be put on the shelf and ignored—I hope that the Government are not intending to do that. More importantly, one of the big...

National Probation Service - Question (27 Jun 2018)

Lord German: My Lords, whichever way you look at the report of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Probation on the community rehabilitation companies, it is clear that the contracting mechanism has led to people using a tick-box mechanism instead of proper rehabilitation. What steps are the Government taking to alter that contracting system, which has clearly failed to do the job for which they set out...

Brexit: Competition and State Aid (EUC Report) - Motion to Take Note (24 May 2018)

Lord German: My Lords, I join others in thanking the noble Lord, Lord Whitty, for his chairmanship of this committee and for the report that has emerged. I also thank the committee staff, who have been moving with the sands of time, and therefore the noble Lord’s skilful chairmanship of the committee has been absolutely essential in taking us to this stage. It will not surprise noble Lords that I do not...

Transparency of the Parole Board and Victim Support - Statement (9 Jan 2018)

Lord German: My Lords, I too express great gratitude from these Benches for the Statement from the Government today, which gives an absolute expression of sympathy for those who have been affected by this case. Because there has been an obvious breakdown in the structure and systems of criminal justice which we are talking about, I wonder whether an apology on behalf of the Government would have been more...

Brexit: Trade in Non-financial Services (EUC Report) - Motion to Take Note (18 Dec 2017)

Lord German: My Lords, I too add my thanks and say how much I have enjoyed serving under the chairmanship of the noble Lord, Lord Whitty, on this report. I thank him for his perseverance in bringing it to your Lordships’ House today. I took the opportunity of going into the Printed Paper Office just before the debate began, on the off chance that I might find the Government’s response to the report...

Probation Contracts - Question (31 Oct 2017)

Lord German: My Lords, just last month, the Chief Inspector of Probation laid out two conditions that she thought ought to be in the review: first, the community rehabilitation companies should have their finances put on a stable basis; secondly, these companies should be incentivised for success. Will the Minister heed the advice of his chief inspector, and will the Government meet this requirement as...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (4th Day) (27 Jun 2017)

Lord German: Like the noble Lords, Lord Ramsbotham and Lord Faulks, and my noble friends Lord Dholakia, Lord Beith and Lord McNally, I am also trying to understand why the Government have failed to bring back the prisons element of the Prisons and Courts Bill, which fell at the general election. Noble Lords will know there was broad support for the prisons element in that Bill, and although it had its...

Brexit: Options for Trade (EUC Report) - Motion to Take Note (2 Mar 2017)

Lord German: My Lords, I, too, add my thanks to the two chairs of the sub-committees and to the staff of Parliament who assisted us in making this report. In his opening remarks the noble Lord, Lord Whitty, referred to the picture having moved quite rapidly since the report was written. It is rather like having a snapshot taken out of a moving picture. I will therefore concentrate my remarks on the...

Community Rehabilitation Companies - Question (23 Jan 2017)

Lord German: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what changes they propose to the operation and effectiveness of community rehabilitation companies.

Community Rehabilitation Companies - Question (23 Jan 2017)

Lord German: My Lords, I welcome the Minister to the Dispatch Box in answering, I think, her first Question on this brief. She will be aware that the recent joint report from the prison and probation services, on their inspection of through-the-gate resettlement services, was highly critical. It raised some big red flags about the way this new service was rolling out. Can the Minister tell the House what...

Transforming Rehabilitation Programme - Question (31 Oct 2016)

Lord German: My Lords, the report just a few days ago of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Prisons and Chief Inspector of Probation makes harsh reading for the Government. This is the second report that they have produced in the past 12 months and it says: “There has been little change, little delivered, and progress is pedestrian at best”. Can the Minister tell us how the Government are intending...

Offender Rehabilitation: Entrepreneurship Training - Question for Short Debate (26 Oct 2016)

Lord German: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy regarding offender training in entrepreneurship.

Offender Rehabilitation: Entrepreneurship Training - Question for Short Debate (26 Oct 2016)

Lord German: My Lords, I tabled this Question for Short Debate well before the new Secretary of State, Liz Truss, spoke to the House Of Commons Justice Select Committee in early September. Mine is a narrow question emerging from the proposed prison and courts Bill outlined in the gracious Speech. However, the new Secretary of State made two important statements in her appearance before the Justice Select...


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