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Sir Edward Heath: Operation Conifer - Question for Short Debate (17 Jan 2024)

Lord Macdonald of River Glaven: My Lords, I too congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Lexden, on securing this important debate and on his perseverance in this important matter. It is worth recalling the context for Operation Conifer. It arose in the depths, and I use that term advisedly, of the Metropolitan Police’s—frankly, weird—fixation with the criminal fantasist, Carl Beech. Noble Lords will remember that this man,...

King’s Speech - Debate (2nd Day) ( 8 Nov 2023)

Lord Macdonald of River Glaven: My Lords, I first got to know Lord Judge well when I was a pretty raw and inexperienced DPP and he became president of the Queen’s Bench Division and head of criminal justice in the Court of Appeal. He was kind, wise and, where necessary, sympathetically firm. These were wonderful qualities in a judge, a Lord Convenor and a friend. I also congratulate the noble and learned Lord, Lord...

Illegal Migration Bill - Committee (5th Day) (Continued): Amendment 132 (14 Jun 2023)

Lord Macdonald of River Glaven: Has it occurred to the noble Lord that there may not even be a secret plan?

Illegal Migration Bill - Committee (4th Day): Amendment 85 (12 Jun 2023)

Lord Macdonald of River Glaven: Would the Minister accept that, given the extreme sensitivity of persuading victims in these categories of offences to co-operate in the first place, and the almost full-time pastoral care that they have to be given in the approach to a trial, doing all of this from the countries to which these people are likely to be sent is going to be inordinately difficult?

Illegal Migration Bill - Committee (4th Day): Amendment 85 (12 Jun 2023)

Lord Macdonald of River Glaven: My Lords, allow me to add a few words about law enforcement. It seems to me that the problems the Bill intends to confront would best be solved by international co-operation, including international rules of law, but also by firm domestic law enforcement against the traffickers. That is a critical component. It is very difficult for me to conceive of successful cases against traffickers...

Northern Ireland Troubles (Legacy and Reconciliation) Bill - Committee (4th Day): Amendment 146 (11 May 2023)

Lord Macdonald of River Glaven: My Lords, I want to briefly offer some words of support for that amendment. In their paper, Professor Ekins and Sir Stephen Laws, the former First Parliamentary Counsel, make a compelling argument that the United Kingdom Supreme Court judgment was wrong. I will not address that, because it is not important for the purposes of the amendment. What is important is that they also make a...

National Security Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 63A (11 Jan 2023)

Lord Macdonald of River Glaven: Before the noble Lord sits down, I just wonder whether he considers that there may be a difference between intentional killing, on the one hand, which may or may not be wrong, depending on the circumstances and context, and torture and sexual violation on the other, in respect of which it is very difficult to conceive that they could ever be right. Does he think that there may be a distinction?

National Security Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 12 (19 Dec 2022)

Lord Macdonald of River Glaven: Realistic.

National Security Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 8 (19 Dec 2022)

Lord Macdonald of River Glaven: My Lords, on the minor tiff between the noble Lords, Lord Pannick and Lord Carlile, both of whom I have great respect for, I am inclined to side with the noble Lord, Lord Carlile. I have no doubt at all that economic well-being is an aspect of national security. It is worth observing that Clause 2(1)(d) requires that “the foreign power condition is met in relation to the … conduct” in...

Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill - Report: Amendment 11 ( 7 Dec 2022)

Lord Macdonald of River Glaven: My Lords, I do not oppose this amendment at all. I can see why it might be possible for material relating to this issue to be included in codes of practice. However, it is worth observing that a lot of the behaviour described by the noble Lord, Lord Hunt of Kings Heath, is patently criminal. It is a great shame that universities, colleges and other authorities do not always appreciate that....

Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill - Report: Amendment 1 ( 7 Dec 2022)

Lord Macdonald of River Glaven: My Lords, the noble Lord may be being rather kind to the Prussian police. I have no doubt that in the early 19th century the Prussian police were extremely interested in what was said in colleges and on street corners.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Criminal Legal Aid Independent Review ( 1 Dec 2022)

Lord Macdonald of River Glaven: To ask His Majesty's Government when they will respond to the remainder of the Independent Review of Criminal Legal Aid, published on 29 November 2021; and in particular, the recommendation to raise the rates of pay for prison law work.

Public Order Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 80 (22 Nov 2022)

Lord Macdonald of River Glaven: Does the noble Baroness agree with me that there is clear evidence of a concerted effort by well-funded, extremist United States—sometimes religious—groups to replicate in this country the situation that exists outside abortion clinics in the United States, in which women are routinely abused and threatened for trying to access medical care?

Public Order Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 80 (22 Nov 2022)

Lord Macdonald of River Glaven: Does the noble Lord understand that prosecutors, in authorising and not authorising charges, have discretion in whether to prosecute a case? No prosecutor I have met would ever prosecute a case on the facts the noble Lord has just set out.

Public Order Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 2 (16 Nov 2022)

Lord Macdonald of River Glaven: My Lords, as a former prosecutor, I commend Amendment 6 to the Minister. I have no doubt at all that a definition along the lines of that pressed by the noble and learned Lord, Lord Hope of Craighead, would be of assistance to the police in judging their response to these sorts of events. A definition would certainly be of assistance to prosecutors in coming to a determination about what the...

Public Order Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 1 (16 Nov 2022)

Lord Macdonald of River Glaven: My Lords, the extent to which there are gaps in our current legislation that require filling by this legislation is a substantial question. I, for one, will listen very carefully to what the Minister has to say about this, because it seems to me that it is incumbent on the Government to point out what those gaps and loopholes are, and where those gaps and loopholes are being exploited. If the...

Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 48 (14 Nov 2022)

Lord Macdonald of River Glaven: My Lords, perhaps I might ask the Minister to consider this. He mentioned earlier in his remarks that the question of pressure groups was not really relevant because they would not be an entity to which a duty of care was owed. The problem with pressure groups is their willingness to fund litigation on the part of other people: I think that is the relevance. Would the Minister care to reflect...

Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 48 (14 Nov 2022)

Lord Macdonald of River Glaven: My Lords, I strongly sympathise with the Government’s intention in pressing Clause 4, which is precisely to protect people such as Kathleen Stock. That is its purpose but it goes about it in the wrong way. Speaking as a former academic administrator, I see two particular problems, both of which have been alluded to briefly in this debate. The first is vexatious litigation. Whenever a free...

Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill - Second Reading (28 Jun 2022)

Lord Macdonald of River Glaven: My Lords, since the noble Lord, Lord Whitty, is not present, it is my great pleasure to follow the noble Lord, Lord Cormack. In doing so, I refer to my entry in the register of interests as a former warden of Wadham College, Oxford and an honorary fellow there and at St Edmund Hall, Oxford. I disagree with noble Lords who perceive no problem to be addressed, but I agree with noble Lords who...

Schools Bill [HL] - Committee (4th Day): Amendment 91 (20 Jun 2022)

Lord Macdonald of River Glaven: My Lords, I have also put my name to this amendment. I entirely agree with the noble Baroness, Lady Morris of Yardley, that the present position is untenable. In 2019 the Government updated the relationships and sex education guidance to make the teaching of certain content compulsory in all schools. The guidance was clear that content should be age-appropriate, developmentally appropriate...


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