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Results 1–20 of 1200 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 Faulks

Cairncross Review - Question for Short Debate (6 Feb 2020)

Lord Faulks: My Lords, I, too, am grateful to the noble Baroness, Lady Kidron, for initiating this debate. I should declare an interest as the chairman from the beginning of this year of IPSO, the Independent Press Standards Organisation, which regulates 1,500 print titles and 11,000 online titles comprising 95% of national daily newspapers—by circulation—and the majority of local and regional...

Reserve Forces and Cadets’ Associations - Question for Short Debate (27 Jan 2020)

Lord Faulks: My Lords, I do not have the military experience of many other noble Lords who have spoken in this debate, but I do have a number of friends and contacts who play important roles in the Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Associations. I share—with all noble Lords, I am sure—a wish to preserve all that is best about the existing arrangements, while accepting that there may be some improvements...

Facial Recognition Surveillance - Statement (27 Jan 2020)

Lord Faulks: My Lords, is it not important to make a distinction between the use of modern technology to assist in the possible identification of an offender and its evidential status? That distinction is very important.

Queen’s Speech - Debate (3rd Day) (8 Jan 2020)

Lord Faulks: My Lords, the noble and learned Lord the Minister opened this debate by emphasising that the first duty of the Government is to keep the country safe. In this context, I welcome the attention to be paid to foreign national offenders, the revisiting of the Official Secrets Act and the possible updating of treason laws, something a number of us suggested during the passage of the recent...

Health Service Safety Investigations Bill [HL] - Second Reading (29 Oct 2019)

Lord Faulks: My Lords, on the face of it, who could fail to welcome a Bill that, in the words of Clause 2(2), is designed, “to identify risks to the safety of patients and to address those risks by facilitating the improvement of systems and practices … of NHS services”? It can hardly be in dispute that things go wrong in the NHS. This is not surprising, given the number of interactions that take...

Courts and Tribunals (Online Procedure) Bill [HL] - Report: Amendment 6 (24 Jun 2019)

Lord Faulks: My Lords, I repeat the declaration I made at Second Reading that I am a practising barrister. The balance of powers between the Executive and the Lord Chief Justice is a delicate matter, and I too will listen with care to what my noble and learned friend says about it. However, I wonder whether the powers are quite as wide as the noble Lord, Lord Pannick, says they are. Clause 8 admittedly...

Courts and Tribunals (Online Procedure) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (14 May 2019)

Lord Faulks: My Lords, as several noble Lords have pointed out, the Bill reflects what was in the Prisons and Courts Bill, which fell because of the 2017 general election. I was a Minister in the Ministry of Justice when Lord Briggs’s interim report on the online court was published. It was met with enthusiasm. I shared the general view that it was necessary to harness modern technology to improve our...

Discrimination in Football - Statement (11 Apr 2019)

Lord Faulks: My Lords, a considerable number of the examples that my noble friend gave in the Statement outlining this sad litany of discrimination are already offences under the law. Is he satisfied that there have been and are enough prosecutions? In that context, it would no doubt be said by the police and perhaps by the Crown Prosecution Service that they are considerably stretched in terms of...

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 5) Bill - Committee: Amendment 7 (8 Apr 2019)

Lord Faulks: At Second Reading, the noble Baroness was inclined to agree with the removal of Clause 2. Indeed, she said so on the basis that the process could be done “expeditiously”, as was done when the date was changed from 29 March to 12 April. Has she changed her mind?

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 5) Bill - Committee: Amendment 5 (8 Apr 2019)

Lord Faulks: The amendment says, “nothing … prevents”, which I suppose could be said to be saying that the royal prerogative exists—so to that extent it is unnecessary—but it restricts what the Prime Minister can do in its final words. That is my answer to my noble and learned friend. The wise words of the noble Lord, Lord Norton of Louth, at Second Reading about the constitution are...

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 5) Bill - Committee: Amendment 5 (8 Apr 2019)

Lord Faulks: I do not want to misrepresent what the noble Lord said, but he suggested that there might be some legal uncertainty and that, theoretically at least, I or some other barrister might be instructed to argue something in court, and this is to avoid legal uncertainty. I am all for avoiding legal uncertainty, but the existence of the royal prerogative can surely not be in doubt, and this is, I...

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 5) Bill - Committee: Amendment 5 (8 Apr 2019)

Lord Faulks: The noble Lord, Lord Pannick, and the noble and learned Lord, Lord Judge, have helpfully identified a problem with the Bill, in that a counterproposal by the EU could fall between the cracks and result in an accidental no deal, thus frustrating the will of Parliament, in so far as that will is ascertainable. In the event of a counterproposal, which seems likely, the amendment suggests that...

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 5) Bill - Committee: Amendment 5 (8 Apr 2019)

Lord Faulks: I am referring to Amendment 7.

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 5) Bill - Committee: Amendment 5 (8 Apr 2019)

Lord Faulks: I entirely agree with the noble and learned Lord that it is most important that there should be as much legal certainty as there can be, but also that the Prime Minister should have the proper role and authority to negotiate. However, does he agree that the royal prerogative exists to allow the Prime Minister to negotiate on our behalf in international and foreign relations unless Parliament...

Judicial Pensions and Fee-Paid Judges’ Pension Schemes (Amendment) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Approve (20 Feb 2019)

Lord Faulks: My Lords, before my noble and learned friend answers that difficult question, I wonder whether he can help the House on a general question about judicial pensions and eligibility. Judges must now retire at the age of 70; there is strong feeling abroad that this often wastes judicial talent. In other fields, people often peak at 70 so a retirement age of 75 may be far more suitable, given...

Syria: UK Nationals - Statement (18 Feb 2019)

Lord Faulks: My Lords, the House may have heard the lawyer representing Ms Begum asserting that there was no law which was in any way going to be found adequate to deal with what might or might not be considered offences committed by her. My noble friend may recall that during the passing of the Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill, my noble friend Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts and I put down an...

Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse - Motion to Take Note (20 Dec 2018)

Lord Faulks: I am very grateful to the noble Baroness to allow me briefly to intervene. One of the problems is that dead people cannot sue for defamation. That may be an omission but it is an important one.

Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse - Motion to Take Note (20 Dec 2018)

Lord Faulks: My Lords, I, too, am very grateful for the opportunity to speak in the gap in this debate. I wanted to take part in the debate, but felt some inhibition about doing so for two reasons. First, I was briefly instructed on behalf of the estate of the late Greville Janner in a civil claim—all the claims have now been withdrawn. Secondly, I gave a statement and evidence to IICSA. However, having...

Non-Contentious Probate (Fees) Order 2018 - Motion to Approve (18 Dec 2018)

Lord Faulks: My Lords, the 2014 Act was passed by Parliament when there was a coalition Government in power. I had the privilege of bringing in enhanced fees that, it has been suggested, should be viewed in rather a favourable light compared with the probate fees that are the subject of this statutory instrument. I certainly do not remember that being the response at the time, although the...

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