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Poverty Reduction - Motion to Take Note (22 Feb 2024)

Baroness Lister of Burtersett: My Lords, follow that! I am most grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Bird, for the opportunity not just to debate this important issue but also to say thank you to the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Durham for his tireless championing of the interests of children in poverty and also refugees and asylum seekers. It has been a privilege and a pleasure to work with him, and he will be sorely...

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Second Reading (20 Feb 2024)

Baroness Lister of Burtersett: My Lords, when I was a child, we always had grapefruit for Sunday breakfast. However, for some months of the year it was tinned grapefruit because my mother, one of the hundreds of thousands referred to by the noble Lord, Lord Hain, refused to buy South African Outspan when that was all that was available. Now, of course, the Bill would not have prevented her personal anti-apartheid boycott,...

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 46 (19 Feb 2024)

Baroness Lister of Burtersett: My Lords, I am grateful to everyone who has spoken. I hope those who spoke in support of the amendment will forgive me if I do not spell out what they said, but they strengthened the case remarkably, helping to make a very strong case. I am conscious that other noble Lords want to get on with the dinner-break business so I will be as quick as possible. I wanted to say something in response to...

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 46 (19 Feb 2024)

Baroness Lister of Burtersett: I remind noble Lords that it is illegal only because we made it illegal in the legislation that previously went through this House. There is nothing illegal about seeking asylum; there is an international right to do so. The noble Lord, Lord Murray, questioned the explanatory statement. This has been drafted by a lawyer for me; I will not go into all the legal stuff now. The Minister rattled...

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 46 (19 Feb 2024)

Baroness Lister of Burtersett: We are talking about children who have been wrongly assessed. I do not think it is reasonable to expect them to challenge a decision. Other noble Lords made points on this: the sort of legal support they will get there; they will have to do it through video; and then, if they are lucky, they will be sent back. The Minister simply repeated what we said about two separate senior immigration...

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 46 (19 Feb 2024)

Baroness Lister of Burtersett: Perhaps the Minister can clarify this since he is answering my questions. Are we talking about here or Rwanda? Does Rwanda have those kinds of safeguarding systems?

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 46 (19 Feb 2024)

Baroness Lister of Burtersett: I am sorry, it does not. I raised a concern, asking a specific question: how can the Government be sure that the complex mental and physical health needs of child asylum seekers will be met in Rwanda, especially as those needs are likely to be intensified by the process of removal on top of what they have gone through to get to the UK? You can send all the information you like from here to...

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 46 (19 Feb 2024)

Baroness Lister of Burtersett: My Lords, I am moving Amendment 46 as an understudy to my noble friend Lord Dubs, who apologises that he cannot be here today because of a long-standing commitment. I will speak also to Amendments 54 and 55 in my name. All the amendments in this group are designed to ensure that we do not overlook the best interests of children who stand to be removed to Rwanda and that we provide a degree...

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 39 (19 Feb 2024)

Baroness Lister of Burtersett: The Minister may be about to speak on this but I did ask a specific question as to the Government’s response to the absolutely damning statement from the UN commissioner for human rights, which was published today and which the noble Lord, Lord Purvis, also quoted. It talked about “drastically stripping back the courts’ ability to scrutinise removal decisions” and “a serious blow to...

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 39 (19 Feb 2024)

Baroness Lister of Burtersett: My Lords, I very strongly support what has been said but want to draw attention to the statement, published today, from the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. I will not read the whole statement, just one paragraph which is supportive of this group of amendments. It states: “The combined effects of this Bill, attempting to shield government action from standard legal scrutiny, directly...

Written Answers — Treasury: Child Trust Fund (19 Feb 2024)

Baroness Lister of Burtersett: To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the letter from the Economic Secretary to the Treasury to The Share Foundation on 23 January where he stated that "the government currently has no plans to introduce a 'Default Withdrawal at 21' process" for unclaimed and unregistered HMRC-allocated child trust funds, what are their reasons for declining this proposal.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Welfare Assistance Schemes (15 Feb 2024)

Baroness Lister of Burtersett: To ask His Majesty's Government how many English local authorities do not run a local welfare assistance scheme, and what assessment they have made of the impact on low-income residents in these local authority areas if the household support fund is not extended beyond this April.

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Lobbying: Registration (15 Feb 2024)

Baroness Lister of Burtersett: To ask His Majesty's Government whether they have considered taking steps to reduce the single tiered registration fee to the Office of the Registrar of Consultant Lobbyists for small consultant lobbyists or businesses working with charities below the level levied on larger companies working with profit making organisations; and, if not, why.

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 31 (14 Feb 2024)

Baroness Lister of Burtersett: My Lords, I am sorry to prolong matters, but I asked an explicit question about Northern Ireland. I pointed out that the Bill applies to the whole of the United Kingdom. The Joint Committee on Human Rights, by majority, asked for an explanation before Report of why the Government do not accept the advice of Northern Ireland’s watchdogs —its Human Rights Commission in particular—on...

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 31 (14 Feb 2024)

Baroness Lister of Burtersett: I am sorry, but I was only quoting—I know it was a majority vote and that the noble Lord did not vote for this bit—from the Joint Committee on Human Rights report, which still stands, even though it was a majority vote for that particular paragraph. Perhaps I will leave it to the lawyers, if I have not quite got the legal point. The Constitution Committee comments that disapplication of...

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 31 (14 Feb 2024)

Baroness Lister of Burtersett: My Lords, it is a privilege to follow the noble Viscount—probably inadequately. I added my name to the clause stand-part notice because, as I made clear at Second Reading, I am dismayed by Clause 3’s disapplication of parts of the Human Rights Act. I support everything that has already been said by various noble Lords. The main concern raised by bodies such as the Equality and Human...

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 19 (14 Feb 2024)

Baroness Lister of Burtersett: The amendment has two parts. One was the about treatment of asylum seekers in Rwanda and that there should not be evidence of torture for two years. The other was about asylum seekers who have already suffered torture. I asked a couple of specific questions in relation to them. One was about what investigations the Government have done about the support they can expect in Rwanda. Supporting...

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 19 (14 Feb 2024)

Baroness Lister of Burtersett: I could well have missed it when I read the treaty, but the quotation the Minister has given talked about human trafficking and slavery but not torture. My noble friend has reinforced my fears about what will happen to torture survivors, who will probably have very serious mental health needs, if they are removed to Rwanda, however “safe” it might be.

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 19 (14 Feb 2024)

Baroness Lister of Burtersett: Is the Minister going on to another point? I did ask some specific questions.

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 19 (14 Feb 2024)

Baroness Lister of Burtersett: Is the Minister going to answer my questions?


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