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COP 27: Commitments - Motion to Take Note (24 Nov 2022)

Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd: I too thank the noble and right reverend Lord, Lord Harries of Pentregarth, for securing this debate and congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Leong, on his excellent maiden speech. Before one criticises the progress that was not made at COP 27, we ought to recognise the huge progress that has been made and the general recognition that climate change is now a real problem. What happened at COP 27...

Police and Crime Commissioners - Question for Short Debate (31 Oct 2022)

Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd: My Lords, I, too, congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Lexden, on obtaining this debate, and on his speech, and I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Bach, on his. They clearly illustrated that there are serious problems with the current regime of the governance of the police, but there is nothing new in this. The governance of the police has always been difficult. In the middle of the last...

Coroners (Determination of Suicide) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (28 Oct 2022)

Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd: I also welcome the Bill and wish it well. The reform of the coronial system in 2009 has transformed the way in which it operates. Much of this has been due to the leadership of the successive Chief Coroners, who have substantially improved the way the families of the deceased are treated and inquests conducted—they have improved the whole system. One of the important developments has been...

Government of Wales (Devolved Powers) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (28 Oct 2022)

Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd: My Lords, I, too, warmly welcome this Bill, but I regret the circumstances which have necessitated it. I make just four short observations. As the noble Lord, Lord Murphy of Torfaen, said, part of the problem has arisen from the way in which the Sewel convention and legislative consent Motions have been treated. The genius of our constitution is to try to avoid Bills of this kind and to rely...

Imprisonment for Public Protection Scheme - Question for Short Debate (13 Oct 2022)

Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd: My Lords, I pay tribute to the noble Baroness in securing this debate and to the noble Lord, Lord Blunkett, who has admitted that this was a mistake. I want to make three points. First, we now have what is essential for policy, which is an evidence-based report. The committee listened to everyone on all sides. It has produced a clear analysis. The conclusion from that analysis is clear:...

UK Infrastructure Bank Bill [HL] - Report: Amendment 19 (4 Jul 2022)

Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd: My Lords, I will speak briefly to Amendment 20. I traversed the reasons for this amendment at Second Reading. I traversed them again in Committee. I need not weary your Lordships by traversing them a third time. The points are obvious. Enlightened departments have now agreed to put into Bills qualifications for the boards of important institutions. One sees that in the Climate Change Act and...

UK Infrastructure Bank Bill [HL] - Report: Amendment 21 (4 Jul 2022)

Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd: My Lords, I listened very carefully to what the Minister said but, in view of the great constitutional importance of ensuring that we put this into Bills and my wish to put down a marker on this point for the future, I would like to test the opinion of the House. Ayes 73, Noes 152.

UK Infrastructure Bank Bill [HL] - Report: Amendment 13 (4 Jul 2022)

Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd: My Lords, I will speak to two sets of amendments. Before doing so, I thank the noble Lords, Lord Vaux and Lord Wigley, and the noble Baroness, Lady Kramer, for their support in the drafting of the amendments and for co-signing them. They fall into two distinct categories. The first group, Amendments 14 to 17, relates to Clause 3. They are intended solely to deal with the framework document,...

Crime, Reoffending and Rehabilitation - Motion to Take Note (30 Jun 2022)

Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd: My Lords, I also thank the noble Lord, Lord Farmer, for securing this debate, and I welcome the Minister and his maiden speech. Others have spoken of his great attainments, but what must now be half a century ago, he gained first-hand experience of the real problems that people needing legal advice face in day-to-day life when we worked together at a legal advice centre. I shall return to...

UK Infrastructure Bank Bill [HL] - Committee (Continued): Amendment 43 (14 Jun 2022)

Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd: My Lords, there are obviously different ways of trying to ensure two things. On one, expertise, my long experience of bankers has persuaded me that they are not the right people to be exclusively on this board. One needs someone with the expertise of addressing the objectives of the bank. That is critical. The second is to keep the union together and it is no use saying—I hope that we will...

UK Infrastructure Bank Bill [HL] - Committee (Continued): Amendment 43 (14 Jun 2022)

Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd: I think that the Minister mentioned the appointment of someone with knowledge of Scotland, but what about Wales and Northern Ireland? Is the Treasury taking active steps to do something about representation on the board from someone with detailed knowledge of Northern Ireland and Wales?

UK Infrastructure Bank Bill [HL] - Committee (Continued): Amendment 43 (14 Jun 2022)

Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd: The reason why I asked the question was to do with public confidence from Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland. That is critical at this stage of keeping the union together. I know that the Minister, who is very helpful on this Bill, may not be able to answer that tonight, but I shall return to this issue with detailed questions on Report, or press an amendment.

UK Infrastructure Bank Bill [HL] - Committee (Continued): Amendment 30 (14 Jun 2022)

Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd: My Lords, I have just three brief observations. The first is that I think the clause of the framework agreement to which the noble Baroness, Lady Kramer, referred is wholly inconsistent with the Bill. The Bill requires the directions to be published; the framework says they can be made confidential. It is plain that the two are inconsistent, and the Bill must prevail. It seems to me that that...

UK Infrastructure Bank Bill [HL] - Committee (Continued): Amendment 14 (14 Jun 2022)

Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd: My Lords, I will speak to Amendment 52, which is essentially to do with accountability and enforceability. One can only make accountable and enforceable something that is clear. I think the statute is elegantly drafted: it is very short, the phrases are chosen with particular objectivity and it reads extremely well. Moreover, the regulation power is not that extensive and that is to be...

UK Infrastructure Bank Bill [HL] - Committee: Amendment 2 (14 Jun 2022)

Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd: I could not possibly add to or improve on what the noble Baroness, Lady Brown of Cambridge, said in support of Clause 2(3)(a) on the environmental objectives, but I want to say something in support of the amendments from the noble Lord, Lord Ravensdale, and the noble Baroness, Lady Bennett of Manor Castle, because the two must be tied together. If economic development is to be an objective,...

Procurement Bill [HL] - Second Reading (25 May 2022)

Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd: My Lords, I too welcome the Bill but I want to make five short points. First, as a victim of bad government procurement and as someone who has had to look at the law quite carefully, I cannot but emphasise the importance of the remarks of the noble Lord, Lord Maude, that in considering the Bill what matters, as in most legislation, is the delivery and the three stages he described. I shall...

UK Infrastructure Bank Bill [HL] - Second Reading (24 May 2022)

Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd: My Lords, I too welcome this Bill and agree with much of what has been said by the noble Lords, Lord Bourne and Lord Teverson, on two issues: first, the need to clarify the relationship on devolution and, secondly, the broadening of the objectives so that they really do cover environmental aspects beyond climate change. However, other noble Lords are much more expert than me on those matters,...

Judicial Review and Courts Bill - Report: Amendment 25 (31 Mar 2022)

Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd: My Lords, as the Minister said a short while ago, this is a very ancient office, but the genius of our system, and of the coronial system, is that it has moved and adapted itself over the centuries. Over the last 20 or so years, inquests have changed beyond all recognition. The amount of money and resource now devoted to them, and what the public expect from them, is enormous. It cannot be...

Judicial Review and Courts Bill - Report: Amendment 7 (31 Mar 2022)

Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd: My Lords, when the Minister says “monitor” and “publish”, what we need to see is proper, in-depth analysis so that one can see what happened—or would have happened had it been dealt with in the Crown Court—and what is now happening. It is not enough to go on with what we already have.

Judicial Review and Courts Bill - Report: Amendment 7 (31 Mar 2022)

Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd: I wish to speak very briefly to Amendment 17. As I think I said previously, there has been thought of moving sentencing powers up for some 15 to 20 years. It is of paramount importance that we have a proper analysis of the effect of this. The effect could be serious not only for the prison population but for the individuals concerned. I hope, therefore, even if the Minister cannot respond...


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