Results 1–20 of 458 for speaker:Lord Russell of Liverpool

Media Bill - Report and Third Reading: Amendment 1 (23 May 2024)

Lord Russell of Liverpool: My Lords, I will bring the House to the safe harbour of the Cross Benches and take us away from the world of politics—we will have quite enough politics in the next month or so without starting it now. I spoke in Committee, so I will not say any more, but I endorse everything the noble Baroness, Lady Bull, said. She knows how I feel, the Minister knows how I feel. We were all on an Armed...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Third Reading: Amendment 1 (23 May 2024)

Lord Russell of Liverpool: My Lords, I will speak very briefly. I pay tribute to the noble Baroness, Lady Morgan, for her persistence and skills in negotiating with her own party, which is possibly easier than doing it from outside the party. I stress the absolute importance of giving crystal clear guidance. The occupation of data controller is not necessarily high on the list of most of us as a potential career. I...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Report (4th Day): Amendment 132 (21 May 2024)

Lord Russell of Liverpool: My Lords, I am very happy to add my name to both these amendments, and I pay tribute to the noble Baroness, Lady Royall, for the many years that she has pursued this subject—seemingly to no avail but cumulatively, the more people hear about it, the more we might finally get something done. As I was listening to the powerful examples she was giving, I was mindful of the maiden speech of my...

Relationships, Sex and Health Education: Statutory Guidance - Statement (16 May 2024)

Lord Russell of Liverpool: My Lords, I declare my interest as a governor of Coram, and for 24 years I was the chair of the largest provider of health education to primary schools in the country. It is extremely pertinent that the noble Lord, Lord Parkinson, is in his place because, when the Minister has heard the question I will pose, she may wish to spend some time with him. The independent expert panel that assisted...

Media Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 1 ( 8 May 2024)

Lord Russell of Liverpool: My Lords, I rise briefly to support all my noble friend Lady Bull’s amendments. The world has changed somewhat since about a century ago. My great-grandfather, Stanley Baldwin, who was the then Prime Minister, would go round to Cowley Street, just around the corner, sit down with Sir John Reith, as he then was, and discuss in some detail exactly how best to use the radio to deliver what he...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Report (3rd Day): Amendment 100 (30 Apr 2024)

Lord Russell of Liverpool: I am happy to add my name to these two amendments from the noble Baroness, Lady Brinton. There is no need to speak at length about them; it is essentially about trying to ensure that victims have equality of rights, in this case with prospective prisoners. At the moment, frankly, they are disadvantaged and are put through a series of hoops—if, indeed, they can find out what in theory they...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Report (3rd Day): Amendment 95 (30 Apr 2024)

Lord Russell of Liverpool: My Lords, I was happy to add my name to this amendment, to which several of us spoke at Second Reading and in Committee. I pay tribute to the noble Baroness, Lady Morgan, and Stella Creasy MP for the dogged way in which they have pursued this issue. I give the Government and the Bill team credit for being worn down to the extent that a degree of accord, and indeed a recognition of this...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Report (2nd Day): Amendment 58 (23 Apr 2024)

Lord Russell of Liverpool: My Lords, we debated this amendment on the first day on Report last week. It is to do with training. All of the discussions that I have had in the intervening time with the Domestic Abuse Commissioner, with the noble Baroness, Lady Newlove, and with others, demonstrated the overwhelming importance of training, and the lack of training being a common theme, again and again, when things go...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Report (2nd Day): Amendment 35 (23 Apr 2024)

Lord Russell of Liverpool: My Lords, I rise very briefly to support this, with a slightly heavy heart. It has the virtue of common sense, which I feel might not necessarily chime terribly well with the Front Bench; it seems eminently sensible. I realise that the Minister often talks about the need to join the dots, and I think this is a textbook example of a challenge of trying to join up a great many dots that are all...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Report (2nd Day): Amendment 19 (23 Apr 2024)

Lord Russell of Liverpool: Nearly—soon, I devoutly hope, but I have more to talk about, sorry. My Amendment 59 is about the inclusion of stalking within the scope of the duty to collaborate. Alongside the noble Baroness, Lady Newlove, I had the privilege of speaking at a conference of the Suzy Lamplugh Trust this morning, because this week is National Stalking Awareness Week. I say on the record that we are...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Report (2nd Day): Amendment 19 (23 Apr 2024)

Lord Russell of Liverpool: My Lords, this is quite a large group and I will speak briefly on the amendments I have my name to or on which I have something to say. The first amendment in the group, from the noble Baroness, Lady Brinton, is on free transcripts. What I would ask the Government—I think the answer will be yes—is whether they agree in principle that this is and should be a right of victims: a...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 9 (16 Apr 2024)

Lord Russell of Liverpool: The Minister mentioned that he works very closely with the Domestic Abuse Commissioner. Given what I said about her experience that, for training, the statutory guidance which is part of the Domestic Abuse Act is very inconsistent, despite being statutory guidance, will he undertake to go back to her and explore in more detail what she has experienced since the Act was passed and see whether...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 9 (16 Apr 2024)

Lord Russell of Liverpool: My Lords, I will speak briefly on several amendments. On Amendment 16, on which the noble Baroness has just spoken, it is hard in principle to disagree with her. Clearly there is an anomaly here that needs to be dealt with. The way that it is working at the moment is inconsistent and not as clear as it could be. I do not think I need to say any more than that. I echo her wish that the...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 2 (16 Apr 2024)

Lord Russell of Liverpool: My Lords, I thank the Minister very much for summing up so comprehensively —in fact, going over the new Report stage time limit, for which I am grateful. The issues we are talking about, in particular murder abroad, anti-social behaviour and the definition of child criminal exploitation, are long standing and not new; they come back again and again. However, as the noble Baroness, Lady...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 2 (16 Apr 2024)

Lord Russell of Liverpool: My Lords, in speaking to Amendment 2, I shall speak also to other amendments in the group. Amendment 2 deals with the victims of a homicide that has taken place outside the United Kingdom. I am very glad to see the noble Baroness, Lady Finlay of Llandaff, behind me, as this amendment was in her name in Committee and, but for a slip of the pen, she would be the person standing here speaking,...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 1 (16 Apr 2024)

Lord Russell of Liverpool: My Lords, I thank the Minister for that helpful reply. What a change of atmosphere in the Chamber from the business that we had earlier on this afternoon—long may it continue. I pay tribute to the Minister and his colleagues for the amount of time and effort that they have put into this issue. While this amendment may not be perfect in the legal sense, its sheer simplicity has helped to...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 1 (16 Apr 2024)

Lord Russell of Liverpool: My Lords, this will be a mercifully brief group and I will speak primarily to Amendment 1 in my name, which has the great virtue of complete and utter simplicity. It was an attempt to get His Majesty’s Government to recognise that children are different from adults and have different needs and requirements. I am glad to say that in the discussions we have been having, particularly between...

Security of Elected Representatives - Statement (29 Feb 2024)

Lord Russell of Liverpool: My Lords, does the Minister agree that the other place is in a sense the vox populi that has an enormous influence on debate and on the tenor of how people feel in this country? The Whip system in both our major parties is extraordinarily effective in getting their adherents to vote along party lines, however much they might dislike it, demonstrating a commendable degree of discipline. It...

Media Bill - Second Reading: Amendment to the Motion (28 Feb 2024)

Lord Russell of Liverpool: My Lords, like everybody who has spoken, I welcome the Bill. It must be a joy to be on the Front Bench for the Department for Culture—unlike being on the Front Bench for the Home Office. I think we all wish that it could have come earlier, but the conundrum in this sector is that, whenever it comes along, it will almost certainly already be out of date. This sector is moving so quickly and...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Committee (6th Day): Amendment 148C (26 Feb 2024)

Lord Russell of Liverpool: My Lords, I would like to put my name to this amendment, because it is a continuation of the theme around stalking which we have repeatedly returned to in the Bill, as indeed we went on at length about in the Domestic Abuse Act. In listening to the reply of the Minister to the last group of amendments, I was trying to imagine what a robust list would look like. I was somewhat puzzled as to...


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