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Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Knife Crime (16 Jul 2018)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: Knife crime is often associated with county lines. I asked the Security Minister at a recent Home Office questions how the national county lines co-ordination centre was to be funded, and was told that it would be through the police transformation fund. I then received a letter saying that “it does not come from the Police Transformation Fund…and I apologise if this is the...

ESA: People with Motor Neurone Disease (11 Jul 2018)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing the debate. I join him in thanking the campaigners, because the employment and support allowance application and reassessment systems just are not suitable for people with motor neurone disease. Will he join me in congratulating those who campaign locally? Torfaen lost its former mayor, Doug Davies, to MND. His son Giles, also a councillor, has been...

Public Bill Committee: Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill: Continued participation in the European Arrest Warrant (10 Jul 2018)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: Further to that point of order, Mrs Main. I echo what the Minister said, and I thank him for taking a constructive approach to the Bill—he said on Second Reading that he would do that. I add my thanks to the Doorkeepers and the Hansard writers. I am very grateful to the Clerks, in particular, for dealing with the numerous amendments I emailed in. I thank you, Mrs Main, and Ms Ryan for...

Public Bill Committee: Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill: Continued participation in the European Arrest Warrant (10 Jul 2018)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: I am relieved to hear that the Commission is clear about our negotiating aims, but I would not be over-confident about that. On this crucial point, I am sure if I had been too prescriptive, the Minister would be jumping to his feet saying that I had not left enough flexibility for negotiation. Given that, so far, he has hardly disagreed with anything in the new clauses, I presume it is clear.

Public Bill Committee: Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill: Continued participation in the European Arrest Warrant (10 Jul 2018)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: I am confused as to why the Minister is indicating that he will vote against the new clause, because he seems to agree with it wholeheartedly. First, it would make a difference to put it in primary legislation. It would send a clear message to the European Commission, about which the Minister is worried; it would reassure the public; and it would also give Government Members the chance really...

Public Bill Committee: Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill: Continued participation in the European Arrest Warrant (10 Jul 2018)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: I beg to move, That the clause be read a Second time.

Public Bill Committee: Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill: Continued participation in the European Arrest Warrant (10 Jul 2018)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: These new clauses make it an objective in the Brexit negotiations to continue participation in the European arrest warrant, which new clause 6 refers to, and in Europol and Eurojust, which new clause 7 refers to. They are not restrictively drafted; they simply ask for that continued participation as an objective. It is worth reminding ourselves of the great advantages the European arrest...

Public Bill Committee: Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill: Fundraising for victims of terrorism: restrictions on profits (10 Jul 2018)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: Let me briefly add my support to what has been said by my hon. Friend the Member for Bermondsey and Old Southwark. I pay tribute to him for the work he has done on this issue and a number of others in light of the terrible events at London Bridge and Borough market in his constituency last year. I think he highlights an important issue that is of great concern to a number of people, and I am...

Public Bill Committee: Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill: Border Security (10 Jul 2018)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mrs Main. We had a wide-ranging debate on this issue in Committee last week. I want to raise the specific issues in amendments 42 and 43 and to support what the hon. Member for Paisley and Renfrewshire North said about the importance of legal professional privilege. It is obviously a cornerstone of our criminal justice—indeed, our...

Public Bill Committee: Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill: Border Security (10 Jul 2018)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: I am grateful to the Minister for giving way. All that he has said so far is perfectly fine. It is just that there is a specific provision in the Bill that allows for an examining officer to overhear what is said between lawyer and client. The Government’s justification for that is the concern that the lawyer would, somehow, inadvertently pass on information. I have suggested a...

Public Bill Committee: Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill: Border Security (10 Jul 2018)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: The last characterisation is simply so open to challenge: the idea that there are panels of lawyers for so many different things. My suggestion simply brings the law in line with what already exists in the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984, and that was why the Law Society agreed with it. This idea of the state choosing the lawyer simply does not hold water, given the reality of the legal...

Public Bill Committee: Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill: Border Security (10 Jul 2018)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: I am grateful for that. Could the Minister indicate, then, whether it is the Government’s intention to repeal the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984, which already includes a provision like this one?

Public Bill Committee: Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill: minor and consequential amendments (10 Jul 2018)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: I rise simply to support the Minister’s position. They both seem sensible amendments in that context.

Public Bill Committee: Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill: Border security (5 Jul 2018)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: Police stations have duty solicitor rotas, and that has been in existence for decades.

Public Bill Committee: Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill: Border security (5 Jul 2018)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: But that is already the case in Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 code H. Richard Atkinson said that “where there is concern about an individual lawyer”— let us take the example of a person who asks to ring someone we are not entirely sure about— “there is provision for the suspect to have the consultation with that lawyer delayed but to be offered the...

Public Bill Committee: Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill: Border security (5 Jul 2018)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: I do not propose to take this particular group of amendments to a vote at this stage, but I say to the Security Minister that the first of the two explanations given—that somehow solicitors bound by a code of conduct would be unwilling and unaware stooges passing on information to third parties—is not particularly credible. I do not think the distinction between a police station...

Public Bill Committee: Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill: Border security (5 Jul 2018)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: I support the amendments tabled by the hon. Member for Paisley and Renfrewshire North; I also want to speak to amendments 38 to 41, which I tabled. They follow the same general tenor as the hon. Gentleman’s amendments, in that they are practical suggestions for maintaining the right to access to a lawyer. Amendment 41 is about consultation via telephone. I will not discuss the...

Public Bill Committee: Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill: Border security (5 Jul 2018)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: If there were, just as there would be in a police station, a list of duty solicitors—or a list of approved lawyers where, if there were concerns, those lawyers could be removed from the list—why would there be a concern about an individual speaking to one of those lawyers in private, if that control were in place?

Public Bill Committee: Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill: Border security (5 Jul 2018)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: There can certainly be restrictions. There could be a restriction that an individual can consult a lawyer within sight of an examining officer—no issue with that. The issue is where the Bill goes further and provides that it must also be within the officer’s hearing. The justification given for that, as I understand it, is a worry that the individual will abuse that right and pass...

Public Bill Committee: Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill: Border security (5 Jul 2018)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: Clearly, the professional code of conduct that lawyers have would prevent them in engaging in any illegal activity, so that would be covered in any event. If there were, say, four or five approved lawyers who were completely regulated and we knew who they were, why would there be a risk of them passing information on to other people?


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