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Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill - Second Reading (14 Sep 2021)

Lord Hogan-Howe: My Lords, with some trepidation, I rise to speak in the gap after such a long day. I thank the noble Lord, Lord Marks, for his understanding. I only want to speak briefly to three points. First, I support a comment made earlier by the noble and learned Lord, Lord Thomas. I support the Government’s attempts in the Bill to withdraw digital evidence from mobile phones for sexual offence...

Covid-19 (Public Services Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (22 Jul 2021)

Lord Hogan-Howe: My Lords, I declare my non-executive membership of the Cabinet Office. It is a pleasure to follow the noble Lord, Lord Davies of Gower, a colleague in the police service, the House of Lords and this Select Committee. I add my own thanks to the noble Baroness, Lady Armstrong, for this debate and her determined and human leadership throughout the Select Committee—no easy task, given that the...

European Union (Future Relationship) Bill - Second Reading (and remaining stages): Amendment to the Motion (30 Dec 2020)

Lord Hogan-Howe: My Lords, I shall speak in favour of the Bill and I congratulate the Government on producing a very good agreement. I decided quite late to vote for Brexit, and at every opportunity in this House have voted to support the Government in delivering on the outcome of the 2016 referendum. That referendum was voted for by both Houses of Parliament, and so leaving the EU had a double mandate: the...

Terrorist Offenders (Restriction of Early Release) Bill - Second Reading (and remaining stages): Amendment to the Motion (24 Feb 2020)

Lord Hogan-Howe: My Lords, I broadly support this Bill, with one area of discomfort and one suggestion for improving the system of controlling the danger of released convicted terrorists. The three recent incidents at Fishmongers’ Hall, Whitemoor prison and Streatham remind us of the continuing threat from Islamism and the terrorism associated with it. For five to six years, I have been concerned about two...

Extradition (Provisional Arrest) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (4 Feb 2020)

Lord Hogan-Howe: My Lords, I support the Bill and have just one suggestion for how it could be improved. Martin Hewitt, chair of the National Police Chiefs’ Council, described this legislation as filling a loophole in the law, which is a fair description. It is also supported by Lynne Owen, the Director-General of the National Crime Agency. Neither person would generally want to widen police powers, but...

Extradition (Provisional Arrest) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (4 Feb 2020)

Lord Hogan-Howe: I agree. We should be reassured in two senses. The NCA is one arbiter. It has been putting things on the police national computer for many years. Individuals can pursue their civil rights if they think or find they have been wronged. If an arrest is made, these cases will of course be heard in a court, where suspects are legally represented and able to make the case that this is an improper...

Streatham Incident - Statement (3 Feb 2020)

Lord Hogan-Howe: My Lords, I join the Minister in commending the response particularly of the firearms officers yesterday. They make very quick decisions in very difficult circumstances. I am sure we all feel as though they had taken great steps. However, yesterday’s events showed how difficult it is, even when surveillance is in place within what seems to be touching distance, to control dangerous people...

Release of Prisoners (Alteration of Relevant Proportion of Sentence) Order 2019 - Motion to Approve (22 Jan 2020)

Lord Hogan-Howe: My Lords, I have always been a fairly hard-nosed enforcer in terms of policing and thought that punishment was really important as part of a sentence. However, I am not sure that I support these measures. With around 85,000 people in prison, there are far too many already. Prison broadly fails. Having 85,000 in prison is at least one mark of success of the criminal justice system. It is often...

Health: Alcohol Abuse - Question (21 Jan 2020)

Lord Hogan-Howe: My Lords, I am pleased that the sobriety scheme is being rolled out, but it would help to hear a timeline for it. People may be aware of one benefit of the sobriety scheme. It came from South Dakota in America, where district attorneys, sick of seeing people die on the roads, introduced compulsory testing every day for a year. It led to a huge reduction in the number of people killed on the...

Written Answers — Northern Ireland Office: Police Service of Northern Ireland (5 Nov 2019)

Lord Hogan-Howe: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of officers the Police Service of Northern Ireland needed to safely provide a police service for the people of Northern Ireland.

Essex: Major Incident - Statement (28 Oct 2019)

Lord Hogan-Howe: My Lords, when tragedies happen, there is always an opportunity to review what we can learn from these terrible events. I guarantee that there will be intelligence in the system on this, and that someone might have noticed that this was happening. This is a mass movement of people, involving many different parts. Whether it is the people who put the migrants in the lorry or those who took the...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (5th Day) (Continued) (21 Oct 2019)

Lord Hogan-Howe: My Lords, I will restrict my comments to the police and criminal justice parts of the Queen’s Speech. I will first deal briefly with three issues that have come up in this debate. The first is longer sentences for violent and sexual offences. People may imagine that I would naturally support these, and I do support long sentences for serious offences. However, there has been sentence drift...

Metropolitan Police: Use of Section 14 of the Public Order Act 1986 - Private Notice Question (16 Oct 2019)

Lord Hogan-Howe: My Lords, I was glad to see the Home Secretary’s publicised support for the Metropolitan Police. These are difficult judgments. On the last occasion that Extinction Rebellion carried out its protests, the police were criticised for failing to take action. Here, we see them criticised for perhaps taking too much. It is a difficult position to land fairly on. When we have the threat of...

Crown Prosecution Service: Rape and Sexual Offences - Question for Short Debate (23 Jul 2019)

Lord Hogan-Howe: My Lords, I thank the noble Baroness, Lady Chakrabarti, for the opportunity to debate this important issue. There are various challenges facing the investigation and prosecution of rape, but the fundamental issue is that there are far more allegations of rape coming forward, with the statistics offered by the noble Baroness, Lady Chakrabarti, and it is taking too long for relatively few...

Written Answers — Home Office: Drugs: Smuggling (9 Jul 2019)

Lord Hogan-Howe: To ask Her Majesty's Government how they measure the performance and success of the National Crime Agency in limiting the import and supply of controlled substances such as cocaine and heroin.

Written Answers — Home Office: Police: Recruitment (9 Jul 2019)

Lord Hogan-Howe: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in the light of (1) their announcement of an additional £970 million in funding for the police service in 2019, (2) the fact that each police officer costs approximately £50,000 a year, and (3) their proposals to fund an increase in police numbers of 3,500 officers, they will instead be able to fund an extra 20,000 police officers.

Knife Crime - Motion to Take Note (27 Jun 2019)

Lord Hogan-Howe: My Lords, I too thank the noble Lord, Lord Paddick, for this useful opportunity to reflect on the progress of the Government’s serious violence strategy, announced last year, in reducing knife crime. The Government have taken useful action which has been effective in reducing knife crime, but there remain significant questions as to whether their approach will be successful in the longer...

Catalytic Converter Thefts - Question (20 Jun 2019)

Lord Hogan-Howe: My Lords, does the Minister agree that crime was generally coming down until about three years ago? One of the principal reasons for that was design. Two things have happened: car design has not kept up with thieves’ ability to steal cars and, sadly, car manufacturers have not continued to prevent catalytic converters being removed and still being useful as converters or scrap metal. Surely...

Written Answers — Department for International Development: Pakistan: Human Trafficking (30 May 2019)

Lord Hogan-Howe: To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to reports of the actions of Rabia Bibi and the government of Pakistan in arresting a trafficking ring of Pakistani and Chinese nationals, what assessment they have made of the number of cases of faith targeted human trafficking; and what steps they are taking to ensure that this newly vulnerable community is being effectively supported through UK aid...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Working Links: Insolvency (28 May 2019)

Lord Hogan-Howe: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of Working Links going into administration on the charities to which it owed money.


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