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Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - Commons Amendments and Reasons: Motion C (16 Apr 2024)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: My Lords, I have already spoken to Motion C. I beg to move.

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - Commons Amendments and Reasons: Motion A1 (as an amendment to Motion A) (16 Apr 2024)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: My Lords, if I referred at an earlier stage to the Bill as opposed to the treaty, I apologise to your Lordships’ House. The treaty will not be ratified until such time and I am grateful to the noble and learned Lord. As to the measures to which he refers, anent their adoption by the Rwandan Government, I think I touched on that in my speech. In any event, in treating with later amendments...

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - Commons Amendments and Reasons: Motion A1 (as an amendment to Motion A) (16 Apr 2024)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: My Lords, it will be by the implementation of these steps by the Government of Rwanda and the establishment of the very processes to which I have referred your Lordships. It is not right or fair to allow our asylum and legal systems to be misused in the way they are being. The public rightly expect us to remove those who have entered illegally and do not have a right to be here. This Bill,...

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - Commons Amendments and Reasons: Motion A1 (as an amendment to Motion A) (16 Apr 2024)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: My Lords, I am grateful for noble Lords’ contributions. I have no doubt that they are inspired by appropriate feelings of concern for people caught up in, as the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Bristol mentioned to us a moment ago, the disgraceful practice of modern slavery. None the less, these amendments are not necessary. In particular, in relation to the amendment from the noble...

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - Commons Amendments and Reasons: Motion A (16 Apr 2024)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: My Lords, I will also speak to Motions A1, C and C1. Motion A1 relates to Lords Amendment 1D, which seeks to ensure that the eventual Act has due regard for international law, the Children Act 1989, the Human Rights Act 1998 and the Modern Slavery Act 2015. As set out on many occasions during the passage of this Bill, the Government take their responsibilities and international obligations...

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - Commons Amendments and Reasons: Motion A (16 Apr 2024)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: As I said, the point is that the treaty will not be ratified until such time as that protection is in place. It is right to ensure that relocations are not frustrated as a result of general systemic challenges based on the general safety of Rwanda. The Bill’s provisions therefore limit challenges on the basis that Rwanda is not generally a safe country, or that there is the prospect of the...

Litigation Funding Agreements (Enforceability) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (15 Apr 2024)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: My Lords, I am grateful to all those noble Lords who participated in this debate. I am grateful in particular to the noble Lords, Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede and Lord Marks of Henley-on-Thames, from their Benches, for the broad support they are giving. But if a financial metaphor is not inappropriate in the circumstances, I do not take either of them to have issued the Government with a blank...

Litigation Funding Agreements (Enforceability) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (15 Apr 2024)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: As always, the noble Baroness has fulfilled a valuable public service. On the question from the noble Lord, Lord Meston, on the scope of the Bill, the view of the Public Bill Office confirms that this is a one-purpose Bill. Its scope is closely connected to the enforceability of litigation funding agreements and the Public Bill Office does not think that amendments relating to the wider...

Litigation Funding Agreements (Enforceability) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (15 Apr 2024)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: My Lords, the Litigation Funding Agreements (Enforceability) Bill will fulfil the Government’s commitment to address the impacts of the United Kingdom Supreme Court’s judgment in the case of the King on the application of PACCAR Incorporated and others v Competition Appeal Tribunal and others. The reference for the case is 2023 UKSC 28. It was handed down in July 2023. This case is...

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - Commons Reasons: Motion A1 (as an amendment to Motion A) (20 Mar 2024)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: My Lords, I am grateful to all noble Lords for their contributions to this debate, as I am for their contributions throughout the progress of the Bill through your Lordships’ House, but these amendments do significant damage to the core purpose of the Bill. In relation to political language, I hear what the noble Lord, Lord Coaker, said from the Front Bench but on this subject, I wish to do...

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - Commons Reasons: Motion A (20 Mar 2024)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: My Lords, I will speak also to Motions A1, C, D and D1. Motion A relates to Lords Amendment 1B, which adds to the Bill’s purpose, seeking to ensure that the eventual Act maintains full compliance with domestic and international law. As my noble friend has set out throughout the passage of the Bill, and as the Minister for Countering Illegal Migration made clear in the other place, “the...

Prisons and Probation: Foreign National Offenders - Statement (13 Mar 2024)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: My Lords, in order to respond to the points made by the noble Lords, Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede and Lord Marks of Henley-on-Thames, it is as well that the House reminds itself of the background against which the Government are acting: the unprecedented circumstances of the Covid pandemic. During that time, extraordinary pressure was placed on our justice system and the Government took...

Prisons and Probation: Foreign National Offenders - Statement (13 Mar 2024)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: I am grateful to the noble Lord for clarifying certain of the remarks that he made initially and putting them down into two specific questions. I regret to say that they fall within the category of information which I have sought but do not readily have available. So, with the noble Lord’s leave, I will correspond with him on that matter.

Prisons and Probation: Foreign National Offenders - Statement (13 Mar 2024)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: I hear what the noble Lord has said. He makes a series of good points and we will write to him on those. I will ensure that those specific matters feature in the letter. House adjourned at 9.24 pm.

Written Answers — Attorney General: Low Emission Zones: Greater London ( 7 Mar 2024)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is responsible for prosecuting cases which have been referred to them following an investigation by the police. The CPS will consider a prosecution for any case involving incitement to cause criminal damage or criminal damage to Ultra Low Emission Zone cameras under the Code for Crown Prosecutors.

Written Answers — Attorney General: Low Emission Zones: Greater London ( 7 Mar 2024)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has not issued specific guidance on prosecuting those who incite others to cover up cameras in the Ultra Low Emission Zone. These offences would be covered by existing guidance on inchoate offences, Theft Act offences, and offences during protests, demonstrations or campaigns. The existing guidance is available on the CPS website: Inchoate Offences; Theft...


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