Results 241–259 of 259 for speaker:Lord Stewart of Dirleton

Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 6 (24 Nov 2020)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: My Lords, Amendments 6 and 8 seek to remove the exemption from civil liability for CHIS criminal conduct. While I understand the intent behind these amendments, which is to allow those impacted by a criminal conduct authorisation to be able to seek civil redress, there are good reasons why the Bill has been drafted in this way. I explained in response to amendments tabled by the noble...

Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 6 (24 Nov 2020)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: The remedy lies in the approach to the tribunal and the obligation on the commissioner to notify a person who is wronged of their right.

Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 6 (24 Nov 2020)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: I am happy to confirm that.

Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 3 (24 Nov 2020)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: My Lords, the noble Lord clearly heard what I said about the view that we have lost intelligence and failed to recruit CHIS, and that failing to introduce a power in these terms is likely to impair the recruitment and retention of CHIS. I do not have to hand the figures that he seeks, but I undertake to write to him. On the “brown envelope” scenario, when it is drawn to the attention of a...

Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 3 (24 Nov 2020)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: My Lords, Amendments 3 and 5 from the noble Baroness, Lady Chakrabarti, seek, as she said, to maintain the status quo but on a statutory footing. They would maintain the existing legal position whereby an undercover operative, a CHIS— I demur from the noble Baroness’s use of the phrase “police spy”, which, in addition to pejorative overtones, carries an undercurrent of the...

Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 1 (24 Nov 2020)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: My Lords, having made my maiden remarks at Second Reading, it is a pleasure now to assist the House in scrutinising the detail of this legislation. I hope to reassure noble Lords with regard to the scope, safeguards and limits to conduct that can be authorised under a criminal conduct authorisation. I recognise the feeling of the House on the last appearance of the Bill as a recognition of...

Private International Law (Implementation of Agreements) Bill [HL] - Commons Amendments: Amendment 1C (as an amendment to Amendment 1A) (19 Nov 2020)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: My Lords, I begin by thanking noble Lords for their thoughtful and erudite contributions. I thank them also for their courteous and warm words of welcome to me at the Dispatch Box. I echo the words of the noble and learned Lord, Lord Falconer of Thoroton, in a phrase that I think will resonate with the entire House and with which none of us would disagree: our imperative is the preservation...

Private International Law (Implementation of Agreements) Bill [HL] - Commons Amendments: Motion on Amendments 1 to 1B (19 Nov 2020)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: My Lords, I will speak to Commons Amendments 1 to 5 and Amendments 1A, 1B and 4A to 4E, which are in my name. Private international law is a technical area of law, but it is important to people and businesses that become involved in legal disputes with a cross-border aspect. A family may need to enforce a maintenance decision when one parent moves abroad, or a small business that has been...

Integrated Communities Strategy - Question (17 Nov 2020)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: [Inaudible]—difficulties in addressing this issue that mean we are doing so with the greatest care. The Law Commission separately is looking at aspects of the problem and has consulted with a wide range of groups with an interest. The Government continue the exploration both of limited reform and of non-legislative options. Any proposals affecting how religious groups are permitted to...

Integrated Communities Strategy - Question (17 Nov 2020)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: My Lords, my noble friend’s concern about this matter is indeed a matter of record. The Government are aware that the Law Commission is tasked with investigating the matter and reporting. Its report is anticipated by the middle of next year. The Government’s manifesto commitment was to explore the matters; that exploration will be based upon the thorough and meticulous research which is...

Integrated Communities Strategy - Question (17 Nov 2020)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: My Lords, the Government have no intention of kicking the matter into the long grass. The Law Commission’s report is anticipated in the second part of next year. In the mean- time, the Government are contemplating also the introduction of interim measures and continue to explore the matter themselves, alongside the work being carried out by the Law Commission.

Integrated Communities Strategy - Question (17 Nov 2020)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: My Lords, I agree with the noble Lord’s point. As my predecessor, the noble and learned Lord, Lord Keen of Elie, has remarked in your Lordships’ House in the past, the matter is a social and educational question as much as it is a legal one. It is in order to establish the extent of the problem that the Government are continuing to await the findings of the Law Commission and to look in...

Integrated Communities Strategy - Question (17 Nov 2020)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: My Lords, sharia law is not part of the legal system of England and Wales, and that has been made clear in the past. In relation to the provision of material via the citizens advice bureaux, to which the noble Lord refers, I will write to him about the availability of that material and how it is being promulgated through these bodies.

Integrated Communities Strategy - Question (17 Nov 2020)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: My Lords, the point raised by the noble Baroness is important. To repeat the terms of a previous answer, that matter is part of the social and educational function, which the Government are exploring.

Integrated Communities Strategy - Question (17 Nov 2020)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: My Lords, I am obliged to the noble Baroness for her correction. With regard to a change in the law, it is precisely to avoid the creation of inconsistency and anomaly that the Government are waiting for the conclusion of the Law Commission’s investigations and their own work before considering whether legislation is appropriate.

Integrated Communities Strategy - Question (17 Nov 2020)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: Some couples have a legally binding religious marriage, while others do not, whether by choice or because they did not know that they could. We need a much better understanding of the factors behind this because, without such real insight into these matters, no solution can change what is happening or be sensitive to the issues facing individuals and the differing voices within communities....

Integrated Communities Strategy - Question (17 Nov 2020)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: My Lords, the Government invited the Law Commission to make recommendations about how marriage by humanist and other non-religious belief organisations could be incorporated into a revised or new scheme for all marriages that is simple, fair and consistent. The Government will decide on provision on the basis of those recommendations. The Law Commission published a consultation paper on 3...

Integrated Communities Strategy - Question (17 Nov 2020)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: My Lords, I wholeheartedly endorse the noble Lord’s observation that nobody should be tricked or compelled into a marriage that is not recognised by law. To continue the theme of my earlier answers, the Government are very concerned that, as well as being an opportunity for legal reform, these matters are socially and educationally important, and the Government continue to investigate the...

Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill - Second Reading (11 Nov 2020)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: My Lords, it is a pleasure to open this debate. I am struck by the importance of the legislation on which I will make my first contribution to the House. Before commencing, I wish to express my thanks to the House for the warm welcome I have received since taking up my appointment. I owe particular debts to my supporters, my noble friends Lady Goldie and Lord McInnes, for their good humour...


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