Results 21–40 of 258 for speaker:Lord Stewart of Dirleton

Prison Officers: Occupational Pension - Question (16 Jun 2022)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: My Lords, it is dependent on the assessment carried out by occupational health as to the person’s capacity.

Prison Officers: Occupational Pension - Question (16 Jun 2022)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: I am grateful to the noble Baroness for her clarification of the point, which perhaps was obvious to your Lordships at the outset. As I understand it, it will be a matter of occupational health assessment. I will clarify that position and write to the noble Baroness, as she requests.

Prison Officers: Occupational Pension - Question (16 Jun 2022)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: My Lords, the noble Lord anticipated that this would lie outwith my brief. I regret to say that I am not in possession of the terms of the statement to which the noble Lord referred by the Prisons Minister in the other place—

Prison Officers: Occupational Pension - Question (16 Jun 2022)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: The Pensions Minister —in that case, my information is even further away from what the noble Lord asked, so I will, with his leave, have to revert to him on that point in writing.

Northern Ireland Protocol: First Treasury Counsel - Commons Urgent Question (9 Jun 2022)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Baroness for stating at the outset that she is aware of the terms of the convention. We do not discuss legal advice, but we have set out clearly the Government’s view that this would be lawful in international law. To go further I fear would risk trenching upon that convention. In relation to the specific question about the reading room, I shall consult...

Northern Ireland Protocol: First Treasury Counsel - Commons Urgent Question (9 Jun 2022)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: I am not aware of that, but I would say that the Government abide by the convention that legal advice given to the Government is not disclosed, so I would be surprised if that had taken place.

Northern Ireland Protocol: First Treasury Counsel - Commons Urgent Question (9 Jun 2022)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: My Lords, the terms of the protocol specifically anticipate that it will change in line with developments. I refer the noble Lord to Articles 13(8) and 16 in that regard.

Northern Ireland Protocol: First Treasury Counsel - Commons Urgent Question (9 Jun 2022)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: My Lords, to rehearse the answer I gave to the previous question, the protocol itself comprehends the possibility of its amendment, depending on circumstances as they arise.

Northern Ireland Protocol: First Treasury Counsel - Commons Urgent Question (9 Jun 2022)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: My Lords, first, the Government’s intention is to protect the operation of the protocol. As the noble Baroness is aware, the Northern Ireland Executive has not been re-formed. It will not be re-formed in the face of such disquiet as currently exists. The Government intend that the protocol should be protected by the measures that they will bring forward, and they will bring forward...

Northern Ireland Protocol: First Treasury Counsel - Commons Urgent Question (9 Jun 2022)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: My Lords, pacts are indeed there to be kept: pacta sunt servanda. The Government are not departing from a legal principle; they are acting in good faith to preserve the protocol for the benefit of all communities within Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland Protocol: First Treasury Counsel - Commons Urgent Question (9 Jun 2022)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: Not being privy to what was said, I regret that I cannot.

Northern Ireland Protocol: First Treasury Counsel - Commons Urgent Question (9 Jun 2022)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: My Lords, once again, the Government are confident in their position that what they propose will not breach international law

Northern Ireland Protocol: First Treasury Counsel - Commons Urgent Question (9 Jun 2022)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: My Lords, the intention of the Government is to restore the situation envisaged at the framing of the protocol whereby equal importance was given to east-west and to north-south transactions.

Northern Ireland Protocol: First Treasury Counsel - Commons Urgent Question (9 Jun 2022)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: My Lords, we are in contact with all shades of opinion in Northern Ireland, trying to move forward the position whereby the institutions of devolved government can be restored and the process of normalising relations between communities and between the United Kingdom and its international partners can proceed.

Northern Ireland Protocol: First Treasury Counsel - Commons Urgent Question (9 Jun 2022)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: My Lords, with the leave of the House, I shall now repeat in the form of a Statement the Answer given by my right honourable friend the Minister for the Cabinet Office to an Urgent Question in another place on the Northern Ireland protocol. The Statement is as follows: “As the Foreign Secretary set out to the House on 17 May, to respond to the very grave and serious situation in Northern...

Probation and Court Services: Workload - Question (9 Jun 2022)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: My Lords, as of March 2022, 96% of probation officers and National Probation Service officers held fewer than 50 cases, with an average case load of 34. The average case load for the 4% who hold more than 50 cases is 59. The number of open active children’s cases within Cafcass in May 2022 was 34,834. This has reduced from 38,178 in April 2021 but still represents an increase of 15.1% on...

Probation and Court Services: Workload - Question (9 Jun 2022)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: My Lords, the position in relation to the National Probation Service is that a new model of working is being introduced which necessarily is causing some strain in the service. However, the Government consider that this new approach is necessary and will repay the short-term hurt which its introduction is causing. The Government and the National Probation Service are committed to maintaining...

Probation and Court Services: Workload - Question (9 Jun 2022)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: My Lords, I undertake to write to the noble Lord in relation to that study. I do not have information to hand on its progress but if I may pray the noble Lord’s patience, I will communicate with him in due course.

Probation and Court Services: Workload - Question (9 Jun 2022)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: My Lords, once again I do not have the specific numerical answers to the noble Lord’s question, but I agree with everything that he said in his prefatory remarks about the importance of this field. I assure him that the Government are aware of that. Cafcass is an independent arm’s-length body which none the less works within the Civil Service funding structure. The Government have...

Probation and Court Services: Workload - Question (9 Jun 2022)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: My Lords, one of the difficulties in relation to retention of staff in this body is a pay structure which means that the pay of Cafcass staff, tied as it is to Civil Service staffing models, can be less than what is available to professional people working for other agencies, such as in local government. In those circumstances, the Government are in regular contact with Cafcass officials and...


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