Results 41–60 of 211 for speaker:Lord Stewart of Dirleton

Nationality and Borders Bill - Report (3rd Day): Amendment 64 (8 Mar 2022)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: My Lords, I thank all contributors to this important debate. I acknowledge at the outset the feeling around the House as to the importance of these matters, so powerfully put forward by the noble Lord, Lord Coaker, just a moment ago. The first amendment that your Lordships have had to consider is Amendment 64, so I will start with that. It is important to note that immigration officials...

Nationality and Borders Bill - Report (3rd Day): Amendment 80 (8 Mar 2022)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: My Lords, I thank noble Lords for their amendments and their participation in this debate. I note that their interest lies in ensuring that the Secretary of State publishes regular data on a range of areas on immigration. I acknowledge the importance which my noble friend Lady Neville-Rolfe attaches to statistics, and I acknowledge the important work which the noble Lord, Lord Green of...

Written Answers — Attorney General: Gender Based Violence: Prosecutions (21 Feb 2022)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: Tackling offending against women and girls is a priority for this Government, as shown by the introduction of the landmark Domestic Abuse (DA) Act. The CPS is working hard to deliver justice and protect the public and has recently published an ambitious 12-month domestic abuse programme to help narrow the disparity between reporting and criminal justice outcomes. Rape and serious sexual...

Written Answers — Attorney General: Fraud (21 Feb 2022)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: We are determined to make the UK a more hostile environment for all forms of economic crime – including fraud. As prosecuting agencies, both the CPS and SFO play a critical role in this aim and continue to deliver strong operational results. We have strengthened our fight against economic crime through publication of a landmark Economic Crime Plan in July 2019, which brings together...

Written Answers — Attorney General: Crown Prosecution Service: Standards (21 Feb 2022)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: Her Majesty’s Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI) is currently conducting a programme of CPS Area specific inspections to assess casework quality and treatment of victims and witnesses. These inspections have recognised some good work in what continues to be a very challenging environment. The CPS recognise that they still need to improve on their work with victims and witnesses...

Written Answers — Attorney General: Rule of Law (21 Feb 2022)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: The freedoms and protections that we all enjoy rely on the rule of law. This is an important constitutional principle which this Government takes extremely seriously and which demands: equality under the law; access to independent and impartial justice; government subject to the law; law that is clear and certain. The Law Officers have a particular role in respect of upholding the rule of...

Nationality and Borders Bill - Committee (5th Day) (Continued): Amendment 184 (10 Feb 2022)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: I am grateful to the noble Baroness for her intervention. I cannot promise that any such debate will take place within the framework of this Bill, but I merely reiterate my thanks to her, along with other contributors to this short and late debate, for focusing the Committee’s attention on these extremely important and significant matters. In conclusion, and with thanks again to all who...

Nationality and Borders Bill - Committee (5th Day) (Continued): Amendment 184 (10 Feb 2022)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: I am obliged to the noble Baroness, and I apologise for not raising the matter before I went to sit down. We will write to her to answer the point that she raised. Unless there are any other matters with which I can assist the Committee, I propose to take my seat, in the hope that my noble friend will withdraw his amendment at this stage.

Nationality and Borders Bill - Committee (5th Day) (Continued): Amendment 184 (10 Feb 2022)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: My Lords, so many of the points made in the submission of the noble Lord, Lord Rosser, appear in my briefing note that I am suspicious that the Bill team is leaking him material. Perhaps I should institute a security review. But I am grateful to the noble Lord. I also say to the noble Baroness, Lady Lister of Burtersett, that, far from frazzling the brains of the Front Bench, noble Lords’...

Nationality and Borders Bill - Committee (5th Day) (Continued): Amendment 176 (10 Feb 2022)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: My Lords, the Bill will not reduce the rights and protections in relation to modern slavery and trafficking. Accordingly, there can be no diminution of rights under Article 2 of the protocol. The Bill complies with all our international commitments, so I do not think that this amendment is necessary—in fact, I think that it could do harm. It could exclude some, but not all, of the Bill’s...

Nationality and Borders Bill - Committee (5th Day) (Continued): Amendment 176 (10 Feb 2022)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: With that, I would simply invite the noble Baroness to withdraw her amendment at this stage.

Nationality and Borders Bill - Committee (5th Day) (Continued): Amendment 175A (10 Feb 2022)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Baroness, Lady Hamwee, and the noble Lord, Lord Rosser, for their contributions to this debate. Amendments 175A and 176A remove the power to make regulations to facilitate the consolidation. We have to be clear about the scope of the regulation-making power. It cannot be used to make policy changes; it can be used only to ensure the future consolidation of...

Nationality and Borders Bill - Committee (5th Day) (Continued): Amendment 172B (10 Feb 2022)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: My Lords, Amendment 172B, moved by the noble Lord, Lord Coaker, and concerning Clause 67, disapplies the EU trafficking directive so far as it is incompatible with provisions in the Bill. This means that any provisions in the directive that continue to have effect—I stress that we do not think that any do—and remain compatible with the Bill will be unaffected by this clause. Clause 67...

Nationality and Borders Bill - Committee (5th Day) (Continued): Amendment 172B (10 Feb 2022)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: I am grateful to my noble friend Lady Williams here: the short answer is to look at the Modern Slavery Act. It can involve coercion, which can be occasioned by way of threats to others or by threat to the individual. It can come in many different forms; it can be emotional or psychological as well as physical. It is a pernicious practice that exists among nationals of this country as much as...

Nationality and Borders Bill - Committee (5th Day): Amendment 169A (10 Feb 2022)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: My Lords, in consideration of the flight of the noble Lord, Lord Morrow, I start by addressing Amendment 171B. ECAT sets clear parameters around when a signatory state is obliged to grant a residence permit to confirmed victims, which is where it considers that the stay is necessary either due to the confirmed victim’s personal situation or for the purpose of their co-operation with the...

Nationality and Borders Bill - Committee (5th Day): Amendment 158 (10 Feb 2022)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: If the noble Baroness will bear with me, I will seek to get an answer to that question that I can deliver in the course of the debate—doubtless the Committee will remind me if I have not reverted to the noble Baroness by the time I sit down. Amendments 160 and 162 do not define “exceptional circumstances” or “serious and ongoing” threat in relation to withholding protection from...

Nationality and Borders Bill - Committee (5th Day): Amendment 158 (10 Feb 2022)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: The point I was seeking to make by that expression is, I think, the same one that my noble friend Lord Wolfson of Tredegar made earlier, when he spoke about this—it is as familiar to the noble Baroness as a practising barrister as it is to me, and I think it was referred to by the noble Baroness, Lady Hamwee. If we have a list that sets out heads A to E, and then counsel attempts to rely on...

Nationality and Borders Bill - Committee (5th Day): Amendment 158 (10 Feb 2022)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: The noble Baroness graciously affords me the possibility of replying perhaps in more detail and later. Unless I have further information to provide to her, I propose to take that course. I am obliged to her for her consideration. In relation to how to assess whether a person is involved in terrorism-related activity or is otherwise a national security concern, the Government have extensive...

Nationality and Borders Bill - Committee (5th Day): Amendment 158 (10 Feb 2022)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: My Lords, in opening from the Front Bench, the noble Lord, Lord Coaker, made a number of points in relation to the position of the Government in relation to the one-nation Conservative tradition, if I may put it like that. I will preface my remarks to the Committee by saying that, just as with our then coalition partners the Conservatives were in the forefront of dealing with the issue of...

Nationality and Borders Bill - Committee (5th Day): Amendment 158 (10 Feb 2022)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: I am grateful to the noble Lord for that intervention. I was proposing to deal later with the expression “bad faith” and its source, but, to help him at this stage, it is not drawn from any comparable legislation, nor from the authority of the courts. We do not hark back to that. Rather, the nature of the problems that must be confronted in relation to this is sufficiently protean and...


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