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Nationality and Borders Bill - Committee (5th Day): Amendment 156 (10 Feb 2022)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: I am grateful to my noble friend for that, and I beg the pardon of the noble and learned Baroness for not addressing her question directly. If she is content, I will have that expressed in writing to her.

Nationality and Borders Bill - Committee (5th Day): Amendment 156 (10 Feb 2022)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: I am obliged.

Nationality and Borders Bill - Committee (5th Day): Amendment 156 (10 Feb 2022)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: I am grateful to my noble friend for her intervention, which permits me the opportunity of not only repeating what I said from the Dispatch Box earlier about the importance of decisions being taken on a case-by-case basis, but advising the House—perhaps I should have done so in answering the noble Lord, Lord Alton of Liverpool—that in addition we are providing enhanced support and...

Nationality and Borders Bill - Committee (5th Day): Amendment 156 (10 Feb 2022)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: My noble friend sends me back to the dictionary. I shall include the use of that word in my reading later, among the other things which I expect I will be asked to reflect on. I think we are—or maybe I am—guilty of mixing up two things. The reason for the change to the test to introduce the balance of probabilities is to align ourselves with our international obligations under ECAT. It is...

Nationality and Borders Bill - Committee (5th Day): Amendment 156 (10 Feb 2022)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: The justification is to ensure clarity across the legislation, and I appreciate the comment made by the right reverend Prelate, and rehearsed by my noble friend, about advantages flowing or not from the Brexit process, which so many of your Lordships will have discussed. However, our ability to act differently from our partners across the channel is a valuable one, but what we seek to obtain...

Nationality and Borders Bill - Committee (5th Day): Amendment 156 (10 Feb 2022)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: No, I think the noble Lord is correct. It is 30 days for the alignment with ECAT, but the 45 days appears in the guidance, and we commit to providing support over that period: a 45-day recovery period as expressed in the guidance, or until a conclusive grounds decision is made.

Nationality and Borders Bill - Committee (5th Day): Amendment 156 (10 Feb 2022)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: The noble Lord shrugged his shoulders, but I repeat that the justification for this is to align with our international obligations with our partners in ECAT.

Nationality and Borders Bill - Committee (5th Day): Amendment 156 (10 Feb 2022)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: I hear from all sides of the Chamber, including from the noble Baroness, Lady Chakrabarti—

Nationality and Borders Bill - Committee (5th Day): Amendment 156 (10 Feb 2022)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: Sorry, I do not mean once again from the Dispatch Box to rain brickbats upon the noble Baroness’s head. Once again, I am not in a position to answer or explain myself on the basis of views taken by the Climate Change Committee, but in this context alignment with our ECAT partners was considered desirable. I move on to Clause 60, which sets out the minimum time for the recovery period in...

Nationality and Borders Bill - Committee (5th Day): Amendment 156 (10 Feb 2022)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: My Lords, I am grateful to all noble Lords for their contributions. The amendments in large part concern provisions around the identification of modern slavery and trafficking victims. First to speak was my noble friend Lady McIntosh of Pickering, who sought an explanation for Clause 59. The clause places the conclusive grounds threshold of a “balance of probabilities” into legislation....

Nationality and Borders Bill - Committee (5th Day): Amendment 156 (10 Feb 2022)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: My Lords, I do not wish to appear to give a cursory answer to the noble Lord in a debate of this sensitivity, but my noble friend Lord Wolfson of Tredegar committed to write on the data—I am grateful to the noble Lord for nodding his head in recognition. I imagine that the point he seeks to raise will be discussed in any such correspondence. Does that satisfy him at this stage?

Nationality and Borders Bill - Committee (5th Day): Amendment 156 (10 Feb 2022)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: My Lords, I hear the points that the noble Lord makes. With respect, it seems that he moves forward into a question already put to my noble friend Lord Wolfson of Tredegar when he stood at the Dispatch Box in relation to the earlier matter. As he advised the Committee, the Government are concerned about misuse of the system. Rather than seeking to anticipate data that I confess not to having,...

Previous Business – Lords: Grand Committee (8 Feb 2022)

Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 (Consequential Amendments) Regulations 2022 – Lord Stewart of Dirleton. Orders and regulations; 3:45 pm

Power of Attorney - Question (2 Feb 2022)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: My Lords, lasting powers of attorney—LPAs—offer vital protections where someone lacks the mental capacity to make their own decisions. While abuse is concerning, thankfully it is rare. Some 5 million LPAs are registered with the Office of the Public Guardian and in the year 2020-21, that office investigated 1,971, taking action in 675 cases. We cannot be complacent with older people at...

Power of Attorney - Question (2 Feb 2022)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: My Lords, I begin by acknowledging, on behalf of the House, the great work that the noble Baroness has carried out in this very important field, not only as patron but as founder of the charity to which she made reference. The OPG is responsible for maintaining the register of LPAs in England and Wales; that is one of its statutory functions. That register can be searched by any member of...

Power of Attorney - Question (2 Feb 2022)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: My Lords, the OPG is working with solicitors, other professional bodies and other bodies within the community to make sure that persons considering becoming donors and taking out powers of attorney are aware of these protections.

Power of Attorney - Question (2 Feb 2022)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: The OPG currently has powers to make reference to the police, in terms of fraud, to instigate investigations, including using other bodies such as local authorities or the National Health Service. Again, on the reference to the consultation that is to report in the spring, we look to strengthen the ability of the OPG to intervene in such cases.

Power of Attorney - Question (2 Feb 2022)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: The noble Baroness poses the question of monitoring the situation. Again, the consultation procedure has been invited to take views as to the use of identification procedures in relation to people becoming attorneys, and there is a range of measures in contemplation to assist banks and other institutions to properly investigate persons taking out such schemes.

Power of Attorney - Question (2 Feb 2022)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: My Lords, new legislation will be required. To put matters into perspective, in 2021 there were more than 5 million LPAs on the OPG register, and only nine have been removed from the register because of concerns about fraud by false representation during their creation.

Power of Attorney - Question (2 Feb 2022)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: I am grateful to the noble Lord for his question, and I can answer it by saying that in England it is a function of local government to carry out those tasks.


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