Results 141–160 of 258 for speaker:Lord Stewart of Dirleton

Written Answers — Attorney General: Rape: Prosecutions (25 Jan 2022)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: The stark drop in the number of cases that have gone before a jury in recent years means too few victims are seeing justice. Closing the gap between reports of rape and prosecutions is an absolute priority for this Government. The CPS are undertaking extensive work to drive up and improve prosecutions through the Joint National RASSO Action Plan with the police, RASSO 2025, and the Operation...

Written Answers — Attorney General: Euro 2020: Prosecutions (23 Dec 2021)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: No central data is kept that would identify how many cases have been brought to court specifically relating to charges made at England Euro 2020 matches. To obtain this information would require a manual review of CPS case files which would come at a disproportionate cost.

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill - Report (3rd Day) (Continued): Amendment 82 (15 Dec 2021)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: More than once, even today, this House has emphasised the importance of moving forward on the basis of evidence. The Government’s view is that it is appropriate to complete the consultation proceedings, interrogate them and decide how best to move forward.

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill - Report (3rd Day) (Continued): Amendment 82 (15 Dec 2021)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: My Lords, notwithstanding the fact that we are in the season of Advent, approaching Christmas, I am not prepared to argue on the basis of what is naughty and what is nice, or what is nasty and what is nice.

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill - Report (3rd Day) (Continued): Amendment 82 (15 Dec 2021)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: What I mean simply is that the noble Baroness, doubtless with the best possible intention, is using simplistic language to categorise the Government’s legislative approach, which language I do not accept. On the subject of the holistic approach—if I may put it like that—which was urged upon us by the noble Lord, Lord German, and the noble Baroness, Lady Hamwee, it is indeed important...

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill - Report (3rd Day) (Continued): Amendment 82 (15 Dec 2021)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: My Lords, this amendment seeks to reduce releases on a Friday, or on days before bank holidays, including releases of persons whose release falls on a non-working day, by creating a power for the Minister to establish a pilot scheme via secondary legislation that would grant prison governors the discretion to release earlier in the week, where that would be helpful for the prisoner’s...

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill - Report (3rd Day) (Continued): Amendment 82 (15 Dec 2021)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: The point is not simply to equiparate the example of Scotland; the point is to emphasise the complexities which underlie the matter. I will expand upon that in the rest of my answer. We recognise that a high number of releases take place on a Friday. We accept that this can create challenges in some cases when it comes to prisoners accessing services, support in the community and finding...

Written Answers — Attorney General: Arrests (15 Dec 2021)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: There are a number of different legal provisions that provide a maximum period for the charging of a suspect in England and Wales, but those periods do not usually run from arrest and they only apply in certain cases. In other cases, there is no set time limit from arrest to charge but the courts do have the power to stop a case as an abuse of process if there has been such delay as to make...

Written Answers — Attorney General: Prosecutions (1 Dec 2021)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) does not maintain a central record of the dates of arrest for suspects in cases submitted to the Crown Prosecution Service for a charging decision. This information could only be obtained by an examination of CPS case files, which would incur disproportionate cost.

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill - Committee (11th Day): Amendment 292P (24 Nov 2021)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: My Lords, just at the very moment when the noble and learned Lord, Lord Falconer of Thoroton, was admonishing the Government for wagging their finger at this Committee of your Lordships’ House for seeking to impose upon it that it should finish this evening, a message popped up on my phone saying that there is to be no dinner break tonight. Lest that be taken as a sign of this...

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill - Committee (11th Day): Amendment 292P (24 Nov 2021)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: The noble Lords, Lord Ramsbotham and Lord German, also referred the Committee to the lack of progress on the royal commission on criminal justice. The noble Lord, Lord Ramsbotham, chided the Government for having been discourteous to Her Majesty by having her make in this place a commitment on behalf of the Government which the Government had no intention of fulfilling. As I understand it,...

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill - Committee (11th Day): Amendment 292P (24 Nov 2021)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: The noble Lord makes a useful point. I did not have the fact, to which he referred your Lordships’ Committee, that all staff had been reallocated, but, as I do not have that fact, with the noble Lord’s leave, I will make inquiries and commit myself or my colleagues to write to him. I commend the noble Lord, Lord Thomas of Gresford, for his commitment in relation to these important and...

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill - Committee (11th Day): Amendment 292K (24 Nov 2021)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: My Lords, I will address the two amendments in reverse order, starting with Amendment 292L. This creates a new offence of concealment of a body and repeals the existing offence of obstructing a coroner. As it stands, to obstruct or prevent a coroner’s investigation of any body found, when there is a duty to hold one, is to commit an offence. That offence is a common-law one, triable only on...

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill - Committee (11th Day): Amendment 321 (24 Nov 2021)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: I think that I can assist: the provision is not truly retrospective. The Sentencing Act 2020 makes it clear that the repeal of relevant provisions by the Act for the purpose of consolidating sentencing law into the Sentencing Code should not change how the law operates. I hear the noble Lord’s concerns, including that this matter is coming out so late. I will raise it with my noble friend...

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill - Committee (11th Day): Amendment 321 (24 Nov 2021)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: My Lords, as an unacceptable substitute for my noble friend Lord Wolfson of Tredegar and in the light of the hour, I will simply move the amendment formally.

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill - Committee (10th Day): Amendment 280 (22 Nov 2021)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: Hypothetically, yes, but I hesitate to give the noble Lord a definite commitment on that, as my information on these points is substantially in answer to the point raised by the noble Baroness. But, if the noble Lord will permit me, in exploring these important points, I will make sure that the Ministry of Justice writes to him and that there is a meeting with the noble Baroness, as she...

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill - Committee (10th Day): Amendment 280 (22 Nov 2021)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: As I think I have said, the contract provides that, at the highest level, the standard is commensurate with that of the NRPSI. In answer to the noble Lord’s second point, of course none of that interrupts anything that I have said about the importance of identifying the point at which interpretation facilities suitable for the most complex case is to be found. Simply because a matter is not...

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill - Committee (10th Day): Amendment 280 (22 Nov 2021)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: My Lords, Amendment 280 would restrict the Ministry of Justice to appoint in our courts and tribunals only interpreters who are registered on the national register of public service interpreting—the NRPSI—and possess a level 6 diploma in public service interpreting, or who comply with the NRPSI’s rare language status protocols. The Ministry of Justice commissions the services of...

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill - Committee (10th Day): Amendment 277 (22 Nov 2021)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: My Lords, I thank the noble Baroness, Lady Kennedy of Cradley, for her amendment. For the victim of a crime to be told that the culprit cannot be prosecuted because a time limit has elapsed would doubtless be the cause of, at the very least, dissatisfaction and, at the very worst, anguish, and may very well lead to a loss of confidence in the criminal justice system. That is why, in respect...

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill - Committee (10th Day): Amendment 277 (22 Nov 2021)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: My Lords, I acknowledge the long-standing interest and expertise of the noble Baroness, Lady Chakrabarti, in this field. Her words will have been noted by the Bill team listening in on this, and I assure her and the Committee that that matter will be examined. My intention was to turn now to the terms of Amendment 292C. Again, I am grateful to my noble friend Lady Newlove and the noble Lord,...


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