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Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill - Committee (10th Day): Amendment 269 (22 Nov 2021)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: Before the noble and learned Lord, Lord Falconer of Thoroton, replies, I should say that I did not make reference specifically to the point raised by my noble friend Lord Mackay of Clashfern, in relation to the proposal that he and the noble Lord, Lord Rosser, advanced for the funding of representation in these areas. I will undertake to have the department of my noble friend Lord Wolfson of...

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill - Committee (10th Day): Amendment 269 (22 Nov 2021)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: I am grateful to the noble Lord for giving the Committee the benefit of his experience. Perhaps it is that experience which informed, or helped to inform, the remarks of the Chief Coroner, his honour Justice Thomas Teague, who has said publicly that one of his key objectives in his role is to ensure that the inquisitorial ethos of the inquest process is maintained. I hope that demonstrates a...

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill - Committee (10th Day): Amendment 269 (22 Nov 2021)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: I am grateful to the noble Baroness for her intervention. I was going on to say that, for bereaved families who need legal help, advice and assistance are always available under the legal aid scheme, subject to the means and merits test. This can help preparation—

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill - Committee (10th Day): Amendment 269 (22 Nov 2021)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: My Lords, my noble friend’s personal experience and her service as Victims’ Commissioner lend force to her eloquence. I shall go on to address the funding available for attendance at inquests, but in answer to the points just raised and to reiterate, in the vast majority of inquests the simplicity of the four questions which the coroner is obliged to seek to answer is such that legal...

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill - Committee (10th Day): Amendment 269 (22 Nov 2021)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: Ultimately, my Lords, arrival at the truth is the objective of all legal process in this area, but the inquest convened under the coroner is but a part of that overall inquiry. That the truth is the ultimate objective does not, with respect to the noble Baroness’s point, confirm that in every case there must be legal representation. I maintain that for the vast majority of inquests the...

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill - Committee (10th Day): Amendment 269 (22 Nov 2021)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: My Lords, I hope that the Committee will accept my words when I say that the Government are sympathetic to the difficulties facing all bereaved families. At an earlier stage in the consideration of this Bill, my colleague, my noble friend Lord Wolfson of Tredegar who has ministerial responsibility for this matter, referred to the powerful feelings he had, as a resident of Liverpool, as the...

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill - Committee (10th Day): Amendment 268 (22 Nov 2021)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: My Lords, in replying, I preface my remarks by commenting on points made by noble Lords. The first was made by the noble Lord, Lord Thomas of Gresford, at the outset, while the Benches opposite were still thrashing out the batting order. If I may summarise the noble Lord’s position, I think it emphasised the importance of judicial discretion. A judge seized fully of the law and of the...

Written Answers — Attorney General: UK Withdrawal From the European Union (Continuity) (Scotland) Act 2021 (25 Oct 2021)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: The Law Officers may refer the question of whether a Bill or any provision of a Bill would be within the legislative competence of a devolved legislature to the Supreme Court for a decision. This power is set out in relation to the Scottish Parliament, the Senedd and the Northern Ireland Assembly in section 33 of the Scotland Act 1998, section 112 of the Government of Wales Act 2006, and...

Written Answers — Attorney General: Bribery: Overseas Companies (28 Sep 2021)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: The SFO is an independent law enforcement agency, superintended by the Attorney General’s Office. As set out in the Framework Agreement between the two organisations there are regular meetings between the Law Officers and the Director of the SFO to discuss both the SFO performance at an organisational level and to provide an oversight of high-profile casework.

Written Answers — Attorney General: Robert Mugabe: British American Tobacco (28 Sep 2021)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: Following a three-year investigation into British American Tobacco, in January 2021 the SFO determined that this case did not meet the evidential tests as defined in the Code for Crown Prosecutors. As with all cases that fail this first limb of the Code, it was therefore not in the public interest to continue with the investigation. The SFO is aware of the allegations made in the BBC’s...

Written Answers — Attorney General: Domestic Abuse: Prosecutions (20 Jul 2021)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: All decisions to prosecute are made in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors, and a case must meet the evidential and public interest stages of the Full Code Test. We recognise that suspects may also be victims of domestic abuse. Accordingly, the Code acknowledges that suspects may have a lower level of culpability if they are compelled, coerced, or are victims of crime. The sixth...

Written Answers — Attorney General: Confiscation Orders (12 Jul 2021)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: The responsibility of paying a confiscation order remains with the defendant. Her Majesty’s Court and Tribunal Service (HMCTS) is responsible for the enforcement of all domestic confiscation orders, while the CPS will assist in some enforcement processes – for instance, by requesting mutual legal assistance from overseas jurisdictions in respect of assets located abroad. As of the end...

Written Answers — Attorney General: Attorney General: Mothers (30 Jun 2021)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: GLD has not replaced, nor does it intend to replace, the word “mother” with the phrase “parent who has given birth” in any of its official (1) paperwork, (2) guidance, (3) instructions, (4) manuals, or (5) other documents.

Written Answers — Attorney General: Hillsborough Stadium Inquiry (29 Jun 2021)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: The decision not to pursue an appeal in these cases was made by the CPS team managing the original prosecution after seeking advice from senior counsel. Prosecution decisions are made independently from Government. The Director of Public Prosecutions did not provide advice on these cases. To bring an appeal, the prosecution would have to be able to show that the Judge’s decision was wrong...

Written Answers — Attorney General: Hillsborough Stadium Inquiry (29 Jun 2021)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: The CPS carefully considered the available evidence against a wide range of suspects but the Code for Crown Prosecutors only permits the CPS to commence a prosecution where there is sufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction and where it is in the public interests to do so. The CPS brought prosecutions where the Code Test was met. The CPS makes prosecution decisions...

Written Answers — Attorney General: Crown Prosecution Service: Internet (29 Jun 2021)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) did not advise on these cases and there is no DPP advice to publish. Whenever appropriate the CPS will look to provide more detailed explanations about its decision making on its website. Throughout criminal proceedings relating to the Hillsborough disaster, the CPS has issued regular press statements, and published reasons for its decision making....

Written Answers — Attorney General: Prosecutions (21 Jun 2021)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: The decision to charge suspects in England and Wales with criminal offences is made either by the police or by the CPS depending on the nature of the offence involved. The CPS make the decision to charge in serious cases but over the last five years the police have made the charging decision in 61% to 63% of the cases that are prosecuted by the CPS. In cases in which the CPS make the decision...

Written Answers — Attorney General: Royal Albert Hall (25 May 2021)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: The Charity Commission sought the previous Attorney General’s permission to refer a number of questions to the Tribunal concerning the Corporation of the Hall of Arts and Sciences – the Royal Albert Hall – which is a registered charity. While the Charity Commission has the power to refer questions to the Tribunal, it may only do so with the consent of the Attorney General, as set out in...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (3rd Day) (13 May 2021)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: My Lords, it is a privilege and pleasure to open the second day of debate on Her Majesty’s most gracious Speech. I am delighted to be joined by my noble friend Lord True, who I know will do a brilliant job of closing what promises, as ever, to be a debate packed with lively and robust contributions. I look forward greatly to the maiden speeches of my noble friend Lady Fraser of Craigmaddie...


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