Results 21–40 of 983 for speaker:Lord Wolfson of Tredegar

Serious Criminal Cases Backlog - Commons Urgent Question (26 Jan 2021)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, the MoJ has invested record amounts. There was an investment of £142 million to improve courts, tribunals, buildings and technology. That was, in fact, the single biggest investment in court estate maintenance for more than 20 years. Of course we will build on that, but it would be fair to say that everybody is doing their best in extremely challenging circumstances.

Serious Criminal Cases Backlog - Commons Urgent Question (26 Jan 2021)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, there is such a plan. I refer the noble and learned Lord to the answer I gave a few moments ago about the crime recovery plan that we set out in September last year. He is certainly correct: there is an old adage that justice delayed is justice denied. We are working very hard to make sure that there are no greater delays than those necessarily caused by the circumstances in which...

Serious Criminal Cases Backlog - Commons Urgent Question (26 Jan 2021)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, when looking at the criminal justice system, I agree that it is mistake just to think about courts, sentencing and prisons. One has to look at it in a broader and wider context. To that extent, the points that the right reverend Prelate makes are well made.

Serious Criminal Cases Backlog - Commons Urgent Question (26 Jan 2021)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, the noble Baroness raises an important point. This Government have taken a number of steps to ensure that vulnerable witnesses can give evidence in that way. Indeed, noble Lords will be aware of provisions that build on that in the Domestic Abuse Bill, which is going through Parliament at the moment. To take that point further would, I think, require more careful consideration, but...

Serious Criminal Cases Backlog - Commons Urgent Question (26 Jan 2021)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, the noble Lord is of course correct that delays in the criminal justice system can affect not only the defendant but others involved, including victims and witnesses. The listing of cases is ultimately a matter for the judiciary, not the Executive, so I am limited in what I can say. However, I can confirm, for example, that at the moment the majority of cases where a defendant is in...

Serious Criminal Cases Backlog - Commons Urgent Question (26 Jan 2021)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, trial by jury is a cornerstone of the criminal justice system in this jurisdiction. With the support of Public Health England and Public Health Wales, we have made adjustments to more than 290 court rooms and jury deliberation rooms so as to facilitate trial by jury. Reducing the size of the jury is therefore unlikely to free up an additional amount of space for jury trials, and it...

Counter-Terrorism and Sentencing Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 1 (26 Jan 2021)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, I hope that the Committee will allow me to take a moment to thank the noble Lords, Lord Thomas of Gresford and Lord Marks of Henley-on-Thames, and the noble and learned Lord, Lord Falconer of Thoroton, for their very warm words of welcome, which I appreciate. Amendment 1 is a minor technical amendment that removes references to offences in the Space Industry Act 2018 from Schedule...

Counter-Terrorism and Sentencing Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 1 (26 Jan 2021)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, I am grateful for the words of the noble Lord. To answer his two questions, I say that this is essentially a tidying-up matter because of the different pace of legislation going through Parliament at the moment. The question of what would happen if this amendment were not made is an interesting one. At the very least we would be left with inelegant legislation, and I know from my...

Counter-Terrorism and Sentencing Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 2 (26 Jan 2021)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, I will also speak to Amendments 3, 17, 18, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 73, 74 and 75. I will also signal my intention to propose the removal of Clauses 33, 34 and 35. Clause 33 was intended to provide explicit provision so that Scottish Ministers might impose a polygraph condition as a licence condition for specified released terrorist offenders. Clause 34 was intended to provide...

Counter-Terrorism and Sentencing Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 2 (26 Jan 2021)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, I am grateful to noble Lords for setting out their various points. I turn first to those made by the noble Lord, Lord Thomas. On the effectiveness of polygraphs, as I said in my introductory remarks, they are used elsewhere in English law in relation to sex offenders. There is therefore a body of evidence as to their utility. On what “failing” means and the consequences of...

Counter-Terrorism and Sentencing Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 6 (26 Jan 2021)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, as the noble Lord, Lord Marks of Henley-on-Thames, explained, this amendment seeks to amend and change the circumstances in which a sentencing court could impose less than the 14-year minimum term for a discretionary life sentence imposed in a serious terrorism case by changing the circumstances from “exceptional” to “significant”. I respectfully agree with the noble Lord...

Counter-Terrorism and Sentencing Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 7 (26 Jan 2021)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, I am grateful to the noble and learned Lord, Lord Falconer of Thoroton, for introducing this amendment, although I hope to persuade him that it is in fact misconceived. The amendment deals with Clause 16, which relates to an increase in the extension period for terrorism offenders aged under 18. As my noble and learned friend Lord Stewart of Dirleton said a few moments ago, I am...

Counter-Terrorism and Sentencing Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 7 (26 Jan 2021)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, there is a strong connection between the Domestic Abuse Bill and this Bill to the extent that both lie on my desk and I have the honour and privilege of dealing with both in your Lordships’ House. However, they present very different issues. I do not want to talk too much now about the Domestic Abuse Bill, but the structure of that Bill, which encompasses both civil and criminal...

Counter-Terrorism and Sentencing Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 11 (26 Jan 2021)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, as the noble and learned Lord, Lord Falconer of Thoroton, explained, Amendments 11, 13 and 14 are intended to retain the current release provisions for under-21s sentenced to an extended determinate sentence for a serious terrorism offence. As has been mentioned, the Fishmonger’s Hall and Streatham attacks revealed the devastating consequences of releasing terrorist prisoners too...

Counter-Terrorism and Sentencing Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 12 (26 Jan 2021)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, in this amendment the noble Baroness, Lady Prashar, whose experience in this area is profound, proposes replacing Clause 27 with an amended set of provisions. Certainly as I read them, their effect—and to deal immediately with the point raised by the noble and learned Lord, Lord Falconer of Thoroton—is to provide that all prisoners subject to an extended determinate sentence or...

Counter-Terrorism and Sentencing Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 12 (26 Jan 2021)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, the Committee will appreciate that there is a significant overlap between this and the previous group. I hope that the noble Lord, Lord Marks of Henley-on-Thames, and indeed no other participant in this debate, will regard it as discourteous if on some occasions I take as read, as it were, points that I made in the previous debate. If the Committee finds it helpful, I propose to say...

Domestic Abuse Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 71 (1 Feb 2021)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, in response to that last comment, it is almost impossible for me not to rise to the occasion. First, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede, for setting out his case for the amendments. Of course I have listened carefully to everything in the debate, particularly because, as the noble Lord, Lord Anderson of Ipswich, said, the points have been put in a constructive...

Domestic Abuse Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 71 (1 Feb 2021)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, there will be correlations and differences between various orders in this context. I can certainly undertake to write to the noble Lord on this point, but I hope I can go one better: if, in addition to a letter, a conversation would be helpful, I am very happy to offer that as well.

Domestic Abuse Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 80 (1 Feb 2021)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, I thank noble Lords who have spoken to these amendments. Perhaps I may be forgiven for taking up the invitation from the noble Lord, Lord Paddick, to write to him. He is, with respect, entirely correct that there are a number of issues here. He asked specific questions to which he is entitled to receive specific answers. While I will do my best to answer some of his questions in my...

Domestic Abuse Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 80 (1 Feb 2021)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, I am very grateful to the noble Baroness, Lady Hamwee, for explaining the contempt of court point in more detail and for setting out the question of the standard of proof. I will be happy to include a paragraph on that in my letter as well.


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