Results 41–60 of 983 for speaker:Lord Wolfson of Tredegar

Domestic Abuse Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 91 (1 Feb 2021)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Baroness, Lady Finlay of Llandaff, for introducing this amendment and I recognise, of course, the reasons why she has tabled it. This has been a short but extremely valuable debate on a crucial part of the architecture of the law in this area. I am afraid that I cannot confirm to my noble friend Lady McIntosh of Pickering that I came across cases like this...

Domestic Abuse Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 91 (1 Feb 2021)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Baroness, Lady Jones of Moulsecoomb. It was not my intention to be specious. I was trying to be accurate and constructive. I have already said that I will engage with the noble Baroness, Lady Finlay, if she provides evidence that there is a systemic problem with the current arrangements that cannot be resolved by the existing mechanisms. That was a genuine...

Domestic Abuse Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 91 (1 Feb 2021)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Ponsonby, for that point. As I said in my response to the main debate, even unaccredited centres are still subject to the various requirements that I set out, but I am very conscious of the noble Lord’s expertise in this area. In a previous answer, I committed to writing a long letter to him. I do not want to add to it now, but perhaps he and...

Public Health (Coronavirus) (Protection from Eviction) (England) Regulations 2021 - Motion to Approve (2 Feb 2021)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, this draft instrument prevents enforcement agents—bailiffs—attending residential premises in England to execute a writ or warrant of possession except in the most serious circumstances. The instrument applies to enforcement action in England. It has been in force since 11 January and will expire at the end of 21 February. I refer to my interest as set out in the register. The...

Public Health (Coronavirus) (Protection from Eviction) (England) Regulations 2021 - Motion to Approve: Amendment to the Motion (2 Feb 2021)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, in this short debate I feel I have been assailed from all sides. I have been attacked for not giving enough protection to renters and challenged for not giving sufficient thought to landlords. The noble Lord, Lord Kennedy of Southwark, said that I would satisfy no one—that may be the story of my life. I bear in mind the point made by my noble friend Lord Naseby that housing never...

Domestic Abuse Bill - Committee (4th Day): Amendment 109 (3 Feb 2021)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, as the noble Lord, Lord Marks of Henley-on-Thames, explained, these amendments seek to bring the procedure relating to special measures in civil courts in line with the provisions in family courts. We agree with the fundamental aim set out by the noble Lord: to ensure fair proceedings, meaning proceedings that are fair not only to the parties but to witnesses. In that context, the...

Domestic Abuse Bill - Committee (4th Day): Amendment 114 (3 Feb 2021)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, I will begin with the amendments tabled by the noble Lord, Lord Ponsonby, to which the noble Lord, Lord Rooker, so ably spoke, and will then turn to the government amendments, which deal with various technical and drafting changes to the same clause. As has been explained to the Committee, Amendment 114, in the name of the noble Lord, Lord Ponsonby, would remove a qualification of...

Domestic Abuse Bill - Committee (4th Day): Amendment 121 (3 Feb 2021)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, as the noble Lord, Lord Rosser, has explained, this amendment —to which my noble and learned friend Lord Mackay of Clashfern has added his, if I may respectfully say, very weighty name—seeks to expand the scope of the prohibition of cross-examination provided for in Clause 63 by prohibiting the perpetrator from engaging directly or indirectly with the victim during proceedings...

Domestic Abuse Bill - Committee (4th Day): Amendment 122 (3 Feb 2021)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Marks, for setting out the rationale for these amendments. As he said, I deferred my comments on the particular point of an advocate’s duty to this group because his amendments directly raise that issue. I am grateful to him for the discussions we had about this matter, as indeed we have had about several matters arising from the Bill....

Domestic Abuse Bill - Committee (4th Day): Amendment 124 (3 Feb 2021)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, as the noble Lord, Lord Marks of Henley-on-Thames, has explained, these amendments intend to bring the provisions relating to prohibition of cross-examination in civil courts into line with the provisions on the same measure in family courts. As the noble Lord explained, we have covered some of the questions of principle already in earlier groups. He indicated that he was therefore...

Domestic Abuse Bill - Committee (4th Day): Amendment 130A (to Amendment 130) (3 Feb 2021)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, as the noble Lord, Lord Rosser, has explained, Amendment 130, formerly in the name of the noble Lord, Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede, seeks to make it clear that the presumption that parental involvement furthers the child’s welfare cannot apply where there is evidence of domestic abuse. It also seeks to prohibit unsupervised contact for a parent awaiting trial or on bail for domestic...

Domestic Abuse Bill - Committee (4th Day): Amendment 131 (3 Feb 2021)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, I am very grateful to my noble friend Lady Bertin and the noble Lord, Lord Rosser, who have spoken to the amendments tabled by the noble Lord, Lord Ponsonby. The amendments relate, as has been said, to a number of different aspects of the family courts. I hope it will be convenient for the Committee if I take each amendment in turn. I turn first to Amendment 131, tabled by my noble...

Domestic Abuse Bill - Committee (4th Day): Amendment 137 (3 Feb 2021)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, first and foremost, I offer my sincere thanks to my noble friend Lady Newlove, the noble Baronesses, Lady Meacher and Lady Wilcox, and the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of London for the clear case they have submitted today before the Committee on why the offence of non-fatal strangulation is necessary. All the matters that we have discussed today are important, but this may...

Domestic Abuse Bill - Committee (4th Day): Amendment 139 (3 Feb 2021)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, I first offer my sincere thanks and appreciation to the noble Baroness, Lady Kennedy of The Shaws, for outlining the case for these amendments. In response to her early comments, I can assure her that I have indeed listened to her and benefited from discussing these matters with her, both outside the Chamber in advance of today’s proceedings and in listening to her most diligently...

Domestic Abuse Bill - Committee (4th Day): Amendment 139 (3 Feb 2021)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: I am grateful to the noble Baroness, Lady Bennett of Manor Castle, for that question. I do not wish to be thought flippant in any way, but the short answer is that the situations are different, and therefore you have different considerations and different legal results. However, if she will permit me, given that I am not personally acquainted with that sort of detail—certainly of the...

Domestic Abuse Bill - Committee (4th Day): Amendment 139 (3 Feb 2021)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: I am grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Paddick, for those questions. First, Section 76 of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act dealt with a specific circumstance, whereby Parliament considered that that instance ought to be reflected by way of a specific statutory defence. The question for this evening is whether there is a suitable read-across into the matters we are discussing. For the...

Domestic Abuse Bill - Committee (4th Day): Amendment 139 (3 Feb 2021)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: I am grateful to the noble Baroness, Lady Hamwee, for those various questions. On the issue of the person’s circumstances, I hope I set that position out in my reply. Perhaps it is the sort of point I could set out to her in writing in a couple of paragraphs, if she would not mind. We are concerned when defences may be being misused; I made it clear that there are some concerns with the...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisoners' Release: Females (4 Feb 2021)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: HMPPS have developed a national Accommodation Framework that sets out our responsibilities, our partners’ responsibilities and a framework for how to build on success and work together with partners to ensure that offenders can access and maintain settled accommodation that is safe and appropriate for their needs. This framework contains specific aims in terms of women’s access to post...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisons: Coronavirus (4 Feb 2021)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: The safety of our staff and those under our supervision remains a top priority. We have taken quick and decisive action – backed by Public Health England and Wales – to limit the spread of the virus across all prison establishments, including the women’s estate. Our measures have included restricting regimes, minimising inter-prison transfers and compartmentalising our prisons into...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Hong Kong: Legal Profession (4 Feb 2021)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: In order to uphold the constitutional principle of the rule of law, and under the framework established by the Legal Services Act 2007, the legal services sector in England and Wales is independent of Government. Barristers are regulated by the Bar Standards Board. The Government has not made any assessment of the article and has no plans to discuss this issue with the legal services...


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