Results 161–180 of 983 for speaker:Lord Wolfson of Tredegar

Covid-19: Impact on the Prison System - Question (22 Mar 2021)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, the mental health point is critical. We continue to work with our partners in the NHS on mental health and have put in place a number of additional provisions to this effect. On videocalls with families, we have given increased PIN credit to ensure that prisoners can call their families more often, and we have also provided packs which prisoners can use in cells. There is no doubt...

Covid-19: Impact on the Prison System - Question (22 Mar 2021)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, the position on money is that prisoners are released with a discharge grant. There can also be an extra payment to an accommodation provider, together with an appropriate travel warrant. However, accommodation is key. We are launching a new accommodation service which provides up to 12 weeks of basic temporary accommodation for prison leavers who would otherwise be homeless. We are...

Covid-19: Impact on the Prison System - Question (22 Mar 2021)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, I am in substantial agreement with the noble Lord on both points. I am very grateful that he mentioned videoconferencing, because that is something we have put a lot of time and resource into. Of course it is not as good as seeing somebody literally face to face, but I believe we have all found out over the last few months that videoconferencing is a decent substitute when real...

Covid-19: Impact on the Prison System - Question (22 Mar 2021)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, we look at a broad range of research, including the study to which the noble Lord referred. We drew on that study when designing the new-build prisons to ensure that the additional 18,000 prison places are safe, decent and secure. We have committed over £4 billion to deliver these prison places across England and Wales by the middle of this decade.

Covid-19: Impact on the Prison System - Question (22 Mar 2021)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, the plan for managing releases continues to be guided by the appropriate legislation and a public health assessment of what can safely be implemented. I am sure we will debate the Bill to which the noble Baroness refers at length over the coming months.

Covid-19: Impact on the Prison System - Question (22 Mar 2021)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, the very short answer is yes. The slightly longer one is that I agree with my noble friend that programmes such as this are just the sorts of things which are important to ensure the successful rehabilitation of inmates. I commend the Saracens Sport Foundation on all its work to support inmates to stay connected during the pandemic. Sport and physical activity play a very important...

Independent Review of Administrative Law Update - Statement (22 Mar 2021)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: I am grateful to both noble Lords for their questions and comments. I am sure that this is a matter which we will be debating on a number of occasions in this House, so this evening I am going to be relatively brief, not least because the position of the Government is, as we have said, that we would like to consult on a number of matters, and consultation means just that. Turning first to the...

Independent Review of Administrative Law Update - Statement (22 Mar 2021)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, I am grateful for the noble and learned Lord’s comments. On prospective remedies, I mentioned the decision in Ahmed in my opening remarks. I hope I am not rubbing salt into the noble and learned Lord’s wounds when I mention that decision, and I am grateful for his comments on it. On his last point, I shall put it this way: this Government are committed to the rule of law....

Independent Review of Administrative Law Update - Statement (22 Mar 2021)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, I am grateful for my noble friend’s comments on the report. I think the consultation period is six weeks. As soon as we have the responses in, we will work at pace to bring back the Government’s response to that consultation. On ouster clauses and the decision in Miller II, perhaps I should merely stick to what I have said so far. I do not really want to get dragged into an...

Independent Review of Administrative Law Update - Statement (22 Mar 2021)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, on the first point, I respectfully disagree with the comments of Sir Jonathan, whom I respect very much. In conclusion 7, particularly the first two sentences of that paragraph, it seems to me that the panel is clear that there are cases where the courts have gone beyond a supervisory approach. On the question of potential injustice for those who have suffered, if one is going to...

Independent Review of Administrative Law Update - Statement (22 Mar 2021)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, on the first point, the words used by the Lord Chancellor are straightforward; I do not think they need any glossing from me. On the second point and as to trust in the judicial review process, it is important that the process does two things. It enables Governments to govern; equally, it enables them to govern well. Judicial review is important for Governments because it makes sure...

Independent Review of Administrative Law Update - Statement (22 Mar 2021)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, I am grateful for the comments of the noble and learned Lord, particularly for his support on the two matters he first mentioned. Respectfully, he is certainly right that a number of the suggested procedural reforms would have to go through the Civil Procedure Rule Committee. He made the point that judicial review has evolved over time, and so it has. But, in that context, he may...

Independent Review of Administrative Law Update - Statement (22 Mar 2021)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, that is a very interesting proposal from my noble and learned friend. Generally, of course, judicial review does not substitute the decision of the court for the decision of the decision-maker, but perhaps that is a matter which I can reflect on and discuss with my noble and learned friend as I consider the responses to the consultation generally.

Independent Review of Administrative Law Update - Statement (22 Mar 2021)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, we are not disappointed with the report from the noble Lord, Lord Faulks, and his team. On the contrary, it is a very good piece of work. We are consulting for the reasons I have already expressed. The panel did not say that ouster clauses should never be used; it said that, when used appropriately, they should not be seen as an affront to the rule of law. We want to consult on...

Independent Review of Administrative Law Update - Statement (22 Mar 2021)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, I certainly agree that the courts would be expected to respect institutional boundaries, and Parliament and the Government should do likewise. The purpose of our consultation is to make sure that we produce the best system we possibly can so that all those involved in the judicial review process—judges, applicants, Government and everyone else—is party to a system which promotes...

Independent Review of Administrative Law Update - Statement (22 Mar 2021)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, a Minister does not decide what his or her powers are. If there is an ouster clause in an Act of Parliament, it is an ouster clause in an Act that has been passed by Parliament. When one is talking about the Fixed-term Parliaments Act, there may be special considerations because of the issue of Section 9 of the Bill of Rights. Generally, however, what we want to consult on in terms...

Independent Review of Administrative Law Update - Statement (22 Mar 2021)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, with respect to the noble and learned Lord, we are not seeking to limit the remedies at all. On the contrary: one of the things we are consulting on is whether we should expand the remedies available to the court so that it has more tools in its toolbox that it can use in appropriate cases. Of course, I understand the noble and learned Lord’s point about the Coronavirus Act. It is...

Independent Review of Administrative Law Update - Statement (22 Mar 2021)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, I agree entirely with my noble friend that Parliament is sovereign. Its role is central and sovereign when we are considering questions around judicial review—I hope that the Government’s response to the panel’s recommendations reflects that. The noble and learned Baroness, Lady Hale, is of course correct that Parliament can act to reverse any judgment, but I also agree with...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisoners on Remand (23 Mar 2021)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: Judges are prioritising the most urgent cases. We were one of the first among other comparable jurisdictions globally to resume jury trials, and Crown Courts currently list thousands of cases each week. Our systems show that where a defendant is in custody and had a first hearing in February 2021, most cases are listed for trial in the Crown Court prior to September 2021. In September...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Pentonville Prison: Coronavirus (23 Mar 2021)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: The Ministry of Justice is not able to comment on an individual employee’s specific recognition or reward. We do however recognise that HMPPS staff in prisons, probation, headquarters and the Youth Custody Service have had an extraordinary and challenging year. There are recognition and reward procedures in place, and we offer a range of ways to recognise and thank individual members of...


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