Results 101–120 of 980 for speaker:Lord Wolfson of Tredegar

No-fault Divorce - Question (15 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, I have not had representations from those entities, but I dare say that the department might have done. We get representations, frankly, from all areas of the legal profession, and indeed more broadly, all the time. We will look at this issue on its merits. We have set out that we want to make sure that financial matters are dealt with as amicably as possible. The divorce Act will...

No-fault Divorce - Question (15 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, I am not sure whether my noble friend is a foot solider or somewhere between a major-general and a field marshal in this area of the law. May I gently suggest that perhaps not all lawyers charge by the word? I respectfully say that in this area of law, as in many areas of law, there is a balance to be struck between discretion on the one hand and certainty on the other. You need...

No-fault Divorce - Question (15 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, I am very grateful for that question. Of course, we will take advice from a broad range of stakeholders and others. Indeed, in preparing for today I also looked at the laws in other jurisdictions. Although it is fair to say that, for example, prenuptial agreements are enforceable in Spain, which they generally are not in England and Wales, they are not enforceable if the judge...

No-fault Divorce - Question (15 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, I hope I have made it clear that we are talking about a matter of weeks once the Act comes into force. We will look at this area very carefully. I know that the previous and current Lord Chancellors are focused on this area. Looking at family law generally, we want to see fewer private family cases before the court and maintain the public family cases before the court. Many private...

No-fault Divorce - Question (15 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, we of course recognise that divorce can be a stressful time for families. We want to make sure that support is there for separating couples. We have invested in family hubs and the family mediation voucher scheme. We also have a Reducing Parental Conflict programme. However, we also think that the new divorce Act will lead to more amicable divorce and will itself take some of the...

No-fault Divorce - Question (15 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, yes: no-fault divorce means that the question of fault is essentially irrelevant to the fact of the divorce. As to equality of arms, that is where mediation is so useful. Families who participated in the mediation voucher scheme tell us that it really took the heat out of the issue as they could sit down outside a court setting and resolve their issues. For every multi-million pound...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisons: Fire Prevention and First Aid (15 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: In accordance with the Fire Safety Order 2005, all government-operated prison buildings have fire risk assessments which are reviewed periodically. Sufficient first aid cover in the prison estate is provided by trained first aiders, and the number of those required in each establishment is achieved via a First Aid Risk Assessment of need. Prisoners also receive first aid/medical cover through...

Previous Business – Lords: Grand Committee (10 Mar 2022)

Draft Early Legal Advice Pilot Scheme Order 2022 – Lord Wolfson of Tredegar. Orders and regulations

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisoners' Release: Females (10 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: Our vision is that no one who is subject to probation supervision is released from prison homeless. Women on remand are supported to meet resettlement needs and prepare for release by Probation staff in prisons. We will supplement this support from Probation staff with access to specialist accommodation support for all women on remand or sentenced in custody by the summer of this year. We...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Magistrates: Recruitment (10 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: The recruitment of more magistrates is the Government’s top priority for the magistracy. The MoJ is investing £1 million this financial year into a programme of work to improve magistrates’ recruitment. A digitised and more inclusive recruitment process which will improve data collation was launched in January, alongside an inclusive marketing strategy which aims to targets a wider, more...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Judges: Females (10 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: Statistics on the diversity of judicial office holders are published annually, alongside statistics on members of the legal professions and those applying for judicial appointments. The 2021 ‘Diversity of the Judiciary’ statistics (https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/diversity-of-the-j udiciary-2021-statistics) record that as at 1 April 2021, in England and Wales there were:1,119...

Nationality and Borders Bill - Report (3rd Day): Amendment 65 (8 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: I do not think I am saying anything inconsistent. I am saying that, for the reasons I have set out—I was just starting on the point and hope I will be able to develop it—we do not want to create a two-tier system. Of course, we recognise the vulnerabilities of children. The modern slavery statutory guidance, which I think the noble and learned Baroness referred to, provides for the...

Nationality and Borders Bill - Report (3rd Day): Amendment 65 (8 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, the debate has shown that the House is unanimous on two points. The first is that my noble friend Lady Williams of Trafford should be congratulated, and the second is that the House did not much like the Government’s Bill. I associate myself wholly with the former, and I will seek to set out the Government’s position on the latter. Let me go through the amendments in turn....

Prisoners: Imprisonment for Public Protection Sentences - Question (8 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, the Government will publish the imprisonment for public protection action plan following careful consideration of the findings and recommendations of the report of the Justice Select Committee on its inquiry into the IPP sentence, which is due later this spring. A version of the IPP action plan has previously been published and is in the House’s Library.

Prisoners: Imprisonment for Public Protection Sentences - Question (8 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, I think I made it clear in my first Answer that the current version of the action plan is in the Library. We are updating it but we will wait to see what the Justice Select Committee report says. I suggest to my noble friend that that is an appropriate way to proceed. As to the probation service, the action plan requires the direct involvement of the probation service and the IPP...

Prisoners: Imprisonment for Public Protection Sentences - Question (8 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, I have those figures: as at the end of September 2021, there were 19 women in custody who had never been released and 115 women in the community on licence. A qualified psychologist has reviewed the sentence plan of every woman serving an IPP sentence in custody to ensure that the plan identifies the right courses and work she needs to complete in order to demonstrate a reduction in...

Prisoners: Imprisonment for Public Protection Sentences - Question (8 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, they have neither been overlooked nor forgotten. The vast majority of the IPP prisoners who have never been released received their IPP either for a serious sexual offence or for violence against the person. However, progress is being made. In December 2020, there were 1,849 IPP prisoners who had never been released. In December last year there were 1,602. That is a 13% fall in one year.

Prisoners: Imprisonment for Public Protection Sentences - Question (8 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: The noble Lord is absolutely right. It is imperative that prisoners get that sort of support to make sure that they are in the best position they can be to be released, if they have never been released before, or to have their licence terminated. We are working with each prisoner to make sure that they have a proper pathway. The House will recall that one of the government amendments to the...

Prisoners: Imprisonment for Public Protection Sentences - Question (8 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, I cannot go now into details of the action plan which will be published. What I can say is that we are absolutely focused on the sword of Damocles nature of the licence hanging over the prisoner. That is why we brought in the automatic referral. What I can say, though, is that prisoners are recalled from licence only when they exhibit behaviour which makes their risk unmanageable in...

Prisoners: Imprisonment for Public Protection Sentences - Question (8 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, I think the link between humanity and effectiveness might lie beyond a short answer to a question. What I can say is that quick fixes—such as retrospectively abolishing the IPP sentence or resentencing IPP offenders—would expose the public to unacceptable risk. We have to recognise that people were given IPP sentences because they were considered dangerous. Having said that, we...


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