Results 1–20 of 98 for speaker:Lord Etherton

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Second Reading (20 Feb 2024)

Lord Etherton: My Lords, I welcome the Bill for the reasons explained by the Minister. My focus today is on one particular issue: the international law exception to Section 1 in paragraph 6 of the Schedule. Consistently with the policy objectives of the Bill, that exception must be qualified to ensure consistency between the view of the public body decision-maker and that of central government about the...

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (Continued): Amendment 57 (19 Feb 2024)

Lord Etherton: My Lords, I have given notice, with the noble Lord, Lord Anderson of Ipswich, of my intention to oppose the Question that Clause 5 stand part of the Bill. That is because, notwithstanding the eloquence of the noble and learned Lord, Lord Hoffmann, and the noble Lord, Lord Howard, its provisions are in plain breach of the United Kingdom’s obligations under international law and in breach of...

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 38 (19 Feb 2024)

Lord Etherton: I am very grateful to the Minister for his reply and to those who have spoken. What the debate has shown, short as it was, is that the issue of social groups and how they fit into the legislation is very important. Many points were made on various issues that were all extremely valuable, including the wonderful examples given by the noble Lord, Lord Cashman. The noble Baroness, Lady Kennedy...

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 38 (19 Feb 2024)

Lord Etherton: My Lords, in speaking to this amendment I will speak to Amendments 40, 43, 45 and 51, which I tabled, all of which are connected. The current version of Clause 4(1) enables an applicant to oppose removal to Rwanda on the ground that it is not a safe country for the applicant only if the applicant provides “compelling evidence relating specifically to the person’s particular individual...

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - Second Reading: Amendment to the Motion (29 Jan 2024)

Lord Etherton: My Lords, there are so many impermissible aspects to this Bill that it is difficult to know where to start. There is the overarching point that the Rwanda treaty—which underpins the central theme of the Bill that Rwanda is a safe country—has not yet been ratified, and then there are all those aspects of the Bill which contravene our constitutional norms or breach our international...

Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers Bill - Second Reading ( 5 Dec 2023)

Lord Etherton: My Lords, I wish to address three short but important points. The first two concern redress or means of redress by consumers and small businesses. The third concerns the point which has been raised by a number of Members of the House about charities and subscription contracts. The first issue concerns the absence of provision for collective proceedings by consumers and small businesses....

Royal Albert Hall Bill [HL] - Second Reading (19 Oct 2023)

Lord Etherton: My Lords, I am very grateful to all Members who have spoken before me, particularly the noble Lord, Lord Harrington, for his introduction. I pay tribute to the noble Lord, Lord Hodgson, who has pursued the issues relating to the constitution of the Albert Hall for many years. One way or another, they have covered virtually all the issues, so I can be relatively brief. I want to concentrate on...

Non-Domestic Rating Bill - Report: Amendment 8 (19 Sep 2023)

Lord Etherton: My Lords, I also support Amendment 8 in the name of the noble Earl, Lord Lytton. Ideally, it is worth avoiding appeals. Appeals can be avoided only if there is confidence that you have the material available. That presupposes a sharing of information that is open and transparent. One of the criticisms that is often made is of the time taken in appeals, the obscurity of the role adopted by the...

Non-Domestic Rating Bill - Report: Amendment 5 (19 Sep 2023)

Lord Etherton: I strongly support Amendment 19 from the noble Lord, Lord Thurlow. I too read the article in the Times yesterday to which he referred. The fact of the matter is that, while rents have decreased substantially due to inflation and other measures, rateable values are very high and the rates payable are now no indication at all of the actual rental value of the properties. That is one of the...

Bishop’s Stortford Cemetery Bill [HL] - Third Reading: Motion (14 Sep 2023)

Lord Etherton: My Lords, I take this opportunity as the chair of the Opposed Private Bill Committee to thank its other members: the noble Lord, Lord Reay, the noble Viscount, Lord Stansgate, and the noble Baronesses, Lady Thornhill and Lady Willis of Summertown. On behalf of the entire committee, I thank those who supported us: Chris Salmon Percival, Clerk of Private Bills, who stepped in to clerk when the...

Veterans Update - Statement (20 Jul 2023)

Lord Etherton: I thought it would be important to finish the debate by acknowledging what many other noble Lords, including the Minister, have said, which is that, without the live contributions from those veterans who were affected by the ban and suffered under it, and who sent statements to us, the report would have been a mere shadow. I ask that the whole House acknowledges the extraordinary courage that...

Illegal Migration Bill - Commons Amendments and Reasons: Motion B1 (as an amendment to Motion B) (12 Jul 2023)

Lord Etherton: My Lords, I draw attention to Motion G and my Amendment 23B in lieu. I thank the noble Lord, Lord Cashman, in particular, who has been a stalwart supporter of me in relation to this clause from the very beginning. The clause identifies countries currently specified in Schedule 1 which, the evidence and the law show—by virtue of decisions made by UK courts—are not safe places. I explained...

Illegal Migration Bill - Commons Amendments and Reasons: Motion A1 (as an amendment to Motion A) (12 Jul 2023)

Lord Etherton: My Lords, I support the amended version of Clause 1, put forward by the noble Baroness, Lady Chakrabarti. Whether or not Parliament intends to incorporate international treaties within our own law depends on the wording. The point was made on Report that the noble Baroness’s previous wording had no reference to interpretation. It seems to me quite clear now that the emphasis has been put on...

Illegal Migration Bill - Report (2nd Day): Amendment 130 ( 3 Jul 2023)

Lord Etherton: I am very grateful to the Minister for his reply. I am afraid he has not answered my request for an assurance at all, so I wish to test the opinion of the House. Ayes 187, Noes 139.

Illegal Migration Bill - Report (2nd Day): Amendment 130 ( 3 Jul 2023)

Lord Etherton: My Lords, this amendment relates to serious harm suspensive claims, and it is important because the Government intend that suspensive claims are the only way that removal notices can be challenged. The point I have been concerned with from the beginning is the position of people who are served with a removal notice in respect of a country in which they have a well-founded fear of persecution...

Illegal Migration Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 37 (28 Jun 2023)

Lord Etherton: I thank all noble Lords who have spoken and the Minister for what he said. I am afraid that I am not persuaded that the Minister has fully grasped the difference between the two types of people I have mentioned—those who come from a safe place and those who do not come from one of these Section 80AA places and who could be removed to somewhere within Schedule 1. He has not explained why it...

Illegal Migration Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 19 (28 Jun 2023)

Lord Etherton: My first question is: does the Minister not agree that that is quite different from the case that the noble Lord, Lord Cashman, raised, where a person is not from a country listed in Section 80AA(1) but from another country? There is a separate provision for that in relation to removal to a Schedule 1 country. Does the Minster not agree that, although Clause 5(5) deals with the Section 80AA...

Illegal Migration Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 19 (28 Jun 2023)

Lord Etherton: I am grateful for the Minister writing, but at the moment it seems to me that the Minister has not really addressed my point about the need for such a provision and the exclusion of such countries. On that basis, I would be minded to press the amendment.

Illegal Migration Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 19 (28 Jun 2023)

Lord Etherton: My Lords, where does the Minister get the evidence to say that, in practice, as opposed to what is written in the constitution, there is no persecution? There are numerous independent reports and newspaper reports, as well as the Foreign Office’s own advice, to indicate that there is a real risk of persecution in Rwanda, especially for trans women.

Illegal Migration Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 19 (28 Jun 2023)

Lord Etherton: I am grateful for what the Minister just said in relation to the ability of an openly gay, lesbian, transgender or bisexual person to live in a particular country. If, acting in that open way, they had a well-founded fear of persecution, as I understand it the Minister is saying that that would satisfy serious and irreversible harm. That is not apparent in the Bill, and to make that clear...


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