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Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (Legal Aid: Domestic Abuse) (Amendment) Order 2024 – Lord Bellamy. Orders and regulations

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Victims and Prisoners Bill – report stage (day 3) – Lord Bellamy. Legislation

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Report (2nd Day): Amendment 80 (23 Apr 2024)

Lord Bellamy: My Lords, we have before us various amendments that deal essentially with family justice. I will deal first with Amendment 91, which proposes that only experts regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council undertake certain psychological assessments. The Government entirely appreciate the aim of this amendment—something needs to be done. This problem probably extends to healthcare...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Report (2nd Day): Amendment 80 (23 Apr 2024)

Lord Bellamy: There have been preliminary discussions with the committee but it has not formally started work. I cannot give the noble Lord a precise date, but I can say that there is a reserve power under Section 78A of the Courts Act 2003 which entitles the Lord Chancellor to require the Family Procedure Rule Committee to consider the point. In the Government’s submission, that is the way that this...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Report (2nd Day): Amendment 80 (23 Apr 2024)

Lord Bellamy: It would be extremely regrettable if the Family Procedure Rule Committee were to refuse to embark on this exercise, particularly in the light of the comments made in the House today and in the other place. It is clearly something that should be done. That is as far as I can reasonably go at the Dispatch Box. That is essentially our position on Amendment 91: let us take it down the route of...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Report (2nd Day): Amendment 76 (23 Apr 2024)

Lord Bellamy: I shall answer a couple of questions and make one clarification. I think it was the noble Baroness, Lady Lister, who said, “Come on now, when are the code and the protocol going to be available?” I am afraid that, at this point, I cannot advance matters further other than to say, according to my instructions, that the code will be available for parliamentary scrutiny this spring—I know...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Report (2nd Day): Amendment 76 (23 Apr 2024)

Lord Bellamy: I am always happy to meet, but we might not get much further.

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Report (2nd Day): Amendment 76 (23 Apr 2024)

Lord Bellamy: My Lords, Amendment 76 has been tabled to clarify that victims of crime can get the support they need without fear of legal action under confidentiality clauses, also known as non-disclosure agreements or NDAs. NDAs can and do serve a valid purpose to protect commercially sensitive information and deliver a clean break where parties seek closure on an issue, but they have been misused to make...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Report (2nd Day): Amendment 19 (23 Apr 2024)

Lord Bellamy: My Lords, I thank all noble Lords for their contributions to this debate. I first bring forth the Government’s Amendment 75, which requires that Welsh Ministers be consulted on any guidance on victim support roles under Clause 15, so far as the content relates to devolved matters. Victim support roles may operate across criminal justice settings and include devolved health and local...

Parents: Separation - Question for Short Debate (22 Apr 2024)

Lord Bellamy: My Lords, few subjects can be more important than the one we are discussing this evening, and I rather doubt my ability to do justice to everything that has been said in the 12 minutes allotted to me. I thank my noble friend Lord Farmer for his opening remarks and for securing this debate, and all noble Lords who have spoken. I think we are all agreed that family separation can be extremely...

Parents: Separation - Question for Short Debate (22 Apr 2024)

Lord Bellamy: My Lords, few subjects can be more important than the one we are discussing this evening, and I rather doubt my ability to do justice to everything that has been said in the 12 minutes allotted to me. I thank my noble friend Lord Farmer for his opening remarks and for securing this debate, and all noble Lords who have spoken. I think we are all agreed that family separation can be extremely...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 13 (16 Apr 2024)

Lord Bellamy: My Lords, talking of experiences, my abiding memory is of a case in the county court where the interpreter opened the proceedings by telling the judge that he was deaf. Matters deteriorated from there. I thank the noble Baroness, Lady Coussins, very much for her Amendment 13. The Government recognise that victims must be confident that the criminal justice process will be accessible to them...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 9 (16 Apr 2024)

Lord Bellamy: My Lords, I thank all noble Lords for the sincerity with which their various points have been made. I will briefly reply to the amendments not proposed by the Government. Unfortunately, while understanding all the points that have been made, the Government are not in a position to accept the amendments as they are. Although noble Lords have been kind enough to say that this is good progress...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 9 (16 Apr 2024)

Lord Bellamy: I am quite happy to accept the noble Lord’s invitation to have a conversation with the Domestic Abuse Commissioner to explore her experience and see whether it is transferable to what we are discussing here.

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 9 (16 Apr 2024)

Lord Bellamy: The noble Baroness, Lady Hamwee, as always, made a very pertinent point: we must have up-to-date training. Both learning and knowledge in this area are developing very quickly. That is quite a challenge for the authorities, but we should meet it— I fully accept that. Of course, under the compliance framework, there are powers to issue non-compliance notices and to understand why agencies...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 9 (16 Apr 2024)

Lord Bellamy: My Lords, in speaking to the relevant government amendments on the victims’ code and compliance, I will summarise the ways in which the Government have strengthened the code and the framework in which the various duties under the code arise. There are essentially seven points to make quickly. There is a new statutory duty on agencies to act in accordance with the code and a statutory duty...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 2 (16 Apr 2024)

Lord Bellamy: Again, that is going a little bit further than either the amendment or the Bill as it stands, because the collecting of data in this area is a very complicated task, and we know that collecting data in general is quite tricky. What I am saying is that I am not entirely convinced at the moment by the argument put forward by the noble Baroness. In all respects, the Government consider that the...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 2 (16 Apr 2024)

Lord Bellamy: My Lords, I do not think I can, at the Dispatch Box this evening, commit the Government to proposing such a checklist in that detail, because the details will have to be worked out. However, the Government hear what the noble Baroness says and it is an obvious matter to consider. That is as far as I can go this evening. Finally, I hope the noble Baroness, Lady Brinton, will forgive me if I...


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