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Company Directors: Identification - Question (22 May 2024)

Lord Clarke of Nottingham: My Lords, the previous Parliament passed an amendment to extend to the overseas territories of the United Kingdom the legal obligation to have a company register show beneficial ownership and to make that register open to public inspection. Can the Minister let the House know what progress there has been in making the British Overseas Territories, such as the Cayman Islands and the British...

Israel and Gaza - Private Notice Question ( 7 May 2024)

Lord Clarke of Nottingham: My Lords, we are very near to the prospect of aid being delivered by sea once the Americans have finished the construction of the quay that they are undertaking. Have the Government made any progress in reassuring us about the orderly and safe distribution of aid by that route when the quay is ready? What is their present position on direct British involvement, including the use of British...

Council of Europe: 75th Anniversary - Question (16 Apr 2024)

Lord Clarke of Nottingham: My Lords, I think I am right in saying that the only country on the entire continent that has always rejected membership of the Council of Europe and refused to accept the jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights is Belarus, which is a cruel dictatorship with no regard for human rights at all. Russia has been expelled. My noble friend was a little evasive on the present position of...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Committee (7th Day): Amendment 154 (12 Mar 2024)

Lord Clarke of Nottingham: The problem is that the Parole Board is made up of real-life men and women with a very heavy responsibility. There is an underlying fear about the consequences of ever releasing somebody who then goes on to commit some terrible crime. The reality is that they contemplate the appalling reaction that they would get in the media, the public inquiry that would condemn them and the destruction of...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Committee (7th Day): Amendment 154 (12 Mar 2024)

Lord Clarke of Nottingham: I pay tribute to my noble and learned friend and his colleagues in the department, including the present Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary, who I suspect would privately agree with everyone who has spoken so far on these amendments. As the Government are to be congratulated on the very bold and significant steps that they have taken, as the Minister quite rightly says, and as, to my...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Committee (7th Day): Amendment 154 (12 Mar 2024)

Lord Clarke of Nottingham: My noble friend is of course talking to an audience in this Chamber which agrees with every word he is most eloquently saying, and it is obvious that the Government should press on. The one thing he has not spoken of is the reason that Prime Ministers and Governments will not, and what it was that drove liberal-minded, sensible people such as Tony Blair and David Cameron to defend this IPP...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Committee (7th Day): Amendment 154 (12 Mar 2024)

Lord Clarke of Nottingham: My recollection is that there is a section in the original 2012 legislation that would shift the burden of proof in the way that he describes. I remember the difficulty I had in persuading my then Prime Minister to enable me to put the abolition of IPPs into the legislation at all: I had to settle with him that we would put this into the legislation but not, for the time being, enact the...

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - Report (2nd Day): Amendment 40 ( 6 Mar 2024)

Lord Clarke of Nottingham: The noble Lord is of course quite right that if there is a conflict between the two Houses of Parliament, the elected House must prevail. But there is a power, rarely invoked, for the Lords to block a Bill in a single Parliament and a process under the Parliament Act whereby the elected Government can repeat their legislation, whereupon, quite rightly, we have to concede. I share the...

Brexit: Benefits to Economy and Society - Question ( 6 Mar 2024)

Lord Clarke of Nottingham: My Lords, has my noble friend seen the estimate by Goldman Sachs that British GDP is 5% smaller than it would have been had we not left the single market? The OBR’s figure is 4%. Are the Government contemplating resuming discussions with the European Union to improve our trading relationships with that huge and prosperous free trade area, perhaps in order to get nearer to the arrangements...

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 4 ( 4 Mar 2024)

Lord Clarke of Nottingham: My noble friend says that it will confuse it; it is actually perfectly straightforward. If everything happens as smoothly as he says it will happen—and I hope it does, because I do not object to the safe country policy that is being pursued if we can find a safe country—the monitoring committee will presumably confirm that it has happened. Why is he resisting it, except to save the...

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 4 ( 4 Mar 2024)

Lord Clarke of Nottingham: The more detail the Minister gives about the virtues of the monitoring committee, the stronger his argument is in favour of the amendment proposed to this House by the noble and learned Lord, Lord Hope. The briefing he has been given is totally contradictory to the conclusion that he is trying to invite us to reach.

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 1 ( 4 Mar 2024)

Lord Clarke of Nottingham: My Lords, my noble friend asserts that the Government are complying with the rule of law and respect the position of the courts and so on. Why does the Bill expressly rule out any court in future considering any evidence that Rwanda perhaps is not complying with the treaty that he has described, and why does the Bill expressly rule out the provision of various features of international law...

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 1 ( 4 Mar 2024)

Lord Clarke of Nottingham: I cannot claim to remember this clearly, but did anybody challenge with evidence the earlier cases that my noble friend tries to cite as a precedent? If anybody had had evidence showing facts to be contrary to what was then laid down in statute, does my noble friend think it would have survived a challenge in today’s Supreme Court?

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 1 ( 4 Mar 2024)

Lord Clarke of Nottingham: My Lords, I begin by paying tribute to my old friend Lord Cormack, whom I knew for 60 years. I first met him when I was fighting the then ultrasafe Labour seat of Mansfield and he was fighting the ultrasafe Labour seat of Bassetlaw next door in the 1964 election. From that time, he was a very good personal friend of mine for well over 50 years in Parliament, when we both got there on a...

Israel and Gaza - Statement (27 Feb 2024)

Lord Clarke of Nottingham: My Lords, practically every Government from outside that is taking an interest could quite easily agree on the path that my noble friend has been describing, leading to a two-state solution and a permanent ceasefire. The difficulty is there seems to be not the slightest prospect of Hamas ever agreeing to accept the continued existence of Israel and not the slightest chance of a Netanyahu...

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 19 (14 Feb 2024)

Lord Clarke of Nottingham: My Lords, I support these amendments, which seem to me to go to the heart of the most extraordinary feature of this Bill. It is essentially intended to reverse a legal defeat the Government suffered in the British Supreme Court on a matter of law. Five Supreme Court judges listened to the evidence and decided as a matter of fact that Rwanda is not, at the moment, a safe country for the...

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

Lord Clarke of Nottingham: My Lords, last year I listened to quite a lot of the debate during the passage of the Illegal Migration Act and contributed to it once or twice. I had difficulty making up my mind as to whether I was going to support that Act. Eventually, although I expressed my reservations about whether Rwanda was a suitable place, I was persuaded that it was a good thing to support and I gave it my...

Northern Ireland: Industrial Action - Private Notice Question (17 Jan 2024)

Lord Clarke of Nottingham: My Lords, the plight of the public sector workers in Northern Ireland is one of the worst consequences of the dreadful deadlock that has gripped that part of the United Kingdom for some time. It is plain that the Windsor agreement is working perfectly well and not damaging the Irish economy or the union, but the present deadlock will not be resolved because the DUP will never agree to set up...

Imprisonment for Public Protection - Question (16 Jan 2024)

Lord Clarke of Nottingham: My Lords, this is not just a major problem in the system; it is a major disgrace to the British justice system that these thousands of people are being kept in this way. When I persuaded my then Cabinet colleagues to abolish the IPP system because it was working so badly, unfortunately I was unable to persuade them to change the application of the licensing system in the ordinary way to these...

Rwanda: Asylum Arrangements Treaty - Question (21 Nov 2023)

Lord Clarke of Nottingham: My Lords, did not the Supreme Court make a finding of fact that Rwanda had broken similar agreements in the past with the Government of Israel and that the state of the Government in Rwanda did not give rise to any confidence that they would comply with the agreement we have made? How does a treaty affect that at all? Are the Government capable of taking any steps that make the Government of...


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