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Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill — Committee (1st Day) (20 Jan 2015)

Lord Phillips of Sudbury: Does the Minister not accept that there is a difference between the judicial oversight, on which he laid some emphasis, and the political oversight that comes from having a sunset clause? Her Majesty’s justices can take only certain legal considerations into their protection of legislation. They cannot consider the wider political considerations that bear upon the matter in hand. Does he...

Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill — Committee (1st Day) (20 Jan 2015)

Lord Phillips of Sudbury: My Lords, I strongly support Amendments 2, 3 and 4. The measures contained in the Bill are of fundamental importance, but they are extremely difficult to construct in a way which holds an appropriate balance between state security and individual liberty. The notion in the amendments that the outcome of what we are doing should be reviewed by the independent reviewer within two years and put...

NHS: Clinical Negligence — Question (20 Jan 2015)

Lord Phillips of Sudbury: My Lords, is my noble friend satisfied—I am thinking, for example, of the scandal of whiplash claims—that the legal resources available to the NHS are sufficient for the task?

Assisted Dying Bill [HL]: Committee (2nd Day) (16 Jan 2015)

Lord Phillips of Sudbury: My Lords, I am grateful for the Minister’s helpful reply and for the intervention of the noble and learned Lord, Lord, Lord Falconer of Thoroton. I will consider this extremely carefully. I personally think that it would be appropriate and simplest if we were to have a provision in this Bill rather than having to set in train a completely new statutory instrument, with all the separate...

Assisted Dying Bill [HL]: Committee (2nd Day) (16 Jan 2015)

Lord Phillips of Sudbury: I am grateful for that intervention. I think my answer is this. I speak with the experience in the early part of my career of having had a lot to do with family matters and of acting for a coroner. The sad fact is that applications under the Bill when it is enacted could be highly contested, especially in circumstances where a close relative believes that undue pressure is being brought on...

Assisted Dying Bill [HL]: Committee (2nd Day) (16 Jan 2015)

Lord Phillips of Sudbury: My Lords, this is in the nature of a probing amendment. On the first day in Committee your Lordships decided overwhelmingly that a person may only obtain an order subject to the consent of the High Court, Family Division. You do not need to be a lawyer—I am a very long-in-the-tooth lawyer—to know that applications to the High Court of any sort are apt to be expensive. In respect of what...

Assisted Dying Bill [HL]: Committee (2nd Day) (16 Jan 2015)

Lord Phillips of Sudbury: The short answer is no. Lawyers charge very different amounts. A city lawyer charging £500 or £700 an hour is rather different from a country lawyer charging £100 or £200. It will also depend, as I said, on the complexity, but one is talking of thousands, not hundreds, of pounds. That is about the best I can do on that. However, as I said, I hope that the principle will commend itself to...

Education: Citizenship — Question (14 Jan 2015)

Lord Phillips of Sudbury: To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they propose to enhance the amount and quality of citizenship education in order to increase the democratic participation and engagement of young citizens.

Education: Citizenship — Question (14 Jan 2015)

Lord Phillips of Sudbury: I thank my noble friend for that reply, but does he not agree that engaging in today’s hyper-complex, democratically challenged society, particularly for less able pupils, requires an absolute minimum of knowledge and the will to engage? What does he think of the effect, by contrast, of 56% of our schools—all free schools and academies—not even having to teach citizenship; of the rest...

Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill — Second Reading (13 Jan 2015)

Lord Phillips of Sudbury: My Lords, the night is wearing on. It is nearly half-past nine and there are another seven speakers to come. I have chucked away my speech: I am going to make a few rather jagged points and sit down. I commend, as other noble Lords have done, our two maiden speakers who, as I am sure we all agree, did extraordinarily well. Their presence here will be of great value to us over the years to...

Criminal Justice and Courts Bill — Commons Reasons and Amendments ( 9 Dec 2014)

Lord Phillips of Sudbury: My Lords, when I intervened on the Minister and asked for the evidence or indications to underpin the need for this amendment, he, as the House heard, declined to give the same. It was important to add evidence or indications. I perfectly accept that a lot of the matters with which we are dealing in this amendment cannot be susceptible to simple adding or subtracting. I want to make one...

Criminal Justice and Courts Bill — Commons Reasons and Amendments ( 9 Dec 2014)

Lord Phillips of Sudbury: Before my noble friend sits down, will he be so kind as to give a little more information about the underlying justification, as he puts it, for the rejection of this amendment? That is, he put it in terms of abuse of the judicial review process, technicalities, academic applications and so on. Has he any statistics or indications as to the extent of that abuse?

Iran: Ghoncheh Ghavami — Question ( 4 Dec 2014)

Lord Phillips of Sudbury: My Lords, does my noble friend accept that it is a delicate business to seek to interfere with the judicial and legal process of another country? However deplorable we know it to be, the law of Iran is the law of Iran. We must therefore act delicately, let us say, in seeking to assist this young woman.

EU: UK Membership — Motion to Take Note: 6.44 pm (25 Nov 2014)

Lord Phillips of Sudbury: My Lords, in the light of what I am going to say, I should make clear that I am strongly in favour of our continued membership of the European Union. In the 1970 general election, the first one I fought, in Clacton, I was in favour of it. I was in favour of it in the referendum of 1975, I fought the first European elections in 1979 and I have always been strongly in favour of it. But the...

Iran Nuclear Talks — Statement (25 Nov 2014)

Lord Phillips of Sudbury: My Lords, like virtually every other speaker, I welcome strongly the Statement repeated by the noble Baroness, which represents a signal moment in the whole complex and difficult issue between Iran and the rest of the world. I do not want to labour the point, but does my noble friend accept that the fact that Israel is not a member of the IAEA or the various treaties gives a great deal of...

Income Tax — Question (19 Nov 2014)

Lord Phillips of Sudbury: My Lords, is it not the case that income tax should be a good deal higher, particularly if those in the higher ranges of income paid their full amount of tax? What are we doing to tighten the receipt of income tax from all who should pay it?

Assisted Dying Bill [HL]: Committee (1st Day) ( 7 Nov 2014)

Lord Phillips of Sudbury: My Lords, I rise also to point out what seems to be a flaw in the drafting of the second proposed new subsection in Amendment 12. As drafted, the registered medical practitioner, registered nurse or other health professional does not have to be treating the person referred to. That would mean that if my daughter was a nurse, she would be caught by such a measure if she said to me, “Dad,...

Assisted Dying Bill [HL]: Committee (1st Day) ( 7 Nov 2014)

Lord Phillips of Sudbury: My Lords, it is in the very best traditions of this House that there is standing room only at this debate on a Friday. It is entirely appropriate, is it not, given the profound issues that are involved? I have no doubt at all that the country will be watching and listening to this debate in a way in which it perhaps has not done since the last of these debates, because this is one in a...

Infrastructure Bill [HL]: Report (2nd Day) ( 5 Nov 2014)

Lord Phillips of Sudbury: I thank the Minister for that very conciliatory answer. Will he be as good as to confirm that if, on reflection, he comes to the view that it is not clear that charitable woodland and forests are excluded from the Bill, that too will be covered by the Third Reading amendment?

Infrastructure Bill [HL]: Report (2nd Day) ( 5 Nov 2014)

Lord Phillips of Sudbury: My Lords, I, too, support the amendment moved so clearly and effectively by the noble Baroness, Lady Royall of Blaisdon, and supported so strongly by the right reverend Prelate. I declare an interest as a patron of a charity in Coggeshall, Essex which runs a large forestry estate. Indeed, I am lucky enough to have a piece of ancient woodland. What has been said about public concern regarding...


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