Results 181–200 of 1239 for speaker:Sir Ian Percival

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Jurors (14 Feb 1983)

Sir Ian Percival: I gladly respond to the first part of the question. I shall certainly look sympathetically at that case. I should like to consider the details with the Lord Chancellor and write to my hon. Friend.

Representation of the People Bill [Lords] ( 2 Feb 1983)

Sir Ian Percival: I beg to move, That the Bill be now read a Second time. The Bill is pure consolidation, bringing together in one measure much of the existing law on elections and electoral procedure. There was a previous consolidation into the Representation of the People Act 1949, but because of changes since then in many different Acts it is time to consolidate the provisions again. This major...

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Legal Aid (17 Jan 1983)

Sir Ian Percival: The Lord Chancellor is continually taking steps to improve the working of the three schemes for which he is responsible.

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Legal Aid (17 Jan 1983)

Sir Ian Percival: The Lord Chancellor, my right hon. and learned Friend the Attorney-General and I are aware of that problem, and share the hon. Gentleman's concern. The Lord Chancellor is anxious to promote consistency of approach towards legal aid in magistrates' courts. To that end he is pursuing two separate lines of action. His officials recently carried out a survey of about 60 courts and the information...

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Legal Aid (17 Jan 1983)

Sir Ian Percival: I can put my hon. Friend's concern at rest. The main purpose of the 1982 Act was to ensure more economy, better contributions where they could be afforded and generally to seek more consistency and less abuse.

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Legal Aid (17 Jan 1983)

Sir Ian Percival: I assure the hon. and learned Gentleman that that matter is also the subject of active consideration. We must get it right before regulations are made, but preparations have reached an advanced stage.

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Mr. David Somes (29 Nov 1982)

Sir Ian Percival: Somes was arrested on Saturday and charged with the murder of a black South African national. He was brought before a magistrate at Bow Street on Saturday and remanded in custody. The case is now sub-judice.

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Mr. David Somes (29 Nov 1982)

Sir Ian Percival: Yes, Sir.

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Shoplifting (29 Nov 1982)

Sir Ian Percival: The Director compiles his records on an annual basis and therefore the figures for the last six months are not available. However, since 1 January 1982, the nearest identifiable date, 26 allegations of shoplifting have been referred to him.

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Shoplifting (29 Nov 1982)

Sir Ian Percival: Every time a person commits suicide under stress of prosecution of any kind it is a serious and unhappy event. The hon. Gentleman is not right to say that there is a high number of suicides in cases of pending prosecutions for shoplifting. Nor is it right for him to suggest to the House that psychiatric evidence is denied to anybody. In many cases a person does not want the factors to which...

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Shoplifting (29 Nov 1982)

Sir Ian Percival: I know of my hon. Friend's great interest and concern in this matter, and he knows of mine. It is idle for anybody to suggest that there is a simple substitute for the present system that will solve all the problems. Shoplifting is just another form of theft. It is essential in any prosecution for shoplifting that all the ingredients of theft are established. The most useful course that we...

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Shoplifting (29 Nov 1982)

Sir Ian Percival: The hon. and learned Gentleman must surely realise after this time that I understand all those factors. I said that the ingredients are the same. One of the complaints that is made is that many people who are not guilty plead guilty, thinking that shoplifting is different from theft and that being found in possession of the goods is enough. I cannot make it sufficiently clear that that is not...

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Shoplifting (29 Nov 1982)

Sir Ian Percival: My hon. Friend will recall that I have previously referred to a study group that was set up by the Ministers responsible for these matters. Yes, those matters need looking into by those who are responsible. We should implement any practical suggestions that might avoid the difficulties to which my hon. Friend referred.

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Shoplifting (29 Nov 1982)

Sir Ian Percival: There have been questions about guidelines before, and my answer must remain the same. I do not think that any set of guidelines would solve the problems. Nobody has yet put forward a convincing answer to those problems. I cannot give a date when the working party will report, but I shall ensure that the hon. Gentlemen's question is referred to those responsible.

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Births, Marriages and Deaths (Records) (29 Nov 1982)

Sir Ian Percival: The study group proposed to transfer all Public Records Office facilities to Kew, including those records. As the hon. Gentleman will know from his interest in these matters, on 30 April I informed the House that while the full scheme is in abeyance separate consideration would be given to the future of the General Register Office records. The Public Records Office is exploring ways of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Births, Marriages and Deaths (Records) (29 Nov 1982)

Sir Ian Percival: If the filming is not complete, it is nearly complete. The main difficulty is the provision of accommodation. It is thought that it would he for the convenience of those concerned if the documents or films were made available either in central London or at Kew. Accommodation that would meet the requirements has not yet been found in central London, and, as the hon. Gentleman knows, it is not...

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Births, Marriages and Deaths (Records) (29 Nov 1982)

Sir Ian Percival: No, I cannot, as it would be misleading to do so. However, I have not tried to fob off the hon. Member for Harlow (Mr. Newens). I know of the concern shared by the hon. Gentleman and by my hon. Friend. However, there are practical difficulties. We must find somewhere that is convenient to those who want to use the new service, that is within the right price range, and so on. That place simply...

Schedule 2 (27 Oct 1982)

Sir Ian Percival: I beg to move amendment No. 1, in page 22, line 32, leave out `and 5C' and insert ', 5C and 5D'. Since this Bill passed the scrutiny of the Joint Committee, for which, as always, we are greatly indebted to the chairman, the noble and learned Lord Roskill, and its members, the law which it consolidates has been changed by the Assisted Areas (Amendment) Order 1982. The amendment is necessary...

Orders of the Day — Administration of Justice Bill [Lords]: New Clause 6 (19 Oct 1982)

Sir Ian Percival: The one thing that I must not do is to give undertakings other than those which I know I can implement to the full. I hope that I have shown my sympathy for what seems to be a legitimate aspiration to have those views fully considered. I have no reason to believe that my colleagues in the Departments responsible will view it in any other way. What should be a next step is a matter on which I...

Orders of the Day — Administration of Justice Bill [Lords]: New Clause 15 (19 Oct 1982)

Sir Ian Percival: I wish to answer first the specific points put to me. There are no plans for my right hon. and learned Friend the Attorney-General to make a statement. However, the Lord Chancellor has given clear advice to the justices. I should like to read one or two extracts. He remarked: Whilst I am on the subject of contempt, perhaps it would be well if I said a word about your power under section 4 to...


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