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Victims and Prisoners Bill - Committee (6th Day): Amendment 133A (26 Feb 2024)

Baroness Brinton: My Lords, I start by recognising that one of the people who wanted to speak to this amendment is not in his place. The noble Lord, Lord Cormack, told me he was going to speak, and his death over the weekend leaves a large gap, not just in Parliament but for the victims of the infected blood scandal and their families, whom he supported. He said in the Commons on 13 November 1989: “No one...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Committee (6th Day): Amendment 133 (26 Feb 2024)

Baroness Brinton: My Lords, I have signed the amendment and it is a pleasure to follow the noble Lord, Lord Ponsonby, and the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Manchester. The 2013 Francis report set out the failings of the Mid Staffordshire hospital trust, explaining exactly why there needed to be a duty of candour. It said: “This was primarily caused by a serious failure on the part of a provider Trust...

Immigration Rules and Border Security - Commons Urgent Question (21 Feb 2024)

Baroness Brinton: My Lords, why did the Government not follow the advice of the social care sector and ensure that only CQC-registered homes and businesses could accept social care workers? That would have helped overcome the problems. Will that be considered from now on? It is clearly important to the sector, which needs the employees, and everyone else. Can the Minister also explain how Ukrainian family...

Post Office Governance and Horizon Compensation Schemes - Statement (21 Feb 2024)

Baroness Brinton: My Lords, I return to the question from the noble Lord, Lord Arbuthnot, about where the £1 billion sits. If it comes from the Treasury, would it be in the Green Book following the Autumn Statement? It was all agreed by then. If it is not visible in the Green Book, can the Minister please write to the people speaking on this Statement to say where we might find it? It should be visible from...

Death of Alexei Navalny - Statement (19 Feb 2024)

Baroness Brinton: My Lords, I spoke yesterday to members of our sister party Yabloko in Russia. They are very grateful for the reference to all the people who came out on the streets. It was not just a few cities. They say that it was in towns and cities across Russia. For us, that has to be an important sign that there are people who care passionately about the state of Russia. Their concern is that their...

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 46 (19 Feb 2024)

Baroness Brinton: When I spoke earlier, I asked whether the scientific age assessment had been introduced. The Minister has just referred to other European countries. I said that all those European countries gave the child an independent representative to work with them and to help and support them. Is that happening for children going through this process in the UK?

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 46 (19 Feb 2024)

Baroness Brinton: I am very sorry, but the language here is important. An appropriate adult need not necessarily be independent of the process that is assessing them. When we debated this during the passage of the Illegal Migration Bill, it was made clear to us that that person would not be independent of the process. Is that person independent or, in effect, employed by the Home Office?

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 46 (19 Feb 2024)

Baroness Brinton: I apologise for intervening again, but the Minister referred to the AESAC’s report, which is now being implemented. I will not repeat the detail, but in five different paragraphs it asked questions of the Home Office that it said needed to be further looked at before it could give a clean bill of health. Has that now happened? I will write to the Minister with the references in Hansard to...

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 46 (19 Feb 2024)

Baroness Brinton: I am very sorry for intervening and grateful to the Minister for giving way. We are now back to the same sort of the debate that we had on the previous group, where we are just going round in circles, being told that it is all being developed and that it will all be fine in the future. Yet we are being asked to agree to legislation without protection for children. That is the real issue: it...

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 46 (19 Feb 2024)

Baroness Brinton: I apologise for not being able to rise to intervene. I am grateful to the noble Lord. The Government have claimed that in almost half the age-disputed cases, the people in question were found to be adults. This figure, however, fails to include the many hundreds of children deemed to be adults by the Home Office who were subsequently referred to local authorities and then found to be...

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 46 (19 Feb 2024)

Baroness Brinton: My Lords, I signed Amendments 54 and 55. I thank the noble Baronesses, Lady Lister and Lady Neuberger, and the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Chelmsford for introducing them. I will not repeat their important comments and scene-setting. I will also pick up on the comments of the noble Baroness, Lady Lawlor, about deterrence. To say that a trafficker or smuggler of a 14 year-old child in...

Post Office Horizon Scandal: Compensation Payments - Private Notice Question (19 Feb 2024)

Baroness Brinton: My Lords, following on from the question of the noble Lord, Lord Forsyth, on 10 January, the Prime Minister said that postmasters will be cleared and compensated swiftly. On the same day, Kevin Hollinrake MP said at the Dispatch Box that all compensation should be paid by August. However, on 28 January, Kemi Badenoch said on the BBC that the deadline was not a priority and that getting...

Post Office Horizon Scandal: Racism - Question (19 Feb 2024)

Baroness Brinton: My Lords, the question asked by the noble Lord, Lord Sahota, about why there were more Asian subpostmasters treated harshly and sent to prison is important. Nick Wallis, who has written the book on this scandal, said: “As I spoke to them I did start to wonder why Asian sub-postmasters seemed to be getting far more punitive sentences than their white counterparts”. It is good that the...

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 18 (14 Feb 2024)

Baroness Brinton: My Lords, it is a pleasure to follow the noble Lord, Lord Scriven, who introduced the amendments in this group. I have signed Amendments 18, 23 and 47, but, like him, I have considerable sympathy with the others. The amendments discussed on Monday focused much on the rule of law and how the Bill sits within that. This group changes the focus to look at the most vulnerable asylum seekers,...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Committee (5th Day): Amendment 130 (13 Feb 2024)

Baroness Brinton: I am very grateful to the noble Lord. He said two things that concern me. First, the amendment says: “the advocate must conduct or refer to a needs assessment”, which is what would happen through the CQC system I mentioned earlier, so it is not entirely dependent, as he implied in his response at the Dispatch Box, on the advocate themselves having to conduct that process and decision. The...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Committee (5th Day): Amendment 130 (13 Feb 2024)

Baroness Brinton: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Ponsonby, for his introduction to this important amendment. I have to say that I was somewhat shocked when I first read the Bill. In Clause 33(6), it says: “Where the advocate provides support to victims under the age of 18, the advocate may do so only by providing support to such persons as the advocate considers represent those victims”. As a...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Committee (5th Day): Amendment 124 (13 Feb 2024)

Baroness Brinton: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Ponsonby, for laying these amendments and the noble Baroness, Lady Thornton, for introducing them. After the last group, we continue to delve into the role of standing advocates. Once again, the lack of a victims’ code for those major incidents not deemed to be criminal, or not obviously criminal, means that the voice of the victim may not be heard....

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Committee (5th Day): Amendment 122 (13 Feb 2024)

Baroness Brinton: I apologise for intervening again, but this is Committee and I am trying to understand. I am grateful to the Minister for outlining possible alternative routes, but he is suggesting two, three or four possible routes that a victim of a major incident, who may never have had any encounter with any of the services and agencies, has to know and understand. It is very complex. Is the Minister...


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