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Victims and Prisoners Bill - Committee (4th Day): Amendment 82 ( 7 Feb 2024)

Baroness Brinton: The argument that the noble Baroness is expanding on now would be a case where a couple had separated and there may have been some domestic abuse or domestic violence. She is saying that they should both have the opportunity to try and get together and work things out together for the sake of the children. I do not believe there is anybody in your Lordships’ House who would disagree with...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Committee (4th Day): Amendment 82 ( 7 Feb 2024)

Baroness Brinton: My Lords, it is a pleasure to sign all the amendments from the noble Baroness, Lady Chakrabarti, in this group. I will not go through the detail of them, but I want to make a couple of comments about Jade’s law and parental alienation to set in context why all the amendments are necessary. They certainly try to remedy the poor behaviour of ex-partners especially, but not only those, who are...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Committee (4th Day): Amendment 78 ( 7 Feb 2024)

Baroness Brinton: I am very grateful to my noble friend for so admirably speaking to Amendments 78 and 79—I will not cover them again—and to all noble Lords who have spoken. I want to focus my contribution initially on Amendment 106, which I have also signed. I have talked to Stella Creasy both about her own experience and about mine. I had two incidents with my stalker-harasser. The first was at the...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Committee (4th Day): Amendment 78 ( 7 Feb 2024)

Baroness Brinton: May I pick up on the Minister’s response to the noble Baroness, Lady Thornton? The whole problem in this group is about the onus that is continually placed on the victim. It would be really helpful for the victim and those supporting them if there were an ability to short-cut some of that access. It would be enormously helpful if the Minister could go back and perhaps seek advice from the...

Disability Action Plan - Statement ( 6 Feb 2024)

Baroness Brinton: My Lords, I declare an interest as vice-president of the Local Government Association. In that capacity, I am currently chairing the LGA disability forum for council officers and for members. I am grateful to follow on from the noble Baroness, Lady Sherlock, partly because she summarises the issues about benefits so well. It also means that I do not have to say them again, because I...

Automated Vehicles Bill [HL] - Report: Amendment 8 ( 6 Feb 2024)

Baroness Brinton: I am grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Borwick, for outlining the current commercial position, but there are models of vehicle currently on the market that can be used for wheelchairs. I fail to understand why, if an entire nation’s rules say that that is the model that has to be followed, manufacturers would not swiftly follow suit. There might be a transition period—does he understand...

Automated Vehicles Bill [HL] - Report: Amendment 8 ( 6 Feb 2024)

Baroness Brinton: My Lords, frequently during the passage of the Bill we have all discussed the fact that the entire Bill is regulating for the future. It seems that it is acceptable to regulate for the future of everything —except disability access and proper accessibility.

Automated Vehicles Bill [HL] - Report: Amendment 8 ( 6 Feb 2024)

Baroness Brinton: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Holmes, for his work in setting out such an effective group of amendments on this topic. I also thank the Minister for the very helpful round-table meeting we had a few days ago, in which we went through in detail many of the concerns that I, the noble Lord and others had. I will not repeat the detail of the amendments that the noble Lord has outlined. I...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 76 (to Amendment 75) ( 5 Feb 2024)

Baroness Brinton: Can the Minister give the Committee any sense of the timescale? This is really overdue. It was promised some time ago. It would be enormously helpful to know what the blocks are and how long he thinks it will take.

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 76 (to Amendment 75) ( 5 Feb 2024)

Baroness Brinton: My Lords, I beg leave to withdraw my Amendment 75. Amendment 75 withdrawn. House resumed.

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 67B ( 5 Feb 2024)

Baroness Brinton: With the greatest respect to the noble Baroness, Lady Fox, and the noble Lord, Lord Jackson, who said he felt that the entire House was behind this amendment, it is important for them to know that some people disagree with it. Although I understand where the noble Baroness is coming from, it does not help the issue inside our refuges. The most urgent thing is to help women, regardless of...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 75 ( 5 Feb 2024)

Baroness Brinton: My Lords, I can be fairly brief because we have covered the issue of mandatory training in other areas earlier today and on previous days in Committee. Obviously, one does not know prior to starting Committee how many vaguely similar amendments are likely to be laid. That does not, however, reduce the importance of mandatory training for police officers and employees of the Crown Prosecution...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 67B ( 5 Feb 2024)

Baroness Brinton: My Lords, I am sorry that the noble Lord, Lord Wigley, was not here to move his amendment. Given the debate we had on the previous group, I think he would have made the point that we need specific guidance for other specialist services as well. I hope that the Minister will respond to that. I was very taken with the point made by the noble Lord, Lord Foulkes, about older people. We assume...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 67B ( 5 Feb 2024)

Baroness Brinton: Let me develop this point first. The difficulty that I have is that the one place where a trans woman can feel safe if she has been assaulted by a man is a women’s refuge. I have looked and looked to see whether I can find evidence of trans women assaulting women in refuges, and I can find none. I cannot find any publicity, and in the current culture wars that the noble Baroness spoke of,...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 67 ( 5 Feb 2024)

Baroness Brinton: I am very grateful to the noble Baroness for that very helpful intervention. At the end of the debate on the previous group, I asked the Minister how we can get into the culture, focusing on the things that need to be looked at in stalking cases. Stalking advisers would be key to that. They would not just support the victim but know and understand the local people in their system and the...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 67 ( 5 Feb 2024)

Baroness Brinton: Before the Minister sits down, he said there is no need to add or specify independent stalking advisers because there is no other specific reference, but in Clause 15(1) there is a reference to “domestic violence advisors” and “sexual violence advisors”. That is the problem, because some advisers are named and, unfortunately, stalking advisers are not. If they are not in the Bill,...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 67 ( 5 Feb 2024)

Baroness Brinton: My Lords, I signed Amendments 67 and 69, tabled by the noble Baroness, Lady Thornton. She was right to talk about a strategic perspective over the whole of the legislation coming through from both the Ministry of Justice and the Home Office. Once again, the debate we are having about stalking advisers is because other parts of the system are not working. I am grateful to the noble and learned...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 53 ( 5 Feb 2024)

Baroness Brinton: I apologise for interrupting the Minister. I am very grateful for his response; I am sure that the noble and learned Lord, Lord Bellamy, would have responded in the same way. What is happening in practice and on the ground with front-line services—in the police and the criminal justice system—does not reflect what the Minister just said at the Dispatch Box. The problem over the last few...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 53 ( 5 Feb 2024)

Baroness Brinton: My Lords, I want to pick up the last point of the noble Lord, Lord Bach. The duty to collaborate is extremely important, and both his amendment and that of the noble Lord, Lord Hampton, are certainly worthy of consideration. The lighthouse model that has been referred to is extremely impressive. I have also seen, in times past, really effective local working, particularly through services for...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 34A ( 5 Feb 2024)

Baroness Brinton: My Lords, I too welcome this amendment. Although I am speaking from the Liberal Democrat Benches, first, I will speak personally, as I have had a number of amendments in other Bills relating to the use of very personal data, whether it is medical data or data with other identifiers. There is a very strong argument for this. I noted that the briefing which we were sent earlier today talked...


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