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Holocaust Memorial Day - Motion to Take Note ( 2 Feb 2024)

Baroness Brinton: My Lords, it is a pleasure to follow the noble Lord, Lord Davies of Brixton. This year’s theme, the fragility of freedom, is very poignant and relevant, and I join in with the thanks for the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust and the Holocaust Educational Trust for their vital work in ensuring that we never forget the scourge and horror of the Nazi Holocaust of the Jews and other groups of people...

Schools: RAAC - Question for Short Debate ( 1 Feb 2024)

Baroness Brinton: My Lords, I congratulate my noble friend Lord Addington on securing this important debate. It is always a pleasure to follow the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of St Albans. I declare my interests as vice-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Fire Safety and Rescue Group, and as a vice-president of the Local Government Association. I have an interest in safety in school buildings since my...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (Continued): Amendment 24 (31 Jan 2024)

Baroness Brinton: I am mindful of the point made by the noble Baroness, Lady Newlove: because the Victims’ Commissioner is not a statutory consultee, consultations often arrive as the policy is announced. It is a tick-box exercise. The point of making someone a statutory consultee is that they have to be notified as the process starts, not as it ends. If the Minister is going to have a discussion with the...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (Continued): Amendment 24 (31 Jan 2024)

Baroness Brinton: From these Benches, I will be extremely brief, because I agree with everything that has been said. I signed Amendments 27 and 29 in the name of the noble Baroness, Lady Chakrabarti, and I absolutely support the amendment from the noble Baroness, Lady Thornton, which my noble friend Lady Hamwee has also signed. We cannot have commissioners who are commissioners in name only. They need clear...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) (31 Jan 2024)

Baroness Brinton: Before the noble and learned Lord gets up—I know that is the inverse of the usual statement—perhaps it might be helpful if I cited something from the code and then asked a question. The second right states: “You have the right to have the details of the crime recorded by the police without unjustified delay after the incident”. We know that there are a lot of delays, but let us put...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) (31 Jan 2024)

Baroness Brinton: My Lords, I agree with everyone who has spoken so far. I say to the Minister that, given the mentions earlier today about putting the victims’ code on a statutory footing, the brevity of this debate is in inverse proportion to the importance of the amendments. We appreciate that the Government have not come as far as us. I am grateful to my noble friend Lady Hamwee, who helpfully set out...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 21 (31 Jan 2024)

Baroness Brinton: Any suspected child sexual abuse would be a crime, as covered under Schedule 1. In that context sexual abuse is covered, particularly that of minors.

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 21 (31 Jan 2024)

Baroness Brinton: I am grateful to the noble and learned Lord. As the debate we have just had demonstrates, the problem is that we need more clarity. If it is covered in the Bill—we are not convinced that it is, which is why we tabled the amendment—for children it needs to be made clear in the Bill, because of IICSA’s first recommendation about mandatory reporting, which we hope will come in due course....

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 21 (31 Jan 2024)

Baroness Brinton: This is absolutely no criticism of the Minister himself. The Government have often tended to focus on domestic abuse, but child victims are not always victims through domestic abuse. Can the Minister reassure the House that while it is important that the domestic abuse commissioner is involved, the focus will remain on the experience of the child victim, wherever it has happened?

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 21 (31 Jan 2024)

Baroness Brinton: My Lords, I will speak on Amendments 108 and 109, in the absence of the noble Baroness, Lady Benjamin, who would have made a contribution. She comments that child abuse and exploitation can happen to any child, in any family, in any location, and, as she would always say, “Childhood lasts a lifetime”. Child abuse and exploitation can have a detrimental impact on children that stays with...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 20 (31 Jan 2024)

Baroness Brinton: My Lords, I thank all noble Lords who have contributed to this debate, particularly the noble Baroness, Lady Newlove, and the noble Earl, Lord Russell, who talked about their personal experiences, which was extremely valuable. I will not rehearse what has been said and repeated by others. I think the Minister needs to understand that the opinion of those who have contributed is somewhat...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 20 (31 Jan 2024)

Baroness Brinton: I am very grateful to my noble friend, and I beg leave to withdraw my amendment.

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 20 (31 Jan 2024)

Baroness Brinton: My Lords, I have tabled Amendment 20 and I thank the noble Lord, Lord Russell of Liverpool, and the noble Baroness, Lady Chakrabarti, for signing it. The background to this amendment is that victims and their family members often feel that they are bystanders in the justice process, unable to have their voices heard and sometimes actively dissuaded from having any involvement in proceedings....

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 18 (31 Jan 2024)

Baroness Brinton: My Lords, my noble friend Lady Benjamin would have liked to speak from these Benches today, but, unfortunately, she cannot be here. She told me that, in signing all these amendments, she supports the attempt of the noble Baroness, Lady Coussins, to strengthen interpretation, in particular, but also access to services in other languages. Much has been said, and I will not repeat it, but we...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (31 Jan 2024)

Baroness Brinton: My Lords, the problem with Clause 2(2) is that it is followed by Clause 2(3), which starts by saying, “The victims’ code must” but then in all its sub-paragraphs says simply that things “should” be provided, so it is watered down. I apologise for being pedantic on this point but it goes to the heart of what the Minister is trying to do. I believe he is saying to us that there is...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (31 Jan 2024)

Baroness Brinton: My Lords, this is the first group of amendments which really gets into victims’ rights—not just what is expressed in the victims’ code, but ensuring that they can access it. The noble Baroness, Lady Gohir, started the group with the important issue of a victim’s right to challenge decisions, including but not only relating to multiple perpetrators. I thank her for that, because that...

Post Office Ltd - Commons Urgent Question (30 Jan 2024)

Baroness Brinton: In the Commons on 10 January, the Prime Minister promised that postmasters would be cleared and compensated swiftly. That same day, Minister Kevin Hollinrake said at the Dispatch Box that all compensation should be paid by August, which is encouraging after many years of delay. However, last Sunday, the Secretary of State Kemi Badenoch said on the BBC that setting a deadline is “not a...

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

Baroness Brinton: My Lords, the noble Lord, Lord Hannan, speaks with his usual eloquence. One of the problems from our Benches is that he seems to think that it is an acceptable risk to breach the rule of law. It is that fundamental issue that my noble friend Lord German set out in his Motion, and that is why, unusually, this is something that we should vote against at Second Reading. This weekend, the i...

RAF Aerobatic Team: Historical Allegations - Question (29 Jan 2024)

Baroness Brinton: My Lords, when the inquiry reports were published in November, the air chief marshal said that it was vital to challenge unacceptable and inappropriate behaviour and to “stop, challenge, educate, and if necessary, report situations”. What training is there for all military and MoD personnel to understand how to intervene and, in the words of the report, to stop this “bystander culture”?

Ukraine - Motion to Take Note (26 Jan 2024)

Baroness Brinton: My Lords, I thank the Minister for securing this important debate and for his very helpful introduction. It is always a pleasure to follow the noble Lord, Lord Robertson of Port Ellen, with his interest and expertise, and, as a Kremlin watcher, his awareness of what is going on there. I particularly echo the comments of the noble and gallant Lord, Lord Stirrup, about the need to provide the...


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