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Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 1 (11 Mar 2024)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, I added my name to Amendment 49, which was opened in detail by the noble and learned Lord, Lord Etherton. Therefore, and also because we are on Report, I can be extremely brief. I declare my interest as a barrister. I practise, among other places, in the Competition Appeal Tribunal, for both applicants and respondents. I will make two short points, although they are linked. First,...

Procedure and Privileges Committee - Motion to Agree: Amendment to the Motion (28 Feb 2024)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, I will try to assist the Senior Deputy Speaker and highlight the issue. I certainly understand the problem when you are dealing with a charge in overseas jurisdictions. There are essentially two issues. One is dealt with expressly in the guidance, although in the actual Standing Order the committee is given a broad discretion to take all matters into account. But the sole matter...

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Second Reading (20 Feb 2024)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, it is always a pleasure to follow the noble Baroness, Lady Kennedy of The Shaws, even, or perhaps especially, when we disagree. I want to focus on Clause 3(7), which provides in effect that a future Minister seeking to permit public bodies to boycott Israel would have to do so by way of primary legislation and not secondary legislation. The question has been asked: why is Israel...

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Second Reading (20 Feb 2024)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: I loathe Itamar Ben-Gvir and his rhetoric and want to see that sort of rhetoric out of Israel and out of everywhere. But let us be real: when people opposed apartheid, they were opposing a policy of the South African Government. What BDS wants is not to change the policy of Israel, but to change the existence of Israel by destroying it. The Bill singles out Israel because Israel is always...

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (Continued): Amendment 57 (19 Feb 2024)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, the ancient court known as the Sanhedrin, at its full complement, sat with 71 judges and had a rule that the most junior judge would give judgment first. I understand the reason was that, if the senior judges had spoken and the junior judge disagreed, that would be arrogant; if they agreed, it would be impudent. I find myself speaking after the noble and learned Lords, Lord...

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 35 (14 Feb 2024)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, I also note the Clock and I will make points on the two headings. The first is on Amendment 81 in the name of the noble Baroness, Lady Chakrabarti. The basis for it, according to the Member’s explanatory statement, is that “This amendment replaces … (an executive act), with a parliamentary trigger”. The proposal is that instead of having an executive fiat, Parliament and...

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 35 (14 Feb 2024)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: A very good touchstone of when lawyers realise that—if I may respectfully say—the argument does not quite work is when they start referring to spirits of things. With great respect, that is not a vested right. If you have a right to asylum, you have a right to asylum. Under this Bill, you also have a right to asylum. What this changes is where you have the right to asylum.

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 35 (14 Feb 2024)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: The right is to make a claim for asylum. That is the vested right absolutely. The right is the right to asylum.

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 35 (14 Feb 2024)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: It does not work if the noble Lord shouts at me when he is sitting down. I am happy to give way. I hear what he says—that it is the right to asylum in the UK, and I am respectfully suggesting that is not the case under the law. The hour is late, and we will no doubt come back to this.

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 35 (14 Feb 2024)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: I am sorry; that is totally different, because the courts—I will give way to the noble Baroness.

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 35 (14 Feb 2024)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: Of course they are rights that have been recognised for a very long time, but that was not the point being put to me, as I understood it. On the property point, if you have property, you have a vested right in property. The court is declaring that you always have that right. First, you do not have a vested right in asylum; it is not a right vested into you. Secondly, the Bill does not take...

Situation in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories - Statement (30 Jan 2024)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, we have been having discussions about the process which will lead to peace, but we need to start the process. In order to start the process, do we not need to recognise two things? First, the world of 8 October is a fundamentally different world from the world of 6 October. Secondly, Israel is a democracy, unlike Hamas in Gaza or the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank. That...

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

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, it is a great pleasure to follow the noble Lord, Lord Wilson of Dinton, with his vast experience of Whitehall and the formation of policy. I want to concentrate on Clause 5 and a legal issue at the very heart of the Bill: whether a Minister should be able to refuse to abide by an interim order of the European Court of Human Rights, made under its Rule 39 procedure. The president of...

Asylum: UK-Rwanda Agreement - Motion to Take Note (22 Jan 2024)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, it is a particular pleasure to follow the noble Lord, Lord Carlile of Berriew, who I know will appreciate, although I think he and I will disagree on this topic, that I always listen to anything he says with real care, and often I learn from it. I am very grateful to the noble and learned Lord, Lord Goldsmith, and his illustrious committee for the report, which I have read and...

Asylum: UK-Rwanda Agreement - Motion to Take Note (22 Jan 2024)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: I know that this is a legalistic point, but that is the thing about the Supreme Court: it tends to make them. It went out of its way to say that the UNHCR is not interpreting the convention; it is supervising the interpretation of the convention by the signatory states. That may seem to be a subtle distinction, but it is critical, because it remains the right of the states themselves to...

Israel/Gaza - Motion to Take Note (24 Oct 2023)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, it is a privilege to follow the most reverend Primate the Archbishop of York. I pay tribute to him for his public statement last Monday and in particular for his message of support for the Jewish community here in the UK. Although this excellent debate has ranged far and wide, I want to focus my remarks on matters rather closer to home. On Saturday night, I had two children in...

Israel and Gaza - Statement (23 Oct 2023)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, we have heard a lot about moral clarity and we have also heard some references to the United Nations. I suggest that the United Nations finds a little moral clarity. On the Monday afternoon—and I mean the Monday afternoon after the massacre, so 48 hours later, while the bodies were still warm—the United Nations Human Rights Council observed a minute’s silence. It observed that...

Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill - Commons Reasons: Motion A1 (as an amendment to Motion A) (18 Oct 2023)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, we have heard two different reasons for the proposed Motion from the noble Lord, Lord Faulks. He said that it was to give the courts a gentle nudge, but my noble friend Lord Agnew said that it would give fraudsters a significant warning that they might not get their costs. The same words cannot do both. The problem lies in the amendment being entirely unnecessary. The previous...

Protection from Sex-based Harassment in Public Bill - Third Reading: Motion (18 Sep 2023)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, I assure noble Lords that the shortness of my remarks now does not reflect the importance of the Bill: this is an important, focused Bill and a valuable contribution to the fight against this blight on our society. The genesis of the Bill was a consultation announced to this House by my noble friend the Chief Whip in her previous incarnation. My right honourable friend Greg Clark...


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