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Digital Economy Agreements - Question (24 Jul 2023)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, in addition to the work on the international stage that my noble friend mentioned, does he also recognise the opportunity here for English law to become the system of law underpinning these new ways of doing international trade? Our Victorian forebears made English law the international law of commerce, with negotiable bills of lading and bills of exchange. The work done by the Law...

Illegal Migration Bill - Commons Amendments and Reasons: Motion A1 (as an amendment to Motion A) (12 Jul 2023)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, I do not know whether I should declare an interest as a pseudo-lawyer, or perhaps as Mickey Mouse. I am not entirely convinced that framing the debate in that way is appropriate. I have a number of things to say. First, the fact that Motion A1, in the name of the noble Baroness, Lady Chakrabarti, has been rephrased as it has been, shows that those of us who argued that the previous...

Illegal Migration Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 1 (28 Jun 2023)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, I have the misfortune to differ from the noble and learned Lord, Lord Etherton. I know that he will not think that this is any personal discourtesy. Let me take a few minutes to explain to the House why I respectfully disagree.

Illegal Migration Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 1 (28 Jun 2023)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: Noble Lords say “No”; I think there are important points of constitutional principle here, and if that means we take another two and half minutes over it, so be it. The starting point is that we are, as the noble and learned Lord said, a dualist state. That means that the treaties listed in the amendment are not part of our domestic law. If you were to go to court and try to rely on, for...

Protection from Sex-based Harassment in Public Bill - Second Reading (16 Jun 2023)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, I am very grateful to all who have taken part in this debate. As the noble Baroness, Lady Hussein-Ece, said from personal experience in a very moving speech, it is the effect of this sort of behaviour that we are trying to target. It is a pernicious effect, because it is not just the immediate effect on the victim, as the noble Baroness identified; it is the effect that the victim...

Protection from Sex-based Harassment in Public Bill - Second Reading (16 Jun 2023)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, for those watching, whether live or a recorded transmission at some future date, perhaps I should make two points at the outset. I am conscious that a man—that is, me—is proposing that the Bill be read a second time, and that the Minister, and indeed the noble Lord who will speak for the Opposition Front Bench, are also both men. There are in fact two good reasons for this....

Powers of Attorney Bill - Second Reading (16 Jun 2023)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, it is a privilege to follow the noble Viscount, Lord Stansgate, who introduced the Second Reading of the Bill comprehensively, fairly and persuasively. As he said, the bipartisan nature of the Bill is both striking and very welcome. It was introduced by Stephen Metcalfe MP, of my party, in the other place, and is now being championed in your Lordships’ House by the noble Viscount,...

Football Matches: Violence - Question (14 Jun 2023)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, I declare my interest as the chair of the Football Regulatory Authority. The noble Lord, Lord Bassam, is right: throughout the season, commentators and pundits rightly condemn pitch invasions. However, somehow, at the end of the season, when it is the fans of teams who have secured promotion—or, in Everton’s case, fortuitously avoided relegation—streaming on to the pitch,...

Illegal Migration Bill - Committee (4th Day) (Continued): Amendment 116 (12 Jun 2023)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, the noble Baroness, Lady Chakrabarti, threw down a verbal gauntlet, so let me try to pick it up and answer the central question that she posed. That was this: why should the UK think that it does not have to abide by Rule 39 indications from the court in Strasbourg? The short answer is that the Strasbourg court does not have jurisdiction to grant those Rule 39 indications and...

Illegal Migration Bill - Committee (4th Day) (Continued): Amendment 116 (12 Jun 2023)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: I am grateful for that short intervention. I am now not sure whether I am intervening on the noble Baroness’s speech or she is intervening on mine but she made a couple of points. I do not know whether she has seen my notes because I was going to come to the state practice point in a moment. Frankly, I should not really give this away but that point is probably the best point against the...

Illegal Migration Bill - Committee (4th Day) (Continued): Amendment 116 (12 Jun 2023)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: Before I give way, may I make one other short point? I respectfully suggest that state practice cannot give a court jurisdiction when it does not have it. All state practice can do is go to the interpretation of a treaty. It does not go to the creation of a power or a jurisdiction; that point may not be one to discuss as the clock strikes midnight, but now is a good time for me to give way to...

Illegal Migration Bill - Committee (4th Day) (Continued): Amendment 116 (12 Jun 2023)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: I think that goes back to the point I was making a moment ago. With the greatest respect—I do not know whether the noble and learned Lord, Lord Hope, is going to intervene; I will give way if he wants to do so, of course.

Illegal Migration Bill - Committee (4th Day) (Continued): Amendment 116 (12 Jun 2023)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: On that, I entirely agree: the clause is very carefully drafted. The Government’s position—as I understand it and I will stop in a moment so we can actually hear from the person we want to hear from, the Minister—is first that they wish to, and will always, abide by international law. Secondly, it gives the Minister a discretion in some circumstances not to abide by Rule 39 orders. It...

Illegal Migration Bill - Committee (4th Day) (Continued): Amendment 116 (12 Jun 2023)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: In which case, I will give one final statement before I finish. On this we all agree—the answer to this issue, I suggest, lies ultimately in Reykjavik. The answer lies in the engagement between this Government and other Governments with the Strasbourg court to improve the jurisprudence, to set the jurisdiction on a proper footing and to improve the procedures. In that way, for those of...

Illegal Migration Bill - Committee (4th Day) (Continued): Amendment 116 (12 Jun 2023)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My point is that I am supporting Clause 53. It is not inconsistent to say that we will have Clause 53 and will engage with the court.

Illegal Migration Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (Continued): Amendment 58B ( 7 Jun 2023)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, I am afraid I rise again to make a point that really should not have to be made. I made the point on a previous group that we are a dualist state where international law is not part of domestic law unless and until it is so incorporated by this Parliament. Later, perhaps in a question, the noble Baroness, Lady Chakrabarti, rather poured scorn and said that this was some sort of...

Illegal Migration Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (Continued): Amendment 58B ( 7 Jun 2023)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: I may have misheard, but I thought I heard “interpret”. I think that other noble Lords did as well. The Official Report will make it clear, no doubt. With great respect to the noble Baroness, in legal terms there is a million miles between a duty to co-operate and giving that other party the right to interpret. There is a huge difference between this country as a state saying that the...

Illegal Migration Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (Continued): Amendment 58B ( 7 Jun 2023)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: I am not focusing on the supervisory duty. For these purposes it does not matter whether we have a duty to co-operate once a month or once a day, or to get in touch with it every half an hour. That is just on the scale of the nature of the co-operation duty. My point, and I submit that it is a fundamental one, is that there is a difference in essence—a conceptual distinction—between a...


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