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

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: Is that not precisely what the Vienna convention on the interpretation of treaties provides for: that each nation interprets it? States have to relate to and deal with the body to which the noble Baroness refers, but that is separate to the legal question of what the convention actually means. These are two distinct legal questions, are they not?

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

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: I am sorry, but this is not an Oxford Union intervention. There is a clear distinction between an obligation to co-operate with a body in the implementation of the convention and that body having a role in the interpretation of the convention. They are different legal concepts and, with great respect, the noble Baroness knows that; it is quite wrong to elide one with the other....

European Court of Human Rights: Rule 39 - Question ( 6 Jun 2023)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, the Minister is quite right to point out that there are important jurisdictional questions regarding the Rule 39 injunctions. However, focusing on the process, is it not a real problem that these orders are made by an unnamed judge? The state has little opportunity to make representations either before or after the order is made. As my noble friend Lord Hailsham said, the return...

Illegal Migration Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 1 (24 May 2023)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: I am reluctant to give the noble Lord a private lecture on this, but I will set out a very short answer. I will be blunt but, I hope, legally accurate. The short answer to the noble Lord’s question is yes; we could do it. International treaties are not part of our domestic law. As far as our domestic courts are concerned—please let me finish and I will give way—if we were to legislate...

Illegal Migration Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 1 (24 May 2023)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: I started my remarks by saying that international treaties are extremely important and that we should always legislate consistently with our international obligations, except in the most unforeseen and unusual circumstances. But that is not the question I was asked by the noble Lord, Lord Hannay. We are a dualist state. That is why we should object to these amendments, which seek to...

Illegal Migration Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 1 (24 May 2023)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: With great respect, the noble Baroness is wrong. The Human Rights Act did not incorporate the convention. Can I just finish what I was saying? It took certain articles of the convention and reproduced them in a schedule to the Act of Parliament. That is not incorporating the convention; it is reproducing certain articles of it in the Human Rights Act. The point is not relevant to today but,...

Illegal Migration Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 1 (24 May 2023)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: I entirely agree with the noble Baroness that we should pass clear legislation. I think she used the word “exciting” to describe lawyers.

Illegal Migration Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 1 (24 May 2023)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: That is the first time I have heard the word used. The noble Lord, Lord Carlile of Berriew, used the word “interesting”, which is at least better than “expensive”, which is the usual word used. On that, perhaps I should sit down.

Illegal Migration Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 1 (24 May 2023)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, like my noble friend Lord Patten, I have sat through all of this debate. I rise because my name—or, at least, a name close to mine—was mentioned by the noble Lord, Lord Hacking, at one point. The reason I rise with a little diffidence is that I have to catch a flight later this evening. I anticipate that I will be able to stay to the end of this debate and still make the plane,...

Illegal Migration Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 1 (24 May 2023)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: The noble and learned Lord is absolutely right; it has no legal effect. Can I put this another way? The Minister can make a Section 19(1)(b) statement and the court can find that the Act is compatible. The Minister can make Section 19(1)(a) statement and the court can find that it is not.

Illegal Migration Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 1 (24 May 2023)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: The noble Lord is making a political point. It may be good politics or bad politics, but whether the Government want to do that or not, my focus is on Section 19 of the Human Rights Act, which is very clear: “A Minister of the Crown in charge of a Bill in either House of Parliament must, before Second Reading … (a) make a statement to the effect that in his view the provisions of the Bill...

Illegal Migration Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 1 (24 May 2023)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: It is certainly not smoke and mirrors. The force of the noble Baroness’s point is, “If you can’t make a Section 19(1)(a) statement, there is something irremediably bad with the Bill”. My point is that if you are legislating in a novel area, there may well be circumstances in which you cannot make a Section 19(1)(a) statement. A Section 19(1)(a) statement is a 51:49 statement that, in...

Illegal Migration Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 1 (24 May 2023)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: I am grateful for that shortish intervention. Essentially it raises the same point that the noble Lord, Lord Carlile, put to me and, without any disrespect, I give the same answer. I am focused, as a matter of principle, on what Section 19 does. Amendment 2, which has already been referred to by my noble friend Lord Sandhurst, disregards Section 3 of the Human Rights Act 1998, which is a very...

Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps - Question (23 May 2023)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, I am grateful that the Government are keeping this matter under active consideration because otherwise there would be a real risk of a delay in a decision.

Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps - Question (23 May 2023)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: The fact is that the Minister who answered the debate in the other place on 12 January this year was unable to identify a single reason why the IRGC should not be proscribed. My noble friend the Minister is also unable to find a reason, and that is because there is none. I respectfully urge my noble friend and the Government to take the only decision available to them, and to take it soon.

Illegal Migration Bill - Second Reading (Continued) (10 May 2023)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, it is a pleasure to follow the noble Lord, Lord Griffiths of Burry Port, and not only because we share a family background in south Wales. Given my legal background, I am going to focus on one issue. It is a legal issue, but an important one highlighted by my noble friend the Minister in opening this debate. Last year the Government attempted to remove a small number of people to...

Jurors: Mental Health Impact - Question (28 Mar 2023)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, is not the criminal justice system unusual among public services because it depends on volunteers, or at least non-professionals, for the vast majority of the work? Jurors are present in our most serious cases and magistrates hear the overwhelming number of criminal cases. Will my noble and learned friend the Minister therefore ensure that His Majesty’s Government look at both...

Public Order Bill - Commons Amendments and Reasons: Motion A1 (as an amendment to Motion A) (14 Mar 2023)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, I declare an interest: I generally pay my mortgage by debating the difference between “significant” and “more than minor”, so I am on very familiar territory. The problem with the word “significant” is this: what is the opposite of significant? It is insignificant. There is therefore a constant debate in the courts when something, generally a contract, is said to be...

Playing Fields - Question (13 Mar 2023)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, after the events of the weekend, does my noble friend the Minister agree that the key thing is that public access to playing fields and what goes on on them should be both direct and unimpeded, and need not be mediated through the views of opinionated and overpaid pundits?

Security Threat to UK-based Journalists - Statement (21 Feb 2023)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, over the weekend I read two stories in the media. The first was that fundamentalist clerics in Iran—a regime inspired by a warped perversion of Islam—had been plotting to murder Israelis and also British Jews here in the UK, as confirmed by the Minister in the other place yesterday. The second story was about the Abrahamic Family House in Abu Dhabi, the vision of Sheikh Mohamed...


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