Results 61–80 of 87 for speaker:Lord Sandhurst

European Court of Human Rights - Question ( 5 Sep 2022)

Lord Sandhurst: My Lords, does the Minister agree that the Strasbourg court in Al-Skeini v United Kingdom made a fundamental and damaging error and acted inconsistently with the Vienna convention in holding that the procedural duty under Article 2 of the convention has extraterritorial effect? Has that not damaged the court’s standing in this country and abroad?

Schools Bill [HL] - Report (2nd Day): Amendment 101 (18 Jul 2022)

Lord Sandhurst: My Lords, I will speak to Amendment 105, the purpose of which is to ensure that parents can discover what their children are being taught in school. They must have access, we say, to the materials deployed in class. It arises because some commercial providers of materials in the sensitive field of RSE and health have tried to stop parents getting access to materials which they have provided...

Human Rights Act 1998 - Motion to Take Note (14 Jul 2022)

Lord Sandhurst: My Lords, I welcome the chance to engage in this important debate on this important statute. I begin by declaring my interest as chair of research at the Society of Conservative Lawyers. Experience of the Human Rights Act has revealed structural flaws that the Bill of Rights would go some way to remedying. Our time today is short, so I will focus on just three matters. The first is Section 2,...

Schools: Financial Education - Question (12 Jul 2022)

Lord Sandhurst: My Lords, the fraud Select Committee has heard that far too many scams succeed because of ignorance on the part of the recipient. The Centre for Social Justice report, to which we have already heard reference, has found that two-thirds of primary school children receive no financial education and, notwithstanding what we have heard from my noble friend, that too many school leavers have no...

Schools Bill [HL] - Committee (4th Day): Amendment 91 (20 Jun 2022)

Lord Sandhurst: I hesitate to ask this, but I simply do not understand. The material has been relied on and shown to children in class. What good reason is there for parents not to be able to inspect that material within the school?

Schools Bill [HL] - Committee (4th Day): Amendment 91 (20 Jun 2022)

Lord Sandhurst: My Lords, I too have put my name to Amendment 171F because, as your Lordships have heard, it is important that parents should be able to discover what their children are being taught and, in particular, to see the materials. This has arisen because the commercial providers of materials have apparently tried to prevent parents getting access to those materials. They have met requests for...

Independent Review of Children’s Social Care - Statement (24 May 2022)

Lord Sandhurst: My Lords, I want to ask a practical but important nuts-and-bolts question. Can my noble friend the Minister assure the House that it will be a cross-government and multiagency effort and not just for the Department for Education to put the review’s findings into effect?

Schools Bill [HL] - Second Reading (23 May 2022)

Lord Sandhurst: My Lords, I welcome this Bill and its direction of travel. I will raise four matters today. I turn first to the adverse effect on the mental health of children and young people of the disruption to education caused by the pandemic. In this I pay tribute to the important contribution of my noble friend Lord Altrincham. I am grateful to Barnardo’s for its briefing. Barnardo’s conducts...

Live Facial Recognition: Police Guidance - Question ( 4 Apr 2022)

Lord Sandhurst: My Lords, I am sorry to press the Minister, but in the light of the forthcoming regulations that are going to be made in respect of non-crime hate speech, is not facial recognition likewise so important that it should not be left to mere guidance? Is it not time now for the College of Policing to be put on a statutory basis, and going forward, for facial recognition, like non-crime hate...

Judicial Review and Courts Bill - Report: Amendment 1 (31 Mar 2022)

Lord Sandhurst: My Lords, I oppose these amendments. The power to make a prospective quashing order brings clear benefits. Such an order has more teeth than a mere declaration that a Secretary of State has acted unlawfully. It would be able to indicate that regulations will be quashed within a certain time from the date of judgment unless the Secretary of State in the meantime has properly performed his...

Nationality and Borders Bill - Report (3rd Day): Amendment 79 ( 8 Mar 2022)

Lord Sandhurst: My Lords, I am pleased to follow my noble friend Lady Shackleton’s speech. We had the Windrush disaster because people got nothing in writing. That was a shameful episode; many people suffered badly and we are now paying large sums of compensation. That does not assist the taxpayer, but no doubt the civil servants 30 years ago did not think about that. It costs us all money now, so if...

Judicial Review and Courts Bill - Second Reading ( 7 Feb 2022)

Lord Sandhurst: My Lords, it was a pleasure to hear the speech of the noble Lord, Lord Hacking, and his tour d’horizon of the giants and giantesses of old. I shall speak only in respect of the proposals relating to judicial review. My focus will be on the suspended quashing orders. The elegant report from the independent review chaired by my noble friend Lord Faulks had these concluding observations. I...

Social Welfare Law Cases: Legal Aid - Question ( 1 Feb 2022)

Lord Sandhurst: My Lords, I thank my noble friend the Minister very much for his first Answer. I remind him that the Conservative Lord Rushcliffe’s 1945 report urged that: “Legal aid should be available in all Courts and in such manner as will enable persons in need to have access to the professional help they require”. At the last pre-Covid count, in more than half the local authorities in England and...

Coronavirus Grants: Fraud - Private Notice Question (25 Jan 2022)

Lord Sandhurst: My Lords, yesterday, my noble friend Lord Agnew of Oulton told the House that he was at odds with what he said was the Treasury relying on after-the-event audits, saying that this was “too reactive” and too late. Why have the Government relied on auditing lenders after the event instead of taking preventive steps beforehand?

Conduct Committee - Membership Motion: Amendment to the Motion (19 Jan 2022)

Lord Sandhurst: My Lords, very simply, this is a question of jurisdiction. If the current practice of the House is that we have—certainly before I was a Member—given jurisdiction, whether knowingly or not, to the commissioner to investigate, that is absolutely contrary to Article 9 of the Bill of Rights. He now has power under this to investigate. If we have done this by some sort of side wind, that...

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill - Report (6th Day): Amendment 109C (17 Jan 2022)

Lord Sandhurst: My Lords, I begin by saying how grateful I am to my noble friend Lady Williams of Trafford for the time that she has given me, and others, since the debate in Committee on 1 November and for bringing forward these amendments. Having said that, I have some observations to make, in particular about freedom of expression. Events since the debate in November have made the need for proper...

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill - Report (3rd Day): Amendment 78DA (15 Dec 2021)

Lord Sandhurst: My Lords, I support the amendment. I am conscious that the Bill is on Report. This is a probing amendment, but it raises an important and pressing point. I hope I shall be short. I make four points. If this offence is taken on its own, I think we would all agree that two years is plainly an insufficient maximum. Let us assume for these purposes that an offender comes before the court, is not...

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill - Report (3rd Day): Amendment 78A (15 Dec 2021)

Lord Sandhurst: My Lords, I shall speak to Amendment 78B, on the maximum sentence for disclosing the identity of sexual offences complainants. I understand the motivation for this amendment and agree with the sentiment underlying it. The current level is obviously inaccurate and inappropriate, but it should not be addressed in isolation. It is correct that the present provisions for dealing with disclosure...

Freedom of Speech - Motion to Take Note (10 Dec 2021)

Lord Sandhurst: My Lords, my focus today will be on universities, from which come our future leaders. In December 2019, the Policy Institute at King’s College London published an important report after a survey of some 2,150 students. It observed that universities increasingly face criticism over freedom of expression and for a perceived increase in safe-space policies and no-platforming. Yet this...

Health and Care Bill - Second Reading ( 7 Dec 2021)

Lord Sandhurst: My Lords, I add my congratulations to the noble Lord, Lord Stevens of Birmingham, on his very uplifting maiden speech. I shall direct my remarks to Clause 4. This inserts a new provision into Section 13A of the National Health Service Act: “The objectives that the Secretary of State considers NHS England should seek to achieve which are specified in subsection (2)(a) must include objectives...


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