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Israel and Gaza - Statement (22 May 2024)

Lord Roborough: My Lords, it is the turn of the Green Party and then we will move on to Labour.

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Report (4th Day) (Continued): Amendment 154D (21 May 2024)

Lord Roborough: My Lords, with the permission of the House, I suggest that we de-group this amendment and begin the next debate with Amendment 156ZB, as today’s list is not giving the correct information.

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Report (4th Day): Amendment 132 (21 May 2024)

Lord Roborough: My Lords, I thank the noble Baroness, Lady Royall of Blaisdon, for her amendments relating to the Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements —MAPPA. Before addressing the amendments, I thank the noble Baronesses, Lady Brinton and Lady Newlove, and the noble Lord, Lord Russell of Liverpool, for making the time to meet me and my officials on this matter. The Government agree that robust...

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Securitisation (Amendment) Regulations 2024 – Lord Roborough. Orders and regulations

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (4th Day) (Continued): Amendment 30 (14 May 2024)

Lord Roborough: My Lords, as I and my noble friend the Minister have set out in responses to previous groups in Committee, the Government take their obligations under international conventions and UN Security Council resolutions very seriously. This Bill is consistent with those obligations. I disagree with the noble Lord, Lord Wallace of Saltaire, that this Government do not take these responsibilities...

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 19 ( 7 May 2024)

Lord Roborough: I am grateful to the noble Lord for his intervention. I will need to write to him on the specific case of BII, as I do not have the details to hand. In answer to one of the questions asked by the noble Lord, Lord Hain, the Bill is fulfilling a manifesto commitment to prevent BDS influencing public authorities in undermining community cohesion, which is why Israel is named in the Bill and why...

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 19 ( 7 May 2024)

Lord Roborough: I apologise for my error and take the noble Lord’s correction. I have tried to focus my comments on the amendments and the arguments put forward today. I am conscious that there have been a lot of very important points made and a lot of questions asked. I have tried to answer the ones that I can, and I will write to noble Lords where I have not picked them up.

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 19 ( 7 May 2024)

Lord Roborough: My Lords, I am sorry to disappoint your Lordships’ Committee after so many questions asked of my noble friend the Minister. But I am the Minister representing His Majesty’s Government on this group of amendments. I am grateful to the noble Baroness, Lady Deech, and my noble friends Lord Wolfson and Lord Leigh for refocusing the House on these two amendments. I will answer as many of the...

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 19 ( 7 May 2024)

Lord Roborough: My noble friend the Minister has signed the statement of the Bill’s compatibility and is comfortable with that. If the noble Lord, Lord Warner, would like to share his specific concerns further to this, I would be happy to look at them. The Government remain strongly committed to the UK’s long and proud tradition of free speech and to the ECHR. My noble friend the Minister, on bringing...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Report (3rd Day): Amendment 114 (30 Apr 2024)

Lord Roborough: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede, for these amendments. While the Government understand the intention behind these amendments, we have not been convinced that they are necessary. Existing codes and the establishment of the independent public advocate deliver on many of these amendments’ aims. It may be helpful if I outline the Government’s rationale. First, we...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Report (3rd Day): Amendment 101A (30 Apr 2024)

Lord Roborough: My Lords, I thank my noble and learned friend Lord Garnier for raising this issue in Amendment 101A and for taking the time to meet me the other day to discuss this important issue further. As he is well aware, cases linked to foreign bribery are inherently complex, and the suggestion and detail that he has provided are being given careful consideration by my officials. Given the range of...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Report (3rd Day): Amendment 100 (30 Apr 2024)

Lord Roborough: My Lords, Amendments 100 and 101 in the name of the noble Baroness, Lady Brinton, seek to extend the current time limit for applications under the unduly lenient sentence scheme, which currently must be made within 28 days of sentencing and require a nominated government department to inform victims and families of the scheme, including the relevant time limits. Having a fixed time limit...

Crown Prosecution Service: Racial Bias - Question (25 Apr 2024)

Lord Roborough: My Lords, we know that some ethnic groups are overrepresented in the criminal justice system, and we need to understand why so we can address this. The Crown Prosecution Service commissioned research which found that outcomes of CPS decision-making differ by ethnicity. However, the research did not identify the reasons for this, so the CPS has proactively commissioned further work to explore...

Crown Prosecution Service: Racial Bias - Question (25 Apr 2024)

Lord Roborough: My Lords, as we all know, individuals commit crimes, and it is up to us to ensure that they are treated fairly and equally. The Lammy Review, published in 2017, found no issues with the outcomes of CPS charging decisions. Given the level of ethnic disparity across the CJS and the fact that the Lammy Review was undertaken some time ago, the CPS commissioned further independent academic...

Crown Prosecution Service: Racial Bias - Question (25 Apr 2024)

Lord Roborough: My Lords, I do not accept the noble Baroness’s comments that individuals are necessarily being treated differently. However, the research did find an issue, and the CPS is taking several steps to ensure that this work is both credible and robust, including development of an independent disproportionality advisory group that will provide independent scrutiny of its internal research...

Crown Prosecution Service: Racial Bias - Question (25 Apr 2024)

Lord Roborough: My Lords, the CPS itself demonstrates a remarkable ethnically diverse workforce. While that does not answer my noble friend’s question precisely, this is an organisation that shows that it has an ethnic-minority background of 23%, well above the 15.4% for the Civil Service and the 19.3% for the working-age population. I will try to respond to my noble friend in writing on his specific point.

Crown Prosecution Service: Racial Bias - Question (25 Apr 2024)

Lord Roborough: My Lords, we do not accept that they are more likely to be prosecuted. The point is that we have identified that ethnic minorities are overrepresented in the criminal justice system, and we are researching to find out exactly why that is the case. The raw data suggests that they are being charged more aggressively than the white majority, but we do not understand the factors behind that. The...

Crown Prosecution Service: Racial Bias - Question (25 Apr 2024)

Lord Roborough: My Lords, the Government are committed to tackling all sorts of racism and discrimination in society. The Government have a robust legislative framework to protect all individuals against unlawful discrimination. Our Inclusive Britain strategy, published in March 2022, set out a ground-breaking action plan to tackle negative disparities, promote unity and build a fairer Britain for all. The...

Crown Prosecution Service: Racial Bias - Question (25 Apr 2024)

Lord Roborough: I am grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Ponsonby, for his question. As I said yesterday at the Dispatch Box, I am not going to make undertakings, but we take these conclusions very seriously and will act on them to achieve the best possible outcomes.

Crown Prosecution Service: Racial Bias - Question (25 Apr 2024)

Lord Roborough: My Lords, while we accept that the research from the University of Leeds, which covered 195,000 cases between January 2018 and December 2021, found that white British suspects had the lowest charge rate of 69.9%, and mixed-heritage suspects had a charge rate of between 77.3% and 81.3%, the statistics are alarming, which is why the CPS has responded by conducting this independent review on a...


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