Results 1–20 of 50 for psychoactive substance bill in the 'Lords debates'

Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill - Second Reading (29 Jun 2018)

Lord Paddick: My Lords, I, too, would like to thank the noble Baroness, Lady Donaghy, for sponsoring this Bill and to say how good it is to follow the noble Lord, Lord Harris of Haringey. As he alluded to, he has been very closely associated with policing and the other emergency services for decades, and we should place considerable weight on the evidence that he has presented to us. I of course should...

Civil Liability Bill [HL] - Committee (1st Day) (10 May 2018)

Lord Faulks: ...even two years. The majority do not. However, the legislation we are concerned with here ought to be clear—I agree with all noble Lords who have said this—which would mean a definition in the Bill. This has been a problem for this Government and previous Governments and we have to accept that we are dealing with a slippery and powerful opposition in trying to pin down this racket....

Data Protection Bill [HL] - Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (30 Oct 2017)

Lord Patel: ...by the Wellcome Trust, the MRC, Cancer Research UK, the AMRC, the Sanger Institute, the Academy of Medical Sciences, the ESRC and many others. They are extremely anxious that what we do with the Bill does not in any way counter their ability to use data for productive research—and I do mean productive research. I declare an interest: I am a fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and...

Psychoactive Substances Act 2016 - Question (6 Sep 2017)

Baroness Hamwee: My Lords, there was plenty of criticism of the Government’s approach to the Psychoactive Substances Bill, as it was, and the substances it covered. First, did the Government not seek advice on differentiating between the use and misuse of medicine? Secondly—this is one uncritical point about the Act—is it not a good thing that it is dealers and not users who are the focus of the Act,...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (4th Day) (27 Jun 2017)

Lord Marks of Henley-on-Thames: ...would act as a litmus test of the Government’s commitment to spreading life chances to everyone. One year and two changes of Secretary of State for Justice later, the prisons and courts Bill has been stripped of all prison reform and all we have now is an open letter from the new Secretary of State promising “continuing improvement”. This debate, however, with powerful and moving...

Parliamentary Proceedings: Statistics - Question for Short Debate (18 Jan 2017)

Lord Young of Cookham: ...some of the other points raised in the debate. The Noble Lord asked whether the Government had any plans to include in the Explanatory Notes statistics on the time taken to debate each part of a Bill. The short answer is that we do not—but that does not, of course, rule out further consideration of the proposition put forward so eloquently this evening by him and others. The reason we...

Policing and Crime Bill - Report (2nd Day) (7 Dec 2016)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: ...the legal status of those products, and we needed clarity. I accepted her argument and suggested that the difficulty might be overcome if we decided to class powdered or vaping alcohol as class C substances under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 or prohibit their production, supply, import or export by an amendment to the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016. Either course of action would resolve...

Drugs Policy - Question for Short Debate (21 Nov 2016)

Lord Paddick: ...officers can now issue a fixed penalty for possession of cannabis or simply issue a warning on the street—effectively decriminalising possession for personal use. When this House debated the Psychoactive Substances Bill, I moved an amendment to decriminalise possession of small amounts of all drugs for personal use, because in that legislation the Government did not seek to criminalise...

Policing and Crime Bill - Committee (4th Day) (9 Nov 2016)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I beg to move that the clause do not stand part of the Bill and, in short, that it be deleted. If carried, the clause means that the definition of alcohol will be extended to cover all forms in which it might be presented. Specifically, it will cover powdered alcohol and vaporised alcohol, and it follows that they will then become regulated for sale in the UK under the Licensing Act...

Policing and Crime Bill - Second Reading (Continued) (18 Jul 2016)

Lord Keen of Elie: ...we negotiate the various provisions with regard to Brexit. The noble Lord, Lord Brooke, raised questions about powdered alcohol. First, he posed the question as to why it is treated differently to psychoactive substances. Essentially, it is because there is a distinct licensing regime with respect to alcohol. The potential difficulty is over whether alcohol licensing pursuant to the 2003...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (4th Day) (24 May 2016)

Lord Marks of Henley-on-Thames: ...on these Benches have spoken on the many topics covered in this debate, but in winding up I will concentrate on the centrepiece legislation proposing prison reform and on the proposed British Bill of Rights. In so doing I shall respond to the challenge posed to me by the noble Lord, Lord Faulks, in opening. The Prime Minister has made a welcome commitment that prisons will no longer be...

Prorogation: Her Majesty's Speech (12 May 2016)

...Administrations. In relation to Scotland, legislation was passed to implement the recommendations of the Smith commission, devolving substantial new powers to the Scottish Parliament. A draft Bill was published setting out a new framework for devolution in Wales in accordance with the St David’s Day agreement. Legislation was enacted to implement the fresh start agreement and reform the...

Psychoactive Substances Bill [HL] — Commons Amendments (26 Jan 2016)

Lord Bates: Noble Lords will recall that at Report in July, I moved various technical amendments to the Bill to ensure that it properly reflects Scots law and Scottish judicial and policing practice. The Commons amendments in this group are in a similar vein. The group also repeals the Intoxicating Substances (Supply) Act 1985, which the Bill renders redundant. I can provide further detail if required,...

Psychoactive Substances Bill [HL] — Returned from the Commons (20 Jan 2016)

Psychoactive Substances Bill [HL] — Returned from the Commons

Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (Temporary Class Drug) (No. 3) Order 2015 — Motion to Approve (22 Dec 2015)

Lord Bates: ...to the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs for its advice, which has informed the order we are considering today. Its numerous risk assessments over the last six years or so on a range of new psychoactive substances, so misleadingly referred to as “legal highs”, has been the cornerstone of our work to date to ban 500 of the most harmful of these substances under the Misuse of Drugs...

UK Opt-in to the Proposed Council Decision on the Relocation of Migrants within the EU (EUC Report): Motion to Agree (22 Jul 2015)

the Earl of Sandwich: ...very last day that we can have any hope of influencing Her Majesty’s Government. It is also a genuine benefit to have this particular Minister, whom I know from experience of the Modern Slavery Bill and most recently the Psychoactive Substances Bill. The Minister has to represent a department that can at times, and under any Government, resemble a brick wall—and I have had 20 years of...

Psychoactive Substances Bill [HL] — Third Reading (20 Jul 2015)

Lord Bates: ...Lords, Amendment 1 simply adds a definition of an “access prohibition” to the interpretation clause. I take this opportunity to thank all noble Lords who have participated in the debates on the Bill over the last couple of months. I am particularly grateful for the support that I have received from my noble friend Lady Chisholm. I am pleased that we have been able to make common cause...

Psychoactive Substances Bill [HL] — Report (Continued) (14 Jul 2015)

Lord Rosser: We had an amendment in Committee that called for the Secretary of State to publish an annual report on new psychoactive substances. We then set out some of the information that should be included in that report. This amendment basically seeks the same. The lack of basic data and information was an issue identified by the Government’s expert panel. These issues included the difficulty for...

Psychoactive Substances Bill [HL] — Report (14 Jul 2015)

Lord Bates: ...Sentencing Council. We will wait to see whether the Sentencing Council responds as quickly as the ACMD to letters from the Home Office, but we may have some responses in the latter stages of the Bill as to what its thinking is. Whether we use the sentencing guidelines or statute to tackle these issues, particularly prisons—and I am very mindful of the examples that were given and, of...

Investigatory Powers — Motion to Take Note (8 Jul 2015)

Lord Paddick: My Lords, it has been a very interesting debate and one that will obviously help inform the upcoming debates on the investigatory powers Bill. I also very much welcome the Government’s approach of publishing a draft Bill and having pre-legislative scrutiny by a committee of both Houses of Parliament. I am a Liberal Democrat and the House would expect me to put privacy and the rights of the...


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