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Results 241–260 of 2700 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Baroness Browning

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill: Report (4th Day) (13 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: I am grateful to my noble friend, as always, for making a constructive suggestion to resolve this issue. I will, of course, with other points that have been raised, take that into consideration.

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill: Report (4th Day) (13 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: I am grateful to my noble friend. I have explained to the House that I am very happy to take this forward without closing the door on it tonight, even though I cannot accept the amendment. I will return to the House at a later stage with this.

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill: Report (4th Day) (13 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, I will commit to bringing it back at Third Reading for clarification.

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill: Report (4th Day) (13 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, this amendment seeks to secure the appointment of an acting PCC from the panel rather than from the PCC's staff. I recognise the points made today and previously in Committee and remain open to suggestions about how we might secure a process of appointment for an acting PCC which provides the safeguards and political neutrality that I have described in previous debates and which...

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill: Report (4th Day) (13 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, I will come back on that specific point, but I want to make the point that although I am not able to accept this amendment, I am aware of the genuine concern that has been raised, not just on Report but at previous stages, and I am still trying to find alternative solutions. I shall explain to the House why I do not feel able to accept this proposal. I understand what is trying to...

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill: Report (4th Day) (13 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, I come to the Floor of the House tonight ready to complete Report. I do that particularly for this reason: there have been times during the course of this Bill when we have made quite rapid progress, with the co-operation of both sides of the House, but noble Lords will know that I have amended this Bill so that Members of your Lordships' House could apply for and carry out the...

Police (Detention and Bail) Bill — Second Reading (12 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, this has been a constructive debate. I welcome the support for the Bill from the opposition Front Bench. I am particularly grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Hunt of Kings Heath, for his remarks in his opening speech. He raised some issues that I shall touch on since they were also picked up by other Members of your Lordships' House. I shall reiterate something about the scope of the...

Police (Detention and Bail) Bill — Second Reading (12 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: If the noble Lord will bear with me, I shall begin at the beginning and work my way through the timeline. Because we have had such a short debate, it is very important to put this on the record so that noble Lords have the full information. I will read it slowly because a lot of dates are involved. On 5 April 2011, the district judge refused the Greater Manchester Police's application for an...

Police (Detention and Bail) Bill — Second Reading (12 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, I am grateful to my noble friend for adding that information. I hope that I have been able to allay some fears that the timeframe needed was a result of the Home Office-or, for that matter, anyone else-being dilatory. Had the judge's and the initial QC's advice not both indicated that this was not likely to be as far reaching as it subsequently turned out to be, I might accept some...

Police (Detention and Bail) Bill — Second Reading (12 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, I do not doubt that for one moment. I shall cite him as often as possible on behalf of the Home Office. I turn to the noble Lord, Lord Pannick, who talked about there being no precedent for the fast-track legislation in front of us. There is a precedent for this. A High Court judgment in July 2002 in the case of Hwez and Khadir held that the practice of granting temporary release,...

Police (Detention and Bail) Bill — Second Reading (12 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: I certainly do not disagree with the noble Lord on the general principle, and I will take his point back with me.

Police (Detention and Bail) Bill — Second Reading (12 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: Counsel did ask for that. The original date was in October or November. Counsel went back and asked for an earlier date, and that was why it was brought forward to July.

Police (Detention and Bail) Bill — Second Reading (12 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: I do know whether or not the Supreme Court, in bringing forward the date to July, was made aware of the date on which Parliament was sitting. The Home Office was clearly actively involved in these things, but of course the GMP was approaching the court, not the Home Office. I cannot specifically answer the particular point raised by the noble Lord, but I will endeavour to find out for him. I...

Police (Detention and Bail) Bill — Second Reading (12 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, I am sure noble Lords are aware of the circumstances in which this Bill comes to us from the other place. However, I will summarise the position in an effort to assist the House in its unavoidably brief examination of the Bill. Since the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984, known almost universally as PACE, came into force in January 1986, it has placed an upper limit of 96 hours...

Police (Detention and Bail) Bill — Second Reading (12 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, there have certainly been exchanges of correspondence with the Law Society. I am not sure whether that included the Bar Council, but the Law Society is certainly aware and has exchanged correspondence. The Bill has only two clauses and a single effect: to return the law to where it was commonly understood to have been for the previous 25 years. I cannot emphasise strongly enough...

Police (Detention and Bail) Bill — Second Reading (12 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: I can understand why my noble friend makes that point, but the purpose of this Bill is to restore the legislation that comes out of PACE to the understanding that has been exercised for the last 25 years as to the conditions that apply to detention and bail. My point about the need for the Bill to be retrospective is that we are seeking not to add new elements to the Bill but to restore what...

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Report (3rd Day) (Continued) (11 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, the House will be aware that, as originally drafted, the Bill provided that a PCC could only serve two terms and would not be able to stand in a third election. I know that many noble Lords were concerned that for a PCC in his or her second term, being unable to stand again would effectively mean not being accountable to the public. The Government listened carefully to these...

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Report (3rd Day) (Continued) (11 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, I reiterate what I have said in previous discussions on this subject to my noble friend Lady Doocey: the commissioner has personally asked the Home Secretary to go as early as possible with London. That is a fact. The commissioner, deputy commissioner, the mayor and deputy mayor are very keen for the London provisions to be commenced as soon as possible. My noble friend mentioned a...

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Report (3rd Day) (Continued) (11 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, in opening this debate, the noble Lord, Lord Elystan-Morgan, made a strong and persuasive case for the devolution of policing to the Government of Wales. As we know, the reality is that policing is a reserved matter under the devolution settlement, but there are related matters that are devolved. I recognise that the Welsh Government remain opposed in principle to the abolition of...

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Report (3rd Day) (Continued) (11 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, I do not think it will be possible to come back to this matter on Third Reading. However, I have given the commitment to have it looked at it again in another place.


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