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Results 221–240 of 650 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 Harris of Richmond

Counter-Terrorism Bill (9 Oct 2008)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: moved Amendment No. 17: Clause 10, page 7, line 22, leave out subsection (4)

Counter-Terrorism Bill (9 Oct 2008)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: I shall speak also to Amendment No. 20. Clauses 10 and 12 deal with the power to take fingerprints and samples. I have great difficulties with Clause 10(4) and Clause 12(5), which deal with the retention of those samples, particularly their retention for purposes other than that for which they were originally taken. This is an area that these Benches have always challenged and I make no...

Counter-Terrorism Bill (9 Oct 2008)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: I am grateful for the support from the Conservative Benches. I thank the Minister for his response, which has been of a general nature. Perhaps much more debate is needed around the area of taking fingerprints and samples that are kept even if a person is not charged. The Minister said that the retention may help in future. I am sure that that is so, but a great many individuals would be...

Counter-Terrorism Bill (9 Oct 2008)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: Clause 10 deals with the taking of fingerprints and non-intimate samples from those subject to control orders. As my noble friend Lady Miller of Chilthorne Domer said on Amendment No. 14, these are people who have not been through a process of law. The need to legislate specifically to allow fingerprints and DNA to be taken from those on control orders underlines fundamental problems of...

Counter-Terrorism Bill (9 Oct 2008)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: moved Amendment No. 6: Clause 3, page 2, line 44, at end insert— "( ) Under subsection (2) it is not reasonably practicable for the item subject to legal privilege to be separated from the rest of the document if, and only if, it is not reasonably practicable because of— (a) the time required to determine whether an item should be seized or to separate such an item,(b) the number of...

Counter-Terrorism Bill (9 Oct 2008)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: The safeguard of legally privileged documents is fundamental to our legal system. The amendment is about the difference between the proposals and the operation of the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001 in relation to the safeguards that apply to the seizure of legally privileged documents such as the time required to determine whether an item should be seized, the number of persons who are...

Counter-Terrorism Bill (9 Oct 2008)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: I am grateful for the support of the noble Baroness, Lady Hanham, on this amendment. The Minister has probably satisfied the breadth of our concern, so I beg leave to withdraw the amendment.

Counter-Terrorism Bill (9 Oct 2008)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: It is a long-established principle of search and seizure that police may only seize documents covered by the terms of the search warrant or relevant statutory power. For police to take documents outside of the terms of the warrant or statutory power is not only unlawful but also very likely a serious violation of the owner's right to privacy, especially if the documents are legally...

Counter-Terrorism Bill (9 Oct 2008)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: I am grateful to the Minister for responding in the way that he has. It is a little bit like living in a parallel universe: you can look at part of a document and might find something in it that is not to be looked at—and, gosh, you had better hide it behind your back and make sure that you do not look at it because it is privileged. You take it away, but you have to be very careful. Being...

Counter-Terrorism Bill (9 Oct 2008)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: I strongly support the amendment. In fact, over the many years that I have been dealing with police issues, I have always asked for the office to be of a higher rank than the Government have proposed. I have failed every time to get the Government to accept that, so when I saw this amendment I was very pleased to be able to support it. Young and new PCs, who admittedly have gone through their...

Counter-Terrorism Bill (9 Oct 2008)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: moved Amendment No. 3: Clause 1, page 2, line 8, after "may," insert "if he has reasonable grounds for believing that a document may be seized and"

Counter-Terrorism Bill (9 Oct 2008)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: We feel a reasonableness test is appropriate here. There appears to be a blanket power for a constable to remove any documents which he cannot immediately identify. This touches on the previous amendment. We feel that a constable should have some idea that an item might be of interest. Reasonableness has always been included in such Bills in the past, so why not now? I beg to move.

Counter-Terrorism Bill (9 Oct 2008)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: I am most grateful to all noble Lords who have taken part in this mini debate on an important issue. The Minister said that there is no intention to have fishing expeditions. That is the intention. Intentions may be good, but they may also work in other ways. These powers are to be used only when they are essential, but "essential" is another word I have difficulty with because who decides...

Counter-Terrorism Bill (9 Oct 2008)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: moved Amendment No. 1: Clause 1, page 1, line 8, leave out paragraph (b)

Counter-Terrorism Bill (9 Oct 2008)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: This is a probing amendment to try to ascertain the extent to which new powers to remove documents are necessary following arrest. Most of the searches covered by Clause 1 already allow for documents to be seized. I give as examples Section 43(4) of the Terrorism Act 2000 and paragraph 1(1)(c) of Schedule 5 to the same Act. Are there shortcomings in that Act that these new powers are designed...

Counter-Terrorism Bill (9 Oct 2008)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: It does to an extent and I am grateful to the noble Lord for responding in that way and to the noble Baroness, Lady Hanham, for her support. We might need to look at this further in the light of what the Minister has said. I shall withdraw the amendment for the moment, but we may bring it back if he has not satisfied our concerns. I beg leave to withdraw the amendment.

Police: Metropolitan Police Commissioner (9 Oct 2008)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, does the Government's obsession with having elected mayors all over the place mean that the mayors will feel that they, and not police authorities, are the appropriate body to hire and fire chief constables?

Representation of the People (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2008 (25 Jun 2008)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Lord for giving way. Would he extend his remarks to men, who would have the same sort of problems as those he depicts for women?

Terrorism Act 2000 (Proscribed Organisations) (Amendment) Order 2008 (23 Jun 2008)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, after so many years of waiting and campaigning and so many setbacks and frustrations, at last our Government have seen the light. I am therefore extremely grateful to them for this order, despite the fury of the Iranian regime and the threats of dire consequences should the order be passed. I am very proud that we do not listen to threats from such people. The order could not have...

Airports: Heathrow (15 May 2008)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, can the Minister have a discussion with the Security Industry Authority to see whether it can be of any help in this matter, particularly with regard to looking at people from overseas who apply for jobs? I find it extraordinary that, because we are not within the Schengen information system, we do not get the information we need about people who should not be here taking on those jobs.


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