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Removal of Foreign National Offenders and EU Prisoners (6 Jun 2016)

Edward Garnier: Does the Home Secretary agree that the problem, which is of some standing and goes way back to the early part of this century, when the Labour Government faced it, is not one of law or the interpretation of legal instruments, but one of proper administration? Is there not a second problem, in that there are far too many barrack-room lawyers who keep following their own advice?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (25 May 2016)

Edward Garnier: At the Conservative party conference last year, our right hon. Friend the Prime Minister said that the future that we, the state, provide for children in care was shameful—the dole and an early grave or the streets. Yesterday, the Prison Reform Trust, of which I am a trustee, produced a report identifying that far too high a proportion of children in care come into contact with the...

Debate on the Address: [1st Day] (18 May 2016)

Edward Garnier: Lampshade.

Debate on the Address: [1st Day] (18 May 2016)

Edward Garnier: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Hackney South and Shoreditch (Meg Hillier). I might not agree with her commentary on the Queen’s Speech or the conclusions she reached, but I think that the thoughtful way in which she approached the several subjects she discussed was commendable. It was a commendable way to debate the Queen’s Speech, particularly from the Opposition...

Debate on the Address: [1st Day] (18 May 2016)

Edward Garnier: Of course I will—I do not want to make this a Timpson-fest, but I am happy to pay tribute to the Minister’s mother. I was fortunate enough to meet her, and I was very sad when she died, as I know my hon. Friend the Minister obviously was. That family’s story, which goes beyond the fostering of a lot of disadvantaged children and the setting up of workshops in prisons, demonstrates what...

Policing and Crime Bill: Application of Firearms Act 1968 to the police: special constables and volunteers (26 Apr 2016)

Edward Garnier: I can see that my hon. Friend is on to a good thing here. As someone who has not sentenced anyone to this type of order but has sentenced people to the drug testing orders under the 2003 Act, I would like to ask whether this should be a compulsory requirement. Is it that the police “must” or “may” charge? If it is the former, I think my hon. Friend will find that many people who fall...

Policing and Crime Bill: Application of Firearms Act 1968 to the police: special constables and volunteers (26 Apr 2016)

Edward Garnier: If I can just bring the discussion back to this planet, I accept that the Labour party does not want volunteers to be able to enter our police system in the way proposed by the Bill, but where on earth does the hon. Gentleman get that idea? I hope he is just making it up as he goes along, because if he has thought about his arguments I am even more worried than I was a moment ago. Where in...

Policing and Crime Bill: Application of Firearms Act 1968 to the police: special constables and volunteers (26 Apr 2016)

Edward Garnier: That, I respectfully suggest, is not a very clever question, because it is loaded to produce the answer that the hon. Gentleman wishes to receive. He is very fond of other volunteers, but he does not like clause 35 volunteers. If I asked anybody in his constituency or in mine, “What do you think about untrained people carrying shotguns, police weapons or CS gas?”, of course they would say...

Policing and Crime Bill: Application of Firearms Act 1968 to the police: special constables and volunteers (26 Apr 2016)

Edward Garnier: This is all very interesting, but surely the central point of the hon. Gentleman’s argument is that clause 35 should be deleted, full stop. All these pussy-footing little amendments that he has tabled are really designed to undermine the concept of the volunteer. He disagrees with the concept of volunteers; the Government clearly think they are a good thing. Why does he not just speak to...

Policing and Crime Bill: Application of Firearms Act 1968 to the police: special constables and volunteers (26 Apr 2016)

Edward Garnier: I have been listening with deep fascination to the hon. Gentleman for the last 15 minutes or so, but he is yet to come to amendments 11, 12 or 13. Are there any arguments in support of those?

European Convention on Human Rights: Uk Membership (26 Apr 2016)

Edward Garnier: One of the great advantages of the Attorney General’s coming to speak on behalf of the Home Secretary is that he is not enmeshed in the near-Trappist reticence that normally applies to a Law Officer. Given the freedom that the Home Secretary has kindly given him, will he invite her, next time he has a candid conversation with her, to explain something to the Turkish journalists, media...

Panama Papers (11 Apr 2016)

Edward Garnier: I welcome the Prime Minister’s announcement that there will be a new criminal offence applying to corporations that fail to prevent their representatives from criminally facilitating tax evasion. That reflects the failure to prevent bribery offence which already exists under the Bribery Act 2010. There are nearly 40 other economic crimes listed in the Crime and Courts Act 2013, which are...

Budget Changes (21 Mar 2016)

Edward Garnier: My hon. Friend will know that members of the armed forces are sadly not immune to mental health problems and that, even more sadly, some of them take their own lives. As a member of the advisory board of the Samaritans, may I thank the Minister and my right hon. Friend the Chancellor for the £3.5 million given to the Samaritans to assist military personnel who are suffering in this way?

Investigatory Powers Bill (15 Mar 2016)

Edward Garnier: Any Bill that fundamentally affects the relationship between the citizen and the state is bound to be controversial. This Bill is no exception, even though much of what it does is to consolidate in one statute powers to interfere in the citizen’s private life and communications that are presently to be found in existing statutes. Although article 8 of the European convention on human rights...

Investigatory Powers Bill (15 Mar 2016)

Edward Garnier: I agree with that. I do not have time in this Second Reading debate to do more than state that, as a matter of principle, I wholeheartedly support the aims and policy behind the Bill. The proposals to enable the state to intercept others’ communications or to interfere with equipment in a way that would, without this legislation or the laws it replaces, be unlawful, are sensible. The...

Investigatory Powers Bill (15 Mar 2016)

Edward Garnier: Is the right hon. Gentleman seriously suggesting that a judicial commissioner would permit a politically motivated interception on a trade union?

NHS: Learning from Mistakes (9 Mar 2016)

Edward Garnier: The Under-Secretary of State for Health, my hon. Friend the Member for Ipswich (Ben Gummer), and I had a useful debate this morning in Westminster Hall about clinical negligence cases, and what the Secretary of State has said this afternoon clearly touches on that. It might be that I am being obtuse, but the statement seems to relate to the internal investigation of the poor or mistaken...

EU-Turkey Agreement (9 Mar 2016)

Edward Garnier: May I press my right hon. Friend further on the human rights and rule of law abuses in Turkey? Last year Lord Woolf, the former Lord Chief Justice; Sir Jeffrey Jowell, the international jurist; Sarah Palin, the human rights barrister, and I wrote a report—I provided a copy to him, the Foreign Secretary, the Prime Minister and the shadow Foreign Secretary—outlining the serial and appalling...

Clinical Negligence Claims (9 Mar 2016)

Edward Garnier: I beg to move, That this House has considered the Government’s proposals on fixed recoverable costs in clinical negligence claims. Thank you, Mr Nuttall, for presiding over this very short debate. I thank Mr Speaker for granting it and my hon. Friend the Minister for being here to respond on behalf of the Government. I should make it clear at the outset that, although I am a barrister in...

Clinical Negligence Claims (9 Mar 2016)

Edward Garnier: I will not give way. That this debate takes place only a week before the Budget underlies that point. I further accept that the vast majority of patients who visit a GP, an NHS surgery or a hospital leave satisfied with their treatment and the outcome, but very occasionally something goes wrong. In just over 3% of those cases an error caused by a negligent decision or act of omission by a...


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