Results 41–60 of 2000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Bridget Prentice

English Libel Law (Parliamentary Proceedings) — [Mr. Roger Gale in the Chair] (21 Oct 2009)

Bridget Prentice: I was just about to come to article 9 of the Bill of Rights. I am astonished that lawyers around the country are not aware that there is a difference between article 9 and the European convention, and so on. However, perhaps this will be an opportunity for them to be educated in that respect. Article 9 makes it clear that parliamentary questions, both oral and written, are proceedings in...

English Libel Law (Parliamentary Proceedings) — [Mr. Roger Gale in the Chair] (21 Oct 2009)

Bridget Prentice: It is most certainly my view that the advice given by both-no doubt eminent-lawyers was incorrect. I am happy to ensure that we send them a copy of article 9, so that they can read and peruse it at their leisure.

English Libel Law (Parliamentary Proceedings) — [Mr. Roger Gale in the Chair] (21 Oct 2009)

Bridget Prentice: I am going to come to some of the things that need to happen in future. The sub judice rule is an expression of the ability of the House to restrain Members who, in exercising the absolute privilege of freedom of speech, might offend the House. It also protects the administration of justice, so that, while the courts cannot restrain parliamentary debate, Parliament in turn refrains from...

Clause 2 — Protocol about the Law Commission's work (16 Oct 2009)

Bridget Prentice: I should like to add my congratulations to my hon. Friend the Member for Islington, South and Finsbury (Emily Thornberry) on getting her Bill to this stage. I hope that, within the next few minutes, it will receive its Third Reading. These are important issues. As the hon. Member for Cambridge (David Howarth) said, they might look technical, but they will have a real effect on our...

Clause 2 — Protocol about the Law Commission's work (16 Oct 2009)

Bridget Prentice: I will certainly raise it with the Minister within whose portfolio the Law Commission sits, and I will ensure that either he or I write to hon. Members or put in the Library a response to the question that the hon. Gentleman rightly asks. We see the Bill as a key mechanism for delivering higher implementation rates of Law Commission reports, which will benefit both law reform and the...

Clause 1 — Reports on implemenation of Law Commission proposals (16 Oct 2009)

Bridget Prentice: In support of my hon. Friend's attempt to persuade Opposition Members to withdraw their amendments, I have a couple of points to make. First, the hon. Member for Christchurch (Mr. Chope) has talked, in this debate and in a previous one, about Government time in the other place. The other place does not work in quite the same way as we do, and I would not want anyone to think that we can...

Clause 4 — Commencement and retrospective effect (16 Oct 2009)

Bridget Prentice: I begin by offering my condolences-and, I am sure, those of the whole House-to the family of the constituent of the hon. Member for Rochdale (Paul Rowen) who sadly died of mesothelioma yesterday. Later in my speech, I hope to say something that might be of some comfort-if not to that family at least to other victims of mesothelioma, which is a dreadful, horrendously painful and nasty...

Clause 4 — Commencement and retrospective effect (16 Oct 2009)

Bridget Prentice: The hon. Gentleman will know that many a Bill goes through this House or the other place whose details have yet to be hammered out. Our bicameral system provides an opportunity for amendments to be proposed at a later stage, so I am quite relaxed about the Bill going through today, as I expect it will, because if further amendments are necessary, they can be tabled elsewhere. We have made it...

Clause 4 — Commencement and retrospective effect (16 Oct 2009)

Bridget Prentice: In the course of my life in Parliament I have been in the Whips Office, and I know better than to make a claim about parliamentary time while the Chief Whip is sitting to my right. However, I think that he has heard what the hon. Gentleman has said, and I am sure that he will take it into account when the business managers consider future business. I met medical experts yesterday in response...

Clause 4 — Commencement and retrospective effect (16 Oct 2009)

Bridget Prentice: I will give way one more time.

Clause 4 — Commencement and retrospective effect (16 Oct 2009)

Bridget Prentice: The hon. Gentleman has mentioned "a final response after the recess" a number of times, but we are only four or five days into "after the recess". I think, to be fair, that the Justice Secretary is still capable of ensuring that we give a response as soon as we possibly can. What I can say in response to the hon. Member for Rochdale and, indeed, the hon. Member for Christchurch is that it is...

Clause 4 — Commencement and retrospective effect (16 Oct 2009)

Bridget Prentice: Opposition Members are again asking me to go down a road that it would not be appropriate to go down. It is not for me to say what will be in the Queen's Speech; we must leave that for later.

Clause 4 — Commencement and retrospective effect (16 Oct 2009)

Bridget Prentice: If we reach Bill No. 39 today that will be something of a record, and my hon. Friend will deserve to get his Bill through on that basis alone. The Bill before us has to be considered in the context that I have outlined. It represents a possible approach to the issue of pleural plaques-there may be others, too-as well as to the wider issues to do with asbestos-related diseases. We want to...

Clause 3 — Limitation of actions (16 Oct 2009)

Bridget Prentice: I had not intended to speak in the debate on this amendment, but I shall raise a couple of points as a courtesy to the hon. Member for Christchurch (Mr. Chope), as I think he may have misunderstood me earlier. When I said that I would be speaking later, I meant later in the debate as a whole. It is flattering of the hon. Member for North-West Norfolk (Mr. Bellingham) to describe me as the...

Clause 3 — Limitation of actions (16 Oct 2009)

Bridget Prentice: Since I made that statement, the Northern Ireland Assembly has taken a view as to what it wants to do about the measure, which makes the matter slightly more complicated and is one of the reasons why, unfortunately, we are still looking at some of the detail. There are problems with different limitation periods and it is something we have to look at carefully, but we shall have to do that in...

Clause 3 — Limitation of actions (16 Oct 2009)

Bridget Prentice: I have said as much as I need to say on the clauses, but I shall give way.

Clause 3 — Limitation of actions (16 Oct 2009)

Bridget Prentice: No, I am not saying that I am unhappy with clause 3; I am saying that we need to reflect further on it. If we are to go down this road at all, we want to ensure that we do so properly. I am perfectly happy for my hon. Friend the Member for Hendon to continue to press the issues, and I hope that we can then move on with the debate.

Clause 3 — Limitation of actions (16 Oct 2009)

Bridget Prentice: Later.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Magistrates Courts (21 Jul 2009)

Bridget Prentice: The number of magistrates courts in operation at the start of each calendar year since 2005 is: 361, 361, 360, 358 and, to date, 356.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Magistrates Courts (21 Jul 2009)

Bridget Prentice: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for his question because it allows me to highlight three areas where we have enjoyed particular success in introducing innovative new approaches. The dedicated drugs courts have now been extended from the pilots in Leeds and west London to elsewhere in the country-indeed, I visited one in Salford not very long ago. Specialist domestic violence courts are being...


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