Results 61–80 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

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

Bridget Prentice: As always, my hon. Friend is assiduous in pursuing this issue, and rightly so. I am absolutely delighted that the Co-op-of which I give notice I am a customer-is taking on board what he raises. I have written directly to the chief executives and leaders of local authorities, and I hope that they will take the issue seriously. I will make sure that they follow the guidance properly and do not...

Human Rights Act 1998 (Meaning of Public Authority) Bill (3 Jul 2009)

Bridget Prentice: The hon. Member for Huntingdon (Mr. Djanogly) finished so succinctly that I was almost taken unawares. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Hendon (Mr. Dismore) not only on securing Second Reading of a private Member's Bill, but on his persistence in pressing a particular issue. He has brought to the forefront of our minds the Human Rights Act 1998, and it was interesting to hear the...

Human Rights Act 1998 (Meaning of Public Authority) Bill (3 Jul 2009)

Bridget Prentice: My hon. Friend makes a perfectly valid point. My response to whether we would intervene in that case and on which side would very much depend on what issues were raised by an appeal. We would then have to assess whether any intervention would be merited. At this stage I cannot comment further on the case. The third thing that my hon. Friend asked—I think that I am going to disappoint him...

Human Rights Act 1998 (Meaning of Public Authority) Bill (3 Jul 2009)

Bridget Prentice: My hon. Friend may be trying to lead me down a path down which, at this stage, I do not wish to go. As I have said, to do it properly the consultation will take some time to put together. I will, of course, come back to him and the House when I have asked my right hon. Friend the Minister of State, the Member for North Swindon (Mr. Wills) whether he can be more precise about how soon "soon"...

Human Rights Act 1998 (Meaning of Public Authority) Bill (3 Jul 2009)

Bridget Prentice: When I heard that, my initial reaction—the reaction that I think every Member of this House would have—was that it was an appalling decision by that organisation. Without being an expert on the subject or in a position to give my hon. Friend chapter and verse, I would have thought that there ought to have been some remedy through the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, if not the Human...

Human Rights Act 1998 (Meaning of Public Authority) Bill (3 Jul 2009)

Bridget Prentice: I stand by the position that we believe that the amendment in the Health and Social Care Act 2008 responded to the issue that my hon. Friend raised at the time. It might assist the House if I were to explain some of the background to the Bill. I want to do this because there is sometimes a perception that issues such as these are merely lawyers' arguments, and that they have no relevance to...

Human Rights Act 1998 (Meaning of Public Authority) Bill (3 Jul 2009)

Bridget Prentice: Thank you, Mr. Deputy Speaker. I was, I hope, trying to set this particular Bill in the context of the Human Rights Act, although of course I accept your point. Bringing rights home has not been an easy legislative task. The Human Rights Act represents the first time—indeed, the only time—we have incorporated the text of an international treaty into our law. It works through several...

Human Rights Act 1998 (Meaning of Public Authority) Bill (3 Jul 2009)

Bridget Prentice: I am perfectly aware of that. However, subsection (3)(b) is part of section 6, and I think that if we are to change part of that section it is incumbent on me to tell the House what the effect will be on the section and, indeed, the Act as a whole. Tinkering with one small part of an Act can make a very big difference to the way in which the Act will be interpreted elsewhere. The broad...

Human Rights Act 1998 (Meaning of Public Authority) Bill (3 Jul 2009)

Bridget Prentice: I do not know the details of that case, but I will reflect on what my hon. Friend has said and consider it in some detail, following which I hope to be able to tell him and the House why the Government took a particular line in that instance. Anyone who performs a function of a public nature will be obliged to respect people's convention rights. That approach reflects the significant changes...

Human Rights Act 1998 (Meaning of Public Authority) Bill (3 Jul 2009)

Bridget Prentice: I hope that in a moment or two I will be able to give the hon. Gentleman some comfort by explaining why I am not prepared to accept the Bill as it currently stands.

Human Rights Act 1998 (Meaning of Public Authority) Bill (3 Jul 2009)

Bridget Prentice: If I am allowed, I shall go into some detail as to why the Bill is unacceptable and would not, even with attempts to amend it, be a satisfactory way of dealing with the important issues my hon. Friend rightly raises. Clause 1 would, in effect, wipe the slate clean in terms of the interpretation of section 6 of the Human Rights Act 1998. My hon. Friend has previously expressed his...

Human Rights Act 1998 (Meaning of Public Authority) Bill (3 Jul 2009)

Bridget Prentice: Absolutely not; I refute that entirely. If my hon. Friend will reflect, he will remember that in debates on, for example, the Legal Services Act 2007 we made it clear which factors had greater weight than others, so that is not at all unusual in legislation. However, the facts as laid out in clause 1 of my hon. Friend's Bill have not been weighted or prioritised, so it would be entirely a...

Parliamentary Standards Bill (29 Jun 2009)

Bridget Prentice: What about our side?

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Family Division (16 Jun 2009)

Bridget Prentice: There has not been a recent assessment and there are not any plans for one. However, the family procedure rule committee has invited the family justice council to consider producing good practice guidance for those cases in which parties lack capacity to give instructions. That is currently being considered by the relevant sub-committee.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Family Division (16 Jun 2009)

Bridget Prentice: I will be more than happy to have a meeting with the hon. Gentleman about that, but I should say that the expert witnesses called to court to decide on capacity are not in the pockets of the local authorities. They are appointed with the agreement of both parties and they are there to answer the questions that the courts ask of them. It would be scurrilous to suggest anything other than that....

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Family Division (16 Jun 2009)

Bridget Prentice: I will be more than happy to meet the hon. Gentleman to discuss individual cases—as long as they are not in the middle of court proceedings, in which case such a discussion would be impossible. I shall be happy to discuss these things in general terms. The hon. Gentleman talks about the secrecy of the family courts, but my right hon. Friend the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State has...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Family Division (16 Jun 2009)

Bridget Prentice: These are very sensitive cases, and we should be very careful about the way we address them. The Official Solicitor's job is to act on behalf of someone who lacks capacity. Their job is not to act on behalf of the child or the local authority, but, usually, on behalf of the adult—although occasionally it could be on behalf of the child—who lacks capacity. The Official Solicitor will so...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Topical Questions (16 Jun 2009)

Bridget Prentice: I welcome the hon. Lady's support for dedicated drugs courts. We started off with two pilots; we have now extended them to another four, and we are receiving very positive indications from them. We want to evaluate all the models on the six different sites before taking any decision on further implementation. Like her, I believe that what we have seen so far of dedicated drugs courts augurs...

Mrs. Masuma Jariwalla (10 Jun 2009)

Bridget Prentice: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr. Russell. I congratulate the hon. and learned Member for Harborough (Mr. Garnier) on securing this debate, in which he has outlined Masuma Jariwalla's poignant and long-running case. As he explained, he has already brought it to my attention and that of a number of my predecessors. I also want to place on the record my sincere and...

Mrs. Masuma Jariwalla (10 Jun 2009)

Bridget Prentice: May I tell the hon. and learned Gentleman that I will do as he outlined? As for the human rights aspect, I will look closely at articles 9 and 12 and see whether there is any scope there. I will make a commitment to him that I will go out to the Muslim community and ask it to consider coming within the scope of the 2002 Act. I accept that such a change does not affect Ms Jariwalla's case and...


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