Results 181–200 of 1150 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Lord Harris of Haringey

Policing and Crime Bill - Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (14 Sep 2016)

Lord Harris of Haringey: On that basis, I beg leave to withdraw the amendment. Amendment 113 withdrawn.

Policing and Crime Bill - Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (14 Sep 2016)

Lord Harris of Haringey: I move on to a series of amendments that relate to London. I remind noble Lords of my interest, in that I am in the process of completing a review for the Mayor of London on London’s preparedness. I should make it clear that the amendments in my name are not sanctioned by the Mayor of London or by any of his staff or colleagues— I doubt whether he is aware of them. The Police Reform and...

Policing and Crime Bill - Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (14 Sep 2016)

Lord Harris of Haringey: My Lords, no doubt there was extensive consultation about the name that the new commissioners should have. No doubt, in typical fashion, that was conducted over the summer months when there was perhaps not a huge response. It more or less must have been then because this amendment was brought in at a late stage, at the tail end of the Commons consideration. I would be interested to know...

Policing and Crime Bill - Committee (1st Day) (14 Sep 2016)

Lord Harris of Haringey: On the question of pilots, the Home Office has no doubt given careful consideration to what has been in essence a 16-year pilot, in that since the office of the Mayor of London was created in 2000, the mayor has had responsibility for both police and fire. Although the mayoralty of London has been an enormous success, as everybody around the world acknowledges, can the Minister tell us what...

Policing and Crime Bill - Committee (1st Day) (14 Sep 2016)

Lord Harris of Haringey: I hesitate to intervene so early in the Minister’s response, but she referred to the Conservative Party manifesto. I assume she quoted from it. The quote she gave was about improving collaboration, which is covered by Chapter 1 of the Bill. The second part was about strengthening the role of police and crime commissioners. I do not think it said strengthening the role of police and crime...

Policing and Crime Bill - Committee (1st Day) (14 Sep 2016)

Lord Harris of Haringey: In Chapter 1.

Policing and Crime Bill - Committee (1st Day) (14 Sep 2016)

Lord Harris of Haringey: My Lords, the speech from my noble friend Lord Bach underlines the perils the Government are going through with these clauses. I hope I am not being unfair to the Government when I characterise the first five clauses of the Bill as a sort of machismo exercise in saying, “Despite the fact that we can’t find a problem, we’re going to have a thundering great piece of legislation which...

Policing and Crime Bill - Committee (1st Day) (14 Sep 2016)

Lord Harris of Haringey: The noble Baroness keeps talking about the strength of the concordat, and I do not think any of us disagrees about its importance and potential value. However, she will be aware of figures that have been released by the National Police Chiefs Council, which show that in the last year the police use of Section 136 has increased by almost 20%. Earlier in her remarks, she cited the improvements...

Policing and Crime Bill - Committee (1st Day) (14 Sep 2016)

Lord Harris of Haringey: The noble Baroness seems to miss the point. If the concordat is working so well, why has the police use of Section 136 increased by 20% in the last 12 months? Why has it increased by 2.3 times in Greater Manchester?

Policing and Crime Bill - Committee (1st Day) (14 Sep 2016)

Lord Harris of Haringey: In her earlier remarks, the Minister specifically referred to Greater Manchester. There, the number of Section 136 cases has increased by nearly two and half times in the last year. If the example that she cited of the concordat working well has delivered an increase of 2.3 times in the number of Section 136 referrals, what does that imply constitutes doing badly or failing to work at all?

Policing and Crime Bill - Committee (1st Day) (14 Sep 2016)

Lord Harris of Haringey: My Lords, is the noble Baroness leaving that point? It looks as though she is. I understand if she is saying that the collaboration must improve one of them and not have a negative effect on the other, but that is not what “effectiveness or efficiency” necessarily implies. If it means that it must be neutral about efficiency but improve effectiveness, say that. If it means that it must...

Policing and Crime Bill - Committee (1st Day) (14 Sep 2016)

Lord Harris of Haringey: I am sorry to do this to the noble Baroness, because she is trying to be helpful. However, her answer to my noble friend has actually made the situation worse. If she had said, “As long it does not hurt either efficiency or effectiveness but there is an improvement in one”, that would have been fine. But she is now saying that there can be an improvement in efficiency that makes...

Policing and Crime Bill - Committee (1st Day) (14 Sep 2016)

Lord Harris of Haringey: This is a surprisingly interesting group of amendments, although not obviously so at first sight. It immediately brings us to the question of the purpose of these clauses. Are the Government asserting that there is a failure to collaborate between emergency services around the country—and, if so, that this is the mechanism to fix it? I am not sure that evidence exists of a failure to...

Electoral Fraud - Question (12 Sep 2016)

Lord Harris of Haringey: My Lords, the Minister talked about the integrity of the voting system, and that is obviously something that we all want to see. Why, then, are the Government pressing ahead with boundary changes on an electoral register which they know is out of date given that so many extra people registered in time to participate in the European referendum? Would it not be better for the integrity of the...

G20 Summit - Statement (7 Sep 2016)

Lord Harris of Haringey: The noble Baroness the Leader of the House elided—inadvertently, I am sure—over the question asked by my noble friend Lord Darling. When can we expect to see a definitive statement from Her Majesty’s Government setting out their vision of what a post-EU future for this country will be like, and what they intend will be the prime objectives in their negotiations? When will Parliament see...

Climate Change: Fracking - Question (6 Sep 2016)

Lord Harris of Haringey: My Lords, is that why the Government do not have a view on what is an acceptable degree of leakage, or are they perhaps consulting the experts? If so, will the Minister share with us what advice has been received on what would be an acceptable level of leakage?

Airports: London - Question (5 Sep 2016)

Lord Harris of Haringey: My Lords, does that not imply that the consistency of the Government’s position, which the Minister has just referred to, is that this issue is to be kept in the long grass for as long as possible?

European Union: Regeneration Funding - Question (21 Jul 2016)

Lord Harris of Haringey: And take the rest of the Government with you.

Orgreave: Public Inquiry into Policing - Statement (20 Jul 2016)

Lord Harris of Haringey: My Lords, I think we understand that there is a new Home Secretary; we would be hard pressed not to notice that. We also appreciate that the noble Baroness is a new Minister on this topic. However, there is no new IPPC. The point that my noble friend Lord Rosser raised was that in essence the position of the IPPC was misrepresented. Could the Minister tell us how that happened?

Council of the European Union: United Kingdom Presidency - Private Notice Question (20 Jul 2016)

Lord Harris of Haringey: My Lords, is it not the case that the person who was treated in a cavalier manner was the noble Lord himself? Can he tell us whether the decision was taken at No. 10 or in the department of which he is a Minister—and, if so, whether he was party to that decision?


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