Results 1081–1100 of 1154 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

Police Reform Bill [HL] (12 Mar 2002)

Lord Harris of Haringey: I am grateful for the noble Lord's clarification of that point. I am still confused by my noble friend's answer. When one refers to an association in legislation, one normally refers to an association which represents chief officers of police—or some reference of that nature. Why is a specific organisation reflected in the legislation? For example, if in the future a majority of chief...

Police Reform Bill [HL] (12 Mar 2002)

Lord Harris of Haringey: I support the amendment. If we believe, as I am sure is the case with my noble friend the Minister, that the three-year plan is an important document, and if it is setting an overall direction for the police service in the area, it should be owned by the police authority. If it is such an important document, clearly there should be local consultation that is the responsibility of the police...

Local Government (6 Mar 2002)

Lord Harris of Haringey: My Lords, I apologise to the noble Lord, Lord Hanningfield, for missing the beginning of his remarks. I am guilty of some discourtesy and I apologise to him for it. I congratulate the noble Lord on introducing what I hope will be an extremely wide-ranging and broad debate in which we can look at the full range of issues concerned with local government. I declare an interest. For almost 24...

Police Reform Bill [HL] (5 Mar 2002)

Lord Harris of Haringey: I am enormously grateful to my noble friend Lord Bassam of Brighton for the tone of his response. I assure him that I did not seek to be ingenious in the proposition that I made. I simply wanted to make clear that it was possible to pursue complaints on direction and control through this mechanism. I accept that that would lead to difficulties if it meant that every management judgment could...

Police Reform Bill [HL] (5 Mar 2002)

Lord Harris of Haringey: moved Amendment No. 161A: Page 12, line 18, leave out "Nothing in"

Police Reform Bill [HL] (5 Mar 2002)

Lord Harris of Haringey: The purpose of the amendment is to highlight an important gap in the existing complaints arrangements which will continue to be an important gap in the future arrangements. It relates to complaints about the direction and control of a force rather than about a specific incident or particular actions. I can imagine a number of circumstances in which the issue might be important and in which...

Police Reform Bill [HL] (5 Mar 2002)

Lord Harris of Haringey: I, too, support the comments made by my noble friend Lord Borrie. There is a deficiency in the current arrangements and we must ensure that we give officers the security to question and, where necessary, challenge or report wrongdoing internally. I am not clear that the present arrangements enable that to happen. If that is possible, it is part of a process of ensuring that police forces can...

Police Reform Bill [HL] (28 Feb 2002)

Lord Harris of Haringey: I am grateful to all noble Lords who have contributed to the debate on this amendment, and in particular to my noble friend the Minister who said that he would take the matter away and consider it. I listened carefully to what he said, and he implied that he might consider only whether or not police authorities should be consulted before making directions to chief officers. I am sure that he...

Police Reform Bill [HL] (28 Feb 2002)

Lord Harris of Haringey: I am not quite sure whether it is procedurally correct for me to respond under these circumstances; so, "Before the noble Lord sits down". As I understand it, Clause 4 re-enacts the existing power of Secretaries of State to give directions to a police authority. I do not know the origins of the 1996 legislation, or whether it followed on from the folk memory of the traumas that arose with the...

Police Reform Bill [HL] (28 Feb 2002)

Lord Harris of Haringey: moved Amendment No. 29: Page 3, line 38, at end insert— "(2) A direction under this section may require a police authority to require the chief officer of police of the police force to prepare and submit to that authority a plan ("an action plan") for taking remedial measures in relation to the matters identified in an inspection report mentioned in subsection (1). (3) The provision which a...

Police Reform Bill [HL] (28 Feb 2002)

Lord Harris of Haringey: Amendment No. 29 seeks to remove the need for Clause 5 by amending Clause 4. Clause 5 gives the Home Secretary the power to direct chief officers where a force, or part of it, is deemed to be failing. When we spend more time on Clause 5, no doubt we shall find that it is a controversial area. The amendment seeks to build on the existing powers of the Home Secretary to give directions to...

Police Reform Bill [HL] (28 Feb 2002)

Lord Harris of Haringey: In order that my noble friend's tease does not become part of perceived wisdom, I assure him that today's discussion by the Metropolitan Police Authority was the third by the full authority and followed numerous discussions by the committee of the noble Lord, Lord Tope, the planning group and many others. I hope that this issue is not developing for the Minister into one of those lines in the...

Police Reform Bill [HL] (28 Feb 2002)

Lord Harris of Haringey: I, too, believe it to be essential that the indication by the Home Office of what it would like police authorities to do should be given at the earliest possible stage. As the Committee is aware, I chair the Metropolitan Police Authority. Today, we spent a happy half-hour wrestling with issues relating to the setting of our own policing priorities and the targets for individual borough...

Police Reform Bill [HL] (5 Feb 2002)

Lord Harris of Haringey: My Lords, I declare an interest as chair of the Metropolitan Police Authority and as a member of the executive of the Association of Police Authorities. I should also say, to reassure my colleagues on those bodies, that I do not necessarily reflect the detailed policies of those respective organisations. I believe that there is consensus in what has been said in your Lordships' House on the...

National Health Service Reform and Health Care Professions Bill (31 Jan 2002)

Lord Harris of Haringey: My Lords, it is always a pleasure to follow the penetrating and thoughtful contributions of the noble Baroness, Lady Masham. She made reference to people with AIDS, the particular problems in the capital and London being the richest city in Europe. London also contains within its boundaries some of the most deprived districts in the country. Even within those districts there are pockets of...

Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Bill (27 Nov 2001)

Lord Harris of Haringey: My Lords, I have always been told that brevity is a prized virtue in this House. At this time of night, it is certainly a virtue that I shall hope to achieve, although I have a tendency to stray. Having listened to so many interesting points made by your Lordships, there is a temptation to respond and to expand on each one. I declare two interests. First, I am the chair of the Metropolitan...

Health and Social Care Bill (19 Mar 2001)

Lord Harris of Haringey: I understand what my noble friend said about the complications of resource allocation. It will no doubt be an interesting exercise for whoever has to undertake that task. In the future, the Secretary of State will undoubtedly have to explain the position that has been taken, rather than just saying that it was an historical accident arising from the original allocations to CHCs back in the...

Health and Social Care Bill (19 Mar 2001)

Lord Harris of Haringey: I rise to speak briefly in support of Amendment No. 144. Since tabling the amendment, I realise that, given the propensity of the NHS to use acronyms, this body might find itself being called "NATPUC" which is not the most appropriate name for a health service body. It is worth noting the wide degree of consensus expressed on all sides of the Committee on the principle that some form of...

Health and Social Care Bill (19 Mar 2001)

Lord Harris of Haringey: I want to speak to Amendment No. 65 standing in my name. I declare an interest as a member of the Greater London Assembly. The amendment is designed to rectify what I can only assume to be a mental aberration by civil servants in failing to recognise the existence of London. Recognition is given to the City of London, which has its own special clause, but the other 7 million people in London...

Health and Social Care Bill (19 Mar 2001)

Lord Harris of Haringey: Can my noble friend clarify how Clause 8 applies to the London Assembly?


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