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Royal Assent: Home Information Packs (19 Jul 2006)

Bob Neill: I am grateful and relieved to have caught your eye, Mr. Deputy Speaker, and to be able to make my first speech in the House during this debate. Indeed, after last Wednesday's events I am grateful and relieved that there is a debate for me to speak in. I begin my speech with mixed feelings—in particular, feelings of both humility and sadness. I say that, of course, in relation to my...

Orders of the Day: Police and Justice Bill (24 Oct 2006)

Bob Neill: Will the Minister give way?

Orders of the Day: Police and Justice Bill (24 Oct 2006)

Bob Neill: Further to my hon. and learned Friend's point, is not the lack of reciprocity and the inadequacy of the treaty made worse by the fact that, of all the countries that have bilateral extradition treaties with the United States of America, only the United Kingdom lacks the provision for a carve-out, which enables US citizens to be tried in this country for offences committed on UK soil? Is that...

Orders of the Day: Police and Justice Bill (24 Oct 2006)

Bob Neill: I agree with the hon. Gentleman's point. It is also worth observing that in the case of French citizens and the European arrest warrant, they will still have the convention protections, which do not apply in the case of the US. The hon. Gentleman also highlighted the problem with forum, which I have noticed as a member of both the English Bar and the Irish Bar. In Ireland, the very existence...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: North Korea (31 Oct 2006)

Bob Neill: What recent discussions she has had with the US Secretary of State on North Korea.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: North Korea (31 Oct 2006)

Bob Neill: I am grateful to the Secretary of State for that response, but given that there is a long and well-documented history of North Korea illicitly obtaining nuclear material and exporting weapons systems that it has developed, can she give us further information on what will be done to enforce the embargo requirements of the United Nations resolution if North Korea does not come up to scratch at...

Orders of the Day: Communities and Local Government/Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (20 Nov 2006)

Bob Neill: Does my hon. Friend agree that perhaps the real reason for the Government's lack of action is their unwillingness to tackle the overblown Government office for London, which has grown in size and increased bureaucracy in London? Instead of achieving proper devolution and cutting GOL down, they prefer to suck up power from the boroughs.

Orders of the Day: Communities and Local Government/Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (20 Nov 2006)

Bob Neill: In the interests of such balance, may I inform Government Members that the Belvedere incinerator, referred to in our debate, was opposed by Labour, Liberal Democrat and Conservative members of the local authority and by the Mayor of London? I wonder how that squares with devolution.

Orders of the Day: Communities and Local Government/Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (20 Nov 2006)

Bob Neill: I hope that the hon. Member for South Swindon (Anne Snelgrove) will forgive me if I take a slightly different view of the Queen's Speech. The debate has been wide-ranging and I hope that previous speakers will forgive me if I do not pursue the cloned hybrid element of it but concentrate instead on the Mayor of London. I think that that will be a change. The proposals for enhancing the role...

Orders of the Day: Communities and Local Government/Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (20 Nov 2006)

Bob Neill: The hon. Gentleman is right. For that reason, the London government commission suggested in our final report that London borough councils should be given much stronger powers to scrutinise the work of the PCTs and acute trusts in their areas. Indeed, if we were sensible, we would look to remove the obstacles that currently prevent successfully performing London boroughs from taking on some of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Local Government Finance Settlement (28 Nov 2006)

Bob Neill: Does the Minister recall that he met with a delegation from the London borough of Bromley in June of this year, and does he accept that during that meeting he appeared to agree with its point that formula grant is only part of the picture and that we would not be able to come to a fair assessment of the treatment of Bromley or any other authority until a comprehensive list of all grant,...

Public Bill Committee: Fraud (Trials without a Jury) Bill: Clause 1 (12 Dec 2006)

Bob Neill: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr. Bercow. Has the Solicitor-General had discussions with the Lord Chief Justice and the presiding judges of the circuit about the extra personnel that would be required by the Queen’s bench division, to make available sufficient High Court judges to try the cases? Has he had discussions about the flexibility that will be required by HM...

Public Bill Committee: Fraud (Trials without a Jury) Bill: Clause 2 (12 Dec 2006)

Bob Neill: I want to probe the Solicitor-General further on similar lines. I refer to my earlier intervention on the impact of the proposal on the judicial personnel who will be required to deal with these matters. I agree with my hon. Friend the Member for Beaconsfield that the suggestion that these matters are dealt with by a High Court judge came largely from the Conservative Benches, but I want to...

Public Bill Committee: Fraud (Trials without a Jury) Bill: Clause 3 (12 Dec 2006)

Bob Neill: Does the Minister accept that the area in which full criminality becomes important is in sentencing? For example, within the bracket of sentences available to the judge—the maximum, and the tariff indicated by the Court of Appeal—the judge can decide which sentence is appropriate. The point that I believe my right hon. and learned Friend the Member for Sleaford and North Hykeham is making...

Public Bill Committee: Fraud (Trials without a Jury) Bill: Clause 3 (12 Dec 2006)

Bob Neill: I apologise. I shall revert to that point.

Public Bill Committee: Fraud (Trials Without a Jury) Bill: Clause 4 (12 Dec 2006)

Bob Neill: I promise not to be over-enthusiastic this time, Mr. Bercow. I support the observations of my right hon. and learned Friend the Member for Sleaford and North Hykeham, my hon. Friend the Member for Beaconsfield, and the hon. Member for North Southwark and Bermondsey, and I shall supplement them with a couple from my own comparatively recent experience. I was not, of course, a Member at the...

Public Bill Committee: Fraud (Trials Without a Jury) Bill: Clause 4 (12 Dec 2006)

Bob Neill: I shall take my right hon. and learned Friend’s very sage advice. If he ever needs a good junior he will know where to come.

Public Bill Committee: Fraud (Trials Without a Jury) Bill: Clause 4 (12 Dec 2006)

Bob Neill: I fear that my diary may get in the way of that at the moment. My recent experience reinforces my hon. and learned Friend’s point about the desirability of delaying implementation, a point that has been well made in relation to section 17. Just before I entered the House, I prosecuted a fraud case that was not so substantial as to qualify under the serious fraud provisions, but complex...

Public Bill Committee: Fraud (Trials Without a Jury) Bill: Clause 4 (12 Dec 2006)

Bob Neill: I am grateful to the Solicitor-General for that clarification, but from what he said it seems to me that the normal rules about a nexus being found should apply.


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