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Backbench Business: Touring Musicians: EU Visas and Permits — [Dr Rupa Huq in the Chair] (18 Nov 2021)

Bob Neill: My hon. Friend makes such an important point. We forget just how significant the status of British artists is in the opera field—not only the leading stars, such as he refers to, but the young singers who cut their teeth in the repertoire houses in Germany and the festivals in Europe. They are losing out because of an inflexibility and a lack of joined-up Government between the Department...

Backbench Business: Touring Musicians: EU Visas and Permits — [Dr Rupa Huq in the Chair] (18 Nov 2021)

Bob Neill: I am grateful to the right hon. and learned Lady for securing this debate. I declare my interest as chair of the all-party parliamentary group on opera. She has referred to touring bands and orchestras, but there is also a real issue for singers and freelancers. For an individual singer, especially a young singer, trying to negotiate the forms is nigh on impossible. A production of “Peter...

Attorney General: Rape Conviction Rates (18 Nov 2021)

Bob Neill: I welcome the Solicitor General to his place for his first departmental questions. He brings massive personal experience to cases of this kind and has prosecuted exactly these sorts of cases. Does he agree that there has been significant improvement in the treatment of victims, particularly after the revision of the Crown Prosecution Service legal guidance—for example, in the awareness of...

Autism and Neurodiversity Research Funding (16 Nov 2021)

Bob Neill: rose—

Autism and Neurodiversity Research Funding (16 Nov 2021)

Bob Neill: My right hon. and learned Friend is making the case most powerfully and demonstrating, as other hon. Members have said, why it is a tragedy that he is not still on the Front Bench. I welcome the very significant initiative that my right hon. and learned Friend made in relation to this when he was the Secretary of State—something that, as he will know, the Justice Committee warmly welcomed....

Justice: Crown Court Backlog (9 Nov 2021)

Bob Neill: Last week, the Justice Committee visited the Crown court in Manchester and met the recorder, His Honour Judge Dean QC, and the rest of the judiciary. We also met court staff and practitioners there. I hope my right hon. Friend will join me in paying tribute to the hard work that they are all doing to try to keep the show of the jury trial on the road in these exceptional circumstances. Does...

The Coroner Service — [Sir George Howarth in the Chair] (28 Oct 2021)

Bob Neill: I am grateful to the Minister for his response and the way he raised it, as I am to all Members who participated in the debate. I take on board some of the things the Minister said, and I welcome some of the moves that the Government are making, in particular any indication as to what will happen around legal aid. If the improvements to that came earlier in the new year rather than later, I...

The Coroner Service — [Sir George Howarth in the Chair] (28 Oct 2021)

Bob Neill: I beg to move, That this House has considered the First Report of the Justice Committee, The Coroner Service, HC 68, and the Government response, HC 675. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship again, Sir George, and to introduce the debate. I am grateful to the Backbench Business Committee for allocating time for the debate. This is an important matter that deserves further...

The Coroner Service — [Sir George Howarth in the Chair] (28 Oct 2021)

Bob Neill: Tuesday. Now that he is in post, I hope that, once he has read the Government response, he will take the opportunity to ask his officials to review it, because there are compelling reasons, which we will set out, why the Government should look again at a number of issues. It is good to see a former member of the Justice Committee appear for the first time as a shadow Minister in Westminster...

The Coroner Service — [Sir George Howarth in the Chair] (28 Oct 2021)

Bob Neill: Garston and Halewood. The hon. Lady has played such an important role in the debate and has raised the issue—I know she will do so again today —of inquests into major disasters, such as Hillsborough, with great passion and expertise. I am grateful to her for her input to the report and to today’s important debate. The debate is on an issue that is of concern to a lot of people. I am...

The Coroner Service — [Sir George Howarth in the Chair] (28 Oct 2021)

Bob Neill: That is a perfectly fair point. We have all had experience and seen a great deal of evidence of that. The more potentially sensitive the issue, the more that is likely. Let us be blunt: in some cases, there will be public bodies who desire to avoid the potentially significant claims for damages that could arise if it is found that their negligence has, to some greater or lesser extent,...

The Coroner Service — [Sir George Howarth in the Chair] (28 Oct 2021)

Bob Neill: It is pretty fundamental, is it not? At the end of the day, if the purpose of the inquest to determine the cause of death, the most important bit of the evidence in that respect will often be the pathologist’s report, so it seems strange, to put it mildly, that what is a very modest proposal in the overall scheme of things has not been pursued. The Government said they were not convinced...

Judicial Review and Courts Bill (26 Oct 2021)

Bob Neill: It is a pleasure to participate in the debate and to follow the two Front Benchers. I welcome the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State to the Treasury Bench, and thank him for the very generous and accurate tribute he paid to my right hon. and learned Friend the Member for South Swindon (Robert Buckland), whose conduct in office was of the very highest. I also welcome the hon. Member for...

Judicial Review and Courts Bill (26 Oct 2021)

Bob Neill: I have great respect for the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law, but I think that it is wrong—it is as simple as that. I have come to the view, as I think the independent panel did, that the two clauses are not in conflict with the rule of law. That is precisely the sort of area in which there can be legitimate debate. I have worked with the Bingham Centre on many occasions, as the hon. and...

Judicial Review and Courts Bill (26 Oct 2021)

Bob Neill: Perhaps the Secretary of State and Lord Chancellor could help me on two matters. When these matters of suspended quashing orders are being worked out, will he ensure that no litigant who has succeeded and has suffered tangible loss is left without an effective remedy? That will be important, outwith any other considerations that might very properly be taken into account. I also gently say to...

Environment Bill: Before Clause 1 - Purpose and declaration of biodiversity and climate emergency (20 Oct 2021)

Bob Neill: I am grateful for what the Minister says. Will she meet me to discuss the sort of mechanism we were talking about, so we might get a better focus on this issue?

Environment Bill: Before Clause 1 - Purpose and declaration of biodiversity and climate emergency (20 Oct 2021)

Bob Neill: I am sure that all of us who were friends of David Amess and James Brokenshire appreciate what has been said today from the Opposition Benches. I wish to concentrate, briefly, on Lords amendment 3. I very much agree with the speech by the Chair of the Select Committee, my hon. Friend the Member for Tiverton and Honiton (Neil Parish), and I am grateful for what he said. I appreciate the...

Environment Bill: Before Clause 1 - Purpose and declaration of biodiversity and climate emergency (20 Oct 2021)

Bob Neill: My hon. Friend is making a powerful point. Does he agree that constituencies such as mine would be more reassured if the Government were to set up some sort of taskforce to pull together these various agencies? Funding is available to local authorities, but there is a lack of strategic focus to enable everything to be pulled together. That is something sensible that we could do to reassure...

Environment Bill: Before Clause 1 - Purpose and declaration of biodiversity and climate emergency (20 Oct 2021)

Bob Neill: I understand that the Minister wants a consultation. I see good sense in that if we are to take the public with us, and I understand that she may be concerned about setting targets now. However, in areas such as mine—not inner cities, but suburban constituencies—there is a real issue with particulate pollution. We have a real problem with hotspots. Even if we are having a consultation...


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