Canlyniadau 1–20 o 11338 ar gyfer speaker:Liam Byrne

Pwyllgor Mesur Cyhoeddus: Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation Bill: Clause 2 - Meaning of “SLAPP” claim ( 8 Mai 2024)

Liam Byrne: I have just two points to make on this excellent group. First, I wholeheartedly support the amendments to clause 2 that my hon. Friend the Member for Caerphilly proposes. The Opposition amendments to the Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Act 2023 were very much a tactical strike on the statute book: here was a Bill that gave us the chance to ensure that we had road-tested similar...

Pwyllgor Mesur Cyhoeddus: Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation Bill: Clause 1 - Requirement to make rules of court ( 8 Mai 2024)

Liam Byrne: The right hon. Gentleman is absolutely right. A debate on the effects of a British version of the first amendment would be very welcome. When the Minister replies, he could helpfully inform the Committee about a couple of things. First, it would be useful if he took the opportunity to tell us more about how pre-litigation chilling action is to be policed. Schillings, Mishcon de Reya and all...

Pwyllgor Mesur Cyhoeddus: Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation Bill: Clause 1 - Requirement to make rules of court ( 8 Mai 2024)

Liam Byrne: I hope the Minister did not mishear me: I was hoping to ensure that the Ministry of Justice does not become a roadblock in the future. I am very grateful for the work that he has done so far. Will he use this moment to put on the record whether he agrees with subsection (1) of new clause 1, tabled by the right hon. Member for Haltemprice and Howden? It provides that the Bill’s purpose...

Pwyllgor Mesur Cyhoeddus: Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation Bill: Clause 1 - Requirement to make rules of court ( 8 Mai 2024)

Liam Byrne: I am very grateful for that constructive reply, but I want the Minister to underline and crystallise the point for the Committee: he is saying that the Government support the thrust of the right hon. Gentleman’s new clause.

Pwyllgor Mesur Cyhoeddus: Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation Bill: Clause 1 - Requirement to make rules of court ( 8 Mai 2024)

Liam Byrne: I am grateful to the Minister for his characteristic generosity. He has just told the Committee that he does not think that new clause 1 is needed and that the intention of the Bill as a whole is to support the objectives of the new clause. The new clause is very carefully drafted. It states: “The purpose of this Act is to protect and promote the ability of individuals and organisations to...

Pwyllgor Mesur Cyhoeddus: Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation Bill: Clause 1 - Requirement to make rules of court ( 8 Mai 2024)

Liam Byrne: It is a privilege to serve under your chairmanship this morning, Ms Elliott. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Caerphilly not only on securing this opportunity, but on working—as the right hon. Member for Haltemprice and Howden said—with formidable diplomacy to steer us to the Bill we have today. The Bill is unusual in having commanded a great deal of cross-party consensus,...

War in Gaza ( 7 Mai 2024)

Liam Byrne: The Minister has said that the policy has not changed, but the facts on the ground have. Ordering the evacuation of 100,000 people is not a small operation; it is big one. He knows that the clear test for suspending arms sales is a clear risk of a breach of humanitarian law, but he has told the House this afternoon that he has no assurances that that breach is impossible because he has not...

UK Trade Performance ( 1 Mai 2024)

Liam Byrne: It is good to see the Secretary of State in the House again. I know she has a difference of opinion sometimes with the Office for Budget Responsibility, but can she confirm that the OBR’s figures for March 2024 show that the UK has the lowest trade intensity in the G7? There was important progress, as she has reported today, but much of it rests on progress in our services trade, which...

Post Office (Horizon System) Offences Bill: Clause 1 - Quashing of convictions for relevant offences (29 Ebr 2024)

Liam Byrne: I am grateful for that reassurance. Does the Minister think that he will have the service-level agreements for the overturned convictions scheme on the table before the Bill is sent for Royal Assent?

Post Office (Horizon System) Offences Bill: Clause 1 - Quashing of convictions for relevant offences (29 Ebr 2024)

Liam Byrne: I am grateful to the Minister for taking a final intervention. It is maybe a non-adversarial process, but it is none the less an intimidating one that involves a complicated 16-page form that takes several hours to fill in. That is the equivalent of several thousand pounds-worth of legal assistance. At the moment, such assistance is being provided pro bono by those with some experience, but I...

Post Office (Horizon System) Offences Bill: Clause 1 - Quashing of convictions for relevant offences (29 Ebr 2024)

Liam Byrne: The Chair of the Justice Committee is making a brilliant speech. The Minister characterised the decision and the conundrum here as a legal conundrum, but in a way it is in fact a political conundrum, because we are taking a political decision about the where the scope of the scheme should start and stop. Does the hon. and learned Gentleman have any insight into how long it might take those...

Post Office (Horizon System) Offences Bill: Clause 1 - Quashing of convictions for relevant offences (29 Ebr 2024)

Liam Byrne: Thank you, Dame Rosie. It is a privilege to serve under your chairmanship. I will be very brief, because some of my points have been covered through interventions. There has been good progress since the Bill was published, which is testament to the Minister’s leadership and his officials’ support. As my right hon. Friend the Member for North Durham (Mr Jones) said, the more that we have...

Post Office (Horizon System) Offences Bill: Clause 1 - Quashing of convictions for relevant offences (29 Ebr 2024)

Liam Byrne: In a way, this is the core of the debate about where the four corners of the Bill should stretch to. The hon. and learned Member for Bromley and Chislehurst (Sir Robert Neill) makes a very good point: at some point, there should be a sunset on such unprecedented legislation. At the moment, there are no limits to its expansiveness in terms of time, but the Minister has set a limit on its...

Post Office (Horizon System) Offences Bill: Clause 1 - Quashing of convictions for relevant offences (29 Ebr 2024)

Liam Byrne: I am grateful to the Minister for giving way on this point and, indeed, for the way he is approaching it. The Chairman of the Justice Committee sent him an excellent letter last week in which he underlined that almost all the witnesses before his Committee agreed that it was unfair for the Bill to take a restrictive approach, in the way the Minister has, while taking a rather expansive...

Post Office (Horizon System) Offences Bill: Clause 1 - Quashing of convictions for relevant offences (29 Ebr 2024)

Liam Byrne: If that is the approach that the Minister is going to take, could he tell the House a bit more about how his Department will support individuals who find themselves in this egregious position? As my right hon. Friend the Member for North Durham (Mr Jones) said, evidence will now have come to light that was not available to the Court of Appeal or, indeed, to courts that may have refused leave...

Post Office (Horizon System) Offences Bill: Clause 1 - Quashing of convictions for relevant offences (29 Ebr 2024)

Liam Byrne: I am grateful to the Minister for clarifying these points as we go along. He will know that many sub-postmasters have not applied for the full extent of their potential claim because they are unsure about the case law involved, and I understand that the Department is using some guidance in making judgments—for example, the Dyson judgment, which is not publicly available, for perfectly good...

Checks on Goods Entering UK (29 Ebr 2024)

Liam Byrne: Our trade intensity has fallen to the lowest level in the G7, and ITV’s Joel Hills has stated that the estimated costs of the new model are 10 times the Government’s estimate. I hope that the Department will publish its detailed workings soon, but surely the bottom line is that the cost of living crisis has not gone away, and the Minister is basically introducing a system that will cost...

Business of the House (25 Ebr 2024)

Liam Byrne: Will the Leader of the House advise me on how we can bring Ministers to the House to account for their decisions on arms export licences? As she knows, the Select Committee on Business and Trade assumed responsibility for the oversight of arms export licences in January. At the beginning of April, an important legal judgment was issued by the International Court of Justice. We therefore held...

Points of Order (23 Ebr 2024)

Liam Byrne: On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. May I seek your counsel? My Business and Trade Committee now has oversight of arms control, and is stepping up to its duty by holding tomorrow its first hearing on arms exports to Israel. Some 20 days ago, we requested that Ministers from the Department for Business and Trade and the Foreign Office come and give evidence. They did not reply; they had...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Wassenaar Arrangement (19 Ebr 2024)

Liam Byrne: To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Wassenaar Arrangement in controlling the dual-use export of (a) artificial intelligence, (b) quantum computing, (c) biometric tools and data and (d) intangible technology transfers.


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