Canlyniadau 1–20 o 89 ar gyfer speaker:Mr Michael Woodcock

Orders of the Day — Courts (Research) Bill (22 Chw 1991)

Mr Michael Woodcock: rose in his place and claimed to move, That the Question be now put.

Orders of the Day — Courts (Research) Bill (22 Chw 1991)

Mr Michael Woodcock: My right hon. and learned Friend has made the telling point that some of our courts are very small and that space is, of necessity, limited. He makes that case in relation to the availability of space to accommodate television cameras and equipment. However, the fact that those courts have limited space is the reason for having television in our courts. In many respects, space is so limited...

Orders of the Day — Courts (Research) Bill (22 Chw 1991)

Mr Michael Woodcock: We have not suggested that the type of questions to which my right hon. and learned Friend referred are necessarily the right questions to be asked when doing research with jurors. We think that it would be appropriate to address those questions that would enable the juryman to perform his role better. We object to the absolute ban on jury research. We are not suggesting ghat there should be...

Orders of the Day — Courts (Research) Bill (22 Chw 1991)

Mr Michael Woodcock: Nonsense.

Orders of the Day — Courts (Research) Bill (22 Chw 1991)

Mr Michael Woodcock: These seem strange arguments, coming from a man who makes his living by the law. My hon. and learned Friend is saying, essentially, that evidence ought to be excluded; he is not allowing for the same trial of evidence that he seeks for the clients whom he represents in the courtroom. In regard to jury research, is my hon. and learned Friend saying that he believes that our jury system is so...

Orders of the Day — Courts (Research) Bill (22 Chw 1991)

Mr Michael Woodcock: rose—

Orders of the Day — Courts (Research) Bill (22 Chw 1991)

Mr Michael Woodcock: I beg to move, That the Bill be now read a Second time. We in this country are rightly proud of our system of justice and our democratic institutions, which are among the finest in the world. That does not mean, however, that they do not need to change with the times, that they are incapable of change or that they ought to be set in stone. What man does not change for the better, time—that...

Orders of the Day — Courts (Research) Bill (22 Chw 1991)

Mr Michael Woodcock: That is not true. My purpose is to test the arguments. The televising of the courts is banned by legislation enacted 11 years before commercial television was available. It has not been debated or given a fair trial.

Orders of the Day — Courts (Research) Bill (22 Chw 1991)

Mr Michael Woodcock: I will when I have answered the last intervention. I have already said that the experiment on televising the courts may lead to the conclusion that television should not be allowed in the courts.

Orders of the Day — Courts (Research) Bill (22 Chw 1991)

Mr Michael Woodcock: In some respects it is a legitimate fear, but the trials—the Bill does not suggest how the trials should be conducted—will be conducted under the proper supervision of the Home Office, the Lord Chancellor's Department and the presiding judge. They must ensure that the experiments are conducted fairly and reasonably. The trials may conclude that television should not be allowed in our...

Orders of the Day — Courts (Research) Bill (22 Chw 1991)

Mr Michael Woodcock: My Bill does not deal with those matters, which should be considered in places more appropriate than this. It aims only to amend legislation to allow an experiment. I wish neither to support my hon. Friend nor to oppose him. Those matters are not within the scope of the Bill. If television were to become a permanent feature of our courts, it would have to be only for appropriate cases. It...

Orders of the Day — Courts (Research) Bill (22 Chw 1991)

Mr Michael Woodcock: In February 1990, the Bar Council universally endorsed the report's recommendations for pilot projects in courts. It then decided to seek an amendment to the law to enable such projects to take place. In September 1990, the annual conference of the Bar Council organised a workshop in conjunction with the Canadian Bar Association, at which English, American and Canadian judges debated the...

Orders of the Day — Courts (Research) Bill (22 Chw 1991)

Mr Michael Woodcock: I am not seeking to use the evidence from the Florida experiment to try to persuade hon. Members that our courts should be televised. I simply mentioned that experiment to show that it is possible to undertake such an experiment and to judge the results. I believe that we should undertake similar experiments and then decide whether to televise our courts on the basis of experience. I...

Orders of the Day — Coal Mining Subsidence Bill ( 4 Chw 1991)

Mr Michael Woodcock: I warmly welcome the Bill, which is long overdue. The Government can take some credit for seeking to remove some of the worst injustices arising from the damage caused by subsidence. However, they can take a little less credit for the time that they have taken. As we all know, Waddilove reported as long ago as 1984. The Government took three years to respond, a further year to issue a...

Orders of the Day — Coal Mining Subsidence Bill ( 4 Chw 1991)

Mr Michael Woodcock: The hon. Gentleman has still not grasped the point, which has been made several times, that, under the Bill, a claim can be made up to six years after the damage occurred, not six years after mining. If we were to rely on the provisions of the arbitration scheme, British Coal could refuse anyone the right to go to arbitration, no matter whether the case arose in fewer than six years, six...

Orders of the Day — Coal Mining Subsidence Bill ( 4 Chw 1991)

Mr Michael Woodcock: Does my hon. Friend agree that one of the problems is that the Bill imposes specific time limits, not on British Coal but on claimants? As my hon. Friend said, the phrase "within a reasonable time" is mentioned several times, but a claimant has only 28 days in which to respond to a schedule served by British Coal. Does my hon. Friend agree that that does not seem to be reasonable?

Orders of the Day — Coal Mining Subsidence Bill ( 4 Chw 1991)

Mr Michael Woodcock: We have heard that British Coal is graciously bringing in an arbitration scheme, but there is a major defect to it. British Coal has to give the claimant permission to go to arbitration. How can an arbitration scheme be of any value when the person who is wrong in the dispute can prevent the person who wishes to challenge a decision from going to arbitration? The scheme is worthless unless...

Petition: Eastern Europe (26 Gor 1990)

Mr Michael Woodcock: I am grateful to you, Mr. Deputy Speaker, for calling me to speak in one of the last debates in the parliamentary Session. I am equally grateful to my right hon. Friend the Minister for Overseas Development for being here with so few of us to see the sun set on the Session. Perhaps it is fitting that one of the last debates should be about the momentous events that have unfolded in eastern...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Cultural Heritage (21 Meh 1990)

Mr Michael Woodcock: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what proposals he has to develop the cultural heritage of Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Cultural Heritage (21 Meh 1990)

Mr Michael Woodcock: Does my hon. Friend agree that that programme and those which I hope he will introduce in the future can make a significant contribution to breaking down the alienation between the two communities?


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