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Female Genital Mutilation — Question (20 March 2014)

Baroness O'Cathain: My Lords, I ask the Minister whether these girls have any access to confidential information. For example, we have ChildLine, Rape Crisis, services for battered wives, and all those areas where people can, if they are in positions like this, phone up and get some help and assistance. I have never heard of one for this bestial practice. Is there any charity that we could approach and ask?

Assisted Suicide — Question for Short Debate (5 March 2014)

Baroness O'Cathain: My Lords, the DPP guidelines published in 2010 were hailed as a victory by the assisted dying lobby. These guidelines made it clear that encouraging or assisting the suicide of another is a criminal offence. Since then that lobby has subjected the policy to all kinds of criticisms. While trying to look at the criticisms dispassionately, I fear that I have come to the conclusion that those in...

Schools: Careers Guidance — Question (25 February 2014)

Baroness O'Cathain: My Lords, can my noble friend tell the careers advice people that we must make sure that we get the right jobs for the right people? The mismatch at the moment is horrendous, particularly with ICT jobs. It is estimated that by the end of next year there will be something like 400,000 to 700,000 mismatched jobs. The competition in the BRIC and MINT countries is making hay when it comes to...

NHS Property Services Ltd — Question (30 January 2014)

Baroness O'Cathain: My Lords, I ask my noble friend: when people are appointing chairmen to such organisations, could they look at their skill sets in advance rather than getting rid of them because of their lack of skill sets?

Small Businesses: Late Payments — Question (18 December 2013)

Baroness O'Cathain: Can my noble friend give a copper-bottomed guarantee that no government department goes beyond the pay days to pay its debts? If he cannot, can he make it very clear to his lords and masters that that is what is demanded of them and that in future we will need that guarantee?

Benefits: Sanctions — Question (16 December 2013)

Baroness O'Cathain: My Lords, will my noble friend give us some indication of the sort of training given to those who deal with some of the rather disturbed people who go to jobseekers’ offices? I have seen several instances where the people in this very difficult situation get a bit disturbed about it and need a bit more sensitivity. I have mentioned this to the Minister before. I wonder whether the...

Schools Careers Service: Apprenticeships — Question (11 December 2013)

Baroness O'Cathain: My Lords, is my noble friend aware of the huge amount of work going on in the area of apprenticeships? Sub-Committee B of the European Union Committee is taking evidence on youth unemployment at the moment, and the great finding is that many large companies are actively getting involved in apprenticeships for the first time in many years. We have heard about some outstanding examples of this,...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Government Departments: Procurement (8 October 2013)

Baroness O'Cathain: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 19 July (HL1389), when the new procurement policy was introduced; whether it was published by way of a press notice; and whether they have made sure that each person responsible for procurement in every Government Department is aware of the policy.

European Union Committee: 2012-13 (EUC Report) — Motion to Take Note (30 July 2013)

Baroness O'Cathain: My Lords, I am grateful that the occasion of this debate on the European Union Committee’s 2012-13 report gives me two opportunities. The first opportunity is to pay tribute to the work of the European Union Committee chairman, the noble Lord, Lord Boswell, for the important work of scrutiny of EU legislation. The fact that so much of our legislation is directed from the European...

Littering from Vehicles Bill [HL] — Second Reading (19 July 2013)

Baroness O'Cathain: He is shaking his head.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Taxation: Avoidance (18 July 2013)

Baroness O'Cathain: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider re-examining their procurement policy to avoid doing business with companies that pay minimal amounts of United Kingdom tax.

Extension of Franchise (House of Lords) Bill [HL] — Second Reading (5 July 2013)

Baroness O'Cathain: Surely the point the noble Lord made earlier about this not being the beginning of the slippery slope is counteracted by his other statement that it should be incremental, bit by bit. So is it a slippery slope or is it incremental?

Food: Food Banks — Question (2 July 2013)

Baroness O'Cathain: My Lords, does my noble friend agree that there is a lot of mythology about food banks? This movement was started by the Christian churches—people reaching out to people who are not necessarily long-term unemployed but who have found themselves in a position through no fault of their own. There are abused women who have been given local flats by housing associations but who still do not...

Genetically Modified Crops — Question (26 June 2013)

Baroness O'Cathain: My Lords, in all this euphoria about GM crops—and I think it is wonderful that at last we have some positive news—let us not forget that there are areas in the world that are going to be badly affected by this because the plants do not produce seeds on the same basis as current crops. I suggest that in all discussions that go on about this, particularly with the European Union,...

Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises: Funding — Question (25 June 2013)

Baroness O'Cathain: My Lords, my noble friend Lord Sharkey is absolutely right: knowledge of the funding available does not seem to be percolating through. That is a real shame, because SMEs account for some 98% of all businesses in the UK and internal market. They also account for so much activity, and there could be a huge opportunity for growth and for employment, because if every SME in the UK, and where...

Small Businesses: Late Payments — Question (11 June 2013)

Baroness O'Cathain: My Lords, I ask my noble friend whether it is a great thing that 75% of the FTSE 100 who actually pay have subscribed to this code? First, a code is a code, not a law. Circumstances are such now, with austerity in such a state, that we ought to look at this seriously. If 75% of the FTSE 100 pay on time, that still leaves one in four of our major companies that do not. I also support the point...

Queen’s Speech — Debate (2nd Day) (9 May 2013)

Baroness O'Cathain: My Lords, it is a great honour to take part in the debate on the most gracious Speech. Reading through the speech several times, I was struck by how central to everything is the economic situation in this country and how we have to measure everything against that. The first statement in the gracious Speech is: “My Government’s legislative programme will continue to focus on...

Queen’s Speech — Debate (2nd Day) (9 May 2013)

Baroness O'Cathain: I could never have said it as well as that, but I thank my noble friend. What is likely to be the reaction of those who have been made summarily redundant and have to rely on food banks to tide them over until they can access benefits, of those thousands of young people whom I have already described, who are living in a state of deep concern, and of pensioners holding steadfastly to values...

Procedure of the House — Motion to Resolve (24 April 2013)

Baroness O'Cathain: My Lords, I think the noble Lord should cast his mind back to what happens on such occasions. I always note just how courteous people are about not interrupting people with mobility issues, and we all listen very intently to them. Actually, they normally obey the rules much better than those of us who are able-bodied.

Death of a Member: Baroness Thatcher — Tributes (10 April 2013)

Baroness O'Cathain: My Lords, this has been a remarkable day-one that none of us who has sat through it will ever forget. Of course, it is also a very sad day. It is a day of finality-a day when we know that we will never have Margaret Thatcher in our midst again. Having said that, we of course send our condolences to the family. As I do that, I am convinced that once the raw effects of bereavement-and they can...

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