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Upcoming Business – Lords: Main Chamber (10 Sep 2015)

Future financing and independence of the BBC – Baroness Bakewell. Debate

Student Loans — Question (20 Jul 2015)

Baroness Bakewell: Will the Minister acknowledge that part-time study for a full degree, done by people who already have jobs, does not allow the flexibility that she suggests is available generally? The fall in the number of students doing part-time higher degree courses is critical because the future of education may well lie in the willingness of people to take further degrees, to further their careers,...

Concessionary Television Licences — Statement (6 Jul 2015)

Baroness Bakewell: This has nothing to do with the BBC. This is an attack on people who are old and who are living lonely, isolated and unhappy lives. They depend on broadcasting more than any other segment of the community. That has been provided by the BBC for decades to the satisfaction of the older part of the population, which we know is increasing. This is a government benefit being cut and dumped on the...

Care Sector: Apprenticeships — Question (6 Jul 2015)

Baroness Bakewell: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the report The UK Nursing Workforce: Crisis or Opportunity published by consultants Christie + Co on 3 June, which highlighted a serious staff shortage in care homes, what proportion of new apprenticeships will be in the care sector.

Care Sector: Apprenticeships — Question (6 Jul 2015)

Baroness Bakewell: I thank the noble Earl for that Answer. I was specifically concerned about the great shortage of nurses, who are needed in this country. The burden of the need for nurses falls particularly heavily on care homes. On Wednesday, the National Care Forum will publish a survey showing that in the care workforce, only 12% are under 25 years old and 50% are over 45 years old. Recruitment is...

Psychoactive Substances Bill [HL]: Committee (1st Day) (23 Jun 2015)

Baroness Bakewell: Perhaps I might add to this conversation about the need for evidence. At Second Reading, on the matter of addressing the damage being done to these young people, Ireland was cited as evidence of the effectiveness of legislation. I refer my colleagues in the House to a report made by a fellow journalist at the BBC. Following Second Reading he went to Ireland to examine what is happening with...

Psychoactive Substances Bill [HL]: Second Reading (9 Jun 2015)

Baroness Bakewell: My Lords, I am pleased to join in this debate about the Government’s Psychoactive Substances Bill because the issue is one about which we should all be concerned. There is evidence from across Europe that there is a steady increase in such newly created drugs, with some 450 currently being monitored there. Statistics from the UK detect a slow rise, from 41 such substances in 2010 to 49...

Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre — Statement (3 Mar 2015)

Baroness Bakewell: My Lords, I raised the issue of Yarl’s Wood in this House three years ago and was assured at that time by the noble Earl, Lord Attlee, that he would invite representatives of the Home Office to the House to discuss the issue, which he did. Officials came along here, and my noble friend Lady Kennedy and I discussed with them what changes were desired to make the lives of the women...

Yarl’s Wood — Question (24 Feb 2015)

Baroness Bakewell: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what requirements were set in the contract for Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre recently reawarded to Serco regarding the dignity and privacy of women detained there.

Yarl’s Wood — Question (24 Feb 2015)

Baroness Bakewell: I thank the noble Lord for that Answer. In June last year Yarl’s Wood was the subject of 31 allegations of sexual misconduct. Those were investigated and a number of staff were dismissed. None the less, in November the Serco contract for Yarl’s Wood was extended for eight years. However, the harassment goes on. The January report by Women for Refugee Women documented inappropriate...

Elderly People: Powers of Attorney and Living Wills — Question for Short Debate (12 Jan 2015)

Baroness Bakewell: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to encourage elderly people, including those with early-stage dementia, to prepare living wills and powers of attorney in anticipation of serious illness or degenerative disease.

Elderly People: Powers of Attorney and Living Wills — Question for Short Debate (12 Jan 2015)

Baroness Bakewell: My Lords, I am particularly grateful for the chance to debate dementia at this time both because it is timely—the national dementia strategy came to an end last year—and because there seems to be considerable movement on both the medical and the social care fronts in the approach to dementia sufferers and their carers. I know this because last December I wrote and presented a...

Schools: Local Oversight — Question (28 Jul 2014)

Baroness Bakewell: My Lords, after the Trojan horse allegations, it has been reported that teachers who spoke out at the time are now suffering harassment and the threat of losing their jobs. What do the Government propose as a way of protecting whistleblowers locally so that they are given enough courage to come forward and speak out?

Serious Crime Bill [HL]: Committee (3rd Day) (15 Jul 2014)

Baroness Bakewell: My Lords, I would like to add my support for this amendment and perhaps add a story of my own. This is not a new issue. As long ago as the 1990s, I made a television programme exposing the practice of female genital mutilation, which went out in prime time on BBC television’s first channel, BBC1. It was quite explicit and voiced the alarm of Somali women themselves, who explained to me...

Divorce (Financial Provision) Bill [HL] — Second Reading (27 Jun 2014)

Baroness Bakewell: My Lords, in the 1830s Caroline Norton campaigned for the Custody of Infants Act, which for the first time allowed women separated from their husbands—though not of course divorced—access to their own children. In the 1870s Caroline Norton went on to campaign for the Married Women’s Property Act, which allowed wives to keep some of their own property within their marriage....

Medical Innovation Bill [HL] — Second Reading (27 Jun 2014)

Baroness Bakewell: My Lords, I give my qualified support to the Bill, based on my experience of 10 series of a BBC programme called “Inside the Ethics Committee”. I have worked on programmes about medical ethics for many years and I remember when ethics committees were introduced into hospitals to resolve the issues facing doctors making difficult decisions. From those programmes I have learnt...

House of Lords: Labour Peers’ Working Group Report — Motion to Take Note (19 Jun 2014)

Baroness Bakewell: My Lords, the noble Lord, Lord Dykes, will, I hope, be pleased to know that I have not arrived with a written speech. I am making some footnotes on what I have already heard. I congratulate my noble friend Lady Taylor of Bolton on introducing the debate. The issue goes forward; it goes on and on. My comments derive from being part of the outreach department of the House of Lords, which goes...

Queen’s Speech — Debate (3rd Day) (Continued) (9 Jun 2014)

Baroness Bakewell: My Lords, I am pleased to join the debate on the gracious Speech by raising two issues that are closely involved with each other, though only one, immigration, comes within today’s agenda. The other, higher education, officially belongs within BIS and is to be debated tomorrow, but I think that few in this Chamber, certainly if the debate held here last month is anything to go by, will...


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