Results 1–20 of 129 for speaker:Baroness Bakewell

National Living Wage: Social Care - Question (5 May 2016)

Baroness Bakewell: My Lords, when these situations have arisen before and there has been a crisis with care homes, there has been a lack of response which has resulted in old and frail people being virtually turned out of the door. This is a crisis and there is going to be a crash—the care sector has warned us that it is coming. The Government have made concessions—the precept and so on—but...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: UK Membership of EU (27 Apr 2016)

Baroness Bakewell: To ask Her Majesty’s Government which institutions and postholders are prohibited by law from expressing views on the EU referendum and the UK membership of the EU.

BBC Charter Review (Communications Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (21 Apr 2016)

Baroness Bakewell: My Lords, I, too, congratulate the Communications Select Committee, under its excellent chair, the noble Lord, Lord Best, on having delivered an exemplary report that is both focused in scope and wise in its conclusions. I concur with and support much of what has already been said in its favour. It is to be commended to all parliamentarians, especially those who are eager to see the BBC...

State Pension Age — Statement (2 Mar 2016)

Baroness Bakewell: My Lords, I welcome this Statement from the Minister and the setting up of an independent inquiry. I can only offer my sympathy to the chairman because, as she knows, pension age is a hot potato politically. There was a debate in the Commons last week about the whole case of the baby-boomer, or WASPI, women, and a Motion, which was lost by only a few votes, calling for action from the...

Immigration: Students — Question for Short Debate (25 Feb 2016)

Baroness Bakewell: My Lords, I commend the noble Baroness, Lady Sharp, on once again championing the interests of higher education in this country. Universities and academic bodies appreciate her dedication and expertise; I speak as the president of Birkbeck in saying as much. I also look forward to the maiden speech of the noble Baroness, Lady Brown, on such an important topic. This subject of international...

Adult Education and Lifelong Learning — Motion to Take Note (28 Jan 2016)

Baroness Bakewell: My Lords, it is a great privilege to follow the valedictory speech of the noble Baroness, Lady Williams. Appropriately, of course, it was about education but ranged wider, across the whole sphere of public life, to which she has contributed so much throughout her illustrious career, committing her warmth and humanity to one of its finest causes, education. We also owe her thanks for a...

Trade Union Bill: Second Reading (11 Jan 2016)

Baroness Bakewell: My Lords, I speak from two perspectives on this Bill. My title comes from Stockport, where I grew up and where some of the earliest trade unions were active and powerful. As long ago as 1829, textile industry employers there reduced cotton spinners’ wages and brought in substitute labour, provoking strikes in Stockport that got violent. Troops were called in and there was one hanging...

State Pension: Women — Question for Short Debate (3 Dec 2015)

Baroness Bakewell: To ask Her Majesty’s Government to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the new single-tier state pension, what provision they have made for informing women in their 50s of their pension expectations.

State Pension: Women — Question for Short Debate (3 Dec 2015)

Baroness Bakewell: My Lords, I am delighted to launch this topical Question for Short Debate arising from issues that have currently swept the country and the media involving the transition to new pension arrangements. This is a small gathering, but a distinguished one, and I look forward to hearing the Minister’s response to the issues that we have to raise. The population is ageing; we know that. Life...

Universities: Freedom of Speech — Motion to Take Note (26 Nov 2015)

Baroness Bakewell: My Lords, I congratulate my noble friend Lady Deech on introducing this very important debate, which is enlightening us all as we go along. I speak as president of Birkbeck in the University of London. It is the home of the Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism—the only centre in the UK and one of only two in Europe whose mission is to promote the understanding of anti-Semitism....

State Pension: Equalisation — Question (23 Nov 2015)

Baroness Bakewell: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to compensate the women deprived of their expected pensions by the increase in the state pension age under the Pensions Act 2011.

State Pension: Equalisation — Question (23 Nov 2015)

Baroness Bakewell: I thank the Minister for that Answer. There are 700,000 women caught in this brutal pensions trap, and they are already in their 60s. They had hoped to be drawing their pensions, but in some cases, even after 45 qualifying years, they currently have no pension, no pensioner benefits, often no job—having been made redundant—and no right to claim jobseeker’s allowance. What...

Welfare Reform and Work Bill: Second Reading (17 Nov 2015)

Baroness Bakewell: My Lords, in considering the implications of this Bill for our society, I invoke the judgment of Adam Smith, author of The Wealth of Nations and acclaimed founder of the economic theory that gave birth to economic liberalism and the free market economy, who is a hero in many people’s eyes. Adam Smith was not just an economist; he was also a philosopher. In his work The Theory of Moral...

Graham Ovenden: Art Collection — Question (21 Oct 2015)

Baroness Bakewell: My Lords, I endorse what has been said about this matter of principle. The aesthetics of this country and its art cannot be determined by the magistracy. This is an important decision of principle regardless of what is in this collection. The collection does not have to go on display; it simply does not have to be destroyed. Do not forget that the magistracy ordered the seizure of paintings...

BBC: Finance and Independence — Motion to Take Note (10 Sep 2015)

Baroness Bakewell: I thank the Minister for her valiant attempt to cover the horizon, broad as it has been, of the debate here today. She said that the outcome of the negotiations over the licence fee would be the BBC emerging stronger. I say that if the Minister took the advice of this Chamber, it would indeed be so. I have been delighted by the contributions made by everyone, many of them broadcasters...

BBC: Finance and Independence — Motion to Take Note (10 Sep 2015)

Baroness Bakewell: My Lords, I am delighted to see here so many people who have a share in the television industry generally and an interest from a board viewpoint. This is a matter that concerns us all and will go on concerning us for some time. This debate follows one held in early July introduced by the noble Lord, Lord Fowler. Two days afterwards, on 16 July, the public consultation on the BBC’s...

Women in News and Current Affairs Broadcasting (Communications Committee Report) — Motion to Take Note (8 Sep 2015)

Baroness Bakewell: My Lords, I am not on the speakers list so I will take advantage of the gap to offer a few spontaneous comments on the debate and the report. First, I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Best, who chaired the committee, on which I was proud to serve. He did it with enormous discretion and understanding. Back in 1977 I prevailed on Granada Television to let me chair a programme in which we...


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