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Serious Crime Bill [HL]: Committee (3rd Day) (15 July 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 June 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 June 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 June 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 June 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...

Prisons: Education and Training — Question (3 April 2014)

Baroness Bakewell: My Lords—

Culture: Cinema — Question for Short Debate (2 April 2014)

Baroness Bakewell: My Lords, next year the Royal Opera House expects more people to see performances of its work in the cinema than in the opera house, exceeding the 670,000 a year who visit the opera house. By cinema standards, that is small stuff; it is nothing like the audiences for blockbusters with their budgets of millions for promotion. However, it is telling because it eliminates the gulf between art...

Women: Contribution to Economic Life — Motion to Take Note (6 March 2014)

Baroness Bakewell: And Lolita Chakrabarti.

Women: Contribution to Economic Life — Motion to Take Note (6 March 2014)

Baroness Bakewell: My Lords, it gives me great pleasure to speak immediately after such an excellent maiden speech from the noble Lord, Lord Palumbo. It is great that he chose such a debate—it was rather bold of him—and very indicative of his business acumen that he should be contemplating the appointment that we would all welcome among his senior staff. Today we have heard lots of statistics and a...

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

Baroness Bakewell: My Lords, I speak as the writer and presenter of the BBC Radio 4 programme, “Inside the Ethics Committee”, which tells of individual dilemmas faced by those having to make decisions about terminal care. Tonight I will speak of a particular case to make my point. A man is dying of motor neurone disease. He has written an advance directive saying he wishes his life to be ended when...

Schools: Careers Guidance — Question (25 February 2014)

Baroness Bakewell: My Lords, there is an ongoing problem of informing young people about apprenticeships. This is a long-running story, found to be inadequate by the Ofsted report, which said that the careers advice being given in schools is not addressing that. The dilemma is that when a teacher on the staff of a school is also the careers officer, their loyalty to the school inclines them to advise children...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Higher Education: University Status (11 February 2014)

Baroness Bakewell: To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many educational institutions in the United Kingdom are currently seeking university status. To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many educational institutions in the United Kingdom seeking university status belong within a chain of such establishments. To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many educational institutions in the United Kingdom...

Broadcasting: Digital Radio — Question (22 January 2014)

Baroness Bakewell: My Lords—

Broadcasting: Digital Radio — Question (22 January 2014)

Baroness Bakewell: My Lords, first, I apologise for trying to shout down my friend the noble Baroness, Lady Benjamin. In light of the fact that old people depend so much on radio specifically, and on good transmission as they get older and deafer and need local information from local stations, could the agenda of the Government in this regard not also plead the care agenda?

Children: Affordable Childcare — Motion to Take Note (9 January 2014)

Baroness Bakewell: My Lords, I welcome this debate enormously and pay tribute to the noble Baroness, Lady Massey, for initiating it. I agree with what has been said so far, that this is a core undertaking for our society at this time. I pay tribute to the previous speakers for their detailed knowledge of the complexity and sheer bureaucracy involved in trying to acquire childcare at all. However, I thought that...

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

Baroness Bakewell: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that career services in schools make pupils fully aware of apprenticeship opportunities open to them.

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

Baroness Bakewell: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord for that Answer, but given that the House of Commons Business, Innovation and Skills Committee report of 2012-13 found that, “awareness and resources in schools and colleges remains lacking”, expressed disappointment with the National Apprenticeship Service and recommended that the NAS should be given statutory responsibility for raising awareness...

Economy: Broadcast Media — Motion to Take Note (28 November 2013)

Baroness Bakewell: My Lords, I am delighted to join this debate and thank the noble Baroness for introducing it. She and I have spoken in broadcasting debates before and I did therefore wonder where we were going with this one and why. It did not take long for me to appreciate how important and timely such a debate is, because the broadcasting landscape is changing so fast and so significantly in a world...

Consumers: Vulnerable Consumers — Question (29 October 2013)

Baroness Bakewell: My Lords, it is not a matter of lifestyle choice whether or not people prefer to use the internet: for many people it is a question of poverty. Some 44% of the older people who are not online, when asked why, said that they could not afford it. Does the Minister agree that this is adding to the disadvantage they already experience by virtue of being old and poor, and making it worse?

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