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Results 1–20 of 120 for speaker:Baroness Bakewell

Upcoming Business – Lords: Main Chamber (3 Dec 2015)

Informing women in their fifties of their pension expectations – Baroness Bakewell. Short debate

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...

Higher Education: Part-time and Mature Students — Question (8 Sep 2015)

Baroness Bakewell: My Lords, I ask the Minister to address the solution to this problem, which lies within the remit of the Government. I speak as the president of Birkbeck, which has been very badly hit. Part-time education is being prevented from moving forward, and what is needed is the repeal of the 2008 policy that makes equal level qualifications not available for grant. If that folly of a policy was...

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...

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