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Yarl’s Wood — Question (24 February 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 February 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 January 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 January 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 July 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 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?

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