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Road Closures in Central London - Private Notice Question (8 Oct 2019)

Baroness Boothroyd: My Lords, as Speaker of the House of Commons over many years I read out the sessional orders that were accepted by the House at the beginning of every Session. Later that day it was always confirmed to me that they had been received by the police, were understood and were being carried out. I am not an anti-demonstrator. I confess to your Lordships with pride that, as a young person, I...

Baroness Boothroyd (8 Oct 2019)

Baroness Boothroyd: Thank you very much indeed.

Extreme Poverty and Human Rights: United Nations Report - Question (19 Jun 2019)

Baroness Boothroyd: The right reverend Prelate asked a direct and interesting question. Will the Minister answer it?

Brexit: Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration - Motion to Take Note (3rd Day) (14 Jan 2019)

Baroness Boothroyd: My Lords, I cherish my European citizenship and regret its loss when or if—dare I say it?—Brexit becomes law. I identified myself as a British patriot and a European when I went to Berlin and other war-torn cities on the continent with little more than £5 in my pocket at the age of 17. I stayed with social democrat families who welcomed me into their homes. Europe is part of my DNA; it...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Commons Reasons and Amendments (18 Jun 2018)

Baroness Boothroyd: The noble Lord is sometimes very eager to give way. The noble Baroness the Leader of the Opposition is absolutely correct in what she says.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Second Reading (2nd Day) (31 Jan 2018)

Baroness Boothroyd: My Lords, I admit at the outset that the referendum result was a very bad, sad day for me, but that is democracy for you and I am not reneging on it. I wrote an article during the campaign for a national newspaper urging my side of the argument to campaign with greater passion and vigour, but it had little effect and we lost. It is not the first time that I have been on the losing side. So I...

House of Lords: Lord Speaker’s Committee Report - Motion to Take Note (19 Dec 2017)

Baroness Boothroyd: My Lords, this report opens up yet another phase in the long struggle to defend the integrity of this House and maintain the authority of our bicameral Parliament. It is a cause to which I have devoted the past 25 years of my life and, decrepit as I may be, I am not giving it up yet. Parliament is and must remain the chief forum of the nation, never more so than at a time when the country’s...

Health: Congenital Heart Disease - Question for Short Debate (20 Jul 2017)

Baroness Boothroyd: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what clinical evidence they have that the proposed closure of congenital heart disease services at the Royal Brompton Hospital will lead to improved patient outcomes.

Health: Congenital Heart Disease - Question for Short Debate (20 Jul 2017)

Baroness Boothroyd: My Lords, I hope this debate will persuade the Government to end the current crisis that threatens the future of the Royal Brompton Hospital. I hope also that it will convince NHS England, which funds Britain’s largest centre for the treatment of congenital heart and lung diseases, that its plans to decommission the hospital’s key services are mistaken and should be withdrawn. There is no...

Immigration Centre Detainees: Pay - Question (4 Jul 2017)

Baroness Boothroyd: My Lords, the question being asked is: who benefits? That was the original question to which we are all waiting to hear the answer.

NHS: Debt - Question (23 Jan 2017)

Baroness Boothroyd: My Lords—

NHS: Debt - Question (23 Jan 2017)

Baroness Boothroyd: Order. That is a very good way to begin the week. My question is brief and very much to the point, and concerns the transportation of patients to and from hospitals. We are all aware that many patients often have to go to major hospitals—travelling 20 or 30 miles—on a daily, weekly, fortnightly or thrice-weekly basis. The cost must be horrendous; is this part of it? Can the Minister give...

House of Lords: Size - Motion to Resolve (5 Dec 2016)

Baroness Boothroyd: My Lords, I begin by stating the obvious: this is a very complicated and deep-rooted issue. We cannot of course determine it this afternoon, or at any other time in a debate such as we are having today, but I certainly support the call for a Select Committee that was enunciated by the noble Lord, Lord Cunningham, to explore all these great matters and to report back to us. However, I caution...

House of Lords: Appointments Commission - Question (28 Nov 2016)

Baroness Boothroyd: My Lords, on 7 September last year the noble Baroness, Lady Stowell, who was then the Lord Privy Seal, said: “There is a convention that if a new Peer is a special adviser, they will be able to participate in the Division Lobbies but not contribute to debates”.—[Official Report, 7/9/15; col. 1213.] Quite frankly, that convention seems to me to have been invented in the last few years....

Policing and Crime Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (2 Nov 2016)

Baroness Boothroyd: My Lords, I support this very splendid amendment that has been moved by the noble Lord, Lord Marlesford, and spoken to by your Lordships warmly and welcomingly. In many cases, the people we are speaking about here—and I say this in front of many people here who have given great service to the police—have been harassed by the police. On many occasions, they have been pilloried by the...

Short-Term Letting: Deregulation - Question (19 Oct 2016)

Baroness Boothroyd: My Lords, since councils lost the powers of licensing short lets last year, is it correct that the only recourse that other residents in a block have in cases of threatening behaviour or damage to the property is to call the police?

Council of the European Union: UK Presidency - Question (19 Jul 2016)

Baroness Boothroyd: My Lords, as we have no Commissioner at the moment in Europe and we are informed that we must continue as full members of Europe, is it not right that we should appoint a new Commissioner to that organisation?

Hate Crime - Question (14 Jul 2016)

Baroness Boothroyd: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they propose to take to deal with the recent increase in hate crimes and community tensions reported by the National Police Chiefs Council.

Hate Crime - Question (14 Jul 2016)

Baroness Boothroyd: My Lords, this year is the 50th anniversary of the Race Relations Act and the Government are still talking about action plans to tackle what that Act failed to do then, and what we are still failing to do now. Will the Government’s proposed action plan curtail the widespread use of the internet to spread racial abuse and discord? Is the Minister aware that the current training for police...

Outcome of the European Union Referendum - Motion to Take Note (Continued) (6 Jul 2016)

Baroness Boothroyd: My Lords, I speak as a committed European who regrets the breach with the European Union, accepts the referendum result as the will of the people and believes that we can overcome the challenges that face us if we do our duty as a Parliament and work together as a united country. It pains me to say that we are currently failing on every front. Parliament is paralysed by a lame-duck Government...


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