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Results 1–20 of 2800 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Baroness Bottomley of Nettlestone

Gene Editing - Motion to Take Note (30 Jan 2020)

Baroness Bottomley of Nettlestone: My Lords, I warmly congratulate the noble Baroness on introducing this debate of great importance. I admired her for suggesting that it was in the spirit of inquiry and concern, not as an expert; I echo her comment. The joy of this place is that we have many distinguished scientists and clinicians as well as many distinguished ethicists among the Lords Spiritual and many others, so this is...

Social Mobility - Question for Short Debate (29 Jan 2020)

Baroness Bottomley of Nettlestone: My Lords, I warmly congratulate the noble Baroness on introducing this critically important debate. The questions around social mobility have permeated my entire career. I was representing the Child Poverty Action Group in 1972, and I was there at Church House when Keith Joseph made his great speech about the cycle of deprivation: low-income families, poor housing, lack of education and early...

Vocational Education and Training - Question for Short Debate (28 Oct 2019)

Baroness Bottomley of Nettlestone: My Lords, I also congratulate my noble friend on securing this important and timely debate. The future success of the UK depends on developing and sustaining a competitive, highly skilled, knowledge-based economy. This is clearly recognised in the industrial strategy, pioneered by the former Prime Minister and the former Business Secretary, Greg Clark. In spite of our reassuringly high...

Human Rights: Future Trade - Motion to Take Note (3 Oct 2019)

Baroness Bottomley of Nettlestone: My Lords, to hear the noble and right reverend Lord is really like having an hour’s version of “Thought for the Day”; we all feel better and wiser. His measured tone and words of wisdom and the balance with which he puts forward the debate are incontrovertible and critically important at this time. He does not say that human rights should dominate trade deals, but that they should be...

Offender Management and Treatment - Motion to Take Note (3 Oct 2019)

Baroness Bottomley of Nettlestone: Let me be the first most warmly to congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Ramsbotham, on securing this debate and once again drawing attention to the need for enlightened and critical reforms across our criminal justice system. His tenacity in bringing these matters back over and again as a former Chief Inspector of Prisons and his extensive writing and speaking have made an enormous impact....

Conduct of Debate in Public Life - Motion to Regret (9 May 2019)

Baroness Bottomley of Nettlestone: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Lord on his Motion and the noble Baroness on her comments. Both speakers made many points with which I strongly agree. Of course furious debate, passion and rage are nothing new in a democracy. In the Commons, the two sides are two swords’ lengths apart to stop them from striking each other. Over the years there has been protest, militancy and outrage. I...

Bahrain: Human Rights - Question for Short Debate (13 Mar 2019)

Baroness Bottomley of Nettlestone: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Scriven, on bringing this important matter to the House. I know he has been particularly tenacious in ensuring that these issues are followed through and addressed on several occasions. Bahrain remains a key regional partner for the UK. As the noble Lord said, we have worked together for more than 200 years and share many interests, with an...

Plastic: Environmental Threat and Recycling - Motion to Take Note (19 Dec 2018)

Baroness Bottomley of Nettlestone: My Lords, like others I commend my noble friend Lady Neville-Rolfe. She should be excellent—she was a senior civil servant, a special adviser and a very successful businesswoman and a Minister. She has all the ingredients for preparing the policy paper, legislating and implementing the policy, and working with business to achieve it. It has been a delight, after a wearisome autumn of...

Sport, Recreation and the Arts - Motion to Take Note (19 Dec 2018)

Baroness Bottomley of Nettlestone: My Lords, I most warmly congratulate my noble friend on a magnificent speech, on a subject that I am sure unites the House: the importance of sport for young people—able-bodied and disabled—and the part it plays in people’s lives in their sense of well-being, their health and their education. There is critical concern over disreputable behaviour, dishonesty, the lack of integrity, and...

Young People - Motion to Take Note (13 Dec 2018)

Baroness Bottomley of Nettlestone: My Lords, I warmly congratulate the noble Baroness on introducing this debate. She has created an appalling dilemma for us all, because there are so many points to which each of us wants to respond—particularly as I find myself in agreement with a huge number of her points. It is a paradox that, at a time of greater prosperity, physical health and opportunity, we have young people who are...

Leaving the European Union - Statement (26 Nov 2018)

Baroness Bottomley of Nettlestone: My Lords, is it not the case that the country is heartily sick of the political shenanigans around this subject? The people voted to leave. There is enormous admiration for the Prime Minister’s tenacity, courage, level head and patriotic heart. It is time to settle for the best deal on offer and put the interests of the country and our people first.

Justice: Women’s Centres - Question for Short Debate (12 Sep 2018)

Baroness Bottomley of Nettlestone: My Lords, the House will need no convincing that my noble friend Lady Sater has made an outstanding maiden speech, and we look forward to her further contributions in the weeks, months, years and decades ahead. Her speech was based on personal experience, pragmatism and principle. She has courage and compassion. I have known her for some years, and I was delighted when I heard that she was to...

Poverty Premium - Question for Short Debate (10 Sep 2018)

Baroness Bottomley of Nettlestone: My Lords, I congratulate my noble friend Lord Hodgson on bringing this debate to the House. He has a great track record for identifying those who are vulnerable or those in need in an otherwise prosperous society, which speaks for itself. There should be no doubt over the Government’s commitment to fighting poverty. We all recognise that progress has been achieved. Since 2010, there are 1...

United Nations General Assembly 2018: IRC Report - Question for Short Debate (6 Sep 2018)

Baroness Bottomley of Nettlestone: My Lords, great appreciation is due to my noble friend Lord Howell for his dedication and expertise. In another place, he served as an enlightened chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee. He continues to add tremendous insight, eloquence and authority as chair of the International Relations Select Committee in this House. We are all in his debt. I fear I may have tested your Lordships’...

Careers Education for Students - Motion to Take Note (6 Sep 2018)

Baroness Bottomley of Nettlestone: My Lords, I warmly congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Aberdare, on securing this important debate. I share his optimism that this is an area where there is genuine change and development. I notice that former colleagues from another place are in the House: my noble friend Lord Deben and, in particular, my noble friend Lord Baker, who did so much to focus on careers in schools. An exciting new...

Prisons: Rehabilitation - Question for Short Debate (6 Sep 2018)

Baroness Bottomley of Nettlestone: My Lords, as ever we are much indebted to the noble Lord, Lord Bird, for speaking so powerfully about a critical issue in our society. The number of people in prison is disgraceful. It is an incredibly serious problem. The report over the summer on the situation at Birmingham was quite deplorable. The Chief Inspector of Prisons described a situation of widespread violence and bullying,...

Nursing - Question for Short Debate (14 May 2018)

Baroness Bottomley of Nettlestone: My Lords, I feel privileged to follow the noble Lord, Lord Crisp, in his excellent address. Those who have followed him over many years will have noticed his real concern for development. I was always struck by his fascinating book, Turning the World Upside Down, in which he argued that we need to move beyond top-down thinking on international development towards co-development. While richer...

Divorce (Financial Provision) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (11 May 2018)

Baroness Bottomley of Nettlestone: My Lords, it is a pleasure to follow the right reverend Prelate. On this subject and so many others, we so value the Lords spiritual, who help us to set the tone. This is not only about the law but is much more profoundly about the sort of society in which we want to live. Many have commented on the extraordinary changing demographics, attitudes and expectations of marriage, which makes this...

Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018 - Motion to Take Note (22 Mar 2018)

Baroness Bottomley of Nettlestone: My Lords, it is a great privilege to speak after my noble friend Lord Luce and after the hugely impressive maiden speech of the noble Lord, Lord Geidt. He has been a huge force for good, supporting Her Majesty the Queen over many years. We look forward to many more contributions from him in this place, where we will hear his wisdom, intellect, skill and wit. How right the noble Lord, Lord...

NHS: Staff Pay - Statement (21 Mar 2018)

Baroness Bottomley of Nettlestone: My Lords, the Government have every reason to be proud of providing for this very substantial pay increase. However, can my noble friend remind NHS staff that, as would be the case for any other staff, with increased pay has to come change? There are no groups of employees in any enterprise anywhere who do not have to change, restructure or change the skill mix. Appraisal and training mean...


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