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Commonwealth: Decriminalising Homosexuality - Question (23 Jul 2019)

Baroness Corston: My Lords, does the Minister agree that one difficulty here is the inheritance of Empire? When I chaired the Joint Committee on Human Rights, we went to Delhi to talk to the commission on equality and human rights there and we mentioned the legislation on gay rights. The answer was emphatic: “We got this legislation from you, and we’re grateful”.

Poverty and Human Rights: UN Report - Question (25 Jun 2019)

Baroness Corston: My Lords—

Poverty and Human Rights: UN Report - Question (25 Jun 2019)

Baroness Corston: My Lords—

Poverty and Human Rights: UN Report - Question (25 Jun 2019)

Baroness Corston: My Lords, given the Minister’s dismissive reaction to the UN report, can she explain why, for the first time in the history of the welfare state, teachers are bringing food into schools because so many children are too hungry to learn?

Hate Crime: Homophobic and Misogynistic Attacks - Question (11 Jun 2019)

Baroness Corston: My Lords, I cannot be the only Member of your Lordships’ House who thinks that Section 28 poured pure poison into the lifeblood of this country. Will the Minister join me and express from the Dispatch Box her support for Sarah Hewitt-Clarkson, the head teacher of Anderton Park Primary School in Birmingham, who has bravely resisted a homophobic—what would one call it?

Hate Crime: Homophobic and Misogynistic Attacks - Question (11 Jun 2019)

Baroness Corston: A homophobic mob is protesting against some teaching in the school. As I understand it, these children are being taught about relationships; that some children have two mummies and some have two daddies. That is all it is, and if people do not like it, that is the way the modern world is.

Courts and Tribunals (Online Procedure) Bill [HL] - Committee: Amendment 1 (10 Jun 2019)

Baroness Corston: The Minister will know that in a recent Constitution Committee meeting we discussed the Bill with him at length. If there is to be no indication in the Bill that there is a possibility of making a paper application to the court, what advice or direction will be given to this Committee to make it plain that there will be that advice? We know that a significant proportion of the population of...

Family Courts: Domestic Violence - Question (21 May 2019)

Baroness Corston: My Lords, Women’s Aid published research last year showing very harmful gender-stereotypical attitudes to women survivors of domestic abuse and their children in our family courts. Does the Minister think that there is a connection between that and the fact that the Government’s gender strategy shows that 60% of the women in our prisons are victims of domestic violence?

Stalking - Question (14 May 2019)

Baroness Corston: My Lords—

Folic Acid - Question (19 Mar 2019)

Baroness Corston: My Lords, I am sure that we are all delighted that my noble friend Lord Rooker has at last had some success, given how many Questions he has asked on this subject, and I congratulate him. The Minister might like to know that I tabled a Parliamentary Question in January asking, “how many babies have been born in England with neural tube defects, such as spina bifida, in the last five years...

Female Genital Mutilation - Question (7 Mar 2019)

Baroness Corston: My Lords, when I was the Member for Bristol East in another place quite a long time ago, I used to work with secondary school head teachers to discuss instances when girls said they were being taken to another country, often a home country of their family, for a long holiday. The school would then do what it could to investigate the purpose of the trip and try to alert the authorities. What...

Gender Pay Gap - Question (5 Mar 2019)

Baroness Corston: My Lords, on 11 February last—less than a month ago—my noble friend Lady Prosser asked whether the Government would consider legislating to require employers to develop positive action plans for measures such as all-women training schemes and quality part-time jobs. The Government Minister replied from the Dispatch Box, in a somewhat non-committal way, that these measures were good...

Universal Credit: Free School Meals - Question (21 Feb 2019)

Baroness Corston: My Lords, the Minister referred to the fact that 300,000 fewer children are in poverty. Can he be truthful with the House and say that that is his assessment in relation to abject, rather than relative, poverty? That makes a huge difference. Talking about only people in destitution, rather than those who are poor, is misleading.

Prisoners: Acquired Brain Injuries - Question (12 Feb 2019)

Baroness Corston: My Lords, as I understand this survey, 62% of the women reported that their brain injury was sustained as a result of domestic violence, so these women are not only domestic violence survivors, they are brain-damaged and are locked up for ridiculously short periods. Does that not beg the question of whether they should be there at all?

Benefit Reforms - Question (10 Jan 2019)

Baroness Corston: My Lords, will the Minister accept my evidence from shopping at a supermarket in a small town in South Gloucestershire, an area not noted for poverty? At the beginning of the school holidays last July there was a note at the Trussell Trust food bank to the effect that it wanted more donations, because there were 34 children—in a relatively prosperous town—who were no longer having school...

Rail Franchise Agreements - Question (4 Dec 2018)

Baroness Corston: My Lords, I hope the Minister does not think that everything is fine on those train operating companies not mentioned here today. On Great Western Railway, for example, the service from Cheltenham Spa to Paddington is frequently cancelled on a Sunday night. All the trains are suddenly and summarily cancelled, so people who work in London all week and expect to travel back there on a Sunday...

Stalking - Question (20 Nov 2018)

Baroness Corston: My Lords, the noble Baroness outlined the process of tracking or monitoring serious stalkers. The onus is then on the victims to report crime, leave their homes, change their behaviour, sometimes change their jobs and disappear themselves. Surely that is an unacceptable state of affairs.

Domestic Abuse: General Practitioner Charges - Question (15 Nov 2018)

Baroness Corston: My Lords, is the Minister aware that during the time of the Labour Government, our noble and learned friend Lady Scotland of Asthal, when she was a Home Office Minister, took legislation through the House that provided for independent domestic violence advisers in courts? Those positions were abolished by the coalition Government. Will he consider reinstating them?

Prisons: Children of Prisoners - Question (30 Oct 2018)

Baroness Corston: My Lords, I hope the Minister will visit some women’s prisons. A short time ago the Justice Secretary, David Gauke, announced that there would be a presumption against sentences of less than 12 months. The overwhelming majority of women in our prisons are there for far less than 12 months; indeed, two years ago 271 of them served sentences of two weeks. This break between mother and child...

Further Education: Teachers’ Pay - Question (16 Oct 2018)

Baroness Corston: My Lords, listening to questions from noble Lords to the Minister this afternoon makes me recall the report of the ad hoc Committee on Social Mobility on the transfer from school to work, which I had the privilege to chair. Every single point raised by noble Lords this afternoon was raised in our report. What is the point of us having committees if the Government do not take any notice?


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