Results 1–20 of 3214 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 Taylor of Bolton

Trade Bill - Committee (1st Day) (21 Jan 2019)

Baroness Taylor of Bolton: My Lords, I do not want to follow the two previous speakers by talking about what happens, deal or no deal, but I will say a word about the difficulties facing the House on this Bill and on other legislation before us. My noble friend mentioned the Constitution Committee, which issued a report on the Trade Bill in October last year. We did so because we wanted to get ahead of the game by...

Brexit: Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration - Motion to Take Note (2nd Day) (6 Dec 2018)

Baroness Taylor of Bolton: My Lords, I shall say a few words as chair of the Constitution Committee and then make a few personal comments on how I see the current situation. Noble Lords will recall the very positive role that the Constitution Committee played in making the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill more fit for purpose. It was not presented to this House as a good Bill but it left us in a far better state....

Part-time and Continuing Education and the Open University - Motion to Take Note (5 Jul 2018)

Baroness Taylor of Bolton: My Lords, I too congratulate my noble friend Lady Bakewell on achieving this debate and regret that we have only three minutes. I should draw attention to my university declaration in the register but the reason that I wanted to speak in this debate is that many years ago, I taught with the Open University. One of the common themes that we have seen in this debate, whether we are talking...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (9th Day) (21 Mar 2018)

Baroness Taylor of Bolton: The Minister has just used the phrase that it is “not our intention” to use these powers. That is one of the difficulties that the Committee has on many of the issues that we have raised. The Government repeatedly say that it is not their intention to abuse these powers, yet they are taking powers which clearly can be abused in the future.

Abortion: Misoprostol - Question (20 Mar 2018)

Baroness Taylor of Bolton: My Lords, if the information we have just had is correct that more women, especially young women, are buying abortion drugs online, surely that proves the point that we need to improve the abortion services that we have within the NHS and the advice that is given to young women.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (28 Feb 2018)

Baroness Taylor of Bolton: I think I am following what the Minister is saying, but a moment ago he used the phrase “legislation which … enables” implementation. How much of what is “enabling” will be caught in this?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (28 Feb 2018)

Baroness Taylor of Bolton: I accept that, but the Minister is assuming that legislation is always very neatly compartmentalised in a way which would allow that. My fear is that there will be enabling parts of legislation that could be caught up because some subsection could be EU related.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (28 Feb 2018)

Baroness Taylor of Bolton: My Lords, while I do not want this section of the debate to be dominated by members of the Constitution Committee, I should congratulate my noble friend Lord Pannick on the way he presented the amendment despite it certainly not being in the interest of the legal profession—if we manage to get legal certainty in the Bill, the lawyers will not have their field day. However, I fear that,...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Second Reading (30 Jan 2018)

Baroness Taylor of Bolton: My Lords, I do not wish to speak on the pros and cons of Brexit. I will say a few words about the concerns raised by the Constitution Committee, which I now have the privilege of chairing, because, whatever our personal views on Brexit, we must as a House fulfil our constitutional responsibilities to try to make this legislation fit for purpose, even if we disagree with the purpose. I remind...

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

Baroness Taylor of Bolton: My Lords, I start by thanking the Lord Speaker for taking this initiative, following it through and keeping in touch with the committee so well. It was very interesting to work with the noble Lord, Lord Burns, who made us work very hard to consider every aspect of this issue. I am not telling tales when I say that the only real arguments we had was over whose turn it was to pay for the...

National Health Service (Charges to Overseas Visitors) (Amendment) Regulations 2017 - Motion to Regret (16 Nov 2017)

Baroness Taylor of Bolton: In the list the Minister gave, he did not deal with the point that the noble Baroness, Lady Hamwee, and I raised about failed asylum seekers who are still living in England.

National Health Service (Charges to Overseas Visitors) (Amendment) Regulations 2017 - Motion to Regret (16 Nov 2017)

Baroness Taylor of Bolton: My Lords, I first congratulate my noble friend Lord Hunt on initiating this debate. Like him—and other speakers—I acknowledge that the NHS is under significant pressure and that there have been charges for a very long time. However, I say to the noble Baroness, Lady Redfern, that, if there is a problem with cost recovery, these regulations are not the answer. I am prompted to intervene in...

Hormone Pregnancy Tests - Statement (16 Nov 2017)

Baroness Taylor of Bolton: My Lords, I understand that the Minister realises the concerns of those families who have been affected. He put the case and described how the inquiry was conducted very clearly but, as has been said, there is still quite significant concern outside this House among Members of Parliament and the families concerned. If we are talking about getting reassurance, perhaps it would be useful to...

Women’s Suffrage Centenary Fund - Question (2 Nov 2017)

Baroness Taylor of Bolton: My Lords, will the Minister make sure that working-class women, who played a very large role in this matter, get proper recognition? As a north-west person, is she aware of the campaign in Oldham for a statue for Annie Kenney?

House of Lords (Hereditary Peers) (Abolition of By-Elections) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (8 Sep 2017)

Baroness Taylor of Bolton: I am grateful to the noble Lord for giving way. Does he think it significant, as the previous speaker said, that Lord Weatherill himself tried to change this situation later?

Parliamentary Proceedings: Statistics - Question for Short Debate (18 Jan 2017)

Baroness Taylor of Bolton: Three.

Parliamentary Proceedings: Statistics - Question for Short Debate (18 Jan 2017)

Baroness Taylor of Bolton: My Lords, I agree with the noble and learned Lord, Lord Mackay, that the pressures on Members of Parliament these days in terms of constituency work, emails and so forth are quite astonishing. That is part of the problem and I do not think that family-friendly hours have helped. I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Butler, on initiating this debate and go along fully with what he suggests...

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

Baroness Taylor of Bolton: My Lords, I also welcome the debate. I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Cormack, and agree with much of what he has said. There is general agreement—and has been for some time—that this House is too large and increasing frustration on the part of many Members that nothing has been done before now to address the problem. We need now to think about how we deal with the problem rather than...

Grammar Schools - Motion to Take Note (13 Oct 2016)

Baroness Taylor of Bolton: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Andrews, with whom I worked when I was junior education spokesman in the Commons and she was our prime researcher in the House of Commons Library. Thinking about that reminded me just how obsessive certain people on the Conservative Benches were about grammar schools at that time. It also reminded me that in 1979 Bolton was introducing the...

Schools - Statement (12 Sep 2016)

Baroness Taylor of Bolton: My Lords, the Minister has on several occasions mentioned disadvantaged children and disadvantaged families. Does he accept that the most disadvantaged children are from those families where the parents are not motivated and have no educational drive for their children? Even when entering school at the age of five, those children are well behind the rest of their cohort. Would it not be far...


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