Results 1–20 of 3000 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 Tonge

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill - Committee: Amendment 10 (15 Jul 2019)

Baroness Tonge: My Lords, I shall speak very briefly on this subject. As some noble Lords know, I was a GP and a family planning doctor and I saw hundreds of women who suddenly found that they were pregnant and did not want to be. I have been at the sharp end of the despair, misery and fear, and often the lack of sympathy from families and partners. I have experienced this. I have seen this despair. If a...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill - Committee: Amendment 10 (15 Jul 2019)

Baroness Tonge: I am also a mother of three children and a grandmother of seven, so I am well aware of the value of human life, and so are very many of my patients. We are surely not going to have the whole debate about where life does or does not begin, and where souls enter foetuses—please do not let us have that debate again. All I am saying is that, whatever the situation, we are talking about a...

Israel Defense Forces - Question (8 Jul 2019)

Baroness Tonge: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the treatment of Palestinian children by the Israel Defense Forces.

Israel Defense Forces - Question (8 Jul 2019)

Baroness Tonge: I thank the Minister for that reply, but Israeli soldiers are still firing directly at unarmed children 200 to 300 metres away from the Gaza fence, using high-velocity bullets aimed at their knees. I get my information from volunteer doctors from this country who go out there from time to time. Unlike ordinary bullets, these cause very severe bone and tissue damage and suck dirt and fabric...

Environment and Climate Emergency - Question (1 Jul 2019)

Baroness Tonge: My Lords, to achieve the targets announced by the Government, will the Minister now announce that there will be no third runway at Heathrow Airport?

Anti-Semitism - Motion to Take Note (20 Jun 2019)

Baroness Tonge: My Lords—

Anti-Semitism - Motion to Take Note (20 Jun 2019)

Baroness Tonge: My Lords, I felt a little like Daniel in the lions’ den at the beginning of the debate today; I just trust I will be spared, as he was, at the end of the debate. I congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Berridge, on an excellent, informative and interesting speech. I also single out the speech from the noble Lord, Lord Campbell-Savours, and endorse what he says about Jeremy Corbyn. He is not...

Brexit: Discussions with the European Union - Question (20 Jun 2019)

Baroness Tonge: My Lords, in the absence of any progress on a deal with the European Union and, concurrently, of any progress on the re-formation of a Government for Northern Ireland, when will we put the women of Northern Ireland out of their misery and allow our abortion laws to apply there ?

Global Gender Equality - Motion to Take Note (17 Jun 2019)

Baroness Tonge: My Lords—or, I should say, mostly noble Baronesses—I welcome the opportunity to speak in this debate, because I was at the Women Deliver conference in Vancouver. In fact, it was the fourth Women Deliver conference I have attended over the years, and they are getting bigger. As you have heard, there were over 8,000 people this time. I declare an interest, too, as chair of the All-Party...

Sexual Violence in Conflict - Question (12 Jun 2019)

Baroness Tonge: My Lords, can the Minister tell us whether UK aid still provides for abortions for women who have been raped in conflict? Can she also confirm that the United Kingdom recognises that international law on these matters overrides the national law of the country in these situations?

Kew Gardens (Leases) (No. 3) Bill [HL] - Committee: Amendment 2 (21 May 2019)

Baroness Tonge: My Lords, I support Amendments 2 and 4, at least in spirit. I first apologise for not having spoken at Second Reading; I had an unavoidable appointment so was unable to do so. Had I been here, I think I would have agreed with all the remarks made in that debate, which was excellent. I have lived in Kew for 45 years. I was a local councillor for nearly 10 years and an MP for the area. I can...

Africa: Population Growth - Question (29 Apr 2019)

Baroness Tonge: My Lords, further to the remarks of the noble Baroness, Lady Jenkin, on this Question, the Minister will know that, where countries provide voluntary family planning, the fertility rate is beginning to fall and that in many countries it has fallen a great deal. The problem remains however—I get reports from many countries, particularly in Africa—that women still cannot afford to buy...

Access to Cash - Question (3 Apr 2019)

Baroness Tonge: My Lords, as the more affluent members of our society no longer carry cash, will the Government consider giving bank accounts and card readers to the destitute and homeless on our streets?

Cyclone Idai - Question (28 Mar 2019)

Baroness Tonge: My Lords, the Minister may recall that some 20 years ago there were images in our newspapers of a woman giving birth to a baby in a tree in Mozambique. The disaster then was made worse by a shortage of helicopters and large Antonov aeroplanes that could get helicopters to the area. Has this been corrected? Are there enough helicopters to help people in south-east Africa at the moment?

Health: HIV - Question (25 Mar 2019)

Baroness Tonge: My Lords, although I congratulate the Government on the progress they have made in the diagnosis and treatment of HIV, does the Minister realise that women in this country have an ever-decreasing service for cervical cytology and, indeed, for having those smear tests read in laboratories, given that the number of laboratories is being decreased? Does she realise also that, because of cuts in...

Folic Acid - Question (19 Mar 2019)

Baroness Tonge: My Lords, first, will the Minister come clean and tell the House why exactly it has taken so many years to get this measure introduced in this country? Secondly, it is very good news that the consultation paper will be produced in a month’s time, but can she tell us whether that will be a short month or a long month?

Occupied Palestinian Territories - Question (11 Mar 2019)

Baroness Tonge: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the Government of Israel about the increase in settlement building in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

Occupied Palestinian Territories - Question (11 Mar 2019)

Baroness Tonge: I thank the Minister for that reply, but she knows that there are now nearly 800,000 settlers in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, and they are there illegally under international law. Why do we allow trade with the settlements in that case? Surely it is illegal to trade with them, too. Given the scale of the occupation of the West Bank and east Jerusalem, when will the Government put...

NHS: Workforce Implementation Plan - Question (5 Feb 2019)

Baroness Tonge: My Lords, when the Healthcare (International Arrangements) Bill that we are discussing this afternoon is eventually passed by the two Houses, will we be able to go to Europe to get our healthcare there from the health professionals who used to be here?

Health: Public Health Grant - Question (4 Feb 2019)

Baroness Tonge: My Lords—


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