Results 1–20 of 1928 for speaker:Baroness Burt of Solihull

Gender Pay Gap - Question (31 Oct 2019)

Baroness Burt of Solihull: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to address the gender pay gap for women in their 50s, following the analysis conducted by Rest Less, published on 29 October.

Gender Pay Gap - Question (31 Oct 2019)

Baroness Burt of Solihull: I am very grateful to the Minister for that Answer and for the co-operation we received in coalition to introduce shared parental leave and flexible working. However, these measures are clearly not enough, especially since older women face a disproportionate burden of social care. Will the Minister consider making a manifesto commitment to make all jobs flexible by default to help those with...

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

Baroness Burt of Solihull: My Lords, I add my congratulations to the noble Lord, Lord Ramsbotham, on securing this debate. What a mess we have made of the rehabilitation of prisoners in this country. With the highest incarceration rate in western Europe, we are pursuing the failed strategy of building 10,000 more prison spaces, despite the fact that a reoffending rate of nearly 50% shows that prison is not working....

Inequality - Question (3 Oct 2019)

Baroness Burt of Solihull: My Lords, much of what the Minister says sounds reassuring. Can she therefore perhaps explain why the ONS is reporting a large fall in life expectancy for women living in the most deprived areas, in contrast to continued increases in life expectancy for women living in the least deprived areas? In its own words: “This has led to a significant widening in the inequality in life...

Written Answers — Treasury: Insolvency (6 Aug 2019)

Baroness Burt of Solihull: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact that the proposal to make HMRC a secondary preferential creditor in insolvencies may have on business rescue support in the UK from April 2020.

Written Answers — Treasury: Insolvency (6 Aug 2019)

Baroness Burt of Solihull: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact that their proposal to make HMRC a secondary preferential creditor in insolvencies will have on the UK’s ranking in the World Bank’s annual "Doing Business" report.

Written Answers — Treasury: Insolvency (6 Aug 2019)

Baroness Burt of Solihull: To ask Her Majesty's Government why HM Treasury has decided to not introduce a cap on the age of tax debts which will be eligible for secondary preferential status in insolvencies from April 2020; and what assessment they have made of the impact of this decision on the costs of insolvency procedures and business lending.

Written Answers — Treasury: Insolvency (6 Aug 2019)

Baroness Burt of Solihull: To ask Her Majesty's Government why HM Treasury has decided that existing lending will not be exempted from their policy of making HMRC a secondary preferential creditor in insolvencies; and what assessment they have made of the impact of this decision on the continued availability of existing business lending.

Criminal Justice System: Women - Motion to Take Note (25 Jul 2019)

Baroness Burt of Solihull: My Lords, it is an absolute pleasure to follow the noble Baroness, Lady Eaton, and I echo many of her comments. I start by adding my thanks to the noble Lord, Lord Farmer, for securing this debate and for all the tremendously hard work he has done. I agree with the comments of many noble Lords, including those of the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Rochester that families lie at the root...

Trade Unions - Motion to Take Note (18 Jul 2019)

Baroness Burt of Solihull: My Lords, I apologise to the House— and in particular to the noble Lord, Lord Jordan, as I unfortunately missed part of his remarks—for my late arrival into the Chamber. I congratulate him on securing the debate. I thank the Deputy Speaker who was on the Woolsack at the time for being so understanding in the event of a genuine misunderstanding and for allowing me to speak. Liberal...

Domestic Abuse - Statement (16 Jul 2019)

Baroness Burt of Solihull: My Lords, on behalf of these Benches I welcome this Statement and thank the Government for early sight of it. I have had the privilege of sitting on the pre-legislative scrutiny committee on the draft Bill and fervently hope that we will eventually find all its recommendations—with the possible exception of polygraph testing—on the face of the Bill. Domestic abuse is indeed a scourge on...

Companies: Parental Leave Practices - Question (10 Jul 2019)

Baroness Burt of Solihull: To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to issue their consultation on requiring transparency in publishing parental leave practices for companies with over 250 employees.

Companies: Parental Leave Practices - Question (10 Jul 2019)

Baroness Burt of Solihull: I am grateful for that Answer and glad that the Government have finally announced that the public consultation will be this summer. I welcome the Government’s aspiration in the initial statement towards an inclusive economy. Does the Minister therefore agree that the requirement to publish parental leave policies would, as with the gender pay gap, shine a light on which companies are...

Sharia Law: Marriages - Question (4 Jul 2019)

Baroness Burt of Solihull: My Lords, the Council of Europe, referred to in the Question from the noble Baroness, Lady Cox, is very clear that where human rights are concerned there is no room for cultural exceptions. The independent review, commissioned by the Government in 2016, is also clear on its main recommendation that Muslim women undergoing Islamic marriage must be protected by British civil law. Too many...

Consumer Rights Act 2015 (Enforcement) (Amendment) Order 2019 - Motion to Approve (25 Jun 2019)

Baroness Burt of Solihull: Before the Minister sits down, paragraph 13.1 of the Explanatory Memorandum states: “This instrument does not directly apply to activities that are undertaken by small businesses”. I am not sure that what the Minister is talking about is quite the same thing. Perhaps I am getting confused here, but would he have a look at this issue and write to me? I should be very grateful.

Consumer Rights Act 2015 (Enforcement) (Amendment) Order 2019 - Motion to Approve (25 Jun 2019)

Baroness Burt of Solihull: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his explanation of how the investigatory powers of consumer law enforcers will be consolidated and simplified through this statutory instrument. It seems that these measures are needed in the face of mounting consumer concerns over the safety of the products that we buy. It seems eminently sensible for the Secretary of State, or the Office for Product Safety...

Birmingham Commonwealth Games Bill [HL] - Second Reading (25 Jun 2019)

Baroness Burt of Solihull: My Lords, I do not as a rule speak on DCMS matters, but when I learned that there was to be a Second Reading of the Commonwealth Games Bill and the Games were being held in the young, vibrant and diverse city of Birmingham, where I just happen to have been born and brought up, I wanted to speak and express my delight. That delight is not just at the fact that the amazing city of Birmingham is...

Victims of Domestic Violence and Abuse - Motion to Take Note (6 Jun 2019)

Baroness Burt of Solihull: I thank the noble Baroness, Lady Newlove, for securing the debate today and greatly welcome the draft domestic abuse Bill. Like the noble Baroness, Lady Armstrong, I have been privileged to sit on the cross-party and cross-House pre-legislative committee to examine this draft Bill and to suggest to the Government ways it can be made even better. Like the noble Baroness, Lady Newlove, I can...


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