Results 1–20 of 1060 for speaker:Baroness Whitaker

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Suicide: Travellers (14 Oct 2020)

Baroness Whitaker: To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Bethell on 8 September (HL Deb, cols 662–5), what assessment they have made of the findings of the report by Friends, Families and Travellers, published on 21 August, that the suicide rate of people from the Gypsy and Traveller community is six to seven times higher than the rest of the population; why Gypsies and Travellers are...

Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill - Report (3rd Day): Amendment 27A (6 Oct 2020)

Baroness Whitaker: My Lords, I have little to add to the magisterial introduction made by the noble Baroness, Lady Hamwee, to Amendment 27A, but I will emphasise the deficit of the Bill as it stands especially with regard to Roma women with settled status who look after their children full-time and who apply for British citizenship. The underlying problem—in real life rather than in Home Office rules—is...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Marriage: Coronavirus (6 Oct 2020)

Baroness Whitaker: To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to allow the same number of people to attend a humanist wedding as religious and civil weddings during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill - Report (2nd Day) (Continued): Amendment 16 (5 Oct 2020)

Baroness Whitaker: My Lords, the Home Office funded a project in 2019 which led to findings that many migrant children from the European Union who were eligible to apply for settlement status were also eligible to register as British. It was found especially that Roma children are both more likely to be eligible than many other EEA or Swiss migrants and more disadvantaged by Brexit; for instance, in supplying...

Net Zero Review - Question (1 Oct 2020)

Baroness Whitaker: My Lords, following on from the earlier question, what thought have the Government given to the need for retraining to open up the new kinds of jobs that will ensue?

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Marriage (30 Sep 2020)

Baroness Whitaker: To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to allow commercial wedding celebrants to perform legally recognised marriages without being precluded from carrying on a business of solemnising marriages for the purpose of profit or gain.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Marriage (30 Sep 2020)

Baroness Whitaker: To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to consider extending legal recognition of humanist marriages since 2013; and what further plans they have to do so.

End of Eviction Moratorium - Commons Urgent Question (24 Sep 2020)

Baroness Whitaker: My Lords, the Gypsy, Traveller and Roma communities were very grateful to be included explicitly in the Minister’s guidance to local authorities about their safety in relation to eviction, which was well implemented on the whole. Their situation, particularly in encampments—the noble Lord knows that there are not enough authorised sites—remains precarious, and they have suffered...

Schools: Spending per Pupil - Question (23 Sep 2020)

Baroness Whitaker: My Lords, schools might be saving money on the large number of children being home educated, many of whom then miss out on proper education entirely and are vulnerable to being caught up in county lines and criminal gangs. What are the Government doing to enable proper standards in, and preferably to register, home education?

Written Answers — Treasury: NatWest: Closures (23 Sep 2020)

Baroness Whitaker: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of NatWest bank's closure, without explanation, of the accounts of (1) small business customers after their approval for loans under the Bounce Back Loan Scheme, and (2) the members of the Facebook group ‘NatWest closed down my account'.

Sentencing White Paper - Statement (21 Sep 2020)

Baroness Whitaker: My Lords, while agreeing with my noble and learned friend Lord Falconer, I would have welcomed many of the proposals in the White Paper when I was a magistrate—but I was depressed to see that in paragraph 394 in the annexe on race disparity, a most important element of justice, the term “White” is contrasted with “BAME”. Does the Minister agree with me that there are white...

Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 44 (14 Sep 2020)

Baroness Whitaker: My Lords, I regret that I was deterred from joining the crowded ranks for the Second Reading of the Bill. I support all the amendments in the group and I shall speak to Amendment 46, to which I have added my name. The noble Lord, Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth, has asked me to reiterate his support for it, as he cannot be here today. As we have heard, Amendment 46 concerns the retrospective...

Medicines and Medical Devices Bill - Second Reading (2 Sep 2020)

Baroness Whitaker: My Lords, this potentially useful Bill raises many questions. I declare my interests as patron of the British Stammering Association—I am a stammerer myself—and vice-chair of the All-Party Group on Speech and Language Difficulties. In particular, it will be important to use the Bill to establish the post of patient safety commissioner, which was so powerfully advocated by the noble...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Roma Holocaust Memorial Day (10 Aug 2020)

Baroness Whitaker: To ask Her Majesty's Government how they plan to mark Roma Holocaust Memorial Day on 2 August.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Mubarak Bala (6 Aug 2020)

Baroness Whitaker: To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Nigeria about (1) the detention of Mubarak Bala, and (2) reports that the detention has included no contact with the detainee's (a) family, or (b) legal representatives.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Marriage (4 Aug 2020)

Baroness Whitaker: To ask Her Majesty's Government in which circumstances marriages in England and Wales are legally recognised by virtue of (1) the building in which the marriage takes place, (2) the registrar or officiant conducting the ceremony, and (3) the religion of the marriage.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Criminal Proceedings: Ethnic Groups (4 Aug 2020)

Baroness Whitaker: To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the reply by Lord Keen of Elie on 15 July (HL Deb, cols 1659–61), how the situation of Black and other minority ethnic defendants, including those from Gypsy, Traveller and Roma communities, will be taken into account in (1) the membership, and (2) the terms of reference, of the Royal Commission on criminal justice.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: British Indian Ocean Territory: Legal Costs (3 Aug 2020)

Baroness Whitaker: To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Sugg on 17 July (HL6542), what has been the total cost to the public purse of the UK’s participation in recent proceedings before the International Court of Justice on the legal consequences of the separation of the Chagos Archipelago from Mauritius in 1965.

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Coronavirus: Minority Groups (30 Jul 2020)

Baroness Whitaker: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) reports that 58 per cent of Roma, and 43 per cent of Travellers, who have been tested for COVID-19 in Ireland have had a positive result, and (2), plans by the government of the Republic of Ireland to set up a mobile unit to test and treat marginalised groups in inner cities, with rapid delivery of test results; and whether...

Written Answers — Home Office: Immigrants: Detainees (21 Jul 2020)

Baroness Whitaker: To ask Her Majesty's Government how many immigration detention cases they have reviewed since the Home Office committed to review urgently the cases of every person held in immigration detention.


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