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Address in Reply to Her Majesty's Most Gracious Speech (23 Nov 1999)

Baroness Whitaker: My Lords, I rise with diffidence as a new Member of your Lordships' House, although I am much encouraged by the warm welcome from all sides and by the helpfulness of staff and colleagues, to which many others in my position have testified. I am particularly impressed by the mentoring system adopted by my noble friends, whereby an experienced Member takes a new Member personally under his or...

Race Relations (Amendment) Bill [H.L.] (14 Dec 1999)

Baroness Whitaker: My Lords, the Bill is a welcome extension to the Race Relations Act 1976. The first provision of the Bill touches on a central concern in the development of a fair society; namely, the conduct of public authorities. To bring all public authorities under the scope of the legislation will help to make a reality of the Government's intention and, in the words of my right honourable friend the...

Race Relations (Amendment) Bill [H.L.] (11 Jan 2000)

Baroness Whitaker: I wish to add a dimension to this debate. It would be helpful if we took account of the views of senior police officers who are particularly concerned with improving race relations. They are tasked with changing police culture. I confirm the view of my right honourable friend the Home Secretary that to exclude indirect discrimination is certainly not the express wish of the police. On the...

Race Relations (Amendment) Bill [H.L.] (11 Jan 2000)

Baroness Whitaker: I apologise for being out of order. I simply followed my noble friend Lady Howells. I wanted also to refer to the view of the police that the Human Rights Act definition should be the one used. I shall return to my point later.

Race Relations (Amendment) Bill [H.L.] (11 Jan 2000)

Baroness Whitaker: I would be grateful if the points that I made earlier, about respect for the police's views in favour of including discrimination in the scope of the Bill, could be associated with the debate on this amendment. Anxiety was expressed by my right honourable friend the Home Secretary when he spoke to us yesterday, that if indirect discrimination on the part of a public authority were included in...

Race Relations (Amendment) Bill [H.L.] (13 Jan 2000)

Baroness Whitaker: Can my noble friend the Minister tell the Committee how the Bill will implement the relevant undertaking of my right honourable friend the Home Secretary contained in his letter of July to the CRE--it was copied to me as the then vice-chairman of the Camden Race Equality Council so I should perhaps declare an interest--when he wrote, "We accept that there should be a duty on courts and...

Learning and Skills Bill [H.L.] (17 Jan 2000)

Baroness Whitaker: My Lords, I welcome the Bill for the coherence and higher and more consistent standards that it will bring to further and adult education. I should declare an interest as chair of the governors of the Working Men's College, founded in 1854, one of the great periods of widening participation, to use the term from the seminal report of my noble friend Lady Kennedy. Further education is an...

Bonded Labour and Slavery (19 Jan 2000)

Baroness Whitaker: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Earl, Lord Sandwich, on arranging the debate. When I was in West Africa last year, I was not infrequently told that there was no slavery here, but there was over the border, in another country. However, a closer look at labour practices shows that these cruel forms of exploitation are not only found in faraway places. First, I should like to acknowledge the...

Deaths in Custody (24 Jan 2000)

Baroness Whitaker: asked Her Majesty's Government: What proportion of those who die in custody are black or Asian.

Deaths in Custody (24 Jan 2000)

Baroness Whitaker: My Lords, I thank my noble friend the Minister for that helpful reply. Will he further illuminate three areas? Is he aware of concern about the possible use of excessive force and in how many of the cases that he mentioned was that alleged? Does my noble friend agree that it would be useful to know in how many cases the deceased was mentally ill? Has indirect discrimination ever been...

Race Relations (Amendment) Bill [H.L.] (27 Jan 2000)

Baroness Whitaker: My Lords, in adding my congratulations to those of Members on all sides of the House on the responsiveness of my noble friend, I should like to add one point. He is responding to a much more diverse House than during the passage of the previous race relations legislation. He has taken full advantage of the range of experience that your Lordships have and which can be called on. That fact...

National Health Service (2 Feb 2000)

Baroness Whitaker: My Lords, I, too, congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Cumberlege, on initiating this debate. She drew attention to the health service as a whole, as have other noble Lords. I wish to discuss a narrower, but often neglected area; namely, the need for mental health provision. I should declare an interest as a non-executive director of the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust, whose new work on the...

Asylum Applications (8 Feb 2000)

Baroness Whitaker: My Lords, will the Minister confirm that the United Kingdom receives far fewer applications for asylum per head of population than many other European Union countries?

Written Answers — House of Lords: Visitors from the Indian Sub-continent:Bond Scheme (10 Feb 2000)

Baroness Whitaker: asked Her Majesty's Government: How long the pilot scheme for a £5,000 bond to be provided by certain visitors from the Indian sub-continent will last; how those visitors who are liable will be determined; what criteria will be applied in monitoring the scheme; and whether the scheme complies with the Human Rights Act and the United Kingdom's international treaty obligations.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Deaths in Custody: Data on Ethnic Minorities (10 Feb 2000)

Baroness Whitaker: asked Her Majesty's Government: What arrangements are in place for collecting data on mentally ill black or Asian people who have died in police or prison custody; and how many black or Asian people have died in the custody of special hospitals or secure psychiatric units each year over the past 10 years.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Yugoslavia: Export of Demining Equipment (21 Feb 2000)

Baroness Whitaker: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will grant a licence for the export of demining equipment to the HALO Trust in Kosovo.

Asylum Seekers (21 Feb 2000)

Baroness Whitaker: My Lords, is my noble friend the Minister aware that some London local authorities are having considerable difficulty in dealing with asylum applications?

Democratic Republic of Congo (22 Feb 2000)

Baroness Whitaker: My Lords, is my noble friend aware that the majority of victims of this war, like those of other wars, are likely to be non-combatants and that a large number of them will be women and children? What is being done to ensure that they are supplied with food and clean water?

Written Answers — House of Lords: Ethnic Monitoring in Business (13 Mar 2000)

Baroness Whitaker: asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to encourage best practice in ethnic monitoring among private sector employees.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement Grant (13 Mar 2000)

Baroness Whitaker: asked Her Majesty's Government: What the increased Ethnic Minority and Traveller Educational Achievement Grant will be spent on; and what targets have been set for 2000-01.


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