Baroness Whitaker: To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel regarding the restoration of Arabic as an official state language.
Baroness Whitaker: My Lords, at this very late hour I say that I agree with everything that other noble Lords have said and add that our record has not been what it should be in implementing our obligations regarding this most deserving of humanitarian problems. We should improve it, not curtail it, so I support these very moderate amendments.
Baroness Whitaker: My Lords, I completely agree with what the noble Lord, Lord Chidgey, just said. Noble Lords might be forgiven for thinking that in the exhaustive debate on the previous group of amendments the cause of democracy was well and truly vindicated. However, the defects these amendments seek to rectify are just as much of an onslaught on democracy, for the reasons so well set out by the noble Lord,...
Baroness Whitaker: With some timidity, may I offer a cruder and less specialised perspective, somewhat along the lines of the noble Lord, Lord Tyler? Taxation and mandatory fees and charges are surely, in principle, cardinal to the social contract and the liberty of the subject—that is, the subject cedes liberty as part of a democratic deal. In the past when monarchs have attempted to impose taxes, Parliament...
Addressing health issues in the Gypsy, Traveller and Roma communities – Baroness Whitaker.
Baroness Whitaker: My Lords, it must be inherently undemocratic for bodies that have significant obligations, for instance under the Equality Act or the Human Rights Act, not to be set up with the full parliamentary scrutiny of primary legislation, so I support these amendments.
Baroness Whitaker: My Lords, I support my noble friend’s Amendment 82. Yet again it is the issue of using secondary legislation under Clause 7 to make changes, in this case to the Equality Act 2010 or to subordinate legislation made under that Act, or to reduce rights or remedies under EU retained law, “in comparison with the position immediately before exit day”. Your Lordships’ Committee made its...
Baroness Whitaker: My Lords, the noble Lord, Lord Lang, pointed out that we are a bit thin on the ground for such an important set of amendments, but the Minister should know that there is behind us an army. I have had more representations on Clause 7 than on any other part of the Bill—representations from national organisations, human rights organisations, advocacy organisations, legal organisations,...
Baroness Whitaker: My Lords, I add my support to this group of amendments for all the reasons so eloquently set out by noble Lords. It would indeed be a retrograde step if the Government did not take advantage of these amendments to provide safeguards for our citizens.
Baroness Whitaker: My Lords, in briefly supporting those amendments that seek to retain the charter, I owe your Lordships an apology. I ought to have declared that I am a member of the advisory board of the British Institute of Human Rights at Second Reading, but I forgot. I am not a lawyer, but I respectfully submit that law is not primarily for lawyers, any more than water is for water engineers—it is for...
Baroness Whitaker: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the National Children's Bureau, Children missing education, published in January; and what steps they are taking to support Gypsy, Traveller and Roma children who are particularly at risk of missing education.
Baroness Whitaker: To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Agnew of Oulton on 15 January (HL Deb, col 432), how many young people from gypsy and traveller families have taken up apprenticeships in the last year for which figures are available; and how many of those people have accessed support provided for those with learning disabilities.
Baroness Whitaker: To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for Homes England to take account of the importance of high standards of design quality when making its decisions.
Baroness Whitaker: To ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to publish the revised National Planning Policy Framework, placing a stronger emphasis on design quality; whether copies of the Framework will be placed in the libraries of both Houses of Parliament; and what plans they have for the revised text to give account to the importance of place-making.
Baroness Whitaker: To ask Her Majesty's Government what training, if any, magistrates receive on the culture and ethnicity of gypsies and travellers.
Baroness Whitaker: To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by Lord Keen of Elie on 19 December 2017 (HLWS365), who are the members of the Race and Ethnicity Board of Senior Officials; and how they plan for the Board to take account of discrimination against gypsy, traveller and Roma people.
Baroness Whitaker: My Lords, there is much in the Bill that merits deep and extensive scrutiny, but at this stage I simply want to signal alarm at the treatment of human rights. “Human rights” is a legal term for what we might otherwise think of as respect for individuals and recognition of their human dignity. We have acknowledged its importance in devising the powers of the state since our earliest times,...
Baroness Whitaker: To ask Her Majesty's Government what specific responsibilities have been given to the civil servant, formerly employed by Design Council CABE, who has been appointed to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government in order to assist the Chief Planner in improving design and place quality.
Baroness Whitaker: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have published a job description for the Built Environment Adviser that they are in the process of appointing; and how many people will be employed in the team of the Adviser.
Baroness Whitaker: To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the specific responsibilities and accountabilities of the architectural adviser appointed, in March 2017, to assist the Government Chief Planner; and what key objectives are contained in the current work plan of the adviser.