Baroness Whitaker: To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Agnew of Oulton on 13 December (HL3750), what progress they have made in developing a continuous professional development programme for social workers; and where details of that programme can be accessed.
Baroness Whitaker: To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Agnew of Oulton on 13 December (HL3750), what guidance on (1) the cultures of specific minority ethnic communities, and (2) understanding different minority cultures, is provided to social workers who assess children for care or adoption.
Baroness Whitaker: My Lords, the noble Lord, Lord Forsyth, is always a hard act to follow. I come to this debate somewhat from the outside but I have had a little to do—to a greater or lesser extent—with the structure of bodies in the public sector. I have set some up and dismantled some. Your Lordships’ House has always seemed to be effective, very often in spite of, rather than because of, its...
Baroness Whitaker: My Lords, I declare an interest in that my daughter is a practising barrister, sometimes funded by legal aid. The rights we have declared since our earliest times as a society are nothing without access, as almost all speakers have said this afternoon. A right to justice Act would therefore be a necessary complement to the Human Rights Act 1998, one of our most important state achievements....
Baroness Whitaker: To ask Her Majesty's Government what education and training on the culture of Gypsy, Traveller and Roma communities is provided to social workers who assess children for care or adoption.
Baroness Whitaker: My Lords, in the unfortunately short time available, I draw attention to our EU nationals from the Roma community, many of whom fled from extreme discrimination—their children sent to special schools and not allowed to speak their own language, their villages burnt down like the pogroms of old, mistreatment at the hands of the police, and even murders committed and condoned by the rest of...
Baroness Whitaker: To ask Her Majesty's Government how the £4,800 per secondary school pupil to be allocated in 2018–19 under the national funding formula will be spent in the case of home-educated children.
Baroness Whitaker: My Lords, at the tail end of our reflections on this important Bill, I want to comment on an aspect not yet touched on: the Bill’s relevance to the children of Gypsy and Traveller families. Since the Government do not collect any information on how many children are educated at home, they have no idea what proportion of them come from Gypsy and Traveller communities; nor have they any idea...
Baroness Whitaker: My Lords, what discussions have the Government had with Gypsy and Traveller traders about the Act as currently implemented? It has caused them considerable difficulties, almost amounting to restraint of trade.
Baroness Whitaker: To ask Her Majesty's Government why, in the Race Disparity Audit published on 10 October, they have not included information on housing, including permanent and transit sites, as well as unscheduled tenure, employment, social capital, income, and crime and policing, in respect of Gypsies and Irish Travellers.
Baroness Whitaker: Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Kosovo concerning amelioration of the situation of the Kosovo Roma, following the June 2016 report of the United Nations Human Rights Advisory Panel.
Baroness Whitaker: Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Ukraine about (1) investigating the burning down of the Roma camp at 2 Kanalna Street, Kyiv on 5 April, and (2) the return and integration of the Roma residents.
Baroness Whitaker: Her Majesty's Government how they intend to call the United Nations to account for the alleged violations of human rights law by the United Nations Mission in Kosovo in respect of the Kosovo Roma, as set out in the June 2016 report of the United Nations Human Rights Advisory Panel.
Baroness Whitaker: Her Majesty's Government whether they will encourage the United Nations to set up more Human Rights Advisory Panels to investigate alleged violations of human rights by UN personnel.
Baroness Whitaker: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether UK cluster bombs have been sold to the government of Saudi Arabia; and if so, when.
Baroness Whitaker: My Lords—
Baroness Whitaker: My Lords, there are also children who drop out of school before they become adequately literate but who would nevertheless really like to work. Could the Minister arrange to make apprenticeships more open to those who need to further develop their literacy skills?
Baroness Whitaker: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the proposed scheme by Islington Council under which businesses will be able to sponsor local parks, whether they intend to encourage other local authorities to seek business sponsorship to protect the future of their parks.
Baroness Whitaker: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the efficacy of the drug lanosterol in reducing cataracts.
Baroness Whitaker: My Lords, I declare an interest as a member of Transparency International UK and a former member of its advisory council. I welcome this Bill in general. I simply follow the noble Lord, Lord Flight, with a note of disagreement and a few remarks in support of unexplained wealth orders. These could make considerable inroads into combating the injustice of the enjoyment of the profits of crime,...