Results 981–990 of 990 for speaker:Baroness Whitaker

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...

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...

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...

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...

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.] (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.] (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...

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...


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