Results 1–20 of 1164 for speaker:Baroness Williams of Crosby

Adult Education and Lifelong Learning — Motion to Take Note (28 Jan 2016)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: (Valedictory Speech) My Lords, I thank all those who are contributing to this important debate for taking a couple of seconds off each of their speeches. I apologise and I will endeavour not to take any more than a couple of seconds out of their speeches. I also thank my many friends and colleagues in the House for coming to this Thursday afternoon occasion, which I know is not the easiest to...

National Health Service — Motion to Take Note (14 Jan 2016)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: I apologise to the noble Lord, but there is a question that is central to this: would he and his party be prepared to take part in an all-party commission, possibly a parliamentary one, in order to get the quickest possible effective answer for the terrible crisis that has been outlined in this debate?

National Health Service — Motion to Take Note (14 Jan 2016)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: My Lords, this is a very important debate and I wish there were more time for it to be conducted. I thank the noble Lord who initiated it. However, we are living in a fairyland in which we are talking about further improvements in the NHS, most notably a 24/7 service, at a time when the existing structure is under the most desperate threat. As we all know, another £200 million is to be cut...

Strathclyde Review — Motion to Take Note (13 Jan 2016)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: My Lords, I ask the indulgence of the House for a moment to say just a word about my friend and colleague who gave her maiden speech a few moments ago. There is no doubt that my noble friend Lady Bowles of Berkhamsted is one of the most remarkable economists, with incredible knowledge of very complex financial matters. She has already been a great asset to the European Parliament, and anybody...

Health — Motion to Take Note (26 Nov 2015)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: My Lords, I, too, congratulate to the noble Lord, Lord Crisp. He has the holistic and internationalist approach that health worldwide requires. We know that he has drawn the attention of the whole world to the impact of influential and dangerous diseases, such as Ebola and other national and international illnesses, crossing borders. I wholly agree with him that what this country needs most...

Spending Review and Autumn Statement — Statement (25 Nov 2015)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: My Lords, I congratulate the Government on front-loading the money for the National Health Service, which should enable it just about to get through the coming year. However, will the Minister confirm that the original Nicholson savings still exist, and that therefore the NHS will have to find over this Parliament something of the order of £22 billion?

Asylum Support (Amendment No. 3) Regulations 2015 - Motion to Annul (27 Oct 2015)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: I declare an interest as the patron of the Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group, which does some excellent work. Has the Home Office considered the possibility of consulting voluntary organisations that work on a day-to-day basis in detention centres, many of which contain people who have been here for very many months and should not be in prison or detention centres anymore? I have the greatest...

Chilcot Inquiry — Question for Short Debate (22 Oct 2015)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: My Lords, I agree with almost everything that the noble Lord, Lord Finkelstein, said. He is absolutely right that getting the truth about this very complex and troubling story is more important than having a particular deadline in mind. An attempt to have an interim report would be very dangerous; it would lead to Maxwellisation and counter-Maxwellisation in an endless effort to find out the...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Clinical Commissioning Groups: Nurses (23 Jul 2015)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of, and how many, clinical commissioning groups have qualified nurses in senior executive positions on their governing bodies.

Written Answers — Department of Health: Clinical Commissioning Groups: Nurses (23 Jul 2015)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many clinical commissioning groups have no nurses on their governing bodies.

Authors: Rights and Income — Question (14 Jul 2015)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: My Lords, in the discussions that are going to take place on the BBC licence, will the Minister recognise the huge contribution the BBC makes to encouraging and supporting young authors? It has a whole list of series, such as “Book of the Week”, that depend on attracting young authors. Would the Government agree to bear this very much in mind in whatever decision they finally make about...

Global Challenges — Motion to Take Note (2 Jul 2015)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: My Lords, it is a great pleasure for me to follow the remarks of my noble friend Lord Ashdown, who has given us an extraordinarily challenging picture of the world in which we live and which, alas, is opening before us. I begin by underlining something that was said by the noble Lord, Lord Jay of Ewelme, who of course knows the Foreign Office very well. He said, and he was absolutely right,...

Chilcot Inquiry — Question (1 Jul 2015)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: My Lords, it is now more than 12 years since the invasion of Iraq. Does the Minister agree that, increasingly, the impression being given is that people do not want crucial facts to be subjected to public transparency, where they can be discussed and debated? Does he also accept that, as the noble and learned Lord, Lord Morris of Aberavon, said, this situation is particularly unfair to those...

Immigration: Detention — Question for Short Debate (26 Mar 2015)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: In view of what she has said, will the noble Baroness explain why the Labour Benches all voted against the amendment tabled last year by the noble and learned Lord, Lord Lloyd of Berwick?

Immigration: Detention — Question for Short Debate (26 Mar 2015)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: My Lords, it gives me great pleasure to follow the noble Lord, Lord Hurd, because he was an outstanding and very sensible Home Secretary who addressed some of the issues we are discussing in this brief debate in an impressively far-sighted way. I put on record my congratulations to him on the way he served in the office of Home Secretary—which, as we all know, is not easy. I sympathise with...

Modern Slavery Bill — Commons Amendments (25 Mar 2015)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: My Lords, we have had some remarkable contributions to this debate. I certainly do not wish to delay the outcome but I would like to ask two or three questions before we make a decision on the Motion of the noble Lord, Lord Hylton. Before I do so, I pay tribute to the 30 years of his life that the noble Lord has given to the effort to get social justice for this particularly badly treated...

EU Council — Statement (23 Feb 2015)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: My Lords, as my noble friend will know, in the past few days there has been a dramatic further fall in the value of the Ukrainian currency, the hryvnia, against the dollar. It has fallen by more than a third and is now about half its value only a few weeks ago. Given that, and given that there is a real prospect that the Ukrainian economy could break down, can she tell us whether there was...

Tax Avoidance and HSBC — Statement (23 Feb 2015)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: My Lords, does my noble friend agree that the issue before us is much greater than the particular case that has been raised? The City of London was for long regarded as having the greatest integrity and as one of the most honest financial centres in the world. To this day it plays a large part in the economy of this country. Does he agree that it is absolutely crucial that the integrity and...

Tax Avoidance and HSBC — Statement (23 Feb 2015)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: My Lords, I am waiting for a reply from my noble friend.

Ukraine — Statement (10 Feb 2015)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: My Lords—


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