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Justice and Security Bill [HL]: Second Reading (Continued) (19 Jun 2012)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: My Lords, I am happy to join the noble Lords, Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts and Lord Dubs, in being one of the outsiders contributing to this debate. It has such an important nature that it is important that those who are not lawyers as well as those who are take a substantial part in it. In many ways, what has happened to the Bill is a great credit to some of the recent changes that have...

Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill [HL] — Second Reading (22 May 2012)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: I may say, simply, that it was a good choice.

Euro Area Crisis: EUC Report — Motion to Take Note (21 May 2012)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: My Lords, that was a very eloquent speech by the noble Lord, Lord Judd. There are real concerns about what has happened to the moral framework underlying the market. For lack of time, I cannot go into that and will follow the noble Lord in only one respect: in paying tribute to the noble Lords, Lord Harrison and Lord Roper, for an insightful, thoughtful and brilliantly written report. I add...

Arms Trade Treaty — Question (21 May 2012)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: Perhaps I may say how very welcome the reply of the Minister has been, as was the speech by the Minister for International Development in the past few days. Given that 153 of the 193 member states of the United Nations have strongly supported the arms trade treaty, will the Minister say whether in the last analysis we would be prepared to walk away from an agreement based on a weak consensus?

Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference 2015 — Question (26 Apr 2012)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: My Lords, while accepting what my noble friend has just said, does he not agree that the number of weapons in the arsenals of the non-NPT nuclear powers is growing very fast indeed, particular in Pakistan, and as far as we know in Israel and India? Can he suggest any way in which we could raise at the prep con the issue of including the non-NPT nuclear powers within some structure of, for...

Health and Social Care Bill: Third Reading (19 Mar 2012)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: I am grateful to my noble friend for giving way. I want to ask one question. I recently met a group of general practitioners who claimed that they were too busy to be able to go out and find advice. Is there any central point, perhaps in the cluster or on the Commissioning Board, to which very busy GPs could go to get some idea about where they might obtain advice on, let us say, an unusual...

Health and Social Care Bill: Third Reading (19 Mar 2012)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: My Lords, what the noble Lord, Lord Deben, said is well worth listening to, but I shall add one other important factor before I come on to the amendment moved by the noble Lord, Lord Owen. As the noble and learned Lord, Lord Mackay of Clashfern, pointed out-and it is a crucial factor in our discussion-the risk register that was drawn up in autumn 2010 took no account of the changes made by...

Health and Social Care Bill: Report (7th Day) (Continued) (13 Mar 2012)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: My Lords, I fully understand the fervour and passion with which my noble friend Lord Clement-Jones spoke, because he feels very strongly that he, with the help of others, brought about a real change in Part 3. I make no pretence about the fact that I began by being totally opposed to Part 3. I was on public record as saying that I thought it was a very bad thing indeed, but very sweeping...

Health and Social Care Bill: Report (7th Day) (13 Mar 2012)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: The noble Lord, Lord Walton, raises the point that the physiologists may well feel themselves to be treated as a second-rate profession. One of the finest things about the Bill is the way in which it extends the whole concept of treatment to people beyond those who are registered members of the medical profession, to those who belong to professions ancillary to medicine. I wonder whether the...

Health and Social Care Bill: Report (6th Day) (8 Mar 2012)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: Before the Minister concludes, perhaps I may press him on what is implicit in Amendment 220B, although I shall not move it. If, for example, the governors were to oppose a figure of more than 5 per cent, and the figure were greater than appears to be proper in the light of health services, what steps would be available to ensure that health services are protected?

Health and Social Care Bill: Report (5th Day) (6 Mar 2012)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: My Lords, my intervention will be extremely short. I am delighted that the noble Lords, Lord Warner and Lord Patel, put down this proposal for what one might describe as precautionary failure. We were very concerned that there might be no regime that would enable services to continue because one had seen in advance the possibility of a particular place getting into a great deal of trouble....

Health and Social Care Bill: Report (5th Day) (6 Mar 2012)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: The noble Baroness is perfectly entitled to say what she had said. I accept that fully and I am sure that she said it in all sincerity. But the difference between us is that I believe that the Government have moved a long way, particularly because of the Minister. I believe that that culmination of changes will enable us to bring about an improved NHS. I may be proved wrong. I freely accept...

Health and Social Care Bill: Report (5th Day) (6 Mar 2012)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: My Lords, I have two amendments in this group, Amendments 163C and 166B, which also stand in the name of my noble friend Lord Marks. However, before I address those relatively short amendments, I should like to say a word or two about the broader issues that we have been discussing. I begin by perhaps giving a little comfort to the noble Baroness, Lady Thornton, by saying that my...

Health and Social Care Bill: Report (4th Day) (29 Feb 2012)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: In moving the amendment, I asked the Minister for an unqualified assurance that all people resident in England would be covered by a clinical commissioning group, and I have to say that I think he gave me that assurance. However, I simply ask that between now and Third Reading, if any Member of this House comes forward with evidence of the exclusion from clinical commissioning groups of...

Health and Social Care Bill: Report (4th Day) (29 Feb 2012)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: In replying to the last group of amendments the Minister referred to the fact that concern was expressed in many parts of the House about those issues. I am pleased to say that exactly the same is true of this group. Voices from the Cross Benches and from Labour as well as from the Conservative Party have been raised to address the need to ensure that CCGs always cover every resident...

Health and Social Care Bill: Report (4th Day) (29 Feb 2012)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: The phrase used, which I think is also used in other parts of the Bill, is "resident in England". It is not for me but for others, particularly the immigration tribunal, to judge whether somebody who is an immigrant to this country counts as a resident, but I would assume that if he was an illegal immigrant he would not be. If he or she were here except as an asylum seeker then clearly they...

Health and Social Care Bill: Report (4th Day) (29 Feb 2012)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: Let us hope so. I simply wanted to suggest that there is nothing about the status of illegal immigrants in this amendment. Of course I share the view, which is accepted, that people who need treatment-and later we will discuss the amendment on HIV-should have access to emergency care, for example. That has always been true. However, this amendment relates precisely to clinical commissioning...

Health and Social Care Bill — Statement (28 Feb 2012)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: I apologise to the Minister for being the cause of another late night for him. I apologise because, obviously, the Statement relates to some extent to the letter that I co-signed with the Deputy Prime Minister. I simply say, as have many in the House, that the Minister has shown amazing patience. Indeed, his door is always open; a number of us stumble our way through it and we are extremely...

Health and Social Care Bill — Report (3rd Day) (Continued) (27 Feb 2012)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: My Lords, perhaps I may briefly intervene in the debate on this extremely important amendment. In countries like the United States, where there is no effective health system for those who cannot afford very substantial sums of money, emergency admission has become the last resort for such people. The noble Baroness, Lady Finlay, is right but we should take it one stage further. We know, from...

Health and Social Care Bill — Report (3rd Day) (Continued) (27 Feb 2012)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: My Lords, I thank the noble Earl very much for the amendment, and I am grateful to him for what he had to say. I beg leave to withdraw the amendment at this point but hope very much that he will come back to it at Third Reading. Amendment 49A withdrawn. Amendment 50 not moved. Amendment 50A Moved by Baroness Finlay of Llandaff 50A: Clause 22, page 18, line 15, at end insert- "( ) In...


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