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Ukraine — Statement (10 Feb 2015)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: My Lords, I declare an old interest as having been for some years a former member of the advisory council to the Rada of Ukraine, along with the noble and learned Lord, Lord Howe of Aberavon. I completely agree with the noble Baroness, Lady Anelay, that we must uphold the rule of law; that is essential for the interests of the whole European continent. However, I share with the noble Lord,...

Syria — Question (10 Feb 2015)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: My Lords, in view of the Minister’s very powerful response to the Question from the noble Baroness, Lady Kennedy of The Shaws, will she consider the rather surprising interview given by the President of Syria this morning, in which he implied that he knew nothing at all about barrel bombs, weapons which have been specifically condemned by the United Nations as never to be used in populous...

Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill — Third Reading (9 Feb 2015)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: My Lords, I, too, wish to echo the thanks to the Minister for his persistence and patience. I am also grateful to him for letting me know that he and his officials are discussing consultation with universities and students, with regard to the guidance offered by the Minister. As it happens, I spent Friday with a group of young sixth-formers from, I suppose, every kind of ethnic and religious...

Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill — Report (2nd Day) (Continued) (4 Feb 2015)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: My Lords, I have one short point, which has not been raised before, to add to this part of the debate. We now have in this country approaching 100,000 overseas students, a high proportion of whom—about one-third—come from China. A directive from a Minister to a university, as perceived by an overseas student from China, would be very close to being a government censure on that university....

Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill — Report (2nd Day) (Continued) (4 Feb 2015)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: I am a little worried because the argument is moving towards the costs of bureaucratic reviews and so forth, and away from the central point that I believe to be critical for any chance of success in what the Government are trying to do: the formal involvement of young people. At the moment, and I hope my noble friend will forgive me for putting it this way, there is nothing in the Bill...

Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill — Report (2nd Day) (Continued) (4 Feb 2015)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: I have a very simple and totally inexpensive proposal, which is that in issuing the guidance the Secretary of State will make plain that he or she expects a university to consult its students before deciding to agree to accept the guidance that is then issued.

Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill — Report (2nd Day) (Continued) (4 Feb 2015)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: In the light of that helpful response, I beg leave to withdraw the amendment. Amendment 14D withdrawn. Amendment 14E Moved by Lord Bates 14E: Clause 28, page 19, line 7, at end insert— “(4A) Guidance issued under subsection (1) takes effect on whatever day the Secretary of State appoints by regulations made by statutory instrument. A statutory instrument containing regulations under this...

Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill — Report (2nd Day) (Continued) (4 Feb 2015)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: I apologise to the Minister but I was not aware that he was going to respond to the amendment now, which would rule out Amendment 14D to which I wished to speak. I turn to that amendment briefly to explain the point of it. It looks a very small amendment but it is a rather serious one. Amendment 14D relates to those with whom the Secretary of State would consult in advance of putting out the...

Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill — Report (2nd Day) (Continued) (4 Feb 2015)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: My brilliant friend—

Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill — Report (2nd Day) (4 Feb 2015)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: My Lords, my noble friend Lord Bates has done an amazing job in inching this legislation slowly towards becoming a bearable and acceptable piece of law. However, we are not there yet. I put on record my thanks for my noble friend’s two amendments. One of them still awaits greater clarification. I am still not clear what the hierarchy is of, in particular, “due” and other kinds of...

Palestine: Recognition — Motion to Take Note (29 Jan 2015)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: My Lords, I share the views expressed by those who have already spoken of the importance of this House indicating that it agrees with the House of Commons on the question of the recognition of Palestine as a state. I will say just two things in the short time that I have. First, those of us who care very deeply about the survival of Israel are extremely puzzled by how there can be any plan...

International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill: Second Reading (23 Jan 2015)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: My Lords, I echo the words of the noble Baroness, Lady Kinnock, in paying tribute to all three parties for what they have done about aid. In particular, I add one name: that of the noble Baroness, Lady Chalker, who I believe persuaded the Conservative Party to become a great champion of aid and changed a great many attitudes by the work she did. She deserves our tribute for that. I will deal...

Schools: Arts Subjects — Question (20 Jan 2015)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: Does the Minister agree that much of the advance of this country’s influence on the world in the last few years has lain in the field of film, literature, theatre, drama and television? In area after area we have received remarkable awards from international bodies and a widespread recognition of the extraordinary contribution that the arts and theatre in this country have made to our...

Higher Education: Overseas Students — Question (19 Jan 2015)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: Does the Minister agree that there are two areas where the ability to stay on for two years after completing one’s graduation is of great significance? One is adding to scientific teams, where the addition of a graduate who stays on for the time being to work on a team in an area such as cancer research is vital. The other vital area is that in the past students studying medicine have...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Banks: Pay (6 Jan 2015)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they plan to take to strip traders who disregard banking standards, such as by engaging in insider trading, of any bonuses they may have received.

Criminal Justice and Courts Bill — Commons Reasons and Amendments (9 Dec 2014)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Elton, on what he has said and the courage that he has shown. There are just two other questions that I should like to ask the Minister. I was once upon a time, and for some years, a Prisons Minister. The first question rests on the fact—noble Lords can check this—that young women are most likely to engage in serious self-harm between the ages...

Soft Power and Conflict Prevention — Motion to Take Note (5 Dec 2014)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: Before my noble friend completes his very helpful display of what the Government propose to do, I will ask him about a question that was raised by my noble friend Lady Miller and the noble Lord, Lord West. Given that it will cost nothing and that, as he knows, there is a meeting on the nuclear non-proliferation treaty in the spring of 2015, will he tell the House whether he would consider the...

Soft Power and Conflict Prevention — Motion to Take Note (5 Dec 2014)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: My Lords, I add my thanks to the most reverend Primate for introducing this debate. Such a turnout on a Friday morning is so impressive that it reflects the great respect that this House has for him and the work that he and the Church of England have done. I hope he will take much strength from that observation. I have been interested in the way that we have talked increasingly about soft...

Criminal Justice and Courts Bill: Third Reading (10 Nov 2014)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: My Lords, I will make a brief intervention. I very much commend the amendment of the noble Earl, Lord Listowel. Quite simply, the position of 17 year-olds has changed radically since 1984. The proportion of young people staying on in education to 18 or beyond has almost doubled in that time, and many young people continue within their family structures until the age of 18, which was not so...

Ebola — Question for Short Debate (6 Nov 2014)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: My Lords—


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