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Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill: Second Reading (22 Oct 2013)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: I apologise for interrupting the noble Lord but does he agree that the Permanent Secretary is probably almost the last civil servant to be lobbied in a controversial situation?

Syria: Humanitarian Assistance — Question (8 Oct 2013)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: My Lords, perhaps I may say how grateful many of us are to the generosity of the Government and their far-sightedness on the Syrian issue. I have a much more immediate question. As the discussion and the investigation of chemical weapons continues in Syria, the inspectors are moving into more and more dangerous territory, which is controlled by the opposition in its many forms. Will the...

Syria and the Use of Chemical Weapons — Motion to Take Note (29 Aug 2013)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: My Lords, I am glad to be following the noble and learned Lord, Lord Goldsmith, because I have great respect for the integrity that he showed at a difficult time during the Iraq war. It is worth saying first of all, and saying strongly, that one of the issues that overlays the whole of this debate is the credibility of any action that we might take. It is, if you like, the aftermath of the...

Alcohol: Minimum Pricing — Question (24 Jul 2013)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: The evidence is quite clear that minimum unit pricing has two dramatic effects. First, it cuts the level of alcohol-related deaths and sharply reduces admissions to hospital, as my noble friend has said. Equally importantly, it drives drinkers steadily towards lower-strength alcohol from high-strength alcohol—which has nothing to do with the Minister’s proposal about VAT and all the rest...

European Court of Human Rights: Khodorkovsky Case — Question for Short Debate (23 Jul 2013)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: My Lords, I apologise to the noble Lord, Lord Bates; I had not realised that he was there waiting to speak. I join in his congratulations to the noble Lord, Lord Trimble, not only on embarking on this debate but on giving us an extremely concise and excellent description of the whole of the Khodorkovsky case. He did it in a brilliant way. I am rather like the noble Lord, Lord Hylton: I know...

European Court of Human Rights: Khodorkovsky Case — Question for Short Debate (23 Jul 2013)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: My Lords—

Press Regulation — Question (11 Jul 2013)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: My Lords—

Press Regulation — Question (11 Jul 2013)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: Does the Minister agree, however, that an agreement between all the parties in Parliament is an extremely important step towards asserting the powers and influence of Parliament? Is it not important that the public know what has just been raised by the noble and learned Lord, Lord Mackay, the former Lord Chancellor, that members of the Privy Council will not be all the members or even a...

Iran — Question (10 Jul 2013)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will re-establish full diplomatic relations with Iran to coincide with the inauguration of President Hassan Rouhani on 3 August.

Iran — Question (10 Jul 2013)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: I thank the Minister for that rather disappointing Answer and point out that President-elect Rouhani was not only elected by a clear majority on the first ballot of the Iranian people but had a majority of more than 12 million people over his nearest rival, the mayor of Tehran. In the past week, he has not only called for the clergy to cease to interfere in the private lives of Iranians and...

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill — Report (1st Day) (8 Jul 2013)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: Would the noble Lord, Lord Alli, consider looking at other countries and at what has happened in cases where public servants have questioned the conscience of the state in asking them to do things that they believed to be deeply wrong? How much we all feel in debt to those brave people who stood up in countries such as Germany in the 1930s, and elsewhere, because they believed they had a...

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill — Report (1st Day) (8 Jul 2013)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: My Lords, I am a signatory to this amendment. I realise that the time is going by and I shall make my remarks in support of my noble friend Lady Cumberlege brief ones. Interestingly, there is a real dilemma here about both equality and liberty. Although the amendment is brief and limits itself to a modest request, it has considerably greater implications than may at first be realised. A...

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill: Committee (1st Day) (17 Jun 2013)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: My Lords, political decisions are often influenced by issues of conscience. Speaking for myself, I have never confronted a more difficult decision than the one about equal marriage in the Bill that confronts us today. I voted against the amendment of the noble Lord, Lord Dear, because I believe that the House had a duty to look scrupulously at and scrutinise carefully every detail of this...

Russia: Non-Governmental Organisations — Question (12 Jun 2013)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: My Lords, while I agree strongly with some of the remarks made by my noble friend the Minister and the noble Lord, Lord Judd, at present the Council of Europe is very much engaged in close discussions with the Russian authorities and some questions are being raised about whether the draconian law will be carried out effectively or reconsidered. May I therefore suggest that the better approach...

Women: Rights — Question (4 Jun 2013)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: My Lords—

Women: Rights — Question (4 Jun 2013)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: My Lords, I thank my noble friend and the noble Baroness, Lady Hayter, for their spirited responses in this brief discussion. I want to ask about one area where, sadly, the move towards equality has been extremely slow—the finance sector. Perhaps my noble friend can say something about what steps are being taken and how successful they are in increasing the proportion of women on the boards...

Syria — Question (22 May 2013)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: My Lords, let us hope and pray that the Russian-American conference will be successful. We should give it every possible support. I suggest to my noble friend that one of the things we might do at the upcoming G8 discussions is to try to recruit as many people as possible to commit themselves to funding the huge refugee problem in Turkey and in Jordan. She will be well aware that Jordan is...

NHS: GP Services — Statement (21 May 2013)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: My Lords, I am sure that the noble Lord, Lord Hunt, would not disagree that the GP contract, although it was some time ago now, was a factor in what has gone wrong with A&E. Does the Minister believe that we can move towards a situation where the responsibility for out-of-hours medicine once again becomes part of what GPs accept as their CCG responsibility? Can he also say whether steps might...

Queen’s Speech — Debate (2nd Day) (9 May 2013)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: My Lords, I begin by congratulating my noble friend Lord McNally on an impressive attempt to deal with the issue of offenders and the reoffending rates that are far too high in this country. Let me ask him in particular whether he can say something in conclusion about the fact that a large number of the young offenders in this country are illiterate. More than half the young men and women...


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