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EU: UK's National and Trade Interests — Question (16 Jan 2013)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: My Lords, when the Prime Minister speaks later this week, will he draw attention, as the Minister has done, to the significance of the single market, which was strongly supported by Mrs Thatcher, to the insistence of many of our closest allies, such as the United States and the leading countries of the Commonwealth, that our influence within the EU is vital to the position of the West in the...

NHS: Clinical Commissioning Groups — Question (16 Jan 2013)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: I would add congratulations from these Benches to the noble Earl on his very well-deserved honour which reflects the immense contribution he has made to this House. On the issue of poverty, is the existence of traditional industrial diseases, such as emphysema in mining areas, taken into account in the allocations that continue to be made between CCGs?

Banks: Money-laundering — Question (18 Dec 2012)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are satisfied that sufficient steps have been taken to prevent money-laundering by United Kingdom banks.

Banks: Money-laundering — Question (18 Dec 2012)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: I thank the Minister for that reply but last year alone the amount of fines paid to the United States regulatory authority from British banks alone came to no less than £6.4 billion, in comparison to the amount paid to the Financial Services Authority from the same banks, which came to £140 million. The discrepancy is clear. These were not minor crimes. They included not only...

NHS: Hospital Services — Question (6 Dec 2012)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: Does my noble friend agree that one thing that emerges very clearly is that real difficulties arise from not having a 24/7 primary care service, which means that figures for weekends and holidays are of course much worse than they are for the normal level of health service provision? Does he agree that it is well worth looking at bringing into the work of CCGs the contribution that can be...

Iran — Question (3 Dec 2012)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: Does the Minister agree that only a few weeks ago Mr Soltanieh, the Iranian ambassador to the IAEA, specifically indicated that Iran was now open to the possibility of bilateral discussions with the United States, and that President Obama has reflected this in his recent views expressed within the United States? Finally, according to recent polling by the Knowledge Forum, a clear majority in...

Social Care: Apprenticeships — Question (29 Nov 2012)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: My noble friend will know that, apart from those who are apprentices, a great many people are currently serving in the area of social care for whom in-service training would be extremely useful. I am talking about older people. Can he tell us whether, in the training discussions held in the NHS and in social care, any plans are being made to try to provide at least some in-service training...

China: Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament — Motion to Take Note (22 Nov 2012)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: Perhaps I may ask the noble and learned Lord a question. He conducted a brilliant negotiation over Hong Kong when he was Foreign Secretary, but does he regard the fact that Hong Kong has survived for 20 years as an indication that we now have a well settled two-regime system in China?

China: Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament — Motion to Take Note (22 Nov 2012)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: My Lords, it gives me great pleasure to follow the noble Lord, Lord Browne of Ladyton, on the subject before us. I am only sorry that because of the pressure on the House of Lords over the past few days there are not more people present to take part in this debate, because we are now looking at the second greatest economic power in the world, and perhaps the third greatest military power, and...

Justice and Security Bill [HL] — Report (2nd Day) (Continued) (21 Nov 2012)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: I also support this important amendment. We know that some countries that are considered to be relatively close allies of the United Kingdom have human rights records that are indescribably bad. It would be a tragedy to have a situation where we cannot take seriously these human rights violations because of the limits that are placed in the language of this Bill. We are increasingly seeing...

Banking: Offshore Accounts — Question (20 Nov 2012)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate HM Revenue and Customs has made of the value of offshore accounts held by British citizens in the Channel Islands; and what steps are being taken to investigate them.

Banking: Offshore Accounts — Question (20 Nov 2012)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: My Lords, my noble friend will know that Jersey is one of the most secretive tax havens in the world. In a tax haven, neither corporate profits nor other profits of a corporate nature are taxed, nor are capital gains. Will he say whether there is any way in which those large, wealthy corporations which make their profits out of the UK consumer in this country can be persuaded or cajoled by...

Justice and Security Bill [HL] — Report (1st Day) (19 Nov 2012)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: If the noble Lord, Lord Clinton-Davis, will allow me, I will finish the argument I am trying to make-I will not be lengthy-and then endeavour to address his question. I want to go back for a moment to the other source of considerable concern about intelligence, one with which I have fairly close acquaintance: the doubts that were raised about the intelligence used as the basis for the British...

Justice and Security Bill [HL] — Report (1st Day) (19 Nov 2012)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: The noble Lord would not expect me to agree with him, and I do not. However, in our forthcoming discussion on Report, both today and on Wednesday, he will have the opportunity to consider further whether it is not now high time that we accept a greater degree of accountability-one that has to carry with it an ability to limit, in extreme cases, people who would be wholly unsuitable as members...

Justice and Security Bill [HL] — Report (1st Day) (19 Nov 2012)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: My Lords, my name is also attached to the amendment and I congratulate my noble friend Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts on an extraordinarily brief and clear description of the reasons for it. I begin by paying a moment's tribute to the person-no longer alive, I am sad to say-who started the whole process of Select Committees. I still remember when I was a Minister in the Labour Government...

NHS Commissioning Board: Mandate — Statement (13 Nov 2012)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: I thank the noble Earl for the imaginative and humane part he has played in producing this mandate and say that it adds even further to what is already a remarkable record. I want to put two questions to him about the fourth objective in the mandate which in a sense will complement what he has already said about new technology, as well as what the noble Baroness, Lady Jay, has said about it....

BBC: Resignation of Director-General — Statement (12 Nov 2012)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: My Lords, the BBC and the trust have a direct responsibility to explore in great detail how sexual abuse could take place in the BBC's own buildings and under its own culture and aegis. Having said that, let us not forget that the BBC is one of the most outstanding achievements of this country. It is a model to other countries and has a structure that has allowed for balance between different...

Universities: Overseas Students — Question (5 Nov 2012)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: My Lords, perhaps I may tell the Minister that last night I got off a plane from Beijing, where I had been visiting two of the most outstanding and internationally minded universities in China-and that we are shooting ourselves in the foot. Not only are we helping to destroy our own best universities, we are cutting off the contacts we need for future relationships, for future foreign...


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