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Slavery — Question (18 Oct 2012)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: My Lords, can the Minister assure us that in the negotiations on the repatriation of some elements of the European Union directives on joint home affairs and justice issues, our Parliament and our Government will give special consideration to making sure that all the orders affecting slavery or trafficking will be very carefully considered before they are repatriated? The straightforward...

National Health Service (Clinical Commissioning Groups) Regulations 2012 — Motion of Regret (16 Oct 2012)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: I have some sympathy with what has been said, but I want to raise a slightly different issue, which arose from what was said by the noble Baroness, Lady Finlay, and the noble Lord, Lord Warner. I remember well during our long debates on the Health and Social Care Bill that one of the central issues that was brought out time and again both in the broad debates and in the amendments that were...

EU: European Justice and Home Affairs Powers — Statement (15 Oct 2012)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: My Lords, can my noble friend assure the House that, in the event that the United Kingdom Government decide to pursue certain elements to opt back into, we would know in advance that the other 26 countries would be willing to negotiate on that basis? It is crucial, if we are going to opt back in, that we have reason to believe that we will be heard and that those issues will be negotiated....

NHS: Evidence-based Medicine — Question (10 Oct 2012)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: Does the Minister agree that in situations where the mandate is to be issued-of course, it has just concluded its consultative period-the emphasis should be placed clearly on the need to recognise that mental health is of similar importance to physical health in the whole of the NHS's projections? Could this also perhaps be an opportunity to underline the significance of NICE advice to GPs...

Justice and Security Bill [HL]: Committee (4th Day) (23 Jul 2012)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: My Lords, the noble Lord, Lord Pannick, recited directly from the Constitution Committee in its very excellent finding about the width of the phrase "sensitive material". As usual, we owe a great deal to the common sense of the Constitution Committee in drawing our attention to this kind of matter. I fully appreciate the argument for narrowing down and more closely defining the phrase so that...

Justice and Security Bill [HL]: Committee (4th Day) (23 Jul 2012)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: Perhaps I may press my noble and learned friend one stage further. The material says that a court can be added or excluded as the case may be, and to a lay person saying that it does not apply to a coroner's court sounds like a Red Queen in Alice in Wonderland announcing that what seems obvious is the opposite of what is obvious. Will my noble and learned friend consider either dropping...

Justice and Security Bill [HL]: Committee (4th Day) (23 Jul 2012)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: My Lords, I want to add only a short comment to the remarks made by my noble friend. I can think of nothing that would do more to undermine public confidence in the judicial system than an attempt to try to include coroners' courts. I will be assured that there has been a promise from the Lord Chancellor that this will not happen, but I cannot understand why the Bill still clearly indicates...

UK Border Agency — Motion to Take Note (19 Jul 2012)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: I am most grateful to my noble friend.

UK Border Agency — Motion to Take Note (19 Jul 2012)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: My Lords, I shall begin by asking the Minister a direct question, which I shall come back to if he feels unable to answer it in his winding-up speech: will he ensure that United Kingdom Border Agency staff are asked to read this debate in Hansard? Whenever I come to take part in or listen to discussions on the House of Lords, not least on issues of civil liberties, I am always struck by the...

Justice and Security Bill [HL]: Committee (3rd Day) (17 Jul 2012)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: My Lords, I should like to follow the noble Lord, Lord Judd, in what one might call a very short interval for non-lawyers to speak. He has pointed to some crucial considerations that need to be borne in mind. I will turn for a moment to Amendments 58 and 59, which are crucial to a fair outcome of this complicated debate. In doing so let me say that I strongly agree with those who have argued...

Justice and Security Bill [HL]: Committee (3rd Day) (17 Jul 2012)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: I am grateful to my noble friend. Nobody knows more directly and more at first hand than he exactly of what he is speaking, given his long and distinguished service in Northern Ireland in several capacities. A second example that I know about, because I was living there at the time, was that the dreadful atrocity of 9/11 produced a great wave of attempts to introduce more security legislation...

Justice and Security Bill [HL]: Committee (3rd Day) (17 Jul 2012)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: I mention again that I am not a lawyer, but I have the greatest respect for the noble Lord, Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts, who has done a very great service to this country in the excellent work that he and others have done in the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Extraordinary Rendition. I want to underline what the noble Lord said about Amendment 66 and to ask my noble and learned friend on...

Justice and Security Bill [HL]: Committee (1st Day) (9 Jul 2012)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: My Lords, let me say right away that I come to this issue completely as a laywoman because I have never been a member of the Intelligence and Security Committee, I have never been asked to be a member and I do not purport to have the arcane wisdom that is obviously involved in the intelligence committee. I speak simply as a laywoman puzzled about this point. I find it strange that the quorum...

Justice and Security Bill [HL]: Committee (1st Day) (9 Jul 2012)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: With great respect, I do not think that what the noble Lord, Lord King of Bridgwater, said went very far towards supporting the argument that because there is such good attendance at this extremely important committee there is a case for a very low quorum. On the contrary, it seems to me that Members take their duties so seriously-and rightly so, given the importance of the subject...

Justice and Security Bill [HL]: Committee (1st Day) (9 Jul 2012)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: I beg leave to withdraw the amendment in the knowledge that I shall certainly return to this issue on Report. Amendment 13 withdrawn. Amendment 14 Moved by Baroness Hamwee 14: Schedule 1, page 14, line 3, at end insert- "(a) the ISC shall meet in public save when it determines that members of the public shall be excluded, (b) a determination under paragraph (a) may be made prior to the...

NHS: Annual Report and Care Objectives — Statement (4 Jul 2012)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: I add my appreciation to that of my noble friend Lady Barker to the Government for putting so much information before Parliament and for inviting Parliament to help work out some of the massive changes that will be required to enable the NHS to deal with the problems confronting it. I also welcome my noble friend the Minister's comments making it clear that a level playing field now exists...

FSA Investigation into LIBOR — Statement (2 Jul 2012)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: My Lords-

FSA Investigation into LIBOR — Statement (2 Jul 2012)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: My Lords, I want to pursue for a moment the sheer seriousness of the situation that the noble Lords, Lord Eatwell and Lord Blair, and my noble friend all pointed to. I can think of nothing more likely to undo the prospect of this country's return to prosperity from the crisis than the present, huge doubts about the trustworthiness of the financial system. When I extensively read newspapers...

Afghanistan: Women's Rights and the Education of Girls — Question (26 Jun 2012)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will propose at the forthcoming Tokyo conference on support for Afghanistan that at least 25% of aid should be directed to the support of women's rights and the education of girls.

Afghanistan: Women's Rights and the Education of Girls — Question (26 Jun 2012)

Baroness Williams of Crosby: I thank my noble friend for that Answer. The Tokyo conference is the last occasion, and the best occasion, to try to change the attitude of the Afghan Government towards their handling of what is called the transformational period, the period that follows the removal of ISAF from Afghanistan next year. In the past few weeks we have had very troubling evidence of backsliding on women's rights...


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