Results 1–20 of 246 for speaker:Baroness Neuberger

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (8th Day) (Continued) (19 Mar 2018)

Baroness Neuberger: My Lords, I support this amendment, which is in the name of my noble friend Lord Warner and others. It has been nicknamed, as everybody knows, the “do no harm” amendment although perhaps, more accurately, it should be the “do not roll back” amendment. I declare interests as an honorary fellow of the Faculty of Public Health—I too wish to thank the faculty and staff for its...

Education and Society - Motion to Take Note (8 Dec 2017)

Baroness Neuberger: My Lords, I, too, am very grateful to the most reverend Primate for introducing this debate which signals the coming of Christmas and, dare I say it, of Hanukkah, too. I should also say that although we Jews do not believe in the Second Coming, it is a great pleasure to see the noble and right reverend Lord, Lord Chartres, in his place to speak in today’s debate. He was a huge support to me...

Immigration Bill - Third Reading (12 Apr 2016)

Baroness Neuberger: My Lords, I, too, strongly support this amendment. I will speak briefly because much of what I wanted to say has already been said, and said very eloquently. This is enormously important. As many noble Lords know, we run a drop-in for asylum-seeker families at my synagogue. In talking to some of the women, many of them pregnant, who visit with their small children, one thing that comes out...

Immigration Bill — Report (3rd Day) (21 Mar 2016)

Baroness Neuberger: My Lords, I support the amendment and congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Dubs, on moving it. My uncle came here at the age of 13—he had failed the 12 year-old cut-off point—as a semi-unaccompanied refugee from Nazi Germany; my mother was an adult when she came. I want to say something about the courage of the British Government at that time. When we talk about not wishing to accept the...

Immigration Bill — Report (1st Day) (9 Mar 2016)

Baroness Neuberger: My Lords, I, too, support the amendment. I declare an interest as senior rabbi of the West London Synagogue, where we run in a drop-in service for destitute asylum seekers, as many synagogues and churches do around the country. Many of these asylum seekers have waited longer than six months. The way they survive—because you cannot survive on £5 a day—is by going from institution to...

European Union Subsidiarity Assessment: Electoral Law of the EU (EUC Report) — Motion to Take Note (4 Feb 2016)

Baroness Neuberger: My Lords, I speak as a member of the EU sub-committee on justice. I, too, pay tribute to our chairman, the noble Baroness, Lady Kennedy of The Shaws, and to our advisers, who have been brilliant. There is very little to add to what has been said but I want to say something about why we felt this was so important. One argument worth adding is an emotional one. A degree of irritation was felt...

Health — Motion to Take Note (26 Nov 2015)

Baroness Neuberger: My Lords, it is a great pleasure to be able to follow the noble Lord, Lord Smith of Hindhead, and congratulate him on what he had to say. His maiden speech has given us a great deal of information about his role as chief executive of the Association of Conservative Clubs and chairman of the Committee of Registered Clubs Associations, but has also made us laugh. One of the things that we enjoy...

Civil Society — Motion to Take Note (11 Jun 2015)

Baroness Neuberger: My Lords, I thank the right reverend Prelate for bringing us this debate. I do not believe that the matters raised in the letter should be restricted to the people and parishes of the Church of England, so I speak as a rabbi serving a large congregation in central London. Our theology may be rather different from that of the Church of England, although our relationships are very close. I...

Assisted Dying Bill [HL]: Committee (1st Day) (7 Nov 2014)

Baroness Neuberger: My Lords, I rise to speak to the amendment of the noble Lord, Lord Pannick, to which I have put my name, and to add to that of the noble Lord, Lord Carlile. I agree with almost everything that has been said but, if responsibility is given to the Family Division in some way or other, there might be reason for a ticket system, as happens in serious sex or murder cases. That way, the judges...

Assisted Dying Bill [HL]: Second Reading (18 Jul 2014)

Baroness Neuberger: My Lords, as many noble Lords know, last year I chaired the panel reviewing the use of the Liverpool care pathway. It is important that we found no evidence that it had been used to hasten people’s deaths, but it was nevertheless clear that many older people, who often have complex physical and emotional needs, were frightened that it might be used in that way. The sense of vulnerability of...

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill — Second Reading (Continued) (3 Jun 2013)

Baroness Neuberger: My Lords, I rise to support the Bill. I want to make three discrete points in this debate, which has had so many speakers and such high running emotion. First, despite many views to the contrary, marriage is in fact a social construct. It was not always one man and one woman. Indeed, polygamy was widespread in the ancient world, and its reasons were many. To quote from the Hebrew bible, as we...

Crime and Courts Bill [HL]: Third Reading (18 Dec 2012)

Baroness Neuberger: My Lords, as noble Lords know, I chaired the Advisory Panel on Judicial Diversity a couple of years ago. I have had lengthy conversations with the Minister on this subject. I am absolutely delighted-and want to place it on record-that we have Amendment 8 and that this commitment is now on the statute book. This really is a wonderful day.

Crime and Courts Bill [HL]: Amendment 79B withdrawn. (4 Dec 2012)

Baroness Neuberger: My Lords, as noble Lords will know, I chaired the Advisory Panel on Judicial Diversity, and I support all those who have already spoken. I love the analogy of the pregnant snail. It is now two and a half years since we reported, and with all the amazing good will that there has been-and there has been considerable good will, not least from the Minister, who has met with me regularly to see...

Crime and Courts Bill [HL]: Amendment 79B withdrawn. (4 Dec 2012)

Baroness Neuberger: My Lords, not being a lawyer, I enter this debate with a certain amount of nervousness. However, I did chair the Advisory Panel on Judicial Diversity, and I support everything that my noble friend Lord Pannick said. I disagree with the amendment for one very important reason. I want to add to what my noble friend said one important fact which comes from the evidence that the panel took from...

Religion in the United Kingdom — Question for Short Debate (22 Nov 2012)

Baroness Neuberger: My Lords, I, too, thank my noble friend Lord Singh of Wimbledon for introducing the debate. I will set it against the context of the polarisation that we are seeing between people who have faith and of those who do not. That is something on which we have not yet spent enough time in this debate. We also see a broad lack of public understanding of the roles that faith can play in wider...

Previous Business – Lords: Grand Committee (11 Jul 2012)

Report of the Science and Technology Committee on Behaviour Change – Baroness Neuberger. Debate; 3:45 pm

Crime and Courts Bill [HL]: Committee (4th Day) (27 Jun 2012)

Baroness Neuberger: My Lords, perhaps I may add to the debate as another non-lawyer. Indeed, I totally agree with the noble Lord, Lord Deben, and I very much hope that the Government will take this on board. I know that the Minister has himself been involved in the judicial diversity task force, of which the Lord Chief Justice and the Lord Chancellor are in fact members. One of the criticisms that the Advisory...

Crime and Courts Bill [HL]: Committee (4th Day) (27 Jun 2012)

Baroness Neuberger: I am sorry to ask the Minister this, but surely the presence of the Lord Chancellor on a committee of selection is a political statement in itself. It is worrying that the Minister should say that it removes a political presence. It just moves the position from what is a very public veto if, at the end of an independent process, the Lord Chancellor decides that he does not wish to go along...

Crime and Courts Bill [HL] — Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (25 Jun 2012)

Baroness Neuberger: Can I make clear what the advisory panel said on this matter? We were quite clear that the principle of selection on individual merit remains. The point that we were trying to make is that that depends on how you define merit. Your definition of merit may not be identical with mine or with that of the noble Baroness, Lady Prashar. We have a way of dealing with merit. The Judicial Appointments...

Crime and Courts Bill [HL] — Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (25 Jun 2012)

Baroness Neuberger: Much of what I had wanted to say has been said by others, notably by the noble Lord, Lord Pannick, and the noble Baronesses, Lady Kennedy and Lady Jay. I chaired the Advisory Panel on Judicial Diversity and we took a great deal of evidence from both men and women who were either judges or interested in becoming judges. Of the many components needed to create a more diverse judiciary, flexible...


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