Results 1–20 of 151 for speaker:Baroness Prashar

The Universities (8 Dec 1999)

Baroness Prashar: My Lords, it is a great honour to be a Member of this House and to be addressing it for the first time. Before discussing the topic of this debate, perhaps I may take the liberty of making some personal remarks. I want to begin by expressing my thanks to many Members of the House for their support and friendship, and everyone who works here for their help, courtesy and warm welcome. Their...

Race Relations (Amendment) Bill [H.L.] (11 Jan 2000)

Baroness Prashar: I beg to support the amendment on indirect discrimination moved by the noble Lord, Lord Lester of Herne Hill. I strongly support the arguments which he has advanced in support of that amendment. I was pleased to hear of the Government's decision to extend the scope of the Race Relations Act to public authorities, but was disappointed when I saw a serious flaw: the creation of an exception of...

Race Relations (Amendment) Bill [H.L.] (27 Jan 2000)

Baroness Prashar: My Lords, before I speak to this amendment I want to congratulate the Government on the two announcements that have been made. The extension of indirect discrimination to public authorities is particularly welcome. However, on this issue, to date I have heard no clear or convincing case for the exception that would allow Ministers of the Crown and immigration officials to discriminate on...

Race Relations (Amendment) Bill [H.L.] (27 Jan 2000)

Baroness Prashar: My Lords, I do not underestimate the difficulties faced by the Immigration Service--

Criminal Justice and Court Services Bill (3 Jul 2000)

Baroness Prashar: My Lords, from my position as chairman of the Parole Board of England and Wales I shall concentrate of Part I of the Bill--that is, the creation of the national probation service--and parts of the Bill that deal with greater use of electronic monitoring, stricter enforcement and the new powers for compulsory drug testing of offenders and alleged offenders. Perhaps I may turn, first, to the...

Criminal Justice (Mode of Trial) (No. 2) Bill (28 Sep 2000)

Baroness Prashar: My Lords, I was a member of the Royal Commission on Criminal Justice which recommended that in cases involving either way offences the defendant should no longer have the right to insist to a trial by jury. Tonight I want to draw your Lordships' attention to two other recommendations of the Runciman Report, because the Royal Commission's recommendations about trial by jury should be seen in...

Arts and Entertainment in a Multicultural Society (6 Nov 2000)

Baroness Prashar: My Lords, I was particularly pleased to learn that the noble Baroness, Lady Rendell, had tabled this Question on the arts and entertainment in a multicultural society. I thank her most warmly for raising this issue. I have a particular interest in this area, having chaired the Arts Council of England's committee on cultural diversity from 1995 to 1998--years in which the foundation was laid...

Asylum Seekers: Health Needs (27 Nov 2000)

Baroness Prashar: asked Her Majesty's Government: What financial resources have been given to the National Health Service and primary care services in areas affected by the Government's dispersal system in order to assess and meet the health needs of asylum seekers.

Asylum Seekers: Health Needs (27 Nov 2000)

Baroness Prashar: My Lords, I thank the Minister for that Answer. Does he agree that information about entitlement to healthcare is not getting through to asylum seekers and that in some cases they are being denied care? What steps are being taken to develop a coherent strategy to meet both the health needs of asylum seekers and to ensure that they are made aware of their entitlements?

Racial Harassment (24 Apr 2001)

Baroness Prashar: rose to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to Racial Harassment: Action on the Ground, a report by Gerard Lemos for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, and to the proposals for improving services for tackling racist incidents and harassment in the United Kingdom. My Lords, this excellent report, Racial Harassment: Action on the Ground, is about tackling intolerance and its...

Learning Society (25 Apr 2001)

Baroness Prashar: rose to call attention to the role of national policy makers in creating a learning society; and to move for Papers. My Lords, this Government embraced the concept of lifelong learning as one of their six education promises. The 1998 Green Paper, The Learning Age, embodied the concept of a learning society. The commitment of the noble Baroness, Lady Blackstone, the Minister, to lifelong...

Learning Society (25 Apr 2001)

Baroness Prashar: My Lords, I am extremely grateful to all noble Lords who have participated in the debate. It was a delight to hear from the noble Baroness, Lady Boothroyd, about the growing pains of the Open University and to be reminded how small revolutions can make such a dramatic change. We have had a wide-ranging debate. As the noble Lord, Lord Puttnam, said, the title was deceptively simple. It was a...

Discrimination (25 Apr 2001)

Baroness Prashar: My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Lester, for initiating this debate and for drawing attention to the report Equality: A New Framework. It is a mark of his commitment to equality and his pioneering role in the development of anti-discrimination legislation. This is a significant review for it paves the way for a co-ordinated reorganisation of a highly disjointed and fragmented...

Immigration Policy: EUC Report (23 Jul 2001)

Baroness Prashar: My Lords, I, too, congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Bhatia, on his excellent maiden speech. I have had the good fortune of working with him for the past 15 years and I am familiar with his outstanding contribution to public life. I greatly look forward to the contribution that he will make to this House. I also congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Harris of Richmond, and the sub-committee on...

Multi-ethnicity and Multi-culturalism (20 Mar 2002)

Baroness Prashar: My Lords, multi-ethnicity does not normally receive the thoughtful and considered attention that it deserves. I am, therefore, grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Parekh, for initiating this debate. To date, debate and policies in this area have been marred by ambivalence and a lack of deeper and comprehensive analysis and thinking. In our attempts to respond to challenges of multi-ethnicity in...

Civil Service Act (1 May 2002)

Baroness Prashar: My Lords, I, too, thank the noble Lord, Lord Holme, for introducing the debate. As the First Civil Service Commissioner, I am grateful for the opportunity to contribute to it. I hope that this debate and the wider discussions that will follow the Government's proposed consultation paper on a Civil Service Act will encourage a considered debate and lead to a broad consensus on the framework in...

Civil Service Act (1 May 2002)

Baroness Prashar: My Lords, perhaps I may make my final point. I can deal with it quickly. Moving on to my second question about the right legislative vehicle for such issues, I recognise that some will say that changes and clarifications can be achieved without a Civil Service Act; codes can be re-written and Orders in Council changed. In my view, that would not be an ideal situation. By enshrining in statute...

Higher Education (1 May 2002)

Baroness Prashar: My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Baroness, Lady Warwick, for initiating this debate. Universities UK's wide-ranging report clearly shows where higher education institutions have increased participation among under-represented groups and demonstrates how targeted initiatives are contributing to social inclusion. However, I agree with the noble Lord, Lord Dearing, that more needs to be done...

Voluntary and Community Sector (6 Feb 2003)

Baroness Prashar: My Lords, there is now a growing recognition in Government that the voluntary and community sector plays a significant role in the structure and aspirations of our society. I am, therefore, grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Plant, for securing this debate, thus providing an opportunity to discuss some of the crucial issues raised by the report of the Strategy Unit and the cross-cutting review....

Equality Bill [HL] (28 Feb 2003)

Baroness Prashar: My Lords, I pay tribute to the noble Lord, Lord Lester of Herne Hill, for introducing the Bill. His commitment to equality and perseverance to ensure that we have comprehensive anti-discrimination legislation on the statute book is admirable and an example to us all. Characteristically of the noble Lord, his Bill is, as we heard, the product of four years' careful and thorough work that he...

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