Results 1–20 of 151 for speaker:Baroness Prashar

Discrimination (21 May 2008)

Baroness Prashar: My Lords, I, too, thank the noble Lord, Lord Lester of Herne Hill, for initiating the debate and for bringing this anomaly to the attention of the House. As the noble Lord, Lord Lester, explained, there is an unfair gap in the law. When an individual experiences discrimination based on her race or ethnicity, she has the benefit, correctly so, of a reverse onus of proof. The burden of proving...

Written Answers — House of Lords: South Africa (2 Jun 2008)

Baroness Prashar: asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they will take to support the Government of South Africa to reduce the violence against Zimbabweans, Mozambicans and other non-South Africans in townships and informal settlements.

Queen's Speech — Debate (5th Day) (10 Dec 2008)

Baroness Prashar: My Lords, I am sorry that I was unable to be here for the opening speech. I am afraid that my best laid plans were disrupted due to a change in a timetable, and I have conveyed my apologies to the noble Baroness, Lady Andrews, through the Whips' Office. I shall confine my comments to the question of equality because in the 21st century we need equality legislation that is for everyone and...

HM Inspector of Prisons (19 Jan 2005)

Baroness Prashar: My Lords, I, too, thank my noble friend Lady Stern for initiating this debate on the work, role and function of Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Prisons, and for doing it so clearly and effectively. I fully endorse her reasons for initiating this debate and the questions which she has posed to the Minister. In my contribution, I want to emphasise why I believe that focused, robust and...

Draft Civil Service Bill (27 Oct 2005)

Baroness Prashar: My Lords, this is not a question. I am chairing a working party dealing with the Civil Service code, but not the ministerial code.

Commonwealth (17 Nov 2005)

Baroness Prashar: My Lords, I too am very grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Freeman, for securing this very timely debate and for providing us with an opportunity to debate the UK's relations with the Commonwealth, as the Commonwealth leaders gather for next week's summit in Malta. I enthusiastically support what the noble Lord has said and I want to underline the three areas where action was indicated. At the...

Constitutional Reform (Prerogative Powers and Civil Service etc.) Bill [HL] (3 Mar 2006)

Baroness Prashar: My Lords, I propose to confine my remarks to those parts of the Bill that relate to the Civil Service and—if I may clarify this for the noble and learned Lord, Lord Mackay—not public appointments, because there is a separate Commissioner for Public Appointments. I do so having recently completed my term of office as the First Civil Service Commissioner and having waited in vain for the...

Commonwealth (18 Jul 2007)

Baroness Prashar: My Lords, I begin by welcoming the noble Baroness, Lady Vadera, to the House, because she is a true Commonwealth person. I am delighted that she will be responding to this debate and I greatly look forward to her speech. In making my contribution, I declare an interest. I am the chairman of the Royal Commonwealth Society, as has been mentioned by my noble friend Lord Luce. There is now...

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...


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