Results 1–20 of 217 for speaker:Baroness Prashar

Parliamentary Democracy and Standards in Public Life - Motion to Take Note (11 Jan 2024)

Baroness Prashar: My Lords, I thank the noble Baroness, Lady Featherstone, for securing this debate. As evidenced by many reports, disillusionment and dissatisfaction with the political process, pronounced deviation from standards in public life, perceptions of corruption in government and low trust in politicians are having an adverse impact on our democratic system. Trust is at an all-time low, which is...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Second Reading (18 Dec 2023)

Baroness Prashar: My Lords, I declare my interest as a former executive chairman of the Parole Board of England and Wales. Although that was some 25 years ago, I have continued to take a keen interest in this work. I too have received several excellent briefings from organisations concerned about victims of crime and abuse. I share their concerns with regard to victims and agree with the points that a number...

Online Safety Bill - Committee (6th Day): Amendment 52A (11 May 2023)

Baroness Prashar: My Lords, I will speak to Amendments 236, 237 and 238 in my name. I thank the noble Lord, Lord Storey, and the noble Baroness, Lady Bennett of Manor Castle, for supporting me. Like others, I thank Full Fact for its excellent briefings. I also thank the noble Lord, Lord Knight, for introducing this group of amendments, as it saves me having to make the case for why media literacy is a very...

Illegal Migration Bill - Second Reading: Amendment to the Motion (10 May 2023)

Baroness Prashar: My Lords, it is a clever ploy to entitle this Bill the Illegal Migration Bill. Not for the first time, illegal migration has been conflated with asylum. This is essentially an asylum Bill, and asylum is a fundamental right. Migration, of course, is a choice. Although the Government claim that this Bill is designed to deal with boat people, it will apply to everyone who arrives here by...

Online Safety Bill - Second Reading ( 1 Feb 2023)

Baroness Prashar: My Lords, we are privileged to live in an age of internet technology, which gives us greater access to information and means of communication than at any point in human history. But to get the most out of this online world it must be safe and effectively regulated to counter harm and misinformation. I fully support the Bill. It is a good start, but it needs to be improved in a number of...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Second Reading (17 Jan 2023)

Baroness Prashar: My Lords, it is a real pleasure to follow the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Carlisle. I agree with the comments he made about housing. Last February’s White Paper promised initiatives to make a real dent in regional disparities. This Bill will create a statutory basis for new forms of devolution, make it a legal requirement for the Government to set medium-term targets on reducing...

Democracy Denied (DPRRC Report) - Motion to Take Note (12 Jan 2023)

Baroness Prashar: My Lords, I express my profound gratitude to the noble Lords, Lord Blencathra and Lord Hodgson, and their respective committees for producing these two very important reports; they have done us a great service. I was so heartened by these reports that I was moved to speak today to support the excellent work they have done. I probably will not say anything new as so many points have already...

UK Asylum and Refugee Policy - Motion to Take Note ( 9 Dec 2022)

Baroness Prashar: My Lords, I, too, thank the most reverend Primate the Archbishop of Canterbury for introducing this important debate, and for doing so so effectively. It is essential that we discuss this issue in the way it has been framed, because the debate about asylum and refugee policy has become very toxic. We have lost sight of the principles which should guide this policy. Challenges facing asylum...

X-Rays: Child Refugees - Question ( 6 Dec 2022)

Baroness Prashar: To ask His Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the ethical considerations of the use of X-rays to determine the age of child refugees seeking asylum in the United Kingdom.

X-Rays: Child Refugees - Question ( 6 Dec 2022)

Baroness Prashar: I thank the Minister for that Answer, but can he say when the report will be completed and published?

Lammy Review - Question (28 Nov 2022)

Baroness Prashar: My Lords, one of the Lammy report’s recommendations was the development of performance indicators for the Prison Service. Have these been developed? If so, can they be made public so that we can see whether progress has been made against those indicators?

50th Anniversary of the Expulsion of Asians from Uganda - Motion to Take Note (27 Oct 2022)

Baroness Prashar: My Lords, it is an absolute pleasure to follow the noble Baroness, Lady Donaghy, and to congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Popat, on securing this debate. I was delighted to hear from the noble Lord, Lord Hunt, because what I am going to say will echo some of the points that he made; I was particularly pleased that he mentioned my friend Gerry Wade because, as the noble Lord knows, he did a...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisoners' Transfers (27 Oct 2022)

Baroness Prashar: To ask His Majesty's Government how many applications for a pre-tariff review of suitability for open conditions were received by the Public Protection Casework section (PPCS); and of those, how many were (1) referred to the Parole Board, (2) not referred to the Parole Board, and (3) remain outstanding in (a) the 12 months to 6 June 2022; and (b) since 6 June 2022.

Parole Board (Amendment) Rules 2022 - Motion to Regret (18 Oct 2022)

Baroness Prashar: My Lords, I know that time is rushing on and the Front Bench is keen to close the debate. I first want to thank all the colleagues who have contributed to this debate and say that I respect the alternative views expressed by the Minister and the noble Baroness, Lady Newlove. I found the Minister’s response rather confusing. He was trying to justify the unjustifiable. If I wanted to refute...

Parole Board (Amendment) Rules 2022 - Motion to Regret (18 Oct 2022)

Baroness Prashar: My Lords, I declare my interest as a former executive chairman of the Parole Board of England and Wales from 1997 to 2000. This regret Motion relates to a specific part of the statutory instrument which amends Part B of Schedule 1 to the Parole Board Rules 2019 to allow the Secretary of State to give a single view on suitability for release or transfer in certain cases. The introduction of...

Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II - Tributes (Continued) (10 Sep 2022)

Baroness Prashar: My Lords, in our beloved Queen we have lost the mother of our nation and the mother of the Commonwealth. When we lose someone so reassuring and constantly present in our lives, we lose a part of ourselves, but in the words of Rabindranath Tagore: “We should not say in grief that she is no more but say in thankfulness that she was.” I say in thankfulness that she was. I had the privilege...

Healthy Homes Bill [HL] - Second Reading (15 Jul 2022)

Baroness Prashar: My Lords, I am pleased that the noble Lord, Lord Crisp, persevered and succeeded in ensuring that his Private Member’s Bill is considered. His slogan: “Health is made at home, hospitals are for repairs” encapsulates his vision and his objectives admirably. I commend the Town and Country Planning Association, for its excellent work, for its tenacity, and for master-minding this campaign....


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