Results 101–120 of 147 for speaker:Baroness Prashar

Justice: Judicial Appointments — Question (17 Mar 2011)

Baroness Prashar: My Lords, does the Minister agree that the establishment of the Judicial Appointments Commission acted like a litmus paper in highlighting the barriers which impede progress in this area? Does he further agree that more concerted action is needed by the Ministry of Justice, the judiciary and the professions in order to make a difference?

Philanthropy — Debate (2 Dec 2010)

Baroness Prashar: My Lords, I, too, thank the noble Lord, Lord Janvrin, for securing this debate and for his masterly introduction. I also declare an interest: I am honorary president of the Community Foundation Network. This afternoon I will be speaking mainly about community philanthropy, which I was delighted to hear the noble Lord, Lord Janvrin, mention, and the importance of harnessing local capacity to...

Education: Pupils and Young People — Debate (28 Oct 2010)

Baroness Prashar: My Lords, I, too, thank the noble Baroness, Lady Perry, for initiating this debate and for introducing it in the way that she did. I am pleased to see that the Minister is able to be with us despite the mishap. I look forward to his response because I had the pleasure of working with him when I was part of the National Literacy Trust. There are hundreds of primary schools where the majority...

Immigration — Debate (21 Oct 2010)

Baroness Prashar: My Lords, I, too, thank the noble Baroness, Lady Valentine, for securing this debate. I welcome her constructive, balanced and creative approach to this very difficult and complex area. The economic consequences of immigration and its effect on cultural identity and social cohesion have always invoked strong feelings. Regulations concerning immigration are frequently adjusted in response to...

Public Bodies: Reform (14 Oct 2010)

Baroness Prashar: I stepped down as chairman of the Judicial Appointments Commission after my five-year term at the end of September. Thankfully, that commission is to be retained. However, the body was set up five years ago to enhance the independence of the judiciary and to make the process for selecting judges more open and transparent. We are of course accountable to Parliament through making an annual...

Human Rights: Spending Cuts — Question (7 Oct 2010)

Baroness Prashar: My Lords, would the Minister agree that human rights have a practical role to play in an era of austerity? Looking at expenditure cuts through the lens of human rights would save us from damaging services for the most vulnerable. If he agrees, what steps are being taken now to ensure that this is happening?

Autism — Question (26 Oct 2009)

Baroness Prashar: To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that those with autism benefit from enhanced social inclusion and are properly protected by disability discrimination legislation.

Autism — Question (26 Oct 2009)

Baroness Prashar: My Lords, I am grateful for the opportunity to introduce this debate on autism, and I am encouraged that so many noble Lords will be speaking this evening. Before making my substantive points, I should declare that I am a patron of Research Autism and would like to thank it and Autism Speaks for the briefing and material that they provided in preparation for this debate. I also want to...

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...

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.

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...

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...

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 (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...

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.

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...

Civil Service (30 Jun 2004)

Baroness Prashar: My Lords, I, too, would like to thank my noble friend Lord Griffiths for initiating this debate. I am grateful to have this opportunity to contribute to it. In so doing, I must start by declaring an interest. I am the First Civil Service Commissioner, charged with upholding the core values of the Civil Service; namely, integrity, honesty, impartiality, objectivity and selection on merit. I...

Executive Powers and Civil Service Bill [HL] (5 Mar 2004)

Baroness Prashar: My Lords, it is a rare privilege to follow three such distinguished speakers. I am grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the debate and congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Lester of Herne Hill, on introducing this important Private Member's Bill. Having waited for nearly 150 years, we now have a prospect of three Bills—this one, the one introduced by the Public Administration Select...

Human Rights Commission (16 Jan 2004)

Baroness Prashar: My Lords, I begin by thanking all noble Lords who have contributed to this stimulating and positive debate. I am also pleased that there has been such a positive response from the noble and learned Lord the Lord Chancellor. It is important to register that the consultation is ongoing, and that the task force will undertake its work. Therefore, the debate must go on. As the noble Lord, Lord...

Human Rights Commission (16 Jan 2004)

Baroness Prashar: rose to move, That this House takes note of the report of the Joint Committee on Human Rights on The Case for a Human Rights Commission (6th Report, Session 2002–03, HL Paper 67).


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