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Written Answers — Department for Transport: Parking: Pedestrian Areas (23 Mar 2020)

Baroness Howe of Idlicote: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of pavement parking on disabled pedestrians.

Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill [HL] - Report: Amendment 15 (17 Mar 2020)

Baroness Howe of Idlicote: My Lords, I thank all noble Lords who have taken part in this debate and I am not at all surprised that there is evidence which suggests that reducing conflict is a good thing for children. Indeed, it would be surprising if it did not, and certainly it is not my purpose to argue for more conflict. The purpose of the amendment has been simply to point out that there is other important research...

Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill [HL] - Report: Amendment 15 (17 Mar 2020)

Baroness Howe of Idlicote: My Lords, in response to my amendment on children in Committee, the Minister said: “Divorce, at least in terms of the legal process, is of limited duration”.—[Official Report, 3/3/20; col. 549.] It may be seen in those terms by parents but I suggest to the Minister that that is not the case for children. He also suggested that I should review the family test for the Bill in response to...

Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill [HL] - Report: Amendment 5 (17 Mar 2020)

Baroness Howe of Idlicote: My Lords, I thank all noble Lords who have taken part in this debate. I am again pleased that we have had such a focused discussion on the implications of this legislation for children. We had an important one in Committee, but this was more widely spread. I am afraid that I am not particularly reassured by the response of the Minister—no doubt he would expect this—who does not even...

Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill [HL] - Report: Amendment 5 (17 Mar 2020)

Baroness Howe of Idlicote: My Lords, in Committee we had a useful debate on the impact of the Bill on children. The amendment I moved on that occasion required that the best interests of children should be considered in the divorce process. In his response, the Minister said, among other things: “I understand why some may regard it as important for the court to consider the impacts on children of the decision to...

Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill [HL] - Report: Amendment 1 (17 Mar 2020)

Baroness Howe of Idlicote: My Lords, I am pleased to support Amendment 1, in the name of the noble Lord, Lord McColl. I continue to be concerned about the lack of regard for the respondent demonstrated in this legislation. In the first instance, respondents lose their right to contest the divorce and thus, in an important sense, their voice. In the second instance, as the noble Lord has already said, respondents are...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Marriage Guidance (6 Mar 2020)

Baroness Howe of Idlicote: To ask Her Majesty's Government how much money has been spent under section 22 of the Family Law Act 1996 on (1) the provision of marriage support services, (2) research into the causes of marital breakdown, and (3) the research into ways of preventing marital breakdown, for every financial year since the Act was passed.

Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill [HL] - Committee (Continued): Amendment 10 (3 Mar 2020)

Baroness Howe of Idlicote: My Lords, the modest but important point of this amendment would be to permit a spouse who does not want to divorce to have that fact placed on the public record. As I explained at Second Reading, I am concerned that this Bill facilitates a significant shift in power from the respondent to the petitioner, without proper regard either for the best interests of the respondent or any children...

Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill [HL] - Committee (Continued): Amendment 10 (3 Mar 2020)

Baroness Howe of Idlicote: My Lords, I am grateful to the Minister for what he has said. It is a probing amendment and has afforded me an opportunity to make an important point about speaking up for the respondent. I will reflect on the Minister’s response but, for the moment, I beg leave to withdraw my amendment. Amendment 10 withdrawn. Clause 2: Judicial separation: removal of factual grounds Amendments 11 to 13...

Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill [HL] - Committee: Amendment 2 (3 Mar 2020)

Baroness Howe of Idlicote: My Lords, I am most grateful to all noble Lords who have taken part in this debate, which has been extremely interesting and wide-ranging. Despite what has been said, the role of children and the effect on them of divorce proceedings would not have had anything like the prominence that it has had but for this amendment. I did not realise that the family test assessment is available; I was...

Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill [HL] - Committee: Amendment 2 (3 Mar 2020)

Baroness Howe of Idlicote: It would be desirable to have some meetings. Under the circumstances, I beg leave to withdraw my amendment. Amendment 2 withdrawn.

Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill [HL] - Committee: Amendment 2 (3 Mar 2020)

Baroness Howe of Idlicote: I entirely and completely agree with the noble Lord.

Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill [HL] - Committee: Amendment 2 (3 Mar 2020)

Baroness Howe of Idlicote: My Lords, I shall also speak to my Amendment 14 to Clause 3. At Second Reading, I expressed concerns about how the proposals in this Bill would bring a profound shift in power from the respondent to the petitioner, because they propose that the petitioner should be able to initiate the divorce with no notice and that the respondent should have no right to contest. Rather than exhibiting a...

Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill [HL] - Committee: Amendment 1 (3 Mar 2020)

Baroness Howe of Idlicote: My Lords, I am pleased to speak in support of Amendment 1 in the name of the noble Lord, Lord McColl, which I very much hope the Minister accepts. This amendment has two important virtues. First, as has been noted, it creates an environment for the 20-week period during which there is a chance for genuine reconciliation. The divorces between 2003 to 2016 tell their own very important story....

Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill [HL] - Second Reading (5 Feb 2020)

Baroness Howe of Idlicote: My Lords, I too congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Hunt, on her excellent maiden speech and welcome her to our Cross Benches. I shall concentrate on two issues: first, the place of children within the divorce process anticipated by the Bill and the need to uphold their best interests throughout; and, secondly, the way in which the Bill proposes to change the rights of the respondent—that...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (4th Day) (9 Jan 2020)

Baroness Howe of Idlicote: My Lords, I welcome the Government’s commitment to introduce its online harms Bill, “to improve internet safety for all”, but, equally, stress that I remain deeply concerned by their failure to implement Part 3 of the Digital Economy Act. The rationale for focusing on the new Bill instead seems to be a desire to put attempts to protect children from pornographic websites on the same...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (6th Day) (22 Oct 2019)

Baroness Howe of Idlicote: My Lords, like the noble Lord, Lord McNally, I too have found myself having to change what I had intended to say today, following an announcement by the Secretary of State for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport last week that the Government no longer intend to implement Part 3 of the Digital Economy Act 2017. The profundity of this announcement and its political implications...

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: British Board of Film Classification (8 Oct 2019)

Baroness Howe of Idlicote: To ask Her Majesty's Government when the standstill period for the British Board of Film Classification's Guidance on Age-verification Arrangements ends; and when they intend to (1) lay that guidance before Parliament, and (2) announce the new date on which the age verification regime to prevent children accessing commercial pornography online will come into force.

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Pornography: Internet (5 Aug 2019)

Baroness Howe of Idlicote: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have commissioned research into online pornography use and its effect on attitudes and behaviours towards women and girls; and if so, when that research will be published.

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Pornography: Internet (5 Aug 2019)

Baroness Howe of Idlicote: To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by Lord Ashton of Hyde on 20 July (HL Deb, cols 883–4), on what date the age verification requirements to protect children from accessing online pornography will come into effect.


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