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Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (24 Jun 2013)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, I have also put my name to this amendment. My interests are in the Lords’ register. I am also the chairman of trustees of Chailey Heritage Foundation and a governor of Lancing College, though both are non-maintained schools. I start by thanking the right reverend Prelate for his clear introduction. Noble Lords who are now well-versed in this Bill will know that the House has...

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (24 Jun 2013)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, I thank the Minister for giving way. I was very intrigued by what he said about the Care Bill, which is now before the House in Committee. I appreciate my noble friend Lady Knight’s comment about how we get really fed up when we are told that it is not the appropriate Bill to propose a certain amendment. My noble friend the Minister has said that the Government really appreciate...

Care Quality Commission: Morecambe Bay Hospitals — Statement (20 Jun 2013)

Baroness Cumberlege: Very often, when we have these inquiries, they are initiated not so much by the people who work within the trusts but by members of the public who feel very concerned about the quality of care being given within a hospital or service. Very often, those people who bring up these concerns, who are dubbed colloquially as whistleblowers, get very victimised by other people within the population...

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill — Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (17 Jun 2013)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, I would like to start by thanking all noble Lords who have taken part in this debate. I would particularly like to thank the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Hereford. I thought it was very interesting how he introduced the House of Lords and Commons Joint Committee on Human Rights and I would like to thank my noble friend Lady Berridge for also commenting on that, especially as...

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill — Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (17 Jun 2013)

Baroness Cumberlege: I live in a rural area and I looked into this. In rural areas particularly, registrars work in teams. It is like a team ministry in the church: a number of registrars serve several different registry offices. That is certainly what happens in my area.

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill — Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (17 Jun 2013)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, my point was that it never needed to have come to court. Our new clause would produce largely the same result as the Civil Partnership Act, because subsection (2) would not allow individuals to exercise a conscientious objection if doing so would result in same-sex couples being unable to access marriage ceremonies. If sufficient numbers of registrars are not available in any...

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill — Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (17 Jun 2013)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, this debate is about same-sex marriages. That is what I am addressing. Surely we should not force people into such an impossible position.

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill — Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (17 Jun 2013)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, this Bill is not about mixed-race marriages but about same-sex marriages. That is what I am addressing.

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill — Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (17 Jun 2013)

Baroness Cumberlege: No, my Lords, I do not know of any. I have just had little more to say before I finish. Our proposed new clause will promote rather than hinder tolerance, because individuals will be more likely to live in harmony, even if their thoughts and beliefs are entirely contradictory. Harmony, broad-mindedness and tolerance are more likely to be achieved if both those who do and those who do not...

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill — Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (17 Jun 2013)

Baroness Cumberlege: The noble Lord, Lord Alli, got it absolutely right. I will draw my remarks to a conclusion.

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill — Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (17 Jun 2013)

Baroness Cumberlege: No, my Lords, I am not going into divorce. I am trying to keep my proposed amendment quite narrow. I am trying to find a middle way, a way that allows registrars to have a conscientious objection because they are not bit parts in this exercise—they are intrinsic to it. I think they should have that right, just as doctors, teachers and everybody else that I have mentioned do. I also...

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill — Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (17 Jun 2013)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, I will also speak to Amendment 16. The Bill as drafted does not allow registrars to refuse to conduct civil same-sex marriages on the grounds that they have a conscientious objection to doing so. I am very grateful to the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Leicester for putting his name to these amendments. Sadly, he is not here this evening but he is represented by the right...

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill: Committee (1st Day) (17 Jun 2013)

Baroness Cumberlege: I am very interested that my noble friend has touched on the commercial world. Can she comment on the Christian organisation that had its conference at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre banned with less than a day’s notice because the organisation’s support for traditional marriage was deemed to contravene the centre’s diversity policy?

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill: Committee (1st Day) (17 Jun 2013)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, I am very interested in what my noble friend said about people being able to say what they want without fearing retribution, as it were. I should like to bring to the noble Baroness’s attention the case of Adrian Smith, the housing officer who was demoted by a housing authority for expressing the view, in his own time and on his personal Facebook page, that same-sex marriage was...

Care Bill [HL]: Committee (3rd Day) (12 Jun 2013)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, I strongly support the amendment tabled by the noble Baroness, Lady Emerton, and am very interested in what the noble Lord, Lord MacKenzie, said. It seems that, over the years, nursing has been the poor relation when it comes to promoting the medical profession. Both are so important, and they have to work together. If the Francis report tells us anything, it is that we need to...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Bread and Flour Regulations 1998 (11 Jun 2013)

Baroness Cumberlege: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the health effects on women and children of the repeal of the Bread and Flour Regulations 1998. To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact on osteoporosis rates in England of the repeal of the Bread and Flour Regulations 1998. To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made...

Care Bill [HL] — Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) (10 Jun 2013)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, I support these amendments on mandatory training. I know that the noble Baroness, Lady Emerton, has fought and fought for this. I served with her on the United Kingdom central council for nursing, midwifery and whatever it was. She pioneered the whole idea of improving nurse training, and it was very successful. To follow on from the noble Baroness, Lady Hollins, it is interesting...

Care Bill [HL] — Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) (10 Jun 2013)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, I wish to say a word about these issues. There is a danger, when we are setting up on the face of the Bill, the component parts of something like the LETB boards. As I understand it, the principle was that the majority of members of the board are local providers. That seems sensible because clearly they are the people who are going to have the knowledge and will inform the LETBs....

Care Bill [HL]: Committee (2nd Day) (10 Jun 2013)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Baroness on the enormous amount of work that has clearly gone into this amendment and on the way that she introduced it, drawing on a lifetime’s experience in this field. My one reservation is about having to consider what the fundamental purpose of Health Education England is. As I see it, if HEE works well, then in future it will be the engine that...

Health: Midwives — Question (10 Jun 2013)

Baroness Cumberlege: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to ensure that independent midwives can continue to work with clinical indemnity.


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