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International Women’s Day - Motion to Take Note (10 Mar 2020)

Baroness Seccombe: My Lords, over the years this annual debate has had contributions on many differing subjects, ranging from praise for those brave women who face hostile opposition to women having the vote and the hot issues of the day. There are many exciting positive things taking place now which I approve wholeheartedly, but others give me some concern. Today, I will make just two points. First, I refer to...

BBC Charter Review - Question (22 Jan 2020)

Baroness Seccombe: My Lords, does my noble friend agree that the BBC would benefit from showing international cricket matches, as we have a whole generation of young people who were denied that opportunity because their family did not have Sky TV?

Early Parliamentary General Election Bill - Second Reading (30 Oct 2019)

Baroness Seccombe: My Lords, I have not spoken on anything to do with Brexit before, but I have listened to interminable speeches from Peers on all sides of the argument. I feel I know how noble Lords think. Yesterday, the elected House passed the Bill to this House, so I believe it is now the duty of all noble Lords in this unelected House to pass the Bill in its current form. Failure to do so would be...

NHS: Automation - Question (15 Jul 2019)

Baroness Seccombe: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to increase the use of automation in the National Health Service.

NHS: Automation - Question (15 Jul 2019)

Baroness Seccombe: My Lords, the success of any organisation is dependent on the people within it. I believe that the most precious asset that the NHS has is its human resource of dedicated staff, but in these days of sophisticated IT, and now artificial intelligence, can my noble friend tell the House what developments can be safely and securely harnessed by the NHS?

Universal Credit Fraud - Statement (10 Jul 2019)

Baroness Seccombe: My Lords, I read that less than 1% of claims are defrauded in this way. Is that correct?

Victims of Domestic Violence and Abuse - Motion to Take Note (6 Jun 2019)

Baroness Seccombe: My Lords, I thank my noble friend Lady Newlove for securing this debate today. One of main reasons for putting my name down was that I wanted to add mine to those congratulating my noble friend on her role as Victims’ Commissioner. She has been outstanding and so impressive in the way she has met the demands before her. It has been a privilege to work with her, and now we can look forward...

International Women’s Day - Motion to Take Note (7 Mar 2019)

Baroness Seccombe: My Lords, each year in this debate many noble Lords speak of their experiences and share uplifting stories. They also speak of traumatic situations and practices they have witnessed around the world—and very troubling some of those events are. I thought that this year I would concentrate on the good fortune that we have as women living at this time in this country, and be thankful for the...

Vehicle Pollution: Children’s Health - Question (18 Feb 2019)

Baroness Seccombe: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to reduce air pollution from vehicles and what assessment they have made of the impact of such pollution on children’s health.

Vehicle Pollution: Children’s Health - Question (18 Feb 2019)

Baroness Seccombe: My Lords, I thank my noble friend but in the side roads near the tented city opposite there are drivers sitting in their parked cars with their engines idling, discharging poisonous fumes. We know that this is illegal but it still persists. I worry about the effect on passers-by but my main concern is for little vulnerable children with little vulnerable lungs and the effect that it has on...

Bombardier - Statement (22 Nov 2018)

Baroness Seccombe: My Lords, messages of this type are always unsettling, but at this particular time of year I feel for all the employees of Bombardier in Northern Ireland. However, people tell me that aerospace is a huge global industry. If there is work to be done in this industry, Bombardier should benefit from this development. Am I right in thinking that is true?

Armistice Day: Centenary - Motion to Take Note (5 Nov 2018)

Baroness Seccombe: My Lords, at this time of year my mind begins to focus on the fast-approaching commemoration of the Armistice at the end of the First World War, a war which, as we have heard several times this afternoon, was supposed to end all wars. Sadly, that was never going to happen. There is so much that could be said on this subject, but today I want to address the treatment of mental health issues....

Civil Partnership Act 2004 (Amendment) (Sibling Couples) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (20 Jul 2018)

Baroness Seccombe: My Lords, having heard the many eloquent speeches this morning, I feel that I can only offer my support so I will keep my contribution very short. It seems to me that money, or a lack of it, and inequality are always the drivers for change. Over recent years, legislation on civil partnerships has resulted in a significant tax advantage which, as the House heard at the time of the passing of...

Police and Crime Commissioners - Motion to Take Note (28 Jun 2018)

Baroness Seccombe: My Lords, I add my thanks to those offered to the noble Lord, Lord Armstrong, but I must begin by declaring a vested interest, as my son is the PCC for Warwickshire. Obviously, I have followed the role of the PCCs and recently attended a session of my local community forum. This took the form of a presentation followed by questions to the PCC together with the safer neighbourhood team. That...

Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia: Ibrutinib - Question (7 Jun 2018)

Baroness Seccombe: My Lords, can my noble friend the Minister explain why this NICE recommendation was rejected for the treatment for chronic lymphocytic leukaemia? NHSE operates a closed system whereas NICE is in direct contrast. There is no input in NHSE from patients or experts on this dreadful condition. If it is not reversed, will we not see poorer results for patients and, ultimately, higher costs for the NHS?

Role of Women in Public Life - Motion to Take Note (5 Feb 2018)

Baroness Seccombe: My Lords, I have found it very interesting to hear how families have been behind many of us here today. I pay tribute to my mother, who was behind me every step. She loved elections and came canvassing with me even when she was 92, in the year she died. I also pay tribute to the many husbands, because I feel that for a certain generation, one had to have your husband behind you and they did...

Registration of Marriage Bill [HL] - Second Reading (26 Jan 2018)

Baroness Seccombe: My Lords, this will be another brief contribution. I add my congratulations to the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of St Albans. In 1994 I had the privilege of piloting a marriage Bill through this House. As a result of that legislation, couples were able to choose where a civil marriage could take place, in addition to a register office, and that location had to be a suitable one. It also...

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