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Written Answers — Home Office: Police Advisory Board (8 Oct 2019)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will nominate representatives of the Police Superintendents' Association to the Police Advisory Board of England and Wales; and if not, why not.

Written Answers — Home Office: Police Advisory Board (8 Oct 2019)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: To ask Her Majesty's Government who are the members of the Police Advisory Board of England and Wales; what is the remit of that Board; and how that board is constituted.

Police: Additional Officers - Question (30 Sep 2019)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, does the noble Earl not think that having all these extra police officers will require management? Does he know whether police superintendents will be included in that number and, following on from that, whether any other police resources will be given to the Police Service of Northern Ireland, which desperately needs more officers?

Northern Ireland (Ministerial Appointment Functions) (No. 2) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Approve (9 Sep 2019)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, I thank the Minister for introducing this statutory instrument. As we have seen, with the lack of any operational Executive in Northern Ireland for the last two years, it is now necessary for Ministers here to make those key appointments to offices in Stormont and to make strategic legislative interventions to ensure good governance once again in Northern Ireland; this should have...

Lotteries Regulation - Statement (16 Jul 2019)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, to take on the comments of the noble Lord, Lord Cormack, about cathedrals and places of worship, I declare my interest as high steward of Ripon Cathedral, where we have just lost an essential part of a planning development because we have no money from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, in spite of producing a very good plan. Will the Minister look at how the lottery heritage fund...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill - Committee: Amendment 10 (15 Jul 2019)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: But Parliament is sovereign and so it will make that decision itself.

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill - Committee: Amendment 10 (15 Jul 2019)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: What would the noble Lord say to the Royal College of General Practitioners, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the Royal College of Midwives, which all agree that this legislation should go through?

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill - Committee: Amendment 10 (15 Jul 2019)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: The noble Lord questioned me about statistics, more or less, and the number of people in Northern Ireland. It is some time since 2016 when the Government decided that they did not want to change the law. But statistics from the Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey in 2018, just last year, found that 82% of the population polled agreed that abortion should be a matter for medical regulation...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill - Committee: Amendment 10 (15 Jul 2019)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, at Second Reading on 10 July in this House, the Minister opening the debate said, “your Lordships will be aware that, in addition to reporting requirements, the Bill was amended to oblige the Government to introduce regulations to provide for same-sex marriage and abortion. Those votes demonstrated the strength of feeling of the Members of Parliament. However, these are”, as we...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill - Committee: Amendment 8 (15 Jul 2019)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, I support my noble friend on this amendment. When we were discussing this issue on 27 February last year, we made it clear that we wanted any loans and donations to be published as from 1 January 2014, not at the later date of 2017, as we have already heard. We were very pleased to support the Transparency of Donations and Loans etc. (Northern Ireland Political Parties) Order 2018...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill - Committee: Amendment 1 (15 Jul 2019)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, I regret to tell the Committee that the Liberal Democrats cannot support these amendments. Northern Ireland has already been without an Assembly, a devolved Executive and effective decision-making for far too long. We are only reluctantly supporting 21 October, as I have said, and our hope is very much that the Bill will not be needed at all. As we have heard, there have already...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill - Second Reading (10 Jul 2019)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, I hope not to sound too priggish, but I warmly welcome Clauses 8 and 9 of the Bill, both of which, as we know, were added by MPs in free votes yesterday. When it comes to individuals’ rights, Northern Ireland has, sadly, been years behind the rest of the UK and Ireland. Yesterday, the women of Northern Ireland, who have been ignored and abandoned by successive Governments, have...

Late Payments - Statement (19 Jun 2019)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, I thank the noble Viscount for repeating the Statement, but I have to tell him that the Liberal Democrats have long campaigned to make the Prompt Payment Code mandatory. Given that, we welcome the new powers that the Government will give to the Small Business Commissioner to tackle late payments through fines and binding payment plans. There are also plans to make company boards...

Devolved Administrations: 20th Anniversary - Motion to Take Note (22 May 2019)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, it is a great pleasure to follow the noble Lord, Lord Hain, and his passionate pleading for the people of Northern Ireland. We thank him for that. I shall speak about the devolution of policing in Northern Ireland. The devolution of policing and justice in Northern Ireland did not take place until 2010. It was called the final piece of the devolution jigsaw. The Good Friday...

Northern Ireland (Regional Rates and Energy) (No. 2) Bill - Committee: Amendment 1 (19 Mar 2019)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: While the Minister is looking at that for Third Reading, can he also indicate how much will probably need to be put aside for this independent review?

Northern Ireland (Regional Rates and Energy) (No. 2) Bill - Committee: Amendment 1 (19 Mar 2019)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, I too thank the noble Lord, Lord Empey, for his powerfully persuasive speech, as the noble Lord, Lord Cormack, described it. This is a very complicated matter, as we all know. We are very happy to support his amendments. We have been asked to pass the Bill virtually blind, as the noble Lord, Lord Empey, said. There has been no scrutiny whatever in the other place, and we know that...

Aviation: Boeing 737 MAX 8 Jets - Private Notice Question (11 Mar 2019)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, which companies in this country fly this aircraft?

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Gibraltar: Spain (11 Mar 2019)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will ensure that the government of Spain is not allowed to extract concessions on Gibraltar when pursuing future defence, security and intelligence agreements.

Female Genital Mutilation - Question (7 Mar 2019)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: Does the Minister know about the spoon campaign—that is what I call it—where young girls are told about putting a small spoon inside their underwear when they go through checks at airports? This alerts the security officers to the fact that these young girls are frightened and need to be taken care of, so that their parents cannot take them out of the country to be cut.

Local Elections (Northern Ireland) (Election Expenses) Order 2019 - Motion to Approve (5 Mar 2019)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, these Benches welcome the order. We support Articles 2 and 3, which will bring local election rules into line with those for other elections in Northern Ireland, as we heard from the Minister. We especially welcome and support Article 4, to exempt disability-related expenses from the definition of “election expenses”. This is an important move to help to close the gap between...


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