Results 1–20 of 833 for speaker:Baroness O'Cathain

Universal Credit - Statement (23 Nov 2017)

Baroness O'Cathain: My Lords, I wish some people had realised how much work my noble friend Lady Buscombe has done since we were last here debating this problem—and it was a problem. It is incredible to think that nobody has said, “Well done” to her and the Chancellor and that, instead of saying that we are touchingly loyal, saying that actually we have worked at it.

Universal Credit - Motion to Take Note (16 Nov 2017)

Baroness O'Cathain: My Lords, universal credit is an essential element in the Government’s amazingly successful strategy of getting more people into work or back to work. The latest unemployment statistics are the lowest since 1975; since 2010, more than 3 million more people are working in this country. Sadly, this great advance is decried or forgotten by those who look for every opportunity to belittle...

A Manifesto to Strengthen Families - Motion to Take Note (2 Nov 2017)

Baroness O'Cathain: My Lords, I congratulate my noble friend Lord Farmer and all his 65 Conservative supporters from both Houses on his excellent paper, A Manifesto to Strengthen Families. It has been beautifully produced and is easy to read. It contains 18 policies to support the Government in their aim to strengthen families as part of their wider ambition for social reform. As we have heard, family breakdown...

Consumer and Personal Debt - Question (23 Oct 2017)

Baroness O'Cathain: My Lords, this is all about the horrible situation that people get into because of debt. It is wonderful that the Government are trying to do something to reduce it and to make people more aware of it, but what incentive will they give to people to save? The incentives to have debt are being addressed but there is no incentive at all to save.

Financial Services: Regulation - Question (6 Sep 2017)

Baroness O'Cathain: My Lords, does my noble friend agree that one way to reduce regulation would be to review the excessive checks being made on politically exposed people in the UK, including me?

Rural Areas: Superfast Broadband - Question (11 Jul 2017)

Baroness O'Cathain: My Lords, the right reverend Prelate’s Question links very nicely with the Question from the noble Lord, Lord Foulkes, about care and consideration for older people in rural areas. We are failing them, and in doing so we are losing a big opportunity to lessen mental health problems, to keep elderly people in contact with their children overseas, to make them see local television and...

Recycling: Plastic Bottles - Question (28 Mar 2017)

Baroness O'Cathain: My Lords, is there consistency in the new litter strategy? Certain council areas encourage you to put the bottles in a certain box and others do not. I have lived in the same house for nearly 30 years and we have had six different types of instructions about litter. If there was consistency throughout the country, I am sure it would benefit everybody.

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - Report (7 Mar 2017)

Baroness O'Cathain: Surely what we voted on was whether to leave or remain—nothing else.

Short-Term Letting for Holiday Purposes - Question (2 Mar 2017)

Baroness O'Cathain: My Lords, surely the great growth element in our economy is tourism. Families coming from abroad have much more opportunity to see things in London if they can get reasonably cheap bed and breakfast or Airbnb. To bring a family of three children and their parents to London for a week would cost an enormous amount, whereas this way, they can at least have reasonably priced accommodation and...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Nagorno Karabakh (13 Feb 2017)

Baroness O'Cathain: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of responsibility for the massacre perpetrated against civilians in the Azerbaijani town of Khojaly on 26 February 1992.

High Speed Rail (London-West Midlands) Bill - Report (24 Jan 2017)

Baroness O'Cathain: My Lords, every time we talked about how to get the spoil from the site through to the rail holding, the fundamental issue we discussed was moving more by rail. The problem is that people think a great job was done with the Olympics and with Crossrail. As was pointed out by the proposer, the geography of the area from where the spoil would have to be removed means that it was nothing like as...

High Speed Rail (London-West Midlands) Bill - Report (24 Jan 2017)

Baroness O'Cathain: Maybe my memory is deceiving me, but the mined tunnel was through chalk, was it not? There was a problem about the slurry and it would not have been a practical proposition to go through—rather than a bored tunnel. I would like clarification on that, specifically the mined tunnel. Can the noble Lord, Lord Young, help me?

High Speed Rail (London-West Midlands) Bill - Report (24 Jan 2017)

Baroness O'Cathain: My Lords, I am disturbed that this amendment has come up because, first of all, we have no figures for people who would be very pleased to be dispersed—as the noble Lord, Lord Bradshaw, said—at Old Oak Common. Having been to Old Oak Common on one of our visits, I would not like to be lumbered with getting from Old Oak Common to anywhere in London; it just seems crazy. Secondly,...

Previous Business – Lords: Grand Committee (24 Jan 2017)

Report from the Select Committee on National Policy for the Built Environment – Baroness O'Cathain. Debate; 3:30 pm

Higher Education and Research Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (11 Jan 2017)

Baroness O'Cathain: I thank my noble friend for giving way. Surely one of the reasons is the appalling lack of broadband access throughout the country. Going back to what the noble Lord, Lord Giddens, said about the technological advances that are going to transform education and learning, it is nevertheless a fact that people find it extremely difficult to get involved if their broadband connection goes on and...

Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988 (Penalty Points) (Amendment) Order 2016 - Motion to Approve (20 Dec 2016)

Baroness O'Cathain: My Lords, has the technology developed to the extent that people can ensure that an incoming call does not stop them driving? Perhaps there could be a voicemail on the telephone in the car that does not allow you to take the call while driving—going back to the point about the engine being turned off—rather like we have at home, where we can see who is calling. It must be...

Southern Rail - Private Notice Question (12 Dec 2016)

Baroness O'Cathain: Can I ask my noble friend to be very persistent with the Secretary of State? This is just no good. Today, the first two trains this morning were delayed, but we heard no excuse, such as “Sorry, there are no guards” or “no drivers” or whatever. When people then get into the carriages and look at the tabloids that are available today, they see that most of the tabloids...

Railways: Industrial Action - Question (7 Dec 2016)

Baroness O'Cathain: My Lords, surely a huge train crash is about to happen. When you get on these trains at the moment on the Southern route to Victoria, from Gatwick into Victoria there is literally not one inch to move. People come and put their wheeled luggage in the middle of the aisle, and if there was the slightest emergency, it would be horrific. Surely we are not waiting for that to happen before the...

Planning: Brownfield Sites - Question (21 Jul 2016)

Baroness O'Cathain: My Lords, I worked on the ad hoc committee on policies for national housing and I take the opportunity given to us by the Question of the noble Lord, Lord Greaves, to raise with my noble friend the Minister the committee’s report, which went to the Government on 11 February. Three times this week I have been told that the Government are about to make their response. I hope that when...


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