Results 1–20 of 839 for speaker:Baroness O'Cathain

Sport England: Female Activity - Question ( 9 Mar 2020)

Baroness O'Cathain: My Lords, do the Government agree that promotion of walking and other solo sports is needed now? With over a quarter of a million women taking over two and a half hours of exercise a week, there is a risk that increased inactivity with Covid-19—this is all I can say about the new problem—will reverse the current benefits.

Economic Environment: Growth and Jobs - Motion to Take Note (11 Jul 2019)

Baroness O'Cathain: My Lords, I was delighted to see my noble friend Lady Neville-Rolfe’s name on the Order Paper. I knew that I would learn so much from her, as I did for many years when we were both at Tesco—although she was working hard and I was only on the board. I was looking forward to the debate; I certainly have not been disappointed. Of course, we need to be aware that not everything is as we want...

Economic Environment: Growth and Jobs - Motion to Take Note (11 Jul 2019)

Baroness O'Cathain: I am really very sorry and contrite. The fact is that I tend to face that way; do not forget that there are quite a lot of Members behind me too. Right, where was I? I was saying that we needed to be confident. I recommend that people really take a grip of the terrific opportunity we have now, with great education and universities, huge investment in R&D and—I hear on Radio 4—apparently...

Folic Acid - Question (18 Jun 2019)

Baroness O'Cathain: My Lords, I cannot be alone in having followed and admired the efforts of the noble Lord, Lord Rooker, on this situation over what seems like many years. Can my noble friend the Minister explain why we are delaying with the consultation? It just seems so patently obvious that this is the right way to go. Why can we not at the same time tell the manufacturers to get on with it and include...

Airports National Policy Statement - Statement ( 6 Jun 2018)

Baroness O'Cathain: My Lords, how many more M25s, M42s, M6s and so on will we need to be built alongside this expanded Heathrow Airport just to get the passengers to the airport or from it?

Ecumenical Marriage Bill [HL] - Second Reading (23 Feb 2018)

Baroness O'Cathain: My Lords, I am taking part in this debate because it seems extraordinary that there is just one Measure, passed in 1949, that is causing this problem. The Bill would allow for the solemnisation of marriages in Church of England chapels according to the rites and ceremonies. We know that. It has been acknowledged that the Church of England is ecumenically generous in allowing its churches to...

House of Lords: Lord Speaker’s Committee Report - Motion to Take Note (Continued) (19 Dec 2017)

Baroness O'Cathain: My Lords, following the most informative, positive and engaging course of the debate so far, I start with two simple questions. First, is there a problem? Secondly, if there is, does the report of the Lord Speaker’s committee provide a solution to that problem? My answer to both is yes. There is clearly a problem with the size of the House. The number of Members is such that it creates a...

House of Lords: Lord Speaker’s Committee Report - Motion to Take Note (19 Dec 2017)

Baroness O'Cathain: A doctor speaks.

Railways: Fares - Question (12 Dec 2017)

Baroness O'Cathain: My Lords, not only is the whole area of train fares very complicated, it is actually discriminatory. Many people in this country do not have access to the internet or computers and they find trying to get deals on train fares almost impossible. They also find—as do I—that the stations are not always accessible. Staff are training, or sick, and we stand there in the rain waiting for the...

Inequalities - Motion to Take Note (30 Nov 2017)

Baroness O'Cathain: My Lords, when I was asked whether I would take part in this debate I blanched, solely because I knew it was to be opened by the noble Lord, Lord Liddle. I have the highest respect for the noble Lord but I am terrified by his intellect. I am terrified by the things he has suggested in the past, particularly on Europe, because I have nearly always agreed with him. That has happened again...

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 the...

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 what is...

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.

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