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Parliamentary Buildings (Restoration and Renewal) Bill - Committee: Amendment 2 (22 Jul 2019)

Baroness Deech: Can the noble Baroness explain how, while democracy has spread across Europe since the Second World War, and Holocaust memorials, hundreds of them, have gone up in Europe and America, anti-Semitism and extremism are on the rise? They are not achieving their purpose. It is a worthy gesture but it needs much more thought.

Parliamentary Buildings (Restoration and Renewal) Bill - Committee: Amendment 2 (22 Jul 2019)

Baroness Deech: I just wondered whether the noble Lord would remind the House that the winning design is identical to the one that the two architects produced for a competition in Ottawa, which they lost. The Ottawa setting was huge and concrete. They simply brought the same design over to London, hardly tweaking it.

Parliamentary Buildings (Restoration and Renewal) Bill - Committee: Amendment 2 (22 Jul 2019)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, I am pleased to add my name to this amendment. In this most significant work for parliamentarians and indeed for the whole nation, our concerns are not only for this building and our parliamentary work, and not only for the future and the public, but for safety, security, access and the environment now and in future centuries. Quite apart from the changes in methods of working that...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation etc.) Bill - Commons Amendment: Motion A (22 Jul 2019)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, I have two simple questions which I hope can be clarified by those who are in favour of remain. First, how on earth can this amendment from the Commons prevent a Dissolution of Parliament if there is a call for an election? There is no way that Parliament could be re-summoned if an election were called in the early autumn and the period of Dissolution covered October. Secondly, the...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill - Report: Amendment 2 (17 Jul 2019)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, they say that Brexit drives people crazy and I think there is something in this. It certainly makes people cerebral. May I put forward a few general points? First, it has been said that Her Majesty might be embarrassed by such a request. Her Majesty has been on the Throne for 70 years or so and faced many a constitutional crisis. I think she would survive. Secondly, be careful what...

United States: Migrant Detention Camps - Question (16 Jul 2019)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, does the Minister condemn the use of the phrase “concentration camps”? The children in America, no matter how badly treated, are not being gassed, buried alive or smashed against walls. To use that phrase diminishes the memory of those who were treated like that and undermines the argument.

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

Baroness Deech: I agree with the noble Baronesses, Lady Tonge and Lady Barker. I recall that just a few weeks ago we debated the provision of sex and relationships education to young people. I was shocked and dismayed by the protests of our colleagues from Northern Ireland. The point is, you may or may not approve of abortion or same-sex marriage, but we live in a world where we have to tolerate these...

Israel Defense Forces - Question (8 Jul 2019)

Baroness Deech: Will the Minister equally disapprove of the way Hamas uses children? In Gaza recently, children were given the day off school and bussed to the fence. They were bribed and used as human shields. They have been used as suicide bombers, and rockets are deliberately placed in kindergartens. Does the blame not lie equally with Hamas, if not more so?

Post-18 Education and Funding Review - Motion to Take Note (2 Jul 2019)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, I declare my interests as set out in the register. I start by urging the Government to accept the recommendation of the report and restore maintenance grants in place of loans. I do so not solely for the sake of students’ finances but in the pursuit of genuine diversity and choice, which have been diminished in recent years. The Institute for Public Policy Research has reported on...

Environment and Climate Emergency - Question (1 Jul 2019)

Baroness Deech: Can the Minister explain how the planned Oxford to Cambridge expressway, with up to a million houses to be built alongside it, will contribute in any way to the reduction of carbon emissions?

House of Lords: Gender Equality - Question (6 Jun 2019)

Baroness Deech: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to promote gender equality in the composition of the House of Lords.

House of Lords: Gender Equality - Question (6 Jun 2019)

Baroness Deech: There is much to be said on this question, as the Minister has said, but I want to focus on just one issue. As long as we have seats for hereditary Peers, women continue to be ineligible for almost all of them. Succession to the Crown has been changed to allow women to succeed equally, and we even have women bishops. To add to the unfairness, eldest daughters are specifically forbidden under...

Parliament: Freedom of Speech and the Rule of Law - Motion to Take Note (23 May 2019)

Baroness Deech: The Motion moved by my noble and learned friend Lord Brown goes to the heart of our constitution—that is, the separation of powers, the respective and distinct roles played by the judiciary, the legislature and the Executive, and the balance between them. Recent events seem to have put the rule of law and the independence of the judiciary at risk. The legislative branch overreaches itself...

Holocaust (Return of Cultural Objects) (Amendment) Bill - Second Reading (9 May 2019)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, this short, very welcome and deceptively straightforward Bill raises a host of ethical questions. We are in the middle of worldwide discussions about compensation and restitution for past injustices and deprivations. Let me make it clear that this Bill in no way opens up the sort of difficult questions that have recently been raised in Cambridge about the slave trade, or about the...

Electric Vehicles: Charging Points - Question (7 May 2019)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, I drive an electric car with a range of 120 miles. Does the Minister appreciate that the problem is not so much the supply of charging points but the fact that they tend to be different? There is no uniformity. You find one but the plugging-in mechanism does not fit your car. There are many different versions. Some need payment, some do not, and some need you to subscribe. We need...

Privileges and Conduct - Motion to Agree (30 Apr 2019)

Baroness Deech: The point I actually made was about the difficulty of defining acting on your personal honour. I also remind the noble Baroness, who once had a very senior position at the BBC, that even the BBC, one of our most independent and proud organisations, known around the world almost as much as this House, had a very incestuous complaints-handling scheme. In the end it was handed over to Ofcom,...

Privileges and Conduct - Motion to Agree (30 Apr 2019)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, I declare an interest, having spent 30 years either supervising or carrying out complaints-handling as an independent adjudicator for students, for the NHS, for staff at Oxford University and regulating the Bar. I agree with every word spoken by the noble Viscount, Lord Hailsham, and my noble friend Lord Pannick. I am afraid that the report, although well intentioned, is going in...

Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education (England) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Approve (24 Apr 2019)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, I want to say how much I welcome the new guidance and regulations. In fact, the drafting of the guidance is brilliant; I compliment whoever drafted such nuanced and sensitive guidance for schools. My main fear is that teachers will need protection. As the noble Lord, Lord Storey, said, some of the objections to these regulations are so blinkered and bigoted that one fears very much...

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 5) Bill - Committee: Amendment 7 (8 Apr 2019)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, a few days ago, the noble Baroness, Lady Hayter, while hurrying us along, said that she was prepared to sit right through the night and that breakfast would be provided. Our Easter Recess has been removed for the time being. I and, I am sure, all noble Lords are quite prepared to sit on Thursday, Friday, Saturday or whatever it takes.


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