Results 1–20 of 200 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Baroness Dean of Thornton-le-Fylde

NHS: Cancer Treatments - Question for Short Debate (25 Jan 2018)

Baroness Dean of Thornton-le-Fylde: My Lords, I join other noble Members of this House in thanking sincerely Tessa, my noble friend Lady Jowell, for this debate. Rightly, people have talked about her courage. Those of us who know her know that she has had that for years. As a politician in the other place she would dare to tread where others would not even think of. I was pleased that the Sure Start scheme was mentioned,...

Vulnerable Children - Motion to Take Note (14 Dec 2017)

Baroness Dean of Thornton-le-Fylde: I thank the Minister for that reply. He has been a Member of the House for such a short time that I must congratulate him on quickly learning the ability to sidestep questions that Members put in debates, but I think a little longer will prove that Members are also pretty experienced at making sure that that does not last and that they come back in on those issues, as I am sure we will. One...

Vulnerable Children - Motion to Take Note (14 Dec 2017)

Baroness Dean of Thornton-le-Fylde: My Lords, I apologise to the House for not speaking from my usual place. Unfortunately, my back and the rest of me are not getting on very well together at the moment, although it is only temporary. I thank Black Rod’s office, our marvellous attendants and the usual offices for enabling me to introduce this debate from a sedentary position. As a former trade union general secretary in the...

Public Sector Pay Cap - Question for Short Debate (13 Jul 2017)

Baroness Dean of Thornton-le-Fylde: My Lords, I thank my noble friend Lord Haskel for this starter debate, as I hope it is, on a very topical and important issue. There has been much publicity in the press, and during that publicity there have been a number of statements saying that public sector workers, covered by the various review bodies, have an independent review body, and that it is up to that body to say what the...

Businesses and SMEs - Motion to Take Note (6 Jul 2017)

Baroness Dean of Thornton-le-Fylde: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Leigh of Hurley, for the opportunity to have this debate. Business and the economy had little showing during the general election. I hope that this debate will give us an opportunity to address that. The noble Lord mentioned the 1970s. It was almost a walk down memory lane for me, because the impression I was given was that private is good and public is...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (2nd Day) (Continued) (22 Jun 2017)

Baroness Dean of Thornton-le-Fylde: My Lords, in returning to the debate on the gracious Speech, I apologise to the House for my discourtesy in attempting to speak earlier. I have apologised to the Minister concerned—the noble Baroness, Lady Williams. I was not aware that the House would be going straight into the Statement but I feel that I should apologise. The gracious Speech had one paragraph on defence. It came...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (2nd Day) (22 Jun 2017)

Baroness Dean of Thornton-le-Fylde: My Lords, the gracious Speech had just one paragraph on defence—

Armed Forces Act (Continuation) Order 2017 - Motion to Approve (21 Mar 2017)

Baroness Dean of Thornton-le-Fylde: My Lords, I thank the Minister for introducing this debate. I would like to interpret in that also his support for its taking place, as it would be a foolish Chief Whip who listed a debate without the Minister saying, “Yes, let’s go for it”. I would also like to say how pleased I am that the noble Lord, Lord Astor, is back with us, debating defence issues. This House has been blessed in...

Armed Forces: Capability - Motion to Take Note (12 Jan 2017)

Baroness Dean of Thornton-le-Fylde: My Lords, I join with others in thanking my noble friend Lord Robertson for this debate today and for introducing such wide-ranging coverage of issues that we face. I was not at all surprised that he included personnel in that. As the very new chairman of the Armed Forces’ Pay Review Body, I was called in by the first Defence Secretary of the new Labour Government to be told that the...

Armed Forces Covenant - Question for Short Debate (9 Jan 2017)

Baroness Dean of Thornton-le-Fylde: My Lords, I thank most sincerely the right reverend Prelate for this evening’s debate. It is a long time since we had one on the covenant and I very much welcome it. The covenant says: “The first duty of Government is the defence of the realm. Our Armed Forces fulfil that responsibility on behalf of the Government, sacrificing some civilian freedoms, facing danger and, sometimes,...

Brexit: Armed Forces and Diplomatic Service - Motion to Take Note (8 Dec 2016)

Baroness Dean of Thornton-le-Fylde: My Lords, first, I join other Members of the House who have thanked the noble Lord, Lord Sterling, and congratulated him on getting this debate this morning. It is very timely and terribly important in this whole area of Brexit. It is good that we in this House examine the issues that face us as we do, because, unfortunately, we appear to be in a period in our country when opinions are...

Higher Education and Research Bill - Second Reading (6 Dec 2016)

Baroness Dean of Thornton-le-Fylde: My Lords, the UK’s university and research sector is hugely successful, nationally and internationally. That is why so many EU and international students come to the UK. I thank the noble Baroness, Lady Rock, for reminding us that so many of our universities figure in the standings globally; I also thank her for mentioning Nottingham University, where I am a member of the council. As has...

Housing - Motion to Take Note (3 Nov 2016)

Baroness Dean of Thornton-le-Fylde: My Lords, I thank my noble friend Lord Griffiths of Burry Port for obtaining this debate. I declare that I am a board member of Places for People, a registered housing association. Although this debate deals with young people, whom I shall speak about, we have a problem with housing right across the board in both tenure and supply. In 2008, 68% of the population were owner-occupiers. In just...

Brexit: Impact on Universities and Scientific Research - Motion to Take Note (3 Nov 2016)

Baroness Dean of Thornton-le-Fylde: My Lords, although it is repetitive, I too thank my noble friend Lord Soley for achieving this very interesting debate. I declare my interest as a member of Nottingham University Council. There will probably be Members in the Chamber today who attended one of the 45 events that Nottingham University organised in Parliament last Tuesday. That touches on the point made by my noble friend Lord...

Zero-hours Contracts - Question for Short Debate (29 Jun 2016)

Baroness Dean of Thornton-le-Fylde: My Lords, I, too, thank my noble friend Lady Quin for getting this short debate. Three years ago, the issue of zero-hours contracts scandalised many people who had no idea that such excesses were expected of very vulnerable people in no position to look after themselves better. After that, because the coalition Government came out and said they were conducting some survey and were going to...

Children and Social Work Bill [HL] - Second Reading (14 Jun 2016)

Baroness Dean of Thornton-le-Fylde: My Lords, we are about half way through this Second Reading and it has already been demonstrated why the Government were right to start the Bill in this House. If we get it right, the practical knowledge, experience and expertise around the House will help make this a Bill that will help many thousands of children. I exclude myself from that as my expertise is not in this area. Too many...

Trade Union Bill - Report (16 Mar 2016)

Baroness Dean of Thornton-le-Fylde: My Lords, I support Amendment 13. Paragraphs 101 to 107 of the Select Committee report dealt with our unanimous concerns—this is one of the unanimous parts of the Select Committee report—that Clause 11 would be disproportionately burdensome, especially when considered in relation to the size of the political fund contribution from members, which is an average of 9p a week. This is...

Trade Union Political Funds and Political Party Funding — Motion to Take Note (9 Mar 2016)

Baroness Dean of Thornton-le-Fylde: My Lords, I was a member of the Select Committee; it was a privilege to be so. I have read all the debates that took place in the Chamber, including the exchange between the noble Lord, Lord King, and my noble friend Lord Monks on 10 February at col. 2325 and related. The Motion we were asked to go away and look at I believe was passed with such an overwhelming majority of 94 because there...

Women: Representation and Empowerment — Motion to Take Note (7 Mar 2016)

Baroness Dean of Thornton-le-Fylde: My Lords, it is always a pleasure to take part in what has become an annual debate to celebrate International Women’s Day. We have had an enormous line of progress as regards women, but this also gives us an opportunity to pause and remind ourselves how much further we have to go. One or two people have said to me, “Brenda, isn’t it becoming a mechanical thing, having this every year...

Residential Care: Cost Cap — Motion to Take Note (10 Dec 2015)

Baroness Dean of Thornton-le-Fylde: My Lords, I, too, thank my noble friend Lady Wheeler for introducing this debate which, before I make my contribution, gives me the opportunity to rectify an unintended oversight on my part. In the debate earlier today on legal aid, I omitted to declare an interest as an independent member of the business oversight board of the Law Society. I would like to correct that omission now, with my...


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