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Covid-19: Devolved Administrations - Private Notice Question (27 Nov 2020)

Baroness Barker: My Lords, speaking as a Scot, Christmas is a secondary festival to new year for many of us. What steps have been taken to address issues of cross-border policing for the whole of the festive period?

Covid-19: Vaccine - Private Notice Question (11 Nov 2020)

Baroness Barker: My Lords, as is the case with the ordering of home testing kits, in order to prove one’s identity and access the vaccine, will UK citizens be required to share their credit rating history with US data-mining companies with which the Government have signed contracts?

Written Answers — Treasury: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (5 Nov 2020)

Baroness Barker: To ask Her Majesty's Government why they ceased publication of Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme data by local authority area in May 2020.

Written Answers — Treasury: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (5 Nov 2020)

Baroness Barker: To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to publish Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme data by local authority area from May 2020 onwards.

Written Answers — Treasury: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (5 Nov 2020)

Baroness Barker: To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to publish Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme data by UK Parliamentary constituency.

Covid-19: Contracts and Mass Testing Programme - Question (4 Nov 2020)

Baroness Barker: My Lords, in July, a company called Topham Guerin was given a £3 million contract, without any tender process, to test public understanding of health messages relating to Covid. It did not have any experience in health messaging; those running the company appeared to be friends of Dominic Cummings and Michael Gove. Will the Government now publish the tender that has subsequently been issued,...

Prisoners (Disclosure of Information About Victims) Bill - Commons Reason: Motion A (3 Nov 2020)

Baroness Barker: My Lords, I, too, want to thank the noble Baroness the Minister for her introduction of this matter this afternoon. It has been a privilege to take part in the passage of this legislation. This is not an area that I normally have involvement with, but it has been a great privilege to work with people having to work in the certain knowledge that what we do cannot be perfect. We cannot, in...

Covid-19: Intensive Care Treatment - Private Notice Question (29 Oct 2020)

Baroness Barker: My Lords, triage is a necessary part of emergency medicine, and it will continue to be. Can the Minister say what has been learned in emergency departments in areas that have been in lockdown, such as Leicester, Bolton and Oldham? What learning has there been in those areas that can be sent to other areas to inform what will continue to be a necessary practice and part of good medicine?

Charities: Funding - Question (29 Oct 2020)

Baroness Barker: Does the Minister agree that there is a particular problem with some think tanks which consistently refuse to make known the sources of their income, and the frequency with which members of staff of those organisations then go on to become advisers in government? This is a really big problem at the heart of our system—does she agree that it needs to be addressed as a matter of urgency?

Covid-19: Disparate Impact - Statement (27 Oct 2020)

Baroness Barker: My Lords, in April the Government produced statistics on the furlough scheme on a local authority and parliamentary constituency basis, and then they stopped. First, will the Minister find out why? Secondly, can she see whether it is possible to produce up-to-date data on that basis so that decision-makers at national and local level can work out whether there is a correlation between access...

Social Security (Up-rating of Benefits) Bill - Committee: Amendment 1 (27 Oct 2020)

Baroness Barker: We now come to Amendment 2. I remind noble Lords again that anyone wishing to speak after the Minister should email the clerk during the debate. Anyone wishing to press this amendment to a Division should make that clear in the debate.

Arrangement of Business - Announcement (27 Oct 2020)

Baroness Barker: My Lords, hybrid proceedings will now resume. Some Members are here in the Chamber, respecting social distancing, others are participating remotely, but all Members will be treated equally. If the capacity of the Chamber is exceeded, I will immediately adjourn the House. We come now to the Social Security (Up-rating of Benefits) Bill. I will call Members to speak in the order listed in the...

Covid-19: South Yorkshire - Statement (22 Oct 2020)

Baroness Barker: Will the Minister explain to the person in Sheffield who, having registered themselves as being positive for Covid, was contacted four times a day for four days on the trot, and managed to stop it only when they got the nurse to explain that they were so ill that they were in hospital, how their statistics will be recorded by Serco? Can he explain to the people of Sheffield why the Government...

Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 2) (England) (Amendment) (No. 5) Regulations 2020 - Motion to Approve: Amendment to the Motion (20 Oct 2020)

Baroness Barker: My Lords, when introducing this measure in the Commons on 13 October, the Secretary of State, Matt Hancock, made a very important statement: “The powers in SI 1029 are therefore revoked. In practice, the effect of SI 1029 is to deliver enforcement against individual places that have been flouting the rules, which is the one of the top demands of councils in their fight against...

Gender Recognition Act 2004 - Question (19 Oct 2020)

Baroness Barker: My Lords, the Question asked by the noble Lord, Lord Hunt of Kings Heath, and the terms in which it was asked, emanates directly from a campaign supported by, among others, the Heritage Foundation in America, which intends to deny trans women in particular the equality and dignity that they deserve. Can the Minister tell the House whether there is any evidence—as opposed to assertion—that...

Health Protection (Coronavirus, Local COVID-19 Alert Level) (Very High) (England) Regulations 2020 - Motion to Approve: Amendment to the Motion (14 Oct 2020)

Baroness Barker: My Lords, I welcome the noble Lord, Lord Moylan, to your Lordships’ House. For someone who has extensive experience in railways, he was pleasingly on time, something this House greatly appreciates. He is most welcome. On these Benches, we have said for several months that assessments of the proportionality of measures must be up to date, based on the latest scientific evidence, and...

Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (North East of England) Regulations 2020 - Motion to Approve (12 Oct 2020)

Baroness Barker: My Lords, hindsight is frequently knocked as the privilege of an Opposition, but provided it is used wisely, it is a very useful tool to bring about informed decision-making in the future. That is what I have felt all these last six months as we have stood up to talk about these different regulations which have come before us, often weeks after they have been implemented. I like to think that...

LGBT International Rights - Question (12 Oct 2020)

Baroness Barker: My Lords, statistically, LGBT citizens of the United Kingdom enjoy greater rights than many people around the world, but citizens of our overseas territories do not. They often find themselves in legal limbo, whereby they cannot appeal to their Government or ours. What are the Government doing to close that legal loophole for citizens in our overseas territories?

Covid-19: Local Restrictions - Private Notice Question (9 Oct 2020)

Baroness Barker: What evidence do the Government have that introducing statutory instruments without notice rather than with parliamentary debate and approval is more effective than developing effective local Covid strategies which are understood and adhered to by the population?

Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Birmingham, Sandwell and Solihull) Regulations 2020 - Motion to Approve (7 Oct 2020)

Baroness Barker: My Lords, it is a privilege to follow the noble Lord, Lord Rooker. I am afraid that my knowledge of the greater Birmingham area is nowhere near as good as his, so I do not know whether he is among the people who were delighted when Aston Villa ignored the rule of six on Sunday—for those of your Lordships with a passing interest in football. The noble Baroness, Lady Penn, was extremely...


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