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Counter-Terrorism Bill (21 Oct 2008)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: moved Amendment No. 128: Clause 83, page 60, line 21, at end insert ", and (c) intends that the information should be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism."

Counter-Terrorism Bill (21 Oct 2008)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: I have a great deal of sympathy with the Government's position in bringing forth these amendments, and I can see that they are needed in the light of recent actions against members of the armed services. However, there are two problems with Clause 83. The first is that a person commits an offence who elicits, or attempts to elicit, information about an individual who is or has been a member...

Counter-Terrorism Bill (21 Oct 2008)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: I am grateful to other noble Lords who have supported the amendment. I am disappointed that the Minister feels that no further clarification or tightening is needed, particularly in light of the examples that he gave, because they were precisely the kind of examples that we were concerned about in the first place; for instance, information that is published in newsletters of groups or...

Counter-Terrorism Bill (21 Oct 2008)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: I thank the Minister for that. I shall take him up on his offer. In the mean time, I beg leave to withdraw the amendment.

National Muslim Women's Advisory Group (27 Oct 2008)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I, too, welcome the Minister in his debut role. He set out what the National Muslim Women's Advisory Group was set up for, but he has omitted to mention that a vital part of its work is to prevent violent extremism. Of the 19 women in the group, only three have any background in dealing with extremism, and there is no political scientist or researcher on extremism among them. He...

Police: Ethnic Minorities (28 Oct 2008)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, while the MPA's boycott might be unhelpful, does the Minister agree that when every one of the six most senior non-white officers in the Met has brought a discrimination case against their employer, something extremely serious is afoot, perhaps not in recruitment but in retention? Will the Minister consider leadership counselling and career development for senior levels, and when...

Prisons: Titans (29 Oct 2008)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords—

Prisons: Titans (29 Oct 2008)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, the Minister will have seen the Justice Secretary's speech from Monday, where he almost crowed that the UK spends most in the OECD on law and order. Does he subscribe to the view that that is a good thing, or does he subscribe to Professor Ian Loader's view, expressed in yesterday's Guardian, that: "In a civilised society, punishment should be a matter for sorrow and regret, not a...

Counter-Terrorism Bill (4 Nov 2008)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, the point made by the noble and learned Lord, Lord Lloyd, about restoring—or perhaps "building in" if "restoring" is inappropriate—confidence in ethnic minority communities is extremely valuable. We know that one particular community—the Muslim community—is, on the whole, the subject of much of the plethora of terrorism legislation that we have seen in the past decade or so,...

Counter-Terrorism Bill (4 Nov 2008)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord for giving way. Could he share with us the statistics on the number of independent custody visitors who come from the same ethnic minority or religious group as most of those who are detained under these provisions?

Counter-Terrorism Bill (4 Nov 2008)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I wholeheartedly thank the Minister for taking the time to meet us à propos the amendments. We said then that we welcomed the change of position. I would never apply laddish terminology such as "cave-in" to any morsels that the Minister might throw in my direction. Such an expression does not figure in my lexicon. I consider the Minister's rethinking of his position an extremely...

Prisoners: Indeterminate Sentences (19 Nov 2008)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, the Minister will be aware of the disproportionate number of female IPP prisoners suffering from mental health problems. The report flagged up something like 75 per cent of the sample. Have adequate measures been put in place since then to address these needs, particularly formal in-reach programmes on the estate?

Community Relations: Muslims — Question (9 Dec 2008)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, in January we saw the appointment of 19 women to the National Muslim Women's Advisory Group. In August that was augmented by 20 young people becoming Cabinet advisors to Ministers Byrne, Blears and Balls. Without getting stuck on the Bs, can the Minister tell us, in the interests of equality, why a Muslim men's group has not been established to work with the Government, as that...

Queen's Speech — Debate (4th Day) (9 Dec 2008)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, it has been a long and interesting debate. The gracious Speech, remembered as it will be more for what it omits than for what it includes, does not seem particularly fit for the serious times that we now confront, times when the social fabric of society will be ever more stretched with rising unemployment, homelessness and levels of poverty. Serious indeed these times will be for...

European Council: 11-12 December 2008 and Prime Minister's Visit to Afghanistan, India and Pakistan — Statement (15 Dec 2008)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, narratives are quite important, as are the words we use to do with terrorism in sensitive situations. A phrase such as a "chain of terror" that links the mountains of Afghanistan and Pakistan to the streets of the UK is very similar to the narrative we had after 9/11, when we heard of a "war on terror". Such an expression, coming from powers that have a lot of imperial baggage in...

Iran: Human Rights — Question (19 Jan 2009)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, does the Minister agree that, 30 years since the Iranian revolution, we in the West have tried all sorts—demarches, engagement and disengagement and have put just about everything on the table? Rather than using megaphone diplomacy, particularly at this time of flux in Iran, which is due to the forthcoming elections, does he agree that sometimes the sotto voce approach would...

Geert Wilders — Private Notice Question (12 Feb 2009)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords—

Geert Wilders — Private Notice Question (12 Feb 2009)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, does the Minister accept that, in a democracy, there will always be people who will not have the electoral outcome of their choice? Does he also accept that those people, too, have the right to hold their views, unpalatable though they might be, and that it is not the role of government and public policy to gag them?

Foreign Policy — Debate (Continued) (26 Feb 2009)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I, too, thank the noble Lord, Lord Marlesford, for securing this debate and, indeed, for so elegantly and succinctly covering an expansive ground of challenges today. I want to talk about a single challenge, albeit an increasingly serious one: the question of what the West can do about Pakistan. It is an ongoing challenge in the sense that Pakistan's potential to destabilise the...

Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Bill [HL]: Committee (Second Day) (2 Mar 2009)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: I have listened carefully to the Minister. As he knows, my name is also attached to the amendment. I wonder if I understood him correctly when he said that the Secretary of State will have discretion to overlook the requirement for no more than 90 days' absence per year. I note what he says about integration, along with his calculation that it could end up being 540 days. He is implying a...


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