Results 21–40 of 916 for speaker:Baroness Falkner of Margravine

Asian Tsunami (10 Jan 2005)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, as a relative newcomer to this House, I thank my noble friend Lord McNally and other senior colleagues for the confidence they have placed in me in asking me to reply to the Statement on their behalf. We, too, welcome the Statement and wish to add our heartfelt condolences to the many individuals, families and communities in Britain who have suffered the injury and loss of loved...

Asian Tsunami (19 Jan 2005)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, having experienced the events in Thailand, I beg to disagree with some of the points made by the Minister. On the ground it did not feel as if there were an immediate response. Moving to the broader issue, when repeating the Prime Minister's Statement of 10 January the Minister assured us that elements of the review would include the length of time taken to deploy logistically. The...

Kashmir (2 Feb 2005)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, we, too, express concerns about ongoing human rights violations—and 60 years is a long time—but we particularly welcome the Government's approach to facilitating the composite dialogue. Does the Minister agree that the wishes of the Kashmiri people must be paramount as this process moves forward? In recognition of genuine concerns over cross-border terrorism, would it not be a...

HIV/AIDS (4 Feb 2005)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I thank my noble friend Lady Northover for this opportunity to discuss one of the greatest challenges facing developing countries—the spread of HIV/AIDS. My thinking in this area is much influenced by having worked for Students Partnership Worldwide, a medium-sized international NGO which runs youth-led peer education programmes in rural communities in five African and two Asian...

International Organisations Bill [HL] (7 Feb 2005)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: moved Amendment No. 1: Page 1, line 5, leave out paragraph (b).

International Organisations Bill [HL] (7 Feb 2005)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, Amendment No. 1 seeks to revert to the status quo ante in terms of the Commonwealth Secretariat Act 1966 and, thus, to leave the situation as it currently stands. Without going over the many concerns raised at Second Reading and in Committee, I will distil concerns to one or two issues only. These relate to human rights issues and access to justice relating to staff of the...

International Organisations Bill [HL] (7 Feb 2005)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I thank the Minister for that reply. I would be more reassured if the independence and impartiality of the tribunal were guaranteed more rigorously by access to justice rather than by the Harare principles which, after all, are political principles and thus have no bearing in law. However, I am somewhat reassured by what the Minister has said. I beg leave to withdraw the amendment.

Immigration and Asylum (7 Feb 2005)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, it is a very important paper. I share the remarks made by the noble Lord, Lord Beaumont. To a great extent, the importance of this paper will lie in how it affects the lives of the most vulnerable people who will have very few other options, unlike most of the professional classes. I am concerned that, in the Statement, the noble Baroness said that genuine refugees will be granted...

Prevention of Terrorism Bill (1 Mar 2005)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I am a member of the Joint Committee on Human Rights and I completely concur with the findings in its preliminary report that was published last week. The events of the past few days have placed a real burden on Members of this House in terms of our role in defending the civil liberties of our fellow citizens and/or being complicit in not taking the terrorist threat seriously enough...

Prevention of Terrorism Bill (3 Mar 2005)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: Can the noble and learned Lord the Lord Chancellor tell us, regarding the information that would be used in court, whether information obtained under torture from foreign sources can be used?

Prevention of Terrorism Bill (3 Mar 2005)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My noble friend Lord Phillips was very delicate, but I shall be rather more direct. Could an imam who was preaching in a sermon at a mosque and referred to the need for, let us say, jihad—which has several different meanings in that context—be covered by subsection (8)(c)?

Prevention of Terrorism Bill (3 Mar 2005)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: Is the noble and learned Lord planning to have Islamic theologians to assist the courts in these matters?

Prevention of Terrorism Bill (7 Mar 2005)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: I wish to readdress the question of my noble friend Lord Thomas. Does the noble and learned Lord, the Lord Chancellor, accept or agree that a procedure used for immigration tribunals would stand the test were it to come forward in this context of restrictions on liberty and so forth?

Prevention of Terrorism Bill (7 Mar 2005)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: I appreciate that the noble and learned Lord's words are not addressed to me but to my noble friend Lord Thomas. I believe he goes to the heart of the matter. If the Home Secretary found that the evidence was reliable, perhaps the noble and learned Lord can tell the Committee how the Home Secretary would expect to know that the evidence is reliable when it might have been obtained by torture...

Prevention of Terrorism Bill (8 Mar 2005)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I too have put my name to this amendment, and wish to speak briefly to it. In doing so, I declare membership of the Joint Committee on Human Rights, and add that I concur completely with the committee's report, which was produced in difficult circumstances in great haste last week. We have listened to the arguments carefully. Many of us are concerned by the divergence from due...

Identity Cards Bill (21 Mar 2005)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I rise for the first time from the Front Bench on a home affairs matter. I beg the indulgence of the House in case I transgress in any manner. For a moment I was completely confused. I thought I had lost my place in the speakers' list and that the Government were delivering their official response in the form of the noble Lord, Lord Young of Norwood Green—but I am sure the...

Identity Cards Bill (21 Mar 2005)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, because we know so little of the detail of the way that the processes and technology will work, and the requirement for the outsourcing of the technology, we must be somewhat sceptical of whatever figures are provided. We know from our experience that the National Health Service computer system was meant to cost billions in single figures, and at last estimate has cost £26 billion....

Identity Cards Bill (21 Mar 2005)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I thank the noble Baroness for giving way. Perhaps the Government's information is not quite as up to date as it might be. In the famous LSE report there is an extensive study of crime reported by police in EU countries which notes that Spain, which has ID cards, has the highest number of terrorist-related incidents in the whole of the EU—1,218.

Drugs Bill (4 Apr 2005)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, we on these Benches will indeed use the opportunity to wind up although I hope that I will not burden noble Lords too long with my remarks and shall be exceedingly brief. As my noble friend Lord Dholakia and the noble Baroness, Lady Anelay, have pointed out in their compelling references to the harm inflicted by drugs, we too believe that this Bill addresses serious social concerns...

Drugs Bill (6 Apr 2005)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My concern engages the diminution of the presumption of innocence, relating to Article 6.2 of the European Convention on Human Rights. As we said at Second Reading, this clause will effectively reverse the burden of proof for the offence, which means that the onus will be on the accused to prove that he did not intend to supply—that is, that he is not a dealer. Convictions for this offence...


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