Results 61–80 of 916 for speaker:Baroness Falkner of Margravine

House-building Programme (20 Oct 2005)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I, too, thank my noble friend Lady Scott of Needham Market for the opportunity to discuss these issues. The reason that this debate is important has been illustrated by the wide-ranging issues that have been covered by so many noble Lords. Of course, I thank all noble Lords who spoke in the debate. The noble Baroness, Lady Wilkins, spoke so knowledgeably about the housing need for...

Millennium Review Summit (EUC Report) (2 Nov 2005)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, before I commence, I should declare an interest in the context of this report for those Members who have not seen the report itself, in saying that the House may wish to know that my sister is UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights. Having said that, I have not consulted her at all in forming my opinions on the report. I came to the committee in the final stages of its...

Millennium Review Summit (EUC Report) (2 Nov 2005)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, just on a point of clarification, I do not believe I said that there is a crisis of multilateralism, rather that we have obligations as multilateralists.

Commonwealth (17 Nov 2005)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, we, too, thank the noble Lord, Lord Freeman, for introducing this debate, which foreshadows the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Malta next week. As the noble Lord pointed out, the theme of this year's CHOGM is designed to highlight the role of information technology in development. It comes at a particularly appropriate time, when one cannot underestimate the impact of...

Terrorism Bill (21 Nov 2005)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, to follow one philosopher of distinction in a debate is lucky, but to follow two of the calibre of the noble Lords, Lord Parekh and Lord Plant of Highfield, is indeed a privilege. The question that law makers must ask themselves is quite simple: will this legislation help to prevent terrorism and to prosecute terrorists? Let me say at the outset that I hope it will enhance the...

Social Inclusion (1 Dec 2005)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I too thank the noble Baroness, Lady Morgan, for having given us an opportunity to debate these issues. So many noble Lords have painted on such a wide canvas. Many of your Lordships will remember that on the Liberal Benches these subjects were the preserve of Conrad, Lord Russell, whose belief in justice and in the ties of community and society were articulated with such passion...

Social Inclusion (1 Dec 2005)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, with respect to the noble Baroness, Lady Andrews, I would not have suggested that the Government have failed. I believe I said that their success on that had been relatively less evident than in other areas.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Anti-social Behaviour Orders (7 Dec 2005)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: asked Her Majesty's Government: How many anti-social behaviour orders have been issued in the last year for which figures are available; and whether those figures are disaggregated on the basis of faith and ethnicity.

Commission for Equality and Human Rights (15 Dec 2005)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have decided on the location of the Commission for Equality and Human Rights.

Commission for Equality and Human Rights (15 Dec 2005)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his reply. Is he aware that 52 per cent of London's population is female, that 17 per cent of disabled people work in London, that 10 per cent of the country's lesbian and gay community lives here and that one-third of London's population is non-white? Was any consideration given to the commission's stakeholders when the decision was made to locate the bulk...

British Identity and Citizenship (2 Feb 2006)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, this fascinating debate has ranged far and wide, as one would expect given the breadth of knowledge in this House. It is a debate of contradictions in that its subject matter is at once current—we need to talk about identity and diversity in a post-7/7 world—while at the same time it has been agonised over by each generation in an ever-changing world for a very long time indeed....

Freedom of Speech (9 Feb 2006)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I, too, thank the noble Baroness, Lady Knight of Collingtree, for initiating this debate on such a current issue. The past few weeks have not been happy for secular-minded people. They have resulted in loss of life far beyond our shores and have weakened international relations between the West and the Muslim world. They have also shown that a common European foreign policy has some...

Terrorist Suspects: Greece (27 Feb 2006)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, given that the Foreign Secretary indeed called the reports utter nonsense on 13 December but that since the new year there have been persistent reports in British newspapers, apparently corroborated by British officials, that British intelligence agents were present at the interrogations in Greece, is the Intelligence and Security Committee inclined to look at these matters, so...

Council Tax (New Valuation Lists for England) Bill (1 Mar 2006)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, as my noble friend has suggested, would the Minister consider a longer period—perhaps a period of three years or five years—before such a report were made? Surely it would be in the interests of transparency, forewarning and stability if the Secretary of State shared his views periodically—as I say, every five years—on where the land lay as regards revaluation. At the...

Afghanistan: Death Penalty (28 Mar 2006)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, we welcome the efforts of Her Majesty's Government in support of the charges against Mr Rahman being dropped—we rejoice in his release—but does the Minister agree that there will continue to be a problem regarding the incompatibility between the Sharia code and some human rights norms? In addition, do the Government agree that the solution to this may be longer-term education?...

Non-departmental Public Bodies (25 May 2006)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I, too, thank the noble Baroness, Lady Perry of Southwark, for this opportunity to examine the role of NDPBs in government. I do not profess to be an expert in this area and have therefore had to do a considerable amount of reading for the debate. The overarching question that comes to mind when one comes anew to the subject is: why are there so many of these bodies? Historically,...

Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Bill [HL] (26 Jan 2007)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I, too, welcome the long overdue measure introduced by my noble friend Lord Lester and congratulate him on bringing it forward. I also welcome his unequivocal statement that the Bill's provisions should not be misused politically as a way of demonising British Asians. I identify myself with that sentiment. Let me say from the outset that within the communities most affected by the...

Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Bill [HL] (26 Jan 2007)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I want to put a question to the noble Lord, Lord Ahmed. While it may well be true that certain sections of the media take our words and use them to be sensational or to demonise—as he puts it—a certain community, is he saying that in difficult cases we should not raise difficult issues and that we must censor ourselves in that regard in order not to upset the media?

Multi-cultural Britain (7 Jun 2007)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, we take pride in congratulating the noble Lord, Lord Hastings of Scarisbrick, on this debate. His powerful and wide-ranging arguments have given us much to think about. He has provided us with an opportunity to reflect on a movement and a group of individuals who literally changed the world. The protagonists—Wilberforce, Clarkson, Newton, Sharp, Equiano and, not least, the female...

Middle East: Democracy and Human Rights (17 Oct 2007)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, the Minister will perhaps be familiar with the International Crisis Group report on Saudi Arabia, describing it as a country which stifles pluralism, nurtures intolerance and prevents the organisation of political and social interests. What is more, while we are talking about its constructive position on the Middle East peace process—as the Minister has—it wilfully exports...


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