Results 81–100 of 916 for speaker:Baroness Falkner of Margravine

Obesity (17 Oct 2007)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I should like to press the Minister a little on food labelling. We know that voluntary front-of-pack labelling is not really working. We also know that many people buy pre-prepared food from outlets which do not label at all. I doubt that the noble Lord needs to go up Victoria Street to buy himself a sandwich, but were he to do so he would have no idea of the content and nutritional...

Alcohol Harm Reduction Strategy (18 Oct 2007)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I, too, thank my noble friend Lord Avebury for initiating this debate. He is an undisputed expert in this area, as the Minister will be aware, being familiar with his Questions and interest over many years. He is an indefatigable campaigner on the issue and a source of enormous expertise to the whole House. This debate is close to his heart and has been a long time coming. In...

Child Protection (24 Oct 2007)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I apologise for my delayed entrance in this debate. My office is right at the other end and I anticipated that the previous business would go on slightly longer, so please accept my heartfelt apologies. I am grateful to my noble friend Lady Walmsley for giving us the opportunity to debate this critical issue. I will keep my intervention rather brief, although I have to agree with...

Pakistan: Terrorist Attacks (25 Oct 2007)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, the Minister emphasised the pursuit of democracy in Pakistan, and that is very welcome. However, does he agree that Pakistan's longer-term security lies in it having a stable future; that a stable future will come about only through national reconciliation, to deal with the challenges of international terrorism, the resurgent Taliban and so on; and that reconciliation will have to...

Debate on the Address (12 Nov 2007)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, as my noble friend Lady Miller of Chilthorne Domer said, we have a relatively new justice and home affairs team on these Benches. This is my first opportunity as a member of that team, which she leads so ably, to interact with the noble Lords, Lord West of Spithead and Lord Hunt of Kings Heath. I look forward to many constructive discussions in the future. I shall concentrate on...

Security Industry Authority (13 Nov 2007)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, the Statement says that in April 2007 the Border and Immigration Agency identified the breach of security—and it was a severe breach if one of these people had access to the Prime Minister's car. Later in the Statement we heard that Ministers were informed in June. The Secretary of State says that the reason she decided on 9 August that the lines to take were not good enough for...

National Security (14 Nov 2007)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, is the noble Baroness aware that in 2005 I had the privilege of serving on the Prime Minister's task force on Muslim extremism? Looking at this complex and lengthy Statement, I see that much of our work, done rather in haste and a little bit on the back of an envelope, has come to some kind of fruition. I congratulate the Government on that. Many initiatives here deserve our...

Prisoners: Work (15 Nov 2007)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, speaking as a newcomer to this area in a debate where so many luminaries have spoken is daunting. On the other hand, to have heard of the many fine examples of good work in our prisons—in particular, the example that the noble Earl, Lord Listowel, just gave us—is very uplifting. I pay credit to my noble friend Lady Linklater of Butterstone, who would surely have brought more...

Schools: Modern Languages (19 Nov 2007)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, the Minister tells us of the success that the Government are having in recruiting foreign language teachers for primary schools but, as we understand it, the problem is really that there is a dearth of foreign language teachers for secondary schools. What progress are the Government making in recruiting greater numbers of teachers?

Prisons: Carter Review (5 Dec 2007)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, from these Benches, we, too, thank the Minister for the Statement and congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Carter, on his indefatigable efforts in these causes. We look forward to reading the report in greater detail. While broadly welcoming its general thrust, we have some notable concerns. There are two or three big print issues which stand out in the Government's thinking on this...

Community Relations: National Motto (6 Dec 2007)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, from these Benches, I, too, congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Warsi, on her efforts last week. I have been acquainted with the noble Baroness for some years, and what she did was entirely characteristic of her. She is a credit both to the House and her community. It is a relief to hear the Minister say that there are no plans for a motto, and that, under the Goldsmith review,...

Afghanistan (12 Dec 2007)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, the Leader of the House has repeated an important Statement on Afghanistan which provides a, "long-term and comprehensive framework for security, political, social and economic development". Can the noble Baroness tell us whether, in light of the scope of the Statement, the Government will publish a paper setting out in greater detail the strategy that they envisage under the four...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Police: Ethnic Minority Officers (17 Dec 2007)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: asked Her Majesty's Government: How many ethnic minority police officers left the Metropolitan Police Authority with less than two years' service in the last year for which figures are available.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Terrorism (17 Dec 2007)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the answer by Lord West of Spithead on 6 December, what organisation and individuals were consulted on the proposed pre-charge detention aspects of the Counter-Terrorism Bill; and when those consultations were held.

Pakistan and Kenya (7 Jan 2008)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord for the opportunity provided to me to meet earlier today with the Prime Minister, the Foreign Secretary and the noble Lord himself. It was an illuminating and useful meeting. On the broader issue, I wish to make two points about Pakistan. The first is a short-term point and relates to the thriving civil society to which he referred. We understand the...

Armed Forces: US Missile Defence (10 Jan 2008)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I too pay tribute to my noble friend Lord Wallace of Saltaire for securing this debate. It is a sad reflection on parliamentary accountability that the Opposition have to use their time on debates of this matter of national and international significance, which should in any event be discussed in Parliament, on the back of a serious and meaningful dialogue within the whole country....

Prisoners: Rehabilitation (14 Jan 2008)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, despite the pressure on resources, are there any plans in the next year to increase the number of Parole Board places? In light of the question asked by the noble Lord, Lord Ramsbotham, does the Minister concede that offending behaviour courses should be available in all prisons where people serving life sentences are housed?

Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill (22 Jan 2008)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, the origins of the Bill seem to lie more in a desire to respond to newspaper headlines than a considered analysis of what needs to be done and then to change the law carefully and proportionately to reflect the changes that are needed. The broad sweep of the Bill, comprising piecemeal measures on youth justice and rehabilitation, sentencing, the establishment of new bodies—now to...

Women's Justice Board (31 Jan 2008)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, we, too, thank the noble Lord, Lord Ramsbotham, for his tenacity, energy and clear-sightedness in pursuing this matter over the years that he has been in this House. I am grateful because he has given us an opportunity to look at this case. We need to ask why we are having two debates within a week of each other on this issue. The answer is quite simple but it will not be welcomed...

Women's Justice Board (31 Jan 2008)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I thank the Minister for giving me an opportunity to come back on this. When he reads Hansard tomorrow he will see very clearly that I did not use the words "government time"; I said that the Government did not accord this matter priority in the months since the Corston report came out.


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