Results 141–160 of 916 for speaker:Baroness Falkner of Margravine

Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill (21 Apr 2008)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I thank noble Lords who have supported the broad thrust of the thinking behind this amendment. It is clear that there is growing concern over the increase in custodial rates and the poor outcomes associated with young people being held in custody. During the debate on the previous amendment tabled by the noble Lords, Lord Henley and Lord Kingsland, on which we divided, the Minister...

Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill (21 Apr 2008)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, my name is attached to the amendment. The noble Lord, Lord Ramsbotham, clearly set out why it is so fundamentally important, so I will cover only a few of the main issues. We know that children in care are overrepresented in the secure estate population. Approximately 40 to 49 per cent of children and young people in custody have been in local authority care, and about 18 per cent...

Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill (21 Apr 2008)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, the Minister said that, when he went down to the Charing Cross station, some of the material that he saw certainly succeeded in frightening him. Would he go beyond that and say that it affected him in a manner where he felt that he might commit violence following on from viewing those acts? If I understand the Government's rapid evidence assessment—it was, as we know from the...

Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill (23 Apr 2008)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: moved Amendment No. 115AC: Clause 139, page 100, line 35, at end insert— "( ) Where the responsible authority makes a disclosure about any child or young person below the age of 18 under this section— (a) the case must be referred to the Local Safeguarding Children Board and the decision to disclose taken in conjunction with them, and(b) a management plan must be drawn up to include a...

Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill (23 Apr 2008)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord West of Spithead, for taking the time with his extensive Bill team to see me regarding this clause, meeting my concerns and elaborating further through providing examples of why the Government feel that the clauses are extremely important. The purpose of the amendment is to ensure that, when a responsible authority makes a disclosure about a child or...

Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill (23 Apr 2008)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, the Minister has discussed this extensively with me and I am extremely pleased to hear him give a date—June, I think he said—by which the new guidance will be issued. On that basis, I beg leave to withdraw the amendment.

Identity Cards (28 Apr 2008)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, the Minister waxes lyrical about the security of data; I will not tempt him by going down that road, but will he revert to the fees of ID cards? Is he aware of the estimate of the London School of Economics—that it may cost as much as £300 per person, rather than the £30 figure that he gave? Can he confirm that when a card is lost, stolen or someone changes their name because of...

Housing and Regeneration Bill (28 Apr 2008)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I should start by declaring an interest. I am a member of the group board of the Hyde Group, which is a housing association and a registered social landlord. I apologise to the noble Lord, Lord Sawyer, who thought that he was the last Back-Bencher to speak in the debate. Although my name appears after the gap, which indicates that I am making a winding-up speech, I should rightly be...

Alcohol Labelling Bill [HL] (1 May 2008)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: The noble Lord, Lord Monson, made a valid point that many young people who overindulge do so in a social setting where they would not be buying the entire bottle, and therefore would not see the label. But the point of the Bill is to create a culture whereby people are educated about the damage that alcohol can do to them. Irrespective of whether on a particular Saturday night they had a...

Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill (7 May 2008)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord for giving way. He will know a thing or two about the question that I shall pose to him; he will know that I am a Muslim and I know that he is familiar with the faith. From what he just said, does he suggest that a Muslim imam who is being true to his literalist interpretation—we may both disparage a literalist interpretation—and urging people to move away...

Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill (7 May 2008)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I would not normally have spoken to this particular part of the criminal justice Bill, having spoken to just about every other part, but there are several points to be made. My noble friend Lord Lester has drawn, I believe, too clear a distinction between race and religion on the one hand and sexuality on the other. The problem with the area of sexual orientation is that it enters...

Prisons: Titans (8 May 2008)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, given the vulnerability of young people in the criminal justice system, can the Minister tell the House whether he has determined a minimum age for those who might be housed in these Titan prisons?

Torture (Damages) Bill [HL] (16 May 2008)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I, too, start by thanking the noble and learned Lord, Lord Archer of Sandwell, for his initiative in bringing forward the Bill. I have listened with admiration to the many noble and, not least, noble and learned, Lords who have spoken in its support. The noble and learned Lord, Lord Woolf, has just reminded us that the preservation of the doctrine of state immunity is the main...

Prisons: Drugs (10 Jun 2008)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, following on from what the noble Lord, Lord Henley, said about the reluctance of the Government to share statistics, perhaps I may be helpful and give some statistics to the Minister. Drugs worth £100 million are estimated to be traded from prison cells and SOCA estimates that up to 30 high profile prisoners run their empires from behind bars. We know that the Government have...

Courts: Escort Drivers (12 Jun 2008)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords—

Courts: Escort Drivers (12 Jun 2008)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, does the Minister agree that prisoners are at their most vulnerable just after sentencing? Is he aware that, of the 92 suicides reported in 2007, 41 involved prisoners on remand and 20 per cent occurred within the first seven days, in comparison with 8 per cent within the first seven days in 2006? Does he accept the importance of ensuring that prisoners arrive at their designated...

Youth Justice (12 Jun 2008)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I, too, thank my noble friend Lord Thomas of Gresford for the opportunity to have this debate. It is also gratifying to see that a number of notable experts in this House on this subject have taken the time to speak today and have brought their wise, personal perspectives to the subject. A decade is a long time, but in the life of a young person it is, critically, a period of...

Housing and Regeneration Bill (7 Jul 2008)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I support the amendment. Indeed, I had a great deal of sympathy with the similar amendment tabled in Grand Committee. I will not rehearse the statistics; we heard ample statistics in Grand Committee on the extent to which rural communities have different growth trajectories for social housing and those statistics are on the record. I shall make two or three simple points on why the...

Counter-Terrorism Bill (8 Jul 2008)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, in her excellent maiden speech, the noble Baroness, Lady Manningham-Buller, said that there should be no political partisanship in questions of national security; I agree. I will go further and say that when one comes from a group that is likely to be most affected by those measures of legislation, we should, nevertheless, try to set aside those aspects to obtain the best...

Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme 2008 (16 Jul 2008)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, like the noble Lord, Lord Henley, I see that my colleague, Mr David Howarth, dealt comprehensively with the scheme in another place just a few days ago. I will therefore keep my remarks brief. Like Mr Howarth, I am pleased that the scheme does not pursue some of the ideas in Rebuilding Lives that would have been rather damaging. I particularly welcome the fact that the Government...


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