Results 1–20 of 909 for speaker:Baroness Falkner of Margravine

Employment Rights - Statement (10 Jun 2021)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I welcome the improved guidance that the Government have asked ACAS to produce on fire and rehire, because it is a balanced position in the impact on employers. However, the Minister will know that without strong enforcement powers a regulator, however much of a super regulator it might be, cannot do very much. He also knows that some of the most egregious abuses are happening...

Employment Rights - Statement (10 Jun 2021)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I welcome the improved guidance that the Government have asked ACAS to produce on fire and rehire, because it is a balanced position in the impact on employers. However, the Minister will know that without strong enforcement powers a regulator, however much of a super regulator it might be, cannot do very much. He also knows that some of the most egregious abuses are happening...

Education Recovery - Statement (8 Jun 2021)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I applaud the noble Baroness for her defence of a policy that I think she recognises is entirely indefensible. She calls for more evidence but have the Government thought of looking at the US, which is spending £1,600 per child, or the Netherlands, which is spending £2,500 per pupil? When she talks about fiscal consolidation, has she thought about the competing pressures on a...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (4th Day) (17 May 2021)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I too join other noble Lords in welcoming the maiden speeches from the noble Lords, Lord Coaker and Lord Morse. I look forward to their participation in this House. I am a novice in this area so feel slightly trepidatious in speaking about the environment and transport, but that is what I am going to do today. I express disappointment, along with other noble Lords who know a lot...

Covid-19: Status Certification - Private Notice Question (29 Apr 2021)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, does the Minister agree with me that proportionality has to be the key to dealing with this issue? In saying so, I declare that I am chairwoman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission. Will he consider seriously the importance of regular parliamentary oversight of the scheme and clear, accessible exemption certificates for people who cannot be vaccinated for health reasons?...

Conduct Committee - Motion to Agree: Amendment to the Motion (20 Apr 2021)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I do not think that I have any interests to declare, but, because I am a member of the independent committee of the Bank of England that does enforcement decision-making, and because I am chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, I emphasise that I am speaking purely in a personal capacity. I have spent more than 30 years—18 of them in this House, the others outside...

Gypsies, Travellers and Roma: Racism and Discrimination - Question (25 Mar 2021)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I declare an interest as chair of the EHRC. As noble Lords will know, we signed a legally binding agreement with Pontins to prevent racial discrimination and will take further enforcement action if needed. The problem is that Gypsy, Roma and Traveller groups face particular discrimination in housing, with a severe shortage of adequate sites. New police powers in the Police, Crime,...

People with Disabilities Standing for Elected Office - Question (22 Mar 2021)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I declare an interest as chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission. I hear what the Minister is saying about the responsibilities of political parties. I agree, but does he also accept that Article 29 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities sets out obligations on the state to guarantee disabled people’s political rights, including the opportunity...

British Library Board (Power to Borrow) Bill - Second Reading (19 Mar 2021)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, it is a privilege to speak in this debate and support the Bill. I had a small walk-on part with the British Library: I was on the advisory council until December last year while the noble Baroness, Lady Blackstone, was its distinguished chair, with the brilliant Roly Keating as chief executive. I must say, now that I have left it—to chair the EHRC—I look back at how well run the...

Telecommunications Infrastructure (Leasehold Property) Bill - Commons Reason and Amendments: Motion B (4 Mar 2021)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I join the Minister in congratulating our telecoms providers on rising to the challenge of providing relatively comprehensive connectivity to the nation in response to Covid. However, I am reluctant to speak to Amendment 3 in the name of the noble Lord, Lord Stevenson of Balmacara, other than to say that I do not support it, for the reason that it appears to place additional burdens...

Trade Bill - Commons Reasons and Amendments: Motion B1 (as an amendment to Motion B) (23 Feb 2021)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, it is a difficult day for me to stand up and speak from the perspective I will speak from. I know I will disappoint many in this House, not least my noble friend Lord Alton. Noble Lords will know of my long-standing and academic interest in foreign affairs and human rights. I am, therefore, compelled to revert, I am afraid, to first principles and be the only voice to speak in...

Myanmar - Statement (11 Feb 2021)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I noticed the Minister’s warm words about co-operating with China and drawing the importance of this matter to its attention. However, does he accept that the military coup would have been impossible had the military, given its very strong relations with China, not been given the nod by the Chinese Government? This is another geostrategic win for China while the West stands by...

Inheritance Tax: Cohabiting Siblings - Question (10 Feb 2021)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, the Minister tells us that 95% of estates do not pay any inheritance tax. In that case, could she tell us what estimate Her Majesty’s Treasury has done of the infinitesimally small number of people who would come under this situation? Has it done any research? Does it have any evidence to show what the impact on revenue from inheritance tax would be if it were to make this legal...

Support for University Students: Covid-19 - Commons Urgent Question (8 Feb 2021)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I, too, welcome the additional funding announced last week, but what action are the Government planning to take on the QAA’s guidance, which says that thousands of students might have to repeat a year because of the professional nature of their qualifications and the lack of practical teaching? To pick up the point made by the noble Lord, Lord Forsyth, will those students have to...

Health Measures at UK Borders - Statement (4 Feb 2021)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I want to press the point from the noble Lord, Lord Clark, about the numbers coming in while we have this ongoing delay—eight days now. We also heard in the Minister’s opening remarks that approximately 21,000 people came in either yesterday or the day before. The maths are simple: this means that, over those eight days, there have been 160,000 people. The problem with not...

Financial Services Bill - Second Reading (28 Jan 2021)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I start by congratulating the noble Lord, Lord Hammond of Runnymede, on his maiden speech today, and I look forward to the maiden speech of my noble friend Lady Shafik. I have a tenuous connection to both speakers today. I chaired the EU Financial Affairs Sub-Committee in the period when the noble Lord was Chancellor, providing him with the odd unhelpful report on the UK exit fee,...

Telecommunications Infrastructure (Leasehold Property) Bill - Third Reading: Motion (28 Jan 2021)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, it is a privilege to make the concluding speech for the Cross Benches on this Bill today. I place on record our thanks to the noble Baroness, Lady Barran, and the Bill team, who have been so ready to engage with our concerns, albeit to limited avail in the end. It was the late Robin Cook who, as Foreign Secretary, first set out a framework for the UK to have an ethical foreign...

Telecommunications Infrastructure (Leasehold Property) Bill - Third Reading: Amendment 1 (28 Jan 2021)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, last night at 8 pm, I lit my candle to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day. Yesterday, Jewish leaders asked us to include later, less egregious events that have been committed against other groups—notably, and most recently, Chinese Uighurs. China is a superpower and we are a mid-sized state, but if the measure of a people is its moral standing, the United Kingdom has stood tall in...

Educational Settings: Reopening - Commons Urgent Question (27 Jan 2021)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, will the Minister, in informing the Government about the reopening of schools, bear in mind the equalities considerations for women, who, along with the children who are disadvantaged, have been most significantly impacted by home-schooling requirements?

Xinjiang: Forced Labour - Statement (19 Jan 2021)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I too welcome the Statement, but I am conscious that it talks about co-operation with international partners. The Minister will recognise that sanctions in whatever form work best when there is across the board co-operation among countries. I note that the EU has just completed an investment accord with China. What actions will the Government take if EU firms manage to export items...


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