Results 61–80 of 912 for speaker:Baroness Falkner of Margravine

Post Office: Horizon Accounting System - Question (18 Jun 2020)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I, too, pay tribute to the noble Lord, Lord Arbuthnot, but I think that the Minister is playing with semantics to the extent that he talks about how the review will be independent. Does he recognise that people want responsibility to fall where it should, whether on this Government, the previous Government, the Post Office, Fujitsu or anyone else? Does he not think that 20 years is...

Armed Forces: Racism and Diversity - Question (17 Jun 2020)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, the target for female representation at 15%, as set out in the biannual diversity report, seems to me too low. Why are they not being more ambitious, with a higher target? Nearly half the BAME staff are of non-UK nationality. Why are they not succeeding in recruiting people from United Kingdom BAME communities, and what lessons can be learned from the recruitment for Future Forces...

Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 1 (16 Jun 2020)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, for clarity, I did not request to speak after the Minister; it was due to an inadvertent error that I ended up not being on the list to speak when I should have spoken. In fact, as I am speaking after the Minister, I will use the opportunity to make one or two general observations about this process that conform to what the noble Lord, Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts, and the noble...

Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 - Question (15 Jun 2020)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I served on the Constitution Committee during the passage of the then Bill. We heard extensively about the many concerns regarding it, which eventually came to pass during 2017-19. If ever a demonstration was needed that the Act is unsuited to our constitution, the last few years provided it. Can the Minister therefore please press for the review to be announced as soon as possible...

Covid-19: Masks - Question for Short Debate (11 Jun 2020)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I will start with a simple question because, like all those who have spoken, I am not clear as to the Government’s evidence or why they are hesitating to recommend the widespread use of face coverings across the board, not just for public transport. There is one question that has not been answered: have the Government had discussions with the security services, the police or other...

G20: Debt Cancellation - Question (10 Jun 2020)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I am second to none in wanting to assist poorer countries, but will the noble Baroness accept, in the context of debt forgiveness, that the World Bank has done recent research to show that aid flows through the poorest countries straight back into the wealthier countries—something called aid leakage? So unless we want to give money to Switzerland, Luxembourg, the Cayman Islands...

Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill - Second Reading (9 Jun 2020)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, it is a huge relief to be back here in the flesh. I give an enormous vote of thanks to all those who have made it possible. I apologise to the Minister for being unable to attend his briefing session on the Bill yesterday. I am afraid that the invitation, which came late on a Friday afternoon, somehow got missed in the flow of traffic to my inbox. If I had known that it was taking...

Black Lives Matter - Private Notice Question (8 Jun 2020)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I accept what the Minister says about the strength of feeling in this country and what the Government are trying to do, but will she accept the premise of the original Question and tell us whether they have made representations to the American Government? Has the US ambassador been called in? Has any member of the Government spoken out clearly, palpably addressing non-white...

Hong Kong: Human Rights - Question for Short Debate (4 Jun 2020)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I wholeheartedly welcome the United Kingdom Government’s proposals on a route to citizenship for BNO passport holders. I ask the Minister directly whether we could start the process by allowing the 16,000 university students from Hong Kong who are currently in the country the right to convert their tier 4 visas into that process as soon as possible. My second question is this:...

Covid-19: Response - Statement (3 Jun 2020)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: I understand that we have to wait for the data to come through that addresses what underlying health conditions and comorbidities might impact on BME critical care and death rates from Covid, but, to reassure the community while we are waiting for further information, I wonder whether the Minister’s publicity campaign could be very directly targeted at those vulnerable groups to make it...

EU: British Musicians - Question (3 Jun 2020)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: The Minister mentioned reciprocal arrangements for UK citizens, but I wonder if she could disaggregate that and concentrate only on people in the performing arts. If reciprocal arrangements are not negotiated, will she consider the UK unilaterally allowing access for EU musicians to come here, in the hope that at least individual EU countries will then reciprocate? If we wait for the...

Telecommunications Infrastructure (Leasehold Property) Bill - Virtual Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 21 (2 Jun 2020)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I will speak briefly in opposition to the amendment. I can see why the noble Lords, Lord Clement-Jones and Lord Fox, tabled it, because targets are quite important to ensure that the Government do what they set out to do. However, the narrow timeframes given in the amendment are not practicable and will not tell us any more than we will know through other means. I go straight to the...

Telecommunications Infrastructure (Leasehold Property) Bill - Virtual Committee (1st Day): Amendment 9 (19 May 2020)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I start by thanking the Minister for the manner in which she has dealt with this Bill. I will take up that offer of further conversations on it. In the meantime, I shall briefly address some of the issues raised by noble Lords. I was grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Adonis, for his support. Yes, these amendments are very close to those tabled in the House of Commons. They are...

Telecommunications Infrastructure (Leasehold Property) Bill - Virtual Committee (1st Day): Amendment 9 (19 May 2020)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: I shall beg noble Lords’ indulgence for a few minutes. I did not have an opportunity to speak at Second Reading, as I was advised not to come to Parliament, but I was assured that this would be an opportunity for me to do so. I welcome the Bill and its aims to improve access to faster broadband and provide greater choice for tenants and leaseholders. My interest in the Bill, as people will...

Premier League: Project Restart - Question (19 May 2020)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what advice they have given to the Premier League about Project Restart. The Question was considered in a Virtual Proceeding via video call.

Air Quality and Emissions - Question (19 May 2020)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, given the Minister’s interest in Heathrow, does he agree that the aviation sector has contributed more than 26% to greenhouse gas emissions in the last five years? Yet Heathrow is going ahead with an appeal to the Supreme Court for its third runway. Does he accept that this highly polluting business model is now defunct, and can he tell us what the Government’s position is on...

Covid-19: International Response - Motion to Consider (18 May 2020)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I was part of a Lords Select Committee inquiry into international organisations in 2008 which looked specifically at the World Health Organization. We noted that global pandemics occur about three times a century. I shall quote from the then Government’s evidence to the committee: “Estimates are that the next pandemic will kill between 2 million and 50 million people worldwide...

Covid-19: NHS Contact Tracing App - Question (18 May 2020)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: Given what we know about the NHS app, I have to say that my greater concern would be about the data held by Amazon or Google, rather than by the NHS. Does the Minister accept that the countries implementing track and trace, particularly those in the EU, are all countries that have an ongoing system, decades-old, of using ID cards? Would the Government consider the fact that trust in...

Covid-19: Transport - Statement (14 May 2020)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: The Minister has mentioned that further guidance on e-scooters will be coming out, but she is aware of how silent they are and of their ability to move at some speed. Will they have some kind of registration or licensing which is clearly visible? They are extremely dangerous. Anyone walking around central London today will know that there are a lot of them out there, even though they are...

British Citizens Stranded Overseas - Question (14 May 2020)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: I too thank the Minister for the efforts of Foreign Office staff around the world. I was stranded after the tsunami, and I well know what a sterling job they do. My question is about EU nationals who may be using UK flights to come into the UK in order to go home. Once quarantine comes in, will those people be expected to quarantine for 14 days in the UK? Likewise, where EU carriers are...


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