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Results 1–20 of 322 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Baroness Linklater of Butterstone

Queen’s Speech - Debate (6th Day) (4 Jun 2015)

Baroness Linklater of Butterstone: My Lords, my contribution to this debate on the Queen’s Speech comes under the broad heading of “welfare reform”, and would more properly have been given during yesterday’s debate, making as it does the essential interconnection and correlation between social and economic disadvantage on the one hand, and offending behaviour on the other. So I am particularly grateful for this...

Criminal Justice and Courts Bill: Report (2nd Day) (22 Oct 2014)

Baroness Linklater of Butterstone: My Lords, this amendment contains two aspects which cause concern. One is the use of force—a matter of grave concern when dealing with young offenders—and the other is secure colleges, a new idea from the Government that fills us with despair and gloom. This is one of the most sensitive and difficult areas of all offender management. The secure college rules sanction the use of...

Criminal Justice and Courts Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) (21 Jul 2014)

Baroness Linklater of Butterstone: My Lords, the Joint Committee on Human Rights has found, “that it is incompatible with Articles 3 and 8 ECHR for any law, whether primary or secondary legislation, to authorise the use of force on children and young people for the purposes of … discipline … we recommend that the relevant provision in Schedule 4 of the Bill should be deleted, and the Bill should be amended to make...

Criminal Justice and Courts Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) (21 Jul 2014)

Baroness Linklater of Butterstone: My Lords, I shall echo most of what has already been said. I think that around the Chamber we are pretty well agreed that what is being planned in general for the most vulnerable children in our community is entirely inappropriate and inadequate. First, I shall speak to the new clause proposed in Amendment 43B concerning sentencing guidelines and provisions regarding secure colleges. The...

Criminal Justice and Courts Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) (21 Jul 2014)

Baroness Linklater of Butterstone: Am I?

Criminal Justice and Courts Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) (21 Jul 2014)

Baroness Linklater of Butterstone: I am talking to Amendment 43B.

Criminal Justice and Courts Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) (21 Jul 2014)

Baroness Linklater of Butterstone: Oh, it is in a different group. I am so sorry. Shall I continue or shall I leave it?

Criminal Justice and Courts Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) (21 Jul 2014)

Baroness Linklater of Butterstone: With the leave of the Committee, I wonder whether I could try to complete what I was going to say, especially on Amendment 43C in this group. The plan that a secure college should hold such a wide age group of 12 to 17 year-old boys and girls would seem inevitably to present enormous safeguarding risks. There are only ever very small numbers of girls in custody. Some 96% of those being held...

Criminal Justice and Courts Bill — Second Reading (Continued) (30 Jun 2014)

Baroness Linklater of Butterstone: My Lords, little did I think that I would get to my feet having heard parallels being drawn between judicial review and line decisions at Wimbledon, but I think that my speech will be much more boring than that. This Bill comes hot on the heels of a previous Bill, now the Offender Rehabilitation Act, which contains important changes such as the new levels of support to be given to offenders...

Transforming Rehabilitation: Mental Health — Question (6 May 2014)

Baroness Linklater of Butterstone: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to include mental health treatment and support in contracts for the probation services as part of the new Transforming Rehabilitation programme.

Transforming Rehabilitation: Mental Health — Question (6 May 2014)

Baroness Linklater of Butterstone: I thank my noble friend for that reply. I am sure that he will be aware that currently four out of every 10 people who are being supported by the probation service are actively mentally ill: that is, 39%. This underlines the range of skills and knowledge that is required today from experienced members of the probation service in managing and properly meeting the needs of these clients....

Offender Rehabilitation Bill [HL] — Commons Amendments (11 Mar 2014)

Baroness Linklater of Butterstone: My Lords, I, too, will say a brief word in support and admiration of the probation service, with which I have worked for most of my professional life. I know how important that infrastructure has been, across the country, to the provision that has been given to people who have been at risk of, and have come out of, offending. It will still exist in a minute way, as 20% of the staff will be...

Prisons: Deaths of Young People — Question (6 Feb 2014)

Baroness Linklater of Butterstone: My Lords, for a child to commit suicide at all is a tragedy, but for a child to commit suicide while in custody is a catastrophe. Will the Minister ensure that professionals inside and outside the prison are required to share information and to look at the underlying issues as part of sentence planning for these children? This is not routine practice today. Will the Minister also ensure that...

Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill — Committee (3rd Day) (20 Nov 2013)

Baroness Linklater of Butterstone: My Lords, I support these amendments wholeheartedly. We are talking about punishment. Punishment must, as a fundamental, be appropriate, proportionate and likely to succeed. I suggest that the provisions have none of those things right. It is entirely wrong to have a sanction which involves the potential imprisonment, which is the ultimate sanction for breach of a CBO, of children between the...

Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill — Committee (3rd Day) (20 Nov 2013)

Baroness Linklater of Butterstone: My Lords, I endorse that and remind the House that when ASBOs were first considered under previous legislation, that worry was aired at some length in this Chamber. Things could go either way. Either you could have it as a badge of honour or it could be a mark that affected a young person or child’s life considerably. Either way, publicity had little to offer that was positive or helpful.

Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill — Second Reading (29 Oct 2013)

Baroness Linklater of Butterstone: My Lords, I add my congratulations and welcome to my new friend on these Benches, my noble friend Lord Paddick. It is always a pleasure to follow my dear friend, the noble Baroness, Lady Kennedy of The Shaws. I am afraid that I will repeat some of what has already been said by others this evening. This is a large and wide-ranging Bill that, like the curate’s egg, is good in parts but also...

Probation Service — Question for Short Debate (16 Oct 2013)

Baroness Linklater of Butterstone: My Lords, I am grateful for the opportunity this debate gives us to look at the work of the probation service today and examine its value in the context of the changes the Government want to make, the implications for its future and, equally important, the future of its clients. I declare an interest that I was a patron of the Probation Boards Association in 2005, when I joined the noble and...

Probation Service — Question for Short Debate (16 Oct 2013)

Baroness Linklater of Butterstone: I am sorry; I will wind up. I have had letters from professionals who are really worried about this. There is a blank wall of information about how they are to plan and budget beyond next April. It is surely important to get this right and to reach greater levels of clarity. It is too big a project to be allowed to fail, when excellence should be the goal. The focus of our exercise should be...

Probation Service — Private Notice Question (18 Jul 2013)

Baroness Linklater of Butterstone: My Lords, the newly constructed probation service plans to operate at about 20% of current capacity and deal with very specialised groups. Meanwhile, the Government plan to give subsequent support in the community to 50,000 or so short-term prisoners. The only body with the skill and the experience to deal with this kind of thing is the probation service, which dates back 100 years. What is...

Offender Rehabilitation Bill [HL]: Report (25 Jun 2013)

Baroness Linklater of Butterstone: I thank my noble friend for that comprehensive reply—and for pointing out the technical hitches. However, the message that we have been given about flexibility is much more important. It is important that inexperienced and new probation providers are not brought into this scene. Transition is, of course, fantastically important, as is professional expertise. Part of my theme was that the...


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