Results 1–20 of 52 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 Blood

Northern Ireland: Executive and Assembly - Question (25 Jun 2018)

Baroness Blood: My Lords, the Question asked was about the effect on the people of Northern Ireland. The Minister has just answered by saying that civil servants are civil servants. We have a practically non-functioning Civil Service in Northern Ireland, and an almost invisible Secretary of State. When will they ask the people of Northern Ireland about the effect that is having?

Northern Ireland: Devolved Institutions - Question (23 May 2018)

Baroness Blood: My Lords, following on from the question asked by the noble Lord, Lord Empey, I understand that there will be an appeal, which will take six months, and then another appeal, which will take a further six months. Northern Ireland does not have that capacity; we do not have that time. We have an almost invisible Secretary of State. People on the ground believe that Westminster’s only interest...

Northern Ireland Finances - Statement (13 Mar 2018)

Baroness Blood: My Lords, I will ask the Minister a brief question and a direct one: We welcome the extra money going into Northern Ireland, especially around health and education, but who will make the decision about where that money will go? Last year, in James Brokenshire’s Statement, £50 million of the confidence and supply money was given to mental health. To this day, not one penny of that £50...

Northern Ireland Update - Statement (20 Feb 2018)

Baroness Blood: My Lords, I have listened carefully to what the Minister said and I cannot understand it. He tells us in one part that it is about the people, and in another part that the people really have nothing to do with all these secret talks and that they cannot be told what is going on. I do not understand that. I do not understand why some form of what happened cannot be put to the people of...

Northern Ireland: Political Developments - Statement (28 Mar 2017)

Baroness Blood: My Lords, in reading the Statement, a couple of things worried me. First, we are told in the Statement that we are rapidly approaching a point where there is no real budget. The civil servants will be able to allocate funds for a very short period, but that is not sustainable. I worry about that, because that is the realm of life I live in. While I agree that the Irish language legacy issues...

Northern Ireland: Paramilitary Groups — Statement (20 Oct 2015)

Baroness Blood: My Lords, there is no comfort in this report for the communities of Northern Ireland, as it only reinforces what has been common knowledge in Northern Ireland for many years. But now that we have all this intelligence and it is all known—I follow on from the point made by the noble Baroness, Lady Harris—will the police take further action against these so-called paramilitary groups? When...

Northern Ireland: Political Situation — Statement (8 Sep 2015)

Baroness Blood: My Lords, I, too, thank the Minister for repeating the Statement. Of course we all agree that the way forward for Northern Ireland is a strong economy and an assured future. I should like to ask two questions that are bewildering ordinary people in Northern Ireland. We will hear today from some political people who will be able to describe that better, but I want to speak about ordinary...

Corporation Tax (Northern Ireland) Bill: Second Reading (and Remaining Stages) (17 Mar 2015)

Baroness Blood: My Lords, before I speak about the Bill, I would like to say what a pleasure it is to see the noble Lord, Lord Hay, here in the Chamber and to have listened to his maiden speech. I have known the noble Lord and seen his work for Northern Ireland over many years, especially in his home area of Londonderry and, more recently, as Speaker of the Assembly. It is a real pleasure to see him here...

Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill — Committee (3rd Day) (16 Dec 2013)

Baroness Blood: My Lords, I declare an interest as patron of many charities in Northern Ireland, but mainly as a campaign chair of the Integrated Education Fund, which I shall come back to. I strongly support this amendment, from my noble friend Lord Rooker, which I consider to be a crucial amendment to the lobbying Bill. The amendment acknowledges the unique circumstances in which Northern Ireland is...

Savings Accounts and Health in Pregnancy Grant Bill: Second Reading (and remaining stages) (7 Dec 2010)

Baroness Blood: My Lords, speaking towards the end of the list, everybody has said what I wanted to say, so I shall be brief. I do not support the broad thrust of the Bill or the focus of many of its provisions. I do not think that it is my task here today to discuss that, but I wish to state my concern that doing away with the child trust fund, the health in pregnancy grant and the Government's contribution...

Charitable Sector — Motion to Take Note (5 Oct 2010)

Baroness Blood: My Lords, I also thank the Minister for initiating this debate. It is about something very close to my heart. I have been a voluntary community worker in Northern Ireland for almost 40 years, so I welcome the debate. I am acutely aware of the tremendous work that is done in countless countries across many lands and peoples, and that most-if not all-in your Lordships' House are involved in...

Police (Northern Ireland) Act 2000 (Renewal of Temporary Provisions) Order 2010: Motion to Approve (9 Mar 2010)

Baroness Blood: My Lords, year on year I have spoken on how wrong I believe this order to be. As someone who believes passionately in equality, I think that it flies in the face of all my beliefs. I am not making a sectarian point, but I believe that people should be judged on their merits, not on their religion. In this order on recruitment, 50 per cent have to be Catholic and the other 50 per cent are...

Northern Ireland — Statement (8 Feb 2010)

Baroness Blood: My Lords, I, too, thank the leader for bringing us this Statement, and place on record the thanks of the people of Northern Ireland to the two Prime Ministers who gave up their time freely to deal with our issues. It is a good day for Northern Ireland that we have agreement, even in a document. So from that point of view, Friday was good. However, confusion reigns in Northern Ireland....

Child Poverty Bill — Second Reading (Continued) (5 Jan 2010)

Baroness Blood: My Lords, I want to begin by welcoming this Bill and the fact that it includes all of the United Kingdom in its measures to monitor and address child poverty. Child poverty has been endemic in Northern Ireland for a very long time. Currently we have around 96,000 children living in poverty. We have higher rates of persistent unemployment and economic inactivity. Those children who are living...

Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Bill [HL]: Report (2nd Day) (1 Apr 2009)

Baroness Blood: My Lords, I apologise for intervening on Report. I should like to make two points in support of the noble Lord, Lord Glentoran. I have three nephews and a niece, whom we moved out during the Troubles. They were moved to Wales to live in an area where they could perhaps live a half-decent life. They come home—I repeat, home—once a month to Northern Ireland. I fear this provision being in...

Sexual Offences (Northern Ireland) Order 2008 (30 Jun 2008)

Baroness Blood: My Lords, I am grateful to the Minister for the opportunity to speak during this important debate on the draft Sexual Offences (Northern Ireland) Order 2008. It is a matter of most importance to the protection of children and adults in Northern Ireland. I want at the outset to declare an interest as the Northern Ireland chair of Barnardo's. The Minister has outlined many of the positives in...

Northern Ireland (9 May 2007)

Baroness Blood: My Lords, I, too, thank the Minister for the Statement. As has already been said, many people here today can be named for getting us to where we got yesterday. Good foundations were laid here, and I call to mind a host of people. People talk about the peace process in the 1990s, but I can remember communities coming together in the late 1980s. The noble Lord, Lord King, is quite right: people...

Police (Northern Ireland) Act 2000 (Renewal of Temporary Provisions) Order 2007 (27 Mar 2007)

Baroness Blood: My Lords, yesterday, 11 young potential leaders, Protestant and Catholic, from Northern Ireland, came to look round Westminster. When I had them on my own, they said that this kind of discrimination did not work. On one side, young Catholics were saying that they had friends who would like to apply to join the police but could not because it was oversubscribed, and on the other side were the...

Justice and Security (Northern Ireland) Bill (20 Feb 2007)

Baroness Blood: My Lords, I agree with the Minister that the changes in Northern Ireland over the past number of years have been enormous, and I am privileged to follow my noble friend Lord Trimble, who can take a lot of the credit for the changes we have seen. I want to make a number of points, particularly regarding the powers of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, as I believe that this Bill has...

Social Care (18 Jan 2007)

Baroness Blood: My Lords, I, too, thank the noble Earl, Lord Listowel, for securing this important and timely debate. I shall contribute by focusing on the kind of workforce we need to ensure that children and young people get the quality of service they both need and deserve. The recruitment, retention and motivation of skilled staff is key to the provision of quality services for children and young people....


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