Results 61–80 of 333 for speaker:Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne

Women: Equality and Advancement — Question for Short Debate (22 Jul 2014)

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne: I thank the noble Baroness, Lady Hodgson of Abinger, for her stirring and powerful speech on the UN Commission on the Status of Women and work arising therefrom. I am pleased and reassured today to learn of Her Majesty’s Government’s new determination to tackle the double trauma of female genital mutilation and of forced, underage marriage for girls. The Birmingham Trojan horse report,...

Assisted Dying Bill [HL]: Second Reading (18 Jul 2014)

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne: My Lords, I offer three short stories to illustrate the false thinking behind this mistaken Bill. The first takes place in a dark private room in a famous nursing home. I am the visitor beside the bed of a very sick, motionless and almost speechless friend. In comes a doctor who, during a brief two-minute patient record check, comments loudly that this patient would be better off dead. Five...

Iraq — Motion to Take Note (25 Jun 2014)

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne: My Lords, as chairman of the AMAR International Charitable Foundation, the executive chairman of the Iraq Britain Business Council and the Prime Minister’s trade envoy to Iraq, I have an enormous vested interest in the country, as noted in the register of Members’ interests, and in the most recent terrible incidents in the region. I visit the country very regularly, and I have a deep...

Iraq: Mosul — Question (17 Jun 2014)

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne: Is the Minister aware that the road between Mosul and Baghdad is fully occupied—fully controlled—by al-Qaeda and ISIS forces? Is she also aware that Abu Ghraib, which is only five kilometres from Baghdad airport, is also occupied by AQ and ISIS, and that all the KRG border is now controlled by the Peshmerga, who are, in some instances, only a few metres away from ISIS and AQ forces? With...

Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict, and Iraq — Statement (16 Jun 2014)

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne: I congratulate the Minister, the Foreign Secretary and the Government on last week’s superb conference, which I had the honour to attend and speak in. However, does the Minister not agree that it throws up a curious anomaly, which should be addressed—and I believe she would wish to address it—between the principled stand of the United Kingdom and that of the European Union on rape as a...

Girls’ Education Challenge — Question (20 Jan 2014)

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne: My Lords, is the noble Baroness aware that in Afghanistan girls are not allowed to know their father—their basic heritage? Given that deliberate depth of ignorance in the female sex in Afghanistan, and since the UK will have no locus following our withdrawal, how does the noble Baroness feel that we can influence such a tragic and miserable situation through educational means?

Middle East Peace Settlement — Question for Short Debate (14 Jan 2014)

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne: I add my voice to the praise and thanks to the noble Lord, Lord Soley, for giving us the opportunity today to debate his Question for Short Debate on what role the European Union is playing in the wider Middle East peace settlement. I suggest to the noble Lord that the European Union herself is in fact a centre of peace and stability in a turbulent Middle East and north Africa neighbourhood,...

Health: End of Life — Motion to Take Note (12 Dec 2013)

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne: My Lords, I serve as a Member of this Chamber in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. It is in that context that I wish to draw noble Lords’ attention to the Council of Europe’s banning of euthanasia on 25 January 2012. As your Lordships of course know, Britain was one of the founder members of the Council of Europe and, in May 1990, we assisted through the treaty of...

Iran and Syria — Question (5 Dec 2013)

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne: Following on from the Minister’s helpful answer, could Her Majesty’s Government cease supporting with quite such pressure the fractured, and in some ways poisonous, opposition in Syria? Could they ask Iran, with its concessions already in the bag, to be at Geneva II with a guaranteed seat and a proper invitation?

Overseas Aid: GDP Target — Question (25 Jul 2013)

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne: My Lords, I welcome the Minister’s robust response. Nonetheless, it is how the money is spent, rather than the amount of money, that actually tackles poverty effectively. With that in mind, how does her department intend to respond to the continuing challenges posed to it by the further report of the Select Committee on International Development in another place, published this morning, on...

Queen’s Speech — Debate (5th Day) (15 May 2013)

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne: My Lords, following three decades of conflict and international sanctions, Iraq’s economy is set to become one of the fastest growing in the world over the next 10 years. Its GDP growth for 2013 is forecast for around 14%, largely fuelled by a rapidly developing hydrocarbons sector that already generates around $8 billion a month in oil revenues. On the back of this sizeable wealth stream,...

Millennium Development Goals — Motion to Take Note (22 Nov 2012)

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne: My Lords, I thank the Minister very much indeed for his full and detailed response. In this nation, with our wide, rich and varied experience and tremendously diverse but inclusive population, we have the most profound interest in the life and futures of the world. I mention the point made by the noble Baroness, Lady Royall of Blaisdon, about the legislation which is now in front of the...

Millennium Development Goals — Motion to Take Note (22 Nov 2012)

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne: My Lords, I was delighted when I learnt that I had been successful in the ballot for today's debate. It is a pleasure to see that my noble friend Lord Ahmad will respond for the Government today, and I am sure he will continue his excellent start on the Front Bench with his new portfolio. I tabled this Motion after receiving in March and April of this year two very disappointing answers to my...

International Development — Question (6 Nov 2012)

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne: Following the Minister's most helpful answers and given that not one of the conflict-ridden and sensitive countries has reached a single millennium goal, will the Government consider recommending to the United Nations that for those countries the single millennium goals in place now be retained rather than put something more complex in place which they would never reach?

Written Answers — House of Lords: Afghanistan (5 Nov 2012)

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne: To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Northover on 18 October (WA 475-6), what was the size of the sample survey and where it was conducted within Helmand.

Written Answers — House of Lords: NHS: Personnel (5 Nov 2012)

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne: To ask Her Majesty's Government what powers the Secretary of State for Health and the Department for Health have in appointing personnel monitoring, administering and running hospitals, trusts and other such bodies; when and where those powers have been used in the past 10 years; and under what guidelines, criteria and security checks appointed personnel have been selected. To ask Her...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Overseas Aid (5 Nov 2012)

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne: To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Baroness Northover on 24 September (WA 273-4) and on 18 October (WA 482), what was the meaning of the word "elections" in brackets in the earlier Answer, if the Department for International Development's spending on democracy is not solely on elections.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Government Departments: Staff (31 Oct 2012)

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne: To ask Her Majesty's Government how many personnel who are not currently employed within the civil service have been appointed by them to government-supported or affiliated bodies such as advisory groups, or are currently advising them in an official or unofficial capacity; under what selection criteria they were chosen; whether background security checks were undertaken on those personnel...

Written Answers — House of Lords: NHS: Unsuitable Providers (31 Oct 2012)

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne: To ask Her Majesty's Government how many NHS trusts are currently under consideration for inclusion in the NHS Unsustainable Provider Regime.


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