Results 1–20 of 2674 for speaker:Baroness Verma

Inequalities - Motion to Take Note (13 Jun 2019)

Baroness Verma: My Lords, I start by thanking the noble Lord, Lord Dubs, for securing this incredibly important debate. As he and other noble Lords have said, this issue is incredibly complex. Inequalities come in all shapes and sizes. I want to focus on something that brought this issue home to me. During the recent mayoral elections in Leicester, I came across a large part of my city’s population that...

Inequalities - Motion to Take Note (13 Jun 2019)

Baroness Verma: If you are a citizen of this country, you should have access to learning English. If you do not come into this country with English skills, you should be able to access them. I am deeply worried that cultural discrimination already exists in some communities; I put my south Asian community at the forefront of this issue. We reinforce it by not enabling people to break out; they do not know...

Brexit: The Customs Challenge (European Union Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (1 Apr 2019)

Baroness Verma: My Lords, I am extremely grateful to the Minister for his—as usual—very polite and considered response. The debate has been excellent, highlighting once again the complexities facing us as a nation. As the Minister said, it is time for us to reflect in a much more considered manner on how we approach this debate. I will quickly give my own thoughts. Colleagues on the committee—the noble...

Brexit: The Customs Challenge (European Union Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (1 Apr 2019)

Baroness Verma: My Lords, I am grateful for the opportunity to debate the EU Committee’s report, Brexit: The Customs Challenge, this afternoon. As chair of the EU External Affairs Sub-Committee, I extend my thanks to the members of the committee for their important contribution to this report, to Members speaking today, and to everyone who provided written and oral evidence to the committee. I also thank...

Agreement Establishing an Economic Partnership Agreement between the Eastern and Southern Africa States and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - Motion to Resolve (13 Mar 2019)

Baroness Verma: My Lords, I rise as a member of the European Union Select Committee, which has reported on these agreements, and as chair of the External Affairs Sub-Committee, which considered the Chile and eastern and southern Africa states agreements. The committee’s 31st report is tagged alongside the three Motions. I thank the noble Lord, Lord Purvis, for recognising the hard work that the Select...

Amritsar Massacre: Centenary - Question for Short Debate (19 Feb 2019)

Baroness Verma: Will my noble friend give way?

Amritsar Massacre: Centenary - Question for Short Debate (19 Feb 2019)

Baroness Verma: My Lords, for such a critical period in India’s history, this short debate cannot give true justice to the thousands of lives that were lost, injured and impacted on, on that tragic day, 13 April 1919, at Jallianwala Bagh, Amritsar, India. On the instructions of Sir Michael Francis O’Dwyer, the Lieutenant Governor of Punjab, General Dyer ordered troops to fire on men, women and children...

Brexit: Health and Social Care Workforce - Question (13 Dec 2018)

Baroness Verma: My Lords, we all value the increased living wage—I speak as a provider of social care, and my interests are listed in the register. Will the Government ring fence the extra funding that they rightly put into social care, so that local authorities have to pass it on to providers? Providers have increased costs, and we cannot pass the money on to our care workers because we simply cannot...

Brexit: Preparations and Negotiations - Motion to Take Note (23 Jul 2018)

Baroness Verma: My Lords, I start by agreeing with most noble Lords who have said that we have a White Paper and need to be constructive about it and help the Prime Minister to get some order back into our Parliament. I want to speak on the concerns of small and medium-sized businesses and the supply chain with regard to customs issues. The trusted trader scheme is often floated by noble Lords, but we have...

The NHS - Motion to Take Note (5 Jul 2018)

Baroness Verma: My Lords, I am delighted to speak in this debate celebrating the 70th anniversary of the National Health Service. I join all noble Lords in congratulating the noble Lord, Lord Darzi, on opening the debate. The NHS is proudly the envy of the world but, with the increase in population and the discovery of new illnesses and diseases over time, we need a fresh way of looking at how it will...

Operation Sophia: A Failed Mission (EUC Report) - Motion to Take Note (13 Jun 2018)

Baroness Verma: My Lords, I thank all noble Lords for their contributions. The Minister was right: it has been an extremely well-informed and well-tempered debate. My noble friend has not managed to answer a number of questions; if she reads through Hansard, I am sure that she will find them and then put them in writing and put copies in the Library for us to read. We have all recognised the importance of...

Operation Sophia: A Failed Mission (EUC Report) - Motion to Take Note (13 Jun 2018)

Baroness Verma: My Lords, I am very pleased that we have the opportunity to debate the EU External Affairs Sub-Committee report Operation Sophia: A Failed Mission this afternoon. Today’s debate is very timely given the recent news reports we are again witnessing in the media. Operation Sophia is the EU’s naval mission in the Mediterranean. Its aim is to disrupt the business model of human smuggling as...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Report (6th Day) (8 May 2018)

Baroness Verma: My Lords, I will also speak to Amendment 112. I have followed this debate closely in your Lordships’ House and the other place. This is the first time that I have spoken in this debate, and to find myself opposing the Government is a decision that I have not taken lightly. But, as other noble Lords have said, this is an argument based not on ideology but on the pragmatic reality of what...

Brexit: Sanctions Policy (European Union Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (3 May 2018)

Baroness Verma: My Lords, I thank all noble Lords for their very thoughtful and measured contributions. There was a common theme from across the House. I think we were expecting the response from the Minister that we got. While I appreciate that he tried very hard to respond to our questions, I was not really satisfied. I feel that we are still where we were—waiting for a response from the Government to...

Brexit: Sanctions Policy (European Union Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (3 May 2018)

Baroness Verma: My Lords, I am grateful for the opportunity to debate the report Brexit: Sanctions Policy this afternoon—actually, it is still morning. In the run-up to the referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU, foreign policy issues were rarely discussed, but working in partnership with our European neighbours on foreign and security policy is of vital importance to the UK’s national interest....


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