Results 81–100 of 1011 for speaker:Baroness Butler-Sloss

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe - Commons Urgent Question (27 Oct 2021)

Baroness Butler-Sloss: My Lords, if it is true that the Government owe Iran some money, is it not possible to have some form of compromise and a discussion with government lawyers to see whether something can be paid to it? The detail of whether there should be interest and that sort of thing can go through the laborious process until next April. Give Iran some money and see whether it does any good.

Procedure and Privileges - Motion to Agree: Amendment to the Motion (25 Oct 2021)

Baroness Butler-Sloss: I want to make a short point. I do not personally feel “bounced”, but putting in this new system is in danger of being rushed. I walked through a Lobby coming here today and I am concerned about it not working properly, because we know that no technology is perfect. If no one checks on who is voting, the danger we may find is that some people lose their votes.

Domestic Abuse: Older People - Question (14 Jul 2021)

Baroness Butler-Sloss: I declare an interest as chair of the National Commission on Forced Marriage. I ask the Minister to look at ensuring that the strategy for older people includes the special needs of older victims of forced marriage.

Marriage and Religious Weddings - Question (28 Jun 2021)

Baroness Butler-Sloss: My Lords, I declare an interest as the chairman of the National Commission on Forced Marriage. I ask the Minister to bear in mind that any relaxing of the requirements of marriage might have the unintended consequence of not identifying a potential forced marriage.

Female Offender Strategy - Question (21 Jun 2021)

Baroness Butler-Sloss: Would it not be better for women addicted to drink or drugs who commit non-violent offences to go to a residential rehabilitation centre under a probation order, rather than to prison?

Queen’s Speech - Debate (5th Day) (18 May 2021)

Baroness Butler-Sloss: My Lords, I wish to move to issues of modern slavery. I declare an interest as co-chair of the All-Party Group on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery and as a vice-chair of the Human Trafficking Foundation. The Government are rightly proud of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, which is a splendid piece of legislation, but it urgently requires further implementation. The position that we hold as...

Cathedrals Measure - Motion to Direct (22 Apr 2021)

Baroness Butler-Sloss: My Lords, I was chairman of the first advisory council of St Paul’s. I thought it worked very well, and I worked very closely with the then dean. I was also the chairman of a visitation to Exeter Cathedral. As I have already said this evening, I am chair of the Ecclesiastical Committee. Members of the Ecclesiastical Committee had the opportunity, individually, to look at earlier drafts of...

Diocesan Boards of Education Measure - Motion to Direct (22 Apr 2021)

Baroness Butler-Sloss: My Lords, I am chair of the Ecclesiastical Committee. As the right reverend Prelate has said, this Measure came before our committee, and we considered it. It was extremely straightforward and, without any delay, we deemed it expedient.

Domestic Abuse Bill - Commons Reasons and Amendments: Motion E1 (as an amendment to Motion E) (21 Apr 2021)

Baroness Butler-Sloss: My Lords, I agree with the noble Baroness, Lady Meacher, and the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of London. It seems perfectly sensible that we should all wait until the report has come out. What worries me is what appears to be a lack of understanding by the Government. It is perfectly obvious that if a victim thinks that she—particularly she, but sometimes he—will be subject to...

Domestic Abuse Bill - Commons Reasons and Amendments: Motion C1 (as an amendment to Motion C) (21 Apr 2021)

Baroness Butler-Sloss: My Lords, this amendment is understandable but misconceived and I am relieved that it will not be put to a vote. I declare an interest as a former chairman of the Family Committee of the Judicial Studies Board, which was the forerunner of the Judicial College. I have recently been in touch with the Judicial College to find out what training there is at the moment and what is intended when the...

Domestic Abuse Bill - Commons Reasons and Amendments: Motion B1 (as an amendment to Motion B) (21 Apr 2021)

Baroness Butler-Sloss: My Lords, I support the noble Baronesses, Lady Finlay of Llandaff and Lady McIntosh of Pickering, particularly Lady McIntosh in what she has said about child contact centres and organisations offering child contact which are not accredited. It seems to me, as a matter of principle, that all contact centres and organisations involved in providing this crucial service should be accredited in...

Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill - Second Reading (16 Apr 2021)

Baroness Butler-Sloss: My Lords, I have owned dogs, cats, horses and, occasionally, sheep. Now, one small dog rules our life. It is an interesting fact that this country is passionate about animals, and animal charities get far more money than children’s charities do. However, the darkest element has been cogently described by the noble Lord, Lord Randall of Uxbridge. This is an excellent Bill, which has the...

Domestic Abuse Bill - Third Reading: Motion (24 Mar 2021)

Baroness Butler-Sloss: My Lords, I am delighted and honoured to make the concluding Cross-Bench speech at the Third Reading of this important—indeed, landmark—piece of legislation. I first thank, as so many others have, the three Ministers who have piloted the Bill through this House and the hard-working Bill team. They are so essential to the whole process. The Ministers have been most courteous and extremely...

Youth Justice System - Question (23 Mar 2021)

Baroness Butler-Sloss: My Lords, are the Government considering raising the age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 12? These 10 and 11 year-olds usually come from seriously dysfunctional backgrounds and need help in the care system rather than convictions or findings of guilt.

Domestic Abuse Bill - Report (4th Day) (17 Mar 2021)

Baroness Butler-Sloss: My Lords, I have had more emails asking me to support Amendment 87A than any other part of the Bill—I am sure that that is true for many other Members of this House. There is clearly not only great support for it across the country but a major concern about the impact on children of access to online pornography and its link with domestic abuse. As noble Lords know, pornography is easy to...

Domestic Abuse Bill - Report (3rd Day): Amendment 70 (15 Mar 2021)

Baroness Butler-Sloss: My Lords, it is always a pleasure to follow the noble Baroness, Lady Hamwee. I agree with everything she and the previous speakers, particularly the right reverend prelate Bishop of Gloucester, have said. These two amendments follow on from Amendment 67, and it really is time that the Government at last implemented the Istanbul convention without reservations, treated all victims of domestic...

Domestic Abuse Bill - Report (3rd Day): Amendment 67 (15 Mar 2021)

Baroness Butler-Sloss: My Lords, it is extremely unfair that someone who is a victim of domestic abuse and has sought help is twice victimised. It shows an astonishingly unfeeling and callous approach to these victims, entirely at odds with the understanding and caring approach of the Government, as shown in this otherwise excellent Bill. I wonder how they can allow the data of domestic abuse victims to be used in...

Domestic Abuse Bill - Report (2nd Day): Amendment 48 (10 Mar 2021)

Baroness Butler-Sloss: My Lords, this is such a sensible addition to Section 33 of the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015. It is excellent news that the Government have now accepted it. I was interested to hear the argument of the noble Baroness, Lady Fox, about whether threats of any sort should be criminalised. That may be an argument for another time, looking at other threats, but I have no doubt that threats...

Domestic Abuse Bill - Report (2nd Day): Amendment 42 (10 Mar 2021)

Baroness Butler-Sloss: My Lords, I entirely agree with the noble Baroness, Lady Fox. I recognise the good intentions of the amendment, but I am concerned that it is too rigid. As I know from my judicial experience, not all situations are black and white. As I said at some length on a previous occasion on Report, judges and magistrates will get specific training on the Domestic Abuse Act, but the effect of this...

Domestic Abuse Bill - Report (2nd Day): Amendment 23 (10 Mar 2021)

Baroness Butler-Sloss: I should have declared earlier an interest as chairman of the National Commission on Forced Marriage. I thank the Minister very much for listening and for what she said in response to the debate on an earlier amendment on forced marriage. I agree entirely with what the noble Baroness, Lady Finlay of Llandaff, said. I would just add that mental health issues should include people who are...


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