Results 101–120 of 1011 for speaker:Baroness Butler-Sloss

Domestic Abuse Bill - Report (2nd Day): Amendment 17 (10 Mar 2021)

Baroness Butler-Sloss: My Lords, I will speak to Amendments 31 and 85. I underline that domestic abuse services, which I very much support, should include victims being forced into marriage. I particularly have in mind the special needs of those being forced into marriage who are under the age of 18. I know that the Minister is well aware of the points that I am making. I am sorry to keep pressing them, but I want...

Domestic Abuse Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 15 (8 Mar 2021)

Baroness Butler-Sloss: My Lords, I think I must be the only person who is opposing Amendment 44. I was president of the Family Division and was previously chairman of the family committee of the predecessor of the Judicial College. I do not accept all the criticisms of the noble Baroness, Lady Helic, and other noble Lords, but I realise that I have not sat as a judge for many years. I was sad to hear the criticisms...

Domestic Abuse Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 10 (8 Mar 2021)

Baroness Butler-Sloss: My Lords, I agree with these amendments and in particular with what the noble Lord, Lord Rooker, has just said. However, I want to concentrate on Amendment 68, and I declare an interest as the chairman of the National Commission on Forced Marriage. I am not asking for comments on forced marriage to be put into the Bill on Report, but I want to see it in the statutory guidance. When looking at...

Domestic Abuse Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 2 (8 Mar 2021)

Baroness Butler-Sloss: Although I have the deepest sympathy for those who have suffered this unjust behaviour from the other spousal partner, I do not believe that the amendment, for all its good intentions, should be part of the Bill or should be set in primary legislation. It is telling the judges to do what they do already and will not change the situations on the ground. I do not believe the moral or...

Domestic Abuse Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 2 (8 Mar 2021)

Baroness Butler-Sloss: My Lords, I understand and sympathise with those who have been the victims of a spouse or partner who has turned the children of their family against them—of course it takes place. It is an intensely sad situation, deeply unfair to the children as well as to the victim parent. As a family judge, I tried a number of such cases, and I have to tell noble Lords that I very nearly wept in court...

Data Protection Act 2018: Children - Question (4 Mar 2021)

Baroness Butler-Sloss: My Lords, as a family judge, I regularly talked to children, some of them very young, about what they wanted to happen to them at the end of the proceedings. May I urge the Minister really and seriously to listen to children—because they very often have something extremely valuable to say?

Domestic Abuse Bill - Committee (6th Day): Amendment 173 (10 Feb 2021)

Baroness Butler-Sloss: My Lords, I strongly agree with the Minister that domestic abuse should be gender neutral. I particularly support the noble Baroness, Lady Featherstone, in what she said about Amendment 186. But I ask the Minister to take into account in the proposed strategy that some gay men suffer from serious coercive control from family members trying to force them into a forced marriage.

Domestic Abuse Bill - Committee (6th Day): Amendment 165 (10 Feb 2021)

Baroness Butler-Sloss: My Lords, I declare my interest, as set out in the register, as chair of the National Commission on Forced Marriage. I ask the Minister that any guidance on training that is given to local authorities has added to it that some women may be victims of forced marriage and may therefore need some specialist support.

Domestic Abuse Bill - Committee (5th Day): Amendment 149 (8 Feb 2021)

Baroness Butler-Sloss: My Lords, I support Amendments 149 and 157. I am very well aware of the time and shall keep this short. Victims of domestic abuse who escape the perpetrator need protection in circumstances already set out so well by other speakers—and not exclusively, I have to say, in situations of economic abuse. However, to look at economic abuse, as a family judge financial dispute cases post-divorce...

Domestic Abuse Bill - Committee (5th Day): Amendment 148 (8 Feb 2021)

Baroness Butler-Sloss: My Lords, I refer to my interests on the register. I have put my name to Amendments 148 and 160, and I support Amendment 151, to which I would have liked to add my name. I agree with what has already been said, and I do not propose to go through it again. I would, however, like to mention the powerful speech from the right reverend Prelate, with which I strongly agree. I have a concern for...

Domestic Abuse Bill - Committee (4th Day): Amendment 131 (3 Feb 2021)

Baroness Butler-Sloss: My Lords, I strongly support as much training as possibly can be given to everyone who works in any way in the family courts, but I strongly oppose the proposal that this provision should be in primary legislation. This is a matter for the Ministry of Justice; in relation to judges and magistrates in particular, it should be a matter for the Judicial College. I am interested to see that...

Domestic Abuse Bill - Committee (4th Day): Amendment 130A (to Amendment 130) (3 Feb 2021)

Baroness Butler-Sloss: My Lords, I view this amendment, which is in two parts, with some concern. To a very large extent, I share the views of the noble Lord, Lord Marks of Henley-on-Thames, and those of the noble Lord, Lord Randall of Uxbridge. When I was President of the Family Division—and throughout the 35 years I was a family judge—I heard a great many cases which had some element of domestic abuse. I do...

Domestic Abuse Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 101 (1 Feb 2021)

Baroness Butler-Sloss: My Lords, I am very happy to have put my name to this amendment. I support entirely what the noble Baroness, Lady Burt of Solihull, has just said, so I will not weary the House at this time by repeating any of it. Local welfare provision schemes are vital to the ability of the Domestic Abuse Bill to offer what is needed in local authority areas, particularly in emergency situations, but also...

Domestic Abuse Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 89 (1 Feb 2021)

Baroness Butler-Sloss: My Lords, this is a very good Bill, as I said earlier, and it is excellent to include the references to local authorities. However, good Bills require to be improved, and consequently I support Amendments 93, 95, 100, 102 and 106. I remind the Government how important it is to include victims of forced marriage and modern slavery in specialist services strategy guidance for local authorities,...

Domestic Abuse Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 64 (1 Feb 2021)

Baroness Butler-Sloss: My Lords, I support Amendment 68. This is really a very short point; it is a question of flexibility. There may be circumstances where a protection order has been issued, but by the time it comes to a senior officer, circumstances have changed and it would be far better not to have it go forward. It would be wise, as the noble Baroness, Lady Hamwee, said—I realise that this is a probing...

Domestic Abuse Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 55 (1 Feb 2021)

Baroness Butler-Sloss: My Lords, I refer to my interests on the register. I support Amendments 55, 56 and 154. My main concerns relate to victims of modern slavery and of forced marriage who are from overseas. Some victims of modern slavery suffer from domestic abuse and may not go through the NRM. If they do not, their immigrant status will be not just uncertain but probably not acceptable. It may not be safe for...

Domestic Abuse Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 6 (25 Jan 2021)

Baroness Butler-Sloss: I thank everybody who has played a part in this quite long debate. I have learned a great deal from what so many people have said. Because it has taken nearly two hours, I propose—much to my regret, but perhaps to the pleasure of everyone else in the Committee—not to reply to any of the points that have been made, save two. I also thank the Minister, although I am disappointed, but not...

Domestic Abuse Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 6 (25 Jan 2021)

Baroness Butler-Sloss: My Lords, I will speak to Amendments 6, 8, 9 and 14, in my name, and support Amendment 10, in the name of the noble Lord, Lord Randall of Uxbridge. Having listened with great interest to what the noble Baroness, Lady Altmann, and others said in the previous group of amendments, I make the point that what I will talk about affects a lot of people from a considerable number of communities....

Domestic Abuse Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 2 (25 Jan 2021)

Baroness Butler-Sloss: My Lords, first, I want to apologise for my intervention on Amendment 1, which was quite inappropriate. I stupidly misunderstood, and I apologise. I support Amendments 2 and 4. False allegations, of the severity of which the noble Baroness, Lady Meyer, has spoken, are abusive to the other parent, who is the victim—and, of course, they have extremely adverse effects on the children. As a...

Domestic Abuse Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 1 (25 Jan 2021)

Baroness Butler-Sloss: My Lords, I refer to my interests as listed in the register. I listened with great interest to the noble Baroness’s explanation of this first amendment. I bring to the House a different situation that in my view is covered by the amendment, but which the noble Baroness has not put forward. Like many of the groups I am involved with, I am very opposed to marriage under the age of 18. There...


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