Results 1–20 of 518 for speaker:Baroness Coussins

Protecting Civilians in Armed Conflict - Question (12 Oct 2020)

Baroness Coussins: My Lords, this policy paper is silent on the need for additional protection for civilian interpreters working in conflict zones. Although the Minister told the House as recently as June that the UK would pursue this issue with the UN Security Council, does he accept that the Geneva conventions are currently inadequate to protect civilian interpreters? Can he report on any progress to date...

Covid-19: Child Trafficking - Question (29 Sep 2020)

Baroness Coussins: My Lords, access to EU police databases and co-operation with multilingual officers has been crucial in helping to track and prevent transnational crime, such as child trafficking. What assessment has been made of how the pandemic could compound the impact of our leaving the EU on access to these resources and personnel?

Written Answers — Home Office: Asylum: Coronavirus (29 Sep 2020)

Baroness Coussins: To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide information and advice regarding COVID-19 in languages other than English and Welsh on their asylum support webpages

Written Answers — Home Office: Asylum: Coronavirus (29 Sep 2020)

Baroness Coussins: To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to enable compliance with the rules on a maximum of six people meeting socially by asylum seekers living in reception centres or hostels which have communal facilities.

Asylum System - Question (28 Sep 2020)

Baroness Coussins: My Lords, why is the Home Secretary not willing to use the discretion she has to revert to the rates of financial support for asylum seekers which were abandoned in 2008, when support was set at 70% of income support levels for adults and 100% for children?

Afghanistan: Locally Employed Civilians - Private Notice Question (22 Sep 2020)

Baroness Coussins: My Lords, I warmly welcome the decision to expand the scheme, especially for interpreters, without whom our Armed Forces could not have done their job. I know from the time I served on the LEC Assurance Committee that there is a genuine desire to get all this right. Will the Minister reconsider finding a way to include in the ex-gratia scheme those interpreters who felt so unsafe and...

Written Answers — Department for Education: GCSE: Assessments (21 Sep 2020)

Baroness Coussins: To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to encourage and support entrants to GCSE examinations in community languages for the 2020/2021 academic year.

Examinations: A-level and GCSE - Question (15 Sep 2020)

Baroness Coussins: My Lords, will the scrapping of the spoken element of foreign language GCSE exams in 2021 be temporary? If so, when does the Minister expect it to be reinstated? Has any impact assessment of this measure been made regarding the suitability of this exam for entry into sixth-form or university study, or in the eyes of employers?

Covid-19 Update - Statement (14 Sep 2020)

Baroness Coussins: My Lords, picking up on one of the points made by the noble Baroness, Lady Thornton, what arrangements have been made to enable compliance with the rule of six for asylum seekers living in reception centres or hostels that have communal facilities for eating, sleeping, washing, cooking and leisure time? This could be a national issue, not just in Hammersmith. Also, why is there no link on...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Immigration: Afghanistan (14 Sep 2020)

Baroness Coussins: To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) Afghan interpreters, and (2) family members of Afghan interpreters, have been cleared for relocation to the UK but are awaiting transfer; how long on average they have been waiting; and when they anticipate relocations to take place.

Trade Bill - Second Reading (8 Sep 2020)

Baroness Coussins: My Lords, I have two points. The first concerns the human rights clause in trade agreements. Our continuity agreements have kept the human rights clause from the FTAs we have been part of through the EU. However, when they are developed into full FTAs, will the Government go further than the EU’s vague and non-binding clause and add rigorous monitoring and annual review process with NGO...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Colombia: Armed Conflict (5 Aug 2020)

Baroness Coussins: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, following the merger of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department of International Development, they plan to fund projects to help combat sexual violence in Colombia on a longer-term basis than the annual funding cycle has permitted to date.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Colombia: Armed Conflict (5 Aug 2020)

Baroness Coussins: To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to include greater involvement of survivors of sexual violence in the programme design of funded projects in Colombia.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Department for International Development: Merger - Question (27 Jul 2020)

Baroness Coussins: My Lords, will the new FCDO provide funding for projects to combat sexual violence, particularly in Colombia, on a longer-term basis than the one year’s funding generally provided by the Foreign Office now, and with survivors more rigorously involved in programme design? Does the new department plan to host the PSVI conference in 2021, after its cancellation in April this year because of...

Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill - Second Reading (22 Jul 2020)

Baroness Coussins: My Lords, my concern is the negative impact of the end to freedom of movement and the subsequent points-based system on two discrete groups of people: teachers of modern foreign languages and public service translators and interpreters, especially in the NHS and the criminal justice system. I declare my interests as co-chair of the APPG on Modern Languages and vice-president of the Chartered...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Colombia: Armed Conflict (22 Jul 2020)

Baroness Coussins: To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made, or plan to make, to the government of Colombia about the prevention of sexual violence reportedly perpetrated by members of that country’s armed forces.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Colombia: Armed Conflict (22 Jul 2020)

Baroness Coussins: To ask Her Majesty's Government what support they are giving to the Special Jurisdiction for Peace in Colombia in respect of cases of sexual violence in conflict.

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: NHS: Interpreters (22 Jul 2020)

Baroness Coussins: To ask Her Majesty's Government who is responsible for providing personal protective equipment to public service interpreters working on a freelance basis in the NHS.

Employment: Young People - Question (20 Jul 2020)

Baroness Coussins: My Lords, we know that having foreign language skills makes school leavers more employable. Post Covid and post Brexit, this will be more so, and there is high demand in finance, telecoms, transport and tourism. Will the Minister include languages as a skills shortage in the national retraining scheme for technical education? Will she also promote effective liaison between the careers hubs...

Covid-19: Personal Protective Equipment - Question (16 Jul 2020)

Baroness Coussins: My Lords, when I asked the Minister on 24 June to ensure that interpreters in the NHS would not be forgotten when stockpiling PPE in case of a second wave, he very helpfully told the House that he would continue to press the department on this. So, I am mystified that I still have not had a reply to my simple question of 12 May, asking who is responsible for providing PPE for freelance NHS...


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