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Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill: Report (1st Day) (2 Feb 2015)

Baroness Hussein-Ece: On the point that the noble Baroness has just made, I was just thinking how difficult it must be to distinguish those who are genuinely going abroad for humanitarian reasons to support people in desperate need. We do not want to deter people who want to do that—it would be a sorry state of affairs if we thought that that they should not do that. Perhaps in the guidance for those who are...

Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill: Report (1st Day) (2 Feb 2015)

Baroness Hussein-Ece: My Lords, I support the amendment and wish to address the comment made by my noble friend previously. It is quite a serious matter for a family, who may have spent a great deal of money purchasing tickets and planning a holiday, to arrive at a port or an airport to leave and then to have their passports, or one family member’s passport, seized. It seems to me quite reasonable to provide...

Epilepsy: New Treatments — Question (2 Feb 2015)

Baroness Hussein-Ece: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the availability and accessibility of new epilepsy medications and treatments.

Epilepsy: New Treatments — Question (2 Feb 2015)

Baroness Hussein-Ece: I thank my noble friend for that response. However, is she aware that the report by the Neurological Alliance The Invisible Patients highlighted a lack of care, planning and commissioning for people with neurological conditions and that for those living with epilepsy in particular there seems to be a marginalisation and a heavy reliance on parents researching new treatments, care and diets?...

Epilepsy: New Treatments — Question (2 Feb 2015)

Baroness Hussein-Ece: My Lords, when I asked my supplementary question, I mentioned that there was a heavy reliance on the parents of children with this condition researching new treatments. I meant to declare that a member of my family has this terrible condition—intractable epilepsy—and I have seen at first hand how parents try very hard to look for alternatives. One is the ketogenic diet, which was not...

Palestine: Recognition — Motion to Take Note (29 Jan 2015)

Baroness Hussein-Ece: My Lords, I thank my noble friend Lord Steel for introducing this debate. The resolution overwhelmingly supported by MPs was very welcome. I believe that this issue is one of human rights and the rule of international law. We hear a lot about British values. Although these have not been entirely defined, we must surely all agree as British parliamentarians that the cornerstone of those values...

Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (28 Jan 2015)

Baroness Hussein-Ece: My Lords, first, I apologise to the Committee that I have not spoken before. However, I was present at Second Reading for the majority of the opening speeches, and I was present in the Chamber for much of the Committee stage on Monday, as I am today. I should like to speak briefly in support of the two amendments in the names of my noble friends, and I very much support what my noble friend...

Asylum Seekers: Women — Question (28 Jan 2015)

Baroness Hussein-Ece: My Lords, Women for Refugee Women’s recent report highlighted how women held in Yarl’s Wood detention centre were continually humiliated by male staff while they were dressing, showering and using the toilet. Given the ongoing reports of unacceptable treatment of women for some years in this establishment, is it not time to put a stop to women in these circumstances—female asylum...

Schools: Faith Schools and Free Schools — Question (28 Jan 2015)

Baroness Hussein-Ece: My Lords, given the concerns recently raised by some free faith schools which have cropped up in recent years, is it not time to have a bit of an evaluation of faith schools and their place in our society rather than rolling out even more?

Boko Haram — Question (27 Jan 2015)

Baroness Hussein-Ece: My Lords, does my noble friend agree that speaking out against the horrendous Boko Haram has nothing to do with religion? We speak out against it, whether we are Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu or whatever. It is an aberration that has nothing to do with any religion.

Wealth Inequality — Question (21 Jan 2015)

Baroness Hussein-Ece: My Lords, does my noble friend accept that the evidence of growing inequality in society reflects the stagnation in social mobility? British society is becoming more and more unequal and polarised, with fewer opportunities for young people, particularly those from deprived backgrounds, to progress in the 21st century than was the case in the previous century. What steps are the Government...

Terrorist Attack in Paris — Statement (14 Jan 2015)

Baroness Hussein-Ece: My Lords, my noble friend referred earlier to the fact that Muslims are partners and we very much need them to work and co-operate in order to root out these extremists in our society after the terrible events in Paris. However, does he agree with me that comments such as those made by Rupert Murdoch, who lays the blame firmly on the world’s Muslims and says that they “must be held...

Malala Yousafzai — Question (10 Dec 2014)

Baroness Hussein-Ece: My Lords, as has been mentioned around the Chamber, Malala has inspired many young people and young women around the world. She also expressed her concerns last year to President Obama. She said that, “drone attacks are fuelling terrorism. Innocent victims are killed in these acts, and they lead to resentment among the Pakistani people. If we refocus efforts on education it will make a big...

Syrian Refugees: Food Aid — Private Notice Question (2 Dec 2014)

Baroness Hussein-Ece: My Lords, my noble friend has explained the situation in terms of supporting the aid programme. However, I have just come back from a conference in Istanbul over the weekend and there was great resentment there about the number of refugees that they are looking after—some 1.5 million at a cost of £5 billion—and that is being compared to the contribution that some other European countries...

Humanist Marriage — Question (1 Dec 2014)

Baroness Hussein-Ece: My Lords, is it not the case that thousands of people now opt for humanist funerals? Is this not simply about extending that freedom of choice for people to have a humanist marriage, should they wish?

Mental Health Services — Question (26 Nov 2014)

Baroness Hussein-Ece: My Lords, my noble friend will be aware that early diagnosis in terms of getting support for children is very important, but very often these children are excluded from school—they end up in pupil referral units and are just generally not in school when they really need help. Is he satisfied that local authorities are doing what they can to make sure that these children who are excluded are...

Employment: Gender Equality — Question (26 Nov 2014)

Baroness Hussein-Ece: My Lords, does my noble friend agree that in closing the gender equality gap the Government should lead by example? Can she tell me how many government departments have signed up to the 30% Club—which, as she will know, is a group aiming to improve representation in the FTSE 100 companies at all levels for women? Also, has the number of women ambassadors and high commissioners gone up under...

Domestic Violence: Refuges — Question (25 Nov 2014)

Baroness Hussein-Ece: My Lords, is my noble friend the Minister satisfied that there is sufficient consistency of provision across local authorities and across regions? As has been pointed out, local authorities cannot send women back in those instances where they have suffered domestic violence and abuse. Is he satisfied that there is enough provision wherever they may go and whichever local authority then takes...

Asylum Seekers: Mental Health — Question (10 Nov 2014)

Baroness Hussein-Ece: My Lords, will my noble friend clarify what he said in reply to my noble friend Lord Roberts? I thought I heard him refer to people who are here illegally. However, the Question is about asylum seekers who are here perfectly legally, waiting for their case to be heard and a decision to be made, which, as he will know, sometimes takes years. In the mean time, they are not allowed to work. Will...

Mediterranean: Refugees and Migrants — Question (5 Nov 2014)

Baroness Hussein-Ece: My Lords, my noble friend the Minister mentioned the increase in refugees from, for example, countries such as Syria. In statements that I have seen, Ministers have said that we encourage those people to stay in their own country. The surrounding countries have taken millions and millions of refugees. Turkey took 250,000 Syrian refugees in one week, more than the EU has done in four years. Is...


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