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Schools: Gardening - Question (24 Apr 2017)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, I beg leave to ask the Question standing in my name on the Order Paper. In doing so, I declare an interest as RHS ambassador.

Schools: Gardening - Question (24 Apr 2017)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, I thank the Minister for that Answer. Numerous reports have shown that children as young as four suffer from depression and anxiety. Research proves that gardening is not only therapeutic for them but gives them a sense of continuity, responsibility and an understanding of food production. It can help them with subjects across the curriculum, and even with a career in horticulture....

Digital Economy Bill - Report (3rd Day) (Continued) (29 Mar 2017)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, I support Amendment 33ZLA, which would require Ofcom to report on internet filtering. I, too, thank the noble Baroness, Lady Howe, for persistently raising this issue in the House, and I welcomed the Government’s proposal at Second Reading to bring forward an amendment on filtering. As we have already heard, last week the Communications Select Committee, on which I sit, published...

Digital Economy Bill - Report (3rd Day) (29 Mar 2017)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, it is moments such as this that demonstrate the importance of this House, with everyone working together for the good of the nation, in this case especially our children. I thank the Minister for her support for the amendment, and all noble Lords who have taken part in this debate—especially the noble Baroness, Lady Howe, who I greatly admire—and previous debates. In...

Digital Economy Bill - Report (3rd Day) (29 Mar 2017)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, I declare an interest as per the register as I rise to speak to my Amendment 33ZZA, which is also in the names of the noble Lords, Lord Ashton and Lord Collins of Highbury, and my noble friend Lady Bonham-Carter. This is an amendment to secure and protect the future of quality children’s television. It is a safeguarding measure for years to come, which makes me so happy, as it is...

Digital Economy Bill - Report (2nd Day) (20 Mar 2017)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, I am very pleased to hear the Minister say that the remit of the IWF is to be extended and that soon it will be able to remove these images wherever in the world we see child abuse images stored. At present the IWF can take down only UK-stored images. Every day that passes sees the increasing abuse of innocent children because of these images. When can we expect to see the IWF given...

Commonwealth - Motion to Take Note (16 Mar 2017)

Baroness Benjamin: Just for clarification, the Minister said that there was no change in the Government’s policy on uprating. Will that apply also to EU-resident British pensioners? If it is going to be changed for one group, it is not fair to the other.

Commonwealth - Motion to Take Note (16 Mar 2017)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, I declare an interest as a vice-president of the Royal Commonwealth Society, and I thank the noble Baroness, Lady Anelay, for securing this important debate. I am a great admirer of her work at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and I appreciate her personal commitment to strengthening the Commonwealth, which is very close to my heart. That commitment will surely only gain in...

International Women’s Day - Motion to Take Note (9 Mar 2017)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, I too thank the noble Baroness, Lady Shields, for securing this debate, and I would like to concentrate on a subject that I know she has worked hard on—the harmful effects of pornography on young girls and women, not just in the UK but across the world. This country is leading the fight on safeguarding, and other countries are watching what we do to combat this invasion of every...

Digital Economy Bill - Committee (4th Day) (Continued) (8 Feb 2017)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his response. I also thank all noble Lords who have supported this amendment, or partly supported it. I am especially grateful to my noble friend Lady Bonham-Carter and the noble Baroness, Lady Jones, for putting their names to the amendment and supporting it so strongly. However, I am rather disappointed with the line the Minister has taken, as this is an...

Digital Economy Bill - Committee (4th Day) (Continued) (8 Feb 2017)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, I will speak to my Amendment 229, which aims to move children’s content on public service broadcasting from tier 3 back to tier 2. The amendment is also in the names of my noble friend Lady Bonham-Carter and the noble Baroness, Lady Jones. I declare an interest as per the register. My amendment seeks to underline the fact that we are at a pivotal point in the future of the...

Digital Economy Bill - Committee (4th Day) (8 Feb 2017)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, this amendment is of crucial importance because, unlike the age verification provisions that we have considered in Part 3, which provide protection for children only from 18-rated pornographic material, the filtering provisions engaged by this amendment help to protect adult content in the round, including gambling, violence, self-harm and so on. We should be in no doubt about the...

Digital Economy Bill - Committee (4th Day) (8 Feb 2017)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, I support this amendment. I too am concerned that it is becoming more and more difficult to find BBC programmes on new, connected televisions, particularly, as we have heard, programmes for children. On one new platform, it takes 22 clicks on the remote to get to the home screen of CBBC. Parents know that BBC content for children is both high quality and educational but, worryingly,...

Digital Economy Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) (2 Feb 2017)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, I support the amendment and congratulate the noble Earl on all the hard work he has done. Six months ago I told him to get on with it, and he certainly has. We had a presentation, and I was so impressed by the progress that has been made in this area. Congratulations, and I thank him very much for all that he and his colleagues are doing to make sure that our children are safe, and...

Digital Economy Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) (2 Feb 2017)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, I was very grateful to the Minister, Matt Hancock, and to the noble Lord, Lord Ashton, who met concerned parliamentarians to discuss the Government’s thinking about how to move forward on this issue. I look forward to seeing the wording around what will and will not be prohibited in order to ensure that the protections that apply offline also apply online. I believe that we need...

Digital Economy Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) (2 Feb 2017)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, I wish to speak on my two amendments in this group. Amendment 63 relates to the guidance that the age verification regulator may issue under Clause 22(7). It would make publishing this guidance mandatory rather than discretionary. It has been noted by the Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee that the regulator has extensive powers to issue guidance under Part 3—that...

Digital Economy Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (2 Feb 2017)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, first, I thank the Minister for his opening remarks at the beginning of this debate. I was pleased to hear that the Government are in listening mode as we work our way carefully through this Bill. When we speak about the crucial subject of the enforcement of the age verification provision, it is vital to remember that we are talking about how we ensure that children and young...

Education: Newly Qualified Teachers - Question (30 Jan 2017)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, Ofsted has required an unsustainable level of personalised feedback from teachers to students. Although this guidance has been retracted, it is still common practice in many schools. An excessive workload, including data tasks, is damaging the well-being of teachers. What consideration of teachers’ welfare is measured by Ofsted during inspections?


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