Results 241–260 of 507 for speaker:Baroness Benjamin

BBC Charter White Paper - Statement (11 May 2016)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, what consideration have the Government given to contestable funding for UK children’s commercial programming? Will it be done by top-slicing BBC budgets or will new money be found for UK productions?

Young People: Mentoring - Question (25 Apr 2016)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, charities such as Barnardo’s—I declare an interest as a vice-president—work with troubled teenagers and know that mentors, through support and guidance, can transform the life chances of children in care and children who have been abused. Can the Minister indicate how the new mentoring programme will complement other support for the most vulnerable, including access to...

BBC Charter Review (Communications Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (21 Apr 2016)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Best, for being a wonderful chairman and I thank my fellow committee members for the stimulating experience of putting this report together. I speak as a proud member of the committee looking into the future of one of our most valued treasures, the BBC, and I declare an interest as per the register. I want to concentrate on children’s programming and...

Safeguarding Children: British Overseas Territories - Question (13 Apr 2016)

Baroness Benjamin: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress is being made to safeguard children in the British Overseas Territories.

Safeguarding Children: British Overseas Territories - Question (13 Apr 2016)

Baroness Benjamin: I thank the noble Baroness for that Answer. However, we all know that the British Overseas Territories are not the only places where child sex abuse is happening. When I visited some of those territories recently, I found that they are in denial that this abuse is happening; it is a taboo subject. Children are suffering in silence. How are the Government not only encouraging and supporting...

BBC Charter — Question for Short Debate (10 Mar 2016)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, there are urgent calls for government action on the issue of investment in children’s content, that the BBC should commit 8% of the network original content spend to this and that it should not fall below £100 million per year over the next charter period, but there is strong opposition to a contestable fund for children’s content and to top-slicing of the licence fee to...

Pensions: British Citizens Overseas — Question (24 Feb 2016)

Baroness Benjamin: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the frozen pensions policy on the choices of people who would like to move abroad or stay overseas during their retirement years.

Pensions: British Citizens Overseas — Question (24 Feb 2016)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, I thank the Minister for that Answer. Last November, the right honourable Oliver Letwin met with an international consortium of British pensioners and the chair of the All-Party Group on Frozen British Pensions and he committed that the Government would examine the case for partial uprating by commissioning cross-departmental research into the likely costs and savings—which was...

Written Answers — Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Arts: Children (10 Feb 2016)

Baroness Benjamin: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the percentage of spending by Arts Council England that goes to supporting children's participation in the arts.

Written Answers — Department of Health: Sugar (26 Jan 2016)

Baroness Benjamin: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 13 January in response to the oral question from Lord Clinton-Davis on what plans they have to impose a sugar tax on fizzy drinks, whether they will consider introducing a mandatory sugar reduction target on all firms in the food and drinks industry because of the high hidden sugar levels in many everyday foods.

Prison Reform — Motion to Take Note (21 Jan 2016)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, I, too, congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Fowler, on securing this important debate and on his excellent opening speech. I welcome the Justice Secretary’s desire to introduce much-needed prison reforms because, as has been said repeatedly during this debate, far too many young men and women are ending up in prison for a variety of reasons, such as mixing with the wrong company,...

Children: Obesity — Question (12 Jan 2016)

Baroness Benjamin: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that children, especially girls, grow up fit and healthy, in the light of the recent report on the dangers of obesity in women in adult life.

Children: Obesity — Question (12 Jan 2016)

Baroness Benjamin: I thank the Minister for that Answer. As he said, childhood obesity has become the biggest public health challenge in the UK, with nearly a third of our 10 year-olds overweight. High sugar consumption means tooth decay and is the most common cause of hospital admissions among five to nine year-olds. Half of seven year-olds have less than an hour of daily exercise, and we all know that obesity...

Online Safety Bill [HL] — Committee (11 Dec 2015)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, I warmly welcome these amendments, which will help to strengthen further this very important Bill. I agree with the Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee’s suggestion that there is a need to provide a better definition of the designated body in Clause 10. The solution from the noble and learned Lord, Lord Mackay, addresses the problem admirably, through Amendments 8 to...

Online Safety Bill [HL] — Committee (11 Dec 2015)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, I agree with much of what has been said so far, especially by the noble Baroness, but while we are trying to find solutions let us remember that childhood lasts a lifetime. What children see will stay with them for ever. As I said earlier, I visited Rye Hill prison in Rugby, and many of the prisoners told me about what they saw when they were children. We need to move forward as...

Online Safety Bill [HL] — Committee (11 Dec 2015)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, I am very grateful to all noble Lords who have participated in this debate. I am happy to hear the Minister’s passion for and commitment to this issue. I look forward to seeing what the Government put forward for the future because, as we have all said, we have to protect our children. I recently visited Rye Hill prison in Rugby where there are more than 680 sex offenders. I spoke...

Online Safety Bill [HL] — Committee (11 Dec 2015)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, this is a probing amendment and I very much look forward to hearing what the Minister says in response. Following the net neutrality vote in Brussels, it would seem that if the filtering arrangements negotiated by the Prime Minister—I congratulate him on them—are to continue, the Government must bring forward legislation to make them a reality by April. I very much hope that the...


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