Results 281–300 of 507 for speaker:Baroness Benjamin

Schools: Health and Well-being — Question (15 Jun 2015)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, to help tackle the UK’s child obesity epidemic, we must have a national nutrition strategy, starting with school meals and the teaching of nutrition in all schools. This is the finding in the latest report of the All-Party Group on a Fit and Healthy Childhood, which is published today. To give children that long-term vitality, will the Government adopt a universal...

Public Service Broadcasting — Question (15 Jun 2015)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, investment in children’s public service content is dwindling. A crisis is looming because the main broadcasters are now showing just two hours of new children’s programmes, down from 12 hours, and most of that is shown on the BBC. Given the threat to the BBC’s budget and licence fee, will the Minister encourage Ofcom to report on this issue in its next PSB review and encourage...

Queen’s Speech — Debate (5th Day) (3 Jun 2015)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, there is a fundamental belief that every child deserves the best chances in life. It is such an easy belief to hold, but it can be a very difficult one to convert into reality. However, difficult though it is, this is a task the Government must try to undertake. The Government must ensure that the most vulnerable children are not left behind. First, the Government need to address...

Pensions: British Pensioners Overseas — Question (11 Mar 2015)

Baroness Benjamin: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they are giving to uprating fully or partly the state pensions of British pensioners currently living overseas whose pensions are frozen.

Pensions: British Pensioners Overseas — Question (11 Mar 2015)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, I thank my noble friend for that Answer, but it is unbelievable that British pensioners who have paid in their full contribution do not receive their full pension when they retire to many parts of the world, including to the Commonwealth. If full uprating is thought to be costly and a liability for back-payment claims, will the Government adopt the solution of partial uprating of...

Jimmy Savile: NHS Investigations — Statement (26 Feb 2015)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords—

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: State Retirement Pensions: British Nationals Abroad (23 Feb 2015)

Baroness Benjamin: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact on families of their policy to freeze rather than uprate the state pensions of those living abroad.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: State Retirement Pensions: British Nationals Abroad (23 Feb 2015)

Baroness Benjamin: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to alleviate loneliness among British pensioners who would prefer to migrate to join their younger families overseas but who are reluctant to do so as a result of the prospect of the freezing of their state pension.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: State Retirement Pensions: British Nationals Abroad (10 Feb 2015)

Baroness Benjamin: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to uprating the state pension of retired British citizens who have made full National Insurance contributions in the United Kingdom but who now live abroad.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: State Retirement Pensions: British Nationals Abroad (10 Feb 2015)

Baroness Benjamin: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have assessed the policy of freezing the state pension of retired individuals who live abroad in certain Commonwealth countries against the 2013 Commonwealth Charter commitments to fairness and non-discrimination; and with what result.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: State Retirement Pensions: British Nationals Abroad (10 Feb 2015)

Baroness Benjamin: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of their policy to freeze rather than uprate the state pensions of those living abroad in countries without bilateral social security agreements on British pensioners living in the United Kingdom who might otherwise choose to move overseas.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: State Retirement Pensions: British Nationals Abroad (10 Feb 2015)

Baroness Benjamin: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that all recipients of United Kingdom state pensions resident in Caribbean countries are treated on a fair and equal basis.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: State Retirement Pensions: British Nationals Abroad (10 Feb 2015)

Baroness Benjamin: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of (1) the number of British pensioners overall, and (2) the proportion of those from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities, who would be more likely to emigrate if the practice of freezing pensions for those who live overseas was ended.

Deregulation Bill — Report (2nd Day) (5 Feb 2015)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, I, too, support the amendment of the noble Baroness, Lady Howe. I declare an interest as a presenter of some of the BBC’s iconic children’s programmes and an independent television producer. I agree with what many noble Lords have said in support of the amendment. However, I want to talk about the potential impact on the BBC’s children’s programming if the noble Baroness’s...

Independent Panel Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse — Statement (4 Feb 2015)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, in the 1960s, the 1970s and up to date, many children from BAME backgrounds were placed in care and were sexually abused—that is a known fact—and many have gone on to suffer greatly with mental illness and have never spoken about it. They need to do that with someone whom they can identify with culturally. What representation will there be on the panel with whom those older...

Pregnancy: Discrimination at Work — Question (2 Feb 2015)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, some mothers make a conscious decision to give up their successful careers to bring up their young children during the early stages of child development, which is so important. But often they find it difficult to re-enter the workplace and pick up where they left off. Can my noble friend say what the Government are doing to encourage more employers to make sufficient provision—and...

Armed Forces: Family Life — Question (19 Jan 2015)

Baroness Benjamin: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures are in place to ensure that servicemen and women are given the opportunity and support to spend sufficient time with their children and families.

Armed Forces: Family Life — Question (19 Jan 2015)

Baroness Benjamin: I thank my noble friend for that Answer. The charity Give Us Time is working hard to help service men and women reconnect and engage with their families after a tour of duty. Yet they are coming up against hurdles and inequalities; for example, leave time does not always coincide with school holidays and a soldier was fined £500 for taking his children on holiday during the school term. I...


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