Results 301–320 of 508 for speaker:Baroness Benjamin

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...

Children’s Privacy — Question (6 Jan 2015)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, society’s clear moral duty is to protect all children. Section 8 of the Ofcom Broadcasting Code does so and is very specific about the privacy and protection of children. All broadcasters apply these rules responsibly. What can be done to ensure that similar rules which refer more specifically to this type of photography are included in the print media code of practice and adhered...

Higher Education: Financial Sustainability — Question (15 Dec 2014)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, we need to bridge the social mobility gap. As the report states, universities will have to face huge cuts in the future. How will the Government ensure that spending on widening access to higher education is not the first place where savings will be found? I declare an interest as the chancellor of the University of Exeter.

Criminal Justice and Courts Bill — Commons Reasons and Amendments (9 Dec 2014)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, I would briefly like to speak on Motion A1, which would ensure that girls and younger children are kept out of secure colleges as we know them. We know them to be tough, intimidating and challenging places. The children’s charity, the NSPCC, believes it would be unsafe, inappropriate and potentially damaging to hold girls and under-15s in such institutions, especially as they...

Autumn Statement — Statement (3 Dec 2014)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, I congratulate the Government on at last recognising the benefits in giving tax credits to children’s television productions, on which the Liberal Democrats, Pact and the Children’s Media Foundation have campaigned for many years. This is great news, as the industry has been in decline. When will the tax credit come into force? I declare an interest as a children’s television...

Consumer Rights Bill — Report (3rd Day) (26 Nov 2014)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, I have put my name to Amendment 50D because I am concerned about the easy accessibility of adult material to children online. It is that simple. Recently, a parent contacted me to inform me about their eight year-old son who was, quite innocently, led into accessing many pornographic images, unknown to them. They have now activated a block which bars such material, but, like so many...

Consumer Rights Bill — Report (3rd Day) (26 Nov 2014)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, I rise very briefly to support the amendment, as in the past I have spoken in support of this issue in the House. I am also supportive of the Children’s Society “The Debt Trap” campaign, which seeks to protect children from payday loan adverts by banning payday loan advertising before the 9 pm watershed. As we have heard, Children’s Society research reveals that too many...

Commonwealth: Young Entrepreneurs — Question (24 Nov 2014)

Baroness Benjamin: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to encourage links with young entrepreneurs in the Caribbean and across the Commonwealth.

Commonwealth: Young Entrepreneurs — Question (24 Nov 2014)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, I beg leave to ask the Question standing in my name on the Order Paper and, in so doing, I declare an interest as a vice-president of the Royal Commonwealth Society.

Commonwealth: Young Entrepreneurs — Question (24 Nov 2014)

Baroness Benjamin: I thank my noble friend for that encouraging Answer. As part of her Diamond Jubilee, Her Majesty created the Queen’s Young Leaders Award. Part of that programme is to discover, develop and nurture young entrepreneurs across the Commonwealth, which is wonderful. However, more opportunities are needed for young entrepreneurs, especially in the Caribbean. What are the Government doing to...

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child: Digital Impact — Motion to Take Note (20 Nov 2014)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Baroness on securing this important debate, as it coincides with the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. She persuaded me to speak in her debate and it is an honour to do so. I also look forward with great interest to hearing the maiden speech of my noble friend Lady Shields and welcome her to the House. After 25...

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child: Digital Impact — Motion to Take Note (20 Nov 2014)

Baroness Benjamin: Yes, I know—I could go on for ever about this subject. I should never have been asked to speak. I finish by saying that we have opened a Pandora’s box. I know we are in uncharted waters. The global and domestic challenge for us is to join together and lead the fight for children’s rights. If the UK is to fulfil its UNCRC obligation to children by creating, as Article 4 says, an...

Serious Crime Bill [HL]: Third Reading (5 Nov 2014)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, I rise to speak in support of the amendment in the name of the noble Lord, Lord Harris. As we have heard, the amendment is supported by the NSPCC, with which I have had several discussions. The NSPCC believes that the amendment is wholly necessary because it specifically proposes that a new offence be brought in so that it is always illegal for an adult intentionally to send a...

Child Abuse: Police Investigations — Question (29 Oct 2014)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, can my noble friend the Minister tell the House what support is given to children who have been abused?

Serious Crime Bill [HL] — Report (2nd Day) (28 Oct 2014)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, as we have already heard, the NSPCC supports the amendment and, as it always hold children’s best interests at heart, it is good that we are debating why it does so. For children and young people, the internet is an exciting extension of their offline world, a source of information and communication and a way to expand their social lives and networks. However, along with the great...

Serious Crime Bill [HL] — Report (2nd Day) (28 Oct 2014)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, the NSPCC asked me to speak to this amendment because it believes that it will be beneficial to many young girls. I am pleased that this is being discussed. As this House recognises continually, FGM is child abuse and we should do all we can to tackle this cruel and painful practice. It is important that legislation is clear on this, but we have to be realistic on FGM that the law...

Serious Crime Bill [HL] — Report (2nd Day) (28 Oct 2014)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, I congratulate my noble friend Lady Walmsley on highlighting and pursuing this issue. I also welcome the Government’s common-sense approach as we move forward, as my noble friend said. It will make a difference to children’s futures, and their future mental and physical well-being. I know that it will make a difference because just last week I gave one of my many talks to more...

Troubled Families Programme — Question (27 Oct 2014)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, every day before we went to school, my beloved mother used to say, “Education is your passport to life. You go to school and learn, learn, learn”. Sadly, not many parents, especially those with troubled families, motivate their children in this way, even though research has shown that reading with your child for just 10 minutes a day can have an enormous effect on their...

Children: Obesity — Question (20 Oct 2014)

Baroness Benjamin: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to develop a co-ordinated cross-departmental strategy to address childhood obesity in order to ensure the health and wellbeing of children.


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