Results 341–360 of 508 for speaker:Baroness Benjamin

Immigration Bill — Committee (6th Day) (19 Mar 2014)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, I wish to speak to Amendment 81A, which is in my name along with that of my noble friend Lady Hamwee, whom I thank for her support in helping me to put it together. I also support what was said by the other three noble Lords who have already spoken. This is a probing amendment and the intention is to investigate how best support can be given to young people brought to this country...

Immigration Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (10 Mar 2014)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, I support Amendment 49, moved by the noble Lord, Lord Hannay, and I agree with everything that has been said so far in support of that amendment. I would like to highlight the views of the students’ guild at Exeter University, where I am chancellor and so I express an interest. The students’ guild has raised concerns on behalf of the international students at the university,...

Women: Contribution to Economic Life — Motion to Take Note (6 Mar 2014)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, I am proud to speak in this International Women’s Day debate. I thank my noble friend Lady Northover for securing it as it gives us an opportunity to highlight the topsy-turvy world of women. I also congratulate my noble friend Lord Palumbo on his excellent maiden speech. I am thrilled that he chose to make it today as we celebrate this important event. There has not been a better...

Immigration Bill — Committee (1st Day) (3 Mar 2014)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, I rise to speak to Amendment 80, to which I have put my name, as I believe we need to find a sensible way forward to deal with the international student figures. International students make up less than 1% of the UK population, yet their spending power supports £80 billion-worth of UK economic output. International students support over 830,000 UK jobs across the country, including...

Immigration Bill — Committee (1st Day) (3 Mar 2014)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, many noble Lords have mentioned training for immigration officers. What training do they have on understanding the medical conditions such as sickle cell disorder that those with African and Caribbean heritage may have, which can occur under stressful circumstances and may require immediate attention because they can lead to fatal strokes and even death?

Immigration Bill — Committee (1st Day) (3 Mar 2014)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, I always say that childhood lasts a lifetime, and all children need the best start in life. These amendments will give these children the best possible start and I congratulate the Government on putting them forward. I want to raise just one point on behalf of Barnardo’s—I speak as a vice-president of that organisation. I congratulate Barnardo’s on having made an important...

Immigration Bill — Second Reading (Continued) (10 Feb 2014)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, I speak in this important debate to focus on some of the issues concerning children and universities. I declare an interest as the vice-president of Barnardo’s and as the chancellor of the University of Exeter, where we continue to encourage high-quality applications for science and engineering programmes from a diversity of countries, in line with supporting the UK’s economic...

Children and Families Bill — Report (5th Day) (29 Jan 2014)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, I ask noble Lords to consider the following points as we debate these amendments. More than 800 children visit their doctors every day due to the serious effect of second-hand smoke exposure, according to research published by the Royal College of Physicians. The survey also highlights that 65% of parents who smoke admit to doing so in the car with their children and other...

Children: Racist and Islamophobic Bullying — Question (29 Jan 2014)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, I was a victim of racial abuse so I personally know the distress and trauma it can cause. Some children react very violently when they are racially abused at school and find themselves excluded, which is even more traumatic—they have long-term complications and implications because of it. Can my noble friend tell the House what sort of counselling and support victims of racial...

Children and Families Bill — Report (4th Day) (28 Jan 2014)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, I thank my noble friend the Minister from the bottom of my heart for inserting these new clauses in the Bill, as they are a positive move forward. They will not only improve child protection but also provide equal opportunities for children across the country through primary legislation, and enable them to take part in all aspects of the new media environment they now live in. They...

Children and Families Bill — Report (4th Day) (28 Jan 2014)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, I support this amendment. It has the best interest of the child at its heart and is targeted to raise awareness among those in our communities who may not realise the psychological, mental and traumatic long-term damage that they are inflicting upon the child. This issue was brought to my attention many years ago and sadly it continues today. I dearly hope that the Government will...

Children and Families Bill — Report (4th Day) (28 Jan 2014)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, I support the amendment tabled by the noble Baroness, Lady Howe, and I congratulate her on doing so because there are grave concerns about the damage being caused to children's mental, physical and moral well-being. Some children as young as six have been affected because of the inappropriate online adult material that they have been exposed to. Websites such as those containing...

Children and Families Bill — Report (4th Day) (28 Jan 2014)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, I, too, support the amendment in the name of the noble Baroness, Lady Massey. Whenever I go into schools to speak to young people under the PSHE banner, I am amazed at how many are affected by being told that they are worthy and at how their confidence is boosted. Some are never told that they are loved unconditionally and that they can achieve. They have no parental guidance. PSHE...

Children: Online Safety — Question (28 Jan 2014)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, it is inevitable that some online sites will be unintentionally blocked because of filtering, but that is easily rectified. Does my noble friend agree that protecting and safeguarding children from social, physical and moral harm far overrides the argument of those who say that filtering threatens their rights and freedoms?

Broadcasting: Digital Radio — Question (22 Jan 2014)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords—

Broadcasting: Digital Radio — Question (22 Jan 2014)

Baroness Benjamin: Thank you, my Lords. Businesswise, it would be good to know when local radio coverage on DAB will finally be rolled out across the whole country. In the mean time, as we head into a truly digital era where any radio station in the world can be heard on a mobile phone, surely historic and prescriptive regulations—such as how much music versus speech a radio station should contain—have...

Children and Families Bill — Report (1st Day) (9 Dec 2013)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, first, I thank the Minister for listening to concerns raised in Grand Committee and for the many meetings with all interested parties over the past few weeks to find ways to move forward in dealing with adoption issues. With regard to Clause 2, I acknowledge the Government’s argument for removing the requirement in primary legislation to have particular regard to, “religious...

Online Safety Bill [HL] — Second Reading (6 Dec 2013)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, I, too, would like first to pay tribute to the iconic Nelson Mandela, who loved children and understood the value of childhood. Had he been a Member of this House, I believe that he would have supported this Bill. I strongly support the noble Baroness, Lady Howe, who is another icon, and I congratulate her on her hard work, commitment and persistence with this Bill —which, as she...

Prisons: Prisoners with Children — Question (20 Nov 2013)

Baroness Benjamin: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to record whether or not an individual remanded in custody, or sentenced to prison, has any children.

Prisons: Prisoners with Children — Question (20 Nov 2013)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, I beg leave to ask the Question standing in my name on the Order Paper and I declare an interest as a vice-president of Barnardo’s.


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