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Parliamentary Buildings (Restoration and Renewal) Bill - Committee (Continued): Amendment 4 (22 Jul 2019)

Baroness Stowell of Beeston: My Lords, I certainly agree with the noble and learned Lord, Lord Wallace of Tankerness, that we are trustees, or custodians, of this Palace of Westminster, which ultimately belongs to the public that we exist to serve. Clearly, we need to ensure that, through this programme of works, the Palace that belongs to the public and the people who occupy it are in a position to serve the public...

Parliamentary Buildings (Restoration and Renewal) Bill - Committee: Amendment 2 (22 Jul 2019)

Baroness Stowell of Beeston: My Lords, there is another amendment in this group in my name, but I am afraid it is nothing to do with the Holocaust memorial, so forgive me for changing the topic. It is about co-ordination of major programmes and projects. At Second Reading I raised the need for clarity on responsibility and accountability for all the major programmes of work ongoing at the Palace. As we know, we currently...

Parliamentary Buildings (Restoration and Renewal) Bill - Second Reading (8 Jul 2019)

Baroness Stowell of Beeston: My Lords, it has been a real pleasure to listen to so many expert and well-informed contributions to this debate. Coming at the end of the Back-Bench contributions, there is not much that I can add to what has already been said, but I shall try to make mine a meaningful contribution none the less. It is three years since the Joint Committee on the Palace of Westminster published its report....

Post-18 Education and Funding Review - Motion to Take Note (2 Jul 2019)

Baroness Stowell of Beeston: My Lords, it is always a privilege to speak in your Lordships’ House but noble Lords might wonder why I am spending my birthday waiting to speak in tonight’s debate. I should perhaps declare that I received a technical education and studied at a further education college, so I could not let the opportunity pass to influence what happens as a result of the Augar review. I am of course...

Privileges and Conduct - Motion to Agree (30 Apr 2019)

Baroness Stowell of Beeston: The reason why organisations pass responsibility in such circumstances to another body is because they have themselves failed to meet the expectations people rightly have of them. I am arguing that it may be that what some noble Lords have argued for in the context of the specifics of sexual misconduct, bullying and harassment is what should happen. Irrespective of that, it does not remove...

Privileges and Conduct - Motion to Agree (30 Apr 2019)

Baroness Stowell of Beeston: My Lords, I welcome the report. I see it as an important step forward. It is right that a new committee is established and I support that committee including lay members. Whether or not there should be more lay or independent members in due course is a topic for further consideration. I am not sure I support those noble Lords who have argued for complete independence for the disciplinary...

Privileges and Conduct - Motion to Agree (30 Apr 2019)

Baroness Stowell of Beeston: It would certainly be for the committee to consider how to approach this, but I make the point to the noble Viscount and the House more generally that the reason for not having a disrepute clause or the power to act if the conduct of one of us outside this House is so serious that for them to continue as a Member would bring the whole House into disrepute should not be because we have not...

Citizenship and Civic Engagement (Select Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (19 Nov 2018)

Baroness Stowell of Beeston: My Lords, it is a great privilege to contribute to this debate. I refer noble Lords to my entry in the register and my position as chair of the Charity Commission, but I emphasise that I am speaking in a personal capacity. Indeed, many of the themes and topics that this committee looked into are ones in which I have long had an interest. I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Hodgson, and the...

Palace of Westminster: Restoration and Renewal - Motion to Approve (6 Feb 2018)

Baroness Stowell of Beeston: My Lords, it is a great privilege to follow the noble and learned Lord, and it was a great privilege to be co-chairman of the Joint Committee. Because of that, naturally I am pleased that last week the House of Commons accepted our recommendations. I should like to use my time today to provide for your Lordships a little information on how we arrived at our recommendations, and in doing so to...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Public Sector: Disclosure of Information (6 Feb 2018)

Baroness Stowell of Beeston: To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Keen of Elie on 22 January (HL Deb, col 832) on non-disclosure agreements and gagging orders, what they are doing to satisfy themselves that, in the public sector, taxpayers and licence-fee payers are not paying, through the use of settlement agreements, for wrong doing or management failures to be covered up when it is in the...

Littering From Vehicles Outside London (Keepers: Civil Penalties) Regulations 2018 - Motion to Approve (1 Feb 2018)

Baroness Stowell of Beeston: My Lords, I will make a brief contribution to this debate. I welcome these regulations, which tackle an important matter. However, I will use this opportunity to say something a bit more broadly about the topic of litter. While it is important that regulations are available to local authorities to go after people who commit these offences—doing things that are so unacceptable to us—it is...

Non-Disclosure Provisions - Question (22 Jan 2018)

Baroness Stowell of Beeston: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to review the legality of non-disclosure provisions in settlement agreements.

Non-Disclosure Provisions - Question (22 Jan 2018)

Baroness Stowell of Beeston: My Lords, I am grateful to my noble and learned friend for his commitment to look at this complex area of the law. Although he is right that there are protections for certain kinds of disclosure, we still hear about powerful individuals and institutions using non-disclosure agreements—or “gagging orders”—to cover up wrongdoing or serious management failure. I have two questions for my...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Pedicabs: Greater London (22 Jan 2018)

Baroness Stowell of Beeston: To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 14 September 2017 (HL1408) about the steps they intend to take to regulate rickshaws and pedicabs in London, whether they have completed considering the options for regulation.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Public Transport: Antisocial Behaviour (22 Jan 2018)

Baroness Stowell of Beeston: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the steps taken by public transport operators to meet their legal duty to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour on vehicles and at stations and stops, and, in particular, of the display of notices against anti-social behaviour such as litter, putting feet on seats, and the consumption of food and drink.

Written Answers — Home Office: Antisocial Behaviour: Public Transport (15 Jan 2018)

Baroness Stowell of Beeston: To ask Her Majesty's Government how many public transport operators have (1) applied, and (2) been granted, powers by the police to tackle anti-social behaviour since 2012.

Written Answers — Home Office: Litter (15 Jan 2018)

Baroness Stowell of Beeston: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made any assessment of the use and effectiveness of Community Protection Notices in reducing litter around restaurants and shops.

BBC: Unfair Pay - Statement (9 Jan 2018)

Baroness Stowell of Beeston: My Lords, I very much support the stance that the women at the BBC are taking in demanding equal pay. I support also the fact that they have made it clear that they are not seeking pay increases, and are raising awareness of and concerns about high pay for some of the top presenters. Has my noble friend had the opportunity to reflect on the allegation in Carrie Gracie’s public letter at the...

House of Lords: Lord Speaker’s Committee Report - Motion to Take Note (19 Dec 2017)

Baroness Stowell of Beeston: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Burns, and all members of his committee on the work that they have done in grappling with this difficult issue. They have produced a good report which makes a series of compelling recommendations in addressing the symptoms of the size of your Lordships’ House, which I broadly support. However, I want us to be tough not just on the size of the...


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