Results 1–20 of 1500 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Baroness Stowell of Beeston

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...

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...

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...

Data Protection Bill [HL] - Committee (6th Day) (22 Nov 2017)

Baroness Stowell of Beeston: My Lords, I rise in support of Amendment 172C, which refers to Clause 164(3)(c). I have no interest to declare but it might be helpful if I remind your Lordships that, prior to joining this House, I worked at the BBC for the best part of 10 years. For the majority of my time there, I worked in the area of governance and regulation, advising three successive chairmen. I just want to make a...

Unpaid Work Experience (Prohibition) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (27 Oct 2017)

Baroness Stowell of Beeston: I wonder if I might assist my noble friend. One of the things I find quite helpful, from what he said in his remarks, is knowing that the Government are still considering how they will respond to Matthew Taylor’s report. I did not realise that until my noble friend said so. We have clearly had a very good debate, with some strong and forceful arguments. I would have thought quite a few of...

Unpaid Work Experience (Prohibition) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (27 Oct 2017)

Baroness Stowell of Beeston: My Lords, I refer your Lordships to my entry in the register of interests. I am a board member of Impellam Group, a staffing and recruitment company. First, I congratulate my noble friend Lord Holmes, not just on introducing the Bill but on the way in which he began the debate. He made a very powerful speech. A few months ago, I went to see a young theatre production at the Almeida, called...

Intergenerational Fairness in Government Policy - Motion to Take Note (26 Oct 2017)

Baroness Stowell of Beeston: My Lords, it is great honour to follow the noble Baroness, Lady Greengross, who is a leading authority on so many of the topics encompassed by this debate led by the noble Baroness, Lady Smith of Newnham. It interests me that the two groups in society who feel very unhappy at the moment and who want things to change are highly educated young people and less well-educated older people. Clearly...

Future of Work - Motion to Take Note (12 Oct 2017)

Baroness Stowell of Beeston: My Lords, I am grateful for the opportunity to speak briefly in the gap. I was very impressed by the opening speech from the noble Lord, Lord Knight, and the debate that he has called, and felt moved to speak briefly at the end to make a couple of points. It always strikes me that those of us who come up with solutions to complex problems are often accused of being the people who do not have...

Financial Guidance and Claims Bill [HL] - Committee (4th Day) (13 Sep 2017)

Baroness Stowell of Beeston: My Lords, I am sorry that I was not in the Chamber earlier to hear my noble friend Lord Hunt of Wirral make his contributions on earlier amendments on a similar theme. I should declare that I have recently become a member of the board of ABTA. I know that the explosion of claims for holiday sickness has been mentioned already, and I am grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Sharkey, and my noble...

Financial Inclusion: New Technology - Question for Short Debate (6 Jul 2017)

Baroness Stowell of Beeston: My Lords, I am also grateful for the indulgence of the House to allow me to speak briefly in the gap. I congratulate my noble friend Lord Holmes not just on securing the debate today but on the interest that he has taken in this topic. I am an interloper today—I was in the Chamber and decided to stay to hear what my noble friend wanted to raise. I want to be a little more basic even than my...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (6th Day) (29 Jun 2017)

Baroness Stowell of Beeston: My Lords, it is always a privilege to speak in your Lordships’ House. Today, I want to discuss one of the big social divides exposed by Brexit and all the other major political events of the past year. That is in education. In the EU referendum, the difference between the way in which graduates voted and non-graduates voted was stark, with nearly two-thirds of postgraduates and four in five...


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