Results 1–20 of 151 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 Doocey

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

Baroness Doocey: My Lords, I add my thanks to the noble Baroness the Leader of the House for her hard work and sheer determination in getting this Motion on the Order Paper today. I also express, on behalf of the Finance Committee, our delight and, frankly, relief at the outcome of the votes in the Commons last week. Our committee reviewed in detail the evidence about the most effective way to proceed with...

Brexit: Tourism - Question (20 Nov 2017)

Baroness Doocey: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact that the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union Open Skies Agreement would have on the United Kingdom’s tourism industry.

Brexit: Tourism - Question (20 Nov 2017)

Baroness Doocey: My Lords, the airport operators’ association, ABTA, and all the major United States airlines have said it is essential to have new deals in place by spring of next year. Given the speed of the Brexit negotiations, that is perhaps a bit optimistic, so what are the Government doing to mitigate the devastating impact that any disruption or interruption to flights is likely to have on...

Police: Funding - Question (26 Oct 2017)

Baroness Doocey: My Lords, the HMIC report published this week found that police forces are having difficulty finding the resources to investigate human trafficking and modern slavery. That goes against everything that was promised in this House during the passage of the Modern Slavery Act. Will the Government commit to providing the additional funding, specifically to allow police forces thoroughly to...

Mental Health Units: Police Response - Question (23 Nov 2016)

Baroness Doocey: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to review the use of force by police officers when responding to emergency calls from mental health units.

Mental Health Units: Police Response - Question (23 Nov 2016)

Baroness Doocey: I thank the Minister for that response. However, she will know that a recent Independent Police Complaints Commission report stated that people suffering from a mental illness are four times more likely to die after police use of force against them than other individuals. Will the Government look at the possibility that better training for police officers in how to deal with people suffering...

House of Lords: Domestic Committees - Motion to Take Note (9 May 2016)

Baroness Doocey: My Lords, I was very pleased to serve on the Leader’s Group on Governance. It is a great tribute to the superb chairing skills of the noble Baroness, Lady Shephard, that any observer attending our meetings would never have realised that all the members sitting round the table were from different political persuasions because we operated very much as a close-knit team all rowing in the...

Banks: Fraud - Question (5 May 2016)

Baroness Doocey: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to tackle banking fraud, including internet and telephone scams.

Banks: Fraud - Question (5 May 2016)

Baroness Doocey: My Lords, a report published by Which? yesterday showed that one in three victims of banking fraud have to wait four weeks for the banks to take action. If banks were forced to compensate customers when their security systems fail, perhaps they would take this problem a bit more seriously. Can the Minister say whether the Joint Fraud Taskforce will take this crucial principle as its guide?

Personal Independence Payment: Mobility Criterion - Motion to Resolve (4 May 2016)

Baroness Doocey: My Lords, my noble friend Lady Thomas of Winchester has been a tireless advocate for disabled people, using her skills, knowledge and empathy to try to influence government’s attitude to disabled people, their independence and their well-being. However, the 20-metre rule has little to do either with well-being or independence; it is a crude measure to save money. Once again, the...

Modern Slavery Act 2015 - Question (13 Apr 2016)

Baroness Doocey: What steps are the Government taking to eradicate modern slavery from supply chains, following the recent report by the British Medical Association which uncovered evidence of endemic abuses of labour rights in the medical gloves sector, which is within the Government’s own supply chain?

Immigration Bill — Report (2nd Day) (15 Mar 2016)

Baroness Doocey: My Lords, first, I thank all noble Lords who have spoken on this amendment. Much as I admire and respect the Minister, I certainly do not think that he has moved very far, let alone come some way. However, perhaps I could deal with the various bits in the amendments. On Amendment 79, I am very disappointed that the Government are unable or unwilling to introduce a system whereby some migrants...

Immigration Bill — Report (2nd Day) (15 Mar 2016)

Baroness Doocey: My Lords, I will also speak to Amendment 80 in my name. Amendment 79 provides for health surcharges levied on non-European Economic Area migrants to be payable in instalments. The annual £200 charge for every adult and child came into effect last April and is payable upfront for the whole period of a visa whenever one is renewed. Since leave to remain, if granted, is normally for two and...

Motability — Question (7 Mar 2016)

Baroness Doocey: My Lords, are the Government confident that the four reliability criteria are being clearly explained to claimants by all health professionals in view of the high success rate of PIP appeals?

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (3 Mar 2016)

Baroness Doocey: My Lords, I shall speak to Amendment 42 in my name, which would exempt councils that wish to regenerate estates from the duty to provide starter homes. If councils are forced to put starter homes ahead of replacing council homes when they regenerate estates, resources will be sucked away from replacing council units and existing tenants will be priced out. This would put at risk the Prime...

Immigration Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (1 Feb 2016)

Baroness Doocey: I thank all noble Lords who have spoken to this amendment. I really feel saddened that the Government will not even consider something as basic as allowing people to pay a health charge by instalments—certainly that is the message that is coming through loud and clear. We have heard excuses about an IT system that does not work—when has any government IT system ever worked for...

Immigration Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (1 Feb 2016)

Baroness Doocey: My Lords, Amendments 176 and 177 seek to address two key issues affecting migrants not covered in the Bill. Amendment 176 deals with the immigration health surcharge, which came into effect last April. This requires migrants from non-European economic areas to pay an upfront health charge of £200 a year for each member of the family, including children, when they apply to have a visa...

Housing and Planning Bill: Second Reading (26 Jan 2016)

Baroness Doocey: My Lords, the Bill seeks to accelerate housing growth via home ownership solutions. The emphasis on stimulating the supply side of housing is to be welcomed, but the Bill does little to tackle the crisis in social housing provision, and will almost certainly have some unintended adverse consequences on both provision and community cohesion. On high-value sales, I see absolutely nothing wrong...

Welfare Reform and Work Bill: Report (1st Day) (25 Jan 2016)

Baroness Doocey: My Lords, I, too, support this amendment. As the noble Baroness, Lady Campbell, has said, in Committee, the Minister said that the amendment is not necessary because a report on progress will be included in the annual report on full employment. However, my concern is that although the Government are very good at proposing big ideas and related targets, they seldom back them up with clear and...

Welfare Reform and Work Bill — Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (14 Dec 2015)

Baroness Doocey: My Lords, I rise to support Amendment 67 in the name of the noble Baroness, Lady Campbell of Surbiton, and in particular to support the right of disabled people to access employment. As the noble Baroness has just said, it is quite shameful that almost half the working age population of disabled people is without a job. The Bill includes little detail on how the Government plan to halve the...

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