Results 1–20 of 306 for speaker:Baroness Berridge

Commonwealth - Motion to Take Note (16 Mar 2017)

Baroness Berridge: I raised a specific point about Commonwealth apprenticeships. It is really important that we have this as government policy. If my noble friend could agree to investigate this and write to me, that would be very helpful.

Commonwealth - Motion to Take Note (16 Mar 2017)

Baroness Berridge: My Lords, I, too, join with noble friends to thank my noble friend Lady Anelay for this debate. The Commonwealth is a 21st century, ahead of the curve multilateral, as its modus operandi is network. Over the last few years, we have heard of networking lunches, networking the room and of course virtual networks, so I join my noble friends Lord Howell and Lord Goodlad in assessing this as part...

Brexit: Commonwealth, Trade and Migration - Question (13 Mar 2017)

Baroness Berridge: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of future trade and migration from and to Commonwealth countries after the United Kingdom leaves the European Union.

Brexit: Commonwealth, Trade and Migration - Question (13 Mar 2017)

Baroness Berridge: I thank my noble friend the Minister for his Answer. Within the trade that was outlined, there are many British citizens of Commonwealth heritage who run businesses that trade incredibly effectively with those countries of heritage. Many want to see renewed opportunities for migration between the United Kingdom and those Commonwealth countries as free movement within the EU comes to an end....

Bilateral Trade: Sri Lanka - Question (28 Feb 2017)

Baroness Berridge: My Lords, I am sure that my noble friend the Minister will draw to the attention of fellow Commonwealth Trade Ministers the recent research which revealed that it is about 19% cheaper to trade within Commonwealth countries. But, as the noble Baroness, Lady Symons, outlined, could we please have an assurance that human rights will also be raised at the meeting? If not, we face the same...

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Religious Hatred: Christianity (21 Feb 2017)

Baroness Berridge: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the case for a Christian hate crimes unit, additional to the Jewish and Muslim hate crimes units in the Department for Communities and Local Government.

Lay Magistrates - Question (20 Feb 2017)

Baroness Berridge: Statistics from the Ministry of Justice show that 10% of magistrates are from a black and minority ethnic background, but can my noble and learned friend the Minister outline whether there is a specific recruitment drive that also addresses the need for young people from those communities? When black and minority ethnic young people come before a youth justice panel, it is very important that...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Central African Republic: Politics and Government (1 Feb 2017)

Baroness Berridge: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the current security situation in the Central African Republic.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Central African Republic: Armed Conflict (1 Feb 2017)

Baroness Berridge: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of reports of a new armed militia group, 3R, operating in Cameroon and the Central African Republic border region; and of the capacity of that group, the weapons they possess, the impact on the distribution of aid in that region, and whether they control any territory in that border region.

Recent Changes to US Immigration Policy - Statement (30 Jan 2017)

Baroness Berridge: My Lords, the devil is often in the detail, so I would be grateful if the Minister clarified that, although British residents are eligible to apply for visas to travel to the United States, the Printed Paper Office copy of the Statement outlines that they could face additional screening at US airports. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s own website still states that dual nationals...

Brexit: UK International Relations - Motion to Take Note (26 Jan 2017)

Baroness Berridge: My Lords, part of the answer to the questions of post-Brexit international relations and UK engagement with the UN raised in these Motions was stated by the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs. He said that the Commonwealth is, “yet another forum in which Britain—our country—is able to express our values, to get things done and to get things...

Burma: Rohingya - Question for Short Debate (12 Jan 2017)

Baroness Berridge: My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Baroness for securing this debate, which, due to the events she outlined from late last year in Rakhine state, is very timely. No one underestimates the progress that has been made in Myanmar and the challenges that lie ahead, especially as the military finds its proper constitutional place. Change will not come overnight for Myanmar, but there should be...

Mental Health and NHS Performance Update - Statement (9 Jan 2017)

Baroness Berridge: My Lords, I welcome my noble friend to his new role and welcome particularly his comments on the parity in practice, as well as in law, of mental and physical health. I welcome the Government’s commitment of money and the Green Paper on young people’s mental health. Can my noble friend please comment on whether there will be a focus on the disparities of outcomes that persist for...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Diplomatic Service: Ethnic Groups (23 Dec 2016)

Baroness Berridge: To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many resident heads of mission from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office are from a black or minority ethnic background.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Diplomatic Service: Ethnic Groups (23 Dec 2016)

Baroness Berridge: To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many heads of mission to international organisations from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office are from a black or minority ethnic background.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Senior Civil Servants (23 Dec 2016)

Baroness Berridge: To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many staff members in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office are in the top five civil service grades; and how many of those are from a black or minority ethnic background.

Social Mobility Committee Report - Motion to Take Note (20 Dec 2016)

Baroness Berridge: My Lords, it was indeed a privilege to serve on this committee. I, too, am grateful to the many people who gave evidence to us and to the committee staff, Luke Hussey, Emily Greenwood and Morgan Sim, who responded to my numerous requests, often at the last minute. I view the Government’s response as an introduction, as our report ran to nearly 140 pages and the response is only 11 pages...

Policing and Crime Bill - Report (3rd Day) (12 Dec 2016)

Baroness Berridge: My Lords, I am mindful that the House wishes to move on this evening, and I am grateful to the Minister for her assurances dealing with the matters that I raised in my speech. I previously indicated to the Clerk of the Parliaments that I would speak to the amendment, but I will not move it this evening.

Policing and Crime Bill - Report (2nd Day) (7 Dec 2016)

Baroness Berridge: My Lords, I am grateful to noble Lords who supported this amendment and particularly to the noble Lord, Lord Paddick, for pointing out that this is an increasing problem, proportionately, within the number of deaths on our roads. I was not surprised to hear my noble friend the Minister refer to the enforcement point on which the Government rely in this matter. We must pay tribute to our...


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