Results 1–20 of 154 for speaker:Baroness Grender

Economy: Broadcast Media — Motion to Take Note (28 Nov 2013)

Baroness Grender: My Lords, I would like to thank my noble friend Lady Bonham-Carter of Yarnbury for introducing this debate. I would also like to thank so many noble Lords for their welcome. The warmth of the welcome is matched only by the warmth of the heating in this place. The advice and support from the staff has been magnificent, but no surprise for regular visitors over the years. Their politeness has...

Written Answers — House of Lords: New Enterprise Allowance (10 Feb 2014)

Baroness Grender: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what advice they are giving to local authorities regarding council tenancy agreements which restrict any business activity if the tenant is in receipt of the New Enterprise Allowance.

Social Tenancies: Home-working — Question (13 Mar 2014)

Baroness Grender: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made to encourage social landlords to amend new and existing tenancies to make it easier to work from home under schemes such as the new enterprise allowance.

Social Tenancies: Home-working — Question (13 Mar 2014)

Baroness Grender: My Lords, I recently met a lady who is setting up her own business at home. However, because she is a council tenant she has to get permission. While the best councils and housing associations have already removed this restriction, many others have not. Does the Minister agree that this can be very constraining and is a bureaucratic and old-fashioned practice that should go? What can he do to...

Housing — Question (31 Mar 2014)

Baroness Grender: Does the Minister agree that it is most welcome news in the Budget that we now have a new garden city being built for the first time in a generation? Can she share with us the lessons learnt from the first and failed attempt to build Ebbsfleet when it was commissioned by the noble Lord, Lord Prescott, in 2003, and can she widen that lesson for us and explain how it can be applied to ensure...

Coalition Government: Constitution Committee Report — Motion to Take Note (13 May 2014)

Baroness Grender: May I clarify something with the noble Lord? Is it not the case that the Prime Minister took the decision to withdraw from pushing ahead with the vote on the programme motion?

Coalition Government: Constitution Committee Report — Motion to Take Note (13 May 2014)

Baroness Grender: My Lords, I join other noble Lords in congratulating the committee on this report and the noble Baroness on leading this debate. It is a privilege to be speaking in a debate led by her. There have been many predictions about the survival of this coalition Government. One of my personal favourites is from Peter Oborne, writing in March 2012, who said it would be finished by 2013. Last time a...

Poverty and Social Exclusion — Question (17 Jul 2014)

Baroness Grender: My Lords, given the importance afforded to education in this report, will the Minister also look at the welcome news in the Ofsted report published yesterday, that there is now evidence that the pupil premium is closing the attainment gap between children who have free school meals and their peers?

Criminal Justice and Courts Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (21 Jul 2014)

Baroness Grender: My Lords, I apologise for having been unable to attend Second Reading. I will speak in particular in favour of Amendments 37, 38 and 39. To hear people talk about revenge porn, you would think it had only just been invented, but the divorce in 1963 of the Duke and Duchess of Argyll involving the infamous image of a headless man tells a different story. The dramatic difference is that of...

Leader of the House of Lords — Motion to Regret (28 Jul 2014)

Baroness Grender: My Lords, I want to make one very brief point. I would hate this debate to pass by without making the point that while many here are talking about a constitutional outrage, there remains a constitutional outrage that this place is unelected. I want to mark that point.

Women: Homelessness, Domestic Violence and Social Exclusion — Motion to Take Note (6 Nov 2014)

Baroness Grender: My Lords, I, too, thank the noble Baroness, Lady King of Bow, for initiating this debate. I congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Rebuck, and the noble Lord, Lord Farmer, on their moving and inspirational speeches. We look forward to many more. I also take this opportunity to congratulate my noble friend Lady Garden of Frognal on her return to the government Benches. It will not surprise her...

Property: London Lettings — Question (7 Jan 2015)

Baroness Grender: My Lords, does the Minister agree that for many tenants there remains a significant risk of eviction when asking landlords for entirely reasonable repairs? Does he therefore welcome the amendments from these Benches to the Deregulation Bill, which reflect Sarah Teather’s Private Member’s Bill on revenge evictions, which sadly did not make progress in the other place?

Broadcast General Election Debates (Communications Committee Report) — Motion to Take Note (21 Jan 2015)

Baroness Grender: My Lords, I thank the Communications Select Committee for its excellent report. I note that the committee was at pains to stress that these are not recommendations for government, given that government has no say in the matter. It appears that some people in government need this to be clarified, so I welcome the fact that we have this debate. For me, this debate is all about whether you...

Broadcast General Election Debates (Communications Committee Report) — Motion to Take Note (21 Jan 2015)

Baroness Grender: Having, in a general election, witnessed an empty chair because Simon Hughes was running late, I completely recognise the physical embodiment of that. By the way, we should always make sure that Simon Hughes is at least an hour early because he will be late and there will be an empty chair. Yes, of course I recognise what the noble Lord described, but Roger Mosey was very clear in his article...

BBC Charter Review — Statement (16 Jul 2015)

Baroness Grender: My Lords, I thank the Minister for repeating the Statement. No one could be more splenetic about the BBC’s coverage during the election than our party. Its appalling coverage of the Liberal Democrats’ absence from one of the leader debates, due entirely to the BBC’s own negotiating failures, will live with me for some time to come. However, this party and these Benches will not succumb...

Written Answers — Department for Culture, Media and Sport: BBC: Royal Charters (14 Sep 2015)

Baroness Grender: To ask Her Majesty’s Government how often the members of the BBC Charter renewal advisory panel will meet (1) each other and (2) the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.

Written Answers — Department for Culture, Media and Sport: BBC: Royal Charters (16 Sep 2015)

Baroness Grender: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the members of the BBC Charter renewal advisory panel will be required to declare any relevant interests; and if so, what is the process for doing so.


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