Results 1–20 of 45 for speaker:Baroness Finn

Inequalities - Motion to Take Note (13 Jun 2019)

Baroness Finn: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Dubs, on securing this hugely important debate and for his commitment and hard work over very many years, especially on behalf of refugees. I also congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Ravensdale, on his excellent and insightful maiden speech. This is an enormously broad debate and we have only a few minutes, so I will limit my remarks to the review...

Public Procurement and the Civil Society Strategy - Motion to Take Note (23 May 2019)

Baroness Finn: My Lords, I begin by drawing attention to my entry in the register of interests and by congratulating my noble friend Lady McGregor-Smith on securing a debate on this important topic, on which she spoke with such authority. It is an honour to follow her and other esteemed colleagues. I pay particular tribute to my noble friend Lord Maude for his tireless devotion to procurement reform during...

Census (Return Particulars and Removal of Penalties) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (13 May 2019)

Baroness Finn: My Lords, I thank the Minister for introducing the Bill. He and the Government, in their 2018 White Paper, have laid out a clear case for the introduction of these questions to the census, as well as the rationale for them being optional. Historically, there has always been pressure to include more questions and response options in the census than can be accommodated without putting an...

Public Appointments: Diversity - Question (9 May 2019)

Baroness Finn: Does my noble friend agree that a consistent, rigorous focus on the action needed to overcome the barriers to employment is more important than another grand strategy? That was our approach during the coalition Government when increasing appointments of women, with very impressive results. Is it not sensible to learn from what worked successfully then?

International Women’s Day - Motion to Take Note (7 Mar 2019)

Baroness Finn: My Lords, I thank the Minister for bringing forward today’s debate and for giving us the opportunity to celebrate International Women’s Day. It is humbling, as ever, to follow in the footsteps of such inspiring women on this important day. But in this august Chamber, which has seen debates on and the passage of many important Bills that further the cause of gender equality, it is perhaps...

Islamophobia - Question (14 Jan 2019)

Baroness Finn: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the potential consequences of adopting an official definition of Islamophobia.

Islamophobia - Question (14 Jan 2019)

Baroness Finn: The formal definition of anti-Semitism is carefully but narrowly drawn and has helped to focus minds and resources on this pernicious hatred. How will my noble friend ensure that a formal definition of Islamophobia, if introduced, has a similar impact but is narrowly and carefully drawn so as to avoid creating a wider threat to free speech?

Brexit: Negotiations - Statement (15 Nov 2018)

Baroness Finn: My Lords, under the proposed deal, during the implementation period the UK would be subject to all EU rules, including on freedom of movement. Why then does my right honourable friend the Prime Minister continue to rule out membership of the European Economic Area and the European Free Trade Association as an alternative interim state?

Windrush - Question (12 Sep 2018)

Baroness Finn: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that compensation is paid promptly to those affected by the Windrush scandal; and when they intend to publish the review by Sir Alex Allan into the conduct of the Home Office.

Windrush - Question (12 Sep 2018)

Baroness Finn: I am grateful to my noble friend the Minister for her reply. Does she agree that justice for those damaged by the Windrush scandal, as well as the urgent need to restore public trust in the Home Office, require that Sir Alex Allan’s report be published without further delay? It is always cover-up that causes the most harm, and full disclosure is now required. My right honourable friend...

The NHS - Motion to Take Note (5 Jul 2018)

Baroness Finn: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Darzi, for introducing so beautifully this important debate. In an age where some view suggestions of NHS reform as heretical, I welcome the opportunity to put down ideological swords and approach the NHS and the issue of social care with the clarity of debate that our healthcare system so desperately needs. Lots of people, including my family and close...

Energy Policy - Statement (25 Jun 2018)

Baroness Finn: My Lords, I am deeply disappointed by the Government’s decision. It is short-sighted and a huge missed opportunity. The Government rightly insist that the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon should represent value for money, but the Government have consistently failed to name the price. Therefore, will the Minister agree to publish the Treasury Green Book business case, including all the supporting...

University Admissions: Equality - Question (7 Jun 2018)

Baroness Finn: My Lords, I thank the noble Baroness, Lady Deech, for calling this important debate on the promotion of equality of opportunity in university admissions. The noble Baroness is impressive in so many ways but has, in particular, been a superb force in promoting real social mobility, especially during her years at Oxford. I should like to stress the personal significance of today’s debate: I...

Swansea Tidal Lagoon: Hendry Review - Question (1 May 2018)

Baroness Finn: To ask Her Majesty's Government what are their plans, if any, for the Swansea Tidal Lagoon, following the Hendry Review published in January 2017.

Swansea Tidal Lagoon: Hendry Review - Question (1 May 2018)

Baroness Finn: I am grateful to my noble friend for his Answer. Given that the Hendry report said that the Swansea pathfinder would cost households less than the cost of a pint of milk per year, that no country in the world is better placed to be a hub for the development and export of tidal power technology, and that the tidal barrier could be a significant user of steel from the nearby Port Talbot...

National Security Situation - Motion to Take Note (19 Apr 2018)

Baroness Finn: My Lords, it is a pleasure to follow the noble Lord, Lord Ricketts, after such an excellent, measured and learned speech. Two issues are circling in this debate and are best considered individually. The first concerns Parliament’s role in military action, in this case in Syria, and our use of military force as a response to the use of prohibited chemical weapons. The second concerns the...

Role of Women in Public Life - Motion to Take Note (Continued) (5 Feb 2018)

Baroness Finn: My Lords, I thank my noble friend Lady Vere of Norbiton for moving this Motion to mark 100 years of women winning the right to vote. It is a pleasure to follow the noble Lord, Lord Desai, with whom I agreed on quite a lot. It is always good to stand and reflect on how far we have come and how much more there is to achieve. It is right to pay tribute to the extraordinary—and the...


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