Results 1–20 of 28 for speaker:Baroness Bertin

Stalking Protection Bill - Third Reading (6 Mar 2019)

Baroness Bertin: My Lords, I pay tribute to the honourable Member for Totnes, Sarah Wollaston, for all her hard work in creating this Bill in the other place and for her determination to get this legislation on the statute book. Furthermore, the Bill would not be in existence without the many brave stalking victims speaking out and the dedication of campaigners such as the Suzy Lamplugh Trust. I sincerely...

Stalking Protection Bill - Order of Commitment Discharged (26 Feb 2019)

Baroness Bertin: My Lords, I understand that no amendments have been set down to this Bill and that no noble Lord has indicated a wish to move a manuscript amendment or to speak in Committee. Unless, therefore, any noble Lord objects, I beg to move that the order of commitment be discharged. Motion agreed.

Stalking Protection Bill - Second Reading (18 Jan 2019)

Baroness Bertin: I thank all noble Lords for their powerful contributions today. The quality of the debate in this Chamber and in the other place is testament to how seriously we in Parliament take stalking. The legislative gap that victims are falling into is unacceptable, and I sincerely hope that this Bill, with its cross-party support, will receive a successful passage. I thank the Minister for her very...

Stalking Protection Bill - Second Reading (18 Jan 2019)

Baroness Bertin: My Lords, stalking is a terrifying crime; a sinister form of abuse that leaves many victims in a state of total psychological distress. The relentless nature of this unwanted contact can often engulf people’s lives in fear. It is a crime that sees a stalker become fixated and obsessed with their victim, who often becomes a prisoner in their own home. Imagine being too scared to leave the...

Violent Crime - Motion to Take Note (29 Nov 2018)

Baroness Bertin: We cannot blame the mushrooming of violent crime on a single issue, my Lords; it is the sad confluence of many factors. A whole range of problems have brought us to where we are today: increased social breakdown, pressure on public sector resources, nervousness over stop and search, and a lack of funding for critical community groups. These wide-ranging challenges will not be solved...

Domestic Abuse - Question for Short Debate (22 Mar 2018)

Baroness Bertin: If more than 100 people each year in England and Wales were killed in terror attacks, there would quite rightly be a national outcry but, as we know, this is how many women are murdered each year by a partner or former partner, yet public awareness of this terrible crime is still relatively low. It is therefore absolutely right that the Prime Minister and the Government are bringing this...

Domestic Violence: Women - Question (8 Mar 2018)

Baroness Bertin: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what support they are giving to women who are victims of domestic violence.

Domestic Violence: Women - Question (8 Mar 2018)

Baroness Bertin: I thank my noble friend the Minister for her Answer. While we need to change the narrative on domestic abuse from “Why didn’t she leave?” to “Why didn’t he stop?”, all women fleeing abuse must have a safe place to run to. However, there have been many deeply worrying reports and accusations that the number of spaces for women in refuges is being reduced. Can my noble friend...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Respite Care: Children (21 Feb 2018)

Baroness Bertin: To ask Her Majesty's Government what mechanisms they have in place to ensure that local authorities meet their statutory duty to provide short breaks for the carers of disabled children.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Employment: Disability (21 Feb 2018)

Baroness Bertin: To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take to introduce mandatory reporting on the number of disabled people employed by (1) public bodies, and (2) private companies.

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Domestic Abuse: Victim Support Schemes (20 Feb 2018)

Baroness Bertin: To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the terms of reference for their review of the commissioning and funding of domestic abuse services.

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Social Services: Learning Disability (14 Feb 2018)

Baroness Bertin: To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by the first Secretary of State on 16 November 2017 (HCWS25), what progress they have made on the parallel programme of work for the care of younger adults, in particular those with learning disabilities.

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

Baroness Bertin: My Lords, I agree with so much of what the noble Lord, Lord Addington, has just said. Women are now leading and shaping this country like never before, but while it is right to recognise progress, it would be wrong to become complacent. I am afraid that once you scratch the surface, it is clear that there is still significant inequality of power between men and women in this country. The...

Secure Tenancies (Victims of Domestic Abuse) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (9 Jan 2018)

Baroness Bertin: My Lords, I first congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Lister, on the part she played in getting this Bill put forward. I often get asked, particularly when I visit schools: what does the House of Lords do? What is the point of it? This Bill is surely an example of the Chamber operating at its best, with Peers raising an unintended potential consequence of a policy. The Government should...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Social Services: Children (5 Jan 2018)

Baroness Bertin: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the estimate by the Local Government Association that there will be a £2 billion funding gap in children’s social care by 2019–20.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Children: Disability (5 Jan 2018)

Baroness Bertin: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the 2011 report by Together for Disabled Children on the impact of short break programmes for disabled children.


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