Results 1–20 of 91 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 Barran

Access to Palliative Care Bill [HL] - Second Reading (14 Jun 2019)

Baroness Barran: My Lords, I start by expressing my great respect for the noble Baroness, Lady Finlay, and her long-standing contribution to palliative and end-of-life care, not just in the UK but worldwide. As noble Lords have all said, every one of us in your Lordships’ House has had experience of death, whether, tragically, in our role as parents, as children, as friends or as family members, so this...

Access to Palliative Care Bill [HL] - Second Reading (14 Jun 2019)

Baroness Barran: I will have to write to the noble Baroness to confirm. I questioned and triple-checked that point with the department, so I undertake to write and clarify it if there was a misunderstanding. I hope she will accept that. To recap, our view remains that legislation is not required on this issue.

Inequalities - Motion to Take Note (13 Jun 2019)

Baroness Barran: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Dubs, and echo noble Lords’ gratitude to him for introducing this debate, which has undoubtedly stimulated an interesting and important discussion in your Lordships’ House. I shall do my best in the time available to me, which I appreciate is a great deal longer than that available to your Lordships, to respond to as many of the points raised as...

Parliament: Freedom of Speech and the Rule of Law - Motion to Take Note (23 May 2019)

Baroness Barran: My Lords, I respectfully remind your Lordships that the advisory speaking time in this debate is six minutes. When the clock shows six that means the six minutes are up.

Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2019 - Motion to Approve: Amendment to the Motion (20 May 2019)

Baroness Barran: My Lords, I thank noble Lords for their contributions and for their unanimous—I think—support for the request in the instrument relating to the undercover policing inquiry. I will attempt to deal with the wider issues raised. I am grateful to my noble and learned friend Lord Mackay of Clashfern for the simple and elegant way in which he explained a “matter of principle”. In this...

Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2019 - Motion to Approve (20 May 2019)

Baroness Barran: My Lords, the purpose of this draft instrument is to include inquiries established under the Inquiries Act 2005 as “excepted proceedings” in the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975, enabling them to consider the spent convictions of individuals. This legislative change was requested initially by Sir John Mitting, chair of the undercover policing inquiry, as...

Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme 2012 (Amendment) Instrument 2019 - Motion to Approve (20 May 2019)

Baroness Barran: My Lords, I thank noble Lords for this interesting debate and the points raised. I thank in particular the noble Baroness, Lady Chakrabarti, for her kind, warm words; the feeling is mutual. I understand the concerns raised by the noble Lord, Lord Thomas. Obviously, this statutory instrument seeks fairness, albeit in a framework about which he has continuing reservations. That fairness is...

Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme 2012 (Amendment) Instrument 2019 - Motion to Approve (20 May 2019)

Baroness Barran: My Lords, the purpose of the amended scheme before us today is to remove a discriminatory eligibility rule and to provide a potential remedy to victims of violent crime who have been affected by its application. It is right that we are seeking to make these changes, and to make them expeditiously. Our knowledge and understanding of domestic violence and abuse and the sexual abuse of children...

Brexit: Plant and Animal Biosecurity - Motion to Take Note (15 May 2019)

Baroness Barran: Perhaps I may remind the noble Lord of the timings.

Brexit: Plant and Animal Biosecurity - Motion to Take Note (15 May 2019)

Baroness Barran: I remind the noble Baroness that the advisory speaking time is seven minutes.

Disabled People - Motion to Take Note (9 May 2019)

Baroness Barran: My Lords, it is a privilege to respond to this important debate, and I join with other noble Lords in congratulating my noble friend Lord Borwick on having secured it. I also join him in congratulating the Habinteg Housing Association on its work over the past 50 years. The issues raised by noble Lords on all Benches have highlighted some of the challenges and opportunities not just for the...

UK Innovation Corridor - Question for Short Debate (30 Apr 2019)

Baroness Barran: My Lords, I congratulate my noble friend Lord Haselhurst on securing this debate and on raising and highlighting the role of the innovation corridor in our nation’s economy. I thank all noble Lords for sharing their insights and—I think no one would disagree—unique expertise in this area. Many noble Lords raised helpful challenges to the Government’s response to this report, but...

UK Innovation Corridor - Question for Short Debate (30 Apr 2019)

Baroness Barran: The noble Lord is right that to maximise the impact of new trains, one would need more track, but I hope that I have explained the limitations on doing that in the short term. Obviously, there are other advantages from new trains, such as improving the speed of journeys, but the noble Lord makes a fair point that one would need more track in order to maximise the impact. House adjourned at...

Police and Crime Commissioners - Question for Short Debate (29 Apr 2019)

Baroness Barran: My Lords, I join other noble Lords in congratulating my noble friend Lord Lexden on securing this debate. I appreciate the breadth and expertise of the remarks all noble Lords have made, but I fear that they might require me to write a long letter, as I think time will not permit me to respond to all of them now. I undertake to write and place a copy in the Library. I recognise the depth of...

Police and Crime Commissioners - Question for Short Debate (29 Apr 2019)

Baroness Barran: The Government are confident that there is a real energy among police and crime commissioners to share best practice. As one police and crime commissioner said to me, that individual and their chief constable have a shared interest in their force being the best it can possibly be. Turning to chief constable recruitment, the noble Lord, Lord Hogan-Howe, in particular, raised concerns about...

Police and Crime Commissioners - Question for Short Debate (29 Apr 2019)

Baroness Barran: Ministers are open to considering a recall procedure and I will raise that with the Policing Minister. If I may turn to the points regarding Sir Edward Heath and Operation Conifer, noble Lords will not be surprised to hear me reassert that the police are, rightly, operationally independent of the Government and that the Government continue to take the view that they should not seek to...

Police and Crime Commissioners - Question for Short Debate (29 Apr 2019)

Baroness Barran: Unfortunately, we have run out of time but I hear the noble Lord’s concerns. I look forward to returning to the topic of a review as we continue to widen the role of our elected and accountable police and crime commissioners. I thank all noble Lords for their contributions and, as mentioned above, I will write on those points that I was unable to cover and share noble Lords’ remarks with...

Immigration: Community Sponsorship - Question (25 Apr 2019)

Baroness Barran: The Government’s view is that community sponsorship is a success, thanks to the commitment and compassion of community groups directly welcoming and supporting resettled refugees in their communities. Since the scheme began in July 2016, 219 refugees have been resettled by community sponsor groups across the UK, and the number of community groups taking part continues to increase.

Immigration: Community Sponsorship - Question (25 Apr 2019)

Baroness Barran: I thought the noble Lord was asking a very fair question until the last moment. I do not think anything has gone wrong; we are seeing a significant acceleration in the number of groups at different stages of the process. Just over 50 groups have gone through the whole community sponsorship process. The work done by Reset and other civil society groups around the country has addressed some of...

Immigration: Community Sponsorship - Question (25 Apr 2019)

Baroness Barran: I thank the noble Lord for his question. At the risk of repeating myself, there really has been a visible acceleration in the number of groups applying. It was just a handful in the first 18 months or so of the programme, and it is now accelerating quite quickly. A good conversation is going on between community groups. If the noble Lord has specific examples, I am happy to share them with...


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