Results 1–20 of 56 for speaker:Baroness Sanderson of Welton

Contaminated Blood Scandal: Interim Payments for Victims - Commons Urgent Question (20 Jul 2022)

Baroness Sanderson of Welton: My Lords, we all agree that the victims of the infected blood scandal have waited far too long for justice. Interim payments are important but, as my noble friend has said, many other elements of the inquiry are important too, not least the official recognition it gives people of what they have been through, through no fault of their own, and the chance for all those infected and affected...

High-rise Buildings: Evacuation of Disabled Residents - Question (25 May 2022)

Baroness Sanderson of Welton: My Lords, I declare my interest as a community adviser on Grenfell, so I really do understand the anger at the decision not to implement PEEPs. In this instance, it is important to acknowledge that this was done not just on a whim or after a single meeting. The truth is that a tremendous amount of work has been done on this behind the scenes, but we have not arrived at a satisfactory place....

Independent Review of Children’s Social Care - Statement (24 May 2022)

Baroness Sanderson of Welton: My Lords, I also welcome this review and its focus on supporting families earlier in the process. To echo an observation made by the author and journalist Polly Curtis, the word “love” was used 42 times in this review and “loving” 50 times. As she says, this is pretty radical for a set of formal proposals. It is most welcome, because is that not what the system is for—making sure...

Schools: Extremism and Intolerance - Question (28 Mar 2022)

Baroness Sanderson of Welton: As the right reverend Prelate said, it is a complicated situation, but the podcast itself—the reporting as per the original Question—was at times quite worryingly skewed. Does my noble friend think that schools are doing enough to challenge extremism, or, as a result of this podcast, are they afraid of being labelled racist?

Building Safety Bill - Second Reading (2 Feb 2022)

Baroness Sanderson of Welton: My Lords, I welcome today’s debate, and I thank my noble friend the Minister for his commitment to this issue. It is appreciated. We all know the importance of the Bill before us today and we all know what led to its creation: the devastating fire at Grenfell Tower. It was a tragedy that shocked and shamed the country, yet more shocking still has been the evidence that has since come out of...

Freedom of Speech - Motion to Take Note (10 Dec 2021)

Baroness Sanderson of Welton: My Lords, it is a pleasure to follow the noble Lord, Lord Cashman. I, too, thank the most reverend Primate for tabling today’s debate. As we have heard, the threats to freedom of speech in today’s world come in many and varied forms. I shall speak about the challenges in one area, and that is literature. I was prompted to do so after reading an interview recently with Dame Rose Tremain,...

Smuggling: Kittens and Puppies - Question (7 Dec 2021)

Baroness Sanderson of Welton: My Lords, I declare an interest as an owner of a Labrador born in the safe care of the Dogs Trust after her mother was seized at the border. Can my noble friend say whether the Government are considering the changes proposed by the Dogs Trust to reduce the maximum number of pets allowed to travel under the pet travel scheme from five to three to reduce the incentive for puppy smugglers?

Child Safeguarding - Statement (6 Dec 2021)

Baroness Sanderson of Welton: My Lords, there are so many distressing factors involved in Arthur’s death, but perhaps one of the most upsetting is that he had family who loved him and who raised their concerns. Can my noble friend the Minister say whether the Government will consider giving more focus to raising the awareness and status of kinship care, as recommended in The Case for Change?

Sarah Everard: Home Office Inquiry - Question (9 Nov 2021)

Baroness Sanderson of Welton: My Lords, on a slightly separate, but related, matter, what are the implications of the Sarah Everard inquiry for the Daniel Morgan inquiry, which reported in June, described the Met as institutionally corrupt and found numerous failings? Some work has already begun but, given the potential for overlap here and the Morgan family’s long wait for justice, will the Government consider...

Afghanistan - Motion to Take Note (18 Aug 2021)

Baroness Sanderson of Welton: My Lords, I remind the noble Baroness of the speaking time advisory limit.

Colombia: Human Rights - Question (12 Jul 2021)

Baroness Sanderson of Welton: My Lords, it is not just the reported killings that are cause for such concern but the return of another familiar tactic from Colombia’s long civil conflict: disappearances. Human rights groups say that they have recorded up to 700 cases in recent months. What representations have the UK Government made to the Colombian authorities about this aspect of the protests?

Police: Body-worn Videos - Question (7 Jul 2021)

Baroness Sanderson of Welton: My Lords, on a separate but related issue, in her HMIC report, Wendy Williams recommended that all forces should record the entirety of all stop and search encounters by September of this year and that external scrutiny panels should have access to that footage. As the use of stop and search has increased, public confidence in the process is more important than ever. Can my noble friend the...

Food, Poverty, Health and the Environment Committee Report - Motion to Take Note (10 Jun 2021)

Baroness Sanderson of Welton: My Lords, it was a privilege to serve on the committee that produced this report. It was my first experience of a committee in this House, and it set a very high standard. I too would like to thank my fellow members and pass on sincere apologies from my noble friend Lady Sater, who is so sorry that she cannot be here with us today to contribute, as she did so ably during our inquiries. I know...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (1st Day): Motion for an Humble Address (11 May 2021)

Baroness Sanderson of Welton: My Lords, I second my noble friend’s Motion for an humble Address. It is an honour to do so and a particular honour to follow my noble friend Lord Bates, a true gentleman whom I first met when he was at the Home Office and I began working as an adviser to Theresa May. It was a relatively short acquaintance, for in 2016 he resigned to walk 2,000 miles from Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro to...

Domestic Abuse Bill - Commons Reasons and Amendments: Motion G1 (as an amendment to Motion G) (21 Apr 2021)

Baroness Sanderson of Welton: My Lords, I understand the strength of feeling on this issue. I completely agree on the need to do more to stop serial offenders. Too often in the worst cases we discover that the perpetrator has had a long and shocking history of previous abuse. I am not clear about how a register or, effectively, a new category under MAPPA would improve the situation. Members in this House and in the other...

Policing and Prevention of Violence against Women - Statement (16 Mar 2021)

Baroness Sanderson of Welton: My Lords, does my noble friend the Minister agree that one of the key things to make a difference to policing and the prevention of violence against women will be the Domestic Abuse Bill? It has been greatly improved by Members across this House, giving police clear new tools and challenging current norms of behaviour. Is it not now imperative that we get it on the statute book?

Domestic Abuse Bill - Report (3rd Day): Amendment 73 (15 Mar 2021)

Baroness Sanderson of Welton: My Lords, I will speak briefly to Amendments 73 and 81. I applaud the intentions of both amendments but will raise a couple of practical points. I hope that they do not seem inappropriate after the shocking testimony of the noble Baroness, Lady Brinton, and the very powerful and moving speech by my noble friend Lady Bertin. In relation to establishing a register, the aim of adding serial...

Domestic Abuse Bill - Report (2nd Day): Amendment 17 (10 Mar 2021)

Baroness Sanderson of Welton: My Lords, it is an honour to follow the noble Baroness and her mild comments. I will speak to and welcome Amendments 17, 24 and 28. As we have said many times before, this was already a very good Bill. I thank the Government and particularly my noble friend Lady Williams for the lengths to which she has gone to improve it further. She has been unstinting in her determination to address many...

Domestic Abuse Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 10 (8 Mar 2021)

Baroness Sanderson of Welton: My Lords, I would like to speak to Amendment 10, and I am afraid I am going to make the argument that the noble Baroness, Lady Lister, did not want to hear again today. I will speak to Amendment 17 later in the debate, but, in the main, I do not think that the exception should prove the rule. I am not sure that it is right to demand a report on such a specific issue on the face of the Bill,...

Domestic Abuse Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 2 (8 Mar 2021)

Baroness Sanderson of Welton: My Lords, I agree with the Government’s decision to keep a broad definition of domestic abuse. I believe that the coercive nature of alienation is covered in the Bill, so I am afraid that I do not consider this amendment necessary. However, having not spoken on this issue in Committee, I would like to speak briefly to say that, although the amendment is not needed, the issue is real. I...


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