All 16 results for speaker:Baroness Taylor of Stevenage

Building Safety - Statement (2 Feb 2023)

Baroness Taylor of Stevenage: My Lords, I know it is late, but I crave just one minute before I speak to the Statement specifically, given its topic. It was 18 years ago today that, in the only tower block fire we have ever had in Stevenage, two wonderful firefighters—Michael Miller and Jeff Wornham—were killed. I just wanted to remember them and send my thoughts and prayers to the families, friends and colleagues of...

Common Frameworks (Common Frameworks Scrutiny Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (2 Feb 2023)

Baroness Taylor of Stevenage: My Lords, I am very pleased to follow the noble Lord, Lord Bruce. His expression about common frameworks, that they make the heart beat faster, will stay with me for some time. I thank him for that. I add my thanks to my noble friend Lady Andrews for the fantastic work that she has done and for the excellent summary that she gave at the beginning of the debate. I also thank the whole Common...

Local Councils: 2023-24 Budgets - Question (25 Jan 2023)

Baroness Taylor of Stevenage: To ask His Majesty’s Government, given the impact of current levels of inflation on budget planning for local councils for 2023–24, what support they are providing to councils in setting balanced budgets and ensuring that local services are delivered.

Local Councils: 2023-24 Budgets - Question (25 Jan 2023)

Baroness Taylor of Stevenage: My Lords, I thank the Minister for her Answer. Those standing as councillors do not do so to cut services for their residents. The Local Government Association estimates a gap in funding of £3.2 billion this year, rising to £5.2 billion next year. Across the country, local councillors are taking awful decisions on closing libraries, swimming pools, children’s centres, domestic abuse...

Police Conduct and David Carrick - Statement (19 Jan 2023)

Baroness Taylor of Stevenage: I am grateful to the Minister for his points about the violence against women and girls strategy. The measure of that, of course, will be whether we stop losing 140 women a year at the hands of domestic abuse attackers. Although PC Carrick was a Metropolitan Police officer, he lived in my hometown of Stevenage. I express my great thanks to Hertfordshire Constabulary for the very thorough...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Second Reading (17 Jan 2023)

Baroness Taylor of Stevenage: My Lords, first, I thank the Minister for the meeting she kindly arranged last week to enable questions on the Bill in advance of it coming before this House. When I was growing up in the Sixties, we would occasionally speculate with our pocket money on something called a Jamboree Bag, I am sure that noble Lords are far too young to remember this piece of sweet shop nostalgia, but I say...

Housing: Private Rented Sector - Question (12 Jan 2023)

Baroness Taylor of Stevenage: My Lords, as a serving councillor, I deal with cases of homelessness every day. The number is increasing every day because of eviction from private tenancies and/or the affordability of those tenancies, and fewer landlords coming forward. With social housing waiting lists now at over 1 million due to decades of underinvestment in social housing and an annual loss of 24,000 social homes a year...

Iran: Women’s Rights - Question (21 Dec 2022)

Baroness Taylor of Stevenage: To ask His Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to support women in Iran fighting for basic human rights; and what representations they have made to the government of that country in relation to mass arrests of those demonstrating for such rights.

Iran: Women’s Rights - Question (21 Dec 2022)

Baroness Taylor of Stevenage: My Lords, I am grateful to the Minister for his Answer. Since the tragic death of Mahsa Amini, atrocities in Iran continue, as we all know. I agree with the Minister that the courage of our Iranian sisters continues to call us to action. On Monday, Female Voice of Iran visited us in Parliament to lobby for further sanctions against Iran, for the proscription of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard...

Streptococcus A: Antibiotics - Question (15 Dec 2022)

Baroness Taylor of Stevenage: To ask His Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to address reported shortages of supplies of antibiotics, given the increase in cases of Streptococcus A.

Streptococcus A: Antibiotics - Question (15 Dec 2022)

Baroness Taylor of Stevenage: I thank the noble Lord for his Answer, but despite Ministers saying that there is no problem—the Health Secretary has said that—worried parents across the country are going from pharmacy to pharmacy to seek the antibiotics their children need. Can the Minister update your Lordships’ House on the improvements in availability since the Health Secretary said, as in the statement repeated...

Independent Review of Children’s Social Care - Motion to Take Note (8 Dec 2022)

Baroness Taylor of Stevenage: My Lords, I thank my noble friend Lord Watson for securing this important debate at such a critical time for children’s services. Understandably in recent years, the ongoing debate on adult social care has dominated discussions in local government relating to structure and funding, but there is now no doubt that the existing and accelerating crisis in children’s social care, with...

Housing Market - Motion to Take Note (17 Nov 2022)

Baroness Taylor of Stevenage: My Lords, it is a pleasure to follow the noble Baroness, Lady Thornhill, and I thank her very much for her kind comments. It was with the greatest humility, gratitude and anticipation that I received the news that I was to be nominated by Sir Keir Starmer to join this House—something that would never have come into my wildest dreams, for reasons your Lordships will learn of when I introduce...


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