Results 181–200 of 331 for speaker:Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve

Media: Plurality — Question ( 7 Mar 2012)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, do the Government have plans for what they might do in the event that Mr James Murdoch or, indeed, News International, decides to dispose of further UK newspaper titles? Would they be content should the new ownership be, for example, Chinese or Qatari adding to our wealth of overseas newspaper owners who do not pay taxes in this country but lead the debate on taxation?

Justice: Pre-trial Publicity — Question (14 Dec 2011)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: Does the Minister agree that one of the problems is that the media have confused their right of freedom of expression, which in the European convention contains many legitimate restrictions, with the rights of self-expression which we may accord to individuals without damage to others?

Protection of Freedoms Bill: Committee (1st Day) (29 Nov 2011)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: I would like to return to my noble friend Lord Campbell-Savours's question, which is a serious one. The information that is retained from a genetic profile for the purposes of the forensic database is not revealing information, such as susceptibility to disease or other genetic factors. It is a selection of the DNA evidence that used to be referred to as "junk DNA", which is not known to code...

Protection of Freedoms Bill: Committee (1st Day) (29 Nov 2011)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, before we go further with the fantasy of newborn babies being separated from their mothers to be swabbed, let us remember that all newborn babies have a pinprick test of their heels in order to get a blood sample for a Guthrie test to be sure that they do not suffer from a serious metabolic disorder-namely, PKU-and that these samples are retained. So a database, in that sense,...

Protection of Freedoms Bill: Committee (1st Day) (29 Nov 2011)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, I should like to ask the Minister whether the Government considered an alternative way of reducing recourse to the DNA database that would, on the one hand, have restricted the police from searching the database except where there was a proposal to press charges for serious violence or a serious sexual offence, and on the other hand where the person arrested requests that the...

Protection of Freedoms Bill: Second Reading ( 8 Nov 2011)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: I just want to clarify that. There is absolutely no concern about the publication of research. That is what researchers aim to do. The concern is about applying the publication criteria to databases which are of a size that precludes their being published in journals, monographs or any other way. These are causing concern for large numbers of research institutions which have such databases...

Protection of Freedoms Bill: Second Reading ( 8 Nov 2011)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, this Bill has quite a grand Title but a somewhat miscellaneous feel. Although this is a Second Reading debate, I will concentrate on one part of the Bill, which has already been mentioned. I hope to ask the Minister a range of questions about Part 6, which makes provision for the publication of data sets held by public authorities. I am not against what is generally called...

Education Bill: Report (3rd Day) (26 Oct 2011)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, I strongly endorse these thoughts. We should not set the inspectorate the task of doing the grand and unachievable rather than the humble and achievable. Language delay is a catastrophe for a child. It is all too common. I am not talking about specific language impairments: they are very serious matters, but that is quite a separate issue. Profound language delay is disabling not...

Health and Social Care Bill — Second Reading (Continued) (11 Oct 2011)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, like other noble Lords, I return to the theme of accountability and the approach taken in the Bill. However, I am going to say only a very little about accountability to the Secretary of State. I fully agree with the Government that that accountability should not be managerial or executive. There is something absurd about the locution that has it that the Secretary of State delivers...

Media: Ownership — Question (10 Oct 2011)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, will the noble Baroness tell the House whether, in considering issues of plurality, the Government will also consider issues of diversity, as these are not the same? Plurality does not always guarantee diversity, which is what citizens need.

Legislative Timetable — Question ( 6 Oct 2011)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: Does the noble Lord the Leader of the House consider that it might help both Houses if legislation were drafted at an earlier stage? At present, I understand that departments of state receive a budget for parliamentary counsel to start drafting only when they have a guarantee that such legislation will be in the forthcoming Queen's Speech. That is too late, and I believe that we might have...

Media: News International — Question (20 Jul 2011)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, does the Minister agree that the purpose of having a free press is for the sake of citizens, not for self-expression by the media? If it is to be for the sake of citizens, the press has to communicate. If it is to communicate, there must be standards and these have to be genuinely independently overseen, not independent in the sense in which the Press Complaints Commission is...

Media: News Corporation — Motion to Take Note (15 Jul 2011)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, it has been a tumultuous week and I am grateful that we are having this debate. We could have held it on any day, but it seems better to hold it at this end of the week because the terms of reference, or at least the draft terms of reference, for the phone hacking and media inquiry to be chaired by Lord Justice Leveson are now available. Before that inquiry takes on the...

Phone Hacking — Statement (11 Jul 2011)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, will the Minister clarify one point that has become less clear during the past half hour? She has spoken of inquiries having been established. Has the remit of the judge-led inquiry been made public? Until it is, I believe that the point made by the noble and learned Baroness, Lady Scotland, stands-namely, that it is unclear what constitutes evidence and it will not be a criminal...

International Development — Question (11 Jul 2011)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: Is the Minister aware that there is very good empirical evidence of the limitations of choice-based family planning initiatives, such as those that were extensively trialled under the Bush Administration, and is she prepared to put DfID's commitment behind services that are not entirely choice-based but actually provide access to the sorts of contraception that young women need if they are to...

BSkyB — Private Notice Question ( 7 Jul 2011)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords-

BSkyB — Private Notice Question ( 7 Jul 2011)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: Does the Minister agree that the Prime Minister said yesterday that there would be one or two inquiries, not reviews? Does she agree that those inquiries should be chaired by a judge and that they should have the power to subpoena documents and take evidence under oath?

Student Visas — Statement (22 Mar 2011)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, the noble Earl described how the present situation arose through, in effect, displacement. There have been people who sought to work here but found that the only way to get a visa was to register for an FE course-preferably a bogus one that left them lots of time. I hope that the Government are considering the possibility of another displacement effect that could arise from the...

Tourism — Question ( 2 Mar 2011)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: Does the noble Baroness agree that it would help recruitment to the tourist industry if the Government made clear that they are taking a positive view of language teaching in British schools not merely for academic high-flyers but for all children?

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill — Consideration of Commons Reasons and Amendments (16 Feb 2011)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, I put my name to the relevant amendment on Report. As I did not have the opportunity to speak then, I shall say why I think that it would be important for the other place to consider it again. The amendment is extremely helpful to the coalition-it has not interpreted it that way-for the simple reason that Boundary Commissions are being asked to take on a complex task. There are some...


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