Results 21–40 of 331 for speaker:Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve

Windrush Compensation Scheme - Statement ( 3 Apr 2019)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: Will the Minister tell the House what work the Government have done to identify other groups that may have very great difficulty presenting identification documents that establish their right to remain and live here? I think particularly of people born in children’s homes in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, who may have had a rather turbulent childhood and may not have...

Forestry and Land Management (Scotland) Act 2018 (Consequential Provisions and Modifications) Order 2019 - Motion to Approve (28 Mar 2019)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: Before the Minister sits down, I want to ask him a little more about treating Northern Ireland separately from the rest of the United Kingdom in these matters. It is surely one thing to treat the Irish Sea as an effective border for the movement of animals, but that has not proved true for the movement of plant pathogens. When one looks at the map of the distribution of both ash dieback and...

Trade Bill - Report (2nd Day): Amendment 33 (13 Mar 2019)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: I thank the Minister for a very interesting reply and, of course, for the publication of the new document, which I look forward to; I understand that it is due imminently. To get the statistics right is not a simple matter: they interact in quite difficult ways with the metrics that we use for our own domestic students and for quality control. It is surely important to get this right and,...

Trade Bill - Report (2nd Day): Amendment 33 (13 Mar 2019)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, in the absence of my noble friends Lord Bilimoria and Lord Hannay, I shall move Amendment 33. This is yet another amendment on trade in the cultural industries, which have become a very important export sector, with the distinctive feature that some of the exports, in particular educational services, bring people to this country rather us sending goods to other countries. The...

Local Elections (Northern Ireland) (Election Expenses) Order 2019 - Motion to Approve ( 5 Mar 2019)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: Has the Minister reached any conclusions on the topics that have just been raised in the wake of the publication of the excellent report by the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee in the other place? It reveals a good deal about the implications of the previous secrecy of donations to Northern Ireland election expenses.

Data Protection (Charges and Information) (Amendment) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Approve (18 Feb 2019)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, these amendments represent a little island of calm in a turbulent ocean. For once, I am referring not to Brexit or the backstop but, rather, to the fact that we are in the middle of some very turbulent changes in our regimes for the protection of data and privacy and many other aspects of communication. This morning, we saw the publication of the report of the Digital, Culture,...

EU Withdrawal - Motion to Take Note (13 Feb 2019)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: In a representative democracy, we do not instruct our representatives.

EU Withdrawal - Motion to Take Note (13 Feb 2019)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: The noble Lady asked what the fuss was about the backstop. Perhaps I may explain in one sentence. It is a constitutional point, not a point about customs. Any change to the constitutional status of Northern Ireland has to respect the terms of an international agreement, the Good Friday/Belfast agreement. That agreement specifies no constitutional change without consent. I do not know what...

EU Withdrawal - Motion to Take Note (13 Feb 2019)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: Nobody is arguing for a return to what is somewhat confusedly referred to as a “hard border”. There is agreement between the EU, the UK and the Republic of Ireland that there should be what is confusedly called a “soft border”. That is not the problem. The problem is about the constitutional status of a part of the United Kingdom. That is why people are so angry and so worried about...

Election Expenditure - Question (13 Feb 2019)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, does the Minister agree that the primary threat to the integrity of elections in this country is not because of failure by the political parties but because of anonymous online targeting of our fellow citizens, whereby people cannot trace the source of funds or what is happening? What do the Government plan to do about that?

Children and Young People: Digital Technology - Motion to Take Note (17 Jan 2019)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, the topic of this debate is often understood in ways suggesting that what is at issue is either a generic problem with the use of online technologies or a more specific problem arising from the use of social media. I declare an interest as someone who does not use social media, but whose life is greatly dependent on digital technologies. We are mistaken if we focus excessively on...

Brexit: Stability of the Union - Motion to Take Note (17 Jan 2019)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, we are indebted to my noble friend Lord Lisvane for a timely broadening of the debate. Nevertheless, I shall talk mainly about Northern Ireland because it seems to me the most urgent. We are in great danger of flogging dead horses at present, because we are not too sure which horses are still alive—so be it. The backstop is of course the fundamental feature of the debate on the...

Brexit: Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration - Motion to Take Note ( 9 Jan 2019)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, I spoke at the beginning of December so I really shall try to be brief. At the start of today’s debate, a number of noble Lords said, “Nothing has changed”. I think some things have changed and not for the better. There is more bitterness, polarisation, hostility and tension; we saw signs of that with Monday’s reports of remarks made to Members of the other place. There may...

Brexit: Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration - Motion to Take Note (1st Day) (Continued) ( 5 Dec 2018)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, the lights may not be going out all over Europe—not quite—but the doors are closing, and we must be realistic when we look at what is going on. It makes it more bitter if one believes, as I do, that the doors are closing partly because we are pushing them closed, and that we may trap our own fingers in them—and, what is worse, our children’s fingers. That is the background....

Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation - Statement (21 Nov 2018)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, yesterday evening the British-American Parliamentary Group and Ditchley met to discuss these topics. It was an interesting meeting, but it did reveal how readily innovation drives ethics. I say this as an academic philosopher, and it is quite important. The innovation questions are of great importance, but they are not the only questions, and I hope that steps will be taken to...

The Politics of Polling (Political Polling and Digital Media Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note ( 3 Jul 2018)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, the report of the Select Committee on Political Polling and Digital Media, of which I had the honour to be a member, was intended to address one pretty urgent but relatively well-defined topic and then one less well-defined topic, which to me is probably even more important. The urgent topic was to inquire into why the polling organisations provided estimates which in the event...

Brexit: Identity Cards - Question (25 Jun 2018)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, this is not a question about identity but identification. Is it not quaint that we still have people who imagine that ID cards are a threat to civil liberties, who walk around with mobile phones, which constantly give away far more information than any ID card I have ever heard of? When will the Government recognise that being able to show who one is is seriously important, matters...

Immigration: Hostile Environment - Motion to Take Note (14 Jun 2018)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords—

Immigration: Hostile Environment - Motion to Take Note (14 Jun 2018)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: Will the noble Baroness answer the Irish citizens’ question? It is quite different from that for EU citizens in general because of the common travel area legislation.

Immigration: Hostile Environment - Motion to Take Note (14 Jun 2018)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, it turns out that this debate is extremely important for forward-looking reasons, as well as for the reasons raised by the noble Lord, Lord Morris. I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Bassam, on introducing this debate and the noble Lord, Lord Taverne, on giving us a vivid sense of a current issue. The best protection against being misclassified as an illegal immigrant, and any...


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