Results 101–120 of 331 for speaker:Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve

Investigatory Powers Bill - Second Reading (Continued) (27 Jun 2016)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, as the very last Back-Bench speaker I might not have much to say but I have one thing to say at the start: it seems rather a good day for this Second Reading because the Bill bears on UK national security. I therefore hope that, unlike some current Bills, it will still have adequate government support amid the political disarray. I am not sure whether the UK break-up party, formerly...

Obesity - Question (26 May 2016)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords—

Obesity - Question (26 May 2016)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: Does the Minister agree that this is not a matter just of individual responsibility? Many meals are eaten in places where people have no choice. They are provided by public institutions, including hospitals, hospital canteens, schools, prisons and the armed services. Should not all those meals be designed not to further obesity?

Queen’s Speech - Debate (4th Day) (24 May 2016)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, as the noble Lord, Lord Norton of Louth, set out clearly for us today, it is not obvious where the legislation on constitutional and devolution issues is in the gracious Speech, yet that is the topic of today’s debate. The so-called British Bill of Rights would of course be such a measure but, as we heard, it is still postponed. The gracious Speech refers to the referendum but the...

Schools: Modern Languages - Question (24 May 2016)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: Has the Minister noted the reason OCR has given for discontinuing these examinations, which is that the time needed to prepare for the mode of assessment was excessive and it did not feel that it could do it responsibly within the time? This was a particularly well-reputed set of language exams. Does the Minister agree with me that the assessment tail is wagging the education dog here?

Trade Union Bill — Committee (4th Day) (Continued) (25 Feb 2016)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: I declare an interest as chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission. I return to a point that I made at Second Reading, which is that we are talking here about restrictions on Article 11 rights—the right to freedom of assembly. That is a right that I believe all parties are committed to. The European Convention on Human Rights sets out the permissible purposes for which a restriction...

Scotland’s Fiscal Framework — Statement (24 Feb 2016)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords—

Scotland’s Fiscal Framework — Statement (24 Feb 2016)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, is the implication of this agreement that the Barnett formula is, as it were, the acquis communautaire which provides the baseline against which fairness is judged?

Universities: Freedom of Speech - Question (22 Feb 2016)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords—

Universities: Freedom of Speech - Question (22 Feb 2016)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: Does the Minister have any views about the most effective means by which university vice-chancellors and councils can alter the climate in which some people confuse the passion of their own disagreement with a licence to silence?

Drones — Question (19 Jan 2016)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, will the cross-government working group also consider the capacity of drones to infringe people’s privacy by photographing them in their houses, their gardens or wherever they may be? What enforcement mechanisms might be envisaged there?

Trade Union Bill: Second Reading (11 Jan 2016)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, I declare an interest as chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission. I shall talk about some of the human rights that are engaged by the Bill. The Bill sets conditions on the activities of trade unions. It therefore engages the right to freedom of association, which is an important human right. It might seem that this is the worst of moments to discuss the human rights...

Religion: Advertisements — Question (25 Nov 2015)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, does the Minister accept that there is not and cannot be a right not to be offended? Offence is in the eye of the beholder, and the right to freedom of expression and the right to manifest religion or belief cannot be curtailed by a supposed right not to be offended.

Access to Palliative Care Bill [HL]: Second Reading (23 Oct 2015)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, this is a Bill on the right topic—on assisting the dying. That term has been used recently for a quite different Bill which was aimed at only a very narrow number of those who sought death and was about assisting their suicide. Here we have something that speaks to the many who die each year. So it is the right topic—and quite necessary. It is also the right time, as the...

Women in News and Current Affairs Broadcasting (Communications Committee Report) — Motion to Take Note ( 8 Sep 2015)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, I, too, thank the noble Lord, Lord Best, for a very interesting report with a great deal of detail which replays close study. I declare two interests, first, as chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission and, secondly, as a member of an advisory group for a project on the future of the BBC that Goldsmiths, University of London, is running with some help from the British...

Wilson Doctrine — Question (22 Jul 2015)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: Can the Minister give us any indication of the approximate date on which a new Bill will be tabled? I declare an interest as having been a member of the panel that produced the Royal United Services Institute report, the third to deliver on these topics after those of the ISC and David Anderson QC, the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation. The reports have reasonably congruent...

Devolution: England — Question (25 Mar 2015)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, is the noble Baroness aware that by doing separate bits of devolution for the separate devolved nations we do not make progress towards retaining the United Kingdom, we risk its dissolution?

Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 (Risk of Being Drawn into Terrorism) (Amendment and Guidance) Regulations 2015: Motion to Approve (23 Mar 2015)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, would the Minister be willing to consider that the Prevent duty might be well entrenched by preventive measures such as requiring a recording of visiting speakers’ presentations? It is such a normal feature of university life that one is requested to agree to a recording for the intranet, a podcast or whatever. It would mean that there would be a record and that matters could...

Deregulation Bill: Report (3rd Day) (11 Feb 2015)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, I had not intended to speak because, as chair of the EHRC, it is difficult for me to do so, but before the Minister sits down, I think I can allow myself to say one factual thing. This is an unusual regulatory body in that it is subject to international inspection and rating—which will be done by the ICC. Unfortunately, as a matter of timing, all the evidence that the ICC requires...

Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill — Report (2nd Day) ( 4 Feb 2015)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, I add my voice to these questions about the guidance that may be issued. I very much welcome the fact that such guidance would have to be approved by both Houses before it came into force but we have heard about one sort of guidance which raises particular fears for anybody who cares about freedom of speech or academic freedom. I must declare an interest. Yesterday evening, I was a...


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