Results 121–140 of 331 for speaker:Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve

Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (28 Jan 2015)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: I declare two interests, one as chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, which is thinking a lot these days about the right to freedom of expression and the challenges to it, and as a university teacher of some 40 years who has quite often not had her lectures drafted very much ahead of having to deliver them. That is a reality of academic life. I heard what other noble Lords have...

Assisted Dying Bill [HL]: Committee (2nd Day) (16 Jan 2015)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, we have had a very interesting debate on the first amendment in this group, which is very limited. I observe that the Bill does not alter the law on suicide. Suicide is not a crime. If your Lordships think about it, if suicide is successful, you cannot prosecute.

Assisted Dying Bill [HL]: Committee (2nd Day) (16 Jan 2015)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: It alters the law on assisting suicide, and it will be for the Committee, during the discussion of the amendments that lie ahead, to determine whether it alters that law in an effective and secure way. That is not the issue here. The issue in the first amendment is simply: what is the Bill about? I hope that one of these days your Lordships’ House will consider a Bill on assisted suicide....

Assisted Dying Bill [HL]: Committee (2nd Day) (16 Jan 2015)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, this is a clarificatory amendment looking at the purposes of the Bill. We might think that they are already entirely clear and I agree that in negative respects it is absolutely clear that this is not a euthanasia Bill. It is not comparable to legislation that exists in the Low Countries: it is something else. But I think we left Second Reading very unclear about what it is. It is...

Implications of Devolution for England — Statement (16 Dec 2014)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: Does the Minister have any worries that this way of proceeding will add to the raggedness of our constitutional settlement and lead to asymmetric forms of devolution, and confuses devolution and delegation? This is an area where many of us fear to tread without great care. Surely, from the start, a constitutional convention, discussion, collaboration and cross-party agreement are all needed.

Medical Innovation Bill [HL] — Report (12 Dec 2014)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, in so doing, it would be valuable if the Minister could go back to the central theme of today’s debate, which is patient safety, not the protection of doctors from clinical negligence claims. If we are focused on patient safety, any failure to collect valuable information, whether positive or negative, would compromise patient safety—not perhaps the safety of that individual...

Medical Innovation Bill [HL] — Report (12 Dec 2014)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, I am not certain whether the noble Lord, Lord Turnberg, makes things easier by suggesting in Amendment 3 that one should move from views to support, for two reasons. One is that we have a later amendment that refers to views and the recording of them. The other is that I would have thought it would be important to record the spectrum of views concerned, not just the support—the...

Religion and Belief: British Public Life — Motion to Take Note (27 Nov 2014)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, I, too, thank my noble and right reverend friend Lord Harries of Pentregarth for initiating this debate on such an important range of topics. I want to say something about the importance of the ways in which we think about and approach differences in religion and belief in public life. An obvious starting point is to turn to the relevant rights to freedom of thought, conscience and...

Wales Bill — Report (Continued) (11 Nov 2014)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, before we go any further, I might not be the only Member of your Lordships’ House who detects an ambiguity which we need to clarify before proceeding. Is the proposition that electoral arrangements shall be subject solely to the agreement of the Assembly, or are electoral arrangements for the National Assembly for Wales subject indeed also to legislation by this Parliament, and in...

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles — Question ( 5 Nov 2014)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: Does the Minister agree that if privacy as well as security is to be maintained it is essential that any unmanned aircraft or drone has an identifier so that people can know whose drone it is and have a comeback?

Scotland: Devolution — Motion to Take Note (29 Oct 2014)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, I begin with two declarations of interest, one of the heart and one of the head. Both are relevant to this debate. From the heart, I have four grandparents, one Irish, one Scots, one Welsh and one English. That means I have a stake in many parts of this debate. I spent a lot of the six months leading up to the referendum with sleepless nights, worrying, not just about what would...

Medical Innovation Bill [HL]: Committee (24 Oct 2014)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, before the noble Earl responds, I would like to know whether other noble Lords think that this attempted definition of “innovation” does not perhaps inadvertently classify some entirely traditional medical treatments as innovations simply because they have been around for much longer than randomised clinical trials with equivalent clinical validation, and there will be no...

Medical Innovation Bill [HL]: Committee (24 Oct 2014)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, I am sorry to say that I am another non-medic. Indeed, I am a philosopher by trade and training but I would like to make three points. First, I was puzzled at Second Reading and again this morning by a certain divergence of vision among those of our medical colleagues with surgical experience and those who are not surgeons. It seems that, on the whole, those with surgical experience...

Iraq — Motion to Take Note (26 Sep 2014)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, the Minister and many other noble Lords have made a very compelling case for the just cause that would be represented by this intervention. The jus ad bellum criterion for this being an acceptable war has been fully satisfied in this debate and elsewhere. There is a strong case that it is both moral and lawful to intervene, but that is not a sufficient account of what it takes for a...

Assisted Dying Bill [HL]: Second Reading (18 Jul 2014)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, this Bill, as we already have heard, arouses great passions and considerable confusion. No doubt we shall hear many claims and counterclaims about the adequacies of the supposed safeguards in the Bill, but I think that at Second Reading it may be more useful for us to concentrate on what the Bill aims to do, for there remain fundamental confusions. I shall try to be brief. First,...

Medical Innovation Bill [HL] — Second Reading (27 Jun 2014)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, I declare an interest in that I am on the board of the Medical Research Council and chair its ethics, regulation and public involvement committee. Nothing that I say is said in the name of the Medical Research Council, but I believe that it will be compatible with the views that it holds. I have great sympathy with the purpose of the Bill and agree that we need to ensure that, where...

Digital Bill of Rights — Question (16 Jun 2014)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: Does the Minister think that the new draft data protection regulation now in process in Brussels will provide more or less adequate protection of personal privacy in the event that it is passed without further amendment?

Digital Bill of Rights — Question (16 Jun 2014)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, I was referring to the draft data protection regulation—which is not a directive—not to the right to be forgotten.

Queen’s Speech — Debate (5th Day) (Continued) (11 Jun 2014)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, ostensibly, few constitutional Bills were listed in the gracious Speech. Apart from the Wales Bill and the recall of Members of Parliament Bill, no others appear obviously constitutional and yet we all know that this year may mark momentous constitutional changes. I am one of those fortunate people with an Irish, a Scots, a Welsh and an English grandparent. I am a person of the UK....

Care Bill [HL]: Commons Amendments ( 7 May 2014)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, I hope that the Minister will comment on a fact mentioned by the noble Earl, Lord Erroll: namely, that on its imminent coming into force the European data protection regulation will indeed supersede our Data Protection Act, which implements the current European directive. I am sure that the debate in Brussels has been conducted with the highest aims for the protection of privacy but...


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