Results 141–160 of 331 for speaker:Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve

Immigration Bill — Report (2nd Day) (Continued) ( 3 Apr 2014)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, I have enormous sympathy with the intention of this amendment. It is entirely wrong that local people in particular, but also many other people resident in this country, should be bypassed in the recruitment process and not even have the opportunity to seek work. I declare an interest as chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission already referred to. We have done some work in...

Press Regulation — Question ( 2 Apr 2014)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: Does the Minister consider that the Leveson recommendations will be adequately implemented if the only self-regulatory body declines to seek audit by the royal charter body?

Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill: Third Reading ( 4 Mar 2014)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, I think I support the amendment. I see that it takes account of the comments from the Joint Committee on Human Rights. It would help if the Minister could give the House one assurance—I do not know whether she can. New subsection (3D)(b) refers to, “the application of internationally accepted principles relating to national human rights institutions”. That is exactly the right...

Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill: Committee ( 3 Feb 2014)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: Is the Minister willing to confirm from the Dispatch Box that, should the consultation reveal that public sentiment is not going to endorse the principles of Civil Service independence, it will not be the outcome of the consultation that is carried through but rather those principles for Civil Service independence?

Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill: Committee ( 3 Feb 2014)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, I declare an interest as chair of the UK Equality and Human Rights Commission. We have an asymmetric situation in the United Kingdom, whereby Scotland has a separate human rights commission reporting to the Scottish Parliament, as the noble Lord, Lord Alderdice, said; Wales does not have anything separate; and Northern Ireland has a human rights commission. However, the status of...

Scotland: Independence — Question (29 Jan 2014)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, does the noble and learned Lord agree that even in the event of a no vote in Scotland, which I very much hope for, there are questions to be addressed about our variegated devolution settlements with parts of the United Kingdom? Does he not further agree that thought about that should take place now rather than in a rush after an unexpected and unhoped for yes vote?

25th Anniversary of the World Wide Web — Motion to Take Note (16 Jan 2014)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, I thank my noble friend Lady Lane-Fox for introducing what must be a central topic for all of us. She also asked the right question: what sort of world wide web do we want? There are also the questions of what sort of web we can have and have now. We are probably living in the twilight of the cyber-romantics who think that zero regulation of everything online is the way we should...

Anti-social Behaviour, Crime andPolicing Bill — Report (2nd Day) (14 Jan 2014)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, I wonder whether the Minister could address the case of the adult child of a tenant who is away at university but whose place of permanent residence remains the family home and who gets involved in a riot—a serious matter—in or near the university. Would it be the case that in those circumstances the parent stands to lose their tenancy?

Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill — Committee (3rd Day) (16 Dec 2013)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, I agree with the points that other speakers have raised, but I support the amendment for a further reason, which is that the politics of Northern Ireland differ from those of the rest of the United Kingdom. Noble Lords may say that that reason is more apparent in Part 1 of the Bill, which deals with political parties and lobbying. However, we should remember that the parties that...

Police: Public Trust — Motion to Take Note (28 Nov 2013)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Paddick, for his very courageous speech. I listened with great care and I think we all learnt from it. I should declare an interest as the chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, which undertook some work on the disproportionate use of stop and search and managed to show that reducing levels of stop and search, in particular its inequitable...

Financial Services (Banking Reform) Bill — Report (2nd Day) (27 Nov 2013)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, before the noble Lord sits down again, I offer another friendly thought—I hope. I have it in mind because the Netherlands has reintroduced a bankers’ oath analogous to an oath for physicians. As part of that move, we should note that the relationship with the persons who are here designated as customers should, indeed, properly be that of a client. This is a professional service...

Mental and Physical Health: Parity of Esteem — Motion to Take Note (10 Oct 2013)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, I think that we are all very grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Layard, for securing this debate. It is a theme of such enormous dimensions that it is almost tempting to avoid how centrally serious it is. He has concentrated on this area for many years, and I am sure that many of us have learnt from his work. I declare an interest as chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission,...

International Development: Diseases of Poverty — Question (24 Jul 2013)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: Is the Minister aware that in addition to the money that is going through DfID for these purposes, the Medical Research Council—I declare an interest as the chair of its ethics committee—supports a great deal of research into tropical diseases and has two research centres in Africa?

Press Regulation — Private Notice Question ( 3 Jul 2013)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: Is the Minister still committed to securing a royal charter that will underpin self-regulation but not self-interested regulation?

Leveson Report — Question ( 1 Jul 2013)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, in March, in the debate to which the noble Lord, Lord Fowler, has referred, there was an understanding that there was a cross-party agreement about the way forward on the Leveson recommendations. What is the state of that agreement now?

Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (Temporary Class Drug) Order 2013: Motion to Approve (27 Jun 2013)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, I declare an interest as chair of the Medical Research Council’s ethics and regulation committee. Can the Minister say whether consideration has been given to altering the defaults on this policy? When it comes to prescription drugs, we require proof of safety before a drug proceeds to clinical trials and attempts to establish efficacy. Why should proof of safety not be a...

Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill: Report (5th Day) (18 Mar 2013)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, before the Minister replies, like many other noble Lords I have been trying to clarify where we are. I think that it is the case that the detour through the royal charter, which is where the two-thirds majority is mentioned, means that an ordinary vote in both Houses of Parliament would not be sufficient. This royal charter is an instrument of the Privy Council. We are not voting to...

Education: Languages — Question (12 Mar 2013)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, these initiatives are very welcome, but we have now had nearly 15 years of reports congruent with that of the British Academy and we need a remedy that is not piecemeal and not based on initiatives or on the thought that Saturday morning clubs can do a lot. This is really harming our economy at all levels. Does the Minister have a strategic reply to offer?

Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill: Report (4th Day) (11 Mar 2013)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, the noble Lord, Lord Howarth, has put his finger on the real difficulty for designers. It is not that the period of copyright protection is too short; rather, it is too ineffective. What is needed for our designers is some method of ensuring that their designs are not ripped off extremely rapidly so that they have no effective period of protection. I have heard it said that new...

International Women's Day — Motion to Take Note ( 7 Mar 2013)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, I declare an interest as Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission. Since so much of what the commission does bears on the topics of today's debate, I feel multiply interested, in every sense of the word. I am very grateful to the Minister for instituting this debate and for its length, which enables us to say a little bit more. Like many other noble Lords, I admired the...


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