Results 161–180 of 331 for speaker:Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve

Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill — Report (2nd Day) ( 4 Mar 2013)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: I have observer status; I am not a member of the working party.

Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill — Report (2nd Day) ( 4 Mar 2013)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, I begin by declaring an interest as the chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission. I have appreciated the arguments made on this by many noble Lords, including many noble friends. I can say only a limited amount from the position that I occupy, but I should at least remind your Lordships of the position that the commission has taken on the removal of Section 3. This is not a...

Defamation Bill: Report ( 5 Feb 2013)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, it has been a very instructive debate. I think that it has become clear to many of us how little many of us who are not close to the cross-party talks know about what is actually being said or discussed. There is, I am sorry to say and as the most reverend Primate reminded us, a serious question of trust here that is not going to be remedied quickly. A number of issues speak...

Defamation Bill: Report ( 5 Feb 2013)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, I have put my name to this amendment to Amendment 1, moved by the noble Lord, Lord Puttnam, because it is urgent to establish an effective, affordable and independent route for resolving claims of defamation. In doing so, I declare an interest as chair of the Equalities and Human Rights Commission. Unlike my noble friend Lady Hollins, who also brings the expertise of experience of...

Electoral Registration and Administration Bill: Report (23 Jan 2013)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, this is not a subject on which I would often speak, but I have thought a great deal about the inconsistencies in our practice: having data protection legislation and yet an electoral register where you can opt-out of the publication of your address. The noble Lord, Lord Tyler, is right-there are too many people who have an interest in having access to this information for good...

Leveson Inquiry — Motion to Take Note (11 Jan 2013)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, we owe Lord Justice Leveson a very great debt. His is not merely a sophisticated, integrated and well argued report, but it has been conducted in the most difficult circumstances, in which he was not able to comment on a great deal of the relevant evidence because of the number of cases that are or will be sub judice. In effect, he had to do his prospective task before his...

Media Standards and Media Regulation — Motion to Take Note (25 Oct 2012)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, I am grateful to all noble Lords who have taken part in the debate. There cannot be any of us who has not learnt a great deal. I particularly wish to thank the Minister for the care with which he has followed my lines of argument. It is rare to find at the Dispatch Box such a detailed grasp of the various lines of argument that are put forward round the House and I appreciate that...

Media Standards and Media Regulation — Motion to Take Note (25 Oct 2012)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, it is a privilege to open this debate on media standards and regulation, and to do so at this stage in events. Some noble Lords may be wondering whether this is the right time to debate this topic, given that Lord Justice Leveson has yet to report on his inquiry into the sad and sometimes criminal practices that have made media standards and regulation an urgent issue. Ministers...

Higher Education: EUC Report: Motion to Take Note (11 Oct 2012)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, there is a great deal of interest, and I think importance, in the European Union Committee report, The Modernisation of Higher Education in Europe. We are indebted to my noble friend Lady Young for the report and for the many themes that it covers in some detail. I am going to be, I hope, quite boring and concentrate on a single theme. It is discussed in paragraphs 50 to 57 and...

Defamation Bill — Second Reading ( 9 Oct 2012)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, it is a great honour to speak after the noble Lord, Lord Lester of Herne Hill. We all owe him a great debt for his persistence, his focus and his depth of knowledge on these topics. I shall be briefer but I have two interests to declare. First, I am a trustee of Sense about Science, which has worked to improve the ways in which scientists and science writers communicate with the...

Media Ownership — Question (23 May 2012)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, have the Government taken any thought about what they would do if they discovered that the Murdoch-owned press was to be sold off? We already have a very high proportion of non-taxpaying non-resident owners of the British national press. Do the Government have contingency plans in mind in order that we should retain at least parts of our media that are in the control of people who...

Queen's Speech — Debate (2nd Day) (Continued) (10 May 2012)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, we are in something of a cleft stick when it comes to reform of your Lordships' House, and that is never a comfortable place to be. I think it is open to a Cross-Bencher to suggest a different way to move forward. It seems to me that it might even be a way that could be the focus for some consensus. In the gracious Speech, the Government's proposal has been definitively set down as...

Draft House of Lords Reform Bill: Motion to Take Note (Continued) (30 Apr 2012)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, I do not think that I can add much to that, so I shall go off in a different direction. I think that we are now galloping towards the Becher's Brook of constitutional reform, and matters are, unsurprisingly, pretty confused. Perhaps this is inevitable. The confusion and discomfort arise because many noble Lords and many others want an elected House of Lords because it will have...

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill — Third Reading (27 Mar 2012)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: Before the Minister finishes winding, will he explain to the House why he does not think that these exemptions-the noble Lord, Lord Lester, may be entirely right-are the right way to go? Does he not think that two successive changes in the regime are the very worst thing for litigants in this area? In so far as we are leaving the Bill as it is, one change will happen now and another will...

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill — Third Reading (27 Mar 2012)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, I know that it is Third Reading and at this point I shall speak to process and not to substance. We already have in the Bill two exemptions from certain provisions relating to success fees and cost recovery via insurance-Clauses 44 and 45. The existing exemptions for those two clauses relate to respiratory disease and industrial disease, particularly when there has been a breach of...

Liaison Committee: Third Report — Motion to Agree (26 Mar 2012)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: Will the noble Lord confirm that the Government remain committed to policies and structures in the House; and that the Liaison Committee, above all, remains so committed and will support evidence-based policy rather than a slide towards the new, the "breath of fresh air" and the policy-based evidence?

Freedom of Information Act 2000 — Question (15 Mar 2012)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords-

Freedom of Information Act 2000 — Question (15 Mar 2012)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: I thank the noble Lord but that is not what I was going to ask.

Protection of Freedoms Bill: Third Reading (12 Mar 2012)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, I thank the Minister for listening to what the process set out in Amendment 19 is. I understand his reluctance to make any commitment under the heading of introducing changes that may be recommended by Sir Alan Beith's committee but that require primary legislation. For that reason, I shall withdraw the amendment. However, on other matters this has been like sweeping a very long and...

Protection of Freedoms Bill: Third Reading (12 Mar 2012)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, the amendment addresses a range of issues on which we have had long discussions at Second Reading, in Committee and on Report, on the clauses dealing with proposed extensions of the application of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to research data sets. I thank the Minister especially for his agreement at Report to delay implementation of this part of the Bill until the completion...


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