Results 181–200 of 602 for speaker:Baroness D'Souza

Sri Lanka - Statement (24 Apr 2019)

Baroness D'Souza: My Lords, there has been a degree of instability at the heart of Sri Lankan government since the events of last autumn, when the President tried to replace the democratically elected Prime Minister with another Prime Minister. At that time, it was the judiciary which upheld the constitution, resulting in the reversal of that unwise decision by the President of Sri Lanka. Can the Minister say...

Written Answers — Treasury: Loans: Developing Countries ( 1 Apr 2019)

Baroness D'Souza: To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to make greater provision to enforce due diligence on loans made to developing countries initiated by banks based in the UK.

Written Answers — Department for International Development: Mozambique: Storms (25 Mar 2019)

Baroness D'Souza: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to resume channelling development and emergency aid through the government of Mozambique and its agencies in the light of Cyclone Idai.

Terrorism Act 2000 (Proscribed Organisations) (Amendment) Order 2019 - Motion to Approve (28 Feb 2019)

Baroness D'Souza: My Lords, although I agree in principle with the order proscribing Hezbollah for precisely the reason that the noble Lord just spelled out—Hezbollah does not make a distinction between the political and military arms of its organisation—I should like to insert a tiny protection for freedom of expression. I think it is true to say that once one proscribes the political arm of any...

Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration Etc.) Bill - Committee ( 1 Feb 2019)

Baroness D'Souza: My Lords, may I ask a very naive question? I ask the Committee’s forgiveness if this has already been answered. What happens if there were to be a civil partnership between a brother and sister—let us say the brother and sister are Jill and John—and then Jill meets Jack and decides that she wants to marry him? Can she marry Jack and thereby have a marriage and a civil partnership?

Lord Speaker: Powers - Question (31 Jan 2019)

Baroness D'Souza: My Lords, I of course welcome the suggestion by the noble Lord, Lord Grocott, that there should be what was originally intended to be a five-year review of the Lord Speaker’s powers in this House, but I point out and emphasise that the House has always operated on the basis of self-regulation. That is an extremely valuable convention simply because it ensures that each and every Peer in...

Brexit: Further Referendum - Question for Short Debate (17 Jan 2019)

Baroness D'Souza: It was 2016.

Conflict-affected Countries: Adolescent Girls - Question for Short Debate ( 8 Jan 2019)

Baroness D'Souza: My Lords, I add my thanks to the noble Baroness, Lady Hodgson, for tabling the debate and for her persistent pursuit of improvement and reform in this extremely important area. I want to tell a story this evening. It is a very short story with some uplifting elements. Early in 2002, when I was a governor of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy, I went as part of a small delegation to...

Yemen - Statement (19 Dec 2018)

Baroness D'Souza: My Lords, given that we know that there is food available in Hodeidah and surrounding towns, are the UK Government working out a plan whereby they can buy grain locally to reduce the price? As I understand it, grain is being hoarded by merchants, which is causing a large part of the famine.

Privileges and Conduct Committee - Motion to Agree (17 Dec 2018)

Baroness D'Souza: My Lords—

Syria - Question ( 5 Dec 2018)

Baroness D'Souza: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to support and provide resources for reconstruction programmes in Syria.

Syria - Question ( 5 Dec 2018)

Baroness D'Souza: I thank the Minister for his Answer. The needs in Syria today are both huge and urgent. More than 50% of medical and educational facilities are in ruins, as is some 30% of the housing. But some organisations are operating in Syria outside the Assad regime; for example: MSF, the White Helmets, Syria Relief and the umbrella body UOSSM. In addition, the ICRC, which holds a long-standing...

Privileges and Conduct - Motion to Agree (15 Nov 2018)

Baroness D'Souza: My Lords, I intervene briefly to ask the noble and learned Lord to tell us whether the committee was obliged to hear this case, even though it occurred 11 years earlier. Was that a choice it had, or was it obliged to?

Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill - Committee (1st Day) (29 Oct 2018)

Baroness D'Souza: My Lords. Clause 1 makes a neat distinction between free speech and incitement. New subsection (1A)(a) states: “expresses an opinion or belief that is supportive of a proscribed organisation”. That surely is free speech, depending on the context in which it occurs. New paragraph (b), which states, “in doing so is reckless as to whether a person to whom the expression is directed will be...

Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill - Committee (1st Day) (29 Oct 2018)

Baroness D'Souza: Does the noble Lord agree that context is still a very important matter? If someone is preaching a sermon and is therefore in a position of authority, it is likely that they will actually persuade another person to commit a particular criminal act in a place and over time. However, expressing that view in a different context would not necessarily cause there to be violent action within the...

Prisoners: Purposeful Activity - Question (15 Oct 2018)

Baroness D'Souza: My Lords, there has been considerable success in introducing theatre of all kinds and acting in some prisons. How far do the Government support those efforts and how far are they prepared to finance them?

Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity - Question for Short Debate (13 Sep 2018)

Baroness D'Souza: My Lords, as we heard in my noble friend’s eloquent introduction, genocide has long been determined a crime. The Genocide Convention was adopted in 1948, came into effect in 1951 and was ratified by the UK in 1970. The crucial and unassailable core of that convention was and is that genocide—whether committed in times of peace or war—is always punishable and that all states signatory to...

Afghanistan - Question for Short Debate ( 4 Sep 2018)

Baroness D'Souza: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to review United Kingdom assistance to Afghanistan; and what assessment they have made of the prospects for peace in that country.

Afghanistan - Question for Short Debate ( 4 Sep 2018)

Baroness D'Souza: My Lords, I begin my declaring my interests as set out in the register. In the last decade or so it has become the sometimes unspoken view that Afghanistan is a lost cause. It is excessively poor, tribal, corrupt, still thick with warlords fighting for territory, and, above all, a haven for both the Taliban and Daesh, with consequent violence, civilian deaths and the continuing degradation of...

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