Results 61–80 of 603 for speaker:Baroness D'Souza

Rwanda Asylum Partnership - Question (19 Oct 2022)

Baroness D'Souza: My Lords, I have just returned from a parliamentary visit to Rwanda. Could the Minister clarify which authority in Rwanda would be responsible for determining refugee asylum status? What guarantees are there that the 1951 convention criteria will be faithfully followed? I say this simply because, during this visit, President Kagame said that he was looking for new skills and talents among the...

Food Insecurity in Developing Countries due to Blockade of Ukrainian Ports - Motion to Take Note (21 Jul 2022)

Baroness D'Souza: My Lords, I begin by thanking the noble Lord, Lord Alton, for introducing this very important debate at the very last minute, giving us all the opportunity to express our compassion for what is going on in Ukraine and, indeed, the rest of the world. The crisis is extremely serious and is, as we have heard, likely to spread, affecting the most vulnerable countries in the world. As if the war...

House of Lords Appointments Commission - Private Notice Question (21 Jul 2022)

Baroness D'Souza: My Lords, I thank the minister for his Answer. The Burns report, commissioned by the noble Lord, Lord Fowler, was warmly received in this House and by the Government of that time. Its recommendations included a limit to the number of Peers appointed to the House of Lords and changes to the authority of the House of Lords Appointments Commission. Will the Government now undertake to be guided...

Sri Lanka - Commons Urgent Question (13 Jul 2022)

Baroness D'Souza: My Lords, does the Minister have any evidence of increased tension between the Tamil and Sinhalese populations?

Commonwealth - Motion to Take Note (30 Jun 2022)

Baroness D'Souza: My Lords, the Commonwealth and its various associated organisations may sometimes be perceived as belonging to a colonial era. Its work goes largely unnoticed until CHOGM comes round every two years—then we have the usual debate about its relevance and effectiveness. The large umbrella of the Commonwealth Secretariat, with all its internal and external politics, tends to overshadow the work...

Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill - Second Reading (28 Jun 2022)

Baroness D'Souza: My Lords, this is, I think, a well-meaning Bill, but I question its necessity. I imagine no one here doubts that free speech should be protected, given it is one of the mainstays of our democratic settlement. The issue is by what means, and this is crucial because laws once on the statute book can be reinterpreted and misinterpreted. Furthermore, laws alone do not guarantee a more gentle and...

British Council Contractors: Afghanistan - Commons Urgent Question (27 Jun 2022)

Baroness D'Souza: My Lords, I thank the Minister for answering this question. Can he say whether he has any further information on the extent to which the Taliban in Afghanistan, particularly around Kabul, are still pursuing those linked to the British administration—and indeed many others who are linked to foreign organisations? As far as I can tell from the media, that is not a huge problem at the moment...

Standards of Behaviour and Honesty in Political Life - Motion to Take Note (23 Jun 2022)

Baroness D'Souza: My Lords, our thanks go to the noble Lord, Lord Morse, for his prescience in addressing this issue. Democracy is the best protection we have for liberty, but as we know, democracy is not a given state but a process. In order for it to fulfil its task of upholding the rule of law and implementing mechanisms for collective self-government, it requires the institutions of democracy to be in good...

Ukraine - Statement (16 Jun 2022)

Baroness D'Souza: My Lords, many of my concerns have already been addressed by the noble Lords, Lord Collins and Lord Stoneham, and by the Minister, but might I go a little further? We are, unfortunately, getting used to and even inured to ever more dire predictions of catastrophic food shortages, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. I fear very much that, despite taking into account the rhetoric, the famines...

India: Cereals Export Ban - Question (19 May 2022)

Baroness D'Souza: My Lords, yesterday some of us received an excellent briefing from the UK’s ambassador to Kyiv, which said that one problem of using the rail network is that there is a different gauge between Ukraine and other NATO countries, particularly Poland. Might the Minister be in touch with Army logistics experts to see what mechanisms there might be to transport large amounts of grain that already...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (3rd Day) (12 May 2022)

Baroness D'Souza: My Lords, I would like to take the opportunity of this House’s humble Address to the Queen’s Speech to touch on the issue of our constitutional monarchy and its role in limiting—or not—the power of the Executive. As we all know, the time cannot be too far away when the nation will have to witness the death of our beloved Queen. This distressing event will, however, allow us the first...

Nationality and Borders Bill - Commons Amendments: Motion A1 (as an amendment to Motion A) (26 Apr 2022)

Baroness D'Souza: My Lords, it is with a great regret that I beg leave to withdraw Motion A1. Motion A1 withdrawn. Motion A agreed.

Nationality and Borders Bill - Commons Amendments: Motion A1 (as an amendment to Motion A) (26 Apr 2022)

Baroness D'Souza: My Lords, needless to say, I along with many others am deeply disappointed with the Commons’ decision to reject the amendment that we tabled on Clause 9. In effect, the Government now seek to maintain the legal fiction that previous deprivation orders without notice continue to be valid. This immediately puts many who are suspected of having been trafficked, including women, at risk of...

Nationality and Borders Bill - Commons Amendments: Motion B1 (as an amendment to Motion B) ( 4 Apr 2022)

Baroness D'Souza: The Minister talks about numbers and the D4 case, but there is a principle at stake here: illegal orders have been made and there is no recourse for those affected pre-commencement of this Bill. That is unjust and must be dealt with. I beg to move. Ayes 209, Noes 165.

Nationality and Borders Bill - Commons Amendments: Motion A ( 4 Apr 2022)

Baroness D'Souza: My Lords, my Motion B1 also falls in this group. I start by saying how welcome the safeguarding concessions that have been or will be incorporated into the Bill are. But there is still unfinished business. Very simply, my Motion seeks to delete the retained subsections (5) to (7) on the grounds that these clauses maintain a legal fiction that deprivation orders issued without notice continue...

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill - Commons Reasons and Amendments: Motion D1 (as an amendment to Motion D) (22 Mar 2022)

Baroness D'Souza: My Lords, in defending freedom of expression, which often includes offensive speech, various criteria are maintained, which largely concern the context in which the speech occurs. There are two particular aspects. The first is whether the hate speech, misogynistic or otherwise, is able to be avoided. Is there a way in which the individual can avoid the speech, for example by not turning on...

Saudi Arabia: Mass Execution - Private Notice Question (14 Mar 2022)

Baroness D'Souza: My Lords, is the Minister able to say in which areas of concern the Government have been successful in exerting their influence?

Elections Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment A1 (10 Mar 2022)

Baroness D'Souza: My Lords, I wonder whether noble Lords are fully aware that this is Committee and not Second Reading.

Nationality and Borders Bill - Report (3rd Day): Amendment 84B ( 8 Mar 2022)

Baroness D'Souza: My Lords, I thank the Minister, as always, for her answer. I think the most recent pronouncement from the Home Office on the ARAP scheme was that it would in future include only Afghan citizens who were explicitly involved in promoting British values and policies, which necessarily excludes an awful lot of people who worked for British companies but without necessarily being seen to be...

Nationality and Borders Bill - Report (3rd Day): Amendment 84B ( 8 Mar 2022)

Baroness D'Souza: My Lords, I return to the Afghan relocations and assistance policy. This stand-alone amendment seeks to protect and indeed make welcome those Afghan citizens who worked with UK bodies to promote democratic policies and, as a result, are in danger of retaliation from the current Administration in Afghanistan. Most of us will have heard terrifying stories of young women and, by extension, their...


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