Results 21–40 of 1201 for speaker:Baroness Brinton

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Report (3rd Day): Amendment 100 (30 Apr 2024)

Baroness Brinton: My Lords, it is a pleasure to lay Amendments 100 and 101 for your Lordships’ consideration. As we had a considerable debate on them in Committee, I propose to outline only the briefest reasons why I have re-laid these amendments originally laid by the noble Lord, Lord Sandhurst. The whole object of the Bill is to give victims some rights that would at least go some way towards matching the...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Report (3rd Day): Amendment 100 (30 Apr 2024)

Baroness Brinton: My Lords, I am grateful to all speakers, especially for their brevity. I particularly thank the Minister for outlining details of how the Government are considering changing this, but we are seeking parity of rights between offenders and victims here. Offenders can still appeal outside 28 days in exceptional circumstances, those exceptional circumstances being judged by the Attorney-General....

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Report (3rd Day): Amendment 101 (30 Apr 2024)

Baroness Brinton: My Lords, with apologies to the House, it was Amendment 101 that I meant to divide on. I wish to test the opinion of the House. Ayes 222, Noes 222.

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Report (3rd Day): Amendment 95 (30 Apr 2024)

Baroness Brinton: My Lords, it was an honour to sign this amendment and to join in some of the meetings with the noble Baroness, Lady Morgan, and colleagues and Stella Creasy. Other colleagues have already explained the progress that has been made. We are hoping to hear from the Minister shortly, but I just want to say that, should the noble Baroness, Lady Morgan, decide to call a vote, we on these Benches...

Infected Blood Inquiry - Commons Urgent Question (24 Apr 2024)

Baroness Brinton: My Lords, from the Liberal Democrat Benches we also pay tribute to Lord Field, who campaigned actively for infected blood victims from 1989. As with Lord Cormack, he will be greatly missed by the infected blood community. Yesterday, Dame Diana Johnson rightly highlighted the appalling experiments which were carried out on an estimated 380 children. In particular, the parents of the children...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Report (2nd Day): Amendment 90 (23 Apr 2024)

Baroness Brinton: My Lords, from these Benches, we also welcome Amendment 90. I want to add one other issue though. It is very much a one-way system, as the noble Lord, Lord Meston, has announced, and I ask whether the noble Earl will write to me, the noble Lord, and any noble Lords who speak in this group, to report on the Government’s progress on the recommendations that they have accepted following the...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Report (2nd Day): Amendment 80 (23 Apr 2024)

Baroness Brinton: My Lords, I added my name to Amendments 80, 83, 91 and 92, and I support Amendment 84 as well, although I have not signed it. I will not repeat everyone else’s comments, but I support virtually all of them—though I might take issue with the noble Lord, Lord Meston, on a couple of minor details about why amendments have been laid. I will make one point about Amendment 91 that nobody else...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Report (2nd Day): Amendment 76 (23 Apr 2024)

Baroness Brinton: My Lords, my honourable friend Layla Moran laid an amendment about the ending of non-disclosure agreements that prevent victims disclosing information to the police or other services, including confidential support services, ensuring that they cannot be legally enforced. She has campaigned on this issue for some considerable time. She and I both thank the Minister for the progress in...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Report (2nd Day): Amendment 35 (23 Apr 2024)

Baroness Brinton: My Lords, I spoke in Committee on this issue, and I continue to offer our support from these Benches. I will not repeat the detail of what I said, but through the passage of the Children and Families Act we had to make sure that there was specific identifying data to link up children who were having to access services in more than one department. That picks up very much on a point made by the...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Report (2nd Day): Amendment 19 (23 Apr 2024)

Baroness Brinton: My Lords, I thank all noble Lords who have spoken on this group, and particularly the Minister for his response. I am very grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Meston, for his clarification of which parts of the court process are concerned. I was quoting both the judge’s summing up and judgment as well as the bigger costs for a wider trial transcript. I was trying to make the point that it can...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Report (2nd Day): Amendment 19 (23 Apr 2024)

Baroness Brinton: My Lords, Amendment 19 in my name was originally proposed by my honourable friend Sarah Olney MP in another place. It highlights a scandalous failure towards victims, especially in the most serious crimes such as rape, serious sexual assault and stalking. It is completely unacceptable in this day and age that victims are forced to pay thousands of pounds to access a transcript of their own...

Personal Independence Payments - Question (23 Apr 2024)

Baroness Brinton: My Lord, PIP is not a general living benefit, unlike universal credit. It is designed specifically to help fund the extra costs that long-term severely disabled people have just to be able to live their lives, and often to be able to get to work. The Minister said just now that it is important to review all processes. I entirely agree, so why is it that seven out of 10 PIP appeals are won on...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 13 (16 Apr 2024)

Baroness Brinton: My Lords, from these Benches we pay tribute to the noble Baroness, Lady Coussins, for her absolute and consistent determination that we should be reminded about the need for professionally qualified interpreters. We had a good debate in Committee on her previous amendments. I will not repeat what I said then. I have torn up what I was going to say because I will be very interested to know...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 9 (16 Apr 2024)

Baroness Brinton: My Lords, I start by referring to Amendment 16 from the noble Baroness, Lady Gohir. I will not repeat the points she made but she emailed me just prior to us starting this evening’s debates on Report. I am interested that she notes that this is a loophole caused by us exiting the EU. I have immense sympathy with the amendment. If it is a clear anomaly caused by us exiting the EU, I remember...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 2 (16 Apr 2024)

Baroness Brinton: I was trying to make the point that the noble and learned Lord has started to make: there are lots of different agencies involved, and they do not collect the same, consistent data. Something on the face of the Bill would ensure that the data was consistent and would help everybody.

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 2 (16 Apr 2024)

Baroness Brinton: My Lords, I have Amendment 7 in this group and have also signed Amendments 3 to 5 and 8. I will refer to Amendment 7 and then briefly cover the others. My Amendment 7 is similar to the one I tabled in Committee. I thank the Minister for arranging for Restitute CIC, which is championing the amendment, and me to have a meeting with his officials, and for his recent letter to me. I am...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 1 (16 Apr 2024)

Baroness Brinton: My Lords, as we begin Report, from these Liberal Democrat Benches I thank the Minister and his fellow Ministers for talking to noble Lords in the short time between Committee and the commencement of Report. We understand that this has been difficult during the Easter Recess, but it has been extremely helpful to hear the Government say where they are and are not prepared to make some progress...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Committee (8th Day): Amendment 172 (25 Mar 2024)

Baroness Brinton: The issue that I raised about young carers was in the legislation—not just in the Children and Families Act 2014 but the Care Act 2014 —because Edward Timpson, the Education Minister at the time, felt that it was so important that there was some mechanism to join up all the different departments. Why are the Government now saying that it is no longer necessary for this to be in...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Committee (8th Day): Amendment 172 (25 Mar 2024)

Baroness Brinton: My Lords, I thank the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Gloucester for her introduction and Harriet Harman for her amendment in another place; even though it did not progress, it was very important. I am very sorry that the noble Lord, Lord Farmer, cannot be in his place today, because his report, which pre-dates the Select Committee report in the Commons—it was published in 2017 and was...

Sodium Valproate and Pelvic Mesh - Question (25 Mar 2024)

Baroness Brinton: My Lords, in response to the noble Lord, Lord Hunt, the Minister said that Minister Caulfield had commissioned this report, but he misses out at least three years of work earlier. There was the report of the noble Baroness, Lady Cumberlege, and there was a long debate during the passage of the Health and Care Act when Nadine Dorries said she would look at commissioning something and then...


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