Results 1181–1200 of 1204 for speaker:Baroness Brinton

Written Answers — House of Lords: Energy: Nuclear Tests ( 5 Jul 2011)

Baroness Brinton: To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of all documents held by the Ministry of Defence, Atomic Weapons Establishment and external agencies relating to the planning and execution of the British nuclear tests and subsequent clean-up operations have been disclosed. To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will place in the Library of the House a list of all documents held by the...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Israel and Palestine: West Bank (30 Jun 2011)

Baroness Brinton: To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Israel on the proposed demolition of the Broqeen Girls Basic School in the Broqeen Municipality on the West Bank.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Israel and Palestine: West Bank (30 Jun 2011)

Baroness Brinton: To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Israel about the demolition of the new mosque in Broqeen in Area C on the West Bank.

Higher Education White Paper — Statement (28 Jun 2011)

Baroness Brinton: My Lords, I, too, thank the Minister for the Statement. I want to ask two specific questions. The first is on simplifying the regime for obtaining degree-awarding powers and making sure that the qualifications and assessment process for FE colleges and private providers will be the same as it is for universities. One of the strengths of the sector at the moment is the qualification assessment...

House of Lords: Reform — Motion to Take Note (2nd Day) (22 Jun 2011)

Baroness Brinton: My Lords, yesterday my noble friend Lord Ashdown of Norton-sub-Hamdon made arguments for legitimacy through democratic elections. I believe his arguments are unanswerable and I wish to echo the sentiment. A noble Lord commented afterwards that all Liberal Democrat candidates would write down his speech and deliver it in hustings over the next few years. There have also been comments that...

House of Lords: Reform — Motion to Take Note (2nd Day) (22 Jun 2011)

Baroness Brinton: The point I am trying to make is that it is not purely about jurisdiction, it is about the practical application of having a constituency of 5 million people as opposed to 75,000. I turn now to issues of diversity in a future House that is either partially or wholly elected. In an elected House, we need to ensure that recommendations from the Speaker's Conference to improve the diversity of...

Education Bill — Second Reading (Continued) (14 Jun 2011)

Baroness Brinton: My Lords, I add my congratulations to the noble Lord, Lord Edmiston, on his maiden speech. He and his schools demonstrate the importance of ensuring that education really prepares pupils for the world of work-a matter very close to my own heart. I warmly support the comments made by my colleagues on these Benches on the Bill's focus on decentralisation, which will give schools and colleges...

European Union Bill: Report (2nd day) (Continued) (13 Jun 2011)

Baroness Brinton: My Lords, I cannot really follow the points of the noble Lord, Lord Deben, on referenda. I disagree with his initial argument, but I support the principle about the people having their say, whether one agrees with it or not. I find it understandable that the noble Lord, Lord Willoughby de Broke, proposed the amendment, given the frustrations that he and his colleagues clearly feel about both...

European Union Bill: Report (1st Day) ( 8 Jun 2011)

Baroness Brinton: My Lords, I shall speak specifically on the 40 per cent threshold and will start by reaffirming the point made by other noble Lords on these amendments going against the Government's objective of re-engaging with the British people, particularly on major EU issues about transfer of power and competency. I want to reassert the coalition's intentions on referendums in other parts of our life....

Women: Special Operations Executive — Question for Short Debate ( 6 Jun 2011)

Baroness Brinton: My Lords, I thank the noble Baroness, Lady Crawley, for instigating this important debate. I hope that the many forms of remembrance will be recognised. There has been much mention of Noor Inayat Khan, who died aged 30 at Dachau. A memorial is at last being sculpted, which will be put in Gordon Square in London. In today's sometimes tense multi-faith world, I find it incredibly moving that a...

European Union Bill: Committee (8th Day) (25 May 2011)

Baroness Brinton: My Lords, although I oppose both Amendments 61 and 63 for attempting to kill the Bill before its effect can be seen in practice, I have some sympathy with Amendment 62. Over the eight days that this Committee has sat, many noble Lords have expressed concern from both the pro and the anti-European perspectives about detail that is often not in the Bill itself, as the Bill is not about policy...

Education: English Baccalaureate — Question (24 May 2011)

Baroness Brinton: My Lords, does the Minister agree that it is essential that all pupils have access to a broad syllabus in the bacc, including religious education that teaches all faiths and none, which is about what people believe rather than teaching them what to believe? Does the Minister further agree that, in addition to RE being an academically rigorous subject, effective all-faith teaching promotes...

EU: Electronic Communications Framework — Question (11 May 2011)

Baroness Brinton: My Lords, does the Minister share my concern that the 50,000 UK BSL users cannot use the telephone in the same way as ordinary hearing people can do? They cannot contact their doctor, MP, bank or even just order a takeaway. What plans do the Government have to introduce VRS to the UK in the same way as it has been introduced in the US over the past nine years, to address the shocking...

European Union Bill — Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) ( 3 May 2011)

Baroness Brinton: I am grateful for that intervention from my noble friend Lord Wallace, which was much more informed than I could possibly have given.

European Union Bill — Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) ( 3 May 2011)

Baroness Brinton: My Lords, I fundamentally disagree with that point. The key point here, which we have come back to day after day on this Bill, is that this is about the process not the policy. The process has been absolutely clear and I still wait to hear from the noble Lord, Lord Liddle, on where these are not covered by existing treaties.

European Union Bill — Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) ( 3 May 2011)

Baroness Brinton: My Lords, I absolutely agree that the policy areas set out in these amendments are important for debate. We had an extremely interesting debate earlier and it is absolutely key as well that the EU continues to focus on these issues. However, I am really struggling to identify the areas within the existing treaties where the EU is not able to act. I would be grateful to the noble Lord, Lord...

European Union Bill: Committee (3rd Day) ( 3 May 2011)

Baroness Brinton: My Lords, fascinating though the discussion about chocolate and whisky has been, I should like to return to the substance of the amendment and begin by mentioning the concerns over the figures relating to QMV. We perhaps overegg matters relating to the percentage change to the UK's influence over further accessions. The UK currently has 12.33 per cent of the EU population. If Turkey, Croatia,...

European Union Bill — Committee (1st Day) (Continued) ( 5 Apr 2011)

Baroness Brinton: My Lords, I wish to speak against the amendments. I am grateful to other colleagues for having mentioned the 1975 and 1979 referendums. The EU referendum in 1975 was my first active campaign as a Liberal. I joined the party the year before, and I lived and worked in Scotland in the run-up to and immediately after 1979. I want to talk about the impact of that threshold in Scotland. I am very...

European Union Bill — Committee (1st Day) (Continued) ( 5 Apr 2011)

Baroness Brinton: It is very interesting how many people think they voted Liberal Democrat in May 2010. Had they done so, we might have been the major partners in the coalition Government and not the junior partners. The key thing is not just about those who may have voted in a certain way, but the impact of the voice of the people being ignored. That is my concern and I am concerned about having a referendum...

European Union Bill — Second Reading (Continued) (22 Mar 2011)

Baroness Brinton: My Lords, as a new Member of this House, I have been impressed by the expert contributions on all sides of the debate. With my L-plates on, I am learning fast and am certainly in some awe of the previous seven hours. It is all too evident that the 21st century offers us phenomenal challenges, including global competitiveness, global warming and global poverty, which we could never deal with...


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