Results 121–140 of 1201 for speaker:Baroness Brinton

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 20 (31 Jan 2024)

Baroness Brinton: My Lords, I thank all noble Lords who have contributed to this debate, particularly the noble Baroness, Lady Newlove, and the noble Earl, Lord Russell, who talked about their personal experiences, which was extremely valuable. I will not rehearse what has been said and repeated by others. I think the Minister needs to understand that the opinion of those who have contributed is somewhat...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 20 (31 Jan 2024)

Baroness Brinton: I am very grateful to my noble friend, and I beg leave to withdraw my amendment.

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 20 (31 Jan 2024)

Baroness Brinton: My Lords, I have tabled Amendment 20 and I thank the noble Lord, Lord Russell of Liverpool, and the noble Baroness, Lady Chakrabarti, for signing it. The background to this amendment is that victims and their family members often feel that they are bystanders in the justice process, unable to have their voices heard and sometimes actively dissuaded from having any involvement in proceedings....

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 18 (31 Jan 2024)

Baroness Brinton: My Lords, my noble friend Lady Benjamin would have liked to speak from these Benches today, but, unfortunately, she cannot be here. She told me that, in signing all these amendments, she supports the attempt of the noble Baroness, Lady Coussins, to strengthen interpretation, in particular, but also access to services in other languages. Much has been said, and I will not repeat it, but we...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (31 Jan 2024)

Baroness Brinton: My Lords, the problem with Clause 2(2) is that it is followed by Clause 2(3), which starts by saying, “The victims’ code must” but then in all its sub-paragraphs says simply that things “should” be provided, so it is watered down. I apologise for being pedantic on this point but it goes to the heart of what the Minister is trying to do. I believe he is saying to us that there is...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (31 Jan 2024)

Baroness Brinton: My Lords, this is the first group of amendments which really gets into victims’ rights—not just what is expressed in the victims’ code, but ensuring that they can access it. The noble Baroness, Lady Gohir, started the group with the important issue of a victim’s right to challenge decisions, including but not only relating to multiple perpetrators. I thank her for that, because that...

Post Office Ltd - Commons Urgent Question (30 Jan 2024)

Baroness Brinton: In the Commons on 10 January, the Prime Minister promised that postmasters would be cleared and compensated swiftly. That same day, Minister Kevin Hollinrake said at the Dispatch Box that all compensation should be paid by August, which is encouraging after many years of delay. However, last Sunday, the Secretary of State Kemi Badenoch said on the BBC that setting a deadline is “not a...

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - Second Reading: Amendment to the Motion (29 Jan 2024)

Baroness Brinton: My Lords, the noble Lord, Lord Hannan, speaks with his usual eloquence. One of the problems from our Benches is that he seems to think that it is an acceptable risk to breach the rule of law. It is that fundamental issue that my noble friend Lord German set out in his Motion, and that is why, unusually, this is something that we should vote against at Second Reading. This weekend, the i...

RAF Aerobatic Team: Historical Allegations - Question (29 Jan 2024)

Baroness Brinton: My Lords, when the inquiry reports were published in November, the air chief marshal said that it was vital to challenge unacceptable and inappropriate behaviour and to “stop, challenge, educate, and if necessary, report situations”. What training is there for all military and MoD personnel to understand how to intervene and, in the words of the report, to stop this “bystander culture”?

Ukraine - Motion to Take Note (26 Jan 2024)

Baroness Brinton: My Lords, I thank the Minister for securing this important debate and for his very helpful introduction. It is always a pleasure to follow the noble Lord, Lord Robertson of Port Ellen, with his interest and expertise, and, as a Kremlin watcher, his awareness of what is going on there. I particularly echo the comments of the noble and gallant Lord, Lord Stirrup, about the need to provide the...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 5 (24 Jan 2024)

Baroness Brinton: My Lords, on these Benches we add our thanks to the Children’s Commissioner for her very helpful round table and briefing notes. We also thank Hestia. I thank other noble Lords for their amendments, which specify children in the definition of a victim. The noble Lord, Lord Ponsonby, and my noble friends Lady Hamwee and Lady Benjamin made strong arguments to include who victims of abuse and...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 1 (24 Jan 2024)

Baroness Brinton: I am very grateful to the Minister for his detailed responses to all noble Lords who have spoken in this debate on a range of different issues, even though they are all part of the concern about some of the holes in the system. I thank him for offering some meetings, which I think is extremely useful, because as I think he will have heard from the debate, we all have a reasonable amount of...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 1 (24 Jan 2024)

Baroness Brinton: On this particular point about anti-social behaviour, Louise Lotz was a friend of mine. The problem was that her local police force did nothing about the earlier stages of anti-social behaviour. One of the things that this amendment is trying to achieve is that police forces just watch the pattern of anti-social behaviour; if they see it going up, their response should also start to change....

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 1 (24 Jan 2024)

Baroness Brinton: My Lords, as we start this Bill, from these Benches we are pleased to see that the first part of it relates to victims. Even though we want to improve the Bill, I thank the Minister for the meetings and dialogue we have had so far and look forward to more as the Bill progresses. Amendment 1, in my name, starts this group on the definition of a victim. I thank Restitute, the lived-experience...

Female Domestic Homicides: Black, Asian and Ethnic-minority Overrepresentation - Question (22 Jan 2024)

Baroness Brinton: My Lords, studies have shown that ethnic-minority survivors of domestic abuse are much less likely to have previously been known to the police than white victims, often because of a wish to protect their partner from police—rather than health interventions—because of institutional racism. What are the Government doing to ensure that all police are properly trained not to move to police...

Post Office (Horizon System) Compensation Bill - Second Reading (and remaining stages) (16 Jan 2024)

Baroness Brinton: My Lords, we have had an extraordinary debate on compensation, exoneration and accountability, but this very short, two-clause paving legislation to grant the power to incur expenditure in relation to compensation for the victims—the postmasters and postmistresses—is absolutely vital. However, the detail that we have been discussing is not in this Bill. For the short term, the actual...

Automated Vehicles Bill [HL] - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 26A (15 Jan 2024)

Baroness Brinton: I suspect that between Committee and Report, the noble Lord, Lord Holmes, and I will discuss this in detail. We might even try to do it at the meeting with the Minister.

Automated Vehicles Bill [HL] - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 26A (15 Jan 2024)

Baroness Brinton: I very gently challenge the noble Lord on his contribution. The problem is that, if there is no chance to rethink, for example, the design of some of the vehicles or the structures that go with it—including architectural software structures in apps—it will be too late. We will end up in the position that we have now found ourselves in on the railways; five years ago, we were expecting to...

Automated Vehicles Bill [HL] - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 26A (15 Jan 2024)

Baroness Brinton: My Lords, I declare my past interest as a member of the Select Committee on the Equality Act and its impact on disabled people, which included assessing PSV transport regulations for safe and effective travel for disabled people. Once again, I am delighted to follow the noble Lord, Lord Holmes of Richmond, and to have been able to sign his Amendment 26A. I have three amendments in this group,...

Immigration Detention: Brook House Inquiry - Question (11 Jan 2024)

Baroness Brinton: My Lords, recommendation 19 of the Brook House report is on the attitude and behaviour of healthcare staff. The use of force on one person who had a serious heart condition lasted for about 18 minutes, was positively harmful and put him at further risk. The recommendation is for immediate guidance for healthcare staff and mandatory training. Can the Minister tell us if that has already been...


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