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Queen’s Speech - Debate (6th Day) (22 Oct 2019)

Baroness Massey of Darwen: ...will no doubt be considered as we go through the Bill. I am reminded that over the past three years or so we have not considered issues such as children and the elderly; we have been talking about Brexit considerations. I regret this and we should now emphasise issues such as the health and well-being of children and the elderly. We must re-address our priorities and examine what, as a...

Council of Europe: House of Lords Members’ Contribution - Question for Short Debate (24 Jul 2019)

Baroness Massey of Darwen: ...issue for the past, the present and the future. The UK was significant in the creation of the Council of Europe and continues to make a significant impression. Of course, whatever happens with Brexit, we shall continue as a member of an organisation which has been called the “democratic conscience” of Europe. I am proud, along with notable colleagues, including many here today, to be a...

Brexit: Other Policy Areas - Question (2 Jul 2019)

Baroness Massey of Darwen: ...for that response. However, is he aware of the frustration within and outside Parliament about the number of key social issues that are being ignored or deferred because of the emphasis placed on Brexit? I am thinking of Bills on such issues as domestic violence, mental health and social care. When is the Government going to catch up?

Brexit: Movement of People in the Cultural Sector (European Union Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (15 May 2019)

Baroness Massey of Darwen: ...existing visa system. Two surveys reflect some of the problems. One produced by ICM Unlimited for Arts Council England states that most arts and culture stakeholders have a negative perception of Brexit, including, “reputational risk, an uncertain economic and funding environment, and increasing costs and complications for their organisations in relation to freedom of movement”. Most...

Brexit: The Erasmus and Horizon Programmes (European Union Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (1 Apr 2019)

Baroness Massey of Darwen: ...It is a student exchange programme established in 1987 and it is highly successful, with the UK being an important player. It would be sad if the UK’s standing and collaboration were impaired by Brexit. It was reassuring to hear from those closely involved in the organisation of Erasmus on the UK side that plans were being made to provide continuity for the programme. However, we heard...

Brexit: Proposed UK–EU Security Treaty (European Union Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (16 Jan 2019)

Baroness Massey of Darwen: ...and for his excellent chairing of the EU Home Affairs Committee, of which I enjoy being a member. The past two years have been exciting, busy and sometimes perplexing, and he has handled the many Brexit-related issues with enormous skill and determination. Many of those issues, processes and priorities are still relevant at this time of kaleidoscopic uncertainty. We know that issues...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Report (4th Day) (30 Apr 2018)

Baroness Massey of Darwen: ...have to declare an interest now that I am chair of the Council of Europe Sub-Committee on Children. I am also active in children’s issues in the UK. The amendment explores the potential impact of Brexit on children. I thank the Minister for Children, who along with his staff met me a couple of weeks ago. I hope the Government are listening today. I do not intend to call a vote on this...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (4th Day) (Continued) (5 Mar 2018)

Baroness Massey of Darwen: ...excellent debate on children’s rights and protection, with many articulate and forceful contributions. The noble Baroness, Lady Tyler, stressed that children are potentially the most affected by Brexit because they are young and will be subject to the forces that Brexit might bring. I am disappointed by the Minister’s response. Many of us have said tonight that we recognise that we...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (4th Day) (Continued) (5 Mar 2018)

Baroness Massey of Darwen: I apologise if there are no microphones, although it is not my fault. There has been little effort to consider how Brexit might affect children. I do not know who has been consulted on this. Perhaps the Minister can tell me. Have children been consulted? Organisations now often consult children about matters which affect their lives. Have the UK commissioners for children been consulted? They...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (4th Day) (5 Mar 2018)

Baroness Massey of Darwen: ...are the primary consideration and to ensure a child-friendly approach. I am impressed by and grateful for the report by the EU Committee chaired by my noble friend Lady Kennedy of The Shaws, Brexit: Justice for Families, Individuals and Businesses. It addresses the 1996 Hague convention in respect of parental responsibility and measures for the protection of children. The maintenance...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) (26 Feb 2018)

Baroness Massey of Darwen: ..., online abuse and missing children—a long list of concerns, also mentioned by my noble friend and the noble Lord. In the many excellent House of Lords committee reports on the impact of Brexit on our systems, we have tended to refer to children’s issues mainly just in passing, if at all. I want to focus on the importance of considering children at the heart of our discussions. I was...

Family Relationships (Impact Assessment and Targets) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (23 Feb 2018)

Baroness Massey of Darwen: ...is a great pleasure to follow the noble Lord, Lord Farmer, and I thank him for introducing the Bill so cogently. Noble Lords may be encouraged to know that I shall not be looking at the impact of Brexit on families: I think we deserve a little Brexit relief after this week. Families in the UK have changed significantly from when I was growing up. We are now a society with different faiths...

Role of Women in Public Life - Motion to Take Note (Continued) (5 Feb 2018)

Baroness Massey of Darwen: ...scintillating performances of my noble friends Lady Smith and Lady Hayter, a team who have worked tirelessly, endlessly and patiently to present so effectively the complexities facing us regarding Brexit. The debate was relatively respectful and good humoured on all sides, from men and women. It was an example of knowledgeable and analytical presentation, enhanced, I believe, by the...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Second Reading (Continued) (30 Jan 2018)

Baroness Massey of Darwen: My Lords, I shall today discuss some of the implications of Brexit on children and families. I define children as being up to the age of 18, based on a number of agreed conventions. Laws relating to families and children are a vital part of our justice system. They vary in the devolved nations but form a structure which has been important in protecting children and resolving family disputes....

Brexit: UK-EU Movement of People (EUC Report) - Motion to Take Note (17 Jul 2017)

Baroness Massey of Darwen: ..., and dispersed across a range of sources that are not always directly comparable”. I will provide some evidence-based examples of this with regard to children. Concerns about the impact of Brexit on children are being discussed in detail now by the children’s rights sector across the UK and Europe, including practitioners, civil society organisations and academics. I hope that their...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (5th Day) (28 Jun 2017)

Baroness Massey of Darwen: My Lords, there have been many excellent reports on Brexit from the House of Lords Select Committees. I declare membership of the Home Affairs Sub-Committee. But none of these committees has discussed the specific impact of Brexit on children. Today I shall call for government action. Children are our future and Brexit could influence that future without our children having had a say. I am...

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (1st Day) (27 Feb 2017)

Baroness Massey of Darwen: ...of this new clause is to ensure that the impact of decisions on those with protected characteristics are considered, taken into account and debated at every stage of the negotiation process for Brexit. That is all—just looked at and debated. The word “equality”—and its implications—is curiously absent from documents from the White Paper onwards. Given the various debates that...

Northern England: Opportunity and Productivity - Motion to Take Note (12 Jan 2017)

Baroness Massey of Darwen: .... As the noble Baroness, Lady Pinnock said, give them the tools. I know they are cash-strapped. I think we would all plead with the Minister and the Government to listen to the north and make Brexit an opportunity. That opportunity will be lost if the north is not encouraged and supported. I stress again the need for a positive dialogue between the Government and the north to achieve our...

Northern England: Opportunity and Productivity - Motion to Take Note (12 Jan 2017)

Baroness Massey of Darwen: ...were made in the south and that power and money resided in the south. The northern regions are more than three times as dependent on EU trade as London. The director of the IPPR has argued that Brexit negotiations should focus on the needs of the areas that voted strongly to leave. He has a point. Brexit must not be bad for the north; we must be vigilant. In relation to productivity, the...


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