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Results 201–220 of 2700 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Baroness Browning

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Third Reading (20 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, between us the noble Lord and I make a great team. I was concluding my remarks to my noble friend Lady Hamwee. I know that she will find this a disappointing answer, but we believe that her concerns are addressed in the Bill. Amendment 1 agreed. Clause 29 : Police and crime panels outside London Amendment 2 Moved by Baroness Browning 2: Clause 29, page 22, line 16, at end insert-...

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Third Reading (20 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: I beg to move. Amendment 3 (to Amendment 2) Moved by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath 3: Clause 29, line 3, leave out "supporting the effective exercise of the functions of the police and crime commissioner for that" and insert "upholding the integrity, impartiality and effectiveness of the police force for that police"

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Third Reading (20 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: I am grateful to the noble Lord for giving way; I did not pick up on this point. I would point out that, despite perceptions, the current mayor has not fired anyone and does not currently have the power to do so. It is the Metropolitan Police Authority that has the power to dismiss the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police. It was suggested that the mayor was responsible for the resignation...

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Third Reading (20 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, the Government are clearly reflecting on the events of the past few days-that is what the Statement which will follow Third Reading will seek to address, as of course did the Home Secretary's Statement which was read in this House on Monday. We have had a detailed analysis of the Bill, but I am not at this stage going to pre-empt what the other place will make of the changes that...

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Third Reading (20 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: The noble Baroness and I have, in the course of our debates and deliberations, exchanged stats on various polls. Certainly, the Bill has sought at all stages to strengthen that accountability of the PCC, and I am very grateful to Members on all sides of the House in this. In particular, we have brought forward amendments at Report stage which strengthen the panel, so that the PCC can be held...

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Third Reading (20 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: I would like to speak to the government amendments in this group. The intention of Amendment 1 is to bring the provisions of the London Assembly police and crime panel's scrutiny of the police and crime plan into line with the provision for panels outside the capital. For forces in England and Wales outside London, the PCC must respond to any reports or recommendations made by the panel on...

Metropolitan Police Service — Statement (18 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: I quite agree with the principle that my noble friend Lady Hamwee has just espoused. Certainly, the investigations, and the recommendations that will come from them, will, I hope, show us the best way forward for things such as hospitality. Very often, these things come down to personal judgment. All of us in public life have to make a personal judgment about some of these issues, and...

Metropolitan Police Service — Statement (18 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: While I hear what the noble Lord, Lord Blair, says about a royal commission, we have, since he last raised this, put into place a series of investigations, reviews and reports that I hope will throw light and transparency on to the problems that he has identified as underlying the number of commissioners who have left. We do not know at this stage how deep those investigations will go and...

Metropolitan Police Service — Statement (18 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: Well, my Lords, again, this is a matter that the noble Lord and I have debated at some lengths during the Committee and Report stages of the Bill. As he will know, we have disagreed over the internal handling of minor complaints within the police force. I have not changed my mind about that, but on more serious matters involving senior officers he will know that it is not simply the case that...

Metropolitan Police Service — Statement (18 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, I hear what the noble Baroness says. I think we all want transparency and clarity. If she is saying-I am not quite sure whether I have understand this correctly-that there question marks about the independence of individual members of the IPCC, I will certainly be happy to take that away and to have further discussion with her about how it might be addressed.

Metropolitan Police Service — Statement (18 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: I am very happy to support the words of the noble Lord, Lord Condon. Indeed, in her Statement in the other place, the Home Secretary made a point of concluding her remarks on that basis. We are all conscious of the impact that this will have on morale, not just in the Met but rippling out more widely. There are in this House in particular former senior police officers who have served their...

Metropolitan Police Service — Statement (18 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, I hear what the noble Baroness says, but I am well aware, as she is, that right from the start her party has opposed police and crime commissioners. Despite what has happened over the past two weeks, there are those who have now focused on the fact that police and crime commissioners will be there to represent the public, having been elected by them, and who will hold chief...

Metropolitan Police Service — Statement (18 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: I thank my noble friend for that. The inquiry by Lord Justice Leveson will be in two parts, as noble Lords will know. We hope that some aspects of the inquiry will be moved along more quickly than others. We must let the inquiries have enough time to get the outcome of full transparency and disclosure. Therefore, I am tempted not to say that I want them to be hurried up, because we need to...

Metropolitan Police Service — Statement (18 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Lord who, in the course of the Bill, has given advice and a very clear steer on the need for a pool of senior officers for whom leadership is a key component in their training and development. The Government take police leadership and issues affecting it very seriously. Police leadership is key to ensuring that officers across England and Wales are able to...

Metropolitan Police Service — Statement (18 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, I can only repeat to the noble Lord what I said to others who sought to identify this as a matter that should result in halting legislation on police reform and social responsibility-I believe that around the country police forces and communities are crying out for the sort of reform that the Government are bringing forward. I have not changed my mind since I made that point five...

Metropolitan Police Service — Statement (18 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, the noble Lord, I know, has been a victim of phone hacking and raises important issues. That is why the judicial inquiry and the two inquiries that are being overseen by Sue Akers in the Metropolitan Police have been set up. I have every confidence in the Sue Akers inquiries. It is not for me as a Home Office Minister to intervene in police operational matters, but I hope that the...

Metropolitan Police Service — Statement (18 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord for his opening remarks, particularly in respect of the Metropolitan Police officers who have announced that they are standing down. On his final point about the police and crime commissioners, the noble Lord will know only too well, as he and I have debated this in some detail over many weeks now, in Committee and on Report, that there has always been a...

Metropolitan Police Service — Statement (18 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, I beg leave to repeat a Statement made earlier today in another place by my right honourable friend the Secretary of State for the Home Department. The Statement is as follows. "Mr Speaker, with permission, I would like to make a Statement on the resignations of Sir Paul Stephenson and John Yates, the Metropolitan Police investigation into phone hacking and allegations of police...

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Report (5th Day)(Continued) (14 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, Amendment 311 would mean that the police and crime commissioner provisions of the Bill cease to have effect after four years unless, following an independent review and report, the House approves an order by the Secretary of State for the arrangements to continue. Many noble Lords have spoken in the course of these debates of the risk of disruption to the police service, and I have...

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Report (5th Day)(Continued) (14 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, I commend the noble Baroness, Lady Meacher, for ensuring that we keep an open mind and consider all options available to best respond to the threat of new psychoactive substances-sometimes referred to as legal highs-which are specifically designed to get around existing legislation. As I explained in Committee, the temporary class drug orders will constitute a UK legislative...


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