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Results 221–240 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 — Report (5th Day)(Continued) (14 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: I am very happy to write to the noble Baroness. As I explained, the ACMD in making its recommendations to the Government is able to indicate any routes that it thinks that the Government should take. I am very happy to explore that with her. We are awaiting a report from the ACMD on these new psychoactive substances, and it may well be that that will inform the Government better as to the...

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

Baroness Browning: My Lords, the noble Lord will know that reform of the Misuse of Drugs Act is not in the Bill as a proposal, and I am not really in a position to be able to respond to him on his amendment today. Clearly, however, if there was a need to reform the Act itself, the Government would always be receptive to hearing the views that are being put forward on that, so while I have noted what he said...

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

Baroness Browning: We are on the last day of Report and I cannot commit at this stage to bring this back formally at Third Reading. However, I am happy to engage in discussions with my noble friend on the points she has raised.

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

Baroness Browning: My Lords, I think it was the noble Lord, Lord Stevenson of Balmacara, who, in an earlier debate, suggested that, as far as this part of the Bill relating to Parliament Square is concerned, I said I would reflect and bring things back. That is why government amendments are in this group. I am keeping my word and seeking to make some changes. Clause 148 empowers the court to make any...

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

Baroness Browning: I am glad to have reassured my noble friend. I will pick up on a couple of points raised in the debate. My noble friend Lady Hamwee talked about powers for parks regulations. These powers will be exercised by the Metropolitan Police as it has a distinct Royal Parks operational command unit. My noble friend Lady Kramer also asked about other parks that might be affected by these amendments....

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

Baroness Browning: My Lords, as I have indicated, no one says that this is an easy matter. We have sought to reform the legislation by giving more opportunity for peaceful protest on the square while seeking to remove the problem of the encampments. I have discussed Westminster City Council's concerns with it, but it is quite clear that it will fully co-operate as partners in this legislation. We continue to...

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

Baroness Browning: I think I am correct in saying that when he wrote that letter he was probably extremely concerned and wanted to have more dialogue with my department. That dialogue has taken place and will be ongoing. We will certainly take seriously any concerns of Westminster City Council and any other enforcement agency that will be required to participate in this new legislation, and will continue to...

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

Baroness Browning: My Lords, I hope I have explained very clearly why the amendments before the House would not address the problem that we are seeking to address. My noble friend asked me to look at this further. We have already made concessions on this legislation to get the balance right, particularly as expressed in this House and another place, and to ensure that it was not overprescriptive for those who...

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

Baroness Browning: My Lords, I have noted what the noble Lord has said.

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

Baroness Browning: My Lords, I thank my noble friend for his amendment. Indeed, it was just two weeks ago that we had a more extensive debate on his Private Member's Bill on this subject. The Government are committed to restoring rights to non-violent protest. They are also committed to ensuring that everyone can enjoy public spaces and do not consider it acceptable for people to camp on Parliament Square....

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

Baroness Browning: The sobriety scheme based on conditional cautions has all the legislative power that it needs now. I do not need to put it into this statute; there is sufficient statute to run it now. If we were to move on later to something as described by the noble Baroness, we would, as I indicated, need to pick up the results of those pilots in future legislation. If we take forward these pilots on the...

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

Baroness Browning: My Lords, I am sorry that I did not pick up on the point about the sunset clause. I am not able to offer the noble Baroness a change in my view on such a clause. The amendments need substantial work to make them workable from a technical and legal point of view.

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

Baroness Browning: The noble Lord poses many challenges to me. It might be appropriate for me to remind the House that responsibility for drug and alcohol abuse is within my ministerial brief at the Home Office. I am conscious that, in addressing this part of the Bill, I have already spoken-perhaps extensively-in Committee about my commitment. While I hear what the noble Lord says about the Department of...

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

Baroness Browning: I accept what the noble Lord says on that and do not dispute it at all. I support the principle of a sobriety scheme that seeks to tackle the problems caused by alcohol-related offending-particularly by binge drinking, which can blight communities-but I must still resist these amendments. Contrary to what the noble Baroness has said, an effective and robust sobriety scheme can be implemented...

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

Baroness Browning: My Lords, for some reason we seem to be in a "vote early and vote often" mode today. These amendments seek to remove three clauses from the Bill that lower the evidential threshold that applies to decision-making by licensing authorities. The clauses replace the requirement that licensing authorities should take actions that are "necessary" with the requirement that their actions are...

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

Baroness Browning: My Lords, I am not in a position to try to second-guess how a court would determine that, because we are talking hypothetically and not about a specific example. I will come on to an example which might be helpful to the House. The lower evidence threshold would apply to most conditions, but to show that the imposition of conditions such as the use of plastic glassware or closure of windows...

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

Baroness Browning: My noble friend's amendment would mean that the responsibility for dealing with appeals in relation to low-level complaints against the Metropolitan Police would be handled by the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime rather than the responsibility resting with the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police. While the Government recognise that giving the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime...

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

Baroness Browning: My Lords, the government amendments to Schedule 14 correct a number of drafting errors that have come to light during the passage of the Bill. The changes are necessary in order to ensure that the changes to the existing police complaints legislation work properly. I assure noble Lords that in the main they are technical, drafting points that, for example, correct incorrect numbering and add...

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill: Report (4th Day) (13 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: I am very grateful to the noble Lord. I am sure that he is aware that Third Reading is next week-Tuesday or Wednesday, I believe. It was not my intention to have met with the Minister of State in the Department for Transport by then. However, I can assure him that I am planning to meet with her before the House returns in September. I think that she and I need to have an across-the-table...

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill: Report (4th Day) (13 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, I am very grateful to all noble Lords who have contributed to the debate. I shall start by speaking to Amendments 242, 243, 271 and 272. In Committee I was grateful for noble Lords' comments about the importance of integrated policing between the British Transport Police and the geographic police forces. This is why my honourable friend the Minister of State for Transport and I...


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