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Results 261–280 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 (3rd Day) (Continued) (11 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: I was referring only to the chief executive protections for discussion in another place.

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Report (3rd Day) (Continued) (11 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, I hear what noble Lords have said about the use of ping-pong and the other place; I am not a business manager and the matter of when Third Reading of any Bill takes place is not in my hands. I have heard what the House has said tonight and I will take it away for further advice.

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Report (3rd Day) (Continued) (11 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, we do not disagree with the principle behind the amendments proposed by the noble Lord, Lord Harris, that the PCC or the MOPC should be able to make their own decisions about transfers. However, the government amendments will maintain the status quo-the noble Lord asked about that, and that is the intention-and provide stability in the transitional phase by providing that all staff...

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Report (3rd Day) (Continued) (11 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: I guarantee to write to the noble Lord about this, but the principle behind it is that it is very clear to the public who is responsible for what. The process that will be employed is more detailed than I have information for tonight, but I shall write to him specifically on the issue of process that he has raised. The amendment from the noble Lord, Lord Harris of Haringey, would allow PCCs...

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Report (3rd Day) (11 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: I have said that I will make sure that certainly before Third Reading, and I hope within the next 48 hours, I can write to noble Lords and place a copy of that letter in the House Library showing how this new threshold of 20 will impact on every police force in the country. That will show what the numbers would have been if I had left the Bill unamended with my increase to 20, and what the...

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Report (3rd Day) (11 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: I have to say that this amendment is a major concession on the part of the Government. It is free to all noble Lords to come back at Third Reading, but I believe that this is a very significant concession, which reflects a lot of the points raised across the House.

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Report (3rd Day) (11 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, I cannot say that the Government will come back to this at Third Reading. I am happy to talk off the Floor to noble Lords who have concerns about this, but this is a major concession. In looking at the exact numbers for each police force area, I remind the House that before I tabled this amendment the ceiling for police and crime panels reflected the number of local authorities plus...

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Report (3rd Day) (11 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: I hope that there would be a discussion early on on the panel if there was a debate about the need to co-opt. I hope that would ensure that there was agreement on the need to co-opt. We keep trying to drive down to micromanage the panels. I am concerned to give panels the authority and flexibility to get the balance right, based on their judgment of their local needs, without trying to...

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Report (3rd Day) (11 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: That gives the Secretary of State, as I just described, the opportunity to ensure that the panel's motive is to ensure the overall balance of the panel and to prevent the panel being packed with chums and politically slanted, which noble Lords have been concerned about-we have had a lot of discussion in Committee and on Report about this. Noble Lords have asked whether the members will be of...

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Report (3rd Day) (11 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: I hate to disagree with the noble Baroness, Lady Henig, on this because I know that her motives are well-meaning. That paragraph in Schedule 6 has the heading: "Duty to produce balanced panel"-the Bill very clearly already includes the duty to produce a balanced panel. The noble Baroness describes a situation, and it saddens me to say this, in which there may be councils around the country...

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Report (3rd Day) (11 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, perhaps the solution to that is that PCPs can also set out their own rules and practices for all other business and procedures under Part 4 of Schedule 6, at paragraph 24. There is sufficient flexibility already in the Bill, combined with raising the threshold to 20 members, that gives the panel the opportunity to get the right balance that this House has called for. I genuinely...

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Report (3rd Day) (11 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, again I am very disappointed that the House is not able to identify the flexibility that the increase in the number on the panel offers. I want to make some progress now. I propose to place in the Library of the House as soon as possible-I hope within the next 48 hours-a comparison of the current system and the new system and how it will affect each police authority in the country....

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Report (3rd Day) (11 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, I must confess, for the first time in taking this Bill through the House, that I am genuinely disappointed, because in the government amendments in this group we have tried really hard to address concerns across the House that were raised in Committee about giving more flexibility to achieve balance on the panel. As we know from previous debates, that balance ranges across...

UK Borders Act 2007 (Commencement No. 7 and Transitional Provisions) Order 2011 — Motion to Regret (7 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, I think the noble Lord has been in the House long enough to know that the Government do not comment on the legal advice that they receive. Certainly, in bringing this measure into being, as I have outlined, it is our understanding that, unlike other statutory instruments, commencement orders are subject to no parliamentary procedure. It would not be appropriate for me to comment on...

UK Borders Act 2007 (Commencement No. 7 and Transitional Provisions) Order 2011 — Motion to Regret (7 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, I thank my noble friend Lord Avebury for the opportunity to debate this Motion, and I am also grateful to him for correspondence relating to this debate that he has made available to me. A number of points have been raised, and I will do my best to deal with the issues to which they give rise. The Motion deals with a distinct subject: the manner of implementation of Section 19 of...

Phone Hacking — Private Notice Question (5 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, once again our thoughts are with the Dowler family. As the Prime Minister said, these allegations are truly dreadful and the police should pursue their investigations wherever they lead them. A police investigation into allegations of phone hacking is currently under way. It is important that the investigation is allowed to proceed and that the conclusions be made public. A number...

Phone Hacking — Private Notice Question (5 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, I can understand my noble friend's concern, and the concern of the House as a whole, at what is a truly shocking matter. This morning the Home Secretary, appearing before the Home Affairs Select Committee in another place, described what has happened, with the new information that has been received, as shocking and disgusting. She reiterated today that we must await the outcome of...

Phone Hacking — Private Notice Question (5 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, as noble Lords will know, this matter is subject now to a robust investigation by the Metropolitan Police. The MPS has provided a public update and made it clear that it can say no more at this stage. Surrey Police, which is responsible for the Milly Dowler investigation, is also making no comment. Accordingly, this remains an ongoing operational matter for the police on which...

Phone Hacking — Private Notice Question (5 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, I have every sympathy for the noble Lord, Lord Prescott, who I believe is himself a victim of this phone-tapping scandal. Phone tapping or hacking is illegal and is not a matter that the Government regard lightly. It is an offence for a person intentionally to intercept without lawful authority any communication in the course of its transmission. That applies equally to the media....


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