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Results 281–300 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

Phone Hacking — Private Notice Question (5 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: I fully understand why my noble friend raises the issue of trust, because from the beginning these matters have been conducted in ways which have given the public great concern. If I may, let me quote to my noble friend the words of Sir Paul Stephenson, given that the Met is now conducting a very robust and vigorous investigation, whose conclusions, once made, will be ones on which I believe...

Phone Hacking — Private Notice Question (5 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, I am aware that the chairman of the Press Complaints Commission has expressed her grave concerns today that the News of the World lied in giving evidence. She was extremely angry that the Press Complaints Commission had been misled. That is a very serious matter, and I am sure that my right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport will want to take...

Phone Hacking — Private Notice Question (5 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: I thank the right reverend Prelate for the way he couched his question. He clearly understands from my replies that I cannot engage the House today in a full debate on this, because we are waiting for these investigations and legal outcomes to be made public, but I have no doubt that once they are in the public domain, we shall return to this subject with much vigour.

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Report (2nd Day) (Continued) (4 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: I do indeed and although we have not been able to agree on everything, I have appreciated the constructive way in which the noble Baroness has brought forward her suggestions, both in Committee and on Report. I know that I have disappointed her in many of my responses, but I hope she will accept that in this change to the Bill I have listened carefully across the House, but particularly to...

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Report (2nd Day) (Continued) (4 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, if I may deal with that last point first, it is certainly not meaningless. I will come later in my remarks to why I think it is an important addition to the Bill. In resisting these amendments before the House tonight, I note that many are addressed through proposed government amendments to which I will speak later. I shall begin with Amendments 92, 93 and 95, which were tabled by...

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Report (2nd Day) (Continued) (4 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, I will first address government Amendments 89 and 90 in this group. The Government have given this matter a great deal of consideration and I discussed it in some detail in meetings across the House with noble Lords following Committee. There are already some safeguards in the Bill as to the appointment of the deputy mayor in the form of strong disqualification criteria and the...

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Report (2nd Day) (Continued) (4 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: I apologise for interrupting. The noble Baroness is quite right. If I may interpose a few words here, I must say that I appreciate that what the Government have set out is not what the noble Baroness is seeking in her amendments and in the debate around the Chamber tonight. I would point out that all matters other than minor complaints-we defined what we thought these were in Committee-are...

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Report (2nd Day) (Continued) (4 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, we have quite a long list of amendments in this grouping, including some government amendments, to which I will come at the end. I begin with Amendments 69, 188 and 194, tabled by my noble friend Lady Harris of Richmond and the noble Baroness, Lady Henig, and to which the noble Baroness, Lady Henig, spoke, concerning the appointment of senior police officers. These amendments would...

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Report (2nd Day) (Continued) (4 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, I understand that there is absolutely no change. There is no reason why they cannot ask those questions.

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Report (2nd Day) (Continued) (4 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: I assume that if a question is asked and somebody has the answer they would have the courtesy to give it. There is nothing in the Bill to prevent them answering a question they are asked.

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Report (2nd Day) (Continued) (4 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: I take seriously what the noble Baroness says about chief officers. I appreciate the seriousness of the point that she is making. I hope that the Bill has taken account of that, not least in the protocol that has been discussed with colleagues in this House across all parties. I said on Report last week that we are still considering whether or not to put the protocol or the principle of a...

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Report (2nd Day) (Continued) (4 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: We have a situation in London where, although I said earlier that there is a difference between London and the other areas, there will be an opportunity to scrutinise the plan. I do not want this to sound as if it is an isolated case. We have had these discussions now. We have tried to strengthen in the Bill the fact that there is a need not just to scrutinise and challenge but also to...

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Report (2nd Day) (Continued) (4 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: I realise that the mayor will have said things about transport, I appreciate that, but the mandate that the mayor will have been elected on will have outlined how he sees the reduction of crime in London. It is important that that is not fettered by a veto, which it could be.

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Report (2nd Day) (Continued) (4 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, I have to remain illogical to the noble Lord. I can think of nothing else to say to him now that we have not already taken around this circuit, not just in today's debate but in Committee. I wonder whether I might start to address some of the amendments that have been raised in this debate, beginning with the veto in Amendment 179 tabled by my noble friends Lady Hamwee and Lord...

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Report (2nd Day) (Continued) (4 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, I would like to deal with one or two points that have just been raised before I touch in more detail on the amendments that have been spoken to this evening. We want the Assembly to have a role in informing the development of the plan which is in keeping with the rest of the country and the elected mandate of the PCC. We do not believe that there should be a veto, because no other...

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Report (2nd Day) (Continued) (4 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: I am halfway through the sentence; perhaps I may finish it. At the heart of the Bill is an ability to be elected on a manifesto and on a mandate which people will have heard. People will either support them on that or give their support to an alternative candidate with a different way of taking these matters forward. The right to veto would completely negate what had been put to the people...

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Report (2nd Day) (Continued) (4 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, I assure the House that there is absolutely no question that the Home Office is not part of the Government. I am shocked to the quick that the noble Lord should suggest such a thing. There is a difference between the Mayor of London and the mayor's election but, unlike mayoral strategies on which the mayor goes to the electorate, within the Bill there is a lot of detail which is...

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Report (2nd Day) (Continued) (4 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, we have been round this circuit quite a few times. The difference is that the mayor, unlike PCCs, covers a distinct police force area. The election of the mayor has already taken place; we are familiar with the structure. I know that the noble Lord is going to jump up and talk about the City of London police, and I accept the point. He has made the point and I think that I have...

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Report (2nd Day) (Continued) (4 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: I have not addressed that question before. I will come back to the noble Baroness. I am probably doing what my officials call "going off piste" here-I do it quite frequently-but I believe the PCC has the authority to build these relationships and if they felt it appropriate for someone, not necessarily a member of the panel, to represent them for a particular purpose, perhaps a particular...

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Report (2nd Day) (Continued) (4 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: Yes, I am very happy to do that. I had rather thought that the noble Lord was seeking to strengthen my own amendment in this matter. I take his point about the difference between bilateral and multilateral relationships. I am very happy to take it away and look at it again, just to be absolutely sure that we have got this right. I had regarded the amendment that he tabled today as rather...


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