Results 101–120 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

Airports: Heathrow — Question (23 Jan 2013)

Baroness Browning: I am grateful to my noble friend, but we will all have witnessed on the television the misery of passengers and, of course, the damage done to the UK's reputation. Is it not time for Heathrow to learn the lessons quickly so that we do not have these annual reports following what was, after all, a rather modest snowfall?

Scrap Metal Dealers Bill: Committee (18 Jan 2013)

Baroness Browning: I courteously remind the noble Lord that when his party was in office it, too, had mavericks on its Back Benches with or without anybody's agreement, who messed up Friday morning Private Members' Bills. We should be careful of not reaping the whirlwind. If this House sets a precedent today that promises made in another place are not kept, that will affect not just this Bill but other rather...

Scrap Metal Dealers Bill: Committee (18 Jan 2013)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, when I became a Minister at the Home Office in 2011, metal theft was part of my portfolio of ministerial responsibilities. At the very first briefing I received on it, I was immediately seized of the fact that legislation and change needed to happen. Of course, having been a constituency MP, I was already aware of the difficulties and the serious crimes that were being committed, as...

NHS: Liverpool Care Pathway — Question (15 Jan 2013)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, I, too, welcome the appointment of the noble Baroness, Lady Neuberger; I am sure that we all have confidence in her as chair of this review. Can my noble friend confirm that the terms of reference will specifically make sure that a direct comparison is made between what is appropriate in terms of the expertise and continuity to be found in the hospice movement and the rapid changes...

Electoral Registration and Administration Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (14 Jan 2013)

Baroness Browning: Yes. A section of David Laws's book is relevant to what my noble friend has just said. In the negotiations that he attended, he reports, "'So what I am suggesting is this,' said Danny"- that is, Danny Alexander, who is now a Minister. "'We will support your proposals on redrawing the constituency boundaries to make voting fairer. But in return, we want your support for a referendum on a...

Electoral Registration and Administration Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (14 Jan 2013)

Baroness Browning: I am concerned at this linkage between Lords reform and the measures that the noble Lord is now espousing. I took the effort over the weekend to read 22 Days in May, by our colleague David Laws, who was part of the negotiations. In the book, I found nothing in those negotiations that links Lords reform with boundary changes.

Disability Services: Motion to Take Note (10 Jan 2013)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, it is a great pleasure to follow the noble Lord, Lord Boateng, who has brought this very important report to the Floor of the House today. At the beginning, I refer Members to my interests in the register concerning various disability charities. The noble Lord, Lord Boateng, has outlined in his opening remarks some of the core challenges and problems identified by this report, so in...

Care Services: Abuse of Learning Disabled — Question for Short Debate (13 Dec 2012)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, it is a great pleasure to follow the noble Baroness, Lady Kidron, and to have this opportunity to congratulate her on her maiden speech. She has been acclaimed both nationally and internationally as a film-maker, and we must add our congratulations on her choice of subject matter in her maiden speech. We look forward to future contributions from her as the years go by. I begin by...

Care Services: Winterbourne View — Statement (10 Dec 2012)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, my noble friend said that families' concerns were ignored, but would he accept that there is huge push-back across all the public services involved with this group when anyone who is a family member of someone over the age of 18 tries to make representations on their behalf? I experienced that again personally, yet again, only this week. Paragraph 3.9 of the department's response...

Autism — Question (5 Dec 2012)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, does my noble friend agree that if we are really going to achieve equality for the autistic community, we need to start looking now at the sort of services that they require when they become much older and frailer? It would be a tragedy if we improved services for children and adults but, when they become old and frail and are no longer able to maintain independent living, even with...

Scrap Metal Dealers Bill: Second Reading (30 Nov 2012)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, I am very grateful to my noble friend the Minister for rounding off the debate. It has been encouraging to hear so many contributions that clearly all travel in the same direction to bring about legislation that will put an end to this illegal trade. I am grateful, too, to the opposition Front Bench for its support for the Bill. The noble Lord, Lord Faulkner, has worked hard on...

Scrap Metal Dealers Bill: Second Reading (30 Nov 2012)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, I am pleased to present the Second Reading of the Scrap Metal Dealers Bill to your Lordships' House as a result of its successful passage through another place, where my honourable friend Richard Ottaway MP chose to reform the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 1964 when he drew second place in the Private Members' ballot. Metal theft and its illegal disposal have increased in recent years in...

Flooding: Insurance — Question (29 Nov 2012)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, I declare an interest, having been flooded in 1997 and 2008. In his discussions with the insurance industry, does my noble friend ever mention not just that those of us who are in that position are very nervous about what will happen to our insurance next year but the fact that our houses are unsellable? There are elderly people who need to go into residential care, but they cannot...

Crime: Violence Against Women and Girls — Question (8 Nov 2012)

Baroness Browning: Notwithstanding the work of police and crime commissioners, will my noble friend confirm that the Government will centrally continue the valuable work they are doing to combat violence against women and girls?

Universal Credit — Question (6 Nov 2012)

Baroness Browning: Will my noble friend confirm that people claiming disability benefits will be reassured that when the Government calculate the minimum amount they need to live on, the cost of maintaining a computer and purchasing internet access will now be part of that computation?

Police Service: New Governance Structure — Motion to Take Note (1 Nov 2012)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, it is always a pleasure to follow the noble Lord, Lord Stevens of Kirkwhelpington, and, like others, I thank the noble Baroness, Lady Henig, for giving the House the opportunity to debate the future landscape for policing. She will not be surprised to know that I was very disappointed that in her 15-minute address to the House I struggled hard to find anything positive in what she...

Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules — Motion of Regret (23 Oct 2012)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, I join this debate briefly because I was intrigued by the noble Baroness's Motion. I have discussed it informally with the noble Baroness. Having looked at this and made a study of average wages, I think it would be helpful if my noble friend in replying could confirm what is in the instrument, as was drawn to the attention of the House by the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny...

Extradition — Statement (16 Oct 2012)

Baroness Browning: My Lords-

Extradition — Statement (16 Oct 2012)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, I refer to my interests in autism listed in the Members' register. I welcome this Statement today about Gary McKinnon, but will my noble friend agree that the Home Secretary had the advantage of seeing medical reports from psychiatrists who have a working knowledge of Asperger's syndrome, which made an enormous difference to the decision that she has made today? Over the past few...

Police and Crime Commissioners: Elections — Question (11 Oct 2012)

Baroness Browning: I welcome my noble friend to his new position at the Home Office. Would he agree with me that, if November was such a bad time to go to the polls, no political party in this country would move by-elections at that time of year, which of course they have all done? You do not hear the Americans whingeing away about how cold and wet it is in November-they go out and vote.


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