Results 61–80 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

Offenders: Rehabilitation — Question (27 Nov 2014)

Baroness Browning: More broadly, what are the Government doing to encourage employers to employ ex-offenders, even if it is not the original occupation that they held before they entered prison?

Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism Bill: Second Reading (4 Nov 2014)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, I am most grateful, particularly to the noble Lord, Lord Pannick, for coming to my rescue. Having done that, I hope he will not be disappointed by what I am about to say. I support the Bill, and certainly the way in which my noble friend on the Front Bench brought it forward. The final remarks of the noble Lord, Lord Beecham, about dividing on the Second Reading of a Bill need...

Criminal Justice and Courts Bill — Report (1st Day) (20 Oct 2014)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, I am most grateful—that is, I think I am grateful. This is a serious subject and it is incumbent on all of us, when legislation is passed, regardless of whatever view we have taken, to make sure that it is as legally sound as possible. I have sought advice to try to do that and I hope that that is helpful to the House. I am grateful to all Members who have contributed to the debate.

Criminal Justice and Courts Bill — Report (1st Day) (20 Oct 2014)

Baroness Browning: I am not withdrawing the amendment.

Criminal Justice and Courts Bill — Report (1st Day) (20 Oct 2014)

Baroness Browning: I do not wish to withdraw the amendment. Amendment 61 agreed. Amendment 62 Moved by Baroness Browning 62: Clause 27, page 25, line 1, leave out from beginning to “the” in line 2 and insert “Where this subsection applies,” Amendment 62 agreed. Amendments 63 and 64 not moved. Amendment 65 Moved by Baroness Browning 65: Clause 27, page 25, line 5, after “offence” insert “, to the...

Criminal Justice and Courts Bill — Report (1st Day) (20 Oct 2014)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, first, I apologise to the House that I was not present when your Lordships discussed this clause in Committee, but my interest in this part of the Bill stems from the fact that during this Parliament I was a Minister at the Home Office with responsibility within my portfolio for both knife crime and gang crime. The amendments tabled in my name and that of my noble friend Lady...

Iraq — Motion to Take Note (26 Sep 2014)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, the decision of a Member of Parliament to support a government Motion to send those young men and women just mentioned by the noble Lord, Lord Foulkes, into harm’s way is probably the most difficult decision that any Member of Parliament will ever make. I see people in the Chamber today who, like me, have had to make that decision and have had to vote accordingly. Although I have...

Learning Disabilities: Premature Deaths — Question (30 Jul 2014)

Baroness Browning: The report identifies 37% of deaths that could have been prevented. People with learning disabilities and those on the autistic spectrum, some of whom are included in the report, experience communication problems at hospital level. Will my noble friend please put government force behind the issuing of hospital passports for people with learning disabilities and those with autism? The autism...

Children and Vulnerable Adults: Abuse — Motion to Take Note (26 Jun 2014)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, I congratulate my noble friend Lady Walmsley on bringing this important debate to the Floor of the House this afternoon, and I refer Members to my interests in the register, in addition to which I am patron of Action on Elder Abuse and the main carer of an adult with autism. A report by Action on Elder Abuse states that abuse is often by more than one person—something that we...

Queen’s Speech — Debate (3rd Day) (9 Jun 2014)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, I will begin where the right reverend Prelate finished, with the modern slavery Bill, which I welcome. Like him, I think it is broad in scope and we need to ensure that as it passes through the House the detail encompasses all the aspects he has mentioned. I welcome the increased maximum sentence of life imprisonment for this crime and the enhancement to confiscate criminals’...

Housing — Question (31 Mar 2014)

Baroness Browning: To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they are taking to increase the supply of housing.

Housing — Question (31 Mar 2014)

Baroness Browning: As well as Help to Buy, will my noble friend confirm that the Government will continue to promote the right to buy, which has been so successful in helping people in social housing to become homeowners? The shadow housing Minister, Jack Dromey, told last year's Labour Party conference: "I was one of those in the 1980s who led the charge against the right to buy. We were half way across the...

Disabled People: Blue Badges — Question (26 Mar 2014)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, I refer to my interests in autism charities as set out in the register. I was encouraged by the reply given by my noble friend to the noble Lord, Lord Touhig, but can she confirm that the legislative link between the higher rate of DLA and the blue badge has now been broken as far as autistic people are concerned? In renewing or revising the guidance to local authorities, can she...

Offender Rehabilitation Bill [HL] — Commons Amendments (11 Mar 2014)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, at this stage in the Bill, I shall be brief. I feel strongly about the probation reforms being proposed by my noble friend, but particularly those for offenders who have served less than 12 months. I say this having served in the Home Office and having spent some time looking at some of the rehabilitation programmes needed for problems such as drugs and alcohol. Many people...

Leasehold Reform (Amendment) Bill — Second Reading (7 Feb 2014)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, I refer noble Lords to my entry in the Register of Lords’ Interests as a leaseholder. I congratulate my noble friend on bringing this much-needed legislation forward. It is particularly needed for those people who are responsible for assisting elderly relatives to dispose of property, often because the relatives are going into residential care and the assets need to be sold to pay...

Winter Floods — Statement (6 Feb 2014)

Baroness Browning: I declare an interest as a former resident of beautiful Dawlish; the railway line from Exeter to the outskirts of Dawlish went through the constituency that I was very honoured to represent. I am therefore very familiar with the problems and quite horrified to see the size of the waves—with which, again, I am very familiar. May I reinforce to my noble friend the request of the noble Lord,...

European Union (Referendum) Bill — Second Reading (10 Jan 2014)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, I support my noble friend Lord Dobbs in championing this Bill in your Lordships’ House. In the contributions today from noble Lords, who clearly hold diverse views not only on this Bill but on the wider subject of our membership of the European Union, the common theme has been the recognition that the people of this country are in the mood for a referendum on the subject. It is...

Housing: Underoccupancy Charge — Question (12 Dec 2013)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, the National Debtline has announced today that the most rapid growth in personal debt is in the area of rent arrears. In the context of the Question asked by the noble Baroness, Lady Hollis, will my noble friend agree to examine on a regular basis the way in which personal debt is accounted for by rent arrears and to identify exactly why that is and what remedies might be brought in...

Police: Independent Police Commission Report — Motion to Take Note (5 Dec 2013)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Harris of Haringey, for giving the House the opportunity to discuss policing again today. This is the second debate that we have had in a week, which is to be welcomed. I very much regret that the noble Lord, Lord Stevens of Kirkwhelpington, is not in his place today, because my first point is something that specifically affects him. I will make a point...

Alcohol: Late Night Drinking — Question (16 Oct 2013)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, does my noble friend accept that the excessive consumption of alcohol in the late night economy is often carried out by people who actually hold down quite responsible jobs in the daytime? I think that many people would be shocked at that. Will he continue to consider sobriety schemes? They would be a big disincentive to those people, who will have to explain to their employers why...

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