Results 141–160 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

Welfare Reform Bill: Report (4th Day) (17 Jan 2012)

Baroness Browning: I am sorry to interrupt my noble friend. On the point about scarce resources, I think we all understand the financial situation and the imperative to reduce the deficit. However, if people who are currently on the lower rate of DLA lose it-a point made earlier in the debate-they will not just carry on with life as it is. If we accept that these people do not claim DLA without a need for it,...

Welfare Reform Bill: Report (4th Day) (17 Jan 2012)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, this is the first time I have contributed on Report. I declare my interest as vice-president of the National Autistic Society, patron of Research Autism and as the named carer of an autistic adult man in receipt of DLA. I am concerned about this part of the Bill and support the amendment and the detail with which it outlines what I believe are shortcomings, despite my noble friend's...

Nursing — Debate (1 Dec 2011)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, it is a great pleasure to follow the noble Lord, Lord Hunt of Kings Heath, with whom I have debated many issues in this Chamber. I agreed with every single word that he said in this debate. I stand in awe of what he has done in his trust. He recounted the list of things that had been implemented, not all of which seemed to need an awful lot of money, although I understand what he...

Police Federation — Question (15 Sep 2011)

Baroness Browning: There is a programme of regular ministerial meetings with the Police Federation at which it can raise matters of importance to its members. Recently, on 11 August, my colleague the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Crime and Security met the Police Federation leadership on the Home Secretary's behalf.

Police Federation — Question (15 Sep 2011)

Baroness Browning: The Home Secretary has consistently been clear that she has the utmost respect and admiration for the bravery and dedication of the men and women of our police forces, but that does not mean unquestioning agreement at all times. The Home Secretary has a responsibility to the taxpayer to tackle the deficit and improve the service to the public. The police cannot be exempt from their share of...

Police Federation — Question (15 Sep 2011)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, we have yet to receive from any police force its Bill in respect of the riots. We have had some indication in one or two forces-for example, I think that some evidence given to the Home Affairs Select Committee earlier in the week would have indicated the nature of the bill-but we cannot at this stage give an open assurance that every bill as presented will be paid. As we understand...

Police Federation — Question (15 Sep 2011)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, the nature of those proposals are such that, in order to give a definitive answer to the noble Lord, I will have to write to him. I will want to take careful advice as to what opportunities were given for discussion or written consultation. The noble Lord is shaking his head. I think that he would prefer a definitive answer in writing than for me to wing something at the Dispatch Box.

Police Federation — Question (15 Sep 2011)

Baroness Browning: I can tell my noble friend that public service pension schemes are consulting formally on the proposal, for example, to increase employee contribution rates. The consultation for the police pension scheme is happening within the Police Negotiating Board. The Home Secretary wrote to the Police Negotiating Board on 29 July and has asked for views on its proposal by the end of September.

Police Federation — Question (15 Sep 2011)

Baroness Browning: When I reply to the noble Lord, Lord Richard, I would be very happy to place a copy in the Library of the House.

Police Federation — Question (15 Sep 2011)

Baroness Browning: I hesitate to criticise my civil servants. It is not something that I would wish to do. In terms of the issues around police federations, the substance of the Question was not specifically about that consultation. It was about how much contact Ministers had had with the Police Federation, which I answered in terms. As I have explained, I am very happy to write to the noble Lord because I do...

Police Federation — Question (15 Sep 2011)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, we understand the shift patterns, but other reasons can affect the number of police officers on the front line at any given point. As I have said many times in this House, we leave matters regarding individual policing and independent decision-making on force deployment to chief constables, and rightly so. None the less, we are aware that we are asking the police to take some tough...

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Commons Amendments (14 Sep 2011)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, I beg to move Motion B. Motion B agreed. Motion C Moved by Baroness Browning That this House do agree with the Commons in their Amendment 163A to Amendment 163.

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Commons Amendments (14 Sep 2011)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, I beg to move Motion C. Motion C agreed.

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Commons Amendments (14 Sep 2011)

Baroness Browning: The noble Lord simply does not seem to understand the difference between control and accountability. I notice that the word accountability has not been used by him at all.

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Commons Amendments (14 Sep 2011)

Baroness Browning: Enhanced accountability, but not through the public, for the public and by the public. That is the difference between us. Let us make no bones about it, it is now very clear that it is accountability but on certain terms. The terms of the Bill are that the accountability is such that the public will elect the person who on their behalf will hold the police to account in their police area....

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Commons Amendments (14 Sep 2011)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, it has been suggested that police and crime commissioners will be focused on local issues to the exclusion of those which require a strategic response-in other words, that they will be too parochial and populist. Issues such as terrorism, riots, drug dealing and people trafficking all affect local communities. They are local issues that local police and crime commissioners will want...

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Commons Amendments (14 Sep 2011)

Baroness Browning: I stand corrected-much of it was not at peace with itself. However, it has occurred to me that, despite our lengthy debate on these amendments, very little was said about the public and accountability, and the way in which the public can hold to account the policing in their force areas and local communities-something that is at the heart and core of this legislation. It is about the public....

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Commons Amendments (14 Sep 2011)

Baroness Browning: The noble Baroness says that it is not true. If that were the case the level of unreported business crime would not be 40 per cent. People would think that it was worth reporting and would be pleased with the outcome. Something different has to happen. People have to feel that they are represented. People feel that they have to be represented by someone whom they have chosen. I hear what has...

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Commons Amendments (14 Sep 2011)

Baroness Browning: I have to say to the noble Lord that I observed with horror what happened to small businesses in the riots. I would not in any way dismiss the needs of small businesses. They are individuals; they are husband-and-wife teams running small shops and other small businesses up and down the country. One of the other messages that I received quite clearly at the all-party group last week was that...

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Commons Amendments (14 Sep 2011)

Baroness Browning: I picked out Glenrothes because it was the most northerly of all the examples. I could have chosen others, but I was trying to make the point to the House that a 56 per cent turnout in Glenrothes in November is not an insubstantial result. I hope I have made my point-I am sure people in the House understand the point I am trying to make. Coming back to the more salient point, the additional...


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