Results 21–40 of 3000 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 Featherstone

[Hugh Bayley in the Chair] — Race Equality (12 Mar 2009)

Lynne Featherstone: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr. Bayley. I, too, welcome this debate. There remains a very real, and sometimes radical, divide in our country. It is clear that there is a need for a future strategy for race equality. One statistic brings that into sharp contrast. The Office for National Statistics shows that in 2005, infant mortality among Pakistani and Caribbean groups...

[Hugh Bayley in the Chair] — Race Equality (12 Mar 2009)

Lynne Featherstone: Yes, that is very good idea. The more we can bring up these issues, the better. To be fair, the Government have done a great deal of work on integration and work to tackle extremism in communities. A lot of work is being done by Muslim anti-terrorism groups. I go to our Mosque in Wightman road and meet swathes of young Muslims. They have a variety of views, but the thing is to go in there and...

Prayers: Royal Marriages and Succession to the Crown (Prevention of Discrimination) Bill (27 Mar 2009)

Lynne Featherstone: Is the hon. Gentleman aware that not long ago I referred the case of Lady Louise and her brother to the Equality and Human Rights Commission, the order of succession having been reversed when the younger brother was born? That, too, was put to the Government and it made the front page of The Sunday Times, on which basis they said, "Of course we agree; it will happen, possibly in a fourth...

Prayers: Royal Marriages and Succession to the Crown (Prevention of Discrimination) Bill (27 Mar 2009)

Lynne Featherstone: I find that quite offensive. It sends out a message, from the highest place in this land, that women are not equal with men. We in this Parliament should refute that absolutely.

Oral Answers to Questions — Children, Schools and Families: Swine Flu (27 Apr 2009)

Lynne Featherstone: The idea of phoning NHS Direct is very good. NHS Direct would fax the chemist, and the person affected would get a friend to pick up the pills. My concern is that people will be very scared and NHS Direct might be overwhelmed with calls. What preparations have been made for escalating the number of staff responding?

Amendment of the Law (28 Apr 2009)

Lynne Featherstone: I recently went to visit my local citizens advice bureau to see how its staff were faring in the economic downturn. They told me that their recent figures show that visits have increased by nearly half in the past year, and painted a stark picture of the recession in Haringey. They have seen a 44 per cent. increase in visits from residents of Hornsey and Wood Green compared with last year....

Amendment of the Law (28 Apr 2009)

Lynne Featherstone: Much as I would like to discuss the measures that my party would put in place, I am actually discussing what the Government are going to do. My intention was to find out whether any direct help would be provided. A debate was held in the House about what would happen to women in an economic downturn, but I did not hear that reflected in the Government's Budget. The final matter that I wish to...

Amendment of the Law (28 Apr 2009)

Lynne Featherstone: My hon. Friend makes an interesting point. Indeed, I shall make almost the same point shortly. Earlier this year, Martin Bright, who is the former political editor of the New Statesman, wrote a piece entitled, "A New Deal of the Mind". I do not know how many hon. Members read it, but the Government were greatly interested and supported it. It was a truly visionary piece, which was about...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Equality Bill (11 May 2009)

Lynne Featherstone: Does the right hon. and learned Lady not see that if we require the measure to be consulted on in the summer, but the Bill is to go through the House before the summer, it will mean that we will have to agree to something the extent of which we do not know?

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Equality Bill (11 May 2009)

Lynne Featherstone: rose—

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Equality Bill (11 May 2009)

Lynne Featherstone: rose—

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Equality Bill (11 May 2009)

Lynne Featherstone: The passion that drives and motivates Liberal Democrats—that beats in our hearts—is our quest for, and commitment to, a fairer and more open and equal world, so we very much welcome the Bill. It was too long in gestation and far too late in arriving but it is very much welcome nevertheless. Fairness and equality are Liberal Democrat watchwords and we shall support outcomes in the Bill...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Equality Bill (11 May 2009)

Lynne Featherstone: The hon. Gentleman makes a very good point. We Liberal Democrats are trying hard to support the measures in the Bill, but it is hard to see the legislation going through its stages without the detail that we need to be sure that we are doing the right thing. These are uncertain political times, and it causes me concern that future Ministers might be anti-equality. Powers left to a Minister in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Equality Bill (11 May 2009)

Lynne Featherstone: Absolutely. When Ms Brewer made her announcements, I felt that the message was rather along the lines of, "Well we mustn't do that then. We will have to tone down the magnitude of maternity benefits." That would be entirely the wrong approach. While we are on the subject of work applications, a subject already discussed in this debate, I want to mention disability. At present, the onus is on...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Equality Bill (11 May 2009)

Lynne Featherstone: I agree. I turn to positive action. It seems completely illogical that we should be allowed to fast-track the training of ethnic minority and women police, but not be allowed to fast-track their employment. The rebalancing of the workplace is hugely important, and I do not disagree with the Leader of the House's vision of the bank boardrooms of the future. When both the genders make a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Equality Bill (11 May 2009)

Lynne Featherstone: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his intervention, but banking is not going so well. If we brought other considerations into the boardroom, we would get better decisions and the country would not be in its current mess.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Equality Bill (11 May 2009)

Lynne Featherstone: No. The hon. Gentleman made a ridiculous point. Let us move on to age. Three cheers for what the Government have proposed on age discrimination! I cannot say how glad I am that protection against age discrimination is being extended to goods and services. However, it is unacceptable for the exemptions to be handled through regulation; they should be in the Bill, and fully debated in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Equality Bill (11 May 2009)

Lynne Featherstone: Absolutely, and the Bill is an important foot solider in that regard. It sends out a clear and determined message about how the world will have to change. However, legislation must will the means, not just the ends, and we have to ensure that what we put down in law is matched by the will and resources to ensure its delivery. That will come into play when procurement is considered. Equality...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Equality Bill (11 May 2009)

Lynne Featherstone: Does the hon. Gentleman not accept that there will be a net profit to UK plc?

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Equality Bill (11 May 2009)

Lynne Featherstone: We have heard a lot about the costs to business, but does the hon. Lady think that business might support the introduction of compulsory pay audit measures in the first quarter following the economy having returned to growth—or might businesses welcome such measures after two quarters of growth, perhaps?


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