Results 41–60 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

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

Lynne Featherstone: There is such a backlog, but there are no measures in the Bill to deal with it. Should we not have had representative action?

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

Lynne Featherstone: I welcome the whole of the procurement chain being used in that way, but my concern is that there may not be the means to ensure proper monitoring of that chain. I am anxious lest it become a tick-box exercise, rather than a real force for change.

Women and Equality: Gender Reassignment (Equality Bill) (14 May 2009)

Lynne Featherstone: Is the Minister aware that transsexuals face an NHS lottery? There are heavy restrictions in, for instance, Oxfordshire, where they can only get part of what they need done. That is akin to the position in the 1960s, when people were forced to go to Morocco or the Netherlands for surgery. Does the Minister agree that that is an appalling situation for them to find themselves in, and will she...

Commission for the Compact: New Clause 22 — Penalty for contravening notice relating to encrypted information (19 May 2009)

Lynne Featherstone: Does the Minister realise that there has been a rash of applications for lap-dancing licences, just prior to the legislation coming into force? If there were to be grandfather rights, would there be a distinction between those establishments that have been opportunistic and are suddenly getting in on the act, and others?

Business of the House: Whitsun Adjournment (21 May 2009)

Lynne Featherstone: I agree wholeheartedly with everything that the hon. Gentleman is saying. Is he aware that there are moves—from the right hon. Member for Holborn and St. Pancras (Frank Dobson), I believe—to try to get the secret ballot abolished? That would be an absolute tragedy, given that we have had this opportunity.

Business of the House: Whitsun Adjournment (21 May 2009)

Lynne Featherstone: There are a few matters relating to my constituency that I wish to address. Before I do so, however, as a new Member who joined the House in 2005, I want to say how shocked I am by the way in which Parliament works, and how democracy is often thwarted here, rather than advanced. Perhaps I was simply naive before I came here and knew very little of politics so did not see the reality, but I...

Business of the House: Whitsun Adjournment (21 May 2009)

Lynne Featherstone: He knows everything. I go to him for advice; he is very wise Member.

Business of the House: Whitsun Adjournment (21 May 2009)

Lynne Featherstone: That is what he tells me, and I believe him. I shall turn to the middle east, because the heart of the Stop the War movement is in my constituency. It was born in Muswell Hill, and it is a very powerful movement. There is also a reasonably large—not huge, but sizeable—Jewish population in my constituency. I am constantly lobbied by pro-Palestinians and pro-Israelis to take their sides,...

Business of the House: Whitsun Adjournment (21 May 2009)

Lynne Featherstone: Okay, sorry. Last but not least, I shall turn to beer tax. I simply want to say that we all like going to the pub. I certainly like going there, even more in times of depression. I have been there quite a few times recently.

Business of the House: Whitsun Adjournment (21 May 2009)

Lynne Featherstone: Both. The above-inflation increases in duty on beer are crippling local pubs, but they are the heart of our community. I must declare an interest, because my constituency office is on the first floor of a pub called the Three Compasses, on High street, Hornsey. It is a very good place to have a constituency office. It is secure, because I am not alone—people are there until late at night,...

Business of the House: Whitsun Adjournment (21 May 2009)

Lynne Featherstone: Did he? Well, anyway, the British Beer and Pub Association said that 2,000 pubs closed last year. Tax is 33.5 per cent. of the price of a pint of beer and drinking is lawful. I simply call for a fair tax. I do not want to see that mainstay of British society, the pub, go out of existence.

Women and Equality: Gender Pay Gap (25 Jun 2009)

Lynne Featherstone: Although we disagree on mandatory and voluntary pay audits, if we are to have voluntary pay gender information and it has not worked by 2013—because the matrix has not worked or whatever—what threshold will the Minister be looking at to determine whether the scheme has not worked? What percentage of companies will need to have voluntarily displayed at that point?

[Frank Cook in the Chair] — Enforced Criminal Activity (Children) (6 Feb 2008)

Lynne Featherstone: Liberal Democrat Members are grateful for the opportunity to discuss this important issue, and I congratulate the hon. Member for Totnes (Mr. Steen) on securing the debate. There are two types of enforced child criminality. One involves the rare but incredibly shocking cases of children who are used by their parents or relatives to commit crimes. Such cases have been reported in the press...

[Frank Cook in the Chair] — Enforced Criminal Activity (Children) (6 Feb 2008)

Lynne Featherstone: The hon. Gentleman may say that, but that must be a defeatist attitude. Why did authorities find it so difficult to respond to the needs of such victims? When the hon. Gentleman pressed the Minister on the issue previously, the Government cited confidentiality as a reason why no further investigations were undertaken. Surely, however, nothing should prevent the Government from approaching...

Women and Equality: Discrimination (7 Feb 2008)

Lynne Featherstone: I wonder whether the right hon. and learned Lady shares the concern I felt when I saw that the 10 most recently appointed judges announced by the new Judicial Appointments Commission were all men, and white men at that. Will she make urgent representations to the Secretary of State for Justice to look into why the new rules did not deliver the intended outcome?

[Miss Anne Begg in the Chair] — Card Cloning (19 Feb 2008)

Lynne Featherstone: I am grateful for the opportunity to discuss identity theft and fraud, which is a growing concern for everyone. I congratulate the hon. Member for South-West Bedfordshire (Andrew Selous) on securing such an important debate. I know victims of such crimes, and one of the things that most shocked me is that there is no mandatory requirement for the banks to inform the police, as the hon....

[Miss Anne Begg in the Chair] — Card Cloning (19 Feb 2008)

Lynne Featherstone: My hon. Friend is right that everyone should take personal responsibility for checking their bank statements and not relax into thinking that everything will automatically be okay. The banks should not use the security of the chip and pin system as an excuse to reverse one of the fundamental principles of the banking code, which underpins consumer confidence in the plastic card industry....

[Miss Anne Begg in the Chair] — Card Cloning (19 Feb 2008)

Lynne Featherstone: I thank the hon. Gentleman for that intervention. I am reminded that my bank called me recently to check on some strange movements in my account, which were all done by me on the same day. The banks are obviously working on the problem, but they have not got their ducks in a row when it comes to realising that it is pretty difficult to withdraw money on two different sides of the world on the...

[Miss Anne Begg in the Chair] — Card Cloning (19 Feb 2008)

Lynne Featherstone: I believe that the FSA should take a tighter view. To be fair, the crime has been zooming up at every stage and at every move and countermove, but it is now time to ensure that what is in place works or to put things in place that will work if there are failures in the system, which there clearly are. I wish to consider the future of credit card fraud and efforts to foil those who use cloning...

[Miss Anne Begg in the Chair] — Card Cloning (19 Feb 2008)

Lynne Featherstone: I do not want to labour the point, but I simply meant that vulnerable people with very little money can be more exposed if they have to wait for the banks to negotiate or if the banks extend the period before reimbursement, when presented with a case of fraud.


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