Results 61–80 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

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

Lynne Featherstone: The point that I was trying to make is that it is becoming more difficult for people to secure reimbursement, because banks are introducing more investigation. No one says that the banks should not investigate, because they must, but the number of cases referred to the Financial Ombudsman Service is increasing. I should have thought that the Government would be interested to learn about that...

Women and Equality: Domestic Violence (20 Mar 2008)

Lynne Featherstone: I welcome the Government's announcement that over the summer they will consider the issue of women who are trying to flee domestic violence but who have no recourse to public funds because of their immigration status, but will the Minister commit to putting emergency funding in place now, because abusers will not wait for Government policy and these women need urgent help right now?

Business of the House (20 Mar 2008)

Lynne Featherstone: Local shops and businesses produce a huge amount of waste that usually does not get recycled. Local councils, including Haringey, are not taking up that issue. The Government have not considered it since 2003, and it might be useful if the House had a debate about how we support local councillors in addressing the huge swathe of business recycling that is not being done.

Topical Debate: Policing in London (27 Mar 2008)

Lynne Featherstone: The safer neighbourhoods teams have been a phenomenal addition and they are greatly appreciated by local people. Does the Minister agree that they need to be embedded in an estate property that is in the ward that they are policing? That is Met police policy, but it is not happening. Will he have a chat with the Metropolitan police about ensuring that that happens, especially in Highgate ward?

Orders of the Day: Counter-Terrorism Bill (1 Apr 2008)

Lynne Featherstone: Will the Home Secretary give way?

[Mr. Edward O'Hara in the Chair] — Teenage Knife Crime (30 Apr 2008)

Lynne Featherstone: I agree with the hon. Gentleman. I have raised that issue often in evidence to planning committees. Does he think that there is a need to look at the minimum requirement for space standards, which are impossible and build in problems for the future?

[Mr. Edward O'Hara in the Chair] — Teenage Knife Crime (30 Apr 2008)

Lynne Featherstone: I congratulate the hon. Member for Edmonton (Mr. Love) on securing such an important debate. So far, I have not disagreed with anything that has been said—there is a lot of sense in this room. Like all MPs, I dread getting a phone call from the police; one knows that it will be bad news and that there will have been an incident. In December 2006, I received a call—not one of the worst...

[Mr. Edward O'Hara in the Chair] — Teenage Knife Crime (30 Apr 2008)

Lynne Featherstone: Or, as the hon. Gentleman said, zero attraction. Young people need somewhere to hang out; in fact, a commercial enterprise has opened a non-alcoholic pub that is incredibly successful. I do not know where that is, so if anyone knows, I would appreciate it if they could tell me. When I visit schools, the sixth formers all say that they want somewhere to hang out so they can be warm. They do...

Orders of the Day: Schedule 26 — Hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation (6 May 2008)

Lynne Featherstone: Does the hon. Gentleman not see that if we agreed to the Lords amendment, we would have to explain to gay people why they seem to deserve less protection than religious groups?

Women and Equality: Single Equality Bill (8 May 2008)

Lynne Featherstone: The Minister may be aware that I referred the case of Lady Louise being bumped out of line to the throne to the European Court of Human Rights, and it has responded positively, supporting the principle of getting rid of male primogeniture. The Solicitor-General made positive comments about that change being in the Act, and I congratulate the Government on that and welcome it. Does the...

Women and Equality: Single Equality Bill (8 May 2008)

Lynne Featherstone: You are right, Mr. Speaker, as always. Will the Minister assure me that the difficulties of working this through the Commonwealth should not stand in the way of its being done? It is right that it should be done, and we have heard from all parties that it should be done, so will the Minister confirm that view?

Prayers: Voting Age (Reduction) Bill (6 Jun 2008)

Lynne Featherstone: Given that the hon. Gentleman is against this proposal, what is the nub of his belief that young people should not have the vote? What it is about 16 and 17-year-olds that he thinks makes them incapable or not worthy of having the vote?

Prayers: Voting Age (Reduction) Bill (6 Jun 2008)

Lynne Featherstone: Does the hon. Gentleman accept that despite the age of majority being 18, a range of things are permitted and possible at 16? All hon. Members have rehearsed the arguments about marriage, sexuality, taxation and so on, so it is specious to say that 18 is finite and that below that age young people are not capable of a certain range of things. Those that are harmful we have a responsibility to...

Prayers: Voting Age (Reduction) Bill (6 Jun 2008)

Lynne Featherstone: Is the hon. Gentleman therefore saying that young people should not be given the vote in case they make a wrong decision? What, in his view, is a wrong decision?

Prayers: Voting Age (Reduction) Bill (6 Jun 2008)

Lynne Featherstone: Is that not simply an argument to say that each thing should be argued on its own merits and that it is horses for courses, and that when we are talking about voting, that is the only thing that we should be discussing in relation to the age of 16?

Prayers: Voting Age (Reduction) Bill (6 Jun 2008)

Lynne Featherstone: At the other end of the scale, the hon. Gentleman referred to which civic duties older citizens can and cannot do. I do not believe that we take away the vote from those who exceed 60 years.

Prayers: Voting Age (Reduction) Bill (6 Jun 2008)

Lynne Featherstone: Before the hon. Gentleman leaves the point about a change occurring at the age of 16, let me point out that a positive effort is made to change the nature of teaching for those who continue in education or training after 16. It is not the same as learning by rote. Another leap occurs when young people go on to university. There is acknowledgement of the change that occurs at 16.

Prayers: Voting Age (Reduction) Bill (6 Jun 2008)

Lynne Featherstone: I should like to start by bringing the voice of a young person from my constituency into the Chamber today. He is a member of the Youth Parliament and he has sent me a paragraph that he has written on this subject. He says: "As an elected representative of the young people of Haringey, I have first hand experience of their passion, energy and commitment: the energy they use to serve our...

Prayers: Voting Age (Reduction) Bill (6 Jun 2008)

Lynne Featherstone: The hon. Gentleman has made that point a number of times today. However, everyone on the other side of the argument has said that 16 seems to be a reasonable point at which to be able to choose to do some of the things that are not harmful, and potentially beneficial, for 16-year-olds to do, as opposed to some of the more harmful things, which are left until the age of 18. I am hoping to...

Prayers: Voting Age (Reduction) Bill (6 Jun 2008)

Lynne Featherstone: That question lies at the heart of the issue, and we have been going at it all day in one way or another. The hon. Gentleman and I see different horses for courses. I believe that the vast majority of 16 and 17-year-olds are intelligent enough to vote, but it is not just a case of intelligence, as I shall explain later in my speech. We are all making different judgments about what we feel is...


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