Results 81–100 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

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

Lynne Featherstone: No? Well, I am very impressed.

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

Lynne Featherstone: That is even worse! The hon. Member for Forest of Dean (Mr. Harper) and I will have to agree to disagree about what is appropriate at what age. It could be argued that the perils of signing legal contracts are less than those of deciding to have sex, but there is a crucial difference, in that one of those decisions is determined by hormones. Any increase in the age of consent would be...

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

Lynne Featherstone: I would argue that using credit can be a very harmful practice. Many young people go on to get into terrible debt and terrible trouble. Perhaps that is an area in which we should extend protection. The strongest argument for extending adult suffrage goes to the heart of what our democracy means. We can truly represent the people only when the people whom we represent elect us and, for that to...

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

Lynne Featherstone: We will have to disagree on the matter.

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

Lynne Featherstone: I thank my hon. Friend for making such an important contribution. Young people lack experience, but I am not sure that that is the right bar to voting; quite a lot of older people lack experience. Political opinion evolves as we get older, and a significant proportion of people in their 40s vote differently from how they did when they were in their 20s. That might be because of changes in...

Orders of the Day: "Part IV — Bail (11 Jun 2008)

Lynne Featherstone: The argument about increasing complexity is often put forward, but is there not a case for expanding the capacity to deal with complex cases, rather than the length of time for which people can be held without charge?

Women and Equality: Gender Pay Gap (19 Jun 2008)

Lynne Featherstone: Does the Minister share my concern about reports that Nottingham city council is reducing the wages of 1,400 of its employees to achieve equal pay, rather than increasing the salary of the women? Should not equal pay mean levelling up, not levelling down?

Orders of the Day: New Clause 11 — Intervention: defence and national security (25 Jun 2008)

Lynne Featherstone: Will the Secretary of State give way?

Orders of the Day: New Clause 11 — Intervention: defence and national security (25 Jun 2008)

Lynne Featherstone: I thank the Secretary of State, who is being very generous. Are there any criteria or guidelines on how the new consultation rights can make a difference to a proposal? Many consultations make no difference, and I am worried that people will feel that this is just a tick-box exercise, and not something that can deliver a different outcome.

Oral Answers to Questions — Innovation, Universities and Skills: Equality Bill (26 Jun 2008)

Lynne Featherstone: I very much welcome today's statement and thank the Minister for allowing me early sight of it. We on the Liberal Democrat Benches welcome a new equality Bill that will bring together all the various strands of equality legislation and further the equality agenda, which sure needs some furthering. We particularly welcome the eleventh hour inclusion of a grey charter, with the overdue...

Oral Answers to Questions — Children, Schools and Families: Bullying (30 Jun 2008)

Lynne Featherstone: What steps his Department is taking to reduce the incidence of bullying of children with disabilities and special educational needs.

Oral Answers to Questions — Children, Schools and Families: Bullying (30 Jun 2008)

Lynne Featherstone: I thank the Minister for his answer. The recent Government guidance is a welcome step towards tackling such bullying, but it has not been given any serious promotion, so it is unlikely that many teachers or parents will even be aware of its existence. What specific measures does he plan to ensure that the guidance is given sufficient publicity to be effective in its aims?

Women and Equality: Adoption (21 Oct 2008)

Lynne Featherstone: I welcome the Minister to her place. Given the change in the law, what monitoring are the Government doing to ensure that same-sex couples are not excluded from adoption, particularly by religious agencies and particularly in light of recent reports that the Catholic Children's Society (Westminster) is openly trying to dodge that new law?

Opposition Day — [20th Allotted Day]: Economic Crisis (10 Nov 2008)

Lynne Featherstone: Does the hon. Gentleman agree with me about bonuses? I opened an account at Barclays a few weeks ago. On the news that it was seeking funding to avoid Government intervention, possibly involving not paying bonuses, I contacted the bank to say that I did not want to go ahead with my account, and it was very worried by that, having asked me the reason why. I wonder whether there is anything in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (12 Nov 2008)

Lynne Featherstone: I was leader of the opposition on Haringey council at the time of the Victoria ClimbiƩ tragedy, and I was told that lessons would be learned and that such a thing should never happen again. Yet it has happened again. Although I welcome the Prime Minister's announcement yesterday that Lord Laming would lead a national review of child protection services, in terms of Haringey that does not go...

Business of the House: Safeguarding Children (20 Nov 2008)

Lynne Featherstone: Obviously, I shall focus on Haringey. I wonder whether the Secretary of State agrees with me that three things need to be done. First, the atmosphere and the morale of everyone in Haringey have been shot to pieces, but, for there to be a new start, there must be accountability; because if the same faces remain after the report, we will not have that fresh start. Secondly, when the report...

Women and Equality: Equality Impact Assessments (25 Nov 2008)

Lynne Featherstone: I am keen for equality impact assessments to be effective, but I fear that in some cases they have been more about going through the motions. Can the Minister tell me what work is being done to assess the value and change that result from such assessments, and what extra resource she will provide under the new legislation to ensure that there is effectiveness, not just a tick-box approach?

Health and Education (24 May 2005)

Lynne Featherstone: Thank you, Mr. Deputy Speaker, for calling me to make my maiden speech. I follow the hon. Member for Cannock Chase (Dr. Wright), who will understand if I do not debate the excellent points that he made in his speech. I congratulate all hon. Members and hon. Friends who have made their maiden speeches. My predecessor and I had our political differences but I would like to pay tribute to...

Orders of the Day — Violent Crime Reduction Bill (20 Jun 2005)

Lynne Featherstone: Does the Home Secretary agree that there may be a lack of incentive for good landlords if they are treated the same as the bad landlords in a disorder zone?

Orders of the Day — Violent Crime Reduction Bill (20 Jun 2005)

Lynne Featherstone: What work has been done on how the number of people carrying guns will drop with the increased sentence of just six months? Why six months? What will that do exactly?

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