Results 141–160 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

Orders of the Day — Violent Crime Reduction Bill: Clause 12 — Alcohol Disorder Zones (14 Nov 2005)

Lynne Featherstone: All Members want to tackle alcohol-related disorder on the streets of our cities, and I give credit to them for that. This debate is about trying to find the best way to do that. The amendments were tabled because the Government are asking us to take so much on their say-so. I hope that more detail will be made available on charging and capping when the Bill goes to another place. With that...

Orders of the Day — Violent Crime Reduction Bill: Clause 27 — Prohibition on sale or transfer of air weapons except by registered dealers (14 Nov 2005)

Lynne Featherstone: I should like to put on record my thanks to the hon. Member for Bootle (Mr. Benton) and the right hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst (Mr. Forth) for chairing my first Committee and to the Minister and all hon. Members for a constructive and instructive debate. Despite the Minister's comments, I welcome the Government's attempts to deal with a scourge in all our communities—the twin...

Orders of the Day — Violent Crime Reduction Bill: Clause 27 — Prohibition on sale or transfer of air weapons except by registered dealers (14 Nov 2005)

Lynne Featherstone: The hon. Gentleman should ask my children—I am not very liberal with them, either. Weapons are a scourge of our time. In some parts of my constituency, young people aspire to criminality and owning guns. Guns and knives are what makes you cool—what makes you the man. However, we need more than legislation to tackle that; we need more work on the ground to change the prospects, future and...

Security Companies (Accreditation) (16 Nov 2005)

Lynne Featherstone: The debate has been tremendously interesting, particularly for someone like me, who does not have huge experience of the security industry. However, I have huge experience of what my constituents face locally. We welcomed the Private Security Industry Act 2001 as a way of regulating an industry—whether door supervisors, wheel clampers, for which I have forgotten the technical term, and now...

Security Companies (Accreditation) (16 Nov 2005)

Lynne Featherstone: I very much hope that the system has not been totally discredited but there is a concern that it will be if it is circumvented. In such circumstances, an approved scheme operator could employ effectively unlicensed employees to carry out the same job that they would have done if they had made a direct application.

Security Companies (Accreditation) (16 Nov 2005)

Lynne Featherstone: I do not really have any more to add.

Rehabilitation of Prisoners (17 Nov 2005)

Lynne Featherstone: A Basic Skills Agency report found that up to 80 per cent. of prisoners were functionally illiterate. Does the right hon. Gentleman agree that that is also a main contributor, and that it needs to be dealt with even in advance of the work strand?

Rehabilitation of Prisoners (17 Nov 2005)

Lynne Featherstone: I too welcome the report and add my congratulations to the Committee and to the Chairman. My party's position on such matters is close to theirs. The prison portfolio came to me recently—I am recent altogether. Early on I sponsored a visit to Parliament by an American author, Michael Jacobson, who had written a book on downsizing prisons. The prison population in New York, I think, dropped...

Rehabilitation of Prisoners (17 Nov 2005)

Lynne Featherstone: We can learn our lesson from Germany. It is clearly succeeding where we are not. Extending the use of tough community sentences will be good. There can be no better way to rehabilitate prisoners than by moving them into the community. That is the best place for them. In conclusion, we need to help offenders, in particular young people, to avoid reoffending by increasing the resources for...

Orders of the Day — Criminal Law (Amendment) (Protection of Property) Bill (2 Dec 2005)

Lynne Featherstone: Does the hon. Gentleman agree not only that it would be difficult to decide if a response was grossly disproportionate, but that there is an implication that it would be okay to be disproportionate?

Orders of the Day — Criminal Law (Amendment) (Protection of Property) Bill (2 Dec 2005)

Lynne Featherstone: Does the hon. Gentleman agree, information being key, that it would be useful that, rather than either the Bill or Archbold being distributed, a leaflet such as the one which already exists could be distributed to every householder?

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Iraq (Reservists) (23 Jan 2006)

Lynne Featherstone: Has the Secretary of State engaged in any discussions on the gradual replacement of British troops from Muslim countries?

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: HIV/AIDS (31 Jan 2006)

Lynne Featherstone: Does the Under-Secretary know that the new charging system that was introduced in 2004 deters the prescribing of antiretroviral drugs for HIV-positive pregnant women, especially those who come to the United Kingdom without documentation, or have been refused asylum or leave to remain? What will she do about it?

Police Finance (6 Feb 2006)

Lynne Featherstone: On the flat rate, does the Minister recognise that authorities that will now get significantly less than they would have done under the Government's own league-based formula are in danger of not achieving what he has just set out, and of having to make reductions or raise the precept beyond the rate that he has suggested? The Association of Police Authorities is suggesting 6 per cent. as a...

Police Finance (6 Feb 2006)

Lynne Featherstone: It would have been helpful if the Government's report had incorporated all the funding in support of the fight against crime. If so, we would know exactly what the Government are doing in the round and where the grant to the police authorities will be affected by movements elsewhere in their funding priorities. We have heard some of the detail today but have not had it before; if we had, we...

Police Finance (6 Feb 2006)

Lynne Featherstone: The hon. Gentleman is quite right. I am not saying that we are satisfied, merely that all parties welcomed the safer neighbourhoods scheme as a means to bring policing back to local areas. Whether it has come back to his area I cannot say; clearly, it has not. The real costs will not be adequately funded by the level of grant in the report, and if it is not satisfactory now, it certainly will...

Police Finance (6 Feb 2006)

Lynne Featherstone: Just a bit of humour. The Government have introduced masses of new legislation, with all that that entails in what is expected of the police. There is now the burden, which will constantly increase, of enforcing those new initiatives, whether they be drink banning orders or enforcement matters, such as those on home furnishing companies selling cutlery to people under 18 years old. Also, the...

Offender Management (9 Feb 2006)

Lynne Featherstone: I welcome the thrust of today's announcement and the Home Secretary's courtesy in providing an advance of copy of the statement. The Home Secretary is right to say that we are sending too many people to prison, and I welcome the fact that he had the courage to say so. He will know that Liberal Democrat Members have long supported the principle that offenders should be required to pay back...

Orders of the Day — Identity Cards Bill: Clause 5 — Applications relating to entries in Register (13 Feb 2006)

Lynne Featherstone: Will the right hon. Gentleman give way?

Orders of the Day — Identity Cards Bill: Clause 5 — Applications relating to entries in Register (13 Feb 2006)

Lynne Featherstone: Does the right hon. Gentleman agree that the disproportionate basis on which people from different communities are likely to be stopped, searched and therefore have their information accessed on the database is another good reason not to introduce such a database? And does he know whether the Minister has conducted a proper race impact assessment and, if so, have the proposals been changed?


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