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Results 181–200 of 650 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 Harris of Richmond

Neighbourhood Watch (3 Feb 2005)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, I thank the Minister most warmly for that promise. I wonder whether she is aware of the new management structure and that two large companies have both offered £50,000 each and another £10,000 for an annual income for national neighbourhood watch. I am sure that with the Minister's promise, national neighbourhood watch will continue to flourish and bring in all the disparate small...

Northern Ireland Arms Decommissioning Act 1997 (Amnesty Period) Order 2005 (9 Feb 2005)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, I too thank the Lord President for bringing this order, which of course these Benches will support. In the euphoria following the Good Friday agreement, there was an expectation that decommissioning could occur by 2002—the latest date set down in the 1997 Act. However, as we have heard, it took almost that long to achieve the beginning of decommissioning. Therefore, it will take...

Northern Ireland (22 Feb 2005)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, my question will, rather predictably, be on policing. In replying to a question about reviewing the Northern Ireland Organised Crime Taskforce, the noble Baroness said that she would look at one of the agencies of PSNI. There are other officers who will be involved in the investigation, and parts of Northern Ireland have very severe problems of criminality. In order to ensure that...

Immigration and Asylum (23 Feb 2005)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, I too thank the noble Lord, Lord Waddington, for initiating the debate—if only it helps to lay to rest the myths and more extreme ideas that have been brought forward. In declaring my interest, I must advise your Lordships that for four happy years I chaired the European Union Committee's Sub-Committee F, which dealt of course with these very issues. Indeed, some of your Lordships...

District Policing Partnerships (Northern Ireland) Order 2005 (2 Mar 2005)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, I, too, thank the noble Baroness for bringing forward the order. I associate these Benches with the remarks made about DPP members and their bravery in the very difficult times in the past. We hope that in the future they will continue to flourish. We welcome the order; its provisions are very sensible and right. I had to turn to the Explanatory Notes to gain an understanding of why...

Special Educational Needs and Disability (Northern Ireland) Order 2005 (2 Mar 2005)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, the noble Baroness, Lady Farrington of Ribbleton, urged us to look at striking a balance and getting it right. I believe that these proposals go some way towards that, but of course each situation is different. The implementation needs to be carefully monitored. It obviously depends on the individual child's specific and special educational needs. Let us hope that this legislation...

Serious Organised Crime and Police Bill (14 Mar 2005)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, there is much to support in the Bill, although I cannot help feeling that it would have been preferable to restrict it to setting up the Serious Organised Crime Agency rather than tagging on a whole multitude of other measures. I shall today specifically exclude Part 4 of the Bill, which deals with public orders and conduct in public places. My noble friend Lord Lester of Herne Hill...

Nottinghamshire Police (16 Mar 2005)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, does the Minister not agree that, proportionately, there has been much more gun crime in Nottinghamshire for the chief constable to deal with than there has been, say, in Greater Manchester, and that it therefore needs further money to enable it to address such very serious organised crime?

"Transport and Works Act 1992 (c. 42) (5 Apr 2005)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: These Benches oppose Clauses 116 and 117 stand part of the Bill for the following reasons. Notwithstanding the explanatory letter from the Minister to a number of Peers who also spoke at Second Reading, her explanation that she intends to continue with the pilot schemes in no way helps to make the suggestion more palatable to a great number of people. In a letter to the Home Secretary, dated...

"Transport and Works Act 1992 (c. 42) (5 Apr 2005)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: I thank the Minister for her very full account of what she believes custody sergeants do. I set out very clearly what I believe they do, and the Police Federation, the Police Superintendents' Association and a whole range of other very senior policing people also feel that way. The Minister will not be surprised to learn that I am deeply dissatisfied with her response.

Serious Organised Crime and Police Bill (6 Apr 2005)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: moved Amendment No. 15: Leave out Clause 120

Serious Organised Crime and Police Bill (6 Apr 2005)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, yesterday, I spoke at length about custody sergeants and the need for them to retain that substantive rank in custody suites. I return to this because the answers given by the Government were wholly unsatisfactory. None of the real concerns expressed in stringent terms by the police was addressed. I was deeply disappointed to hear that the Conservatives in another place have decided...

Serious Organised Crime and Police Bill (6 Apr 2005)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, I am grateful to the Minister for attempting to ameliorate some of the harm that has been done in this Bill. Sadly, her arguments do not persuade me one little bit. Custody sergeants were always going to be my cause célèbre. For instance, how is the noble Baroness going to ensure that national training standards for this very important role are going to be rolled out and used in...

Insolvency (Northern Ireland) Order 2005 (26 May 2005)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, I, too, welcome the Minister to his post, but I shall reserve a little more to say about him when we debate Northern Ireland on 9 June. We look forward very much to a good working relationship and I am sure that we will move forward in that spirit. We also welcome the order and the consultation process that resulted in the change to Article 17(6) so that it defines a...

Company Directors Disqualification (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 2005 (26 May 2005)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, we too support the order. Following consultation in Northern Ireland, no changes were proposed to the draft order. The change seems sensible. However, I just ask the Minister what other body or organisation could be specified as a regulator under the order, other than the OFT.

Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Northern Ireland) Order 2005 (26 May 2005)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, we too support the order in that it is a general tidying-up exercise, particularly given the helpful Explanatory Notes. It brings the law in Northern Ireland into line with that which has existed in England and Wales since 1989. It has certainly taken its time to do so. I was particularly interested in paragraph 8 of the Explanatory Notes. It talks of how in Northern Ireland savings...

Drainage (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 2005 (26 May 2005)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, we on these Benches also welcome the order. Perhaps I may ask the Minister a couple of questions. Can he give an indication of the kinds of functions for which the department has it in mind to charge? He mentioned infrastructure works; can he give me a little more detail about that? To whom would such charges be made? Otherwise, we support the order.

Minister for Women (13 Jun 2005)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, will the Government draw up a strategy on female poverty as advocated by the Fawcett Society? This could be similar to the one set up to look at child poverty.

Firearms (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 2005 (14 Jun 2005)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, these Benches support this order.

Local Government (Northern Ireland) Order 2005 (14 Jun 2005)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, it would have been helpful had the Minister been able to give us further information about that. We support this order, but I have a question on Article 29. I would be grateful if the Minister could help, or write to me. This article gives district councils powers to make emergency planning arrangements with other bodies or persons to prevent or to mitigate the effects of any...


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