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Results 61–80 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

Enlargement and EU External Frontier Controls: EUC Report (9 Mar 2001)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, I begin with an apology. I must be in Richmond this evening and have to travel on the East Coast Main Line which is still not fully opened following the Selby rail crash. I may have to leave your Lordships' House before the end of the debate. I apologise in advance should that happen and assure noble Lords that I shall read very closely in Hansard the rest of the debate. My...

Police Vehicles: Accidents (29 Mar 2001)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, is the Minister aware that with the airways project, which all forces hope to have in place within the next four years, automatic location devices within vehicles will make it much easier for police vehicles to attend accidents? The site can be pinpointed enabling the nearest vehicle to attend. That will avoid vehicles travelling all over the place at high speed and be a much safer...

Criminal Justice and Police Bill (2 Apr 2001)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, I welcome the opportunity to speak on this important Bill. It is probably one of the most important Bills to have come before us this Session. I start by declaring an interest. As many noble Lords know, I chair the police authority in my home area of North Yorkshire. I am also deputy chairman of the Association of Police Authorities, the national body that represents all police...

Racial Harassment (24 Apr 2001)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, I too thank the noble Baroness, Lady Prashar, for instigating this debate. It is both necessary and timely. My participation stems from my involvement in policing. For a number of years now, police forces have been inspected by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary on police community and race relations. As the chair of a police authority and also as a deputy chair of the...

Criminal Justice and Police Bill (8 May 2001)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: I remind Members of the Committee that I chair the North Yorkshire Police Authority and am a deputy chair of the Association of Police Authorities. Clause 105 gives official recognition to the role of vice-chairmen and I want to explain my concerns in relation to the amendments tabled by the noble Lord, Lord Cope. Police authorities are small bodies. Most have only 17 members. Six authorities...

Criminal Justice and Police Bill (8 May 2001)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: I, too, am delighted that the Government have listened and finally brought forward the amendment. I thank them most warmly. The recent High Court judgment would have prevented any independent councillor from serving on a police authority. Clearly, that would have been wrong. It would have meant that the views of those local electors who voted for independent councillors could not be...

Criminal Justice and Police Bill (8 May 2001)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: moved Amendment No. 135: Page 93, line 14, at end insert-- "(1A) Before making a determination under section 17, the Secretary of State shall have consulted-- (a) those who he considers represent the interests of police authorities in England, Wales and Northern Ireland; (b) those who he considers represent the interests of chief officers of police in England, Wales and Northern Ireland; (c)...

Criminal Justice and Police Bill (8 May 2001)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: In moving Amendment No. 135 I should like to speak also to Amendments Nos. 136 to 138. The provisions of the Bill radically alter the governance and funding of the two national police squads. When the squads were set up as recently as 1997, the clear aim was that they should be fully integrated within the tripartite structure which shares responsibility for policing between local and national...

Criminal Justice and Police Bill (8 May 2001)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: I hear what the Minister says. I am still very disappointed by his response. The issue is about transparency. Although the 1997 Act provides for consultation, it does not say how the Secretary of State determines the size of the slices that go to these two very important bodies. If one does not have people watching and scrutinising what goes on then we shall be in deep trouble. We still do...

Menwith Hill and Fylingdales: Security (5 Jul 2001)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, as the former chair of the North Yorkshire Police Authority, noble Lords will know that I have always taken a keen interest in liaison matters between the Ministry of Defence Police and the local police service. Today, the deputy chief constable came to brief me carefully on operational matters concerning the demonstrations at Menwith Hill. I was pleased that the noble Lord did not...

Menwith Hill and Fylingdales: Security (5 Jul 2001)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, will the noble Lord please accept that there has to be good and close liaison between the local police and the Ministry of Defence Police? Does he recognise that we must be able to see with clarity that the two responsibilities are entirely different?

EU Directive on Third Country Nationals (23 Jul 2001)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, I find it strange that the Minister should say that a decision has not been made. We were told last Wednesday, in evidence to Sub-Committee F, that no decision had been made. However, I have in front of me a government response stating: "The Government does not support the extension of the right of free movement to legally resident third country nationals". What is the Minister's...

Chief Constables: Removal from Office (23 Jul 2001)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, I declare an interest as a former chair of a police authority. Can the Minister say whether there are any plans to amend, or in any way to change, the conditions of service of chief police officers?

House of Lords' Offices: Select Committee Report (23 Jul 2001)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, we on these Benches agree with the proposals tabled by the Select Committee on House of Lords' Offices. Though not perfect, they represent an improvement and should therefore be supported.

Immigration Policy: EUC Report (23 Jul 2001)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: rose to move, That this House takes note of the report of the European Union Committee on A Community Immigration Policy (13th Report, Session 2000-2001, HL Paper 64).

Immigration Policy: EUC Report (23 Jul 2001)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, the report was intended to provoke discussion and debate rather than to map out a clear direction for community immigration policy. Throughout the report we were at pains to keep separate the closely-related and often confused issues of migration and asylum. We looked principally at economic migration. A separate report deals with asylum matters and will be debated shortly. The...

Immigration Policy: EUC Report (23 Jul 2001)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, the hour is late, but I should like to thank all noble Lords who have made such excellent contributions to this thoughtful and heartening debate. I greatly look forward to reading at leisure what I have enjoyed listening to this afternoon. First, I hope that noble Lords will forgive me if I pay tribute to the noble Lord, Lord Bhatia, on his maiden speech. He talked of the...

Adjournment (24 Jul 2001)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, I hope that your Lordships will accept me in place of my noble friend Lord Roper. I join the Government in their good wishes to Mr Bannister and to thank him, from these Benches, for the enormous help and support that he has given to us. Also, I wish the staff a very happy and relaxing holiday. I thank them for all the help and support they have given to those on these Benches. It...

Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Bill (27 Nov 2001)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, I should like briefly to concentrate on the policing aspects of the Bill covered in Part 10, and I begin with a declaration of interest. Until recently, I was a member of a police authority for 20 years. I chaired North Yorkshire's police authority for the last seven of those years. I was also a deputy chair of the Association of Police Authorities and a member of the National Crime...

Police Officers: Retention (3 Dec 2001)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, will the proposals being made impact on police pensions? I declare an interest as a former chair of a police authority. Do the Government have any plans to bring forward improvements to police pensions? The situation must be looked at very carefully because police authorities now have to pay up to 16 per cent of their revenue for police pensions. This simply cannot go on.


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