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Results 81–100 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

Police Reform (5 Dec 2001)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, I, too, pay tribute to the work of our police services. We must never forget that every day they put their lives on the front line to protect society and they deal with a difficult job with dedication, professionalism and purpose. They have been highly successful in their role, particularly in bringing down burglary and vehicle crimes, with an overall fall of 12 per cent in recorded...

Second Parliamentary Chamber for Europe: EUC Report (11 Feb 2002)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, I rise with trepidation following the speech of the noble Lord, Lord Desai, having been suitably admonished. I considered throwing away my speech and saying something entirely different, but I shall not. As a member of the committee, and unlike the noble Lord, Lord Desai, I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Brabazon, our chairman; my noble friend Lord Tordoff, who started us off on...

Disabled Parking (27 Mar 2002)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, does the Minister agree that abuse of the blue badge system is a serious issue? Life is difficult enough for people who have genuine disablement without having problems of trying to park when someone is in their spot. What do the Government propose to do, apart from completing the review, to make life easier and to discourage those who abuse the blue badge system?

Public Services (10 Apr 2002)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, I, too, am grateful to my noble friend Lady Sharp of Guildford for instigating this debate. We all want better public services for our local communities. One of the most important of those services is policing. It impacts directly on the feeling of well-being and quality of life in so many different ways. As the noble Lord, Lord Mackenzie of Framwellgate, reminded us—I am sorry...

Police Reform Bill [HL] (15 Apr 2002)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, the Minister has anticipated our amendments. I should like to speak to Amendments Nos. 4, 6 and 7. I apologise to the House for attaching myself so late to the Bill. I assure your Lordships that I have followed very closely its progress and the proceedings quite minutely. I have read every word that has been uttered. I am happy to join, although belatedly. The Minister has addressed...

Police Reform Bill [HL] (15 Apr 2002)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, I speak to Amendment No. 12. We welcome the Government's amendments to Clause 2. The codes will rightly be laid before Parliament, and the CPTDA will be required to consult APA and ACPO. We are delighted that the Government have seen the light and been converted into enthusiastic proponents of consultation, not just on that issue but throughout the Bill. Although we do not wish to...

Police Reform Bill [HL] (15 Apr 2002)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: moved Amendment No. 22: Page 3, line 41, leave out from "State" to "to" in line 42 and insert ", after consulting the police authority responsible for maintaining that force, may direct that authority" .

Police Reform Bill [HL] (15 Apr 2002)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, in moving Amendment No. 22, I shall speak also to Amendment No. 27, which concerns Clause 4 and is the substantive amendment on which I wish to speak. I shall speak also to Amendments Nos. 35 and 38—it would have been better had they been grouped separately—which deal with similar issues under Clause 5, and to Amendments Nos. 59, 62 and 67 and their application to the National...

Police Reform Bill [HL] (15 Apr 2002)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, I have listened with great interest to the Minister. I am sorry that he has difficulty with the suggestion that police authorities should be consulted. He spoke about going backwards and forwards and said that it would be too time consuming. If there were failings, police authorities would have had their doors battered down by their local communities. The Minister's remarks about...

Police Reform Bill [HL] (15 Apr 2002)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, perhaps I can help the noble Lord, Lord Borrie. I thank the noble Lord, Lord Elton, for putting his concerns so succinctly on this matter. I wish to add a few words based on my past experience as chair of my local police authority. I was a member of the National Crime Squad Service Authority and also deputy chair of the National Association of Police Authorities. In my view Clause 5...

Police Reform Bill [HL] (15 Apr 2002)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: moved Amendment No. 117: Page 12, line 38, leave out "maintaining a police force" and insert "in securing the maintenance of an efficient and effective police force"

Police Reform Bill [HL] (15 Apr 2002)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, we welcome and support the contents of Clause 15. Our amendment seeks to improve it in a way that reflects the current provisions of Section 77 of the Police Act 1996. This requires police authorities not just to keep themselves informed as to the working of the complaints procedures. It goes further and links this to the duty on authorities to maintain an efficient and effective...

Police Reform Bill [HL] (15 Apr 2002)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, I am most grateful to the Minister for giving me the reassurance that he will consider the matter at least if I write to him and further tell him what is proposed. It is important that he also understands that police authorities need to, and do, keep themselves apprised of the procedures. I am reassured by what he says. I shall consider the matter. I beg leave to withdraw the amendment.

Police Reform Bill [HL] (15 Apr 2002)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, I rise to speak to Amendment No. 124. The Government's amendments to Part 3 of the Bill are welcome. They provide additional important safeguards in cases where a chief officer is forced to retire or resign. That is right. However, those safeguards apply only in cases in which the decision has, in effect, been taken to exercise the power; that is right at the end of the process....

Police Reform Bill [HL] (16 Apr 2002)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, I rise to address Amendments Nos. 173 and 174 and the amendment tabled jointly by the noble Lord, Lord Dixon-Smith, and the noble Viscount, Lord Bridgeman, which states that if the local authority is the employer, it must be deemed to be a fit and proper person. I believe that that is right. However, I want to address my most important points to Amendments Nos. 173 and 174. I...

Police Reform Bill [HL] (16 Apr 2002)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, I wish that I, too, could be so happy with the amendments. I beg your Lordships' indulgence as I go through a number of them. Amendments Nos. 246, 250, 251, 253, 254, 259 and 260 are tabled in our names. On Amendment No. 246, we fully agree that the views of local people should be reflected in the three-year plan. The concerns and expectations of local communities should be critical...

Police Reform Bill [HL] (16 Apr 2002)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, I could not possibly let this occasion pass without thanking the Government. Police authorities will welcome the measure. We are most grateful for it.

Police Reform Bill [HL] (16 Apr 2002)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, we have had some long debates and discussions and therefore I shall detain the House only for a moment. It would be wrong to let the amendment pass without thanking the Government for responding to our requests to make police authorities statutory partners in local crime and disorder reduction partnerships. I could go on to say that it has only taken the Government four years to...

Police Reform Bill [HL] (16 Apr 2002)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: moved Amendment No. 279: Page 143, line 8, at end insert— "In section 6 of the 1996 Act (general functions of police authorities), after subsection (5) there shall be inserted— "( ) A police authority for any police area shall have power to call for information or reports from Her Majesty's Inspectors of Constabulary, the Audit Commission or any crime and disorder reduction partnership...

Police Reform Bill [HL] (16 Apr 2002)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, in moving the amendment, I speak also to Amendment No. 281. We have returned to the amendments because we were disappointed that the Government did not feel able to respond more positively and at least offer to give the matter some thought. The amendment is not intended to give police authorities extensive powers to demand reports from all and sundry, nor to force people to...


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