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Results 121–140 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

European Labour Markets (14 Jan 2003)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, it has been an interesting and enjoyable debate. I thank the noble Lords who made such kind remarks about my chairmanship of the sub-committee. I can assure your Lordships that it was always an enormous pleasure and privilege to work with my colleagues on the sub-committee. I thank all noble Lords who contributed to the debate. I shall raise some of the issues. The noble Baroness,...

Licensing Bill [HL] (16 Jan 2003)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: I support the amendment of the noble Lord, Lord Faulkner, which stands in my name and that of my noble friend, Lord Lester, who, as the Committee has already heard, regrettably cannot be in the Chamber today and offers his abject apologies. The amendments are reasonable and progressive. They are similar to those passed in the Equal Status Act by the Irish Parliament. There is no difference in...

Licensing Bill [HL] (16 Jan 2003)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: I support these amendments. I shall speak briefly to Amendment No. 371, which seeks to insert a new clause—"Meaning of 'serious offence'"—in order to make clear the importance that we place on these offences. They should be included in the Bill. Amendment No. 375 seeks to delete the subsections which refer to the fact that a relevant offence must be disregarded if a custodial sentence of...

Licensing Bill [HL] (16 Jan 2003)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: I rise to speak to Amendment No. 383, which deals with a "fit and proper person". I again refer briefly to an ACPO briefing. It states: "We have significant concerns over the way in which it is proposed that the 'criminal element' is prevented from becoming involved in the licensed and public entertainment trade and using the opportunities which these businesses afford to further their...

Licensing Bill [HL] (16 Jan 2003)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: I am grateful to the Minister for giving way. It is the responsibility of a licence holder and someone looking after a public house to be responsible and to run a good house; otherwise, the licence can and should be taken away.

Police Constables: Passing Out Parades (5 Mar 2003)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the pass-out parades of probationer police constables held at police training centres should continue.

Police Constables: Passing Out Parades (5 Mar 2003)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his response. Will he ensure that, if the marching part of parades is replaced, it is replaced with an appropriate and fully ceremonial occasion that marks the rite of passage of a police officer entering the police service? Will he also ensure that they continue to be undertaken at the police training centres?

Immigration: EUC Report (7 Mar 2003)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: rose to move, That this House takes note of the report of the European Union Committee, A Common Policy on Illegal Immigration (37th Report, HL Paper 187, Session 2001–02).

Immigration: EUC Report (7 Mar 2003)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, I am very glad to have the opportunity to open this debate on an important and topical subject. I welcome the fact that it has been possible to schedule it promptly, albeit on a Friday, within a month of the Government's response to the committee's report. I thank them for that. It is important that our reports are debated promptly, particularly in a fast-moving area of policy like...

Immigration: EUC Report (7 Mar 2003)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, I shall not detain the House. I thank all noble Lords who have taken part in the debate. A number of different views were expressed, many of which were voiced and aired thoroughly during the course of our inquiry. I want to touch briefly on the Minister's remarks. I was disappointed, but not entirely surprised, that we have not moved further, particularly as regards the condition of...

Northern Ireland Assembly Elections Bill (19 Mar 2003)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, this is my first debate on the more general issues relating to Northern Ireland, as distinct from the debates on policing issues, for which many of your Lordships will remember me—perhaps not always fondly. I want to express my great affection for Northern Ireland and my commitment to do all that I can to help promote the peace that is so urgently needed. It is with great...

Representation of the People (Northern Ireland) (Variation of Specified Documents) Regulations 2003 (1 Apr 2003)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, I thank the noble Baroness for introducing the regulations and the order. As we heard from the noble Baroness, the purpose of the regulations is to remove all non-photographic forms of identification from the list. During the passage of the Electoral Fraud (Northern Ireland) Act 2002, much debate took place on non-photographic forms of identification which could be open to abuse,...

Terrorism Act 2000 (Code of Practice on Video Recording of Interviews) (Northern Ireland) Order 2003 (1 Apr 2003)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, we too welcome the order. As we have heard, the Police Service of Northern Ireland asked for the code to be revised to ensure that the police are not prevented from using more advanced technologies than originally specified in the code. That is a sensible change, which we support. I am particularly pleased to hear of the flexibility for future use of new technologies, so that we...

Northern Ireland Act 2000 (Modification) Order 2003 (10 Apr 2003)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, I take a slightly more robust line than the noble Lord, Lord Glentoran. We have no wish to detain the House, but it is important that the views of these Benches are placed on the record. We support the order, but reluctantly. We do not believe that Orders in Council are the best way to legislate. Orders were at different stages of the legislative process in the Assembly when they...

Scrutiny of European Legislation (EUC Report) (9 May 2003)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, I wish to concentrate my remarks on the sensitive issue of the timing of debates on our reports. Everyone agrees that the value of a report is diminished if there is undue delay before it is debated. That applies particularly to EU reports, as they usually deal with topical issues of some immediacy arising from specific legislative or policy proposals. But far too often there is a...

Europol (EUC Report) (3 Jun 2003)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: rose to ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the report of the European Union Committee on Europol's Role in Fighting Crime (5th Report, HL Paper 43), what steps they are taking within the European Union to ensure that the Europol Convention is amended to ensure that Europol has the tools to operate effectively and is properly accountable, particularly to national parliaments. My...

Criminal Justice Bill (30 Jun 2003)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: I declare my interest. I shall play a part in the Bill as a former chair of a police authority and also as a deputy chair of the Association of Police Authorities. The clause is supported strongly by the police. They feel that the lack of such a power in the past has prevented their stopping such anti-social behaviour. Neighbourhoods can be blighted by such a visible and often highly...

Criminal Justice Bill (30 Jun 2003)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: In sympathy with the noble Baroness, Lady Anelay of St Johns, I would like the same issue clarified. Will the Minister clarify beyond doubt that a constable would have to be on the premises with the authorised person when the search was being conducted? If that is the case, we on these Benches are content to support the clause. It seems sensible to allow the authorised person, who is probably...

Criminal Justice Bill (30 Jun 2003)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: I rise briefly to speak to Amendment No. 11. It is absolutely essential that the person who is arrested in the street understands the process, and particularly the consequences, of failure to surrender to bail. That would have been explained to him fully if he had been taken to a police station, and he should have no lesser explanation in the street. The briefing that we were given from the...

Criminal Justice Bill (30 Jun 2003)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: The clause amends Section 40A of PACE, but the section is not in force, as was cited at the second sitting of the Commons Standing Committee on 17th December at column 73. We on these Benches are generally in favour of telephone reviews, but we would like to hear a number of issues addressed. The new section, Section 40A, does not specify that an inspector should carry out the discussion on...


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