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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

Policing and Crime Bill: Committee (1st Day) (22 Jun 2009)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: I support the noble Viscount, Lord Bridgeman. We too are concerned at the powers of the Secretary of State under this section to confer an additional function on the senior appointments panel, and he can do this by a negative Statutory Instrument. We do not feel that this is appropriate either.

Policing and Crime Bill: Committee (1st Day) (22 Jun 2009)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: I added my name to the amendments because I completely agree with them. I have been interested to hear what the noble Baroness, Lady Henig, had to say. My question was why the senior appointments panel needs to be a statutory body. Once again, the Secretary of State will be granted new powers to make arrangements or orders about the make-up, functions and proceedings of this new body. It is...

Policing and Crime Bill: Committee (1st Day) (22 Jun 2009)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: Leaping up and down quickly, I shall speak to the amendment, which I mentioned at Second Reading. It examines the best-value case once again. Those of you who have heard me speak on policing legislation in the past will be familiar with the theme, but I return to it in the hope that some progress may be made. Best value was of course originally introduced through the Local Government Act 1999...

Policing and Crime Bill: Committee (1st Day) (22 Jun 2009)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: I sense a germ of hope, finally, in what the Minister has said. For years I have been bashing on about this, never getting anywhere and always being thrown back by whoever happened to be dealing with me at the Dispatch Box. There is hope, and I am most grateful to him for indicating that. I never intimated that it would not be a complex exercise to try and get it sorted out; but it needs...

Policing and Crime Bill: Committee (1st Day) (22 Jun 2009)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: I would like to ask the Minister how an organisation that is not subject to public scrutiny can set up a unit to monitor political and environmental groups. That question was raised by Henry Porter on Tuesday, 10 February, in the Guardian online. He referred to it as a "sinister unit"; I certainly do not do that. But it does encapsulate some of our concerns, which have been so well expressed...

Policing and Crime Bill: Committee (1st Day) (22 Jun 2009)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: First, I thank those noble Lords who have supported my amendment, in particular the noble Baroness, Lady Hanham, and my noble friends Lady Walmsley and Lady Miller of Chilthorne Domer. My noble friend Lady Walmsley talked about the benefits to the whole community when young people are consulted about how they can see crime improving in their area. In answer to the noble Lord, Lord Borrie, I...

Policing and Crime Bill: Committee (1st Day) (22 Jun 2009)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: This is a probing amendment. If the Committee were to accept the argument that I propose, a number of consequential amendments would in practice be required to give effect to this amendment. At present, chief executives of police authorities do not enjoy the same statutory protection as chief executives of local authorities. For that matter neither do the other statutory officers, the...

Policing and Crime Bill: Committee (1st Day) (22 Jun 2009)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: I am most grateful to the Minister for giving me a hint of help in the future. I know that the chief executives will, certainly, be looking carefully at what he had to say, while knowing that the Home Office might be in consultation with them to look at the legal vagaries here. I think that their main concern is that they may be first in the firing line if a critical report is the outcome of...

Policing and Crime Bill: Committee (1st Day) (22 Jun 2009)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: I declare an interest at the start as a former chair of the North Yorkshire Police Authority and as a former deputy chair and now vice-president of the Association of Police Authorities, as well as having other police authority roles over a 25-year period. Clause 1 inserts into the Police Act 1996 a requirement for police authorities, when discharging any of their functions, to have regard to...

Policing and Crime Bill: Second Reading (3 Jun 2009)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, it is a great pleasure to follow the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Norwich, who always manages to hit the nail on the head about what is and is not good legislation. This is the 20th Bill involving policing on which I have had the pleasure of speaking in your Lordships' House in the 10 years that I have been here. It seems that every time we have a new Queen's Speech, we have...

Access to Parliament — Private Notice Question (12 May 2009)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords—

Access to Parliament — Private Notice Question (12 May 2009)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, while not allowing the protesters to take over to the extent that they did yesterday, will the Minister make clear that this particular failure by the police will not be used to renege on the promise to repeal unreasonable restrictions on Parliament Square protesters?

Police: Protests — Question (21 Apr 2009)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords—

Police: Protests — Question (21 Apr 2009)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, under what circumstances are police officers allowed or even advised to cover their personal number identification?

Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Bill [HL]: Report (First Day) (17 Mar 2009)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, if Amendment 23 is agreed to, I cannot call Amendment 24 by reason of pre-emption. Amendment 23 Moved by Baroness Andrews 23: Clause 5, page 5, line 24, leave out from second "council" to end of line 27 and insert "under paragraph (za)" Amendment 23 agreed. Amendments 25 and 26 not moved. Amendment 27 Moved by Lord Tope 27: After Clause 7, insert the following new Clause—...

Northern Ireland Bill: Committee (11 Mar 2009)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: We are happy to support the principles behind this amendment, which we think will allow the Committee to feel reassured on this point.

Northern Ireland Bill: Committee (11 Mar 2009)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: I will speak to Amendments 6 and 10 in this group. Amendment 6 is another modest amendment. It was moved in the other place and it is an attempt to limit the possibility of vexatious Motions being tabled by Members of the Assembly. It gives the Assembly the ability to set out in Standing Orders a limit on the number of times a Motion to remove a Minister can be made during a specific period...

Northern Ireland Bill: Committee (11 Mar 2009)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: I will briefly speak to two of the amendments tabled by the noble Lord, Lord Maginnis of Drumglass. On Amendment 1C, we feel that there is nothing in legislation to provide that four parties must always be in the Executive. The d'Hondt formula just needs to be applied until all ministerial posts are filled. If one or two parties have a sufficiently large number of Members, that could result...

Northern Ireland Bill: Committee (11 Mar 2009)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: I associate these Benches with the expression of revulsion and horror at the murder of PC Stephen Carroll. I have been advised today by the Police Federation of Northern Ireland that it is looking after the family of Stephen Carroll. I have expressed all our heartfelt sympathy to them. I have a brief comment on Amendment 1. We agree that there could be difficulties if the Lord Chief Justice...

Northern Ireland Bill: Second Reading (9 Mar 2009)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, each and every Member of this House has made stark reference to the appalling events of Saturday night at Massereene barracks in Antrim. The people of Northern Ireland had hoped that murders such as these were a thing of the past. It is shocking that the perpetrators feel that they can derail the peace process by killing and maiming innocent people. We call on anyone who has any...


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