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Results 241–260 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

Government: Legislative Programme (14 May 2008)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, I was interested to hear the noble Baroness the Leader of the House state that the Government would bring forward proposals for directly elected representatives to give local people more control over policing priorities and responsiveness. Is she aware that the majority of members of police authorities are directly elected representatives at the moment? I am concerned that they will...

Electoral Administration Act 2006 (Regulation of Loans etc.: Northern Ireland) Order 2008 (12 May 2008)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, we on these Benches also welcome the order, which we believe improves transparency. We also welcome the involvement of the Electoral Commission, which will verify the information given to it in the transaction reports. That is very important. The steps that the commission must take are to be prescribed by order, as the Minister said. Was that what the Minister was describing, the...

Consumers, Estate Agents and Redress Act 2007 (Commencement No. 3 and Supplementary Provision) Order 2008 (1 May 2008)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, I am standing in for my noble friend Lord Razzall. As I understood the remarks of the Minister, the statutory instrument requires the National Consumer Council to produce a work programme before the start of each financial year; it is as simple as that. Specifically, the order deals with Section 5 of the Act, and Article 4 also alters the definition of a financial year as it applies...

Alcohol Labelling Bill [HL] (1 May 2008)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: I was slightly horrified when I learnt that I had to deal with this Bill, not having been involved with it previously. However, when I looked at it closely, I came to some conclusions, which are mine and not necessarily the policy of my party. I shall oppose all the amendments before us today because I believe that the Bill's proposals are right, so I shall speak only once. I have heard the...

Alcohol Labelling Bill [HL] (1 May 2008)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: That is missing the point. The consumption of alcohol, wherever it is, is what is important.

House of Lords: Public Information (1 May 2008)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, the Chairman of Committees has given us some indication of the work that has been going on within the House of Lords with the help, assistance and guidance of the Lord Speaker. Could he give us a little more information about the current programme of Lords activity?

Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill (30 Apr 2008)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, I will speak specifically about police pay and assure the noble Baroness that we will be supporting this amendment. Independent arbiters, as we have heard, awarded a 2.5 per cent pay award and the Home Secretary can have been left in no doubt about the anger of police officers on the day of their massively successful, well-ordered and well-mannered protest march on 23 January 2008....

Criminal Justice (Northern Ireland) Order 2008 (29 Apr 2008)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, I am grateful to the Minister for giving way. He said in his peroration that a lot of money was being put towards creating more prison places in Northern Ireland. Why cannot a further JJC be adapted for young males of 17 who clearly are more numerous than can be looked after in the existing institution? That would be a good use of the money.

Criminal Justice (Northern Ireland) Order 2008 (29 Apr 2008)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, I, too, thank the Minister for introducing the orders. Once again it falls to these Benches to be a little more robust in questioning him. We have only about 40 minutes to discuss this major piece of legislation. It is disappointing that such measures are not being introduced in primary legislation, although I accept that the Minister has engaged in long and detailed consultation on...

Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill (23 Apr 2008)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, I was very happy to put my name to this amendment. I also declare an interest as a vice-president of the Association of Police Authorities, a former deputy chair of that organisation and a former chair of North Yorkshire Police Authority. The clause looks fairly innocuous, but we have been here before—and on many an occasion I have spoken about the best value legislation, because...

Crime (20 Mar 2008)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, I, too, congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Trumpington, on securing this debate. It is indeed very timely. I want to talk about the leadership of policing and workforce modernisation. We all admire the role which the police service undertakes on our behalf. We owe a great debt of gratitude to the work and dedication of those officers who serve the communities of this country with...

Crime (20 Mar 2008)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: I apologise, my Lords—a slip of the tongue. The paper reads: "Only one in 58 police officers is out on patrol at any one time in some police force areas—that's about four per town of 90,000 people—yet England and Wales has a record 143,000 officers. Only one in 40 in some forces is available to respond to 999 calls. In 2004/05, the Metropolitan Police spent £104.4 million on...

Police: Flanagan Review (12 Mar 2008)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, in the chapter on developing police workforce reform, Sir Ronnie states, "Meeting these changing demands will require strong and effective leadership from all those involved in policing—from the Home Secretary and chief officers, right through to sergeants and individual officers". What do the Government intend to do about addressing this vital question of leadership?

Olympic Games 2012: Legacy (20 Feb 2008)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, will the legacy action plan suggest what percentage of that vast amount of money, to which the Minister referred, will go to the north of England? I have heard nothing about the planning or the percentage of the money from the Olympic Games that will go to the north of England, where we are completely devoid of any involvement in the Olympics at the moment.

Terrorism and Crime (EUC Report) (6 Dec 2007)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, I, too, have found this a most interesting and important debate. As ever, I am disappointed by the number of noble Lords present, but anyone who has been involved in European Union Sub-Committee reports presented to the House will recognise that this is a similar turnout to most other reports that are read. It is a shame that more Members are not here to listen to what has been a...

Charities Act 2006 (3 Dec 2007)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, has the Minister had any discussions with the Scots to sort out the problem of the UK-wide charities now that they have to comply with two sets of regulations?

Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Bill (22 Oct 2007)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, I am grateful to the Minister for dealing with this issue and giving some sort of reassurance that the regulations will ensure that one representative of the police authority will sit on every local authority overview and scrutiny committee. I hope that will be written in the regulations. I understand that it cannot be in the Bill as it was not in the Police and Justice Act. There...

Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Bill (22 Oct 2007)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: moved Amendment No. 54: After Clause 126, insert the following new Clause— "Local authority scrutiny of crime and disorder matters In section 19 of the Police and Justice Act 2006 (c. 48) (Local authority scrutiny of crime and disorder matters), after subsection 1 insert— "(1A) Every crime and disorder committee shall include at least one member nominated by the police authority for the...

Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Bill (22 Oct 2007)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, I, too, apologise for coming in at this late stage of the Bill. I saw the government amendment only on Friday and I had to think about what I was going to say. I declare an interest as a former chair of a police authority and as a vice-president of the Association of Police Authorities. This is a very complex area, as the Minister has acknowledged, so it may be helpful to give a...

Police (Northern Ireland) Act 2003 (Commencement No. 2) Order 2007 (23 Jul 2007)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, I, too, thank the Minister for introducing the order, and I place on record my thanks to the officials of the Northern Ireland Office who briefed me very carefully on the previous order. I was not able to have a briefing on this order, but I much appreciated that very full and excellent briefing. We did not raise any concerns in relation to Sections 15, 16 and 19 of the 2003 Act...


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