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Results 261–280 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

Public Sector: IT Projects (21 Jun 2007)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, I, too, am grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Lucas, for securing this debate. I assure him that my contribution will be on only the IT area in which I was involved a number of years ago, which is slowly proving to be a success. That was not always the case but, as your Lordships know, large IT systems cost far more than originally expected and generally take much longer than...

Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 (Amendment of Section 76(3)) Order 2007 (3 May 2007)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, monitoring the finances of convicted criminals is something with which we wholeheartedly agree. Making them report on all their bank accounts, credit cards and other monetary transactions is clearly having a salutary effect on their criminal behaviour. We know that a number of financial reporting orders have been made involving the Serious Organised Crime Agency and Her Majesty's...

Integration Loans for Refugees and Others Regulations 2007 (3 May 2007)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, the noble Lord, Lord James of Blackheath, has raised some very important and interesting matters. I must admit that I had not thought about the recovery of the loans, and I share his very great concern about this. I was quite disturbed to read the regulations, which at best smack of extraordinary heavy-handedness. At worst, they appear miserly and deeply offensive to people who look...

Economy: Yorkshire and Humber (30 Apr 2007)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, I, too, congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Woolmer, on securing this debate, but it is with some temerity that I speak tonight. While almost all my political life has been spent in Richmond, North Yorkshire—the first and original Richmond of all the Richmonds in the world—I am in fact a Lancastrienne. I hope that that will not detract from my love for my adoptive county or the...

Serious Crime Bill [HL] (30 Apr 2007)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, I supported the amendment moved by the noble Lord, Lord Glentoran, in Committee, and we set out our reasons for so doing then. We need an absolute assurance that the merger of the Assets Recovery Agency and SOCA will not diminish the excellent work already done by the ARA, which was referred to in Committee. The noble Baroness gave us some reassurance but, like the noble Viscount,...

Justice and Security (Northern Ireland) Bill (23 Apr 2007)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, I am grateful to the Minister for that reply. I am aware that the commission is not an enforcement body. However, it has statutory duties and therefore the spirit of its work is recognised, enforceable or not. I am still disappointed that the Government will not move on this issue, but they have probably painted themselves into an obdurate corner in this respect. I would have been...

Justice and Security (Northern Ireland) Bill (23 Apr 2007)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, we support the amendment moved by the noble Lord, Lord Trimble, particularly subsection (2) of the new clause, which provides that community restorative justice schemes should work in partnership with the police and Public Prosecution Service. The problems with the implementation of restorative justice lie in community-based schemes, as the noble Lord so eloquently outlined. Any...

Justice and Security (Northern Ireland) Bill (23 Apr 2007)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: moved Amendment No. 6: Clause 15, page 14, leave out lines 1 to 3

Justice and Security (Northern Ireland) Bill (23 Apr 2007)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, this amendment would ensure that the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission does not need to give notice of a visit to a place of detention for the purposes of an investigation. I want to clarify a matter with the Minister, which was referred to in Committee, when he stated, very helpfully, that once the 15-day period was up, the Bill allowed the commission to carry out...

Justice and Security (Northern Ireland) Bill (23 Apr 2007)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, we welcome these amendments, especially the reassurance that the Government intend these to be simply temporary measures. We are very pleased that the Government have chosen the affirmative process for renewing the provisions, which means that Parliament as a whole will determine their future.

Justice and Security (Northern Ireland) Bill (23 Apr 2007)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, I have one question: how do protocols work when the Secretary of State receives a report from the ombudsman? Will the Minister remind us what might happen if the Secretary of State believed that there was something in a report that seriously compromised national security?

Justice and Security (Northern Ireland) Bill (23 Apr 2007)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: moved Amendment No. 1: Clause 1, page 1, line 8, leave out "suspects" and insert "is satisfied"

Justice and Security (Northern Ireland) Bill (23 Apr 2007)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, we had quite a lengthy debate in Committee about who should issue a certificate for a non-jury trial. There was some desire to see judicial involvement in the process, but there was also discussion about whether the Attorney-General might be a more appropriate person than the Director of Public Prosecutions to take such a decision. We decided not to revisit that issue, but we do...

Justice and Security (Northern Ireland) Bill (23 Apr 2007)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, I am most grateful to the noble and learned Lord the Attorney-General. We would never criticise what the DPP has done in the past; indeed, quite the reverse, as the noble and learned Lord said. The DPP has been excellent in dealing with very difficult cases. We recognise how difficult it must be for the Government to get the balance right and understand how the test must be just...

Northern Ireland (St Andrews Agreement) (No. 2) Bill (27 Mar 2007)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, it is amazing what a good night's sleep can do to restore equilibrium. Yesterday, I was deeply disappointed with the Government, but for a specific reason. For months now, they have been telling us that 26 March—yesterday—was absolutely the final day for the two major parties in Northern Ireland to come together and form a Government. Let me, gently, remind the Minister of what...

Serious Crime Bill [HL] (27 Mar 2007)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: I agree with everything that the noble Viscount, Lord Bridgeman, has said. We on these Benches support the amendments, to which I have attached my name. I shall speak in particular to Amendment No. 119. Merging the Assets Recovery Agency in Northern Ireland with the Serious Organised Crime Agency is an eminently sensible proposal. However, as the noble Viscount has said, simply having a...

Care Homes: Funding (8 Mar 2007)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they have taken to inform independent care providers how and when they can apply for the recently announced £67 million capital grant to improve the care home environment for older people.

Care Homes: Funding (8 Mar 2007)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, I thank the Minister for that reply. I declare an interest as patron of a Royal British Legion home—Lister House, an excellent care home in Ripon in north Yorkshire—and, of course, as a Member of your Lordships' House. Is the Minister aware that the local authority circular does not appear to have been disseminated to all local care providers? I know that four of the seven...

Justice and Security (Northern Ireland) Bill (20 Feb 2007)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, as the Minister said at the outset, enormous changes have taken place in Northern Ireland in the past few years. That is reflected in the region's vibrant economy. I well remember first visiting, 10 or more years ago, with the Police Negotiating Board. To show how much things have changed, we were not to breathe a word about who we were or why we were there. As I recall, we were a...

Marriage Act 1949 (Remedial) Order 2006 (25 Jan 2007)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, we agree with this order.


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