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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

Crime and Security Bill: Second Reading (29 Mar 2010)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, this is a very strange Bill which appears to have lots of incidental measures in it and my contribution to Second Reading will be fairly brief. I intend to restrict my remarks to those about stop and search, but first I must declare my interest. I chaired a police authority for a number of years and dealt with complaints against police officers. I was also a deputy chair of the...

Northern Ireland Act 1998 (Devolution of Policing and Justice Functions) Order 2010 — Motion to Approve (23 Mar 2010)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, I, too, thank the Leader of the House for introducing these orders. We very much welcome them and wish them well. The Liberal Democrats have long believed that policing and justice powers should be devolved to the Assembly, if and when it wanted such powers. It is a crucial element to devolution and it will be a significant achievement when the powers are indeed devolved in April as...

Police (Northern Ireland) Act 2000 (Renewal of Temporary Provisions) Order 2010: Motion to Approve (9 Mar 2010)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, I, too, thank the Leader of the House for introducing this order. Before I debate its merits or otherwise, I pay tribute, as others have done tonight, to the PSNI and in particular to all officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. We particularly remember Constable Stephen Carroll, who was murdered by dissident republicans in Craigavon on this day in March last year. We...

Equality Bill: Committee (6th Day) (Continued) (9 Feb 2010)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: If Amendment 131B is agreed, I cannot call Amendment 132 because of pre-emption. Amendment 131B agreed. Amendments 132 to 134 not moved. Amendments 134ZA and 134ZB Moved by Baroness Thornton 134ZA: Clause 196, page 122, line 26, leave out "5" and insert "2" 134ZB: Clause 196, page 122, line 28, leave out "5" and insert "2" Amendments 134ZA and 134ZB agreed. Clause 196, as amended, agreed....

Equality Bill: Committee (6th Day) (Continued) (9 Feb 2010)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: If Amendment 136ZZB is agreed, I cannot call Amendment 136ZZC because of pre-emption.

Northern Ireland: Cross-border Police Co-operation — Question (27 Jan 2010)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, both the Garda Siochana and the PSNI would certainly agree with a five-mile buffer zone either side of the border to enable cross-jurisdictional handover during hot pursuits. Will the noble Baroness ensure that this is put on the agenda?

Digital Economy Bill [HL] (26 Jan 2010)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, I remind the Committee that if government Amendment 211B is agreed, I cannot call Amendment 212 because of pre-emption. Amendment 211B Moved by Lord Young of Norwood Green 211B: Clause 17, page 18, line 39, leave out from beginning to end of line 5 on page 19 and insert- "(9) The Secretary of State may not make an order under this section unless- (a) the Secretary of State has...

Severe Weather: Transport Networks and Public Services — Statement (11 Jan 2010)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, will the Minister thank the managers of the east coast main line rail network, who have performed heroically over the past few weeks? I have had a couple of what could have been quite difficult journeys and they have been tremendous. Would he also undertake to let those managers know that the staff of the train operating company have been thoughtful, helpful and able to tell...

Northern Ireland Assembly Members Bill [HL]: Second Reading (1 Dec 2009)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, this has been an interesting, if short, debate on the future determination of Members of the Northern Ireland Assembly's salaries, pensions and expenditure. It was heartening to hear from the Leader of the House that there is cross-party support for an independent statutory body to advise on these matters. In view of the Bill before us today, the Assembly perhaps took the right...

Northern Ireland Assembly Members Bill [HL]: Second Reading (1 Dec 2009)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: I am sure that members of the Alliance Party, our sister party in Stormont, will take note of what the noble Lord has said. I was also pleased to hear the strong support of the noble Baroness the Leader of the House for the PSNI in the security problems that it faces. We can only hope that when it arrives, the devolution of policing, which is being held up at the moment, will be enormously...

Queen's Speech — Debate (3rd Day) (Continued) (23 Nov 2009)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, it gives me enormous pleasure to congratulate on behalf of the whole House the noble Baroness, Lady O'Loan, on her first speech in your Lordships' House. She has shown us the incredible depth and breadth of her knowledge and experience, especially in the field of human rights and ethics and in her moving reminders to us of the tragic past in Northern Ireland, especially of those who...

Policing and Crime Bill: Third Reading (11 Nov 2009)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, I have not previously spoken on this part of the Bill, but I was minded to when I received a briefing this morning from the Local Government Association. It is extremely concerned about this amendment, which it feels will force local authorities to undertake a burdensome consultation if they decide not to use powers available to them. The association is concerned that the new duties...

Policing and Crime Bill: Report (2nd Day) (5 Nov 2009)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: I thank the Minister. I take the points that he has made. I have made mine. I beg leave to withdraw the amendment. Amendment 97A withdrawn. Amendment 98 Moved by Lord Lester of Herne Hill 98: After Clause 110, insert the following new Clause— "Exemption from civil proceedings for trespass brought by offender (1) Section 329 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 (c. 44) (criminal proceedings for...

Policing and Crime Bill: Report (2nd Day) (5 Nov 2009)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, I am most grateful to the Minister and his Bill team for the meeting which they organised to address our concerns on this part of the Bill and for the subsequent and very full letter in which he further elaborates on Clause 97. I fully understand what the Government are doing; I just do not agree with it. It will be quite important for some of the contents of his letter to be on the...

Policing and Crime Bill — Report (1st Day) (Continued) (3 Nov 2009)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: Unsurprisingly, my Lords, I support Amendment 19. When this Government came in and started talking about crime and disorder committees, those of us then on police authorities spent a great deal of time working out how best these could be set up and scrutinised. We always felt that it was important to have a member of a police authority on that committee. It is important that the committees...

Policing and Crime Bill — Report (1st Day) (Continued) (3 Nov 2009)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, I shall be brief in rising to support the amendment tabled by the noble Baroness, Lady Henig, which would place a duty on top-tier authorities to co-operate with police authorities in delivering the Secretary of State's strategic priorities and the confidence target. I was shocked, although perhaps I should not have been, to hear that only 50 out of 350 local authorities have signed...

Policing and Crime Bill — Report (1st Day) (Continued) (3 Nov 2009)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, I could have anticipated what the Minister said in response to my arguments. I have asked for the Secretary of State's powers to be constrained for a very long time and in many ways, and it still seems to fall on deaf ears. However, the Minister has slightly reassured me about the central direction to chief police officers by saying that he will consult, and consult broadly, all...

Policing and Crime Bill — Report (1st Day) (Continued) (3 Nov 2009)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, once again, I am grateful to the Minister for his reply. I also thank the noble Baroness, Lady Neville-Jones, for her support, especially for joint arrangement working in Amendment 11. Having the promise of guidance and rigorous re-examination of these difficult areas, and having continuing discussions on joint procurement as we did not go for the merger of police authorities, it is...

Policing and Crime Bill — Report (1st Day) (Continued) (3 Nov 2009)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, I shall speak also to Amendments 13 and 14, the last relating to Clause 5. They follow from our discussion on this part of the Bill in Committee. I am acutely conscious of the need to improve the resilience of policing at a strategic level and, in the light of the current financial situation particularly in the public sector, significantly to improve how protective services are...

Policing and Crime Bill — Report (1st Day) (Continued) (3 Nov 2009)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, I supported the original version of the amendment, but I am moving this version after listening to the Minister in Committee because I remain concerned. I agree entirely with him about bringing greater clarity to which sorts of agreement are appropriate for forces to enter into and which are appropriate for authorities to make. Although a number of rough edges remain to be ironed...


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