Results 201–220 of 500 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 Deech

Education (Student Support) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 — Motion to Regret (25 Jan 2016)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, most speakers tonight will focus on cost and the increased debt that will accrue to students if these grants are converted to loans. I want to explore an effect that, in my view, is far more serious and damaging to the Government’s aspirations for higher education. The effect of ending grants designed for food and rent costs, is that more students will have to stay at home for...

Health: Hormone Pregnancy Tests — Question (21 Jan 2016)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, there has been great fuss about the Prime Minister’s wish to ensure that all women, particularly Muslim women, learn English. What steps can the Government take to make sure that all pregnant women receive directly the medical advice that they need during pregnancy?

Sunday Trading — Question (14 Dec 2015)

Baroness Deech: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to reform Sunday trading laws.

Sunday Trading — Question (14 Dec 2015)

Baroness Deech: Do the Government not believe in cutting red tape and devolving powers to local authorities? Does the Minister agree that we are a multicultural society and England should be as liberal as Scotland in Sunday trading laws? Will she assure the House that she is not going to put the interests of the SNP before the convenience of English and Welsh consumers and the economy of England and Wales?

Syria: UK Military Action — Motion to Take Note (2 Dec 2015)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, I do not claim to know the answer to the serious issue before us this afternoon; nevertheless, I have a point of substance to make. It is about the decision-making process and the royal prerogative. I have read as much as I reasonably can, but I do not believe that I—or most Members of Parliament, or even noble Lords—really know all there is to know about the pros and cons of...

Universities: Freedom of Speech — Motion to Take Note (26 Nov 2015)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, I have been struck by the consensus across all parties this afternoon on the problems that have arisen in universities. I thank the Minister for her awareness of this. I have also been struck by the wit, wisdom and erudition of our speakers this afternoon and for the quotations they have been able to bring up from their memories, no doubt from their past university education. Not...

Universities: Freedom of Speech — Motion to Take Note (26 Nov 2015)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, if ever there was a time when free speech was vital, not only in our universities but in general discourse, it is now. I am therefore especially pleased that there are two maiden speakers today who both have special and different perspectives on the topic. We all look forward to their contributions and wish them well in this and all their future work in this House. Many Members of...

Advertising Standards Authority — Question for Short Debate (29 Oct 2015)

Baroness Deech: When I say “full member”, the ASA does not qualify in that top category, which has to be, as I said, independent of the industry or profession being regulated. The rules of the Ombudsman Association are quite clear on that.

Advertising Standards Authority — Question for Short Debate (29 Oct 2015)

Baroness Deech: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to review the governance of the Advertising Standards Authority.

Advertising Standards Authority — Question for Short Debate (29 Oct 2015)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, I have two interests to declare. The first is as a former claimant, partly successful, to the ASA—an event that triggered my interest in its nature and procedures. The second is as a regulator myself of many years’ standing. I have regulated the BBC, IVF, student complaints and barristers; indeed, if it moves and needs regulation, I seem to get the job. I have immersed myself in...

Arbitration and Mediation Services (Equality) Bill [HL]: Second Reading (23 Oct 2015)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, as I did three years ago, I welcome the Bill and congratulate my noble friend Lady Cox on her persistence and her unflinching exposure of the evidence that necessitates these provisions. Equality is what the Bill is all about: it is about closing any loopholes that might remain, or might be picked, in the Equality Act 2010. All religions have had to rethink certain practices as a...

BBC: Finance and Independence — Motion to Take Note (10 Sep 2015)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, I declare an interest as a former governor. The recent BBC report on its future had nothing to say about governance and complaints. I propose to address the issue of complaints handling today, because I believe that the crux of the BBC’s independence, impartiality and accountability to the licence fee payers lies in the way in which complaints about its service are responded to. I...

Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill [HL] — Report (Continued) (20 Jul 2015)

Baroness Deech: I am grateful to the Minister for his conversations with us and for the very valuable suggestion of bringing in the Charity Commission to get evidence, which is very hard to collect in this field. However, I would like to correct a misunderstanding that seemed to flow around the House. This amendment would not incorporate charities, nor do I recollect saying that most charities were...

Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill [HL] — Report (Continued) (20 Jul 2015)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, this amendment also stands in the name of my noble friend Lord Bew. There is a little link with the discussion we have just had. The noble Lord, Lord King, mentioned the need to cut off the sources of funding that go to terrorists. This amendment is not just about terrorism—far from it, although it would have the side-effect that he has just mentioned if a charity were involved in...

Accessible Sports Grounds Bill [HL] — Second Reading (17 Jul 2015)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, I may seem an unlikely figure to be concerned about sports grounds. However, my involvement with the Lords Equality Act 2010 and Disability Committee has highlighted to me that we all become disabled in the end—it is just a question of how quickly and how severely the conditions present themselves in one’s life. Sports grounds accessibility is also a metaphor for the whole of...

Iran: Nuclear Deal — Statement (15 Jul 2015)

Baroness Deech: What confidence can the Minister give the House that verification will work, given that 24 days’ notice has to be given to Iran of an inspection, which even then may be refused by a commission? Surely, of course, only a very short-notice inspection would be worth it, given Iran’s history of secret nuclear development. Why does she think that Iran has insisted on retaining and working on...

Advertising Standards Authority — Question (29 Jun 2015)

Baroness Deech: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the performance of the Advertising Standards Authority.

Advertising Standards Authority — Question (29 Jun 2015)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, I declare an interest as a partly successful recent complainant. The Minister will know that the ASA is a self-regulating body and is funded at one remove by the industry. In those circumstances, does she think that it is acceptable for such a body not to have to observe the rules of natural justice when hearing complaints? There is no obligation to share material with both sides....

Employment: Elite Professions — Question (18 Jun 2015)

Baroness Deech: Does the noble Baroness agree with me, drawing on my experience as a tutor for admissions, that certain government and coalition policies have actually made social mobility more difficult? First, certain potential students cannot afford to leave home and go to better universities; they are forced to stay at home because they cannot afford the maintenance. The Government have not tackled that....

FIFA - Question (4 Jun 2015)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, will the Minister take this opportunity to acknowledge the fearless part played in this by British investigative journalism, and the importance of a fearless and not overregulated British press?


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