Results 221–240 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

Regulatory Agencies: Monitoring — Question (4 Mar 2015)

Baroness Deech: Is the Minister aware that all 10 legal regulators, which operate underneath the Legal Services Board, agree that the board and the statute that put it into place are not working well and need radical reform? Can he say whether, if he is in government after May, a new Government will find time to reform it, which is what the regulators all want?

Legislative Scrutiny: Digitalisation — Question (4 Mar 2015)

Baroness Deech: To ask the Leader of the House what assessment she has made of the impact on the effectiveness of the scrutiny of legislation of the introduction of further digitalisation.

Legislative Scrutiny: Digitalisation — Question (4 Mar 2015)

Baroness Deech: May I explain for the sake of clarity that by digitalisation I mean the use of computers? Would it not be a great advantage to the House that instead of being presented with amendments on paper that read something like, “delete ‘the’ and insert ‘a’”, we saw what they meant by their being placed and tracked in the draft Bill, that Explanatory Notes should be accessible alongside...

Deregulation Bill — Report (2nd Day) (5 Feb 2015)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, I declare an interest as a former governor of the BBC. I recall charter renewal as a long, drawn-out process involving all sorts of different elements, and it would be wrong to pick this one out for fundamental change before the entire charter is reviewed. The other issue is that the licence fee is clearly due for the most fundamental reanalysis because both those who can afford it...

Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill — Report (2nd Day) (4 Feb 2015)

Baroness Deech: It is the amendments which I do not think will make any difference. Whether the noble Lord’s dire predictions will be the case remains to be seen but I am very worried about the situation that already exists with interference. I have a list—again I will not trouble your Lordships with it. There are lists of convicted terrorists who sadly went through our universities—the underpants...

Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill — Report (2nd Day) (4 Feb 2015)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, I declare an interest as a former independent adjudicator for higher education, in which role I received complaints from students from every university. So I have that experience in addition to having spent decades at Oxford. I take the unusual position that whether or not these amendments are passed it will make absolutely no difference to the law. They are tautologous. They say...

Palestine: Recognition — Motion to Take Note (29 Jan 2015)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, with unfortunate timing, this debate is taking place two days after International Holocaust Remembrance Day. In the 70 years since the liberation of Auschwitz, despite the millions spent on Holocaust education and remembrance, the museums and memorials and the school visits to concentration camps, there is a gap in memory and education that needs to be bridged. The desire and...

Wealth Inequality — Question (21 Jan 2015)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, does the Minister agree that the poverty gap can never be closed—both in this country and, especially, abroad—until women are freed from subjection, given full education, allowed to work and provided with childcare; until we end warfare in some countries, improve health and make sure that everybody speaks the language of the country in which they live; and until they achieve...

Al-Sweady Inquiry Report — Statement (17 Dec 2014)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, there has been considerable criticism of the legal profession in this short debate, and of course I would not for a moment defend the costs and the conduct. It helps one to understand the backlash against human rights. On the other hand, this House has recently stood up for the principles of judicial review. I think we have to bear in mind that, although we may criticise the lawyers...

Cohabitation Rights Bill [HL] — Second Reading (12 Dec 2014)

Baroness Deech: Perhaps the noble Lord will allow me an intervention. On one side of the scales we have lawyers, not the public. The consultees who responded to the Law Commission who were members of the public were largely against this. Even the Supreme Court has a variety of views. On my side of the scales, I offer the public.

Cohabitation Rights Bill [HL] — Second Reading (12 Dec 2014)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, I think that is a rather unfair comparison. Jewish marriages are carried out according to the law of this land. In fact, as far as I understand it, the Jewish orthodoxy insists that a couple get married according to the law of this land. I disapprove of the way men use get just as much as the noble Lord does. That provision was only to try to put pressure on the men to give a get,...

Cohabitation Rights Bill [HL] — Second Reading (12 Dec 2014)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, a few months ago the Prime Minister announced that all government policies would be subject to a new family test: what impact would they have on relationship formation and breakdown? It is against those standards that I seek to assess the Bill. My conclusion is that it would reduce willingness to commit long-term and would greatly increase the stress of couple breakdown,...

House of Lords: Procedures and Practices — Question for Short Debate (4 Dec 2014)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, when I joined this House, I inquired how long it would take me to master the way it worked. I was told that 10 years was about the length. I have now had the privilege of being a Member for nine years, so I hope your Lordships will forgive me if I am only 9/10ths right in my conjectures about procedure. I have two suggestions. One relates to the way in which we consider and debate...

House of Lords: Procedures and Practices — Question for Short Debate (4 Dec 2014)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, on a point of order, I used to worry about the impression that women do not participate—

House of Lords: Procedures and Practices — Question for Short Debate (4 Dec 2014)

Baroness Deech: I just wanted to give another impression to the noble Lord, who is concerned about women being shouted down at Question Time. I carried out a statistical survey over four weeks and discovered that proportionally there were more interventions by women at Question Time than would be expected from their number in the House. In other words, they are not shouted down; they are managing quite...

Consumer Rights Bill — Report (3rd Day) (26 Nov 2014)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, may I interject a word on this amendment, on which I have spoken before, by way of an Oral Question? To insist that everything is online and more expensive if one opts out is to penalise the poorest and oldest in society. We are always talking about the gap between the better off and the worse off. To ensure that the poorest and oldest—who are least likely to have computers and...

Divorce: Effect on Children — Question (26 Nov 2014)

Baroness Deech: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the survey findings reported by Resolution on the adverse effects of divorce on children.

Divorce: Effect on Children — Question (26 Nov 2014)

Baroness Deech: Does the Minister appreciate that mediation cannot work if the law is as uncertain as it is, especially now that legal aid has been removed and more than 50% of the money cases involve at least one litigant in person? Will he undertake to do an impact assessment on the removal of legal aid from the family courts, which has resulted in the strain that Resolution have pointed out? Will the...

Divorce (Financial Provision) Bill [HL]: Committee (21 Nov 2014)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, I am sure that the Minister will agree that the best should not be the enemy of what is workable and good going forward. I am also sure that the Minister and I are united in the deep concern I have about the unfortunate couples who are wasting their money as they go through the process at the moment. I am willing to try almost anything because this has been a concern of mine for the...

Divorce (Financial Provision) Bill [HL]: Committee (21 Nov 2014)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, Amendments 23 to 25 are all about what we specialists call periodical payments, which, I ought to explain to the House, are ongoing maintenance payments that many people are familiar with, whereby usually a husband, although not always, is ordered to pay his ex-wife a monthly or annual sum, year in, year out. A Member of this House has told me that he is still paying maintenance to...


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