Results 241–260 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

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

Baroness Deech: My Lords, it might surprise the noble Lord, Lord Cormack, to know that I am absolutely with him on the importance of marriage. I have spent much of my academic career writing about it in an atmosphere where I was almost a lone voice. I am with him all the way. I wish there was more we could do about it without being accused of claiming the moral high ground and so forth. Nevertheless, I have...

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

Baroness Deech: I completely appreciate the Government’s concerns on this. We are united in wanting to ensure that the costs of litigation are removed or reduced and that people get fair shares. It is a very difficult issue. I do not want to withdraw the amendment at this stage, but given that the Bill will have many more stages to go through—including, I hope, in the House of Commons—I and others...

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

Baroness Deech: My Lords, in moving Amendment 7, I will speak to Amendments 8 to 13 as well. What binds them together is that they concern prenuptial and post-nuptial agreements. First, let me counter criticisms I have heard. Unfortunately, it is no good saying that nobody ever contemplates the end of their marriage. Only too sadly, it is unavoidable to think of it. There cannot be anyone in this House who...

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

Baroness Deech: My Lords, I wish to say simply that of course the noble and learned Lord, Lord Walker, is right—that is why he is learned and I am just a noble Baroness and not learned. However, my point is that this House has not revisited the principles of financial provision on divorce in more than 40 years, despite all the changes in society and all the things that have happened—the changes in the...

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

Baroness Deech: My Lords, I rise to move Amendment 6 and in so doing I propose to speak to Amendments 14, 15, 15A, 16, 18 and 19. They all stand together, forming one of the great pillars of the Bill, which is to seek to bring the law into line with what the Supreme Court in its judgments has more or less inched its way towards—to bring our law into line with Scottish law and the law applying in most of...

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

Baroness Deech: My Lords, in moving Amendment 2, I speak also to Amendments 3, 4, 20A, 21, 22 and 26. What the amendments in this group have in common is that they are minor and technical. I had great assistance with the drafting of this Bill over the summer, as your Lordships will have noticed, and these amendments arise from the refinement of the drafting as it took place in reaching the final state of the...

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

Baroness Deech: My Lords, I rise to move Amendment 5. Consequent on it is whether Clause 2 stands part of the Bill. This provision, as amended, is rather more technical, but also flexible. It brings together the definitions of the relevant financial order—the sort of things that the court may deal with—and defines and spells out what was implicit in the original draft, the various types of order that the...

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

Baroness Deech: My Lords, I will speak also to the question of whether Clause 6 stand part of the Bill. All these amendments, starting with this one, have at their heart the protection of children and assistance to middling and lower income families, who are facing terrible problems now that legal aid has been removed from assistance in divorce law, and with the exceedingly high number of divorces that we...

Middle East and North Africa — Motion to Take Note (30 Oct 2014)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, where is the Muslim peace movement campaigning for an end to violence in Muslim countries? Where is their Gandhi? Where is their Mandela? We are talking today about the failure of the nation state in Islam, and the failure in the region to overcome the demonisation of others. We have failed to perceive the core of the current conflicts. What is taking place in Iraq and Syria is a...

Iran: Nuclear Programme — Question (30 Oct 2014)

Baroness Deech: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of progress in preventing the development of nuclear weapons by Iran.

Iran: Nuclear Programme — Question (30 Oct 2014)

Baroness Deech: I am grateful to the noble Baroness, but does she know that the centrifuges and the nuclear structure of Iran remain intact? Does she agree that sanctions were lifted too early? The threat remains. Will she ensure that the deal ends all the means of delivery and production and ensures appropriate inspection by IAEA? Will she make representations to the French Government over their...

Palestine: Recognition — Question (15 Oct 2014)

Baroness Deech: My Lords—

Palestine: Recognition — Question (15 Oct 2014)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, does the Minister acknowledge that if a state of Palestine were to be recognised, the Palestinian residents within it would cease to be refugees, that those Palestinians living in other countries would have a right of return and would also cease to be refugees, and that there would be no more call for UNRWA and the refugee problem would be ended?

Criminal Justice and Courts Bill — Committee (5th Day) (30 Jul 2014)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, I intervene very briefly, again as one who has been judicially reviewed—indeed, as one who is constantly being judicially reviewed. There is something of a flavour here that judicial review is always a case of David versus Goliath. However, it has to be remembered that sometimes it is a case of David versus David. Although the first David may passionately believe that what is...

Anti-Semitism — Question (29 Jul 2014)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, does the Minister recall that a year ago, after the beheading of Lee Rigby, the Prime Minister rushed forward to say that Islam was a religion of peace and that Islamophobia must be prevented; and the police made arrests in relation to tweets and demonstrations. Unfortunately, politicians have been in the forefront of making this link between Gaza, anti-Semitism, Hitler and all the...

Criminal Justice and Courts Bill — Committee (4th Day) (28 Jul 2014)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, I am not a practising lawyer, but I have experience of being judicially reviewed, and after much hard thought, I speak in support of the noble Lords, some of whom are learned, who have put their names to this amendment and similar ones. After much thought, I think that this is the wrong clause, and I think that the way in which it is drafted will open doors to as much costly...

Ukraine (Shooting Down of MH17) and Gaza — Statement (21 Jul 2014)

Baroness Deech: Does the noble Baroness agree that there is something distasteful about this concentration on numbers and proportionality? In recent months, some 2,000 Palestinians have been killed in Syria without, I gather, much notice being taken in this House. The reason for the civilian casualties in Gaza appears to be that Hamas hides its weapons and rockets in schools, mosques and hospitals and is...

House of Lords: Question Time — Question (7 Jul 2014)

Baroness Deech: Does the Minister share the concern that perhaps women Members of this House do not get their fair share of questions? However, I carried out a little survey in which I calculated the number of interventions by noble Baronesses and discovered that they asked proportionately rather more questions than one would expect from their number in the House.

Economy: Manufacturing — Motion to Take Note (3 Jul 2014)

Baroness Deech: On a point of order, I wonder if the noble Lord has left the House misinformed about the relative contributions of Oxford and Cambridge. Oxford, once the home of car manufacturing, is now at the forefront of new technology and turning biological and pharmaceutical inventions into drugs that benefit the whole world.

Divorce (Financial Provision) Bill [HL] — Second Reading (27 Jun 2014)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, it has been a privilege to hear from experienced noble and learned Lords in this debate. In particular, the wisdom of the noble and learned Lords, Lord Hope, Lord Scott and Lord Mackay, has been invaluable, as well as the wisdom of those who have been through divorce or who have been involved in helping others. That means a great deal to me and to all those who think that the law...


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