Results 401–420 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

Israel — Question for Short Debate (6 Apr 2010)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, it is customary to congratulate a noble Lord on securing a debate on an important and topical subject. Unusually, on this occasion I am not certain that there is anything singular about the debate. We have had 143 Questions in this House about Israel in the past 12 months. On my rough count, the noble Lord, Lord Dykes, has put down more than 40 since the start of 2009. Indeed, he...

Israel — Question for Short Debate (6 Apr 2010)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, I have eight minutes. Had I longer, I would deal with it. However, there are conflicting views about the occupation. We all know that in the end Israel has a history of trading land for peace. I am sure that that will come about once there is a Palestine. I have no doubt in my heart that that will be the case. The actual elimination of Israel has become acceptable talk among many...

High Court: Appointment — Question (23 Mar 2010)

Baroness Deech: To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will announce the successor to the President of the Family Division of the High Court, who retires on 31 March.

High Court: Appointment — Question (23 Mar 2010)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, I shall not thank the Minister for that Answer. However, what will he do to dispel the perception that senior judicial appointments are taking longer than ever to make and are more politicised than ever, even though the Supreme Court has been established and the Judicial Appointments Commission has been set up to promote the separation of powers?

Children, Schools and Families Bill: Second Reading (8 Mar 2010)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, I, too, wish to address the issue of home schooling, which is covered by Clause 26 and Schedule 1. There has been massive representation on this issue from home educators who object to registration and see the provisions as taking away the right to educate at home, whereas it is merely a system of registration and not a very onerous one at that. We do not know what we do not know....

Israel and Palestine — Question (2 Mar 2010)

Baroness Deech: Does the Minister realise that the ability of this Government to influence any action by the Israeli Government is greatly undermined by, first, the threats to Israeli politicians who might visit this country and, secondly, the rising tide of anti-Semitic incidents, which tend to be connected with events in Israel, so that the relationship is seen as hostile? What does the Minister propose to...

Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) Order 2010: Motion to Approve (10 Feb 2010)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, this may display my total ignorance about Islamic finance, but can we be assured that the Islamic finance industry in London treats women in every respect as equal and that there are no discriminatory obstacles to the progress of Islamic finance?

West Bank and East Jerusalem — Question (4 Feb 2010)

Baroness Deech: My Lords-

Equality Bill: Committee (4th Day) (25 Jan 2010)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, I have thought long and hard about this matter and I wish to share a short and general thought on the issue. Equality, human rights and freedom have become in themselves a religion or a philosophical belief-almost organised, in fact, given the number of bodies that exist to enforce them. We have, therefore, a clash between two sets of religious or philosophical beliefs and I see no...

Equality Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (13 Jan 2010)

Baroness Deech: This clause is not confined to employment. I have some experience of this in handling student complaints. In my time, discrimination against students who had dyslexia was a major issue. Dyslexia is not visible, and universities, quite reasonably, could not be expected to make allowances in relation to time and marks if they did not know that a student had dyslexia. In the written decisions...

Equality Bill: Second Reading (Continued) (15 Dec 2009)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, I wish to address the impact that the Bill will have on the professions of law and medicine and in particular the position of women and ethnic minorities in those professions. By virtue of Schedule 19, the NHS is a public authority for the purposes of Clause 145 and therefore it will have a duty to advance equality of opportunity between men and women, a subject in which I have a...

Equality Bill: Second Reading (Continued) (15 Dec 2009)

Baroness Deech: I am grateful to the noble Lord for his intervention. My express intention in saying this is that I do not think that Clause 45 is necessary because of the great advances that the Bar has made. It makes it look as though the Bar has not made them. The biggest threat to young barristers is the Government's cut in legal aid in the crime and family areas where young women and black and ethnic...

House of Lords: Titles — Question (14 Dec 2009)

Baroness Deech: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make proposals relating to the titles used by the husbands of women members of the House of Lords.

House of Lords: Titles — Question (14 Dec 2009)

Baroness Deech: I thank the Minister for his Answer, albeit that it was disappointing. The Equality Bill is wending its way through this House. Does he accept that equality between the sexes should start in this Chamber? If a male Peer's wife is always a Lady, why should not the same courtesy be extended to the husband of a woman Peer, who I am sure has done just as much to support their spouse? If the issue...

Future of the BBC — Debate (3 Dec 2009)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, I, too, welcome the opportunity kindly afforded to us by the noble Lord, Lord Fowler, to discuss this important topic. I declare an interest as a former governor of the BBC-indeed, one of the very last-and in having a close family member working for the BBC. It is an interest that never leaves me, for the BBC permeates our daily lives and is never more missed and revered than when...

Israel — Question (11 Nov 2009)

Baroness Deech: To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they will take to make the Trades Union Congress aware of their position on boycotts of Israel.

Israel — Question (11 Nov 2009)

Baroness Deech: I thank the Minister for her response and welcome her views. Does she agree that British unions display an unbalanced fixation in calling for boycotts of Israel in the light of extensive human rights violations and occupations, including security fences, in other countries, such as Sri Lanka, Saudi Arabia, Morocco in relation to Western Sahara, Iran and northern Cyprus, which do not elicit...

Holocaust (Return of Cultural Objects) Bill — Second Reading (10 Jul 2009)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, this is no ordinary Bill before your Lordships' House. It is a short one but a complex one. Art is an ethical issue. Displaying looted art, once it is known to be such, is not just an invasion of privacy and a demonstration that wrongdoers may indeed profit from their crimes; it is also putting on show something that the owners never meant to be seen in such circumstances. It has...

Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill — Committee (4th Day) (Continued) (2 Jul 2009)

Baroness Deech: I support the amendment. In recent years, the details of our curriculum have been upside down. Very young children have too much laid down in detail about their education but, as you go further up the ladder, there is too little. It is now widely accepted that dropping the requirement to learn modern languages at the age of 14 or 15 was a mistake. Therefore, I support the amendment, in part...

Legal Aid — Question (23 Jun 2009)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, I declare an interest as chairman of the Bar Standards Board. Is the Minister aware that best value tendering, which appears to be about the lowest price, and various other undoubted cuts in legal aid have the most impact on women and black and ethnic minorities, both as clients of the Bar and as those who are attempting to earn a living, and that the Government's programme on...

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