Results 421–440 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

Holocaust Assets — Question (4 Jun 2009)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, I beg leave to ask the Question standing in my name on the Order Paper. I declare a possible interest, in that there might be a claim by members of my family.

Holocaust Assets — Question (4 Jun 2009)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, I thank the Minister for that assurance. Is he aware that there are some elderly British Holocaust survivors who have tried in vain to recover some part of the property that they once owned in Poland? Will he ensure that our delegation focuses on the failure of the Polish Government, alone among European nations, to enact any restitution law relating to property seized by Nazis and...

Cohabitation Bill [HL]: Committee (1st Day) (30 Apr 2009)

Baroness Deech: A couple who found themselves before the noble and learned Baroness, Lady Butler-Sloss, would be fortunate, and her experience is valuable. But I must remind the Committee that if this were to become a retrospective law, most of those couples would never find themselves in a court. Rather, it would be trips to the solicitors after conversations along the lines of, "I lived with you 10 years...

Cohabitation Bill [HL]: Committee (1st Day) (30 Apr 2009)

Baroness Deech: This amendment seeks to highlight the fact that such advantages as might be conferred by this Bill will be confined to those who are not family members and not related within the prohibited degrees. I find this inexplicable. The purpose of my set of amendments is to extend whatever law we end up with to those who are in family relationships. There is no definition of cohabitants contained...

Cohabitation Bill [HL]: Committee (1st Day) (30 Apr 2009)

Baroness Deech: I am referring to footballers' girlfriends and to the clause in the Bill that, at the moment, includes just about everything in consideration of financial relief, although I hope that we will cut it down dramatically. There is no telling what those reasonable needs will be. Two sisters or a father and daughter cannot, of course, take advantage of Schedule 1 to the Children Act, which allows...

Cohabitation Bill [HL]: Committee (1st Day) (30 Apr 2009)

Baroness Deech: I completely share the concerns of the noble Baroness. Later we shall come to an amendment in which I propose a discretion for the court to allow for a roll over or deferral of inheritance tax—simply a discretion. I do not for a moment suggest that we should create a loophole whereby any two family members can use this to avoid inheritance tax. The Committee will know of the much debated...

Cohabitation Bill [HL]: Committee (1st Day) (30 Apr 2009)

Baroness Deech: Yes, I beg to move.

Cohabitation Bill [HL]: Committee (1st Day) (30 Apr 2009)

Baroness Deech: The noble Lord mentioned living together as a couple and then went on to say that this implies a sexual relationship. This definition is not in the Bill; it is novel and I do not think that all of us would assume that living as a couple entails a sexual relationship. What about two people aged 90 in an old-age home—where, no doubt, all of us will find ourselves one day—who decide to share...

Cohabitation Bill [HL]: Committee (1st Day) (30 Apr 2009)

Baroness Deech: It is reassuring to hear the support for the amendment. An answer to two small points would enable me to let go of this. One is that the noble Lord, Lord Lester, has indicated that the way the Bill is drafted, together with the amendment in my name and that of the noble Lord, Lord Henley, must mean that a couple is having a sexual relationship, whereas the noble and learned Baroness, Lady...

Cohabitation Bill [HL]: Committee (1st Day) (30 Apr 2009)

Baroness Deech: That is reassuring. One of the scenarios we feared is questions when determining finance about the extent of sexual relationship. I am glad to hear that that is not included. It would be reassuring if the Government would indicate whether they have heard our concerns about the Burden sisters and will do something in the future for people like that.

Cohabitation Bill [HL]: Committee (1st Day) (30 Apr 2009)

Baroness Deech: I beg leave to withdraw the amendment. Amendment 2 withdrawn. Amendment 3 Moved by Baroness Deech 3: Clause 2, page 2, line 12, leave out "taken into account" and insert "disregarded"

Cohabitation Bill [HL]: Committee (1st Day) (30 Apr 2009)

Baroness Deech: This amendment and those coupled with it are about retrospectivity. One of the striking features about the Bill's drafting is that it is retrospective in looking at cohabitation that occurred before the commencement date while at the same time ignoring agreements that might have been made before the commencement date. It seems to me not right that the law should apply to two people who...

Cohabitation Bill [HL]: Committee (1st Day) (30 Apr 2009)

Baroness Deech: I thank the noble Baroness for her helpful intervention. I wish to explain that by saying some of these things now we will save time on later amendments. In essence I want to say that five years is quite short enough and that Amendment 4 would simply open the door to litigation as soon as two people had lived together. We must realise that cohabitation tends to be a very short event, followed...

Cohabitation Bill [HL]: Committee (1st Day) (30 Apr 2009)

Baroness Deech: I say what I do about this amendment with certain principles behind me which also apply to all the amendments in the name of myself and the noble Lord, Lord Henley. I have tabled this amendment and many others in order to reduce litigation. This is for the sake of our daughters, and sometimes our sons, and for the sake of our grandchildren and their stability. This is against the background...

Education: Further Education Building Programme — Question (20 Apr 2009)

Baroness Deech: My Lords—

Education: Further Education Building Programme — Question (20 Apr 2009)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, does the Minister agree that this latest failure is symptomatic of a general failure to fund education properly in recent years, especially higher education? We read in the recess of the failure to fund sixth-form students properly and of money being withdrawn at the last moment. This has happened in higher education over the years. Does the Minister agree that it is not...

Cohabitation Bill [HL] — Second Reading (13 Mar 2009)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, I crave your Lordships' indulgence in raising one point. I referred to Schedule 1 to the Children Act, which gives property and other financial possibilities to women in that situation. I referred to constructive trusts, the arguments about which in fact have been very generous towards women in the most recent cases. I do not want to bore noble Lords with arguments about recent cases.

Cohabitation Bill [HL] — Second Reading (13 Mar 2009)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, I have been writing about and studying this topic for more than 30 years and I welcome the chance to address the realities of the issue. This Bill, I have concluded, is wrong in principle and in practice and could damage the prospects of those it wishes to assist. In sum, cohabitation law retards the progress of women, disrespects the relationship, is a recipe for instability, takes...

Gaza — Motion to Take Note (6 Feb 2009)

Baroness Deech: My Lord, I recently heard a speech by President Peres of Israel. He said that if we look back 50 years, who would have imagined then that the Soviet Empire would have ended, that the South African system of apartheid would have been dismantled and Mandela would have become president, that the Berlin Wall would have come down and that there would be a black president of America? He said that...

Alcohol: Pregnant Women — Question (2 Feb 2009)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, does the Minister agree that women are very likely to get confused by the different messages and that those who most need to hear the messages are least likely to receive them? Other things concerning the physical and mental health of our children are far more serious, as is pointed out in the report published today, A Good Childhood, which encompasses the whole problem. The serious...


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