Results 441–460 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

Higher Education (26 Jun 2008)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, I, too, am grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Luce. I shall confine my remarks to my particular experience, with four years as the independent adjudicator for higher education. I also have an interest as former chair of admissions at Oxford, and head of St Anne's at Oxford. In my capacity as adjudicator, I dealt with student complaints from 147 universities. I issued 1,400 decisions,...

European Union (Amendment) Bill (11 Jun 2008)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, perhaps I may raise a point about the constitution. We in this country, unlike the rest of Europe, have no definition of a "constitution". The constitution of this country is not contained in one document.

European Union (Amendment) Bill (11 Jun 2008)

Baroness Deech: Does the noble Baroness not agree that this is simply a red herring?

Taxation: Inheritance Tax (7 May 2008)

Baroness Deech: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they plan to place cohabiting and dependent close family members on an equal footing with married couples and civil partners in relation to inheritance tax.

Taxation: Inheritance Tax (7 May 2008)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his Answer. Does he recall that the unfairness of giving inheritance tax breaks only to those in a sexual relationship, regardless of need, was recognised by Jacqui Smith, then the relevant Minister in the other House, who said that this issue needed to be addressed at the appropriate time? Will the Minister now consider doing justice to elderly sisters who...

Interfaith Dialogue (1 May 2008)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, I, too, thank my noble friend Lord Hameed for choosing to raise this important and sensitive issue for discussion. My thoughts are coloured by my experience as a schoolchild in a religious minority of one in a mainstream school. It made me aware of one point: it is not what you say but what you do. Actions speak louder than words, or, as the Chief Rabbi put it rather more elegantly,...

Public Companies: Directors' Bonuses (30 Apr 2008)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, does the Minister agree that there is perhaps not much logic in paying a bonus where the company is doing very well, there is merit, but no profit is necessarily being made? I instance the BBC. In order to stop the growth of the bonus culture there should be some investigation of any possible tax advantages and, in particular, pension advantages that may lie behind the award of...

Health: Cousin Marriage (21 Apr 2008)

Baroness Deech: asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to address genetic problems arising from marriages between first cousins.

Health: Cousin Marriage (21 Apr 2008)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, I thank the Minister for that Answer. Given the general tolerance in the population of risk factors in birth, does he agree that it would be wrong to castigate cousin marriages, but that somewhere between the White Paper and the Harper review of a couple of months ago we have lost sight of the importance in this field, first and most important, of the training of genetic counsellors...

European Union (Amendment) Bill (1 Apr 2008)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, I am pleased to follow the noble Lord, Lord Plumb, in that my position in the speakers list marks the beginning of the latter half of this debate. In the brief time allotted to us, I would like to make only two points. Does this Bill amount to a constitution and should the treaty that it embodies be ratified without a referendum of the British public? I may fail to persuade noble...

Olympic Games 2012: Asset Register (1 Apr 2008)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, is the Minister aware that there are as yet no plans to define and measure the carbon footprint related to public transport and the Olympic Games? It is already building up with people flying in and out for preparation, training and official business. While we are all being urged, for example, not to use plastic bags and to cut down on car use, it is very likely that the carbon...

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [HL] (21 Jan 2008)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, I shall respond briefly. I am motivated by the fact, of which I am pretty sure, that the public wish us to put some ethical underpinning to the enormous leap forward in science. As for statements by noble and learned Lords about human rights, I point out that we will be in a minority in Europe if we change the law in the way that the Government wish. I point out also that "private...

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [HL] (21 Jan 2008)

Baroness Deech: moved, as an amendment to Amendment No. 108, Amendment No. 108A: Clause 14, line 4, leave out "supportive parenting" and insert "support by a father and a mother"

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [HL] (21 Jan 2008)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, I pray in aid the words of the noble Baroness, Lady Warnock, in her famous report of more than 20 years ago. The point of regulation is that people want to know that there are some basic moral principles that keep watch over scientific advances. Once people are well informed, they seem to welcome further embryo research, provided that certain boundaries are not crossed—for...

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [HL] (21 Jan 2008)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, before the Minister sits down, can she clarify the extent of the Government's powers to put something in guidance? I recollect that it would be within the discretion of the HFEA, and I am not sure that there could be a guarantee that something would be in guidance. I may be wrong and that when draft guidance goes to the department something can be inserted, but I am not sure that I...

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [HL] (15 Jan 2008)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, I presided over the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority when permission was first granted for such an embryo to be selected. It was the case of the Hashmi family, and our decision was subsequently upheld by the decision of the judges in the House of Lords. I should say that the decision of the HFEA to grant permission in this case was roundly condemned by the media for the...

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [HL] (12 Dec 2007)

Baroness Deech: Speaking as a former family lawyer, I am sure that civil partnerships are fine for those who wish them. It is an area of choice and one of which we can be proud, but another area is that the welfare of the child is paramount throughout our law. I am simply making a plea for the truth to be on birth certificates—or at least no obvious lie. On that note, I shall withdraw the amendment for...

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [HL] (12 Dec 2007)

Baroness Deech: I think there is still confusion about the purpose of a birth certificate. It is not to legitimise or recognise in any way the union of the two adults who are on it, and it should not be used in that way. My point about polygamous and incestuous marriages not being allowed is that if a child is born of such a union no doubt the names of the two parents are on the birth certificate and that is...

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [HL] (12 Dec 2007)

Baroness Deech: There is still some cloudiness over this issue. A birth certificate is not a social record but a historical record. The social situation of children, the legal responsibility for them, and questions of their maintenance and upbringing are quite distinct issues. The birth certificate is a historical record that ought to be as accurate as possible, and should not be used to achieve ends other...

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [HL] (12 Dec 2007)

Baroness Deech: moved Amendment No. 68: Schedule 6, page 72, line 12, leave out paragraphs 1 to 9


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