Results 481–499 of 499 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

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [HL] (3 Dec 2007)

Baroness Deech: Without naming names, I definitely recall that there was at least one Catholic—possibly more—serving when I was chair. Religion simply was never an issue.

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [HL] (3 Dec 2007)

Baroness Deech: Perhaps I may add an eminently evident and obvious point—that many members of the authority were social workers, nurses, parents, teachers and others with similar concerns. Others were experts in computing, which is obviously important, while others were councillors or men of the cloth, as I said. All those professions were taken account of, and that work is by no means a soft option. The...

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [HL] (3 Dec 2007)

Baroness Deech: I first declare an interest as a long-serving former chairman of the HFEA. I have every respect for the views of my noble friend Lord Alton, with whom I am joining forces in our discussion of later amendments, as I have for the views of the noble Lord, Lord Patten. However, I must spring to the defence of the way in which public committees work in this country. I do not believe that my noble...

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [HL] (19 Nov 2007)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, I declare an interest as a former chair of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority for more than seven years. I welcome the periodic review by Parliament of this area of the law. I note that in the Bill there is confirmation in every respect of decisions taken by the authority. All the scientific provisions in the Bill, which I regard as excellent, confirm decisions already...

Debate on the Address (8 Nov 2007)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, I join others in welcoming the opportunity that we have this afternoon to discuss health matters of such importance and to receive the assistance of the noble Lord, Lord Darzi, whose success your Lordships hope for. It has been commented that there is little new in the legislative proposals made in the gracious Speech. In a non-pejorative sense, this is true of the Human...

House of Lords Bill [HL] (20 Jul 2007)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, I declare an interest in that my own appointment to this House was instigated by the current Appointments Commission. My stance in general is that this House is as legitimate a part of the constitution of this country as the Queen and the judges. The judges, for example, are not elected—for good reason—but may claim to change more law in their time than your Lordships' House....

Universities: Anti-Semitism (12 Jun 2007)

Baroness Deech: asked Her Majesty's Government what action they will take to secure implementation of their response to the report of the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Anti-Semitism concerning anti-Semitism on university campuses. My Lords, I am grateful for the opportunity to raise this important issue. I thank your Lordships in advance for contributions to what, I am sure, will be a timely and...

Home Information Pack Regulations 2007 (22 May 2007)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, perhaps I could try to dispel some of the ill tempered comments about the professions. My interest is that I used to teach property law, so I hope that I have sufficient detachment to see the effect of property law on buying and selling. We could, perhaps even starting in this House, change the law, but there are complications that cannot be overcome, because in recent years...

Palestine: Alan Johnston (26 Apr 2007)

Baroness Deech: asked Her Majesty's Government: What further steps they are taking to secure the release of the BBC journalist Alan Johnston, and to obtain information about his detention.

Palestine: Alan Johnston (26 Apr 2007)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, I thank the Minister for the efforts clearly being made. Does he agree that the situation is a triple tragedy—for the Johnston family, for the Palestinians, and for efforts to maintain balanced reporting in the Middle East, given the misplaced response of the National Union of Journalists to boycott Israeli goods?

Higher Education and the Economy (19 Apr 2007)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, I start, like many others, by thanking the noble Baroness, Lady Warwick, for giving us the opportunity to discuss this important subject. I declare my interest as the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education, a new post replacing the old jurisdiction of the visitor. My office has so far issued more than 1,000 decisions on student complaints and has handled many more inquiries...

Israel: Hand in Hand Schools (19 Apr 2007)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, is the Minister aware that the Japanese Government are providing considerable financial assistance for an agro-industrial park near Jericho that combines Palestinian work with Israeli technical expertise? These peaceful and promising ventures would flourish even more with some additional UK Government help, in particular in science fellowships and scholarships to bring Palestinian...

House of Lords: Reform (12 Mar 2007)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, I am a relative novice in this House, but I have the temerity to speak because the fresh eye of a novice may be worth something and because, in a previous existence, I taught constitutional law, which I shall address. Perhaps I may first set on one side the argument about scandal and sleaze. To argue that the House of Lords should be radically reformed, or rather that that reform...

Palestine: Occupied Territories (11 Jan 2007)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, I thank my noble friend Lord Sandwich for initiating this crucial debate. One cannot deny or ignore the plight of innocent Palestinians living in ever deteriorating socio-economic conditions. As the interior political situation in the Palestinian territories continues to spiral out of control, one must not neglect the civilian population. I am sure that we all hope for a rapid...

Education and Inspections Bill (24 Oct 2006)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, I am in favour of the new clause from personal experience. I was a minority child in a faith school. Although when one is older one can see the benefits, at the time it can be very hurtful—indeed, off-putting—not to participate, excluding oneself, or to participate in an occasion when the majority indoctrination is not to one's taste. One has to remember that children of that...

BBC: Charter (16 Jun 2006)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, I start by declaring my interests: I am a BBC governor. Your Lordships will not see or hear my like again. I am the last of a species that has served the country and the BBC well over 80 years, and overseen its growth into the respected and influential organisation that it is now, with 250 million worldwide listeners and news that reaches 80 per cent of the population every week. I...

Divorce and Maintenance Law (6 Jun 2006)

Baroness Deech: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in the light of the House of Lords judgment on 24 May in the cases Miller v Miller and McFarlane v McFarlane, they have any plans to introduce legislation to reform divorce and maintenance law; and, if so, what is the nature of those plans.

Divorce and Maintenance Law (6 Jun 2006)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, I thank the Minister for that reply. Does she not agree that the regrettably increasing number of divorcing couples need clarity and certainty in making their financial arrangements and that they should be able to organise their financial affairs without incurring excessive costs and debilitating disputes, which the current law often gives rise to? Does she acknowledge the...

Universities: Bureaucracy (24 Nov 2005)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, I am pleased to have this first opportunity to express my gratitude to your Lordships for the kindness and courtesy of my reception here in my first few weeks, particularly to the Officers and Attendants of this House. This kind reception has deepened my consciousness of the privilege I have in addressing this House on higher education. I was educated in an age when the staff of...

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