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Children: Television — Question (1 Jul 2014)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, I beg leave to ask the Question standing in my name on the Order Paper. In doing so, I declare an interest as a children’s television practitioner.

Children: Television — Question (1 Jul 2014)

Baroness Benjamin: I thank my noble friend for his Answer. Children’s television is not part of the success story of the creative industries because, despite the fact that there are about 30 dedicated children’s channels, only 1% of new children’s programmes are made here in the UK; the rest come from abroad. Producers cannot fully fund their UK productions. Children’s television is in terrible need of...

Arts: Lottery Funding — Question (10 Jul 2014)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, we are soon to see the 50th anniversary of the Notting Hill carnival—but, sadly, we have just seen Arts Council funding cuts to the only carnival arts organisation that provides design, art and culture for children and gives them the opportunity to be exposed to creativity, and for their imagination to blossom. Can my noble friend tell the House what provision has been made to...

Criminal Justice and Courts Bill — Committee (3rd Day) (23 Jul 2014)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, I also support the noble Lord, Lord Low, and other noble Lords on Amendment 55A, which will help meet the needs of a vulnerable group of people. As we have heard, they are children and adults dependent on someone who is sent to prison. This amendment is supported by the Families Left Behind campaign, which includes a number of organisations that offer support to the children and...

Serious Crime Bill [HL] — Report (1st Day) (14 Oct 2014)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, I rise briefly to support my noble friend Lady Walmsley on Amendment 41. This subject has been brought to my attention for the last 20 years or more and it is getting worse. Just last week there was a report on the number of children who are accused of having been bewitched. We need to make sure that those children feel secure and protected in the society that we live in. This is a...

Children: Obesity — Question (20 Oct 2014)

Baroness Benjamin: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to develop a co-ordinated cross-departmental strategy to address childhood obesity in order to ensure the health and wellbeing of children.

Children: Obesity — Question (20 Oct 2014)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, I beg leave to ask the Question standing in my name on the Order Paper and declare an interest as chair of the All-Party Group on a Fit and Healthy Childhood.

Children: Obesity — Question (20 Oct 2014)

Baroness Benjamin: I thank my noble friend for that Answer. However, a report by the All-Party Group on a Fit and Healthy Childhood has confirmed that childhood obesity has become an epidemic across the country. In some areas, 40% of children are overweight. Medical and dental experts are raising concerns about obesity and health issues in children and millions are being spent by the NHS because of this. Does...

Troubled Families Programme — Question (27 Oct 2014)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, every day before we went to school, my beloved mother used to say, “Education is your passport to life. You go to school and learn, learn, learn”. Sadly, not many parents, especially those with troubled families, motivate their children in this way, even though research has shown that reading with your child for just 10 minutes a day can have an enormous effect on their...

Serious Crime Bill [HL] — Report (2nd Day) (28 Oct 2014)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, I congratulate my noble friend Lady Walmsley on highlighting and pursuing this issue. I also welcome the Government’s common-sense approach as we move forward, as my noble friend said. It will make a difference to children’s futures, and their future mental and physical well-being. I know that it will make a difference because just last week I gave one of my many talks to more...

Serious Crime Bill [HL] — Report (2nd Day) (28 Oct 2014)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, the NSPCC asked me to speak to this amendment because it believes that it will be beneficial to many young girls. I am pleased that this is being discussed. As this House recognises continually, FGM is child abuse and we should do all we can to tackle this cruel and painful practice. It is important that legislation is clear on this, but we have to be realistic on FGM that the law...

Serious Crime Bill [HL] — Report (2nd Day) (28 Oct 2014)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, as we have already heard, the NSPCC supports the amendment and, as it always hold children’s best interests at heart, it is good that we are debating why it does so. For children and young people, the internet is an exciting extension of their offline world, a source of information and communication and a way to expand their social lives and networks. However, along with the great...

Child Abuse: Police Investigations — Question (29 Oct 2014)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, can my noble friend the Minister tell the House what support is given to children who have been abused?

Serious Crime Bill [HL]: Third Reading (5 Nov 2014)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, I rise to speak in support of the amendment in the name of the noble Lord, Lord Harris. As we have heard, the amendment is supported by the NSPCC, with which I have had several discussions. The NSPCC believes that the amendment is wholly necessary because it specifically proposes that a new offence be brought in so that it is always illegal for an adult intentionally to send a...

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child: Digital Impact — Motion to Take Note (20 Nov 2014)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Baroness on securing this important debate, as it coincides with the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. She persuaded me to speak in her debate and it is an honour to do so. I also look forward with great interest to hearing the maiden speech of my noble friend Lady Shields and welcome her to the House. After 25...

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child: Digital Impact — Motion to Take Note (20 Nov 2014)

Baroness Benjamin: Yes, I know—I could go on for ever about this subject. I should never have been asked to speak. I finish by saying that we have opened a Pandora’s box. I know we are in uncharted waters. The global and domestic challenge for us is to join together and lead the fight for children’s rights. If the UK is to fulfil its UNCRC obligation to children by creating, as Article 4 says, an...

Commonwealth: Young Entrepreneurs — Question (24 Nov 2014)

Baroness Benjamin: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to encourage links with young entrepreneurs in the Caribbean and across the Commonwealth.

Commonwealth: Young Entrepreneurs — Question (24 Nov 2014)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, I beg leave to ask the Question standing in my name on the Order Paper and, in so doing, I declare an interest as a vice-president of the Royal Commonwealth Society.


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