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Audiovisual Media Services Directive — Question (5 Jul 2011)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, in a recent survey, 20 per cent of eight year-olds said that they had seen nudity online. Is my noble friend the Minister aware that on the most popular websites, children are exposed to advertising of an adult nature and are invited to explore links to very explicit websites? If so, will the Government consider encouraging Ofcom to take further measures to protect children and...

Commonwealth Parliamentary Association — Debate (8 Sep 2011)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, I too thank the noble Baroness for securing this important debate, and congratulate the CPA on its work, as I am a strong supporter of the Commonwealth. I also declare an interest as president of the Elizabeth R Broadcasting Fund, vice-president of the Royal Commonwealth Society, and as someone born in Trinidad, where membership of the Commonwealth is held in high regard. My vivid...

International Year for People of African Descent — Question (13 Oct 2011)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, October is black history month, which reminds us of the many Afro-Caribbean war veterans who fought for king and country and happily stayed on to help rebuild Britain after the war. British adverts in the Caribbean, which implied that the streets here were paved with gold, encouraged people to come and do the same. Faced with terrible racism and rejection, those people established...

Legal Aid — Question (18 Oct 2011)

Baroness Benjamin: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will consider allowing more regular payments to legal aid practitioners in care and domestic violence proceedings involving vulnerable families where children's well-being may be adversely affected.

Legal Aid — Question (18 Oct 2011)

Baroness Benjamin: I thank my noble friend for that encouraging Answer. As you may well know, these specialist solicitors are not only the lowest paid solicitors in the country but also have to pay tax on unpaid work and are paid by the Government only twice-yearly in arrears. As a result, their businesses are under enormous financial pressure. Some are even going out of business because banks are calling in...

Education Bill: Report (1st Day) (18 Oct 2011)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, further to what the noble Lord, Lord Ramsbotham, said, I would like to add play therapy to his list. Qualified play specialists who can work with the child and the parent-especially those having difficulties in relationships and attachment-really work. I have seen the results of that type of therapy, which is quite remarkable. I would like the Minister to take that into...

Education Bill: Report (1st Day) (18 Oct 2011)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, as my noble friend Lady Walmsley said, I would like to pick up the subject of searching, as I would like to talk about the need for guidance to be provided by the Secretary of State regarding the erasure of data from electronic devices taken from pupils during a search incident. The erasure of data from electronic devices is a concern that was brought to my attention by the...

Schools: History — Debate (20 Oct 2011)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, I too thank my noble friend Lord Luke for securing this debate as I have always maintained that in order to shape our future we must look into our past. The lessons of history are a valuable road map of how events and changes in society have affected the world we live in today. It is often said that we can learn from history and avoid making the same mistakes twice. The only problem...

Education Bill: Report (3rd Day) (26 Oct 2011)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, I thank the Minister for the letter dated 14 October that he sent to the noble Baroness, Lady Hughes, in which he gave assurances that Ofsted's inspections will consider how well schools provide the well-being of those to whom equalities issues apply and that equalities issues will underpin the whole approach to inspection and will include all protected groups under the Equality...

Education Bill: Report (4th Day) (1 Nov 2011)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, many Afro-Caribbean families feel that their children are not being served well in schools. We all know that and it goes without saying. A lot of parents believe that the opportunity to have a free school is one advantage that will give their children an opportunity to have a fulfilled relationship in the classroom, as the noble Lord, Lord Knight, said. Having a teacher who is...

Creative Industries — Debate (3 Nov 2011)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, I cannot congratulate my noble friend Lady Bonham-Carter enough on securing this important debate. I also congratulate the noble Viscount on his excellent maiden speech, and I look forward to working with him as he has already volunteered to be a part of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Children's Media and the Arts. I welcome him. Creativity is one of the key attributes that...

Creative Industries — Debate (3 Nov 2011)

Baroness Benjamin: Anti-social?

Transparency — Motion to Take Note (10 Nov 2011)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, I thank my noble friend for securing this extremely important debate and I look forward with great interest to hearing my noble friend Lord Gold's maiden speech. Transparency and accountability is vital when companies are in receipt of public funding. The creative industries receive public funds in the form of grants: theatres, museums and art galleries receive funds from the Arts...

Children: Television — Question (21 Nov 2011)

Baroness Benjamin: To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Answer by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on 8 September (HC Deb, col. 543), how they will ensure higher prominence for children's public service channels on electronic programming guides.

Children: Television — Question (21 Nov 2011)

Baroness Benjamin: I thank my noble friend. I am sure that she agrees that the BBC's children's channels are the largest providers of UK-made public service programmes. The other children's channels provide mainly a relentless diet of cartoons and bought-in programmes. Yet on the Sky electronic programming guide, EPG, BBC children's channels are low on the list. Does she agree that this is not what Parliament...

Adoption — Question (13 Dec 2011)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, at Barnardo's, of which I am vice-president, we have found that children who are adopted are more likely to have entered care because of abuse and neglect; 72 per cent of children who were adopted enter care for this reason. Because of the damage that they have endured, they need access to age-appropriate emotional and mental health services. Can my noble friend the Minister tell...

Health and Social Care Bill: Committee (14th Day) (19 Dec 2011)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, childhood lasts a lifetime. Whatever happens to people during childhood, they will take with them long into adulthood. Sadly, many children's early lives are broken by the relentless mental and physical suffering that they go through daily. Even children who suffer from lesser known conditions such as sickle cell, which is not widely recognised by teachers or schools, are made to...

Social Networking Sites — Question (11 Jan 2012)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, will the Government consider having a campaign to make parents and schools aware of how social networking sites can also be used to groom children for sexual exploitation?

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill — Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (16 Jan 2012)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, I have put my name to Amendment 33, which seeks to retain legal aid in cases where a child will be affected by the outcome of a case brought by a parent or guardian. Many children are affected by civil law problems and family cases involving their parents or guardians, even though they themselves are not the applicant or claimant. The Government have said that, "where children are...

Aviation: Passenger Duty — Question (23 Jan 2012)

Baroness Benjamin: To ask Her Majesty's Government what criteria they took into account when deciding to increase the rate of air passenger duty, in particular in respect of flights to the Caribbean.


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