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Aviation: Passenger Duty — Question (23 Jan 2012)

Baroness Benjamin: I thank my noble friend the Minister for that Answer, but he is aware that air passenger duty is less if you fly to Hawaii than to Barbados, even though that is nearly double the distance. However, the Caribbean is the most tourism-dependent region in the world and the distortions created by APD rates are damaging to Caribbean countries-loyal friends and supporters of Britain. Would the...

Aviation: Passenger Duty — Question (25 Jan 2012)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, BA has cut scheduled flights to the Caribbean. Travel agents that serve the region are feeling the pinch as fewer people are travelling, meaning a loss of APD revenue to the Treasury. However, last week the Foreign Secretary, William Hague, stated at the UK Caribbean Forum that the Government had not closed the door on further discussions with regard to APD. That is most...

Magna Carta — Question (7 Feb 2012)

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Magna Carta — Question (7 Feb 2012)

Baroness Benjamin: Thank you, my Lords. A favourite expression often used by British citizens is, "It's a free country". Thankfully, so it is, but many are not aware that our freedoms are the greatest legacy of the Magna Carta. What are the Government doing to ensure that children and young people use and appreciate this precious gift of freedom with respect and responsibility? Perhaps they could do so by...

EU: Trade Agreement on Banana Imports — Question for Short Debate (7 Feb 2012)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, I, too, thank my noble friend for securing this debate. We must never forget the vast wealth that the Caribbean provided for Europe, yet EU agreements and those that will be negotiated in years to come will further erode the benefits that the Caribbean has enjoyed as a preferential trading partner of the UK and Europe because of these historic and cultural ties. This leaves one...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Aviation: Passenger Duty (13 Feb 2012)

Baroness Benjamin: To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Answer by Lord Sassoon on 23 January (Official Report, col. 796), whether they will consider nominating Hamilton, Bermuda, an associate member of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), as the capital in respect of all member states of CARICOM, for the purpose of calculating air passenger duty. To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made...

Protection of Freedoms Bill: Report (3rd Day) (15 Feb 2012)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, I have put my name to Amendment 56. In speaking to it I declare an interest as the Chancellor of the University of Exeter. I too thank the Minister for the time that he spent meeting with those of us who have concerns, which was much appreciated. The Minister argued in Committee that there is little evidence to support the view of the university sector that the Freedom of...

Film Industry: Development and Production — Question (27 Feb 2012)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, we have a wealth of creative talent here in the UK, as we have already heard, and I add my congratulations regarding all the BAFTA and Oscar British productions. However, we have a wealth of talent which is grossly underused because of the lack of British-made and British-produced films for children. Will the Government consider following the examples of other European countries,...

Caribbean Nations — Question (29 Feb 2012)

Baroness Benjamin: To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to maintain and secure the United Kingdom's long-standing friendships with Caribbean nations.

Caribbean Nations — Question (29 Feb 2012)

Baroness Benjamin: I thank my noble friend for that encouraging Answer. However, I am sure he is aware that the Caribbean nations are feeling very vulnerable at the moment, partly due to the unfair air passenger duty and the crippling EU banana and sugar agreements. Also, an increase in drug trafficking is corrupting the area. Can my noble friend tell the House when the fine words that came out of the...

International Women's Day — Motion to Take Note (1 Mar 2012)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, I too thank my noble friend Lady Verma for securing this debate, as it celebrates International Women's Day, a very important time of the year when all of us can focus on the value of women in the world. It is also a time when women can pause from their multitasking for a few deserved moments to give each other a virtual hug of encouragement. I am a proud woman who has played her...

International Women's Day — Motion to Take Note (1 Mar 2012)

Baroness Benjamin: Thank you very much but I just want to get that last phrase in. Thank you.

International Women's Day — Motion to Take Note (1 Mar 2012)

Baroness Benjamin: Let us congratulate all women on International Women's Day and use it with pride. Our country needs you now more than ever. Thank you so much for being patient with me.

BBC Governance and Regulation: Communications Committee Report: Motion to Take Note (1 Mar 2012)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, I thank my noble friend Lord Inglewood for securing this important debate, and I declare an interest as a children's presenter for the past 36 years, as an independent producer, and as a past member of the Ofcom Content Board. I congratulate the Communications Committee on an excellent and comprehensive report, and on all the work that the committee has done in general. In my...

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill: Report (2nd Day) (7 Mar 2012)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, I have put my name to Amendment 46, which would maintain legal aid for all children. I thank the other noble Lords on all sides of the House for putting their names to this amendment. I have also put my name to Amendment 21, along with the noble Baroness, Lady Howe, who has spoken eloquently and passionately, as always. To illustrate the reasons why I have put my name to these...

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill: Report (2nd Day) (7 Mar 2012)

Baroness Benjamin: I would like to ask my noble friend the Minister the following questions. Why is legal aid being withdrawn for advice in cases covering 6,000 children a year who would qualify under the current rules? Will he explain why legal aid is being kept for 35,000 children a year but is being withdrawn from the equivalent of 6,000 children a year? And how, when and where will professional legal...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Film and Television Industry (19 Mar 2012)

Baroness Benjamin: To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to providing a tax credit to the United Kingdom film and television animation sector.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Film and Television Industry (19 Mar 2012)

Baroness Benjamin: To ask Her Majesty's Government on how many occasions HM Treasury Ministers have met representatives of the United Kingdom film and television animation sector in the past 12 months.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Film and Television Industry (19 Mar 2012)

Baroness Benjamin: To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the contribution made by the United Kingdom film and television animation sector to the United Kingdom economy. To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the value of the market in (1) toys, (2) DVDs, and (3) other merchandise, resulting from the United Kingdom film and television animation sector. To ask...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Film and Television Industry (19 Mar 2012)

Baroness Benjamin: To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to the recommendation in the House of Lords Communications Committee report on The British Film and Television Industries-Decline or Opportunity? (First Report, Session 2009-10, HL Paper 37), for "the extension of the film tax credit, on a pilot basis, to children's programmes and animated productions made for television".


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