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Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill — Third Reading (27 Mar 2012)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, I support Amendments 3 and 5. I also pay tribute to Lord Newton. In the short time I knew him, he always showed integrity, dignity, compassion and a smiling face right till the end. He was a true gentleman. I also thank my noble friend Lord McNally for meeting with me, and for showing compassion and making it clear that children and vulnerable young people will continue to be...

Spencer Perceval — Question (25 Apr 2012)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, if the ghost of Spencer Perceval was to pass through this Chamber today, surely the question he would ask is, "Why, 200 years after my assassination, are not just slavery but discrimination and racism so rampant, and what is being done to eradicate them from society?" In honour of Spencer Perceval, therefore, will my noble friend tell the House how determined the Government are to...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Pensions (15 May 2012)

Baroness Benjamin: To ask Her Majesty's Government how many British people started receiving the basic United Kingdom state pension in (1) Jamaica and (2) Trinidad and Tobago, in each of the years (a) 2009, (b) 2010 and (c) 2011.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Pensions (15 May 2012)

Baroness Benjamin: To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average rate of basic United Kingdom state pension currently paid to British claimants normally resident in (1) Jamaica and (2) Trinidad and Tobago.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Pensions (15 May 2012)

Baroness Benjamin: To ask Her Majesty's Government why the United Kingdom state pension payable to British expatriates living in Jamaica is uprated annually, but that payable to those living in Trinidad and Tobago and other Caribbean countries is not.

Queen's Speech — Debate (4th Day) (15 May 2012)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, I was pleased to hear in the Queen's Speech the Government's announcement that the children and families Bill will include a number of proposals designed to improve the adoption and family court systems. The largest voluntary sector providers of adoption and fostering in the country, Barnardo's-I declare an interest as a vice-president of the charity-welcomes these proposals, which...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Schools: Free Meals (21 May 2012)

Baroness Benjamin: To ask Her Majesty's Government how many and what proportion of 16- and 17-year olds in (1) sixth forms and (2) further education colleges, received free school meals in the most recent five years for which figures are available.

Minority Ethnic and Religious Communities: Cultural and Economic Contribution — Motion to Take Note (24 May 2012)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, I, too, thank the noble Lord for securing this important debate, as it gives us an opportunity to celebrate unsung heroes of culturally diverse backgrounds who have made outstanding contributions to our society, making this great country rich, diverse and vibrant. One such unsung hero is the British composer known as the "black Mahler"-Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, who was born in London...

Education: 16-19 Bursary Fund — Question (11 Jun 2012)

Baroness Benjamin: To ask Her Majesty's Government how they are planning to measure the impact of the 16-19 bursary fund on young people's participation in education.

Education: 16-19 Bursary Fund — Question (11 Jun 2012)

Baroness Benjamin: I thank my noble friend for that reply. I am sure that he is aware of the Government's post-16 transport guidance, which clearly states that local authorities should ensure that accessible and affordable transport is available for all young learners. Research done by the children's charity Barnardo's-I declare an interest-suggests that many local authorities are not complying with the...

Schools: Well-being and Personal and Social Needs — Motion to Take Note (14 Jun 2012)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, I thank the noble Baroness, Lady Jones, for securing this important debate because, according to the saying, school days are the best days of your life. But I have always thought that it should be changed to, school days are the most important days of your life, because the school experience can either make or break you. Childhood lasts a lifetime and the early foundation stages are...

Voluntary Sector and Social Enterprise — Motion to Take Note (21 Jun 2012)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, I, too, express my heartfelt thanks to my noble friend Lady Scott for securing this important debate and for her excellent opening speech. The voluntary sector has a unique role in reaching out to every area in society-to the most disadvantaged and vulnerable groups-as well as in funding vital medical research. I should like to highlight the voluntary contribution made by three of...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Prisons: Mothers and Babies (25 Jun 2012)

Baroness Benjamin: To ask Her Majesty's Government how many women in England and Wales were refused a place on a mother and baby unit in prisons in each of the past five years. To ask Her Majesty's Government how many women currently serving custodial sentences in England and Wales have children under the age of 18 months with them in prison. To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the annual cost of a place on...

Arts and Culture — Question for Short Debate (9 Jul 2012)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, I, too, thank the noble Earl for securing this important debate. I begin with a statistic: 15% of the population, 1% of the funding. Whether you find this as shocking as I do will depend on your attitude to the population group that it refers to, so let me tell you that the 15% refers to children up to the age of 12 and that 1% is their share of public funding for the arts. Perhaps...

Prisons: Mothers and Infants — Question (10 Jul 2012)

Baroness Benjamin: To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they have taken to reduce the number of mothers imprisoned with their infants in England and Wales.

Prisons: Mothers and Infants — Question (10 Jul 2012)

Baroness Benjamin: I thank my noble friend for that answer. Essential, emotional attachments are made between mother and baby during the first 18 months of a child's life, but imprisoned mothers with babies are often denied these necessary bonding opportunities because of the restricted environments they are placed in-even within the mother and baby units, which are often far away from the women's homes. Will...

Schools: Copyright Exemption — Question (12 Jul 2012)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, what assessment have the Government made of the impact of copyright exceptions for schools on the ability of bespoke educational publishers, particularly providers of specialist music education material, to continue to develop exceptional international products? I declare an interest as a writer of educational works.

Child Development — Debate (11 Oct 2012)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, I, too, thank the right reverend Prelate for securing this important debate. I want to take this opportunity to spare a thought for April Jones, her family and all children who are being abused. Childhood lasts a lifetime, and everything we do affects children directly and indirectly, so their development must be society's highest priority. The well-being of society has always...

Education: Development of Excellence — Motion to Take Note (18 Oct 2012)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, I, too, thank my noble friend for securing this important debate on education, which allows us to discuss how we can nurture and inspire future generations to aspire. My mum always used to say, "Education is your passport to life. Go to school and learn to the best of your ability because you can use that gift of education to change the lives of others". That is why we must make...

Children: Looked-after Children — Motion to Take Note (25 Oct 2012)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, I thank the noble Earl for securing this important debate and congratulate him on his excellent speech. I declare an interest as a vice-president of the children's charity Barnardo's, which has extensive knowledge and experience of looked-after children in residential care. I speak today about the charity's concern. There are currently more than 6,000 children in residential care...


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