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Olympic and Paralympic Games 2012 — Motion to Take Note (8 Nov 2012)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, I, too, thank my noble friend for securing this important debate, which highlights Brand Britain at its best, and for the chance to discuss one of the greatest events ever to take place on these shores. In 2004 I had the honour of running with the Olympic torch along the streets of Peckham in south London, where I saw young children from all cultural backgrounds cheering and waving...

Education: Early Years — Motion to Take Note (8 Nov 2012)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, I too thank my noble friend Lady Walmsley for securing this important debate. Her total commitment over the years to ensure that we provide high-quality education for all children has to be praised and admired. Like her, I, too, believe in the important role that early years education plays in determining the development of children's health and well-being. That happens not just...

Online Safety Bill [HL] — Second Reading (9 Nov 2012)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, I support the Bill and I declare an interest as I speak on behalf of the Children's Charities' Coalition on Internet Safety. I have worked closely with many of its members. The charities include Barnardo's, the NSPCC, Action for Children, Beat Bullying, the Children's Society and Kidscape. They all strongly support the Bill. They want to make it clear and to emphasise that opt-in is...

Crime and Courts Bill [HL]: Third Reading (18 Dec 2012)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, I would not normally speak in a debate such as this, but this matter is very close to my heart. I thank my noble friend for bringing forward the amendment and, most of all, thank the Minister for his response. I hope that this provision will be embedded in our society to make sure that people of diverse backgrounds feel as if they matter and that people care.

Disability Services: Motion to Take Note (10 Jan 2013)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, I, too, congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Boateng, on securing this important debate and on his excellent speech highlighting disability issues, which are causing major concerns to the black and ethnic minority communities across the country. These concerns of inequality and the lack of understanding of needs are clearly outlined in the Scope report, as we have heard throughout the...

Children: Suicide and Self-harm — Question (22 Jan 2013)

Baroness Benjamin: To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking in the light of the ChildLine report, Saying the Unsayable: What's Affecting Children in 2012, which highlighted a significant increase in the number of children contacting ChildLine about suicide and self-harm.

Children: Suicide and Self-harm — Question (22 Jan 2013)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, I thank my noble friend for that encouraging Answer. Over the past 25 years, ChildLine has saved the lives of many children and young people. However, there are serious concerns that last year, 92% more counselling was given to girls on self-harm than in the previous year, mainly because of depression, bullying and sexual abuse, especially for those who do not comprehend the nature...

Olympic Games 2012: Legacy — Motion to Take Note (24 Jan 2013)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, I too congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Mawson, on securing this important debate and his comprehensive opening speech. Any consideration of an Olympic legacy that does not give a high priority to children will be seriously flawed. Childhood lasts a lifetime and what we deliver for them today at the early stages will influence their lives for ever. In the Government's legacy plan,...

Visas: Student Visa Policy — Motion to Take Note (31 Jan 2013)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, I, too, thank my noble friend for securing this important debate and declare an interest as the chancellor of the University of Exeter, where we have had a rapid rise in the number of international students because we have reached out to the world by creating one of the UK's most successful world-class universities. We are proud to have 5,000 exceptionally brilliant international...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Health: Paediatrics (5 Feb 2013)

Baroness Benjamin: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether paediatric continence issues will be addressed in the Child Health Strategy; and what plans they have to improve treatment of bladder and bowel problems for children and young adults.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Schools: Toilets and Washing Facilities (11 Feb 2013)

Baroness Benjamin: To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the School Premises (England) Regulations 2012, how they will encourage schools to provide suitable toilets and washing facilities and promote best practice in this area. To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the School Premises (England) Regulations 2012, what guidance will be given to schools on how to provide suitable toilet and...

Media and Creative Industries: Equality — Question (25 Feb 2013)

Baroness Benjamin: To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure cultural diversity and promotion of equality in the media and creative industries.

Media and Creative Industries: Equality — Question (25 Feb 2013)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, I thank my noble friend. As Danny Boyle demonstrated in the Olympic opening ceremony, diversity throughout the creative industries is incredibly influential in how modern Britain is portrayed and represented. Unfortunately, at present there is no pan-industry system of monitoring diversity to hold television or other creative sectors accountable and ensure that they attract, retain...

International Women's Day — Motion to Take Note (7 Mar 2013)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, I am delighted to take part in this celebratory International Women's Day debate, and I thank my noble friend for securing it. I also congratulate the right reverend Prelate on his compassionate maiden speech and welcome him to the House. This coming Sunday is Mother's Day, and I pay tribute to mothers everywhere, especially to those who have lost their children unnecessarily...

Children: Care — Question (13 Mar 2013)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, from September, 20% of two year-olds-those from the poorest backgrounds-will become eligible for free early-years education for the first time, which will be so important for their brain development. How will the Government make sure that there are enough new, high-quality nursery places to take those extra children, and enough early-years workers, who will be responsible for their...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Health: Sickle Cell Anaemia (21 Mar 2013)

Baroness Benjamin: To ask Her Majesty's Government what is being done to include community organisations in delivering specialised sickle cell disorder services to sufferers and their carers.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Health: Sickle Cell Anaemia (21 Mar 2013)

Baroness Benjamin: To ask Her Majesty's Government what consultation has taken place to ensure a smooth transition between the specialised sickle cell disorder services commissioned by the National Health Service Commissioning Board and those services commissioned by the clinical commissioning groups.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Health: Sickle Cell Disease (25 Mar 2013)

Baroness Benjamin: To ask Her Majesty's Government how they will ensure that those with sickle cell disorder benefit from the planned integration of services due to take place as part of healthcare reforms in April. To ask Her Majesty's Government how Commissioning Boards across the country are intending to provide the necessary specialised services for those suffering from sickle cell disorder.


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