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Written Answers — Department for Education: Children: Protection (14 May 2020)

Baroness Benjamin: To ask Her Majesty's Government how they will determine when the relaxation of regulations for supporting vulnerable children should end.

Schools: Relationships and Sex Education - Question (12 May 2020)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, according to the government guidelines, parents need to have been consulted about the new relationships, sex and health education curriculum changes, so what expectations will there be for schools that have not been able to consult parents about the changes due to the coronavirus school closures?

Written Answers — Department for Education: Teachers: Coronavirus (7 May 2020)

Baroness Benjamin: To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidelines they have given to headteachers in order to protect teachers from COVID-19.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Teachers: Coronavirus (7 May 2020)

Baroness Benjamin: To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure the safety of teachers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Windrush Compensation Scheme - Motion to Consider (6 May 2020)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, in 2017 I was honoured to be asked by the Government to chair the Windrush Commemoration Committee, to create a Windrush monument in recognition of the contribution that Caribbean people have made to Britain. In 2022, the monument will be erected at Waterloo station, where thousands of West Indians like myself arrived in Britain before dispersing across the whole of the UK. However,...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme: Arts (5 May 2020)

Baroness Benjamin: To ask Her Majesty's Government how many businesses in the (1) creative, and (2) music, sector had received support under the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loans Scheme by 14 April.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Business: Coronavirus (5 May 2020)

Baroness Benjamin: To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce a scheme to assist companies facing cashflow problems due to large numbers of refund requests triggered by COVID-19 related cancellations.

Written Answers — Treasury: Companies: Coronavirus (5 May 2020)

Baroness Benjamin: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the suitability of current COVID-19 support schemes for single person companies where the worker draws dividends in lieu of a salary from the company.

Charitable and Voluntary Sector - Motion to Take Note (30 Apr 2020)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, at times of national emergency, the most valuable suffer most. The charities that support them are needed more than ever today, especially when public services cannot. It is therefore deeply concerning that charities are facing a serious threat to their survival. Lockdown is driving families to crisis point, and it is becoming clear that vulnerable children are the hidden victims...

Wellbeing of Future Generations Bill [HL] - Second Reading (13 Mar 2020)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, I support the noble Lord, Lord Bird, and his splendid Bill. It is a measure fit for the 21st century and a rejection of top-down government in favour of a truly integrated model in which well-being goals will be set. I have spent my entire adult life promoting the importance of the health and well-being of children and young people. As I have always said, childhood lasts a lifetime....

International Women’s Day - Motion to Take Note (10 Mar 2020)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, I see International Women’s Day as a focal point for men to recognise women’s contribution globally and for women to celebrate each other’s achievements as we continue to march forward. Women like my mother—a force of nature—paved the way for my generation, but it was tough and she had to face many unbelievable adversities. I will always be eternally grateful to her for...

Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill [HL] - Committee: Amendment 2 (3 Mar 2020)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, I support Amendments 2 and 4. First, I would like to say how much I agree with the noble Baroness, Lady Shackleton, when she talks about education, because I too have been an advocate and supporter of education on marriage, parenting and relationships for many years. I believe that it would make such a difference to the outcome of the pain and suffering that too many people go...

Crime: Support for Children and Young People - Question (5 Feb 2020)

Baroness Benjamin: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to improve access to services and support for children and young people who have been traumatised by crime.

Crime: Support for Children and Young People - Question (5 Feb 2020)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, I beg leave to ask the Question standing in my name on the Order Paper and declare an interest as vice-president of Barnardo’s and an ambassador of Embrace Child Victims of Crime.

Crime: Support for Children and Young People - Question (5 Feb 2020)

Baroness Benjamin: I thank the Minister for that Answer. Embrace Child Victims of Crime supports more than 3,000 children each year, and that figure is rising. More and more children and young people are witnessing crime, especially knife crime and domestic abuse, or know of someone involved in some sort of violent abuse. This affects their mental health and will do for the rest of their life, leading to untold...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (4th Day) (9 Jan 2020)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, almost 10 years ago in this House my maiden speech highlighted my lifelong mission to ensure that children’s well-being is at the heart of society’s thinking. So, as we start a new decade under a new Government, it is appropriate to ask: what are we, in government and in Parliament, doing to champion children’s well-being in everything we do—in every policy and initiative...

Extinction Rebellion - Question (31 Oct 2019)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, nuclear reactors are one of the biggest contributors to climate change, unlike thorium reactors. What are the Government doing to encourage the use of thorium, which is a much safer and less-polluting form of energy?

Queen’s Speech - Debate (6th Day) (22 Oct 2019)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, children should not be able to see pornography. Sadly, there was no mention of this in the Queen’s Speech, but the Government need to act now to ensure this. It should be added to the same category as the introduction of seat belts and banning smoking, as mentioned by the noble Lord, Lord Young of Cookham. I have been campaigning for over eight years to try to prevent childhoods...

Online Pornography: Age Verification - Statement (17 Oct 2019)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, I am bitterly disappointed by this Statement. We are letting our children down. By the Government’s own statistics, every month that passes without legislation, 1.4 million children access pornography unintentionally. Research by the BBFC found that 80% of parents want robust age-verification controls in place. I understand the BBFC could implement this new regime straightaway,...

Textiles and Clothing Sectors: Environmental Sustainability - Question (22 Jul 2019)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, when I was young, my mother decided we should move to Beckenham in Kent because we would get the best healthcare, the best education and the best jumble sales. The dress I am wearing is over 50 years old; I bought it in a charity shop. It was made in Britain of high-quality material—that is what you call recycling and sustainability. Should the Government not encourage the fashion...


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