Results 61–80 of 2700 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Baroness Browning

Queen’s Speech — Debate (3rd Day) (9 Jun 2014)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, I will begin where the right reverend Prelate finished, with the modern slavery Bill, which I welcome. Like him, I think it is broad in scope and we need to ensure that as it passes through the House the detail encompasses all the aspects he has mentioned. I welcome the increased maximum sentence of life imprisonment for this crime and the enhancement to confiscate criminals’...

Housing — Question (31 Mar 2014)

Baroness Browning: To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they are taking to increase the supply of housing.

Housing — Question (31 Mar 2014)

Baroness Browning: As well as Help to Buy, will my noble friend confirm that the Government will continue to promote the right to buy, which has been so successful in helping people in social housing to become homeowners? The shadow housing Minister, Jack Dromey, told last year's Labour Party conference: "I was one of those in the 1980s who led the charge against the right to buy. We were half way across the...

Disabled People: Blue Badges — Question (26 Mar 2014)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, I refer to my interests in autism charities as set out in the register. I was encouraged by the reply given by my noble friend to the noble Lord, Lord Touhig, but can she confirm that the legislative link between the higher rate of DLA and the blue badge has now been broken as far as autistic people are concerned? In renewing or revising the guidance to local authorities, can she...

Offender Rehabilitation Bill [HL] — Commons Amendments (11 Mar 2014)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, at this stage in the Bill, I shall be brief. I feel strongly about the probation reforms being proposed by my noble friend, but particularly those for offenders who have served less than 12 months. I say this having served in the Home Office and having spent some time looking at some of the rehabilitation programmes needed for problems such as drugs and alcohol. Many people...

Leasehold Reform (Amendment) Bill — Second Reading (7 Feb 2014)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, I refer noble Lords to my entry in the Register of Lords’ Interests as a leaseholder. I congratulate my noble friend on bringing this much-needed legislation forward. It is particularly needed for those people who are responsible for assisting elderly relatives to dispose of property, often because the relatives are going into residential care and the assets need to be sold to pay...

Winter Floods — Statement (6 Feb 2014)

Baroness Browning: I declare an interest as a former resident of beautiful Dawlish; the railway line from Exeter to the outskirts of Dawlish went through the constituency that I was very honoured to represent. I am therefore very familiar with the problems and quite horrified to see the size of the waves—with which, again, I am very familiar. May I reinforce to my noble friend the request of the noble Lord,...

European Union (Referendum) Bill — Second Reading (10 Jan 2014)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, I support my noble friend Lord Dobbs in championing this Bill in your Lordships’ House. In the contributions today from noble Lords, who clearly hold diverse views not only on this Bill but on the wider subject of our membership of the European Union, the common theme has been the recognition that the people of this country are in the mood for a referendum on the subject. It is...

Housing: Underoccupancy Charge — Question (12 Dec 2013)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, the National Debtline has announced today that the most rapid growth in personal debt is in the area of rent arrears. In the context of the Question asked by the noble Baroness, Lady Hollis, will my noble friend agree to examine on a regular basis the way in which personal debt is accounted for by rent arrears and to identify exactly why that is and what remedies might be brought in...

Police: Independent Police Commission Report — Motion to Take Note (5 Dec 2013)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Harris of Haringey, for giving the House the opportunity to discuss policing again today. This is the second debate that we have had in a week, which is to be welcomed. I very much regret that the noble Lord, Lord Stevens of Kirkwhelpington, is not in his place today, because my first point is something that specifically affects him. I will make a point...

Alcohol: Late Night Drinking — Question (16 Oct 2013)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, does my noble friend accept that the excessive consumption of alcohol in the late night economy is often carried out by people who actually hold down quite responsible jobs in the daytime? I think that many people would be shocked at that. Will he continue to consider sobriety schemes? They would be a big disincentive to those people, who will have to explain to their employers why...

Licensing Act 2003 — Question (9 Oct 2013)

Baroness Browning: Will my noble friend continue to liaise with the Department of Health to ensure that we reduce the number of people admitted to A&E departments who are clearly the worse for drink—often as a deliberate ploy, having had what they regard as a good night out? If we could tackle it from that end, perhaps we could help to move the culture change on even further.

Care Bill [HL]: Committee (8th Day) (29 Jul 2013)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, this is something of a miscellaneous group of amendments. I wish to speak to Amendment 105Q standing in my name and that of the noble Lord, Lord Touhig. I also refer the Committee to my interests in the register as far as autism charities are concerned. This Bill must ensure that the duties set out in the statutory guidance under the Autism Act 2009 continue to apply to local...

People with Learning Disabilities: Health Inequalities — Question for Short Debate (18 Jul 2013)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, I refer the House to my registered interests regarding disability and health and I congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Hollins, for bringing this very important debate to the Floor of the House. I begin with the part of the report that deals with annual health checks. Such checks for people with learning disabilities are an excellent way for doctors to pick up early even more...

Care Bill [HL] — Committee (6th Day) (Continued) (16 Jul 2013)

Baroness Browning: I think the concern of the noble Baroness, Lady Emerton, was not about the discretion over whether or not to give the budget, but about discretion over how that budget should be spent. I think that she was concerned that the personal budget, if it were put into the plan in a certain format, might start to prescribe how the budget was spent. That, I think, is what she was concerned about and...

Care Bill [HL] — Committee (6th Day) (Continued) (16 Jul 2013)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, I will speak to two amendments in this group, first Amendment 92ZZK, in my name and those of the noble Lord, Lord Touhig, and the noble Baroness, Lady Tyler of Enfield. This is very similar to an amendment that I tabled to an earlier part of the Bill, and it focuses in particular on transition: “In preparing a care and support plan, the local authority must have regard to the...

Care Bill [HL]: Committee (6th Day) (16 Jul 2013)

Baroness Browning: In the case that the noble Lord has just mentioned, would there be any question of the lady concerned being assessed as not having capacity?

Care Bill [HL]: Committee (6th Day) (16 Jul 2013)

Baroness Browning: As far as the eligibility criteria are concerned there is another indicator, which I have not heard mentioned in this debate, and that is the number of people who challenge their local authority through the courts. Currently—from my own experience of case work, particularly with those on the autistic spectrum and with learning disabilities—many local authorities, when challenged legally...

Care Bill [HL]: Committee (5th Day) (Continued) (9 Jul 2013)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, I speak to Amendments 88B and 88N in this group. The noble Lord, Lord Touhig, has added his name to Amendment 88B, which is about the need to co-ordinate between two pieces of legislation: this Bill and the Children and Families Bill, which is also going through the House. It focuses on assessment, particularly at the time of transition from children’s to adult services. That is a...

Care Bill [HL]: Committee (5th Day) (9 Jul 2013)

Baroness Browning: It is important that qualified social workers are present for the initial assessment. One of the things that might come out of our scrutiny of the existing Mental Capacity Act is the fact that the assessment of capacity requires professionals. Social workers clearly have a part to play in that. Whether the person has capacity, partial capacity or no capacity at all, at that point some advice...

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