Results 101–120 of 2000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Bridget Prentice

Bill Presented: New Clause 36 — Reports and advice to the Lord Chancellor from the Chief Coroner (23 Mar 2009)

Bridget Prentice: I beg to move, That the clause be read a Second time.

Bill Presented: New Clause 36 — Reports and advice to the Lord Chancellor from the Chief Coroner (23 Mar 2009)

Bridget Prentice: New clause 36 fulfils a commitment that I gave in Committee to consider how the provisions in respect of the prevention of future deaths might be improved. The new clause places on the chief coroner a statutory duty to make an annual report to the Lord Chancellor, and it details what should be included in it. Among other things, it will include a summary of the reports made by senior coroners.

Bill Presented: New Clause 36 — Reports and advice to the Lord Chancellor from the Chief Coroner (23 Mar 2009)

Bridget Prentice: The answer to that question is yes. I commend the new clause and the amendments to the House.

Bill Presented: New Clause 33 — Death of service personnel abroad: investigation in Scotland (23 Mar 2009)

Bridget Prentice: I beg to move, That the clause be read a Second time.

Bill Presented: New Clause 33 — Death of service personnel abroad: investigation in Scotland (23 Mar 2009)

Bridget Prentice: The new clauses respond to the calls from service families in Scotland, as well as Members of the House—particularly my right hon. Friend the Member for East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow (Mr. Ingram), who has pressed us in this regard—for action to enable fatal accident inquiries into the deaths of service personnel killed abroad to be held in Scotland when their families are...

Bill Presented: New Clause 33 — Death of service personnel abroad: investigation in Scotland (23 Mar 2009)

Bridget Prentice: The hon. Gentleman makes an important point. There has been that anomaly because there are no inquest provisions in Scotland, but he will know that Lord Cullen is currently investigating the whole panoply of fatal accident inquiry principles in Scotland, and I suspect he will address that in the inquiry.

Bill Presented: New Clause 33 — Death of service personnel abroad: investigation in Scotland (23 Mar 2009)

Bridget Prentice: Again, my right hon. Friend makes an important point, and he has been campaigning on this issue for some time. My understanding is that the Bill is drafted in such a way that a person in that situation would be subject to this change in the law if they were a civilian subject to service discipline. If there are issues beyond that, I will write to my right hon. Friend about those outwith that...

Bill Presented: New Clause 14 — Inquests in camera (23 Mar 2009)

Bridget Prentice: indicated dissent.

Bill Presented: Coroners and Justice Bill (Programme) (No. 3) (23 Mar 2009)

Bridget Prentice: I have heard a lot of nonsense spoken in this House on many an occasion, but not quite as much as I have heard from the hon. Member for Shipley (Philip Davies) today.

Bill Presented: Coroners and Justice Bill (Programme) (No. 3) (23 Mar 2009)

Bridget Prentice: No, because I want us to get on to the main substance of the debate. Let me address a couple of points. First, we spent 43 hours and 32 minutes in Committee, so the right hon. and learned Member for Sleaford and North Hykeham (Mr. Hogg), who is very concerned about process in this House, will know that proper scrutiny took place in Committee over several days, including an extra day. We have...

Bill Presented: Coroners and Justice Bill (Programme) (No. 3) (23 Mar 2009)

Bridget Prentice: I will not give way, as I want us to get on to the substance of the Bill. If the Opposition could exercise a little discipline, we might well reach all those clauses. It is entirely up to them.

Bill Presented: Coroners and Justice Bill (Programme) (No. 3) (23 Mar 2009)

Bridget Prentice: I beg to move, That the Order of 26 January 2009 (Coroners and Justice Bill (Programme)), as varied by the Order of 4 March 2009 (Coroners and Justice Bill (Programme) (No. 2)), be further varied as follows: 1. Paragraphs 4 and 5 of the Order shall be omitted. 2. Proceedings on consideration and Third Reading shall be concluded in two days. 3. Proceedings on consideration shall be taken on...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Child Pornography (17 Mar 2009)

Bridget Prentice: In 2000, we increased the maximum sentences available for production and distribution of indecent images of children from three years to 10 years, and for the simple possession of indecent images from six months to five years' imprisonment. The average custodial sentence imposed by the courts has increased by several percentage points since the new maximum penalties were introduced.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Child Pornography (17 Mar 2009)

Bridget Prentice: I can absolutely give my right hon. Friend that assurance. He will have been as surprised as I was when in the Coroners and Justice Public Bill Committee the Opposition spokesman, the hon. and learned Member for Harborough (Mr. Garnier), said that he felt that our clause was, perhaps, over-egging the pudding. I do not for one minute think that taking action against these people in this way...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Child Pornography (17 Mar 2009)

Bridget Prentice: I know that the hon. Gentleman has taken a great deal of interest in this area and has worked very hard to try to protect children. We have decided to go down the road that we have because we want to work with the industry, giving it the opportunity to regulate itself. Of course, if that does not work, we are prepared to legislate, if necessary, to ensure that children are properly protected.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Burial Ground Memorials (17 Mar 2009)

Bridget Prentice: I understand that those involved—undertakers, local authorities, crematorium managers and the like—have disseminated the recent guidance to burial ground managers. It is a little too early to make a detailed assessment of the implementation, but practitioner representatives have agreed to provide regular feedback and we will be undertaking a sampling survey of burial grounds within the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Burial Ground Memorials (17 Mar 2009)

Bridget Prentice: It is important that the House recognises the zealousness with which my hon. Friend has pursued this issue, and it is very much down to his campaigning that the guidance has been introduced—I congratulate him on that. My officials have discussed this with the crematorium managers organisations, and they have assured us that they welcome the guidance in principle and that they will...

Pleural Plaques (11 Feb 2009)

Bridget Prentice: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr. Williams. I am sure that the hon. Members for North-West Norfolk (Mr. Bellingham) and for Cambridge (David Howarth) will forgive me if I do not spend too much of my time responding to their contributions, important as they were, but turn specifically to those made by my hon. Friends. First, as my hon. Friend the Member for Paisley and...

Pleural Plaques (11 Feb 2009)

Bridget Prentice: I do not think that Department officials say that, but even if they did, they do not make the policy—elected Members do, and we certainly would not be going down that line. I say to my hon. Friend the Member for Barnsley, West and Penistone that I absolutely intend that something should happen well before the general election. I shall also keep in mind the fact that my hon. Friend the...

Pleural Plaques (11 Feb 2009)

Bridget Prentice: I could not agree more with hon. Friend. We need a UK solution. In past debates, we have raised the matter of what would happen to someone who worked in Scotland but lived in England, and vice versa. We have all rehearsed those arguments on many occasions. As hon. Members have mentioned, the consultation considered a range of options. We received some 220 responses, some of which came from...


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