Results 61–80 of 3000 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 Featherstone

Offender Management (9 Feb 2006)

Lynne Featherstone: I welcome the thrust of today's announcement and the Home Secretary's courtesy in providing an advance of copy of the statement. The Home Secretary is right to say that we are sending too many people to prison, and I welcome the fact that he had the courage to say so. He will know that Liberal Democrat Members have long supported the principle that offenders should be required to pay back...

Orders of the Day — Identity Cards Bill: Clause 5 — Applications relating to entries in Register (13 Feb 2006)

Lynne Featherstone: Will the right hon. Gentleman give way?

Orders of the Day — Identity Cards Bill: Clause 5 — Applications relating to entries in Register (13 Feb 2006)

Lynne Featherstone: Does the right hon. Gentleman agree that the disproportionate basis on which people from different communities are likely to be stopped, searched and therefore have their information accessed on the database is another good reason not to introduce such a database? And does he know whether the Minister has conducted a proper race impact assessment and, if so, have the proposals been changed?

Terrorism Bill: Clause 3 — Application of Ss. 1 and 2 to Internet Activity etc. (15 Feb 2006)

Lynne Featherstone: We agree in principle with wanting to take off the net material that would incite or encourage terrorism, on which there is agreement on both sides of the House. However, we want to preserve the protections put in place by my noble Friends in relation to free speech and freedom of information and a certain degree of protection for the police. The internet is the most extraordinary...

Terrorism Bill: Clause 3 — Application of Ss. 1 and 2 to Internet Activity etc. (15 Feb 2006)

Lynne Featherstone: That is true. A host of cases might be caught, or might not. The point of judicial oversight is to confer an extra level of security to any decision that is made. If a notice is served, an internet service provider will inevitably remove material that is cited as being unlawfully terrorism-related, because it will not be in the provider's interest to risk the cost, the fight and the possible...

Orders of the Day — Police and Justice Bill (6 Mar 2006)

Lynne Featherstone: I thank the Home Secretary for giving way again. I wanted to raise the issue of giving registered social landlords the ability to opt for parenting orders. Youth offending teams are very experienced in that regard and my concern is that registered social landlords might not be. What sort of training does he have in mind?

Orders of the Day — Police and Justice Bill (6 Mar 2006)

Lynne Featherstone: This is rather a sneaky Bill and, potentially, a pernicious one. If not substantially amended in Committee, it will reduce the freedom of the individual, increase the power of the state, remove the autonomy and capability of bodies on whom we rely to hold the police to account, allow direct Government intervention in police business without any objective basis on which to do so, increase the...

Orders of the Day — Police and Justice Bill (6 Mar 2006)

Lynne Featherstone: Indeed; my hon. Friend is right. The previous Home Secretary signed the treaty in Washington. We put it into force by statute, but the US did sweet nothing so there is no law to be executed on their side. We undertake our unfair and unequal treatment voluntarily. That sums up our current relationship with America—we jump, even when we do not have to. I shall cover some of our primary...

Orders of the Day — Police and Justice Bill (6 Mar 2006)

Lynne Featherstone: I am happy to explain our policy outside this debate, which is about the Government's proposals.

Orders of the Day — Police and Justice Bill (6 Mar 2006)

Lynne Featherstone: Yes, that is it. Could the proposal allow one persistent, complaining constituent to divert resources on unreasonable complaints? I am a local councillor—I am sure that other Members are or have been local councillors—and it is not unknown for those who should the loudest for our attention to hijack resources, time and issues on a repeated and regular basis. Those who need police action...

Orders of the Day — Police and Justice Bill (6 Mar 2006)

Lynne Featherstone: I will return to that point on another occasion. I am here to argue against the proposals in the Bill. The role of RSLs has always concerned housing issues. Although they may well have a role in referring cases that they regard as worrying to an expert, they are not, as far as I am aware, qualified to issue such judgments, which may stigmatise a family or a child, albeit that their intentions...

Forensic Science (20 Apr 2006)

Lynne Featherstone: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Harrogate and Knaresborough (Mr. Willis) and the former Chairman of the Committee, the hon. Member for Norwich, North (Dr. Gibson), on an excellent report. I was less pleased with the Government's response, in that it was fairly short and did not answer some of the issues that were raised. I shall be relatively brief. As a former chairman of the...

Forensic Science (20 Apr 2006)

Lynne Featherstone: The hon. Gentleman is right, but there are so many issues relating to the collection of DNA and the DNA database that I almost do not know where to begin. Disproportionality is another concern in relation to the databases. We heard some of the figures on the non-cautioned and non-charged side of the equation. Twenty-four per cent. of those on the database are black and from ethnic minorities,...

Forensic Science (20 Apr 2006)

Lynne Featherstone: Will the Minister give way?

Orders of the Day: New Clause 6 — Power to detain pending DPP's decision about charging (10 May 2006)

Lynne Featherstone: I want to make it clear that we are not against sanctions such as street bail; we believe that they can be beneficial when used constructively. However, we are concerned about the extension of summary justice without adequate checks and balances. I have listened to the Minister's comments, and as well as apologising for my lateness in attending the debate, I welcome him to his new post. The...

Orders of the Day: New Clause 6 — Power to detain pending DPP's decision about charging (10 May 2006)

Lynne Featherstone: The hon. Lady is right to an extent, but a person who was rich and able to pay might well accept a condition that imposed a financial penalty. It would be a way of committing a crime and getting away with it. A two-level system of punishment would be created, in which those who could not afford to accept a conditional caution would have to go through the criminal justice system, while those...

Orders of the Day: New Clause 6 — Power to detain pending DPP's decision about charging (10 May 2006)

Lynne Featherstone: The hon. Gentleman makes a good point, but that is a completely different discussion. It is clear that it might sometimes be necessary to release someone on bail while the decision is being taken on whether they breached the conditional caution. In fact, that might be a more proportionate measure than detention in custody. It is also clear that if investigations into the suspected breach have...

Orders of the Day: Title (10 May 2006)

Lynne Featherstone: Our debates on the Bill have been good natured, especially in Committee, and some interesting amendments were proposed. Unfortunately, the Government took none of them on board, although I have to correct the hon. Member for Arundel and South Downs (Nick Herbert) in one respect. The former Minister produced the same version of our amendment on computer hacking but it was very cold comfort in...

Points of Order: Police (28 Jun 2006)

Lynne Featherstone: Liberal Democrats strongly opposed the extension of detention without charge from 14 days to 90 days. We voted against the measure on Second Reading principally because we regarded the proposal as a breach of the ancient and fundamental right of habeas corpus, and the right to know the basis on which one is held and to challenge it in the courts. The terrorism that threatens the safety of our...

Welfare Reform Bill (Programme) (No. 2): Climate Change (12 Oct 2006)

Lynne Featherstone: I have received some 800 cards from members of Friends of the Earth in relation to the "big ask", and I am sure that other hon. Members will have received a similar number. I want to add the voice of Hornsey and Wood Green to the call for a climate change Bill. If one does not ask, one does not get—so I am asking. People around the country want to take responsibility in these matters. As we...


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