Results 101–120 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

[Mr. Greg Pope in the Chair] — Terrorism (Detention and Human Rights) (7 Dec 2006)

Lynne Featherstone: I am pleased to speak in this debate on two such excellent reports. Terrorist attacks involve gross violations against the individuals who are killed or injured, obviously, and gross violations of the fundamental values of civilised democratic societies. We live in a world where terrorist attacks are a reality and we must adapt to the current climate. Some of the new terrorism powers, such as...

[Mr. Greg Pope in the Chair] — Terrorism (Detention and Human Rights) (7 Dec 2006)

Lynne Featherstone: I thank the right hon. Gentleman for that helpful clarification. I turn now to the general subject of detention. The level of threat that we are informed we are facing is so great that I am sure no politician of any persuasion in the House of Commons would simply say that there can be no change to and no infringement of civil liberties, rights or freedoms. I have not found it helpful that we...

[Mr. Greg Pope in the Chair] — Terrorism (Detention and Human Rights) (7 Dec 2006)

Lynne Featherstone: I see the Minister shaking his head, but that probably was an accidental and not very brilliant example. My next example puts in a nutshell some of the difficulties that we face as Members of Parliament in representing our constituents. Into my surgery came Mouloud Sihali. He was tried and acquitted in relation to the Wood Green ricin plot, but it is clear that the authorities still suspect...

Orders of the Day: Greater London Authority Bill (12 Dec 2006)

Lynne Featherstone: I was a London assembly member for five years, along with five other colleagues in the House who are, or were, assembly members. I stood shoulder to shoulder with Mayor Livingstone in favour of the first tranche of the congestion charge and against the Government on the public-private partnership. On the day after we were first elected to the GLA, he came into the room where we were meeting...

Orders of the Day: Greater London Authority Bill (12 Dec 2006)

Lynne Featherstone: The hon. Gentleman is wrong. I am trying to support the Bill, but, as my hon. Friend the Member for Carshalton and Wallington (Tom Brake) said, we do not support the planning provisions and we will try to amend them in Committee. I am discussing genuine problems in Hornsey and Wood Green. It is easy for the hon. Member for Islington, North to laugh but I am trying to deal with real people...

Orders of the Day: Greater London Authority Bill (12 Dec 2006)

Lynne Featherstone: Of course, my hon. Friend is right. I am trying to say that ordinary people suffer the consequences of lowest common denominator development. Neither the developer nor the Mayor has to live in those little boxes or suffer the pressures that they create. The Committee might therefore consider introducing a developer's report card, which would be published. Tenants of buildings with a mayoral...

Orders of the Day: Greater London Authority Bill (12 Dec 2006)

Lynne Featherstone: We are in favour of devolution, but I am arguing for better devolution. The breadth of the Bill, and the intention behind it, is correct. If I cannot argue passionately that one element of the Bill needs to be changed in Committee, what is the point of debate? I will not join the hon. Lady in the Lobby. I am trying to make my remarks brief, but not succeeding. As the hon. Member for...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Sudan (16 Jan 2007)

Lynne Featherstone: What recent assessment she has made of developments in the situation in Darfur; and if she will make a statement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Sudan (16 Jan 2007)

Lynne Featherstone: I thank the Secretary of State for her reply, but has a time line been developed for the United Nations and the African Union to be on the ground? At what point will that protection start to be provided for people in Darfur?

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Doha Round (24 Jan 2007)

Lynne Featherstone: There have recently been warm words from Europe and America about reinvigorating the Doha talks, but I am not convinced that there is any real political will behind that. It was certainly not at the top of the agenda of the President's "State of the Union" speech last night. What new and different steps has the Secretary of State taken recently to break the inertia and take advantage of the...

Opposition Day — [4th Allotted Day]: Sale of Radar System (Tanzania) (30 Jan 2007)

Lynne Featherstone: Liberal Democrat Members welcome this important debate on the sale of a radar system to Tanzania. There is a stench arising from this deal, just as there is from the al-Yamamah contract. Strangely, however, the Conservatives make no mention in their motion of BAE Systems as the alleged briber. The motion is narrowly defined and seems to seek to confine the debate to Tanzania. I have to assume...

Opposition Day — [4th Allotted Day]: Sale of Radar System (Tanzania) (30 Jan 2007)

Lynne Featherstone: I will give way a couple of times, but we are very pushed for time.

Opposition Day — [4th Allotted Day]: Sale of Radar System (Tanzania) (30 Jan 2007)

Lynne Featherstone: I think that I said "alleged" bribery.

Opposition Day — [4th Allotted Day]: Sale of Radar System (Tanzania) (30 Jan 2007)

Lynne Featherstone: I thank the right hon. Lady for that very helpful intervention. I was being careful with my words but now, thanks to her, I can perhaps drop the "alleged". First, I wish to put on the record the extraordinary work of my hon. Friend the Member for North Norfolk (Norman Lamb), whose pursuit of these matters has shone a light into what appears to be an extremely murky world. In an Adjournment...

Opposition Day — [4th Allotted Day]: Sale of Radar System (Tanzania) (30 Jan 2007)

Lynne Featherstone: For the last time, because hon. Friends wish to speak.

Opposition Day — [4th Allotted Day]: Sale of Radar System (Tanzania) (30 Jan 2007)

Lynne Featherstone: The hon. Member for North-West Leicestershire (David Taylor) made a valid and interesting point. There are three strands to this scandal that I want the Government to account for tonight. The Secretary of State covered some of the ground, but not all. The first concerns the supply of a military air traffic system to one of the poorest countries in the world. One thing that the Secretary of...

Opposition Day — [4th Allotted Day]: Sale of Radar System (Tanzania) (30 Jan 2007)

Lynne Featherstone: No, I shall not because hon. Members of all parties wish to speak. The Serious Fraud Office must now be free to investigate. We must restore decency and transparency to Government. Lord Goldsmith stated last week that he told the director of the Serious Fraud Office that he should vigorously pursue current investigations, including several other cases against BAE. He also assured the House of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Hornsey Central Hospital (6 Feb 2007)

Lynne Featherstone: What assessment she has made of the performance of Hornsey Central hospital; and if she will make a statement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Hornsey Central Hospital (6 Feb 2007)

Lynne Featherstone: I thank the Minister for that statement. He will be aware that the London strategic health authority backs the bid for community hospital funding from the Government, but my understanding is that it is held up by technical accounting difficulties because of its connection to a local improvement finance trust scheme. Will he assure my constituents that they will not be denied this health...


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