Results 141–160 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

Topical Debate: International Development (15 Nov 2007)

Lynne Featherstone: I apologise if I strayed too far from the track, Madam Deputy Speaker. Al-Yamamah is not the only problem. I fully concur with the Committee's support for DFID's new strategic objectives, especially the promotion of good governance, but I have to return to a consideration of how we operate in the UK. When the Nigerian dictator, General Sani Abacha, was looting billions from Nigeria, $1.3...

Topical Debate: International Development (15 Nov 2007)

Lynne Featherstone: I welcome that intervention and I agree. Nevertheless, it is very hard for us to lecture Africa on corruption when we have some issues to clear up ourselves. I wish that the Government would turn their attention to one of the financial methods that has raised its ugly head and appears to be making a mockery of our own efforts on debt relief: the vulture fund. There has been no shortage of...

Topical Debate: International Development (15 Nov 2007)

Lynne Featherstone: Yes, of course I do. I have already congratulated the Department on that and on the genuine commitment to education in the developing world. That is absolutely pivotal. Nevertheless, I would still like the Secretary of State to come back to me on the point I just made. I understand the difficulties of the spend in the Congo, but that is a very small proportion of what was promised. If we...

Topical Debate: International Development (15 Nov 2007)

Lynne Featherstone: I thank the Secretary of State for that intervention, because I was about to say that if there was a 0.1 per cent. difference—perhaps he can still explain that to me, as the figure appears on the website—it would put things slightly off track. Perhaps we could examine that later. Liberal Democrat Members would welcome a renewed sense of urgency in the Government on development. The...

Topical Debate: International Development (15 Nov 2007)

Lynne Featherstone: The Secretary of State says that that is ridiculous, but I point once again to the selling of a military air traffic control system to Tanzania for about £28 million, while we were giving it aid worth the same amount. That is contradictory.

Topical Debate: International Development (15 Nov 2007)

Lynne Featherstone: I am only two paragraphs from the end of my speech, but I will give way.

Topical Debate: International Development (15 Nov 2007)

Lynne Featherstone: I accept that. I was simply talking about joined-up thinking, because when issues such as the situation in Tanzania come to light, they seem to fly in the face of the evidence that the Secretary of State just put before me. Consideration of what is good or bad for the world's poorest must be at the heart of the Government's foreign affairs policy if the Prime Minister is to make good his...

Topical Debate: International Development (15 Nov 2007)

Lynne Featherstone: I want to correct the hon. Gentleman. I mentioned three of the MDGs specifically: those on gender equality, climate change and poverty.

Topical Debate: International Development (15 Nov 2007)

Lynne Featherstone: The mention of Saudi Arabia was with regard to corruption and asking: how can we lecture the Africans? In fact, the hon. Member for City of York (Hugh Bayley) has just given me a very good report, "The Other Side of the Coin", which goes into how much corruption robs from development aid. That was the point that I was making. How can we lecture Africa?

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Burma (5 Dec 2007)

Lynne Featherstone: No doubt the Minister will be aware of the recent Amnesty International and Saferworld report, which details the practice of arms with components that have been manufactured in the United Kingdom being re-exported to Burma through third countries, thus circumventing the EU arms embargo. Does he share my concern that that undermines DFID's work in Burma? Will he give a genuine commitment to...

[Mr. Roger Gale in the Chair] — Burma (6 Dec 2007)

Lynne Featherstone: It is a great honour to follow the hon. Member for Buckingham (John Bercow)—even though I fear that I may suffer by comparison. I am very grateful for the opportunity to debate the International Development Committee's thorough report, which is entitled "DFID Assistance to Burmese Internally Displaced People and Refugees on the Thai-Burma Border". I congratulate the Committee on the report...

[Mr. Roger Gale in the Chair] — Burma (6 Dec 2007)

Lynne Featherstone: No, that was not the intention behind what I said; the intention was to talk about the components of arms. To conclude, we cannot take our eye off the ultimate goal—the end of the brutal regime in Burma. Aid is a means to an end, not an end in itself. The greatest achievement that we could hope for, which I urge the Government to pursue relentlessly, is a democratically elected Government...

[Frank Cook in the Chair] — Enforced Criminal Activity (Children) (6 Feb 2008)

Lynne Featherstone: Liberal Democrat Members are grateful for the opportunity to discuss this important issue, and I congratulate the hon. Member for Totnes (Mr. Steen) on securing the debate. There are two types of enforced child criminality. One involves the rare but incredibly shocking cases of children who are used by their parents or relatives to commit crimes. Such cases have been reported in the press...

[Frank Cook in the Chair] — Enforced Criminal Activity (Children) (6 Feb 2008)

Lynne Featherstone: The hon. Gentleman may say that, but that must be a defeatist attitude. Why did authorities find it so difficult to respond to the needs of such victims? When the hon. Gentleman pressed the Minister on the issue previously, the Government cited confidentiality as a reason why no further investigations were undertaken. Surely, however, nothing should prevent the Government from approaching...

Women and Equality: Discrimination (7 Feb 2008)

Lynne Featherstone: I wonder whether the right hon. and learned Lady shares the concern I felt when I saw that the 10 most recently appointed judges announced by the new Judicial Appointments Commission were all men, and white men at that. Will she make urgent representations to the Secretary of State for Justice to look into why the new rules did not deliver the intended outcome?

[Miss Anne Begg in the Chair] — Card Cloning (19 Feb 2008)

Lynne Featherstone: I am grateful for the opportunity to discuss identity theft and fraud, which is a growing concern for everyone. I congratulate the hon. Member for South-West Bedfordshire (Andrew Selous) on securing such an important debate. I know victims of such crimes, and one of the things that most shocked me is that there is no mandatory requirement for the banks to inform the police, as the hon....

[Miss Anne Begg in the Chair] — Card Cloning (19 Feb 2008)

Lynne Featherstone: My hon. Friend is right that everyone should take personal responsibility for checking their bank statements and not relax into thinking that everything will automatically be okay. The banks should not use the security of the chip and pin system as an excuse to reverse one of the fundamental principles of the banking code, which underpins consumer confidence in the plastic card industry....

[Miss Anne Begg in the Chair] — Card Cloning (19 Feb 2008)

Lynne Featherstone: I thank the hon. Gentleman for that intervention. I am reminded that my bank called me recently to check on some strange movements in my account, which were all done by me on the same day. The banks are obviously working on the problem, but they have not got their ducks in a row when it comes to realising that it is pretty difficult to withdraw money on two different sides of the world on the...

[Miss Anne Begg in the Chair] — Card Cloning (19 Feb 2008)

Lynne Featherstone: I believe that the FSA should take a tighter view. To be fair, the crime has been zooming up at every stage and at every move and countermove, but it is now time to ensure that what is in place works or to put things in place that will work if there are failures in the system, which there clearly are. I wish to consider the future of credit card fraud and efforts to foil those who use cloning...

[Miss Anne Begg in the Chair] — Card Cloning (19 Feb 2008)

Lynne Featherstone: I do not want to labour the point, but I simply meant that vulnerable people with very little money can be more exposed if they have to wait for the banks to negotiate or if the banks extend the period before reimbursement, when presented with a case of fraud.


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