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

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Crime Levels (17 Nov 2014)

Lynne Featherstone: Police reform is working and crime is down by more than a fifth under this Government, according to the independent crime survey for England and Wales. Since June 2010, the number of crimes recorded by the police has fallen by 12% in Kettering, by 21% in Northamptonshire and by 16% in England.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Crime Levels (17 Nov 2014)

Lynne Featherstone: I congratulate my hon. Friend on being a special constable for the British Transport police. The information is being fed in through the College of Policing, and I am grateful to him for praising the crime and policing knowledge hub in the Home Office, which is developing a deep understanding of the various drivers of crime.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Crime Levels (17 Nov 2014)

Lynne Featherstone: I thank the hon. Lady for her question. All anti-Semitic acts are absolutely deplorable. I can assure her that in the last two weeks, the Home Secretary met the Community Security Trust and the Board of British Deputies.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Crime Levels (17 Nov 2014)

Lynne Featherstone: Yes.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Crime Levels (17 Nov 2014)

Lynne Featherstone: The national crime agency for banking fraud has been set up and people are, of course, coming forward to report crime when they previously did not.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions (17 Nov 2014)

Lynne Featherstone: I could not agree more with the hon. Gentleman, but I do not think that the Opposition should even begin to criticise the Government on this, because we have done more in two years than was done in the 13 years of the Labour Government. Prosecutions are important, and the first one will come to court after the new year, but our focus has to be on prevention and protection, and it is.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions (17 Nov 2014)

Lynne Featherstone: I am sorry to hear about my right hon. Friend’s constituent. We keep under constant review the way in which these matters are evolving and the way in which these substances are classified, and I undertake to look into the issue that she has raised.

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Humanitarian Situation (South Sudan) (3 Sep 2014)

Lynne Featherstone: I returned from South Sudan early this morning and have seen that the humanitarian situation there remains precarious: 1.8 million people have been displaced by the conflict, 1.3 million of them within the country. Although aid has helped to ameliorate the food security situation in some areas, there is still a high risk of famine in early 2015.

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Humanitarian Situation (South Sudan) (3 Sep 2014)

Lynne Featherstone: My right hon. Friend is right to be worried about the food security situation. There are 3.9 million people facing alarming levels of food insecurity, and the UN estimates that up to 50,000 children could die this year from malnutrition. Humanitarian access is impeded, but I can assure the House that the international community is together on this issue, and I press Ministers in South Sudan...

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Humanitarian Situation (South Sudan) (3 Sep 2014)

Lynne Featherstone: I flew up to Ganyiel myself to see the internally displaced people. They are being accommodated although there is an issue between the host community and the IDPs. We have given £12.5 million to those refugees who have gone to the region, and we work with international partners to ensure that food and assistance reach them.

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Humanitarian Situation (South Sudan) (3 Sep 2014)

Lynne Featherstone: I met Ministers, and it is quite clear that the Government of South Sudan is not functioning in a manner that we would recognise. They are closing down radio stations and inhibiting access to humanitarian agencies. As I said, the case is extremely depressing, but we urge them to observe the new 45-day deadline that they have to put in place a transitional Government because only peace can...

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Topical Questions (3 Sep 2014)

Lynne Featherstone: The UK has provided £23 million in humanitarian assistance to the Central African Republic crisis since mid-2013, as well as £2.5 million in development funding through central programmes. We are the second largest bilateral donor and some of that money goes to the region for refugees.

[Mr Adrian Sanders in the Chair] — Backbench Business — Refugee Camps (22 Jul 2014)

Lynne Featherstone: It is a pleasure, Mr Sanders, to serve under your chairmanship. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Mid Derbyshire (Pauline Latham) on securing this important debate and all hon. Members on their contributions. Hon. Members throughout the House are genuinely committed to the plight of refugees, wherever they are in the world. Meeting the needs of refugees and other forcibly...

[Mr Adrian Sanders in the Chair] — Backbench Business — Refugee Camps (22 Jul 2014)

Lynne Featherstone: My hon. Friend is right, but that is beginning to happen. Camps are at a variety of stages in their evolution. The newest and most modern camps most definitely have separate, safe toilets and all those things, but other camps that have been in existence longer do not necessarily have them. The issue has been raised and everyone is now aware of it. The Secretary of State’s call to action has...

[Mr Adrian Sanders in the Chair] — Backbench Business — Refugee Camps (22 Jul 2014)

Lynne Featherstone: I will try and get through the points that all the Members have raised, and if I have time, I will come back to the hon. Gentleman. Gaza was mentioned. Currently, only UNRWA, the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Palestinian Red Crescent Society have sufficient access even to respond. DFID is funding both UNRWA and the ICRC, and we have increased funding to both in response to...

[Mr Adrian Sanders in the Chair] — Backbench Business — Refugee Camps (22 Jul 2014)

Lynne Featherstone: I will, because the hon. Gentleman has not spoken.

[Mr Adrian Sanders in the Chair] — Backbench Business — Refugee Camps (22 Jul 2014)

Lynne Featherstone: If the hon. Gentleman will forgive me, I will write to him on that, because it adds a whole new area to the debate and I have only three minutes left. The gateway protection scheme was mentioned by the hon. Member for Hackney South and Shoreditch. We want to focus our assistance on the most vulnerable people, rather than subscribing to a quota scheme. We have a vulnerable persons relocation...

Humanitarian Situation (Iraq) (9 Jul 2014)

Lynne Featherstone: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Dr McCrea. I congratulate the right hon. Member for Cynon Valley (Ann Clwyd) on securing this important debate, and I acknowledge her deep and long-serving experience and wisdom in the matter. It is quite something, and I learned several things from her speech. I will give a short introduction and then immediately answer some of the points...

Gender Equality in Overseas Parliaments (25 Jun 2014)

Lynne Featherstone: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship this afternoon, Mr Bone. I thank the hon. Member for Newcastle upon Tyne North (Catherine McKinnell) and congratulate her on her persistence in getting a debate on this topic. I do not think I disagreed with a single word of what she said. Her speech was powerful and she put the case forcefully. The participation of women in political life is...

Gender Equality in Overseas Parliaments (25 Jun 2014)

Lynne Featherstone: I thought my hon. Friend might come in at that point.


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