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Results 181–200 of 2100 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 Farrington of Ribbleton

European Union (Referendum) Bill — Committee (1st Day) (24 Jan 2014)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, the noble Lord said that in order to vary the date from before the end of 2017, there would have to be a good reason. I have listened very carefully and have not heard from the noble Lord one very good reason why that particular date has been chosen. While I am on my feet, I ask the noble Lord not to misrepresent those of us who are committed pro-European Union Members who believe...

European Union (Referendum) Bill — Committee (1st Day) (24 Jan 2014)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, will the noble Lord please explain to me—if he is able to—when he uses the term “we may”, which “we” is he talking about? Is he talking about “we” meaning the country, “we” meaning the Government or “we” meaning part of the Government?

European Union (Referendum) Bill — Committee (1st Day) (24 Jan 2014)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: Did the noble and learned Lord support Alex Salmond on changing the question for the Scottish people? I have listened very carefully, and with respect, to the noble and learned Lord. He appears not to particularly like the question, not to accept the date and not to accept that this is binding on a future Government. I have two questions for him. If he wishes the British people to take on...

European Union (Referendum) Bill — Committee (1st Day) (24 Jan 2014)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: Did the noble Baroness, the Chief Whip, apologise to my noble friend Lord Bassam for repeating something that she believed to be true which my noble friend has denied?

Housing: Underoccupancy Charge — Question (14 Jan 2014)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, would the Minister undertake to read after this Question Time the questions that have been put to him and which he has not yet answered? For example, there was a question about people who have lost secure tenancies as a result of the Government’s errors. What are the Government going to do to help them?

European Union (Referendum) Bill — Second Reading (10 Jan 2014)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, I place it on record that those of us who wish to consider this Bill properly are not defying the will of the Commons. Also, at least one noble Lord referred to the fact that by agreeing to a Second Reading, the House would accept the principle of the Bill. That is not true. I accept the conventions and accept that this Bill should have a Second Reading. I also believe that it ought...

Local Government Finance Settlement — Motion to Take Note (9 Jan 2014)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: Will the Minister please give the names of two or three local authorities which in her Government’s view have deliberately overemphasised their deprivation in the past in order to secure help? Did Windsor do that?

Local Government Finance Settlement — Motion to Take Note (9 Jan 2014)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, I, too, with the leave of the House, would like to speak briefly in the gap. I declare my interest as a former Preston councillor and former Lancashire county councillor. The noble Baroness, Lady Hanham, is right. I, like her, sat in council meetings with people such as her noble friend Lord Heseltine. However, what I want to say to her and my noble friend Lord Smith is that it is...

Employment — Question (9 Jan 2014)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, will the Minister, who has obviously punctiliously studied the ratio between those who are and those who are not in full-time employment, please write to me with the details and the numbers involved, and place a copy of his letter in the Library?

Housing: Underoccupancy Charge — Question (12 Dec 2013)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, the Minister recently told the House that a review would be conducted and the results published. I think that the date that he gave was after the next general election. Does he accept that there is grave concern all around the House about the result of this policy and will he undertake an interim review as soon as possible to satisfy the concerns raised by Members of your...

Taxation: Rental Income — Question (3 Dec 2013)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, why has the Minister not undertaken to investigate the value of a register? Surely, it would help the Government, HMRC and taxpayers were a register to be established.

Unemployment: Youth Unemployment — Question (18 Nov 2013)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, will the Minister publicly offer advice to young people who are unemployed and living in regions which this Government seem to be bypassing? They cannot move to where they are offered employment because of the constrictions on property that they could afford to rent if they were in work due to the Minister’s self-confessed lack of suitable one-bedroomed accommodation. This...

Public Services: Private Sector Companies — Question (28 Oct 2013)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, the Minister referred to one of the earlier questions as familiar. Does he accept that questions would become less familiar on the Order Paper if they were answered?

Economic Inequality — Question (23 Oct 2013)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, will the Minister undertake to work with his colleagues to ensure that, when we are given figures for employment, they include a breakdown which tells the public how many people are earning a living wage, how many are in part-time work and how many are on zero-hours contracts? HS2 will not help my friends and colleagues from Wales. The Government keep trumpeting that the issue is...

Syria and the Use of Chemical Weapons — Motion to Take Note (29 Aug 2013)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords—

Syria and the Use of Chemical Weapons — Motion to Take Note (29 Aug 2013)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, the noble Lord, Lord Ashdown, talked about action and said that action should be taken, but not once did he describe in any way, shape or form how that action should be taken or how it could be contained.

Energy: Fracking — Question (30 Jul 2013)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, I declare an interest as a resident of Lancashire who is aware of the enormous beauty of the Trough of Bowland. Will the Minister join me in condemning the alleged remarks of protesters in the south of England that all the fracking could be done in the north? Will she join me in insisting that the beauty of Lancashire is as important as—not more important than—the beauty...

Afghanistan — Question (17 Jul 2013)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, I declare an interest: a close member of my family will be in Afghanistan until the withdrawal in 2014. Will the Minister give an assurance that the protection equipment that is available to protect our troops will be absolutely up to standard and adequate to protect them during what may be a difficult change period?

Housing: Rent Levels — Question (16 Jul 2013)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: Will the Minister explain why, if the Government’s policy of building more houses is so good, it is not starting now?

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill: Third Reading (15 Jul 2013)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: Earlier today in your Lordships’ House, there was a reference to grandchildren being able to teach those of us who are grandparents about information technology. I have also found through listening to children out in the country that, unlike some of us from our generation, we are not actually changing what is happening in the country, we are recognising it. As a 12 year-old said to me,...


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