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Results 381–400 of 400 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 Harris of Richmond

Criminal Justice and Police Bill (8 May 2001)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: In moving Amendment No. 135 I should like to speak also to Amendments Nos. 136 to 138. The provisions of the Bill radically alter the governance and funding of the two national police squads. When the squads were set up as recently as 1997, the clear aim was that they should be fully integrated within the tripartite structure which shares responsibility for policing between local and national...

Criminal Justice and Police Bill (8 May 2001)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: I hear what the Minister says. I am still very disappointed by his response. The issue is about transparency. Although the 1997 Act provides for consultation, it does not say how the Secretary of State determines the size of the slices that go to these two very important bodies. If one does not have people watching and scrutinising what goes on then we shall be in deep trouble. We still do...

Menwith Hill and Fylingdales: Security (5 Jul 2001)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, as the former chair of the North Yorkshire Police Authority, noble Lords will know that I have always taken a keen interest in liaison matters between the Ministry of Defence Police and the local police service. Today, the deputy chief constable came to brief me carefully on operational matters concerning the demonstrations at Menwith Hill. I was pleased that the noble Lord did not...

Menwith Hill and Fylingdales: Security (5 Jul 2001)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, will the noble Lord please accept that there has to be good and close liaison between the local police and the Ministry of Defence Police? Does he recognise that we must be able to see with clarity that the two responsibilities are entirely different?

EU Directive on Third Country Nationals (23 Jul 2001)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, I find it strange that the Minister should say that a decision has not been made. We were told last Wednesday, in evidence to Sub-Committee F, that no decision had been made. However, I have in front of me a government response stating: "The Government does not support the extension of the right of free movement to legally resident third country nationals". What is the Minister's...

Chief Constables: Removal from Office (23 Jul 2001)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, I declare an interest as a former chair of a police authority. Can the Minister say whether there are any plans to amend, or in any way to change, the conditions of service of chief police officers?

House of Lords' Offices: Select Committee Report (23 Jul 2001)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, we on these Benches agree with the proposals tabled by the Select Committee on House of Lords' Offices. Though not perfect, they represent an improvement and should therefore be supported.

Immigration Policy: EUC Report (23 Jul 2001)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: rose to move, That this House takes note of the report of the European Union Committee on A Community Immigration Policy (13th Report, Session 2000-2001, HL Paper 64).

Immigration Policy: EUC Report (23 Jul 2001)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, the report was intended to provoke discussion and debate rather than to map out a clear direction for community immigration policy. Throughout the report we were at pains to keep separate the closely-related and often confused issues of migration and asylum. We looked principally at economic migration. A separate report deals with asylum matters and will be debated shortly. The...

Immigration Policy: EUC Report (23 Jul 2001)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, the hour is late, but I should like to thank all noble Lords who have made such excellent contributions to this thoughtful and heartening debate. I greatly look forward to reading at leisure what I have enjoyed listening to this afternoon. First, I hope that noble Lords will forgive me if I pay tribute to the noble Lord, Lord Bhatia, on his maiden speech. He talked of the...

Adjournment (24 Jul 2001)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, I hope that your Lordships will accept me in place of my noble friend Lord Roper. I join the Government in their good wishes to Mr Bannister and to thank him, from these Benches, for the enormous help and support that he has given to us. Also, I wish the staff a very happy and relaxing holiday. I thank them for all the help and support they have given to those on these Benches. It...

Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Bill (27 Nov 2001)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, I should like briefly to concentrate on the policing aspects of the Bill covered in Part 10, and I begin with a declaration of interest. Until recently, I was a member of a police authority for 20 years. I chaired North Yorkshire's police authority for the last seven of those years. I was also a deputy chair of the Association of Police Authorities and a member of the National Crime...

Police Officers: Retention (3 Dec 2001)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, will the proposals being made impact on police pensions? I declare an interest as a former chair of a police authority. Do the Government have any plans to bring forward improvements to police pensions? The situation must be looked at very carefully because police authorities now have to pay up to 16 per cent of their revenue for police pensions. This simply cannot go on.

Police Reform (5 Dec 2001)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, I, too, pay tribute to the work of our police services. We must never forget that every day they put their lives on the front line to protect society and they deal with a difficult job with dedication, professionalism and purpose. They have been highly successful in their role, particularly in bringing down burglary and vehicle crimes, with an overall fall of 12 per cent in recorded...

Second Parliamentary Chamber for Europe: EUC Report (11 Feb 2002)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, I rise with trepidation following the speech of the noble Lord, Lord Desai, having been suitably admonished. I considered throwing away my speech and saying something entirely different, but I shall not. As a member of the committee, and unlike the noble Lord, Lord Desai, I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Brabazon, our chairman; my noble friend Lord Tordoff, who started us off on...

Disabled Parking (27 Mar 2002)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, does the Minister agree that abuse of the blue badge system is a serious issue? Life is difficult enough for people who have genuine disablement without having problems of trying to park when someone is in their spot. What do the Government propose to do, apart from completing the review, to make life easier and to discourage those who abuse the blue badge system?

Public Services (10 Apr 2002)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, I, too, am grateful to my noble friend Lady Sharp of Guildford for instigating this debate. We all want better public services for our local communities. One of the most important of those services is policing. It impacts directly on the feeling of well-being and quality of life in so many different ways. As the noble Lord, Lord Mackenzie of Framwellgate, reminded us—I am sorry...

Police Reform Bill [HL] (15 Apr 2002)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, the Minister has anticipated our amendments. I should like to speak to Amendments Nos. 4, 6 and 7. I apologise to the House for attaching myself so late to the Bill. I assure your Lordships that I have followed very closely its progress and the proceedings quite minutely. I have read every word that has been uttered. I am happy to join, although belatedly. The Minister has addressed...

Police Reform Bill [HL] (15 Apr 2002)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, I speak to Amendment No. 12. We welcome the Government's amendments to Clause 2. The codes will rightly be laid before Parliament, and the CPTDA will be required to consult APA and ACPO. We are delighted that the Government have seen the light and been converted into enthusiastic proponents of consultation, not just on that issue but throughout the Bill. Although we do not wish to...

Police Reform Bill [HL] (15 Apr 2002)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: moved Amendment No. 22: Page 3, line 41, leave out from "State" to "to" in line 42 and insert ", after consulting the police authority responsible for maintaining that force, may direct that authority" .


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