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Results 41–60 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

Policing and Crime Bill: Committee (1st Day) (22 Jun 2009)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: I thank the Minister as well as the noble Baroness, Lady Hanham, who asked a range of relevant questions about collaboration. In my area, North Yorkshire, a very large rural area crossing the whole of England almost at the top of the country, we collaborate with West Yorkshire, Humberside and South Yorkshire. That is an enormous region. Is it then considered necessary for that huge rural area...

Policing and Crime Bill: Committee (1st Day) (22 Jun 2009)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: The Government "being aware of" and the Government "interfering with" are perhaps two different things. I will read carefully what the Minister has said. We still might come back to this on Report, but for now I beg leave to withdraw the amendment. Amendment 25 withdrawn. Amendment 26 Moved by Baroness Hanham 26: Clause 5, page 7, leave out lines 1 to 3

Policing and Crime Bill: Committee (1st Day) (22 Jun 2009)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: I have added my name to this amendment. There is no need for me to reiterate what the noble Baroness, Lady Henig, has said. I share her concern about the Bill making an absolute separation between operational agreements by forces and support services by police authorities. It would be very helpful if that distinction could be cleared up.

Policing and Crime Bill: Committee (1st Day) (22 Jun 2009)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: Amendment 36A in this grouping is intended to assist collaboration and make its operation easier and more effective. At the risk of boring the Committee to death, to explain how this helps I need to address some of the complexities of local government legislation and some of the history of police authorities. At present, unlike other local government bodies, a police authority is not allowed...

Policing and Crime Bill: Committee (1st Day) (22 Jun 2009)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: These Benches are minded to support this amendment. It seems to be a good idea. It would be very useful to know how collaboration is working between forces. We hope that it works well as we certainly would not want to go down the merger route again. I have a question for the noble Baroness if she is willing to answer it. Is she able to clarify that the amendment would apply to each person who...

Policing and Crime Bill: Committee (1st Day) (22 Jun 2009)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: Amendments 31, 32, 34 and 35 in this group stand in my name, and I will deal with each in turn as quickly as I can. Amendment 31 is relatively straightforward and would ensure that the Secretary of State had to consult the APA and ACPO before issuing guidance about collaboration. That is only common sense, as they are the bodies responsible at national level for the other legs of the...

Policing and Crime Bill: Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (22 Jun 2009)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: Amendments 42 and 44 stand in my name and that of my noble friend Lady Miller, although they also stand alongside related proposals on whether Clauses 11 and 12 should stand part. Both amendments are intended to modernise the operation of regulation and order-making powers under Sections 53 and 57 of the Police Act 1996, to bring them into line with more recent legislation exemplified by...

Policing and Crime Bill: Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (22 Jun 2009)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: I thank the Minister for that response. However, I would have thought that HMIC would have the ability to seek out those with greater knowledge than he or she has on a particular piece of kit. But I hear what the Minister says, and I do not think that we will get any further on this. I beg leave to withdraw the amendment. Amendment 42 withdrawn. Amendment 43 Moved by Baroness Hanham 43:...

Policing and Crime Bill: Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (22 Jun 2009)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: I am rising on behalf of Liberty to propose that Clause 11 and Clause 12 do not stand part of the Bill. I am happy to do so because it is important that Liberty sees its way into Hansard. Clauses 11 and 12 raise some serious concerns about the ability of the Secretary of State to interfere in operational policing matters with regard to specific forces. Currently, the Police Act 1996 allows...

Policing and Crime Bill: Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (22 Jun 2009)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: I added my name to this amendment, but the Liberal Democrats have a rather different system for the construction of police authorities. The first parts of Amendment 44A would be quite difficult to support, although I support proposed new sub-paragraph (3), which states: "A relevant council or joint committee shall exercise its power to appoint members of a police authority under sub-paragraph...

Policing and Crime Bill: Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (22 Jun 2009)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My name is added to this amendment. The noble Baroness, Lady Henig, has outlined it perfectly adequately and I have nothing further to say, other than that I support it.

Policing and Crime Bill: Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (22 Jun 2009)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My name is attached to the amendment that the noble Baroness, Lady Henig, has outlined admirably. I will say only that I support it and that I hope that the Minister will answer the questions.

Justice: Northern Ireland — Question (24 Jun 2009)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, will the Government ensure that the legal difficulties are resolved, if necessary by legislation, before the devolution of policing and justice takes place?

National Express East Coast Franchise — Statement (1 Jul 2009)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, the Secretary of State referred to the folding of the NXEC franchise as regrettable and disappointing. I would add, but not surprising. I have been a long-time critic of the way that that franchise has been run on the railway. I am very pleased to hear the Secretary of State say that the jobs of the onboard staff will be assured and safe. I suggest that one way to get a bit of money...

Parliamentary Standards Bill: Committee (1st Day) (14 Jul 2009)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: I am assuming that the noble and learned Lord has moved the amendment.

Policing and Crime Bill: Committee (5th Day) (Continued) (20 Oct 2009)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: In the Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Bill, which was considered earlier this year and which has now received Royal Assent, the Government introduced reforms to the common travel area which would have ended the CTA as a passport-free zone, introduced passport control on air and sea routes and raised the prospect of mobile immigration controls and actual, or de facto, document...

Policing and Crime Bill: Committee (5th Day) (Continued) (20 Oct 2009)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, I am very grateful to the Minister for responding. Some of his responses have made me even more concerned, so I look forward to hearing what he has to say. I hope that it will be a full account. The noble Lord, Lord Cope, talked about nibbling away at the CTA. That is exactly what we think will happen. I do not think that this is just me being paranoid. The Northern Ireland Human...

Policing and Crime Bill: Committee (5th Day) (Continued) (20 Oct 2009)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: That is, unless the Minister decides that he will withdraw this part of the Bill altogether. I beg leave to withdraw the amendment. Amendment 152C withdrawn. Clause 99 agreed. Clauses 100 to 108 agreed. Amendment 153 Moved by Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer 153: After Clause 108, insert the following new Clause— "Interpretation of disorder (1) The Public Order Act 1986 (c. 64) is...

Policing and Crime Bill: Committee (5th Day) (Continued) (20 Oct 2009)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, I must declare an interest as a former chair of a police authority and the present vice-president of the Association of Police Authorities. I put my name to the amendment tabled by the noble Baroness, Lady Henig, and, with the agreement of your Lordships' House, move it on her behalf. She unfortunately cannot be with us tonight. This amendment relates to Clause 5 on police...

Policing and Crime Bill: Committee (5th Day) (Continued) (20 Oct 2009)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his comments. The one part of his comments with which I agreed was working with the APA on statutory guidance, which I would certainly encourage. I just feel that the writers of the Bill have not got it; they just have not understood what we are trying to say, quite frankly. The use of common sense is all very well, but I wish that some had been applied when...


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