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Results 161–180 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

Private Tenancies (Northern Ireland) Order 2006 (17 May 2006)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, I, too, thank the Minister for introducing the order. We were very pleased to see the widespread support for the proposals in the consultation process. We very much agree with the Minister that they were needed. I have just a few questions, echoing the noble Lord, Lord Glentoran, concerning Article 5 and the practicality of insisting that the landlord provide the tenant with a rent...

Private Tenancies (Northern Ireland) Order 2006 (17 May 2006)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, I thank noble Lords for that, which has nothing to do with the order.

Violent Crime Reduction Bill (22 May 2006)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: On behalf of my noble friend Lord Thomas of Gresford, who is unable to be here at the moment, I should say that I shall not be moving Amendment No. 124A, but I thought that I should give the noble Lord, Lord Pearson of Rannoch, sufficient time to prepare himself if he wants to move his amendment.

Northern Ireland Executive: Police (23 May 2006)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, the noble Lord has already indicated that Sinn Fein is not a member of either the Policing Board or the district policing partnerships, which is a great shame because they have proved very effective. What are the Government doing to persuade Sinn Fein to join these as an interim measure, before becoming—I hope—full members of the Policing Board?

Police and Justice Bill (5 Jun 2006)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, this has been an absolutely fascinating, thought-provoking and clear introduction to the Police and Justice Bill at Second Reading. I start on a relatively supportive note by welcoming the creation of the new National Policing Improvement Agency; the harmonisation and extension of powers for community support officers, with some qualification; the tackling of problems caused by...

Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill (7 Jun 2006)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: Unfortunately, my Lords. I, too, welcome the noble Lord, Lord Trimble, to our Northern Ireland debates; I am sure that he will find them refreshing. I congratulate him on an excellent and measured maiden speech, and we on these Benches look forward very much to hearing from him on future occasions. Although the Bill covers a lot of ground, as we have heard from noble Lords, I reiterate that...

Immigration (Provision of Physical Data) Regulations 2006 (14 Jun 2006)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, we on these Benches thank the Minister. She has explained the regulations in as much detail as is necessary. They have been designed to tackle abuse of the immigration system. An authorised person will require an applicant to provide a fingerprint and a photograph. We would support measures to ensure that immigration rules are not evaded, but great care needs to be exercised in...

Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 (Amendment of Section 61(1)) Order 2006 (14 Jun 2006)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, we are very pleased that this has now been taken on board. Let us hope that it will further help prosecutors to eradicate bribery and corruption in the prosecutions that they undertake. These Benches support the order.

Police and Justice Bill (20 Jun 2006)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: There is very little to add to what the noble Baroness, Lady Anelay, has said, other than that we support the amendment. The police are overburdened with inspection from a range of bodies. I thought it was the Government's intention to rationalise some of that, but we see that the Police Standards Unit will carry on regardless. Will the new National Policing Improvement Agency be able to take...

Police and Justice Bill (20 Jun 2006)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: We support these amendments and I shall speak to Amendments Nos. 2, 10 and 11 in particular, to which we have added our names. I shall also say a few words about Amendments Nos. 3, 6, 7, 8 and 9. On Amendments Nos. 2 and 11, it is absolutely right to put some of the responsibility for payment towards the new agency on to police authorities and forces. They, after all, will be the recipients...

Police and Justice Bill (20 Jun 2006)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: Most of the debate at Second Reading, both in this House and in another place, focused on the reorganisation of police authorities. This new clause seeks to ensure that the Secretary of State will not exercise his power arbitrarily or inappropriately. The Police Act 1996, to which the noble Baroness, Lady Anelay, referred, states very clearly at Section 32(3): "The Secretary of State shall...

Police and Justice Bill (20 Jun 2006)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: moved Amendment No. 15: Page 71, line 4, leave out paragraphs 1 and 2.

Police and Justice Bill (20 Jun 2006)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: Amendment No. 15 stands in my name and that of my noble friend Lord Dholakia. I also speak in support of Amendments Nos. 18, 19 and 21. Some important players have been left out of the Bill. Earlier, we discussed the superintendents' association and the Police Federation. It is therefore difficult for me to see the Government's reasoning behind ensuring that BCUs are separate statutory...

Police and Justice Bill (20 Jun 2006)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: When I moved Amendment No. 15, I indicated that I would speak to Amendments Nos. 18, 19 and 21. Now that those amendments have been spoken to by others, I shall finish my points on each of them. Amendment No. 18 is very important. Police authority members know their areas best and are therefore best placed to advise the chief constable on the skills and personality needed in the crucial role...

Police and Justice Bill (20 Jun 2006)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: Notwithstanding the Minister's suggestion that we have conspiracy theories—perish the thought—I am not entirely convinced by his argument. As far as I am aware, it is still the case that money to run police forces goes through police authorities. The Minister said that chief constables allocate resources. That is done in conjunction with police authorities.

Police and Justice Bill (20 Jun 2006)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: Indeed, it is very much the responsibility of police authorities to make sure that the force is being run properly. To enable that to happen, it is a very good idea that police authorities should have some locus in choosing the very BCU commanders who will be using up most of the resources of the force. I am still not entirely convinced that putting BCUs on the face of the Bill is necessary....

Police and Justice Bill (20 Jun 2006)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: The amendments in this large group deal with membership of police authorities. I listened carefully and attentively to what the noble Baronesses, Lady Anelay and Lady Henig, said in support of their amendments. I particularly support Amendment No. 22, but I shall also speak to Amendments Nos. 23, 24 and 31 which are also tabled in my name. Amendment No. 22 deals with a dangerous concept: some...

Police and Justice Bill (20 Jun 2006)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: I will speak briefly to Amendment No. 40 in this group, to which I have added my name. As the noble Baroness, Lady Henig, said, the amendment places key principles in primary legislation. We spoke about this matter at Second Reading when my concern was to ensure that only the details that appropriately and genuinely needed to be in secondary legislation should be there.

Police and Justice Bill (20 Jun 2006)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: This is a little confusing. While Amendment No. 53 has been spoken to, we still have other amendments grouped with it.

Police and Justice Bill (20 Jun 2006)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: And that was accepted at the time? Very well.


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