Results 21–40 of 650 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

Children Act 1989 (Amendment) (Female Genital Mutilation) Bill [HL] - Committee (26 Oct 2018)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, as we have heard, the Bill would insert a reference to Section 5A of, and Schedule 2 to, the Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003 into Section 8 of the Children Act 1989. By doing so, the Bill would amend the Children Act 1989 to state that proceedings under Section 5A of and Schedule 2 to the Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003 are “family proceedings”. I pay tribute to the work...

Good Friday Agreement: Impact of Brexit - Motion to Take Note (11 Oct 2018)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, I too thank the noble Lord, Lord Dubs, for securing this debate on perhaps one of the most important consequences of Brexit. When we reflect now on the arguments that were made and the issues that were raised in the run-up to the referendum in 2016, it is astonishing how little attention was paid in the rest of the UK to the consequences for Northern Ireland. I do not need to tell...

Northern Ireland Budget (No. 2) Bill - Second Reading (and remaining stages) (18 Jul 2018)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, I echo the warm remarks made about David Ford by my noble friends and the noble Lords, Lord Bew and Lord Kilclooney, for which I thank them. He is a remarkable politician who has served Northern Ireland well over many years. I wish him a long and very happy retirement from Northern Ireland politics. Almost everyone in Northern Ireland voted in support of the Good Friday agreement....

Rural Areas: Public Services - Question for Short Debate (9 Jul 2018)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, I live in the beautiful county of North Yorkshire, in the famous and equally beautiful town of Richmond. It is not to be confused with its southern namesake, because my Richmond is the original Richmond of all the Richmonds in the world—currently 56 of them. Four Members of your Lordships’ House have taken this title in the past 20 years, each of us acknowledging our good...

Terrorism: Public Alert Technology - Question (16 Apr 2018)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, can the Minister tell us what network providers have been contacted about this and whether they have agreed to carry out this system?

Northern Ireland (Regional Rates and Energy) Bill - Second Reading (and remaining stages) (27 Mar 2018)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: Could the Minister give us some indication about how long the consultation process will be?

Mission and Pastoral etc. (Amendment) Measure - Motion to Direct (22 Mar 2018)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, this will also be my last and brief comment on these Measures. In supporting them from these Benches, it was interesting to hear that the amendments were based on proposals by a Simplification Task Group, established by the Archbishops’ Council. I could not help feeling that we might do well to adopt a similar task group for some of our legislation.

Legislative Reform Measure - Motion to Direct (22 Mar 2018)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, I too thank the right reverend Prelate for a very clear exposition of this Measure. I echo the noble Lord, Lord Cormack, in saying how fortunate we are in having the noble and learned Baroness, Lady Butler-Sloss, as our chairman. She can indeed cut through obfuscation. We on these Benches are extremely happy to deem this Measure expedient. My concern was exactly that expressed by...

Building Safety Update - Statement (15 Mar 2018)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, is the noble Lord aware of the real problems in the private blocks of flats that the cost being quoted for residents to have the cladding taken off and replaced is around £30,000 per person? That is absolutely unconscionable. What are the Government doing about making sure that there is some help for these people?

Transparency of Donations and Loans etc. (Northern Ireland Political Parties) Order 2018 - Motion to Approve (27 Feb 2018)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, as we have heard, the draft order provides for the full publication of donations and loans received after 1 July 2017, which is the bone of contention that we have with it. I absolutely agreed with my noble friends Lady Suttie and Lord Tyler, who outlined the problem so clearly. All have to abide by the rules that govern information on political donations and loans in the rest of...

Brexit: Gibraltar - Question (29 Jan 2018)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: Will the Minister tell me of any discussions the Government have had with the Government of Spain about all the long queues that there still are on the border between Spain and Gibraltar?

Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2016 (Consequential Provisions) Order 2017 - Motion to Approve (10 Jan 2018)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, I too will be extremely brief. For many years, I have helped, supported and encouraged the British Transport Police and I remember very well the Act that went through and the concerns that we had then about what would happen if the BTP were joined with Police Scotland. I agree with my noble friend that this is not about the BTP joining Police Scotland, although I am sad about that...

Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2016 (Consequential Provisions) Order 2017 - Motion to Approve (10 Jan 2018)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: The noble Baroness makes a good point and I concur with what she says. I predict that this will go horribly wrong at some point and that is a real shame. I hope that the noble Lord has listened very carefully to the views that have been clearly expressed around the House, and certainly the resolution that the noble Lord, Lord Foulkes, talked about, as that will be extremely important.

Randox and Trimega Laboratories - Statement (27 Nov 2017)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, a number of years ago, I visited the College of Policing’s Harperley Hall site in County Durham, which led on forensic science at the time for the college and did an absolutely extraordinary job. Will the Government look at how that was run and seek to emulate it in the future?

Brexit: Gibraltar - Question for Short Debate (21 Mar 2017)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, I join other noble Lords in thanking the noble Lord, Lord Boswell of Aynho, and his committee for this excellent report on the challenges facing Gibraltar—and the UK—after the decision to leave the European Union. As the report says—I quote from the summary— “Negotiating on Gibraltar’s behalf, the UK Government will be responsible for ensuring that Gibraltar’s voice is...

Police: Pension Rights - Question (21 Mar 2017)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, I declare my interest as an honorary member of the National Association of Retired Police Officers, which has been instrumental in championing this campaign. Should the Government not recognise the principle that the widows and widowers of police officers who have given their lives in service to the community should receive pensions for life no matter when their partners were killed?

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (1st Day) (27 Feb 2017)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, I will just make a short intervention. It is many years since I was happily debating, hour after hour, the Northern Ireland police Bill, and it is very heartening to see so many Members of your Lordships’ House show such an interest in Northern Ireland matters. As a recently retired member of the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly, I warmly support the amendment. I know how much...

Policing and Crime Bill - Report (30 Nov 2016)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, I thank the Minister for her response and all noble Lords who spoke in support of the amendments. I guarantee to the Government that the exercise of this will be far more burdensome than they expect and that we will come back to this. These ideas will haunt the Government, because—

Policing and Crime Bill - Report (30 Nov 2016)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, it is quite all right. I want to take up the point made by the noble Lord, Lord Blair. Have the Government taken into account what will happen if the 28-day period falls over Diwali, Christmas Day, Easter Sunday, the Sabbath, Ramadan, Eid or other religious festivals? This will cause real concern as there is no flexibility to respect these dates. What about medical appointments,...

Policing and Crime Bill - Report (30 Nov 2016)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, before I move my amendments, some of which are also in the name of the noble Lord, Lord Blair, I remind your Lordships of my policing interests, which are addressed in the register. Through these amendments —108A, 108B, 109, 112A, 112B, 113, 113A, 113B and 114—which all address the same issue, I seek to encourage the Government to accept the arguments put forward in Committee to...


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