Results 101–120 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

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill: Committee (4th Day) (Continued) (6 Jun 2011)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, I speak to Amendment 234ZZF in this group, which relates to the provisions about transfer schemes in Schedule 15. The Bill currently enables the Secretary of State to direct only a police authority to make a transfer scheme. My amendment would change this so that the Secretary of State could also direct a PCC or MOPC to make a transfer scheme. Effectively, therefore, this amendment...

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill: Committee (4th Day) (6 Jun 2011)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, the noble Baroness, Lady Henig, has tabled a series of important amendments, so she should not apologise to the Committee for taking some time over them. They are extremely important and I hope that noble Lords will read Hansard carefully tomorrow to make sure that they understand exactly what she has said. I agree completely that the standards of conduct to be established for the...

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill: Committee (4th Day) (6 Jun 2011)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, I support the proposals of the noble Baroness, Lady Henig, in this group of amendments to strengthen the functions of police and crime panels. These give some helpful detail on how the intent of my amendment to introduce police commissions could be carried forward. I particularly note how her amendments give additional depth to addressing the appointment of a PCC by the panel. I...

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill: Committee (4th Day) (6 Jun 2011)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: I support the amendments put forward by the noble Baroness, Lady Henig. If many of us in the Committee are concerned about the unfamiliar concept of corporations sole and giving this status to chief officers, it makes absolute sense to look at alternative approaches. I would support an amendment that allowed a PCC to delegate certain functions for the management of police budgets and related...

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (24 May 2011)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, I have added my name in support of Amendments 41, 42 and 46, which the noble Baroness, Lady Henig, has set out in very clear detail, so I will be brief. These are important amendments to test the implications of chief officers being corporations sole. Like the noble Baroness, I am uncomfortable with chief officers being given a legal status as corporations sole, and I look forward...

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (24 May 2011)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: I support the amendments from the noble Lord, Lord Beecham, and my noble friend Lord Shipley. My first question is whether we need a deputy for the PCC. My contention is that it is absolutely essential and that that person must be chosen from within the police and crime panel, who will in the main have been elected by the local community. How utterly bizarre it would be for an elected PCC to...

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (24 May 2011)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, in moving Amendment 31, for the avoidance of any doubt let me say that it was agreed by the Government that this amendment is consequential on my first amendment, which was agreed to on the first day of Committee, and I am most grateful for that. Amendment 31 agreed. Amendment 31A not moved. Amendment 31B Moved by Lord Beecham 31B: After Clause 1, insert the following new Clause-...

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill: Committee (1st Day) (11 May 2011)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, the time is late. We have had nearly three and a quarter hours of debate on one amendment. First, I thank my noble friend the Minister for her thoughtful and sensitive summing up of what has been a very important debate and the way that she has responded to the concerns that your Lordships have eloquently and strongly put this afternoon. It has never been my practice in the 12 years...

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill: Committee (1st Day) (11 May 2011)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, before moving the amendment, I will take the opportunity to welcome my noble friend the Minister to her new post. I am sure that I speak for all noble Lords when I say that we are looking forward to having a constructive and amicable working relationship with her. Amendment 1 would remove the elected police and crime commissioner-the PCC-for each police area. Amendment 10 in the...

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Second Reading (27 Apr 2011)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, I will be speaking on Part 1. I begin by declaring my interests. For more than 20 years I was a member of the North Yorkshire Police Authority and was for eight years its chair. I was also a vice-chair of the Association of Police Authorities and am currently a vice-president of the association. I want to outline a number of areas in the Bill about which I have concern; other noble...

Public Bodies Bill [HL]: Report (2nd Day) (28 Mar 2011)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: Amendment 22.

House of Lords: Use of Electronic Devices (AWC Report): Motion to Agree (10 Mar 2011)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, it was my enthusiasm for my new iPad that led me, as a member of the Administration and Works Committee, to suggest to your Lordships that the use of an iPad in the Chamber would be perfectly proper. The point about an iPad is that it is silent; there are no clicking noises. It is quite small and can be held easily in one hand. However, I am a bit old-fashioned and the thought of...

Public Bodies Bill [HL] — Committee (7th Day) (Continued) (28 Feb 2011)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, before we remove RDAs entirely from our lexicon, I would like to put on record the really excellent work done by Yorkshire Forward. I make no apology for being parochial. It has helped nearly 30,000 businesses a year to improve performance, which is one in 12 of the region's business, with a typical turnover gain for each of those businesses of around £15,000 a year. About one in...

Crime: Media Reporting — Question (8 Feb 2011)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, can the noble Baroness say why the Government changed their decision and dropped the proposed anonymity for those accused of rape?

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill: Committee (6th Day)(Continued) (20 Dec 2010)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: I must inform your Lordships that if the amendment is agreed, I cannot call manuscript Amendment 52AA, by reason of pre-emption.

Sinn Fein: Parliamentary Oath of Allegiance — Question (7 Dec 2010)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, what happened at Stormont? Did Sinn Fein Members take an oath?

Police: Elected Commissioners — Question (4 Nov 2010)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, will my noble friend say how the Government will assure us that directly elected police commissioners will not all turn out to be white, male and middle class?

Policing and Crime — Debate (22 Jul 2010)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, before I begin, I declare an interest as a vice-president of the national Association of Police Authorities, a former chair of a police authority and a patron of the National Victims' Association, about which I shall speak later. According to the British Crime Survey, whose statistics, as we heard, were released last week, crime is at its lowest level for three decades. It dipped...

House Committee: First Report: Motion to Agree (20 Jul 2010)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: I beg to move and to test the opinion of the House. The Lord Speaker decided on a show of voices that Baroness Harris of Richmond's amendment to the Motion was disagreed. Motion agreed.

House of Lords: Allowances — Motion to Approve (20 Jul 2010)

Baroness Harris of Richmond: My Lords, it may be appropriate at this juncture to speak to the amendment in my name to which we will come later. In doing so, I declare an interest as one who travels weekly to your Lordships' House. I am also a recipient of a senior railcard. My amendment refers to paragraph 30 on page 8 of the report and I shall speak to it for two specific reasons. First, like the noble Lord, Lord...


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