Results 21–40 of 500 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 Deech

Post-18 Education and Funding Review - Motion to Take Note (2 Jul 2019)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, I declare my interests as set out in the register. I start by urging the Government to accept the recommendation of the report and restore maintenance grants in place of loans. I do so not solely for the sake of students’ finances but in the pursuit of genuine diversity and choice, which have been diminished in recent years. The Institute for Public Policy Research has reported on...

Environment and Climate Emergency - Question (1 Jul 2019)

Baroness Deech: Can the Minister explain how the planned Oxford to Cambridge expressway, with up to a million houses to be built alongside it, will contribute in any way to the reduction of carbon emissions?

House of Lords: Gender Equality - Question (6 Jun 2019)

Baroness Deech: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to promote gender equality in the composition of the House of Lords.

House of Lords: Gender Equality - Question (6 Jun 2019)

Baroness Deech: There is much to be said on this question, as the Minister has said, but I want to focus on just one issue. As long as we have seats for hereditary Peers, women continue to be ineligible for almost all of them. Succession to the Crown has been changed to allow women to succeed equally, and we even have women bishops. To add to the unfairness, eldest daughters are specifically forbidden under...

Parliament: Freedom of Speech and the Rule of Law - Motion to Take Note (23 May 2019)

Baroness Deech: The Motion moved by my noble and learned friend Lord Brown goes to the heart of our constitution—that is, the separation of powers, the respective and distinct roles played by the judiciary, the legislature and the Executive, and the balance between them. Recent events seem to have put the rule of law and the independence of the judiciary at risk. The legislative branch overreaches itself...

Holocaust (Return of Cultural Objects) (Amendment) Bill - Second Reading (9 May 2019)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, this short, very welcome and deceptively straightforward Bill raises a host of ethical questions. We are in the middle of worldwide discussions about compensation and restitution for past injustices and deprivations. Let me make it clear that this Bill in no way opens up the sort of difficult questions that have recently been raised in Cambridge about the slave trade, or about the...

Electric Vehicles: Charging Points - Question (7 May 2019)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, I drive an electric car with a range of 120 miles. Does the Minister appreciate that the problem is not so much the supply of charging points but the fact that they tend to be different? There is no uniformity. You find one but the plugging-in mechanism does not fit your car. There are many different versions. Some need payment, some do not, and some need you to subscribe. We need...

Privileges and Conduct - Motion to Agree (30 Apr 2019)

Baroness Deech: The point I actually made was about the difficulty of defining acting on your personal honour. I also remind the noble Baroness, who once had a very senior position at the BBC, that even the BBC, one of our most independent and proud organisations, known around the world almost as much as this House, had a very incestuous complaints-handling scheme. In the end it was handed over to Ofcom,...

Privileges and Conduct - Motion to Agree (30 Apr 2019)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, I declare an interest, having spent 30 years either supervising or carrying out complaints-handling as an independent adjudicator for students, for the NHS, for staff at Oxford University and regulating the Bar. I agree with every word spoken by the noble Viscount, Lord Hailsham, and my noble friend Lord Pannick. I am afraid that the report, although well intentioned, is going in...

Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education (England) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Approve (24 Apr 2019)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, I want to say how much I welcome the new guidance and regulations. In fact, the drafting of the guidance is brilliant; I compliment whoever drafted such nuanced and sensitive guidance for schools. My main fear is that teachers will need protection. As the noble Lord, Lord Storey, said, some of the objections to these regulations are so blinkered and bigoted that one fears very much...

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 5) Bill - Committee: Amendment 7 (8 Apr 2019)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, a few days ago, the noble Baroness, Lady Hayter, while hurrying us along, said that she was prepared to sit right through the night and that breakfast would be provided. Our Easter Recess has been removed for the time being. I and, I am sure, all noble Lords are quite prepared to sit on Thursday, Friday, Saturday or whatever it takes.

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 5) Bill - Committee: Amendment 7 (8 Apr 2019)

Baroness Deech: It does not matter if some of us are not prepared to do so; some of us are. Although I am not good at procedure, I hesitate to reject the report of the committee which contains Members who are luminaries in procedure and law. I cite my noble friend Lord Lisvane, the noble Lord, Lord Thomas of Gresford, and others. They must have met over the weekend and they have turned out this report. We...

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 5) Bill - Committee: Amendment 5 (8 Apr 2019)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, as I mentioned before, there is nothing in this Bill specifically to stop no deal. It requires the Prime Minister to seek and seek again. The root of the trouble is that for more than a hundred years we have observed the separation of powers in our constitution. The noble Lord, Lord Norton, is one of the greatest experts on this—I think he is not in his place, but if he were he...

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 5) Bill - Committee: Amendment 5 (8 Apr 2019)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, I tabled Amendment 6.

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 5) Bill - Committee: Amendment 5 (8 Apr 2019)

Baroness Deech: I would be the mover of Amendment 6. I originally proposed with the Public Bill Office precisely the amendment that the noble and learned Lord, Lord Goldsmith, tabled. I am sorry that we were not able to communicate about it. However, it shows how wise it was for this House to have had the weekend to think about things. Not only has the temperature cooled a bit but it has given us the chance...

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 5) Bill - Second Reading (4 Apr 2019)

Baroness Deech: The noble and learned Lord referred to this as the greatest crisis since the Second World War. Briefly, that brought to mind the famous case of Liversidge v Anderson, the facts of which I need not remind him of. There were emergency powers and the majority of the court held, “Yes, that’s all right, let’s lock this chap up”. The judgment we remember now, and it was famous even then,...

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 5) Bill - Second Reading (4 Apr 2019)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, not only is the procedure relating to this Bill unacceptable and unconventional, but the Bill too has its faults. It is unnecessary because the Prime Minister has said that she will seek a delay, and this ties her hands. It makes us subservient to European Union timing. Clause 1(6) and (7) give any European Union extension priority over what we might want. According to the Bill, if...

Business of the House - Motion on Standing Orders: Amendment to the Motion (4 Apr 2019)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, I had not planned to speak, but I am literally moved to tell your Lordships what my feelings are. I have spent 55 years teaching and studying law, including constitutional law. If you want to know how effective I am, I have had in my lectures the noble Baroness, Lady Chakrabarti, the former Prime Minister Tony Blair and the noble Lord, Lord Pannick. The point about studying...

Business of the House - Motion on Standing Orders: Amendment to the Motion (4 Apr 2019)

Baroness Deech: It is unusual but it is not unconstitutional, because it lies in the power of the House of Commons to put an end to that situation, if it wishes to, by getting rid of the Prime Minister or passing the withdrawal agreement. We are suffering from a lack of trust that is about to come upon us, as I said. The constitutional damage may be irreversible. I will add that there has been a lot of loose...

Liaison Committee Report - Motion to Agree (28 Mar 2019)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, Members might recall that this time a year ago anxieties were aired in this House, not so much about the subjects chosen, which seemed interesting, but about too much government control over membership and a lack of input from Members of the House over the subjects chosen. Indeed, I believe reform of the method of selection of members and subjects was aired; I think I gave evidence....


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