Results 81–100 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

United Nations Human Rights Council: Resolution on Gaza - Statement (21 May 2018)

Baroness Deech: Does the Minister recall that, only just over a year ago, the Government announced that they were putting the United Nations Human Rights Council on notice for its disproportionate focus on Israel? It is a council that contains countries not noted for their support of human rights, such as Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, Qatar and Burundi. Would he entrust the council with an independent...

Buses: Wheelchair Users - Question (15 May 2018)

Baroness Deech: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to protect the rights of wheelchair users to travel on buses.

Buses: Wheelchair Users - Question (15 May 2018)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, it is six years since the courageous Mr Doug Paulley was left off the bus and started legal action, without any legal aid, over wheelchair access. It is 16 months since the Supreme Court judgment in his favour. It is eight months since the department’s task force reported, and now it wants a further consultation. Will the Minister give a date for action? How will the priority of...

Divorce (Financial Provision) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (11 May 2018)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, as you would expect from this House, a wealth of wisdom and experience has been shown. Some of the prime movers in some of the most important cases of recent years are right here and have spoken in support of the Bill. There has been support from right around the House, including from the Bishops’ Bench—what more does one need? Before I address the government response, the main...

Divorce (Financial Provision) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (11 May 2018)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, this Bill would replace the current system for splitting money on divorce, a system that is past its sell-by date, with a tried and tested system modelled on that used in Scotland and in most of Europe and North America. In the world beyond this Chamber, family law and its shortcomings are daily fare. I am a devotee of “The Archers” and regard its storylines as good indicators...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Report (3rd Day) (25 Apr 2018)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, I am trying to clarify what the noble Baroness, Lady Falkner, said. I think the issue is not “appropriate” versus “necessary” but “the Minister considers”. I believe the point the noble Baroness was making is that, if something has to be “necessary”, that leaves it open for a court to say whether or not it was necessary. If you say “the Minister considers it”,...

Iran: Nuclear Deal - Private Notice Question (24 Apr 2018)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, do the Government consider that the country has scored an own goal by refusing to deal with President Trump in the way that President Macron has? Difficult though it may be, it would have been better had we extended more of a hand of friendship and welcome to President Trump, given the need to influence him regardless of personal feelings.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Report (2nd Day) (23 Apr 2018)

Baroness Deech: Would the noble and learned Lord agree that what is special about this is that the judges of the ECJ, whatever sort of court he estimates that to be, will keep interpreting those rather vague principles on and on, decade after decade, and that all those interpretations will have to be brought back here, unforeseeable and maybe irrelevant as they are? That is what is different about it.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Report (2nd Day) (23 Apr 2018)

Baroness Deech: Can the noble Lord explain why the Equality Act 2010, with a very comprehensive list of non-discrimination, is inadequate?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Report (2nd Day) (23 Apr 2018)

Baroness Deech: The noble Baroness makes a very good point as to why the retention of the charter would not be of any use once we have left Europe.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Report (2nd Day) (23 Apr 2018)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, there are good legal reasons to oppose this group of amendments. I will be brief. I shall not go into equivalence; for example, we already have child protection in English law. First, we never intended to adopt the charter and did our best to opt out. It has never been analysed, debated or adopted by this House or indeed the other place. It entered our law only in 2013 after being...

Liaison Committee - Motion to Agree (29 Mar 2018)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, the noble Lord opposite has expressed the dissatisfaction felt by many Members who put in proposals—and maybe others, too—at the result of this committee. The chosen subjects seem anodyne, to put it mildly—motherhood and apple pie. We need to know why they are chosen. I have an interest; I hope it will not be categorised as sour grapes, although I suppose in part it is....

Israel-Palestine Conflict - Question (27 Mar 2018)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, does the Minister agree with me that this is a problem that need not exist? Of the 60 million refugees in the world, only the Palestinians are treated as refugees for generation after generation, when they should have been resettled in the lands where they are living now, as were the same number of Jews who were expelled from the Middle East in the late 1940s. It is time to call a...

Media Advertising - Question (22 Mar 2018)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, the dangers of self-regulation were referred to not long ago by the noble Lord, Lord McNally. Does the Minister not share my concern about the way in which the ASA is not accountable to anybody? It is funded by the advertisers, the chair is appointed by the advertisers’ funding council, the council is appointed by the chair, the code of practice is written by the industry, the...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (8th Day) (19 Mar 2018)

Baroness Deech: Will the noble Lord explain what is meant by revoking Article 50 or reverting to the status quo? How could the electorate know what conditions might be imposed by the other 27 if we were to revoke Article 50, assuming that that is allowed, and letting us back in? In other words, it would be yet another pig in a poke because for all one would know conditions would be applied such as having to...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (8th Day) (19 Mar 2018)

Baroness Deech: Will the existing Hague convention on maintenance cover the situation? From what I have learned there are dozens, if not hundreds, of other states with which we have reciprocal arrangements for enforcing child maintenance. Some say that once we leave Europe, and leave the Brussels conventions, it will be simpler. We will simply have one international regime. There are those who say that it is...

Integrated Communities - Statement (15 Mar 2018)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, may I ask the Minister what more the Government can do to further integration in higher education? The Government have abolished maintenance grants, and that means, for example, that if you are a child growing up in a rather segregated secondary school in some of the trailblazer areas, you cannot afford to leave that area and go to another university where you will be able to mix...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (7th Day) (14 Mar 2018)

Baroness Deech: Perhaps I may ask the Minister a question in relation to these amendments—I am sorry that I was a little late because of the early start; I may have missed the answer. Given that three times as many European students come here as ours go to Europe—in my experience, ours always wanted to go, and still go, to the USA; given that we know that we will not expel our migrants in any brutal...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (4th Day) (Continued) (5 Mar 2018)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, my noble and learned friend Lord Brown is of course right. There is a simple proposition in law, which is that the United Nations convention, like others, is not directly enforceable in this country—let alone between two individuals—until and unless it has been incorporated into our domestic law, which it has not been. On the face of it, if one brought it as it stands by our...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (4th Day) (5 Mar 2018)

Baroness Deech: May I ask the Minister a few questions, because I suspect that his response is going to proceed on the basis that the Hague conventions are sufficient? It is true that the biggest number of abductions that come to our courts relate to Pakistan, the USA, Australia and then Poland. It would also be very sad if either we or the rest of the EU put ideology ahead of the welfare of children....


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