Results 121–140 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

Electric Car Ownership - Question (12 Jul 2017)

Baroness Deech: I declare my interest as the proud owner of a new all-electric car. May we seek guidance from the Government on this question? Is the future to be all-electric in order to reduce pollution and a reliance on Middle Eastern oil, in which case we need more infrastructure and more points, including right here in the House of Lords car park: or is the future not so good because there are downsides...

Balfour Declaration Centenary - Question for Short Debate (5 Jul 2017)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, the wording of the Balfour Declaration referred to the preservation of certain rights for non-Jews in Palestine and Jews in other countries. The Arabs who stayed in Israel are now 20% of the population, 17 members of the Knesset, judges, university professors and army officers, with equal rights. But 800,000 Jews were driven from Middle Eastern states in the aftermath of the...

Middle East (IRC Report) - Motion to Take Note (4 Jul 2017)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, the report skilfully struck a note, not of pessimism, of the sort that drives Stephen Hawking to advise quitting this planet, nor of optimism, based on mantras of hope, love and expenditure solving everything, but somewhere in between. It is entitled, The Middle East: Time for New Realism, and new realism is the measure by which we should consider it. There must be praise for the...

Fire Safety: Schools - Question (3 Jul 2017)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, closer to home, given the long delay to the refurbishment of this building, is the Minister satisfied about fire precautions in the Palace of Westminster?

Queen’s Speech - Debate (5th Day) (28 Jun 2017)

Baroness Deech: Ever since the election there has been unfounded speculation about what it meant in relation to Brexit. It revealed acceptance by the large majority of the British electorate that we are to leave the EU. It featured in the manifestos of the two largest parties, and the one party that avowedly pitched for the remain vote did not do well. Brexit has retained its legitimacy as the settled will...

Higher Education and Research Bill - Commons Reason and Amendments (27 Apr 2017)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, I share some of the disappointment expressed by my noble friend Lady Brown about the definition of a university, but I take great comfort from a significant step forward which may have escaped the attention of some members of the public. I am extremely grateful to both the Minister in the other place, Jo Johnson, and the noble Viscount, Lord Younger, for having listened to those who...

East Jerusalem: Access to Emergency Care - Question (28 Mar 2017)

Baroness Deech: Does the Minister agree with me that Israel deserves praise for organising a system of volunteers who help the injured people in the ambulances get to Israeli hospitals? Moreover, those hospitals are treating thousands of injured Syrians. They deserve praise for ensuring that there is a safe haven at least somewhere in the Middle East for wounded Syrians.

Disabled Access: Public Premises - Question (15 Mar 2017)

Baroness Deech: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to improve accessibility for disabled people to public premises.

Disabled Access: Public Premises - Question (15 Mar 2017)

Baroness Deech: Does the Minister agree that we have lots of legislation and lots of ventures, but reasonable adjustments are not being made on the ground and there is a lack of will to enforce the law? Commons committees have recently heard very sad evidence about failures at, for example, sports grounds, which have not been improved for 20 years. There have also been failures when it comes to people being...

Higher Education and Research Bill - Report (3rd Day) (13 Mar 2017)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, I greatly appreciate the Government’s involvement in this topic. I support Amendment 204 and am very pleased to see that the Government wish to extend the width of the freedom of speech duty. I appreciate the fact that the Minister has listened, as has his counterpart in the other place. They have taken this topic seriously—indeed, no Government could possibly reject the notion...

Higher Education and Research Bill - Report (3rd Day) (13 Mar 2017)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, this amendment goes to the heart of what the Bill is all about. Let us set aside for a moment the questions of fees, numbers, quangos and validations. The Bill is ostensibly about teaching excellence and academic freedom. We take it as implicit—the league tables confirm it—that our universities are among the very best in the world. Some of them are consistently found in the top...

Higher Education and Research Bill - Report (2nd Day) (Continued) (8 Mar 2017)

Baroness Deech: I may not have made myself clear enough. I thoroughly agree with the noble Lord, Lord Stevenson, that the solution is probably a memorandum of understanding. I was trying not to talk about the clash between the CMA and the OfS, if there is one, but there is definitely a clash because two bodies, the CMA and the Office of the Independent Adjudicator, are right on the same field. The Office of...

Higher Education and Research Bill - Report (2nd Day) (Continued) (8 Mar 2017)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, I will speak about Amendments 135 and 136. It was a bit of a shock to many people to find that the Competition and Markets Authority had entered this rather competitive field of regulation. The CMA’s job is to promote competition and make markets work. I think much of the debate we have had over the past few weeks is precisely about how universities are not really about...

Higher Education and Research Bill - Report (2nd Day) (8 Mar 2017)

Baroness Deech: My Lords—

Higher Education and Research Bill - Report (2nd Day) (8 Mar 2017)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, I might have misunderstood him, but would the Minister kindly clarify that he is now proposing a fourth category so that we will have gold, silver, bronze and ineligible? That is a bit like a gentleman’s fourth at Oxford years ago, which was a badge of shame. Is that the case?

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - Report (Continued) (7 Mar 2017)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, I wish to say a few, brief words about sovereignty and the likely outcome if Parliament disapproves a deal at the end of the negotiations in two years’ time. The sad fact is that because of the construction of Article 50, we will not recover our parliamentary sovereignty in European matters until the whole process is over. If we contemplate what might happen in two years’ time,...

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - Report (Continued) (7 Mar 2017)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, I read it in the papers every day.

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - Report (Continued) (7 Mar 2017)

Baroness Deech: Thank you. Much of our argument turns on whether Article 50 is revocable or not. The Supreme Court judgment in Miller did not go that far. The judgment was based on the fact that triggering Article 50 would be the no turning back moment at which the two years would start and inevitably run their course. Indeed, I know that there has been a legal opinion from three knights that Article 50 is...


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